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!








to market, to market...

I love farmer's markets! I forget how much I love them until I go and then I spend the entire time thinking why don't I always go?

On my way home from work tonight I stopped by the Trinity Bellwoods Farmer's Market, it's every Tuesday between 3:00 and 7:00 in the NW end of the park (you guessed it Trinity Bellwoods Park). I picked up lots of fresh local veggies for the week ahead as well as some delicious Ontario peaches, blackberries and little golden plums (my favourite!). It's such a pleasant and civilized experience shopping at the market (much better than the Chopper!) and I ran into Vodka Blog what a surprise!

If you're in Toronto and you have a hankering for some fresh fruit and veg you can find a farmers market almost every day of the week. Check it out:

Happy marketing!

July 27, 2010 — Alanna Banks