Canadian girls don’t shy away from loading up the car with a tent and heading to a provincial park for a weekend of camping. Sleeping under the stars, all snuggled up in a tent is very refreshing, but there is a ton of work involved, especially if you’re the ‘organizer’ in your friend group. We used to go camping once or twice every summer but for the past few years trips abroad have taken precedence over camping – honestly, an all inclusive down south is less work and stress than camping. Lately I’ve become enamoured by the idea of ‘glamping’ (glamourous camping…or camping for brats) – sleeping under the stars in a beautiful canvas tent, with all the comfort of home! You can glamp all over the world (surf + yoga retreat in Portugal anyone?) but really I just like the idea of staying in Ontario – we do have the best camping in the world!
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about something a friend told me the other day. Every moment we are alive, we are dying. It’s another take on the famous cliché life is short, but much more powerful. Every moment that we are breathing and living, we are also, at the same time, getting closer to the end. Yikes! A bit heavy for a Wednesday afternoon read, but this gets more upbeat, I promise!
Toronto is food festival wonderland during the summer. From brunch to tacos to wine, Toronto can’t get enough of small bites out in the sunshine. We’ve already shared our top list of the best bang for your buck summer food festivals this year. Taste of Toronto (not to be confused with Taste Toronto) was at the top of our list because its complement of heavy hitter restaurants meant that great food was practically guaranteed. Luckily, the weather held out for most of the day too. Taste of Toronto is truly a Foodie Paradise, practically bursting at the seams with Toronto’s greatest and newest restaurants – all in one place!
What a time for live music in our city! Toronto is a world class destination that attracts some of the biggest and best musical acts in the world. Some of my best summer memories happen at the Molson Amp, now known as the Budweiser Stage, beer in hand, friends by my side, ass on the grass. Life just does not get more enchanting than listening to live music on a summer’s night in Toronto. Catching a concert here is basically a rite of passage if you live anywhere near Toronto… but because it’s only open from June to September, it makes watching a concert here extra special.
Summertime… ladies, it’s time for lighter wallets and larger waists! Can I get a WOOT WOOT!! This summer’s Toronto food festival circuit is bigger and better than ever with a ton of food truck fests, street fests, beer and wine fests, and rib fests. The only thing that these festivals share in common is the love of all things edible – but just like the city itself, Toronto festivals showcase the unique food palettes and culinary talents of chefs and restaurants that we have to offer. Don’t expect the same food at each fest – each draws on differing tastes from across our culturally diverse city!
Toronto’s weather has been all over the map lately. We just can’t seem to settle down and get good and hot days in a row! The weather teases us with one or two days of sunshine and then turns cloudy, cold, and miserable the next. Last week we got a couple of true summer days, and as true Torontonians, Jessica and I made the most of it by wearing sun dresses and claiming a couple of seats on a patio for a working lunch. Then we rounded up the crew for even more patio time at the Porch for after work drinks. Patio life!