Spending time with your best friend when she lives across the country is difficult. Sure we try and FaceTime every month but even then, that doesn’t always seem to work out. We’re all so busy all the time, it’s hard to find time for those friends and family who don’t live in the same city. I make a pretty conscience effort to catch up with my sister in Thailand once a week and with my best friends in Toronto, Berlin, Calgary and Kansas City once a month but sometimes the months slip away and we don’t get to chat. That’s why this visit to Toronto was so important to me. It was just a quick visit but Dani and I managed to fit loads of things in a short period of time. We went to out favourite spots and explored the city we met in ten years ago.
On our third day in Toronto, Dave went to visit his family outside of Toronto, Michael worked and that left the two of us to play. The weather was weird. It was cold and windy in the morning and hot and humid in the afternoon, very confusing indeed. We decided to get out of the weather by going to our old stomping grounds, the Eaton Centre. We went to two of my favourite shops, Free People and Madewell (inside Nordstrom.) I didn’t end up buying anything, which I still regret! There was the cutest silk skirt at Free People that I haven’t seen since and leopard print jeans! Something about those jeans was so bad ass but still so chic I really fell for them. Over the past couple years I have been trying to be good about shopping though. I’ve been purging my closet lots and passing my clothes onto family and friends and trying to buy less clothes. So I didn’t end up purchasing anything that day so we went on our way out of the crazy mall to Queen Street West.
I love just walking around the city of Toronto. I don’t have to do anything in particular, or buy anything I just love being inspired by such a vibrant city. When I lived in Toronto I loved walking down Queen Street West so Dani and I decided that would be the next thing on our day together. I wanted to see what was new and Dani showed me all these great shops, both vintage and one of a kind. We also looked into the windows of beautiful cafes that were sadly closed due to the holiday Monday but we did find one spot that was open Sud Forno. This was on the list Dani gave me when I first arrived so I was so happy I could try it with her. It’s a little Italian cafe/restaurant that serves pastries, gelato, sandwiches and delicious pizzas. You can take it away or eat on a family style table upstairs, which we chose to do. I wanted to try everything if I’m going to be quite honest but decided against that and just had a pizza like Dani. Mine had fresh asparagus on top and it was beyond delicious, I would highly recommend this spot to anyone visiting Toronto. After filling our bellies up we headed on our way again.
Before finding our way back to Dani’s we stopped at one of my favourite spots in Toronto, Trinity Bellwoods Park. I don’t know if it’s the park that is so special to me or rather the memories made there while I was living in Toronto. It’s such a nice little retreat from a bustling city and right across the street from shops and cafes if you want to bring a coffee or a picnic to the park. Dogs run around happy as can be and people sit chatting on the benches throughout the park. Dani took some photos of me since the weather began to improve and we just chatted about our lives, where they had gone since meeting each other and where they are going. Even if you don’t see your best friend all the time or even talk to them as much as you’d like, they are still and always will be your best friend. Every time we see each other it’s like we never left and we jump right back into the same conversations. Dani will always be my best friend and Toronto will always hold a special place in my heart for that reason.
Stay tuned for our next adventure in the city!