a couple walking with their dog next to white tents full of vendors

Accessing fresh farm produce in the city

For many city dwellers the best way to access fresh local food is at one of the many Farmer’s Markets held each summer, with some held throughout the year.  My personal favourite market in Toronto can be found at Artscape Wychwood Barns at 601 Christie St on Saturdays from 8AM to 12:30PM year round (10 minute walk from…

What’s new at Casa Loma?

Visitors to Toronto might be a little surprised to learn we have our very own castle in a city that’s relatively young, at just over 200 years old. Anyone that grew up here is already familiar with Casa Loma, the nearly 65,000 square foot 98 room mansion built by Sir Henry Pellatt in 1914 and located near Dupont Subway…

rows and row of colourful fruit

Ontario Getaway: St. Jacobs Farmers’ & Flea Market

Just one and a half hour’s drive from downtown Toronto, near Kitchener and Waterloo, lies Ontario’s Mennonite Country, complete with working farms, picturesque towns, Ontario’s last wooden covered bridge, and a huge market full of fresh food, antiques, and flea market finds.  St. Jacobs Farmers’ & Flea Market is open Thursday and Saturday from 7am…

a crowd watching movies outside

Movies, music, food – all under an Open Roof

In case the Pan Am Games and the multitude of street and cultural festivals in Toronto weren’t keeping you busy enough this summer, may I suggest one more excellent way to spend your time in this city?  The Open Roof Festival presents first run indie movies under the stars every Wednesday (including Canada Day) until…

a patio with wooden tables/chairs and flowers all around

A taste of New Orleans in Toronto

After an extended absence from Toronto that included a week in New Orleans, I was so thrilled to return home and find out that a little piece of New Orleans opened up in my neighbourhood.  Fat City Blues, located at 890 College St, has an excellent west-facing patio, which means lots of afternoon sun for…

a slice of deep dish pizza full of cheese and tomato sauce

A quick taste of Chicago

Chicago could be the city that never sleeps, just as much as it is the windy city.  No last call for alcohol, and you can always find a place that’s open and happening, even if you are visiting the city on a Sunday and Monday like we were.  Having been to Chicago before, we skipped…

A bronze statue of a man sitting in a hair with a farmhouse behind him

Kentucky: Bourbon and Pizza?!

Our trip through Kentucky included a stopover at Jim Beam’s American Stillhouse, home of the world’s #1 selling bourbon and one of 9 distilleries on Kentucky’s Bourbon Trail.  This area is certainly worth a weekend trip to really take in the countryside, tour the distilleries, and hear some traditional bluegrass.  Jim Beam offers tours, but…

A band playing at Rum Boogie night club

Five legendary experiences in Memphis, TN

Memphis is a city full of history, sometimes triumphant and sometimes tragic, but always legendary. Although not a huge city (population of about 650,000), we were overwhelmed by the number of things we wanted to see (and eat) while visiting! Two days were not enough, but we squeezed as much as humanly possible into those…

Several cadillacs buried nose first in the dessert and spray painted in various colours

Travelling through cattle country: Texas & Oklahoma

Continuing the road trip down Historic Route 66, we made our way out of New Mexico and past the sprawling cattle ranches of Texas and Oklahoma enroute to Tennessee. Leaving Albuquerque in the morning gives you have the chance to stopover at a few interesting stops in Amarillo and Oklahoma City, the two major cities…