What to do in Toronto this Christmas

Christmas in Toronto

Whether you are visiting Toronto for the holidays or you live in {or around} the city, these are the top 5 things that you absolutely must do this Christmas season. Not only are they guaranteed to get you in the holiday spirit but you will also get to enjoy one of the most wonderful cities in the world {I may be a little biased…} in full sparkle and glamour!

1.Bundle up and go ice skating

In the winter, this city comes alive with public skating rinks that you can find scattered all throughout, with the most popular one being at Nathan Phillips Square. While they all offer their own charm, I would highly recommend marking December 20th on your calendar for the Annual Holiday Skating Party at the Harbour Front Centre.

2.Visit the Toronto Christmas Market

This is a fairly new event but it is quickly becoming a Christmas staple in the city. The Distillery District in Toronto is decked out with twinkling Christmas lights, the most beautiful Christmas tree and a variety of shops where you can purchase anything from handcrafted ornaments and gifts to delicious {and festive} snacks.

3. Bah Humbug your way to Soulpepper’s adaptation of the holiday classic A Christmas Carol 

The show will warm your heart and get you in the right mindset for the holidays. The venue is also is conveniently located in the heart of the Distillery District. My suggestion: give yourself a few hours before the show starts so you have plenty of time to walk through the Christmas Market then follow the play with dinner at my favourite Mexican restaurant. Perfect date-night? Absolutely!

4. Go for a walk through the High Park trails

Living in the west end of Toronto, I’ve come to truly appreciate the beauty and solitude that High Park offers this busy and bustling city, especially during this crazy time of the year. The best way to do the park is to start with a walk on Roncesvalles. If you enjoy great coffee, get a cup at Cherry Bomb and walk north on Roncy until you get to High Park Boulevard. You will walk by some of Toronto’s most beautiful homes and walk in to the park through my favourite entrance!

5. Brave the crowds at the Eaton Centre

If you prep yourself for a crowded mall and if you have gotten most of you shopping done, going for a walk through Toronto’s iconic Eaton Centre will be an enjoyable Christmas activity – I promise! The Christmas music, the crowds, the decorations and the good cheer lives there this time of the year. And before leaving, make sure you walk by The Bay’s store display on Queen Street. It’s an absolute must!

Fellow Torontonians, what other key events and places are a must this time of the year?

What to do in Toronto this Christmas

Three Easy Ways to Beat a Cold this Winter

Hello! It’s been a while…a long while.

I could give the many excuses that I have been telling myself for not spending time here but I won’t do that to you. Nobody likes excuses so I’ll take it like the grown up that I’m trying to become and admit that it was absolutely my fault. But you will be happy to know that I missed you, terribly! So I am back and this time for good. Some weeks I might post more than others and that’s okay. I’m learning that just because I miss a post or two it doesn’t mean that I have failed and now have to quit posting altogether because the truth of the matter is, I really love this space. I love the writing, the curating, and I love that you take the time to read this.

So without further ado, I will start this new season with what I hope will be useful to you this {furiously approaching} winter season: my top 3 ways I tell a cold to beat it!

Beating-a-cold1. Salads. Yes, I said salads and no, I’m not crazy. While I love a good cup of hearty chicken soup like any other sick person, I find that soup only makes me feel good temporary and {as I reluctantly transition into adulthood} I am finally starting to accept {and notice} the fact that greens are good for your body and your immune system…who knew! The salad above was my version of this but I replaced the watermelon with peaches. The dressing is also oh-so delish that I make a batch every.single.week.

2.Stress is never good for you, specially when you’re sick so cuddle up on your couch in your comfiest blanket and watch your favourite feel-good movies. My go-to list is The Holiday, Love Actually, Bridget Jones Diary, Dirty Dancing and Easy A.

3. Water, tea, repeat! While all tea is good and delicious, as soon as I start feeling a cold coming on I start compulsively brewing David’s Tea Cold 911. Its minty flavour always makes me feel way better!

Three Easy Ways to Beat a Cold this Winter

Have a cuppa tea, friend

Valentine's Day gift for a friend

I am one of those bizarre people who absolutely loves school and went through serious withdrawal after graduating from University. Although I have {kind of} learned to cope with the fact that my school days are done, every now and then I let myself indulge in some of the things that take me right back to those nostalgic days, one of those being Valentine’s Day. I truly miss those elementary school days where as a class we would make handmade cards for everyone, drop them off in little handmade mailboxes scattered around the classroom and study each one of them trying to decode non-existing love messages {or was that just me?}.

Although those days are long gone I like the idea that was stilled in me at a very young age of spreading the love around on this special day. Though there are no more handmade mailboxes I still get a thrill from giving close friends and co-workers a “sweet-thought” gift; a gift that doesn’t cost much but it’s thoughtful enough to make them smile. I was in the midst of thinking what this year’s gift would be when I stumbled upon David’s Tea tea-filled greeting card.  It’s cute, affordable, and enjoyable so if you are nostalgic like me and have been looking for that sweet little gift- look no further!

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Have a cuppa tea, friend