Kui ma veel eelmises postituses rõõmustasin suve viimaste nädalate üle ja lubasin neid täiel rinnal nautida, siis nüüd räägime juba jahedast sügisest ja tavapärasest külmetushaigusest. Sellegipoolest ei lase ma veel täielikult suvemeeleolust lahti ja panen siia üle hulga aja ka mõned telefoni kiired ülesvõtted viimasest pooleteisest kuust, mille ma traditsiooniliselt Torontos veetsin. Ma pean tunnistama, et ei oska Torontot enam niivõrd turisti vaatenurgast näha ja peegelkaamera püsib suurema osa ajast kodus. Telefon, mis kogu aeg kaasas on, aitab aga hädast välja ja "reisihetked" saavad siiski jäädvustatud. Ma katsusin suurema osa ikkagi nii sättida, et ei kordaks väga Instagramist läbi käinud (hebbsh) pilte, aga mõni kordub sellegipoolest. Loodetavasti ei hakka igav :)
In my last post I was still going on about enjoying the last weeks of summer but now summer has definitely turned into fall here (you, Torontonians, shhh! about your perfect summery weather there!). Despite that, I'm still not completely letting go of summer, instead, I'm sharing phone snapshots from my August and half of the September in Toronto. I'm having a hard time seeing the city as a tourist now, which is why I hardly have my camera with me. But that's when my phone comes to help and therefore I still have some snapshots of my "trip" to share with you. Some of them have already been published on Instagram (hebbsh) but I hope that doesn't make this post less interesting.
1. The best part about coming back to Toronto is seeing all my beautiful people again. 2. Went to see the movie Yves Saint Laurent. A bit depressive, as you can imagine, but truly a great movie and Pierre Niney did a wonderful job portraying Yves. 3. Always love when the occasion is right to have caviar as an appetizer. 4. Spa day at my favorite place - Sweetgrass at Verity. I had always thought (never mind why I think such weird things) how easily a nail polish bottle would break if I dropped it. Well, curiosity satisfied: I dropped it, it broke and the whole place was covered with coral nail polish - the shade I was gonna go with. I don't remember when I last felt so embarrassed about my clumsiness. But apparently I wouldn't believe how often that happens there - well, that made me feel better. A little.
1. & 2. Rogers Cup time of the year! It's been a tradition for my godmother and I for about seven years now. It was even more fun this year with Canadian player Milos Raonic playing and also Roger Federer turning 33 on the same day.
1. Saw Passenger live for the first time. I only knew one song before the concert but I absolutely loved the rest of the music as well and most of all I loved Mike Rosenberg's sarcastic sense of humour. 2. I must admit I don't use honey very much but look at that adorable bottle - I even started putting honey in my tea just because of that. 3. Street meat. I just cannot walk past street meat stand without getting one. The kind of 3-dollar-addiction that I can only get in North America. With lots of relish, please! Yum, craving for one now... 4. View from our old neighbourhood. Miss it.
1. & 3. & 4. The mirror in my room just requires selfies: whether it's getting ready for a Friday night out or trying to figure out what would be the most comfortable thing to wear on the plane before starting packing my suitcase. 2. Cute dress on a mega sale at Urban Outfitters. I loved it but had to leave it there since it was so damn short that as soon as I leaned over even just an inch my bum was exposed.
1. Cirque du Soleil - Kurios. It was my third Cirque du Soleil performance and I absolutely loved it. 2. Using my Starbucks name. It's a great name to use at coffee shops, fitting rooms or anywhere my real name doesn't matter. Even at bars with guys I know I'm never gonna stay in touch with. Makes my life easier and makes their life easier. 3. The cutest little cupcakes from a bakery across the street from our house. 4. Lots of catching up/gossiping with David. With wine, of course.
1. Road trip to Sudbury. It's a long drive up but a beautiful one for the most part. 2. Cute geese at Moonlight beach. Sudbury itself is a town where most of the Estonians used to go when they immigrated. Nowdays, not so much.
Ok, there still is one thing that I can be touristy about - that's Toronto's cute and oh-so-noisy red street cars that locals are not so crazy about anymore. It's like New York's yellow taxis for me. I don't know why, but they always make me feel like home for some reason. Streetcars and CN Tower.
And then there's CNE, The Ex or Canadian National Exhibition - whichever you prefer. It's a fun place with fun rides, games and delicious but not so healthy food - for an example this deep-fried blooming onion was just too good to be true. Oh my I could eat it every day - thank god I can't...
1. Morning lattes at Verity. 2. In my Happy Place - Holt's Cafe. It's the first cafe I went to when I came to Toronto god knows how many years ago now, and ever since it's been my absolute favorite place to go for lunch continued with a little shopping trip at Holt Renfrew centre afterwards. 3. Pretty good local rose wine with a fun name. 4. Delicious lavender macaroon at Nespresso.
1. Just like there are never too many photos of red street cars, there are never too many photos of the CN Tower. 2. I was walking home from the Distillery District when I saw this cute little bunny right on Queen Street. Seemed weird to see a bunny in the middle of the city munching on grass. I just hope it was smart enough not to start crossing the DVP or anything like that...
The other great part about being back in Toronto was working at my favorite auction house once again:
1. Some pieces from Contemporary Art preview. 2. After hours. 3. Off the Wall preview. 4. A little after work wine on my last day.
1. Some insanely good fries over here. 2. A Sunday afternoon relaxing on the deck. 3. Coffee break in Yorkville. 4. Heading to the airport, feeling a bit sad that the time has once again gone by so fast.
Until next time, Toronto!