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TORONTO DISTILLERY CHRISTMAS MARKET

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WITH THE HOLIDAYS upon us I am so excited about all the friends and family we get to see, the food we get to eat and how this beautiful city really comes alive in the Christmas spirit!

One of the best things to do in Toronto at this time of year is to hit up the Toronto Christmas Market in the Distillery district. There is something here for every age with tons of little boutiques, great hot chocolate (or spiked egg nog for those who fancy something a little stronger ;) ) a huge Christmas tree, a Santa Clause meet and greet and basically anything and everything else that will get you into the holiday spirit... There's even a merry go round! (Ps. If you are looking for a place to take Christmas photos this is IT.)

The Distillery District is an incredible place at any time of year, with great shops, coffee, food and even a microbrewery. But at Christmas it is the most festive place in the whole city and I can't get enough of it!

Thank you to the incredible Ryan Freeman for capturing these pictures of our family!

 

THE ST. LAWRENCE MARKET

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vsco-photo-1 4A COUPLE WEEKENDS ago we made the most of our early Saturday mornings with a one year old by walking over to the St. Lawrence Market. At 208 years old, this market, having the history to back up its credentials, is considered to be one of the world's greatest and is the culinary focal point of the city of Toronto. There are 120 specialty vendors to suit almost every culinary need you may have. Saturday mornings at the North Market are my personal favourite, where tons of farmers from southern Ontario bring their seasonal produce for purchase. It is some of the best you will have, Phineas and I shared the best honey crisp apple I have ever had at the market that day!

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vsco-photo-3 3Sam has always raved about the Carousel Bakery's classic "Hogtown Sandwich" aka peameal bacon on a bun. It was amazing. This bakery also sells fantastic treats and beautiful homemade and organic sourdough bread. We then popped by Olympic Cheese cheese shop, the market's first specialty cheese shop which has the largest selection in the city, to pick up some comté and roquefort bleu cheese. We fell in love with comté while in Paris this summer and would eat it every day for lunch on baguette with prosciutto. Finally we stopped in at St. Urbain Bagels for some Montreal-style bagels. Considering we would go through at least a half dozen bagels, if not a full dozen, when we lived in Montreal, we were thrilled to find Montreal-style bagels so close to us in the city. They were so far the closest thing to our beloved bagels that we have found here!

 

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vsco-photo-3 2Phineas had a blast at the market. As I mentioned in this post, he has always loved to eat food but now he has really taken in interest in learning about food and in food preparation. I love being able to give him tastes of fresh ingredients and letting him explore food. He loved seeing all the bright, autumnal colours of the different produce in the seasonal farmers market. Between the honey crisp apples, beets, carrots and hot apple cider he was thrilled with our loot to head home with!

 

A SATURDAY MORNING DATE

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vsco-photo-4 THIS WEEKEND SAM and I had a day date. It was the first time I can remember that we have had a good chunk of the day to ourselves and let me be the first to say #daydatesforthewin. Don't get me wrong, evenings out with Sam are always a great time and beggars-can't-be-choosers, I will take any opportunity I can to have some quality time sans bébé with him, but to have a whole morning and afternoon of time alone was bliss. Evenings can be hard to get the quality time in, since we are both usually mentally and physically drained from a long day at work or a full day at home with a one year old. The past few weeks have been particularly long and tiring, so when my mom called and asked to take Phineas to the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair at the Exhibition this week we did not hesitate to give a resounding "Yes!".

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vsco-photo-1 3We started our morning with a trip to Bonjour Brioche, a Parisian style patisserie in the neighbourhood that has been voted the best brunch in the city and best croissant in the city. We have stopped in for their croissants and baguettes in the past but hadn't made it there for brunch yet. Let me tell you, it did not disappoint! We went big. We started with almond croissants and a warm drink, latté for him, hot chocolate for me. Then came the eggs benny. Anyone who knows me knows that, although I am not a huge breakfast person, I love eggs benedict. They serve their eggs benedict on their award winning croissants with peameal bacon or smoked salmon. Avocado and tomato are optional, but, I mean, who says no to avocado? Then we finished with a crème brulée tart which was devoured so quickly there was no chance of a photo being taken. I highly recommend going here if you are looking for a delicious brunch. Come before 11am though, otherwise the lineup goes around the block!

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vsco-photo-2 2Our focus for the morning was to aim to do things that we couldn't do with Phineas. We realized that only things we both wanted to do were eat a meal with no distractions and great conversation, sleep and read, things that are are difficult impossible to do with a baby. So eat, sleep and read we did! We napped off our giant brunch for an hour or so and then made our way to Dark Horse Espresso Bar to finish our morning with quality time of reading in silence beside each other over a delicious cup of coffee.

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It was the perfect morning and the best way to refresh before another busy week. I am definitely hoping to incorporate more day dates in the future, like I said before... Day dates for the win!

A SATURDAY MORNING DATE

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vsco-photo-4 THIS WEEKEND SAM and I had a day date. It was the first time I can remember that we have had a good chunk of the day to ourselves and let me be the first to say #daydatesforthewin. Don't get me wrong, evenings out with Sam are always a great time and beggars-can't-be-choosers, I will take any opportunity I can to have some quality time sans bébé with him, but to have a whole morning and afternoon of time alone was bliss. Evenings can be hard to get the quality time in, since we are both usually mentally and physically drained from a long day at work or a full day at home with a one year old. The past few weeks have been particularly long and tiring, so when my mom called and asked to take Phineas to the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair at the Exhibition this week we did not hesitate to give a resounding "Yes!".

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vsco-photo-1 3We started our morning with a trip to Bonjour Brioche, a Parisian style patisserie in the neighbourhood that has been voted the best brunch in the city and best croissant in the city. We have stopped in for their croissants and baguettes in the past but hadn't made it there for brunch yet. Let me tell you, it did not disappoint! We went big. We started with almond croissants and a warm drink, latté for him, hot chocolate for me. Then came the eggs benny. Anyone who knows me knows that, although I am not a huge breakfast person, I love eggs benedict. They serve their eggs benedict on their award winning croissants with peameal bacon or smoked salmon. Avocado and tomato are optional, but, I mean, who says no to avocado? Then we finished with a crème brulée tart which was devoured so quickly there was no chance of a photo being taken. I highly recommend going here if you are looking for a delicious brunch. Come before 11am though, otherwise the lineup goes around the block!

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vsco-photo-2 2Our focus for the morning was to aim to do things that we couldn't do with Phineas. We realized that only things we both wanted to do were eat a meal with no distractions and great conversation, sleep and read, things that are are difficult impossible to do with a baby. So eat, sleep and read we did! We napped off our giant brunch for an hour or so and then made our way to Dark Horse Espresso Bar to finish our morning with quality time of reading in silence beside each other over a delicious cup of coffee.

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It was the perfect morning and the best way to refresh before another busy week. I am definitely hoping to incorporate more day dates in the future, like I said before... Day dates for the win!

EVERGREEN BRICKWORKS

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A FEW WEEKS ago Sam finished his day earlier than we anticipated which left us with an afternoon together as a family in a new-to-us city wondering what to do. Sam had been recommended to check out the Evergreen Brickworks. What a fabulous place! Formally a brick masonry, they have restored the deteriorating heritage buildings and created an environment that showcases green design and urban sustainability. Not only is this place beautiful with so much to see, it is also incredibly kid friendly.

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Located near the Don Valley Parkway there are 40 acres of green space (formerly a clay and shale quarry) that is maintained by Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation with trails and ponds to explore. Finny saw his first turtle here!

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There are farmer's markets on the weekend, an adorable café with delicious homemade buttermilk biscuits (get them, you won't regret it), a boutique shop with tons of great things for kids and adults alike, an ice rink in the winter, and a children's garden + so much more! We only spent 3 hours there and barely scratched the surface of all there is to do.

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