When I arrived in Canada in early October, I set forth a challenge to my adopted country: woo me. In the first installment of what has now become a series, I showed how easily Toronto can create heart flutters via sunshine, vegan treats, and [not-]seductive sparkles.
Today, I present to you How To Keep Falling In Love With Toronto, Part Two.
13. After several days of waking up to silver skies and the gentle-yet-insistent sound of rain tapping hello in Morse code at the window, make the most of an Indian summer day by walking along the water and taking photos of toffee-apple-red leaves on trees.
14. While reading a book on a bench at the Harbourfront, pause to fully soak in the sensation of warmth ebbing through your skin and soul. Look over at the police boats and conjure up a theme song for the TV drama you’re plotting oot abooot Canadian water police. Hum the tune to yourself, then forget it two minutes later.
15. On a bright Saturday morning, embark on a death-defying trek along and across roads not made for pedestrians en route to the Evergreen Brick Works Farmers Market with your adored Lisa. Whoop and shriek, half with laughter and half with pure fear, as you dart across the last major road standing between you and the market.
(Why did the chicken cross the road? Because it wanted to buy expensive organic winter squash amidst dalmations and English bulldogs at an early hour of the morning.)
16. Partake in samples of muffins and cookies made with ancient grains at the grind-your-own-grains stall.
17. Clap your hands together upon spotting naturally-fermented pickle samples. (We know how I feel about pickles.)
18. Hyperventilate over HOT CHOCOLATE MADE IN A BLENDER BY A MAN RIDING A BICYCLE OH MY HEAVENS. (More on this fellow and his chocolate another day.)
19. Late one night, as part of an epic kitchen-dessert-creation whirlwind, nod at Lisa and commence a vegan maple syrup pumpkin seed brittle experiment. You have no recipe, no proof that what you’re doing will work, no candy thermometer, and no candy-making experience on either part, but you have each other and you have the courage of your convictions and then you have
the best darn maple syrup pumpkin brittle in the whole entire world wait no the best brittle full stop in the whole entire world I weep for how much I adore this sweet heavenly vegan candy you too must make it now.
20. Get into a situation where your houseguest duty is to eat as many Holiday Spiced Chocolate Sweet Potato Muffins as possible so that you can help your hostfriend compare four different variations of the recipe for her entry in a Whole Foods competition.
22. Treat yo’self to the strangest toothpaste you e’er did see. Then never, ever buy it again.
23. Discover that each and every day spent with the fabulous Lisa offers up such a wealth of happiness, laughter, dancing, strength, inspiration, and future-dreaming-creating-hoping that you can’t even remember what it was like before this amazing friendship existed in your life.
24. Open yourself up to adventure. Open yourself up to adventure and embrace, in every possible way, the priceless/giddy/out-of-the-blue/laugh-until-your-stomach-hurts-and-there-are-tears-in-your-eyes/crazy/unforgettable moments that Toronto has waiting for you, waiting just for you, right there, right here, for you.
P.S. Feel free to write your own caption for the above photo. Additional facts for this task are that the photo was taken at midnight, absolutely no alcohol was involved, and it wasn’t Halloween. Go on, I dare you. Caption me.