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November 1, 2012

Event: Getting Pucky at the Marlies Vs Griffin Hockey Game

Filed under: Event — Celeste Ramos @ 12:00 pm

After a night running around in Toronto last weekend, I was feeling tired but more than a little proud of my adopted city and home country: what better way to celebrate this sudden patriotism than to take in that most Canadian of sports – ice hockey?

Hockey runs in the blood of all Canadians: they live and breathe it. Many of them would sell their own souls for a ticket to a National Hockey League game, and for the price of them you’d think they’d have to! However, the next best thing to a NHL game is watching an affiliate, so this weekend I headed for the Ricoh Coliseum to watch the Toronto Marlies take on the American Grand Rapid Griffins team.


October 26, 2012

Around the Web: More Canadian Blogs I Love

Filed under: Around the Web — Celeste Ramos @ 11:11 am
I have many favourite Canadian travel bloggers, but I don't think this little guy has made his mark yet.

Photo courtesy of ekai on Flickr.

It’s been a while since I last wrote a blog about all the other wonderful Canadian travel bloggers out there bringing attention to our wonderful country and I have to say I’ve been missing the swathes of recommendations for other blogs to read that I usually get after posting these round-ups. With that in mind, I thought it was high time to send some shout-outs to my fellow Canucks!

The Beer Geek – Chris and Meredith
While not strictly a Canadian travel blog, the BeerGeek(s) Chris and Meredith have been winding their way around the country trying out our tipples this year and that’s definitely worthy of a mention! Their last day in Vancouver is a particularly great read that’s sure to wet your whistle.

Correr Es Mi Destino – Juliette aka Zhu
French-born Zhu moved to Canada in 2004 and has been blogging about her experiences as a French speaker in an English speaking province ever since. Writing about her adventures in Ottawa and around the country, as well as what it was like to immigrate there, Zhu’s blog provides a fascinating insight on what it’s like to be a stranger in a foreign land making it their own – something I can totally sympathize with! I particularly loved her Canadian List of Ten series.

Hecktic Travels – Dalene & Peter Heck
If there’s one thing you can say about Dalene and Peter Heck it’s that they’re exceedingly brave people. The couple abandoned all their possessions in 2009 to focus on travelling the world and experiencing as much as they could. Their insight into the real beauty of the world is fascinating. I particularly love one of their most recent articles where they talk about not taking the time out to appreciate Canada’s natural beauty.

Candice Does the World – Candice Walsh
I love Candice’s blog – not only is it informative, it’s also charming, funny and always 15 minutes well spent. Candice is based in St. John’s, Newfoundland, and doesn’t write with the aim of sharing profound life lessons or spitting out “top 10″ style posts – all of her writing comes from her experiences of travel and every day life in Canada. I think my favourite post might be this post about her hilariously embarrassing experience of “the ugly stick” in Twillingate!

The Professional Hobo – Nora Dunn
Just like Dalene and Peter, Nora is another nomad. After realizing that she spent most of her time planning to live life rather than actual living it, Nora packed in her job and upped sticks: writing on the road to make ends meet and regaling the world with her tales from the road. Although not restricted to Canada, Nora is a thorough-bred Canadian who has had some truly magnificent adventures through the country – her tale of travelling through Canada by train is quite spectacular, as is her insight into why she prefers to explore the countries this way rather than hopping city to city by plane.

I’m grateful to all these bloggers for their stellar work, but have I missed any? Let me know in the comments – I’m always keen to add to my RSS reader!

October 25, 2012

Experience: A Night of Lights at Nuit Blanche Toronto

Filed under: Experience — Celeste Ramos @ 11:00 am

It’s no secret that I’m a fan of Toronto’s art scene and that I’ll lap up anything that’s a little left of centre, and so when a few years ago a charming French neighbour of mine declared rather proudly one day that Nuit Blanche, a self-styled art, light and sound festival in the city was “the best night out Toronto could offer”, I had to investigate! After attending for the past three years, I knew I was in for a treat at Nuit Blanche 2012, but just like every year it still managed to surprise me. I even took over 50s photos of the night! You can find them all here.


October 18, 2012

Eat: A Breezy Brunch at the Easy Restaurant

Filed under: Eat — Celeste Ramos @ 12:00 pm

Some might say that over the past few months I’ve had more than my fair share of restaurant dinners and sneaky snacks, but I didn’t hear them saying anything about lunch or brunch, and so last weekend I slunk off to the newest location of one of my favourite brunch haunts in the city – the Easy Restaurant.


October 11, 2012

Shop: Armed

Filed under: Shop — Celeste Ramos @ 10:00 am

Toronto isn’t all about food, art and getting down and dirty with metal: it’s also a fantastic city for shopping, whether you’re after the latest gadget, top-of-the-line fashion brands, or beautiful vintage apparel. It’s the latter that I found on my visit to Armed this weekend.


October 4, 2012

Drink: The Mascot Cafe

Filed under: Eat — Celeste Ramos @ 3:00 pm

After cycling around the city, planting hundreds of trees and eating more than my monthly share of South American delights, it’s fair to say I have worked up a thirst and so I decided to wet my whistle at a very unique eatery on Queen Street West - The Mascot Cafe.


September 27, 2012

Experience: Tree Planting with the David Suzuki Foundation

Filed under: Experience — Celeste Ramos @ 12:00 pm

I received a rather fascinating email a few weeks ago, inviting me along to what promised to be one of the most cathartic and inspiring experiences of my life. The David Suzuki Foundation has got in touch to ask me and a few others to come together to help replant trees in the Rouge River Watershed, Canada’s first urban national park. Of course I couldn’t pass this opportunity up, so I gathered up a few friends, pulled on my gumboots and got green!


September 20, 2012

Art: Queen West Art Crawl

Filed under: Art — Celeste Ramos @ 1:33 pm

Fall is the season of art in Toronto: Art Toronto takes place in just a month’s time and the whole city seems to be abuzz with excitement over the latest and greatest happenings in the art world. After all the fun I had on my Art+Spin experience earlier this month, I was all revved up for another art adventure and I found one in the shape of the Queen West Art Crawl.


September 14, 2012

Eat: Grand Electric

Filed under: Eat — Celeste Ramos @ 11:46 am

It’s no secret that I’m a big of sumptuous South American dishes: in recent posts I’ve sampled the Colombian delights of Los Perros Con Sabor Colombiano and nibbled at the authentic Texmex selection at Maizal Quesadilla Café. My appetite for all things south of the border is ravenous and so, unsurprisingly, my culinary adventures this week took me to yet another South American restaurant, this time in the form of Grand Electric.


September 12, 2012

Art: Art Spin

Filed under: Art — Celeste Ramos @ 10:28 am

It’s a sad thing to admit, but summer is on its way out and the autumn leaves are beginning to fall. Although this turns Toronto into a swirling mix of beautiful fall colours, it does mean I am waving goodbye to the warm days of summer and so this weekend I decided to make the most of Canada’s great outdoors by getting on my bike and trying Art Spin.


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