Hot Chocolate at La Merceria, Toronto, Canada

There is an area made up of a dozen city blocks centered around West Queen West St. dotted with graffiti. A lot of it looks like it has been commissioned, making up part of the brand and decoration of local independent stores that dominate this area. A lot of it has been tagged or is a colourful tag itself. The rest is a mix of interesting bits and pieces, multicoloured shapes running west from Spadina Ave. to Portland St and spreading out across the surrounding laneways. When you pop out of the magic hole at the end of Grafitti alley, [...]

2017-01-04T22:41:18+00:00 December 22nd, 2014|Canada, NORTH AMERICA, Toronto|

Hot Chocolate at Fika, Toronto, Canada

  I get it now. For years I’ve heard everyone going on about how fantastic Toronto is but I’ve never understood why. I thought it was just a big, impersonal city, but then again I had never really spent any time in Toronto. Now that I’ve finally spent a few days there, I get it. What I have loved the most about Toronto is all these fascinating little pockets of life it has spread out across the city and perhaps one of the most unlikely pockets, just minutes from the business district, is Kensington market. Kensington market is a handful of [...]

2017-01-04T22:41:19+00:00 December 15th, 2014|Canada, NORTH AMERICA, Toronto|

Hot Chocolate at Nadege, Toronto, Canada

I had been walking around Toronto for eight hours before I arrived at Nadege. I was so tired and dehydrated by this stage, that everything was a bit of a blur. I remember having to ask the woman behind the counter to describe the hot chocolates they offered three times in a row because I could hardly concentrate and then finally just asked her to give me all of them. Luckily there were two of us and two hot chocolate offerings so in the end I didn't sound as crazy as I thought I did (hopefully). Nadege is the creation [...]

2017-01-04T22:41:19+00:00 December 11th, 2014|Canada, NORTH AMERICA, Toronto|

Hot Chocolate at Balzac’s, Toronto, Canada

I’m a big fan of food tours, and I think one of the best ways to experience a new city or a new country is through its food. Food tours allow you to get straight to the heart of a city or district, introducing you to the local food legends and produce and most importantly, filling you up! So not surprisingly, on my first day in Toronto I signed up for a food tour with The Culinary Adventure Company of the St. Lawrence Market and the Old Town. I liked the fact that their tours are run by chefs themselves, [...]

2017-01-04T22:41:19+00:00 December 8th, 2014|Canada, NORTH AMERICA, Toronto|

Hot Chocolate at Cluny, Toronto, Canada

Toronto’s Distillery District is unique. Ten years ago a small group of developers saw these derelict Victorian Industrial buildings that had been pronounced a national historic site and imagined transforming it not into a tourist village, but into an area that showcases fantastic food, designs and ideas. Since 2003 this area which was once the site of the Gooderham and Woorts Distillery, is now full of restaurants, stores and galleries (and still quite a lot of beer). It is often used as a film set and tonight was full of models and beautiful looking people walking home after a fashion [...]

2017-01-04T22:41:19+00:00 December 2nd, 2014|Canada, NORTH AMERICA, Toronto|

Hot Chocolate at SOMA, Toronto, Canada

Today is the first time since I was a teenager that I’ve visited Toronto. Really it is my first time in Toronto since last time I arrived at the train station, went up the CN tower, came back down, got back into a train and kept going. This time I arrived with two days to spend in Toronto, with cool fall weather, a list of hot chocolates to try and a big smile on my face; Lets go! We landed, checked in and hopped on a tram straight to THE Toronto hot chocolate, Soma Chocolate. It seems that whoever you [...]

2017-01-04T22:41:19+00:00 November 24th, 2014|Canada, NORTH AMERICA, Toronto|