summer fun in the city

Wasn't the long weekend gorgeous!? I really hope this is an indication of the kind of weather we're in for this summer. I am so looking forward to it because it's the first summer in two years that I'm a) not pregnant or b) utterly exhausted. I plan on living it to the fullest and can't wait to show L'il E just how great summer in the city can be.

I've put together a list of the top ten things I want to do with L'il E and/or The Hubs this summer so I thought I would share with y'all. Hope I can provide some hot, hot inspiration.

1. Toronto Zoo. I haven't been to the Zoo since I was about six so we took a family trek out to Scarborough on Saturday and really made a day of it. We checked out every single pavilion (including the featured White Lions), had a picnic lunch and finished the day off in the splash park all for $50.

2. Evergreen Brick Works. This is a great Saturday or Sunday morning outing complete with fresh fruit and veg shopping, beauty walks/bike rides through the ravine and yummy food to graze on. If you're with your mini mes they can play while you sip on coffee in the Chimney Court.

3. Dufferin Grove Park. Every Friday night Friends of Dufferin Grove host a Friday Night Supper between 6:00 and 7:30 p.m. There is always soup, a vegetarian or vegan entrée, a meat entrée, a side dish, a salad, and dessert (yum!). A $7 donation is suggested and the money goes towards maintaining the park. Picnics with friends in the park are equally as tasty.

4. Toronto Islands. I've lived in or near Toronto my entire life and aside from a few concerts I've spent very little time on the islands. So this summer I'm taking advantage and we're going to check out Centre Island and all it has to offer including Franklin Children's Garden, wading pool and splash pads for L'il E.

5. Sunnyside Gus Ryder Outdoor Pool. I've never been to this little gem along the Lakeshore Blvd., but I've always wanted to, so The Hubs, L'il E and I are going to jump into our suits and enjoy an afternoon public swim under the sun.

6. Camping. Every year since we got together The Hubs and I have talked about going camping/canoeing. This year we're doing it! You can rent all kinds of gear at MEC so no more excuses for not having the right stuff!

7. Radiohead at Downsview Park! June 16th. Date night is set and I hope the weather cooperates.

8. Ashbridges Bay. A stroll along the boardwalk and sand castles on the beach are an every summer must-do! In my old life you would find me here on week nights playing beach volleyball with all of the other Toronto singletons sipping on brewskies.

9. Art Gallery of Ontario. We just renewed our membership so we'll be checking out the Picasso masterpieces exhibit before it's gone (August 2012).

10. Drive-in at Polson Pier. Summer isn't complete without a double-header at the drive-in off Cherry Street. Pre-pop some popcorn and hide it under your seats. They do a full search for booze so watch out.

What are you favourite summer haunts in the city?

Happy days!


honey, i'm home

It's been over two weeks of pure non-digital bliss but, alas I'm back in business and rarin' to go. I missed you guys!

So just to bring y'all up to speed here's what I've been up to. The top 5 things I did on my digital sabbatical:

1. Pre-vacay pedi at The 10 Spot in my fave colour Cajun Shrimp.

2. Hanging around town with my two fave guys - The Hubs and L'il E!

We played tourist in Toronto and went to the Abstract Expressionists New York exhibit at the AGO, Dream in High Park, Drive-In Movie at Polson Pier and out for dinner to Parkette and Enoteca Sociale. Those activities were peppered with lots of coffee walks to Capital Espresso, Ella's Uncle, The Slow Room (best iced latte or americano) and Crafted (yep we LOVE coffee!)

3. Jetting off to Nova Scotia for our annual summer family visit. L'il E was introduced to his Aunts, Uncles and cousins at Nana and Poppy's in Lunenburg, NS. The week was filled with delicious food, lots of laughs, coffees on the deck and sunset walks on the beach. L'il E also had his very first "ducking" in the Atlantic.

4. Chilling in Tatamagouche, NS with my sister and brother-in-law and my nephew and niece. We sipped lots of tea, played a lot of games and had a beautiful day at the beach soaking in the warm water of the Northumberland Strait overlooking Prince Edward Island.

5. Finally bought the Nixon watch I've been eyeing and finished knitting the most cozy blanket.

I could go on but I will digress. Hopefully you're enjoying this summer as much as me.

Happy to be back and blogging!