Sorry for the silence on here the past couple weeks have been crazy. I had a wedding cake and 110 cupcakes to make for my friend’s wedding last weekend and my time was taken up by everything cake related. Whether it was baking the cupcakes, cake layers or making SO many batches of icing, I was held up in my baking world. Can’t wait to share them on the blog, they were a massive hit and I’m so happy I had the opportunity to make them! It was a great experience and with every summer wedding cake I feel like I’m really learning and getting better at the skill. I’m already looking forward to hopefully another wedding cake next summer, we’ll see! Now back to the blog and our trip to Toronto! I just had so much to share, I had to split it up into parts, so I guess here is the next part, a day of exploring with Dave!
While our friends Dani and Michael were busy at work I planned a date day for Dave and I to explore the city I used to call home. I wanted to take him to all my favourite spots and walk around as much as we could. Luckily it was a beautifully sunny day so we could enjoy walking around the city. First stop was brunch at The Drake, one of my favourite spots! It was a weekday morning so not too busy at all and we got a seat no problem. Dave ordered the full breakfast, since he rarely gets beans with his breakfast unless he’s home in Ireland (I still don’t understand it!) Whereas I went for one of the sweet options, granola with brûlée yogurt and fruit. It was so delicious and I would have never thought to brûlée yogurt! Plus there was rhubarb on it and I always opt for anything with rhubarb! Once we were thoroughly filled up we headed on our way for a day of exploring.
We started our walk down Queen Street West, one of my favourite spots in Toronto. Sure it’s always very busy but I love people watching and checking out the style coming out of Toronto (very different from Victoria.) We walked for part of the way then cut down to King to get a street car to the distillery district. I wanted to show Dave around a really beautiful spot in Toronto where only pedestrians can go and Dani works. We didn’t get to pop in to say hi but we got to check out the awesome street art that was on display in the square. Sadly the distillery was closed for a private function but it would’ve been fun to pop in for a tasting, maybe next time! We couldn’t even consider eating anything since we were so full from brunch but we walked all over and decided to head back to St. Lawrence Market.
We wandered through St. Lawrence Market, not on the hunt for anything in particular but because I used to like visiting it and picking up bits when I used to live in Toronto. We found a cute little bakery stand that sold Pastel de Natal, the Portuguese custard tarts and had to buy two. My mum and I had eaten at least one a day while we were in Portugal and sometimes if we could find them in Spain while doing the Camino. They are one of the most delicious pastries I’ve ever had and since it was a year ago that we had done the Camino I thought it was appropriate. Plus Dave had never had one so you know we had to. We brought it home to enjoy with a cup of tea while we put our feet up before Dani and Michael got home. I love Toronto but it can also be very exhausting from all the walking you do.
Keep reading next week for our last day in Toronto!