Around Here: The Christmas Market

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To say that I’m obsessed with Christmas would be the understatement of the century. It’s not about the gifts, nor the day itself for that matter, but more about the weeks leading up to it. The spiked hot chocolate, the twinkly lights, and the time spent with family… So it only makes sense that one of my very favourite things to do around Toronto this time of year is frequent the Christmas Market. With Christmas carollers, wooden booths selling fabulous provisions, hot roasted nuts aplenty and a variety of beer gardens (complete with fire pits and mulled wine), it’s pretty much the happiest place on earth. My suggestion? Go at night. It’s magical! 

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around here: the Junction Flea Market

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I mentioned the Junction Flea Market briefly in my SFMW round-up on Monday, but I thought I’d take a moment to touch on it a little bit further. Occurring the first Sunday of every month, The Great Hall in Toronto gets completely taken over by vendors of all varieties. Coffee stands, jewelry makers, and vintage stores alike all delight in a day filled to the brim with flea marketing. Justin and I waddled our way over to check it out post-brunch last Sunday and we were delighted by our findings. I definitely recommend it if you’re ever in the area! Here’s a quick peek at some of my favourite discoveries…

lark linen_junction flea 1{ a coffee pit-stop }

lark linen_junction flea 5{ teeny succulents in vintage jars }

lark linen_junction flea 2{ brass letters }

lark linen_junction flea 3{ pretty milk glass vases }

lark linen_junction flea 6{ old skates & other cool finds}

lark linen_junction flea 4{ fabulous hand-made jewelry }

lark linen_junction flea 7 11-35-04{ the coolest vintage apothecary bottles }

Note: this is NOT a sponsored posts. I simply love showing off the goods within my city! To see other “around here” posts click here!

 

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around here: Come Up To My Room

 

DSC_0219| Made out of hair. It was disturbingly entertaining |

Each year, The Gladstone Hotel empties its rooms to make way for artists and designers alike to come in and transform each space. The event is entitled Come Up To My Room and it has quickly become one of my favourite yearly traditions. From deep and meaningful installations to silly, quirky and interactive displays it’s the perfect way to spend a thoughtful Sunday. Last weekend, I headed over to the west end of the city to take a look at what was in store and I couldn’t have been more impressed. Here’s just a glimpse of a few fantastic pieces that took over each surface of the hotel this year.

DSC_0183|yarn, strung every which way|

DSC_0190|one of my favourite pieces – entitled “dwell”|

DSC_0211|an oversized wreath made out of cut up yogurt containers|

DSC_0217|a wall filled with spools of thread|

IMG_2213|mixed media installation using wax & string|

IMG_2214|thousands of tiny pieces of paper, folded|

 

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around here: moo milk bar

On Sunday a couple of girlfriends and I trekked down to The Beaches to visit the just-opened Moo Milk Bar. Because when a bar that offers milk and cookies opens their doors, well that’s just what you do. Expecting it to be a bit hokey, I was pleasantly surprised when we arrived. The space is bright and light and their graphics are exactly on point. Owned and operated by the sweetest husband and wife duo, their cookies are made with all natural ingredients and cooked to perfection (crispy on the edges, and chewy in the centre). Chase the classic, oversized, chocolate chip cookie with their vanilla bean almond milk and you’re left with a pretty perfect afternoon.

Address: 1918A Queen St. E., Toronto, Ontario

full disclosure: this is not a sponsored post. I simply want to share a few of my favourite finds within the Toronto area

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around here: hagerman farms


Though it may not be for everybody, frequenting farmers markets is one of my very favourite weekend activities. There’s something about a lazy Sunday spent perusing fruit, veggie and flower stalls with a warm cup of to-go tea in hand. While there are many fabulous farmers markets within the Toronto core (like this and this, for example), my hands-down favourite happens to lie not  far from my cottage. If you ever happen to find yourself in Prince Edward county, Hagerman Farms is a must-visit. At over 100 years old, these guys have the history and the wherewithal to know what’s up. Here you’ll find oodles of local, seasonal produce, jams, jellies and pastries galore that will easily get you through the week ahead.


Address: County Rd 33, Picton, Ontario

I often get emails requesting advice with regards to where to go and what to do in and around Toronto. In the past, I’ve rounded up some of my very favourite locales (here, here, here & here), but I thought it’d be fun to start a new series in which I showcase some of my regular haunts. These are not sponsored posts, they are just places that I truly believe deserve their time to shine.

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