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Having lived in Toronto for only a handful of months, there are a lot of places that I have not yet had a chance to visit. I was told by a myriad of people that going to the CNE was a must. With only a few weeks of warm weather left, I finally made my way to the Ex this past Sunday. I saw the farm animals, walked through all the attractions and games and, maybe most importantly, had my first bite of a deep-fried Oreo.
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It has been a long time coming now, but it’s worth the wait!
Though CB2 was supposed to arrive this summer, it hasn’t officially landed in Toronto yet… BUT they did share a sneak peek with us last night! True to CB2 form they brought their signature modern designs, showcasing pieces that add function and comfort to your home, with that perfect pop of colour.
So, friends, want the inside scoop??
Here’s a preview of what’s to come and, of course, the all-important when and where!
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I was never one of those kids who dreaded going back to school. On the contrary, I eagerly awaited my first day back, excited about all the possibilities the new school year promised. I enjoyed school, both the academic and the social aspects of it. I enjoyed learning. And I enjoyed the back to school shopping! It was never anything extravagant – but I can still remember the excitement to stock up for the coming year – especially shiny new school supplies! You know, replace my old pencil case, get a new set of Laurentian pencil crayons (this may have been the highlight!) and a new Finder Binder – please tell me you remember Finder Binders! Oh, I’m nostalgic just thinking about it!
As back to school season rolls around again, kids all around the world are getting ready to hit the books, some more excited than others, I imagine. If you’re one of them or have kids that are heading back, we want to hear what your best strategy is for staying organized during this notoriously hectic time of year. Leave a comment below with your best back-to-school organizing tip and you’ll be entered in our contest to win one of two great prize packs from Indigo. I’ll choose the two winning responses on September 7, 2011. Here’s what’s up for grabs:
If you’ve been following along with my latest renovation project, you’ll know that I recently went shopping for hardwood floors for my mom’s new condo. We settled on a beautiful red oak from Lumber Liquidators. You can read the full post here.
Once the wood was selected, the real work began. (We were already working with a contractor, but Lumber Liquidators does offer installation for $2/square foot.) Because we were working in a condo, we had to adhere to the board’s strict rules regarding the flooring underlay. (If you live in a condo, you’ll have to find out what the accepted standards are regarding the thickness of the underlay you use to minimize noise transfer.) Since you can’t nail flooring down in a condo, make sure you find a floating floor that clicks and locks into place and doesn’t require being nailed down. There are lots of beautiful hardwood options!
In just over a year, I’ve overhauled every room in my historic condo – every room except for the bathroom, that is. I’ve been putting off the looming “reno” for as long as possible. Though it’s often the smallest room in the house, the bathroom can take a mighty bite into one’s design and decor budget. Having already tackled a kitchen reno this year, I’m not quite ready to eat the costs of another major home project.
Being pretty new to Toronto, I’ve been exploring the city left and right for the past couple of months. The best place to start for me has been the farmers’ markets. My favourite, so far, has been the one at Evergreen Brick Works.
Filled with all the seasonal produce you can think of, local artisans, a garden market and plenty of homemade goods to nibble on, it’s a great place to spend a few hours on a Saturday morning.
If you shop at supermarkets most of the time, it’s sometimes hard to remember that fruits and vegetables are not meant to be perfect round and shiny. The produce at the Evergreen market is a great reminder of what food should taste and look like! The tomatoes are beautifully uneven in shape, the lettuce is organically grown and the carrots are bountiful and filled with different hues of orange and crimson. Here are a few of my food photos from this past weekend.
Evergreen Brick Works Farmers’ Market
Saturdays from 9AM – 1PM
550 Bayview Ave, Toronto, Ontario
Jennifer Bartoli is a Toronto-based food writer, photographer and recipe developer who grew up in Paris. Her longstanding passion for food took her to New York City, where she studied at the French Culinary Institute. For delicious recipes and more, check out Jennifer’s blog Chocolate Shavings.