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I bloomin’ love an adventure! Read this section of my blog to find out where I have been gallivanting recently!

The Bruce Peninsula Ontario

My friends, Will and I took an Easter adventure to the Bruce Peninsula in Northern Ontario. It was still pretty wintery there, with snow on the ground, but the skies were SO BLUE.  It was truly beautiful! I would love to go back in the summer (although apparently there are rattle snakes and bears…soooo..)

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The Tobermory Lighthouse.

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Bruce Peninsula National Park

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The trails at the park were so clear and well maintained – even in the winter!

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A pebble beach overlooking Georgian Bay.

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Easter snow angels!

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Ice and turquoise water.

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And then suddenly we walked into Narnia….

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Feeling happy at Indian Head Cove in the Bruce Penisula National Park.

Lion’s Head

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Lion’s Head Lookout – look at the water! SO CLEAR!

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Lion’s Head Pothole, formed by ice! Peek-a-boo!

Miller Lake

We rented a beautiful Airbnb in Miller Lake.

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The cottage.

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Above is Miller Lake in all its placid and icy glory.

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Snow BBQs are the best kind!

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The grounds had an old abandoned car that looked amazing in the snow! It was like a film!

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My Week In Pictures 25th – 31st January 2016

Winter Winter.

It recently occurred to me I have been doing this little weekly round up for A YEAR. I now find it cute to look back over the post from the year before to compare how my life is changing/growing/moving and all of that. This is what I was up to last year – having an equal amount of fun but with a worse camera apparently. ANYWAY THIS WEEK:

Monday

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Friends and beer is the best of Monday plans.  Ellie (right) is leaving Toronto (boo!) so we have been boozing in her honour recently.

Tuesday

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Tuesday was quite the day! It started with a surprise book launch, accompanied by champagne and a mariachi band. The company I do some editorial work for are turning 50 and they have released an amazing book about their travels across the world. “Slow down to see the world” is sort of a motto I can get on board with, although I tend to do things at lightning speed.

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On Tuesday evening I had the delight of sampling some of Michelin starred Chef Armand’s new tapas menu for trendy Toronto cafe, Maman.  My absolute favourite was the camembert with onions and pastrami marmalade – YUM. (If you live in the 6ix, Maman is located at First Canadian Place, 100 King Street West) IMG_5258

OF COURSE there was a plethora of delicious cocktails and wine on offer too!

Wednesday

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A FINAL drink with Ellie – and I had the MOST delicious cider. Cheers!

Thursday

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A day in the studio filming for Inform Overload and Most Amazing Top Ten!

That evening Will and I drove through a snow storm to get to the Blue Mountain for an anniversary ski holiday <3 IMG_5257

Friday

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4 years together and I am not sure which of us deserves a medal…perhaps both! Will and I hit the slopes (one of us more literally than others – I haven’t skied in 3 years so fell over on my ass quite a lot on the first day!)

That evening we had a lovely anniversary dinner at The Mill in Thornberry! Below is the fanciest fried chicken I have ever had the pleasure of eating (buttermilk fried with watercress, coleslaw, blueberry  coulis, pumpkin cornbread).IMG_5256

Saturday

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SO whilst Will went off to ski the hardest bits of the resort (the double blacks) I pushed myself to do a few blue runs on my own. This picture is at the top of a blue run with quite a steep bit. I was scared but I did it all by myself!IMG_5235

Later in the day I was actually getting pretty good and I went with Will on a couple of the red/black runs! I fell over the first few times but by the third I was able to ski all the way down without falling at all, so I was very proud of myself!

Sunday

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Today we drove back from the mountain, stopping by Wasaga Beach. The shoreline was frozen, with little bobbing icebergs beyond! In the distance you can see the Blue Mountain!  IMG_5255

Here is my Will, snapping away!

SO it has been a GREAT week as you can see! Interestingly, like last year, Will and I once again found our way to some kind of water on our anniversary weekend. No Alpacas this year though!

My YEAR In Pictures

So I have just emerged in 2016. YAS I know it’s the 3rd of January but I needed some recovery!  Usually on a Sunday I hit you with my week in pictures but today I thought I’d reflect on my year. It’s been one blaaaaady great journey (co-voyaged in parts by some equally great huns and bros.) SO ….here is my YEAR in pictures. FEAST YOUR EYES!

January

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It is my birthday in January. Always has been, always will be. The annual tradition is to get passsshed with whichever huns I can assemble. In 2015 those huns were premium.

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My beautiful sister had a pretty big bun in her oven in January and we threw her a baby shower. It was lovely and look how fabulous she is.

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In January I celebrated three years of knowing this chap (the one with the scarf, not the alpaca…although I WISH I’d known him for three years too!) To mark the occasion, we went on an alpaca trek near Folkstone, UK.

February

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We cocktail in skyscrapers like city wankers. That was a huge theme of the London part of 2015. The picture above shows me and my bff Snozzle Wozzle, aka Ruth Norris, in a glass lift on the 42nd floor of the Heron Tower about to buy a wildly over-priced but wildly delicious cocktail. Cheers, life!

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Koelle alaaf! Back once again for the renegade carnival-goer! I returned to Cologne to party with my favourite Germans and adopted German.  This is ALWAYS fun and I am sad I won’t be there this year :'(!
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Happy Birthday Emma Minihan! The glory that is my friend Emma turned 25, so we dressed up like adventure time characters and had a ball.

March

My niece - a baby!

One of the more important things to have happened this year was that this little lady came into the world. My first ever niece – Miss Isobel Jane Barker <3

Gins in tins!

On the SAME evening that Isobel came into the world, I was filming a hard hitting documentary about various gin flavours with my glorious friend, Katie Brennan. You can watch the results here.

FISH!

March will forever be the month I ate this seafood feast of dreams #takemeback.

April

Enjoying a sunny Sunday!

To Amsterdam! Will and I met up with our German contingent in Amsterdam and it was DAMn fun. We camped and drank gin. What more do you need?

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Will and I spent a weekend with his family at a cottage in Norfolk. There was a SEAL BEACH. I repeat, SEAL BEACH. I managed to get close to one.

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This picture may not look like much, but I am about to have THE BEST evening watching Imelda Staunton in Gypsy at the Savoy Theatre in London. I saw around 100 shows last year, but Gypsy was THE BEST.

May

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One of the best weekends of the year was spent at the Gower in Wales with Will and our friends Jonny and Candice. We camped by the sea, we drank, ate, swam, walked. Perfecto.

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I was invited to be a paid speaker at the Southbank Centre’s Web We Want festival.  I was discussing professional blogging and this picture is of me about to go on stage 🙂

May 2015

My lovely friend Amelia and I RINSED the pop up Campari bar in Shoreditch in May! It opened right next to our office and was giving out unlimited free cocktails……….so…yeah.

June

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The Emerald Isles! Will and I used up our holiday at work to take a little trip to Ireland. This is Carrantohill in Killarney, the highest mountain in the country and we CLIMBED that honey on a REALLY hot day.

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June is Kate Martin’s Birthday. A day spent with Kate Martin is a fantastic day indeed!

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June was rounded off by fun in the sun with my best friends watching Taylor Swift in Hyde Park.

July

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July was mostly spent trying to watch Seven Brides for Seven Brothers at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre with the above beauties….but like a good old English  summer, it was rained off a LOT. I did finally watch in the end though and it was worth the wait.
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By July Will and  I knew we were leaving to move to Canada. Positive as it was, leaving my home of 8 years (London town) was sad so while I was still living there I enjoyed it to the MAXIMUM. The above champagne was one of many with my friend Sammi.
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So long and thanks for all the fish. Off I went. Leaving my job of three and a half  years was a mixed bag of fabulous and sad. In a blaze of exit glory, this picture was taken. Ciao for now!

August

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Will and I took the WHOLE month of August off to spend time with our families and friends. This picture was taken near Scafell Pike on a camping trip with Will’s parents.

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One of the glorious things about 2015 was that my friend Clarkie got married. She is the first of my friends to have taken a husband and we had a blast at her hen do (pics NSFW!) and wedding. This was also the last time I saw all of my school friends in a group before I left for Canada.
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This was the last day I spent with my friend Kate. WHAT A DAY we had. Tears were shed  the next day because saying goodbye to your best friends SUCKS.

Mum

So does saying goodbye to your family. This is mum and Isobel at  a party my mum was throwing for Will and I.

September

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The first chapter of the rest of our lives – this is mine and Will’s first day in Toronto :)!

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Hi Niagara Falls!

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Do you want to party with this guy? Here he is at a beach party in Montreal!

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Our first Baseball game! This is Toronto Blue Jays v New York Yankees.

October

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I popped over to New York for a week to hang out with Michaela and drink some coffee. It was glorious.

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Will and I explored more of Toronto. I took this picture of the city skyline on a boat ride to the islands.

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Our first Canadian Thanksgiving was a fantastic one hosted by our friend Harriet’s mum.

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YES! One of the major events this year was getting a job as a presenter. I did a radio show in London but being an on camera host has been a dream. I LOVE working for Inform Overload and Most Amazing Top Ten.

November

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Will and I moved into our new apartment. Here it is in its basic and semi-furnished state. It has blossomed into a home since!

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Drinking and having fun with these two in November was, and still is, a glory. These beauties have made settling into life in Canada much better.
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I did a lot of food reviewing in November for the Toronto Guardian and it was GREAT. This is from an incredible Icelandic feast I had which you can read about here.

December

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Will, Sam, Harriet and I went to see the ice hockey. Watching our first game from the front row was incredible!

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December is when this beauty was born. We enjoyed his birthday to the max which included finding this record player on Free Cycle and buying this beaut of a marble table.

Our first Canadian Christmas! We had Sam over for the day and over the festive period a few more friends dropped by. Yeah, it was weird without family but we had a lovely time!

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This was me today….so the first picture of a whole new year! Happy new year to all and all those involved in making my year the hoot and howl in really was. Let us do it all over to a brand new tune. xxx

 

My Week In Pictures October 4th – 10th 2015

Hello, hello, hello! So this week has been pretty good! Last week was cold and bleak-ish, but this week the sun has shone and prospects are looking up for Will and I, who have both started getting quite a few interviews. Hurrah!

Sunday

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I have wanted to go to SNAKES AND LATTES since before I moved here.I have begged Will time and time again and FINALLY on Sunday we met Harriet and whiled away the afternoon playing games and drinking great beer at the College St Branch.

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For those who are unaware what I am harping on about, Snakes and Lattes is a board game cafe (like the pun?) that not only has every game under the sun, also serves good local beer (the Oast House Barnraiser is SO GOOD!)  Even though Harriet and Will are much better than me at all games (see my angry “Will is winning Monopoly” face above!)  I LOVE SNAKES AND LATTES! Post to follow!

Monday

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Will has just got this app on his phone called “Jukely.” Essentially you pay $20 a month and can go to a gig for free every night. It has bands like CHVRCHES and Cold War Kids as well as stand up comedians. On Monday we headed to the super cool Drake Hotel to see comedian Owen  Benjamin, who I had never heard of but was absolute LOLZ. He also sings comedy songs, so you can understand why I might like him. Check him out! 

Tuesday

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GUYS. Canadians are FULL OUT excited by Halloween. I took a walk to the supermarket on Tuesday morning and passed two separate VERY seasonally decorated houses. One had a blow up vampire cat that moved (accompanied by a ghost and a dragon – not pictured) the other had a lovely “fall” display with a few murderous pumpkins and ghouls thrown in because, why not!

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Wednesday

Will and I went to see a show, They Say He Fell, at the Theatre Passe Muraille (review here.) The best thing about where we live in Toronto is that we can pretty much walk everywhere in under an hour. Whilst it is still warm enough to do so, this has been an amazing way to get to know the city. Here is a snap of Will ACTUALLY smiling near some cool street art we found on  our ramblings.

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Thursday

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Fall, fall, fall. Or autumn, to me. Autumn REALLY is a nicer word. Anyway, fall has fell and I have been enjoying the spoils as I roam about. I love a good orange leaf!

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On Thursday night we went to a Halloween themed sketch comedy style show at the SOCAP theatre in East of the city. The picture above is a strange snap of the madness.

Friday

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I have spent so much time in Starbucks recently. This is a place of free Wifi which is a saviour when one is job hunting and living in an internet-free house for a month. The upside is they sell gloriously naughty seasonal coffees, like this salted caramel mocha made with cream and dreams.

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On Friday night, Will and I headed to a cool gig in a living room near College and Spadina. The music was awesome and the whole place had a super trendy vibe….until I merrily went to the bathroom and spotted this clown in a water bowl. HELP!

Saturday

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Saturday was SUCH A GREAT DAY! The sun was shining, Will and I went for brunch then took a ferry to Centre Island, a small bit of land off the main shore of Toronto. Oh my god the views were incredible.

We spent the afternoon walking round the island in the sun and I even went for a little paddle.

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We watched an INCREDIBLE sunset over the water then headed back to the mainland. Beauty beauty beauty!

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SO today and tomorrow are celebrated as Thanksgiving in Canada. Harriet has kindly invited us over to celebrate with her and her family so we are about to do just that. I can’t wait!

ALSO….one picture that didn’t fit in the post that I need to share…….curly pepper!

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Welcome To New York – A Short Guide to the “Big Apple”

New York is a place so often portrayed in movies and literature that it is very much a “bucket list” city for many people, as it always had been for me. Luckily last week I was able to venture to the Big Apple for a second time. For all those wishing to follow suit I have picked out my favourite things to do in the city and the best part is you only need a few days to tick them all off your list!

Eat

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Avocado and chorizo eggs Benedict with potatoes and salad

New York is filled to the brim with a plethora of food options. From the delights of Chelsea Market or the hip Spotted Pig restaurant, to dollar slices and food trucks; the city knows how to tug at your taste buds. Personally, my favourite thing to do in New York is to have brunch.

New Yorkers treat brunch like a religion; every weekend they flock like moths to eggs benedict flames and I can’t blame them! On top of the gloriousness that is breakfast food, many places offer unlimited drinks alongside their entrees… can it get any better than that? My favourite place to brunch is Agave in Chelsea Village. Hello breakfast and bottomless frozen margaritas for under $30!

Broadway

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Finding Neverland is one of Broadways finest shows!

Broadway is pretty much the home of theatre and it would be criminal not to take in a show when visiting the city. My personal favourite Broadway productions are Finding Neverland and Kinky Boots. Whilst you might think this will cost you the earth, the TKTS booth in Times Square and websites like Playbill and Telecharge are often on hand to help with a discounted seat. Start spreadin’ the news!

Sightseeing

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The view of Manhattan from the free Staten Island Ferry

There is so much to see and it needn’t set you back a dime! My favourite free things to do include strolling through Central Park, meandering the incredible Chelsea High Line and catching the Staten Island Ferry, which brings you up close and personal to the Statue of Liberty AND gives you incredible views of Manhattan, Brooklyn and New Jersey.

Enjoy!

My Week In Pictures September 27th – October 3rd 2015

This week has been lots of fun, although I feel a tiny bit guilty about it! It has got to the point where I am convinced that I need to spend every waking hour applying for jobs, which is insane but

Sunday

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On Sunday I was in New York, the BIG Apple. However instead of sinking my teeth to that ripe old fruit, I drowned myself in coffee whilst volunteering at the New York Coffee Festival. In was INSANE.

Remember how I attended the London Coffee Festival? Well my friend Michaela was organizing the New York sister fest and I thought I would help a honey out. I had a GREAT time manning the VIP desk but I did drink way way way way way way (WAY) too much coffee. Help!

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Later we tackled our coffee come down with some late night Japanese food. Thankfully it was all kinds of glorious.

Monday

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Monday was arguably one of the best days of the year as such fun was had! Michaela and I got the Staten Island Ferry to see the Statue of Liberty, which was amazing and provided some incredible views of Manhattan! ALSO you can drink beer on the ferry, so obviously I needed a Samuel Adams.

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Later we had a lovely dinner on a boat by the river then headed once again to see Sleep No More at the Mckitrick hotel, followed by a few cocktails on the roof. Lush.

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AFTER THAT we went to another roof top bar which, er, had a pool in it. Weird. But all the fun!

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Tuesday

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I wasn’t exactly feeling fresh as a daisy come Tuesday morning so a glorious coffee and pastry combo was exactly what I needed. Yes, coffee again. On Sunday night I thought I would never drink coffee again but luckily I had had a day’s rest between then and Tuesday morning.

Our AirBnb host runs a coffee shop with his lovely wife and they invited us to try their incredible brews! I had a Japanese Kyoto cold brew coffee (it was a hoooot day!) and Michaela had an iced latte with vanilla soy milk. Both were delicious. What was arguably EVEN more delicious were the cream cheese and agave pastries we had along side them. #Swoon.

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Later we headed to Dumbo in Brooklyn for a walk over the Brooklyn Bridge, which was fantastic as you get to see the whole city.

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After than we had some much needed dinner followed by a trip to see Finding Neverland.  I have to say I thought the show was excellent – so watch out for a little review coming soon.

Wednesday

I was sad to leave New York but very happy to be going “home” to Toronto.  New York is undeniably awesome but I have to say I prefer the vibe in Toronto. The city is very clean, there is loads going on and the people are very friendly.

I won’t hark on about the 12 hour bus journey, I’ll just show you what was waiting for me at the end of it…my lovely Will had made me a lovely dinner of roast chicken and veg. What a beauty.

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Thursday

As much as I LOVED my roast dinner the night before, I started to feel very guilty as I realised that we are currently sharing our garden with 12 chickens! As it was a nice day, I sat out on the grass for a bit and was joined by these huns!

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After a few job applications, I headed to see a spooky show at the Theatre Passe Muraille with Harriet, which was good. We then had a cheeky post show beer and some potatoes bravas. Brava!

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Friday

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Saturday

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I spent the wholllleee day apply for jobs in Starbucks, which was slightly dull but afterwards I felt pretty good about myself. Later Will and I treated ourselves to a nice home cooked dinner, a few gin and tonics and a night on the tiles.  The good thing about our location is that we can pretty much walk everywhere fun. We saw this cool and apt piece of street art on our way to the DANCE PARTY!

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We are currently living in an apartment with no Wifi for a month, so my blog posting may be slightly more sporadic than I want. That said, I will definitely keep trying!

Love to all.

 

The Lockheart / The “Harry Potter” Bar Toronto

Not only has JK Rowling recently admitted that it is the dawn of the age of Hufflepuff, meaning it is my time to shine, a Harry Potter themed bar has just opened up in Toronto. Obviously this must be a sign, right?

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After a plethora of encouraging messages from my UK friends, I begged Will to accompany me to “The Lockheart,” obviously named after the golden haired Gilderoy. Personally I think Gilderoy is a bit of a dick and would rather they had called it “The Dobby” or “The Longbottom,” but a honey has to go where the magic is.

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After queuing for just 10 minutes, Will and I got seated at a trendy wooden bench style area, that was a far cry from The Hoggs Head Inn. As we perused the “Potions and Elixirs” menu, we were tempted in by “The Lockheart” Caesar, a Bloody Mary type affair (that probably would have been better named “Bellatrix’s revenge.”) However, after careful consideration, will ordered “The Botanist,” a cucumber and gin delight and I ordered a “Ludo’s Debt” which was rather like a Negroni.

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As we waited for our much anticipated elixirs, I had a little peruse at the decor. Some decorative nuances hinted at an affinity to the wizarding world. There was a huge sign repeating the “potions & elixirs” sentiment, some vaguely magical pink lighting, a neon quoting the last 3 words of the series, a mildly disturbing stags skull and a stag-key symbol I dint quite get? There were no couldrons, dry ice, or weather projections on the ceiling… Hmm.

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Taking my mind off the lack of Harry Potterness, our drinks arrived and were looking pretty buff, even though they weren’t served in elaborate vials or delivered by an owl.

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Will’s Botanist won the cocktail lottery; it was limealicious with fabulous blend of gin and cucumber. Plus the glass was quite fun! Mine was tasty and whole precious galleon (dollar) less than Will’s at $8 (that’s £4 back home guys!) although it tasted distinctly like a slightly weaker than average negroni. That said, I slurped it back and enjoyed every drop.

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Surely a magic themed bar would have some kind of magically tempting food menu? No. It was very much bog standard trendy bar fare, including popcorn. Popcorn. Bertie Bott would turn in his grave (actually, I’m pretty sure he is still alive in the wizarding world…but y’know.)

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The only thing I can think is that a) the newspapers blew this place out of all proportion creating unreal expectations for die hard fans or b) these guys took it is far as they could without getting sued by JK Rowling for Copyright infringement? That said, surely no one has ever got served for having just a teeny smidgen of dry ice or some popping candy?

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My inner badger was a little bit let down. However I don’t think my disappointment will change anything; these guys have clearly swallowed a bucket load of Felix Felicis – by the time we left there was a queue round the block just to get in.

My week in pictures 20th – 26th September 2015

This week has very much been a mix of really exciting and a touch dull. Weird. This is because Will and I are still trying to have fun but know we need to focus on getting jobs so are largely spending the days applying for jobs. Ahh!

Sunday

Sunday funday and you cannot stop that! No!

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Abiding by a time honoured Sunday tradition, Will and I went for brunch. Not only did we go for brunch, we went for a brunch at a cool and famous location in the city that serves $4 Caesars. Hi breakfast alcohol, hi breakfast eggs.

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It was a beautiful day, so Will and I took a stroll by Lake Ontario before heading to catch London Road at the last night of the Toronto International Film Festival.

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I very much enjoyed London Road! I think Rufus Norris and The National did a great job adapting it for screen.

Monday

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So Monday was cool as I went to a season press launch at the Royal Alexandra Theatre and ended up interviewing the leads of the U.S. Phantom tour amongst others.

After that, I spent the afternoon getting my video edit on!

Tuesday

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Tuesday was a glorious day both in terms of the weather and the fun scale. We were planning on meeting Harriet once she finished work to go to the Blue Jays baseball game. A few hours before we met her we headed to the Steamwhistle Brewery, basked in the sunshine and soaked up the free samples of beer before buying a couple of cans.

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The ball game was fun; the Jays were playing the New York Yankees and we very much felt like we were in a film!

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Wednesday

Will and I had a bit of a hectic but non picture worthy day of signing our house tenancy! We are really excited to be moving into our nice new place in November but between now and then we’re staying in a lovely temporary place with a garden and chickens.

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Later we walked through a beauty of a nearby park and I snapped this picture thinking it still almost looks like summer out here,  though apparently it is “fall.”

Thursday

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More hecticness and bag moving! I’ll spare you the boring details. After that was done, Will and I did more job applications and I prepared for my trip to New York the next day!

Friday

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Sooo Dunkin Donuts kept me alive on a 12 HOUR bus ride to NYC. I have taken that bus before but overnight rather than in the day. Overnight is waaaay better but for $25 each way, who can complain?

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Eventually I got there and spied this hun shining in its classic way. Hey Empire State!

Saturday

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Whilst I am staying with Michaela in NY, she was working Saturday day. Luckily my friend Rukaya was also in town on Saturday so we went met for brunch!

I’m so naughty. I have to admit I got wayyyyy too drunk at brunch. One of the things I love about NYC is their penchant for bottomless brunch. Unfortunately I embraced this with open arms on Saturday and had five drinks….then saw a Broadway show on my own. Cool story.

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I had just about sobered up by the time I met Michaela after she finished work. We then topped up my drastically dropping booze levels with a drink on a rooftop bar. Ideal!

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Make sure you catch the blog next week, if only just to find out how much coffee I drank at the New York Coffee festival on Sunday.

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Michaela and I are off to see the Statue of Liberty now! BYE! x

My Week in Pictures 6-12th September 2015

Hello beauties! SO I have decided to go for a slightly new format with the Week in Pictures posts to account for the varying time zones of myself in Canada and my readers in the UK. I am going to try and post these on Sunday mornings Toronto time, which will hit you Sunday afternoons. Therefore I am starting the week from Sundays and ending the week on Saturdays. It makes sense!

SO THIS WEEK WAS AWESOME and could possibly be my best picture post yet. Hold tight.

Sunday

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I KIND of covered Sunday last week, but basically we explored a bit more of the city during the day then later had a bbq on the balcony of the place we were staying with our lovely hosts. It was a meat feast!  After that we headed out for some drinks as the next day was a bank holiday. Labour Day!

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Monday

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Totally casual, but I started this week with a trip to Niagara Falls. NIAGARA FALLS! It was incredible.

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I won’t share all of my Niagara pictures as I think I will write a post about the whole (crazy) place soon.

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After our trip to Niagara (with some new Canadian friends!) we had worked up a hunger! We all returned to the city and dined like royalty for next to nothing at Sushi On Bloor. You can read my post about this place and generally ogle at sushi here.

Tuesday

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SO on Tuesday I had to have an emergency filling and it cost me $323! Whilst this made me want to cry, I drowned my tears in beer and tasty food with Harriet at a place in the city called El Furniture. The bar itself sells legit tasty food for $4.99 a plate, which very much helped!
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I then walked back to where Will and I were staying and trotted past this ‘ol familiar friend of a sign which was lit up all pretty in the dark. Mega babe.

Wednesday

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Is it okay that I am in a happy relationship and we went to Hooters as a couple for lunch?! It has been sort of a running joke for a while?!

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Anyway, the food was good and the margaritas were better …although the whole place was quite on brand with its seediness.

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The only way is up from Hooters, right? Right. Will and I walked past the Bell Lightbox Movie Theatre (where they hold the Toronto International Film Festival) and got a couple of tickets to see one of the shows in the programme. I ALSO purchased a subscription to the Mirvsh Theatre Season, with the first show being Motown. I can’t wait!

Thursday

To Montreal!  Will and I got up super early and got the bus to Montreal – Quebec! It took 6 hours and we arrived at 12 HUNGRY and ready to party Montreal style!

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We headed to Schwartz’s for lunch – it is a famous deli style place that serves ridiculous (incredible) smoked beef “sandwiches” (LOL.)

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After our meat feast, we walked to the old dock in the city, passing some pretty cool street art as we did!

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Later we went on a boat ride around the dock and managed to get an awesome up close look at Habitat 67 – a residential block built in 1967 by a local architect as part of the ’67 Montreal Expo. Some people think the building is ugly, but I think it is SO COOL.

Friday

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OH WOW FRIDAY, It was almost a joke… Will and I went to a day party at a beach club (where Kylie Jenner had her 18th Birthday :-/ ) with the guy we are staying with in Montreal.  The place isn’t actually on a beach, but is on a big fresh water lake and had a big pool, all of the sun loungers and a massive PARTY going on. It was …. just crazy.

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The party started at like 11am and went on til 6pm…by which time we had danced in the pool with several beers, laid on the “beach”, danced on a deck to some DJ’s (who were hilarious and obviously though they were God’s gift to the human race!) By the end of it, we were RUINED. That said, even after grabbing some dinner, we were in bed by 11pm, which leads me to think that DAY PARTIES ARE THE WAY FORWARD!

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Saturday

So it took me about 20 years to get out of bed. Fine. Also,  after the glorious weather of Friday, Saturday decided to pee it down wit rain. Also FINE.

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Eventually Will and I headed to the Biosphere on the islandy bit of Montreal. This was also built for the ’67 Expo and is structurally awesome.

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The sphere is now an environment museum, which is pretty cool. Inside we learnt all about humans relationship to nature and technology and what we can do to move forward without destroying both things. Tres Interessant! (Did I mention they speak FRENCH in Montreal?!)

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I dream of cheese. We all know that. The only way Will and I could make sure our hangovers were well and truly gone was to cover them in cheese. Oh HAI FONDUE! Yep – we had a glorious three course fondue meal that is absolutely worthy of its own post. So watch out for that!

SO now it is Sunday and it is still raining! It has been like 30 degrees everyday, so I really shouldn’t complain! We are going to head out soon to (hopefully, weather permitting) see some street drumming! Sure.

Love to all xx