Toronto Patio Guide


It’s super hot and humid in Toronto today… perfect weather for skipping out on work a little early and hitting a patio.  Check out blogTO’s Patio Guide (there’s a website and also an app for iOS and Android). So many patios for such a short season!

I love Allen’s (classic), House on Parliament (great food and great vibe) and the Ceili Cottage (it’s at the end of my street – doesn’t get more convenient than that). And if you’ve never been to Roof Lounge at the Park Hyatt, it’s a must. The views of the city are breathtaking.

Last summer we checked out Against the Grain, by Sugar Beach. I love the idea of a lakeside patio, and it’s certainly gorgeous… but I couldn’t get into the vibe.  This year I want to check out the Drake Sky Yard, Papillon on the Park (I’ve been inside, but never on the patio) and my pal Jenny told me that F’Amelia in Cabbagetown is a lovely resto.

What’s your favourite patio in the city?

(image of Ceili Cottage patio via blogTO)

Kinnon Elliott Illustration Prints at Telegramme


There’s a new series of prints available at Telegramme (the awesome graphic arts shop in Leslieville), and they’re by none other than my bestest pal, Kinnon Elliott.  The prints are from her Toronto’s My Home and Toronto Library series.  I think I need one of each.  Kinnon, I am so proud of you!

[image from Telegramme’s Facebook page]

Great Website for Second-Hand Baby Stuff in Toronto


I am SO happy to share my newest discovery for baby stuff in Toronto with you – Merrily Merrily.  It’s a website run by Leslieville mom Moxie Garrett, and you can shop a great selection of gently used and nearly-new baby and kids’ gear on her charming website.  You can choose to have items shipped to you, or you can opt for free pickup in Leslieville.

Moxie also takes your used gear off your hands, and sells it on the website on consignment.  I dropped off a bunch of stuff for her this week, and she sells it in record time.  I’m so happy I found out about Merrily Merrily!

A Pint by the Fireplace


It’s Friday.  It’s cold outside.  I am looking forward to relaxing later on, with a pint of craft beer or a glass of wine, in front of my fireplace.

But what if you don’t have a fireplace?  Check out this perfectly timed article from Torontoist, featuring 11 awesome Toronto pubs where you can imbibe, fireside.


[image of the Drake Sky Yard rooftop patio from their website]

TTC Token Holder


Do you often lose your TTC tokens?  Mine fall out of my wallet all the time.  And the ones I don’t lose are often confused with dimes, or just misplaced.

Check out this awesome TTC token holder, made by Spacing Magazine.  It holds 10 tokens, and still fits in your pocket or your purse.  Brilliant!  I bought a bunch of them before Christmas and gave them to friends and family as stocking stuffers.

You can get yours at the Spacing store, and they’ll ship one to you (approx. $2.50 for shipping).