summer in the city

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It's the first day of summer and this day always gets me excited about the impending three months of fun.

We don't have any grandiose plans to speak of (except a trip to NS to visit the fam) but I generally enjoy summer in Toronto. Many Torontonians high-tail it up the 400 (sit in traffic) leaving our little city nice and peaceful for those of us that aren't so lucky. Here's my top 10 list of the summer stuff I like to do right here at home:

  1. Laze away the day under a tree and people watch the hipsters at Trinity Bellwoods Park
  2. Play Ultimate Frisbee Monday nights - we're the Budgie Smugglers and we rock.
  3. Do some local food shopping at the various farmer's markets.
  4. Evening walks along the boardwalk in The Beach and daytime walks along the waterfront and in High Park.
  5. Window shopping with an iced latte along Queen Street West.
  6. Bixi (haven't tried yet, but plan on it).
  7. The Toronto Islands (how can I forget) and live music along the waterfront!
  8. Late night dinners on patios.
  9. Dolce Gelato on College West.
  10. Weekend BBQs and beers in our cute little backyard (our own piece of heaven in the middle of the city).

What are your favourite summer escapes in the city?

Get excited!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

parkdale is pumping

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On Saturday the Hubs and I headed west of our place to Parkdale in search of  Capital Espresso, Blondie's new spin-off coffee shop. As we wandered back to our neck of the woods we noticed that the scuzzy-ness that once was Parkdale is slowly cleaning up! We discovered two relatively new clothing stores Philistine (we didn't go in) and The Future of Frances Watson (Love!).

The Future of Frances Watson is a super cool shop with primarily menswear but with sprinkles of stuff for us girls. I picked up a new scent Dead Sexy (Ol' preggers is feeling anything but, these days) by Tokyo Milk and the Hubs bought a new pair of Unbranded Brand jeans (super cool and cheap!)

Check these shops out and go for a coffee in Parkdale this weekend, you won't be disappointed. See you in the 'hood!