August 2013 Archives

Sheldon Lookout in Humber Bay Park

There is a view of the city so beautiful in Humber Bay Park that if this was New York, everyone would be telling visitors YOU HAVE TO GO TO SHELDON LOOKOUT. A gift to the city from the Sheldon family, it sits on the western beach of the Humber River along the Toronto Waterfront Trail.

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This lovely park is just steps from the Humber Pedestrian Bridge, so you can't miss it.

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Sheldon Lookout is a perfect place to walk, bike, fish, roll down a hill, or sit and enjoy the stunning views. It's really pretty, and peaceful.

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Sheldon Lookout received an Honourable Mention in the 2000 Architecture & Urban Design Awards. The natural stones are really impressive; your little ones will love to climb on them. Here is a rock showing the directions to dawn at the summer and winter solstice.

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Sheldon Lookout is located in Humber Bay Park, just west of the big white bridge you can see from the Gardiner. Rosie :)

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CNE 2013: Mac & Cheesery at the Food Building

Sadly deprived of the cronut burger due to some pesky bacterial toxins, we had to find something equally decadent for our CNE 2013 meal. No problem; Mac & Cheesery would do just fine. I could eat macaroni and cheese and grilled cheese sandwiches every single day. But I never do, so a double bacon grilled cheese sandwich, classic baked mac and cheese and deep fried mac and cheese curds was obviously an awesome dinner.

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There is clearly nothing more to say here. The Canadian National Exhibition is on until September 2nd, 2013 and if you go after 5pm from Monday to Thursday, admission is only $5. Rosie :)

Marie Curtis Park | Long Branch

This southwest Toronto park underwent a massive revitalization for summer 2013. I love Marie Curtis Park because of it's proximity to the waterfront and all the huge beautiful trees that surround it. My little man loves it because of the crazy fun splash pad and wading pool.

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The non-water park of the playground is pretty awesome too. I love the colourful Muskoka chairs and the big covered sandbox. There is a perfect combo of sun and shade. It's lovely.

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Parking is free at Marie Curtis Park, which is located at Forty Second Street near Browns Line and Lake Shore in south Etobicoke. There are also lots of picnic tables, a dog off-leash area and walking trails that connect to the Waterfront Trail. Rosie :)

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Dimpflmeier Bakery | Etobicoke

There is an amazing bakery in Etobicoke that is busy ALL the time for very good reason. Dimpflmeier's uses only natural spring water in all the stuff they make, and you can absolutely taste the difference. Their bread, pies, cakes and quiches are so fresh and pure tasting, and very affordable. This entire quiche is less than ten dollars.

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Extra gluten please!

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The breads are the show-stoppers but the desserts are amazing value too. Dimpflmeier's prepares all sorts of fresh fabulous treats that would cost you way more other places.

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The coffee and cappucinos are excellent as well and there is a cafe area to sit and enjoy. Rosie :)

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Splash Island at the Toronto Zoo

I had no idea there was a two-acre splash pad at the Toronto Zoo. It's incredible. When we went last year, it happened to be the hottest day of the year and we didn't last very long. Our visit this year was on a perfect summer day so after exploring the African Savanna (our favourite section) we hit the Discovery Zone where Splash Island is located. "Island" is definitely a better word to describe this waterplay area- it's huge with waterslides, waterfalls and water-spouting animals. So. Much. FUN.

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My little man didn't want to leave- he just sort of collapsed with exhaustion near the waterslides. Splash Island, like all the areas in the zoo's Discovery Zone for kids, is free with general admission. Rosie :)

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Dairy Queen | Etobicoke

The Dairy Queen on The Queensway in Etobicoke is always busy. I have never had a Dairy Queen Blizzard. I am not a huge ice cream fan except for Baskin Robbins and Ice Cream Junction's peanut butter chocolate. My husband was quite surprised I had never had a Blizzard and explained to me that they are quite delicious, a chocolate bar all whipped into ice cream. He was quite a fan as a child. Since yesterday was Miracle Treat Day and $1 from every Blizzard was donated to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, it was time to buy a Blizzard. I went for the S'mores flavour, although was tempted by the Mint Oreo. So yes, chunks of chocolate, marshmallow and graham crackers all mixed into my ice cream:

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It was awesome. So was my local Dairy Queen, crammed with adorable little kids getting treats post softball and soccer games. It was bananas in there! Rosie :)

Snug Harbour | Port Credit

Snug Harbour is a seafood restaurant right in the Port Credit Marina. I love it. It feels like you've gone on vacation when you eat there. If you enjoy waterfront dining, this is such a perfect spot to have lunch or dinner. Check out these views:

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The menu has a great selection of fresh seafood. Here are some Glacier Bay and Blue Point oysters:

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Highlights of the antipasto platter include the kiwi mussels, genoa salami, sweet chili marinated shrimp and incredibly flavourful ciabatta loaf and cheese:

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The blackened catfish is seared and seasoned with Cajun spices:

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And the tiger shrimp were cooked perfectly with garlic, shallots, white wine, lemon juice and chili peppers.

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There is also selection of pizzas and pasta as well as burgers and sandwiches if you don't dig seafood. Snug Harbour was recently renovated and now has a much more modern, hip atmosphere, so if you haven't been in awhile it's definitely worth a revisit. Rosie :)