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My Favourite Toronto Restaurants

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Byblos

For our one year living in Toronto, we agreed that although we did not have much money (grad students and people who work at front desks of gyms aren’t rolling in it) we wanted to explore Toronto well. Sometimes that meant exploring it with our stomachs. We found some really great restaurants all over the city, and you should definitely try some of them!

For our first wedding anniversary we went to Byblos, which is a Mediterranean restaurant. Their drinks are amazing, their food is amazing, and we had a wonderful time.

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Booyah

There are many ice cream and gelato places around our neighbourhood of St. Clair West, but Booyah is the one we’ve loved the most. You can have these amazing dessert tacos, or ice cream sandwiches, all customizable.

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Sea Witch Fish & Chips

The Sea Witch is another of our favourites in St. Clair West. We’ve taken several people there, and everyone always loves the awesome service (the owners remember you!), the spicy pickled onions, awesome fries, and best of all, the sandwich. For two people, you only need one order of fries since the sandwiches are so big and awesome. The first time we went, Nic only got the fish, not the sandwich, and he was definitely jealous.

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Glory Hole Doughnuts

Nic and I love doughnuts. Glory Hole (don’t think about it!) is sort of difficult for us to get to in Parkdale, but it’s awesome. Nic had a malted doughnut, and mine was strawberry rhubarb. So fresh, the inside is delicious, perfect.

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Box Car Social

The coffeeshop we’ve returned to the most is Box Car SocialBox Car Social. They’re one of those coffee shops that turns into a bar, so you can get flights of different alcohol etc. We love the service, the latte art, and their chai tea lattes are up to my standards. The location on Yonge Street near St. Clair is super cool with lots of different rooms upstairs to hang out or work in, and a patio on the first floor.

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Pho Hung

Our favourite Asian cuisine has been at Pho Hung- a Vietnamese place in Chinatown. Their Vermicelli is delicious.

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El Rincon – Margarita Monday and Taco Tuesday

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The other day when we were walking through our neighbourhood, we spotted a sign at El Rincon saying they had a back patio. Nic and I love to eat “al fresco,” so I checked them out. Turns out they have $5 margaritas on Mondays, and $2 tacos on Tuesdays. We quickly decided to go there for a couple dates, and really enjoyed it.

Yes, there were supposed to be lots more photos, but I did a newb photography mistake of thinking I had uploaded all the pictures from that day (I had the earlier ones, why wouldn’t I have the evening ones? gah!) and deleted them. I even had adorable outfit pictures with a neighbourhood cat who really wanted to sniff my feet.

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The margaritas were deeeelish, and so were the tacos. You ordered four of a kind (which is too bad, I miss Taco Farm in Waterloo where you can get as many of whatever you want), so we split the veggie and chicken ones. Both had great flavours, and I found out I like Modelo beers (their coronas weren’t cold, and I thought I was agreeing to warmer Coronas, not a different beer. Oops, coulda saved $4+ tip and tax).

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Both times we’ve been at the restaurant we’ve enjoyed ourselves. It’s so chill in the back with the latin music, and everyone is loving the food and alcohol. If you’re looking for a cheap night with a date or friends, definitely check them out!

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Our First Wedding Anniversary

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We took the ferry across to Toronto Island

Nic and I got married June 20, 2015 in Ottawa, where we grew up. For our first anniversary, we decided we would go to Toronto Island for a beach day, and then have a delicious dinner out. Our original plans were much more grandiose-weekend hiking trip in Algonquin or on the Bruce Peninsula, bed & breakfast and a show in Stratford… But we realized that with a grad student and and under-employed-future-grad-student income, it made more sense to stick close to home.

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Always use a protective pouch if using electronics at the beach!

Neither of us had been to the Islands before, so this was a lot of fun. We packed up all our essentials, and spent a really hot, relaxing day in the sun. Yes, I got a terrible burn despite repeat applications of sunscreen.

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I love building sandcastles

Since Nic had strained his shoulder, we knew we wouldn’t be able to play any sports at the beach. We decided to pick up a bucket and some shovels to make a sandcastle-it was a lot of fun. People kept passing by it and saying how awesome it was, probably thinking it was made by children, not two twenty-five-year-olds. We had some good laughs.

We walked from Ward’s Island to Centre Island, which was much busier, and got some fresh pineapple juice.

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Nic bought me peonies, my favourite flowers
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Our friend Winston recommended Byblos, and it was delicious

Byblos is a Mediterranean restaurant in the Entertainment District, and they’re phenomenal. We each got a fancy cocktail (my cucumber, mint + vodka was perfect) and then shared some plates.

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Our last dish arrived after I took this picture, and we had eaten too much of the food for me to take another one. Oops! We had the best, spiciest olives, cauliflower, fried chicken, and pide.

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The waitress brought us some Turkish ice cream because she knew it was our anniversary-so sweet! The booth we sat in was also super romantic. I’m so glad we went there.

Our first year of marriage has been so wonderful. First and foremost, obviously it’s been awesome living with Nic-we don’t have to be long-distance anymore, or be worried we’ll miss the last bus home because we’re having a great conversation, and there’s always our favourite person to hang out with when we get home. Second, it’s been really cool to see our relationship evolve-we’ve seen each other through tough times, dashed hopes, and joys, and have learned how to be humble about our mistakes. Third, we’ve gotten to explore places together-not just our temporary city of Toronto, but our honeymoon in Nova Scotia, bringing Nic to Manitoba for my Grandpa’s funeral, and our dream trips (B.C., New Zealand and Australia…). I’m so happy we found each other, and I can’t wait for every single anniversary after this one.

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Sunglasses: thrifted
Top: Forever 21
Skirt: Suzy Shier
Heels: JustFab

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After dinner we walked (I limped, I haven’t worn heels in months, and those four-inch babies were killing me) to the waterfront, shared a drink at the Amsterdam Brewery, and watched the sunset on the first day of summer.

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Taco Ice Cream Sundae at Booyah Ice Cream

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There are lots of specialty ice cream places in Toronto. Some of them live up to the hype (Sweet Jesus) and some don’t (Dutch Dreams), but all of them offer unique experiences, so if you like ice cream and don’t mind lines, check them out this summer!

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Nic and I were lucky on our trip to Booyah at St. Clair West and Vaughan (Bathurst) that there wasn’t a line ahead of us. Booyah  offers different ice cream sandwiches. You can pick the type of cookie and scoops of ice cream, but this summer they added ice cream tacos. In the folded waffle is three scoops of ice cream, two toppings, and a sauce.

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We tried moose tracks, cookie dough, and blueberry cheesecake with whipped cream, brownie bits, cookie dough, and caramel sauce. Yes, it was worth the money, but I’m definitely glad we split it! It was soooo big!

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Saturday Afternoon

This past Saturday afternoon after my shift at the gym, Nic and I took the streetcar out to High Park to meet our friends Dayna and Christian. It was a beautiful day, but definitely colder than it looked. We sat on their blanket for a while, and if you were in the right spot, the sun was bright enough you were almost warm.

The trees are starting to bud, which is wonderful!

After separating, Nic and I went to the Annex, where we had drinks and the most amazing nachos at Hey Lucy. Again, in direct sunlight on the patio you sort of felt warm.

Oops.

My Outfit: H&M army green jacket
Gap striped top
Black jeans from Forever 21
Joe Fresh tennis shoes

A Sunny Saturday in Toronto with Siblings

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Saturday was a beaaauuutiful day! My brother Ryan and sister-in-law Deanna came to visit us, and we didn’t even wear coats! We went to Allan Gardens first, then through to Nic’s lab, and Kensington Market. A plethora of pictures from Allan Gardens will come out soon.

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Nic gave Ryan and Deanna a tour of his lab at UofT, which was cool for them. I’m still only getting an understanding of his Master’s, and he’s almost done!

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We walked through to Kensington Market and looked in a bunch of stores. These pillows are at the Blue Banana Market.

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We stopped for drinks at Trinity Common, and my ceasar was perfect.

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Dinner at Pho Hung in Chinatown.

Dinner at the Sea Witch – 2 months of marriage!

On Thursday, we’ve been married for 2 months! Friday night after a long week, we decided to go out for dinner to celebrate. We’ve walked by the Sea Witch dozens of times, and always wanted to go in, so we did. Plus, we’re obsessed with fish and chips. 
Mirror selfies

 We have matching prescription Ray-bans, and love to wear them inside. Just kidding. But we are those people now.

I regretted wearing the heels (I’ve been in loafers or my cross-trainers all week) since I’m not used to heels anymore. The restaurant may be super close to our apartment, but it was still a slow process walking there!

Their awesome mural

Purple top: LOFT
Black jeans: Forever21 (they were $10!)
Strappy heels: JustFab.ca

YUMMMM

 I got a cod sandwich (pickled onions and tartar sauce), Nic got cod, and we shared the fries and coleslaw. It was delicious. Seriously. Best fish and chips I’ve had outside of the Maritimes. Definitely too much food even though I had done two workouts for job training.

My hubby’s cute 😉
The restaurant is really cool, it’s an art deco place with lots of fishing inspired art. We sat at a large table in the middle with a few other couples. They have really fast turnover, and you can order food for pickup. We’re definitely looking forward to going there again!
Always gotta find the sunset.