Sunday, January 19, 2014

Krepesz in Kensington, Yorkdale, St Lawrence Market, Luce & Marcellos: Wandering Toronto's Boutiques & Food Spots

Five days in Toronto flew by as I explored a beautiful city (in quite a mild winter temperature; turns out I missed their week of -40 by a few days -  lucky me!). The city itself is amazing - so much to do, a real, multicultural metropolis. 

I stayed with Jess, who was an amazing host - we had so much fun cooking healthy meals, going to the gym, going for coffee and watching movies together. Jess also introduced me to Arbonne's protein powder which is - get this - vegan, with no preservatives or fake stuff - and TASTES AMAZING. I swear. Mixing chocolate with vanilla and just water is so great! Definitely on the right track for this year's fitness goals :) 

Leonardo di Caprio performs incredibly well in The Wolf of Wall Street  - a must see story about the rise and downfall of a cutthroat investment banker. IMDB reviewers have given it 8.7 so far - which is incredible for that site!

After handing in my paperwork for the Tier 5 visa at their office close to Eaton Centre, I spent most of my days wandering around the shopping mall. I also spent some time at Yorkdale, another large mall nearby. It turns out that Toronto has an Yves Rocher store; it's my new favourite store for beauty and health care products - totally natural and from France. Toronto had lower prices that the UK and 50% off-  so I stocked up!

I also had a chance to meet up with Stephanie B, and we hung out at St. Lawrence Market and then got a slice of gluten free pizza from a place called Luce. We'll meet up again when I return in a week or so, so more posts then!

Here are the highlights of my few days (and ideas on what to do in TO):

  • Krepesz Cafe in Kensington  - a cute, Hungarian cafe that has lattes to die for and an interesting "Chimney Cake" that is like a twirly donut/sponge cake textured treat that originates in Hungary
  • St Lawrence Market   - Apparently one of the the best farmer's markets in the world, and highly rated by National Geographic. It was a large, interesting mix of foods - I've heard it's much better in the summer, when the market expands to the street and vendors from all over the city come to sell their goods
  • Luce  - Steph and I stopped here for a quick bite of gluten free pizza. It's an organic, healthy restaurant. Yum!
  • Marcellos - This is a popular spot in Toronto --with excellent Italian food. Jess and I went there for dinner one evening. Their tiramisu is one of the best I have EVER tasted (and tiramisu is my favourite dessert of all time!) They made it with a cake-like, rather than cookie-like base.


  • Harbourfront -- I missed this one because it was really, really windy and seemed like the worst day to head down to the waterfront. If it's nice enough, I may go skating on their rink when I'm back. Definitely a place to visit in the summer though!

So, the office in Toronto has opened my visa application and is processing it. Fingers crossed, everyone - I can't wait to get back to the UK and start working!Posts on my last few days in Calgary and my upcoming week in Edmonton  coming soon. Can't wait to catch up and then fly back to my favourite city!

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