Winter’s here, so here’s my opinion

I love winter! It is my most favorite season. I love the crisp air! I love the sports! I love the World Juniors! And I love the hair weather and the snow! But with this season’s arrival, I’ve come to notice some cultural difference between Canada’s capital and Ontario’s. Now, this doesn’t mean that one is better than the other; it’s just that they are different. Here are my top two cultural differences for the winter season: Continue reading

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High Park : A stairway to Heaven in Toronto

High Park's stairwar (Torontonowhere)

High Park’s stairway. (Torontonowhere)

Before I moved to Toronto, I used to spend my free time taking little adventures. These adventures usually meant random walks without any destination. I’d stumble upon little art shows, beautiful gardens and for some reason, odd socks. Actually the discovery of odd socks happened so often that my friend and I started sending snapshots of these lonely foot warmers accompanied with a fictional back story. Anyways I digress.

This is the first entry in a short series on walks around Toronto. I actually took this walk a couple of weeks ago but knew I wanted to share. I call this walk “High Park’s stairway to Heaven.”

High Park is a gorgeous escape in Bloor West Village, easily accessible from the High Park subway station on the Bloor line.  In the summer, it’s perfect for riding bikes, running, and feeding the ducks on the pond. I’ve biked the paved paths many times this summer and enjoyed a few good runs. However, today I traveled off the paved path and discovered the perfect landscape to truly escape the big city and fall back in love with autumn. Continue reading

Strolls in Toronto – Toronto’s best walks

These boots are made for walking. (Torontonowhere)

These boots are made for walking. (Torontonowhere)

I initially decided to start this blog because I wanted to write outside of the confines of my job description and because I wanted to give this city a real chance. However, as much as I would like to believe that this blog would make me Toronto’s next scene woman, I’ve encountered a few hurdles:
1.    Time: I, like many in Toronto, work like a dog. And after a long day I am rarely inclined for a night on the town.
2.    Budget: If I were to visit every hot spot in Toronto, I would need a second job. And that would constrict on my time even more.
3.    Priorities: With so little time to spend with my loved ones, I’d rather spend my weekends with my friends and family and unfortunately, most of them live outside the city.

But then I stumbled upon this gem “Toronto Urban Strolls… for girlfriends: The girlfriends-tested guide to 28 exciting walks in Toronto,” and I became inspired. Continue reading

Nail-ed it or maybe not. Are you a victim of nailism in Toronto?

Perfect Nail Spa on Bloor St. West.  (Torontonowhere)

Perfect Nail Spa on Bloor St. West. (Torontonowhere)

In Toronto it’s not what you do, where you live, or who your friends are. It’s what colour did you get? Where did you get them done? And who does you manicure?

Nails. It’s all about nails! Fingerails, toenails, colours, shellac or gel, square or round, long or short. Nails are the new status symbol. Now don’t get me wrong, nail art has been around for centuries. Some believe it dates back to 5000 BC in India when women would dye their fingertips with henna. The hot pink nails of the 80’s were far from in hiding. But, in my opinion, nails were an accent and now they are the main event.

But when did the little beds at the end of your fingertips become the hottest accessory? Ranking over purses, jewelry and god forbid…shoes. It’s no longer about Marc Jacobs, Chanel, or Michael Kors. It’s Essie, O.P.I and Shellac. However, even top designers like Marc Jacobs are now into nail fashion. Continue reading

Let’s do lunch!

This is probably one of the most anxiety-ridden statements I have encountered since I moved to Toronto.

Lunch CC Torontonowhere

Let’s do lunch. Photo credit: Torontonowhere

I’ve come to discover that weekend lunch or brunch is quite the event in the city. Maybe it’s because it’s an excuse to get out (because I’ve also noticed that people only get together if it’s for food, shopping or drinks…but I’ll probably get into that one later) or maybe it’s a way  for people to connect in daylight. But while brunch is a popular demand, it’s also a part time job to try and find the right location. Continue reading