48 Hours In Toronto

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Toronto in 48 Hours!


We did not intend to write up comprehensive travel guides; lots of publications do a great job of that! That being said, in the midst of organizing events in cities all over the world, we realized that we were engaging with amazing creative people in those cities and getting a bit of an insider's view of a city was an amazing resource for ourselves as we ran around town before and after our event. The difference between a good or bad experience in a city can sometimes be as simple as spending a couple hours in the right neighborhood or even at a particular cafe engaging in a conversation with a local. That is the the essence of how we travel and hope to convey to you!

Every city has some form of an aquarium and admittedly our children have started to voice some resistance to aquariums and zoos alike for keeping animals in captivity, but there is another point of view that is equally as poignant which is when they are done right, they do really point out the beauty of the living world around us and the importance of preserving habitats to make sure they persist. That was our takeaway from the inspiring Ripley's Aquarium which has you walking through winding tubes with large and small sea creatures floating by above and to the sides, giving the sense that we, the humans were the ones held captive and on view :)

Julie and I have always had a proclivity for neighborhoods in flux, filled with creative energy which was part of the reason we made Bushwick (Brooklyn) the home base for our first event space and test kitchen (FeedfeedBrooklyn). In Toronto, we felt at home in the neighborhoods of Parkdale and West Queen West, abundant with intimate cafes, stores filled with design gems, and a music and art focus. Check out some of our favorite spots in the neighborhood, including the Drake Hotel, The Tempered Room (event space and patisserie run by Bertrand Alépée) where we hosted our event with Vitamix, La Palma Restaurant, and Bar Isabel (not a bar). Also check out 18 Waits, a men's clothing store where I picked up a sweet wax treated blazer (washed by hosing it down when necessary), as well as Cambie Design.
Top and bottom right: Hotel Drake, a landmark in West Queen West with music and art programming and great bar/restaurant to spend hours working or people watching! Don't forget to check out The Drake's General Store across the street. Bottom left: Bobbie Sue's dedicated to Mac & Cheese!
La Palma on Dundas street west offers a beautiful airy space, serving the pictured 100 layer lasagna and many more creative dishes packed with flavor, and a super nice staff.

Another super interesting neighborhood is the Kensington Market area, a perfect place to visit on a weekend morning to check out an large multicultural collection of places to eat and vintage stores. Don't miss Blackbird Baking Company for some of the cities best breads and pastries and beautifully painted chocolate truffles from CXBO.


Ice Skating Rink in Nathan Phillips Square
We are not usually fans of walking around Financial Districts in cities, but Toronto's has some things worth checking out including dynamic nearby Chinatown, as well as The Art Gallery of Ontario (AOG) and an Ice Skating Rink in Nathan Phillips Square (pictured above).
Excerpts from AGO's exhibition - GUILLERMO DEL TORO: AT HOME WITH MONSTERS which was great (and creepy) for adults and kids alike.
Special thanks to those creative locals that helped curate a fun trip for us including Bertrand Alépée from The Tempered Room, Devin @devinconnelldiary, Asima @hautesucre, Marcella @madebymarce, and Eden @edeneats!

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