A few weeks back was my mom’s 80th birthday and we invited friends and family for some Cranberry cheesecake and Salted brownies...(Although I did sneak a few bites of My mom's waffles which I found stocked in her fridge–So amazing!)
It was here that I officially broke the news. We moved to Toronto!
What? Why would you do that? I don’t like Toronto, I love Toronto, How close are you to the Rogers Centre? How about those car insurance premiums? I bet you’ll miss it here, Isn't the traffic insane? and Wow I can’t imagine! These were all the comments I knew would be coming. And the reason I had avoided telling many about my decision–I was so scared of being talked out of it.
My friend Marilyn understood, Oh you don’t know Mari! she said, recalling the time I moved to Winnipeg at 18 with a dresser shoved into the back of my red Doge Omni, $5 in my pocket and dreams of a big new life. I had made a decision and there was nothing stopping me.
Life is like that. Sometimes a window presents itself and in that moment you have the guts and you have to go for it.
Why Toronto? Well, I just love it! I love the action, the hustle and bustle, the excitement, the fabulous food around every corner, and well everything. Toronto is a city to discover, a cultural melting pot, and everywhere you look you have extraordinary things to see. A two-faced city, glamorous and gritty, powerful and humble, noisy and quiet, with glittering skyscrapers reflecting the golden light of the sun, and all of it wrapped up in the serenity of Lake Ontario.
Over the past few years I spent time in AirBnb’s throughout the Toronto area, trying to find a neighbourhood that would feel like home. One day a friend invited me to dinner at a quaint cafe in west Toronto, and the moment I stepped foot into this eclectic neighbourhood, I knew this was it. Roncesvalles, a once Polish neighbourhood, surrounded by the magnificent High Park and moments from the lake, spectacular multi-storey red brick homes, inches apart, on tree-lined streets. A main street filled with butchers and bakers and specialty shops and boutiques displaying their wares. Neighbours know neighbours and shop owners seem to know everybody’s name, connecting the entire neighbourhood with a beautiful community vibe.
After a few quick transactions, we found a house–Our meant-to-be. We edited our home in Winnipeg and brought only our most coveted belongings. We've been here only a month and in that time, found the best vintage stores, fabric shops, paint stores, and all in an effort of transforming our house into a home. Fresh vegetables are just steps from the house which is perfect for last minute items. Although eating out here is fabulous, I'm committed to cooking meals at home which everyone loves. Like our easy go-to Pasta with Tomato Sauce, Basil and Parmesan, and Walnut Pesto with Potatoes, Pasta and Green Beans and Brussels sprouts with bacon and leek and I'm keeping Homemade Hummus stocked at all times, which we eat with everything including Roasted asparagus and poached egg salad. And to keep a sweet treat around, our incredibly yummy Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies.
We love it here! I wake up every morning thinking, Wow, what will happen today?
I hope you stay connected with me here and on Instagram Stories and join me as I explore the many new findings that await me in this beautiful big city!
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