TORONTO STAYCATION

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The week before last, Andrew and I took some time off work and enjoyed a week staycation here in Toronto. We had decided that rather than travel somewhere, we would relax at home and enjoy the city. We had a great time checking out great new restaurants, many of which are walking distance from our house!

Here are some highlights from our week off:

  • Blue Plate : We went here for both a dinner and a brunch and enjoyed both the food and the atmosphere.
  • Universal Grill : An old favourite that we had forgotten about on Dupont.
  • Zocalo : Awesome new place that opened up at Bloor & Symington. Great food and service.
  • We watched ‘Scott Pilgrim’. Perfect Toronto-centric movie.
  • June Harlow : Very new restaurant at Dupont and Edwin with wonderful food. Their dessert menu includes freshly baked chocolate chip cookies and homemade smores.
  • Bloordale Pantry : We’ve been here multiple times now for their brunch. Delicious.
  • Yasi’s : They sell Kawartha Dairy ice cream and they are half a block from our house. Danger.
  • A visit to see Andrew’s brother, Mike at the organic farm he’s living/working on. We were sent home with a load of amazing produce.

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12 Responses to “TORONTO STAYCATION”


  • That sounds lovely. HOw did you get the picture of the three of you at night? (i.e. what did you put your camera on? Did you use a flash?) I love the picture from the farm.

  • lovely flats karyn! might i ask where you got them from? i just love the pointed toes and weaved look :)

  • oh I am so glad you had a good time!
    Isn’t Zaloco the best?! and it is so close to your house.
    I was there for dinner last night.
    Love it.
    I love your pictures too.

  • Oh your timing is perfect! I have a stay-cation coming up, 10 days! We’ll be doing 2 small day trips, but these restaurants sound perfect as we will also be visiting a family member in hospital in the west end.
    Beautiful pictures!

  • that pie looks gorgeous!!! mmmm!

  • <3 these glimpses into your life!

  • Staycations = lovely. And I agree with you about Zocalo. We took some friends for brunch yesterday and it was delicious.

  • peanut – thanks so much! the night time photo of the three of us was taken by putting my camera on a bench and using the remote control i recently got. no flash! i never use flash. my aperture was f 1.8. if your camera is resting on something steady, then clear night time shots are totally possible.

    suz – i love these flats. they are made from recycled newspaper. i bought them from moxsie.

    jill – i can’t believe i can walk to so many great places now. our neighborhood gets better every day!

    tasha – enjoy your staycation! any of those places would be great to visit. so delicious.

    michelle – i wish i had some pie left to share with you. next time! it was really great. and now i’m not scared to make pies.

    amanda – you’re right, i should do this more often!

    joanna – i love their idea of open sandwiches. i need to go back and try out more of their menu!

  • Sounds really good. People don’t even realize they do not necessarily have to leave Toronto for holidays. If I have some free time, I actually really like to stay and explore places I don’t know, since there is just so many (even though I have lived here for years). Oh by the way, the pie looks unbelievably delicious.

  • This post totally inspired me! I made Martha Stewart’s zucchini chocolate cakes and some peach rosemary jam and can’t wait to have some time to re-explore Vancouver. Sounds like a great stay-cation!

  • Hi Karyn,
    Thanks for all the neighbourhood food suggestions. Am always looking for new places to go! Also your lattice pie looks great. Very impressive. :-)

  • ps. Would not have included a smiley emoticon if I knew it would turn into a yellow headed man! I hope you’re laughing.

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