D and the Six

Photo credit: Ramanaa Srikandarajah

Hello beautiful people! Just getting back from a weekend getaway in Toronto and I must say I had such a blast! Despite low temps (I had to buy gloves and a heavy scarf!) and a few rain showers I was able to see and do a lot in the couple of days that I spent there. It felt like I’d been visiting for the first time even though I had been a bunch of times before. What made this visit different  was that it was just me on my terms. Usually I’m heading there for a family event so the opportunities to really enjoy the city itself are always limited. I’ve been looking to get into solo travel but I was a bit nervous. A few days in Toronto was the perfect way to dip my toe in the pool and I’m so glad I did. There’s something pretty amazing about being able to just do you while you’re on vacation. I won’t bore you with a long play by play of my trip from start to finish but I will certainly share the highlights in case you are thinking of traveling there too.

I stayed downtown at the DoubleTree by Hilton. The main reason I chose this hotel was because Hotel Tonight had a great deal and I happen to be a Hilton Honors member so I figured that might work to my advantage, in terms of amenities, even though the booking wasn’t directly through Hilton. So glad I did, they ended up letting me check in much earlier than the standard check in time and I got a priority room. Staying at a hotel wasn’t my original choice but the part of me that likes to procrastinate got the best of me and all the Airbnb options I liked were sold out before I got to them. It still worked out, the staff at the DoubleTree were so kind and very accommodating and everything I wanted to see was quite convenient to get to.

For food, I loved brunch at Old School. They played throwback tunes while I savored my DELICIOUS bacon banana waffles. This dish was so good! I need you to understand that I am not much of a waffle/pancake person but I’d totally do this again. When I see bananas on any brunch or dessert menu that doesn’t involve nuts I go for it. Bananas are my favorite and most times I don’t get to enjoy sweet brunch items and desserts because of my nut allergy so this was a rare occasion for me. The only thing that would have made it better is if they put the bacon in the waffle batter itself. Otherwise, I have no complaints. It felt so sinful yet so good.

My favorite spot for cocktails was Drake One Fifty. It would be cool if I could say that this place has something to do with Toronto’s beloved rapper but sorry to say there’s no relation here. Nonetheless it was an interesting spot. Very hip, a little trendy. I didn’t love the food but the cocktails were superb. I tried the Gin Gin Mule and the Ginger Rogers. Both were really tasty and had just the right amount of alcohol.

Speaking of Drake, I decided I needed to do something to acknowledge him in some way while I was in his hometown. I considered going to his restaurant Fring’s but honestly it seemed too trendy for what I was looking for at the time. Instead, I took a walk over to his clothing store, the OVO Toronto Flagship where I was on high street fashion overload. The store had that boutique feel, not too much merchandise but just enough to remind you of its importance. To commemorate the trip, I purchased a light pink dad hat with the OVO owl on it. I can’t wait to wear it, not just because of Drake but because if I ever had to choose a favorite animal it would be an owl. They’re all over my apartment, in discrete ways, not in a creepy cat lady kind of way. Some people are afraid of them but I always feel protected when I see one.

Photo credit: Ramanaa Srikandarajah

The area most worth experiencing is definitely Kensington Market which is a long strip of shops and dining with very little pretense and overflowing with culture. I was overwhelmed by the endless vintage stores, specialty shops and the different types of food that were so easily accessible. You could stay there all day and not get bored. They even had a cute Caribbean restaurant called Rasta Pasta which was cool to see, considering my island roots. I didn’t eat there but I sure did take photos out front. I had to represent for my West Indian crew.

Photo credit: Ramanaa Srikandarajah

Close by is also Graffiti Alley and you know how much I love graffiti. This part was such a treat. So much cool stuff to see! This was definitely the most Instagram worthy area. If you follow me on IG I’m sure you understand exactly what I mean. If you don’t follow me on IG, well, you should!

Photo credit: Ramanaa Srikandarajah

Lastly, the famous CN Tower has got to be one of the coolest structures I’ve seen. At night it was light up in purple and red. I’m assuming there was a Raptors game playing when I saw it.

That’s the best of the six through my eyes. To sum it up, I tried to mix the cool unexpected stuff with the obvious touristy parts. If you want to know more about what I saw and did drop it in the comment section, I’m happy to share!

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5 comments

  1. So cool. Been to Toronto so many times but have never really immersed myself in certain cultural aspects. Really neat. Thanks for letting me live vicariously through you😂😘❤️

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