Top Toronto Moments

Well my friends, today marks my final Toronto post. Sad face :(

I’ve blogged about all the restaurants I went to, wrapped up my favourite TO brunches, and today I want to list off my favourite Toronto moments.

I only spent nine months living in Toronto, which isn’t really as long as I’d planned. But life happened and I was outta there before I knew it.

I get asked all the time about my thoughts on Toronto. “The Big City” us Maritimers were raised to hate. Truth is, I reallyreally loved my time there. I had an absolute blast. I really enjoyed the city itself and the energy that pulsates from it. Long term though, I just couldn’t see myself settling down there. If I were to settle down, I wanted it to be back home. This seems to be an answer everyone can understand.

Having been back home for two weeks, I’ve been able to reflect a lot on my nine months adventuring around the country’s largest metropolis.  When I look back on those months, these are without question the moments in time I’ll remember Toronto best for.

 The National Exhibition

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Kinda like the State Fair, but on a national scale. It was huge, full of greasy food, sugary drinks, rides and screaming children. What I’ll always remember from this event is waiting in line in the hot sun for an hour with my roommate just to try bacon covered in chocolate.

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And also seeing a cooking demonstration from Chef Michael Smith. Host of Chef At Home, my favourite Canadian show on the Food Network.

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Vegetarian Food Fair

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I spent two days at the fair hanging out with blogger friends, volunteering for The Simply Bar and getting to see Brendan Brazier, one of my fave Canadian athletes, speak. Events like these are held all the time in Toronto but hardly ever back at home. I always felt like it was a such a treat being able to go to them.

George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight

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I’ve been watching Strombo on Canadian TV since he started hosting at Much Music. You know, when every middle school girl had a crush on him. As I grew into a journalist, I learned to appreciate his interview style on The Hour. Getting to see him do his thing in person was pretty damn cool.

Toronto Women’s 5k & 10k

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This was my first time volunteering at a race and it was so much fun! Not to mention, also the first time I met Cathy and Lauren. I highly suggest you runners who love racing but are too cheap to do it (ie me) to volunteer at a race. It’s a great way to still feel involved in the running community.

Mark Bittman

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I’ve been reading his food columns in The New York Times and Runner’s World for what feels like forever. Getting to hear him talk in person, interviewed by Toronto’s CBC Information Morning host, just made me like him even more. Harsh, brutally honest, opinionated. But still hit every one of his points right on.

A Beer Filled Dinner Party

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Thanks to Project Foodbuzz, I hosted my first ever dinner party while living in Toronto. I always liked to joke about how my friends there loved to drink. So it only made sense to invite them over and infuse every dish with brew.

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Beer & Cheddar soup with Guinness & Molasses beer bread.

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Peanut Butter & Beer chicken thighs and tofu with a pale ale lime coleslaw.

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Of course, Guinness Stout brownies. Always the best part. Next time I won’t prepare all the dishes for a dinner party, and I won’t pick such an expensive main ingredient. But putting together this menu and actually pulling it off is one of my proudest culinary moments!

The Blue Jays

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Seeing a live MLB game has been on my list of life goals since I was a little girl, sitting on my Papa’s lap as he told me about the Blue Jays. He instilled that undying love only a sports fan could have. Even when they’re a losing team.

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The night I finally got to see the Jays live was an absolutely gorgeous July evening. They opened up the dome (always the Sky Dome, never the Rogers Centre) and we soaked in the game in the shadow of the CN tower as the sun set around us.

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The Jays lost horribly that night. But it didn’t matter!

Getting A Job

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I got my first job offer within two weeks of getting to the city. Then I got another. And another. That’s a big “screw you” to everyone who thought I would never find work and sink in the big city ;)

The Pancake

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Best. Pancake. Ever.

Chicken Feet

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Worst dim sum choice ever.

Halloween

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I never actually blogged about my experience on Halloween. But it was hands down the most drunk I got in Toronto. Don’t worry, I made it home safely, thanks to my roommie fetching us a cab. But I had to work my retail job the next morning. That was the only time I ever fell asleep on the subway. I really couldn’t tell you how I got to work that day. But hey, at least I made it! (I dressed up as April from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)

Taste Of The Danforth

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I lived not too far from Toronto’s Greek Town. A place famous for being the location where they filmed My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Even better, is the Greek food.

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Every year they close off the area for vendors. It wasn’t cheap, and it was jam-packed. But again, it’s an experience I never could have had back home. Plus, I got to try some of the best Greek food outside of Greece!

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 CBC Museum

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This probably means nothing to non-Canadian folk. But the CBC HQ has a mini museum inside with things like Mr. Rogers trolley and Mr Dressup’s tickle trunk. All things from my favourite childhood shows. SO neat to see in real life!

The CN Tower

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Yes, it’s the epitome of Toronto Tourist, but that doesn’t mean it still wasn’t highly entertaining. I went up with my sister and step-sister and got to see my city from a whole new perspective.

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Blogger Picnic

One of the best things about moving to Toronto were all the bloggers! I moved from a place with almost no fellow bloggers, to a place that was just full of them. Not just that, but ones I really liked and got along with! The picnic stands out because it was the most unique, fun and laid back blogger meet-up. Plus, why do we need to go out for food when we can all make better food at home anyways? ;)

Jager Bombs in the Backyard

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Not my backyard. One of my friends lived in a place right downtown with an actual yard out back. A rarity in the city! We spent many summer nights gathered out there. But the time we decided to do jager bombs university-style was definitely the most memorable night there!

The Horseshoe Tavern

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There are actually two nights at the Horseshoe that stand out in mind. The time I saw We Are Scientists, my favourite band from university. Then the time I saw The Queers, my favourite band from high school.

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Being able to “casually” go to the Horseshoe for the night was one of coolest things about living in Toronto. I grew up watching Much Music and seeing all the best band listings be at this bar. I grew up watching footage of bands like the Rolling Stones and Neil Young play at this bar. Needless to say, it was definitely my favourite bar in Toronto!

Maritime Kitchen Party

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The funniest part about my experience living in Upper Canada was that all my friends were actually from back home. I’m embarrassed to say I only had a handful of friends from other places. With that said, it was always fun to get together and reminisce about home.

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The Maritime party was a night we dedicated to all things Maritime. Music, food, drinks, etc.

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They always say that distance makes the heart grow fonder, and in this case I couldn’t agree more. I had some amazing moments in Toronto. I definitely miss it sometimes. But I don’t regret one bit how things played out. I loved my time there, but I love even more how it taught me to appreciate my home.

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Posted on April 8, 2011, in Fun. Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. Great post, Susan! :)

  2. This was such a beautiful post. Makes me want to try living somewhere else for awhile and coming back home. I’ve lived in the same small town my entire life!

  3. I don’t want to live there, as I love baseball and the Blue Jays aren’t great, but I sure as heck would love to freaking visit! What a great recap and experience you’ve been able to capture–the good, the bad and the ugly. Now it’s time for new scenery, new food and new adventures :)

  4. I feel like I need to visit Toronto :) But also like I need to get my restless self to appreciate home and what I have here a bit more, too!

  5. The last time I was at Toronto…I was there for 5 measly hours. I wanted to explore it more, but all I did was have lunch with a super duper cool blogger. And I never got to meet you, saaaaad!!!

  6. I LOVE that you included The Pancake, lol!

  7. Wow that looks like you had an awesome 9 months Susan. That pancake will always fascinate me. Always.

  8. What a fabulous time you had in Toronto! We’ll miss you, but I’m so glad you’re happy back home :)

    P.S. Totally makes me LOL that my mom is in one of those photos.
    xo

  9. What a great post. You did a lot in a short time!!

  10. Your Toronto posts make me want to take a trip to Canada!

    Even though I am from the U.S. I grew up with Mr. Rogers and would be very excited to see the trolley! :) I always get a kick out of seeing Oscar the Grouch at the Smithsonian. Can you tell I watched PBS a lot as a kid?

  11. gosh, i still can’t believe it was NINE months ago you moved there! i literally remember talking all about your move in Canada, and now you are back home, and seriously, how does time fly so fast? i have to say i especially enjoyed reading about your dim sum experience as well as that pancake. in fact, i may have already had dreams about that pancake…

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