Monthly Archives: September 2013

#27 – Go apple picking

We found the most idyllic apple farm in King City this weekend.  We spent a great morning at Pine Farms Orchards; wandering the fields and picking apples with our friends Jenn, Justin and baby Ben and then getting some tasty treats from their cafe.

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Details: Pine Farm Orchard is in King City, about 35 minutes outside of Toronto.  Their address and hours can be found here.

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#78 – Buy art from a local artist

We picked up this awesome print from Toronto artist Robert Rat Prints at the Queen West Art Crawl Outdoor Market.  His prints were all great, but we picked the hippo as it reminded us of our amazing trip to South Africa earlier in the year.

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Details: You can find more from Robert Rat Prints on Esty here.

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#92 – Go to a local art show

We checked out the Outdoor Art Show at Trinity Bellwoods this past weekend; part of the Queen West Art Crawl.  There were so many great local artists, we had a great time wandering through the park exploring everything on offer.  

We especially liked Robert Rat Prints, Paddles by W. Bruce Smith and Patrick Lajoie Photography (bottom photo).  

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Details: The Queen West Art Crawl website can be found here.

 

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#16 – Go to an art gallery

Two of our of nearest and dearest got hitched this weekend and their reception was at the Cooper Cole Art Gallery.   A very big congrats to the lovebirds Jamie and Sara, we are so happy to have celebrated with you!

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Details: Cooper Cole is located at 1161 Dundas Street West, just west of Ossington at Dundas.  Information about current exhibits can be found here.

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#46 – Try an Ethiopian restaurant

Enough people have recommended that we try Ethiopian that it made it onto our list.  We went to Lalibela Ethiopian Restaurant, which we picked off BlogTO’s Best Ethiopian list.  We enjoyed our meal (we ordered the mild vegetarian platter), but it didn’t blow us away.

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Details: Lalibela Ethiopian is at 869 Bloor Street, just east of Ossington.   Hours and menu can be found here.

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#76 – Make ice cream

We don’t have an ice cream maker, so I searched Pinterest until I found an ice cream recipe that didn’t require one.   It seemed like my kind of recipe; easy to follow, not complicated and only a couple ingredients.  Unfortunately it just wasn’t that good and didn’t compare to the real thing.  Not a winner.

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Details: We used this recipe from Kevin & Amanda (found on Pinterest).  It wasn’t terrible, but not something we’d make again.

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#5 – Ride bikes on Centre Island

I knew this was going to be a great afternoon when I asked the gent at the bike rental shop for a purple bike and when he brought it out he said “This one even has a pink bell”.

We had a great time exploring Centre and Ward’s Island.  The bikes weren’t quite as nice as the ones we rented from Zoom in Niagara-on-the-Lake, but they did the job and we had a lot of fun.

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Details: Toronto Island Bicycle Rental is open from May 1 – September 30.  Details about location and costs can be found here.

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#28 – Take an archery lesson at Casa Loma

After trekking through a questionable tunnel, convinced we hadn’t heard the directions correctly, we arrived in Casa Loma’s carriage house, where our archery lesson would take place.  Run by Shawn Adams, this class was great.  We both loved it, and thought Shawn was a great teacher, giving each participant personal instruction and encouragement.

We will definitely do this again, and it’s great to find something that we equally enjoy to do together.  We highly recommend taking this workshop!

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Details: Archery workshops run at Casa Loma Saturday & Sundays, twice a day.  The classes are limited to 10 participants and sell out quickly.  Available dates and times can be found here.

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#47 – Go to a movie at Revue Cinema

Despite being walking distance from our place, we have never been to the Revue Cinema on Roncesvalles.  It has a really interesting history (which you can read about on their website here), being 100 years old and holding the distinction of being one the country’s oldest continuously running cinemas.

We saw The Way, Way Back which was really, really great.  We would highly recommend it.

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Details: The Revue is at 400 Roncesvalles, just south of Dundas West.  Information about movies times and the cinema can be found here.  The Revue also can be rented out for private parties.

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#41 – Swim in a Great Lake

I felt like we checked this one off when we went snorkelling in Lake Huron at the beginning of the month, but Adam was fairly adamant that it didn’t count, so we took a quick swim in Lake Erie while we were there over the long weekend.

I grew up swimming in Georgian Bay, so I have fairly high standards, and Lake Erie didn’t really cut it for me (for swimming, there is no denying the Lake is beautiful).

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