Weekend in the City

I am a crazy planner. I sometimes find more enjoyment in the planning process than the act of actually doing the things I planned for. Hence the reason why I’ve “planned” on starting so many projects but never actually ended up finishing many of them. But this year is different, of course. lol

Recently, Amanda (the amazing mind behind "People of Hamilton") and I spent a weekend in the city (since we live on the opposite sides of the GTA). We wanted to start the year off right by exploring the streets of downtown Toronto. To make sure we have an enjoyable time, I obviously created an itinerary packed with cool places to see and things for us to do. So I present to you “Amanda and Iris’s Weekend in the City” so you too can have a very hipster an unforgettable experience.

LUNCH

Pizzeria Libretto

Start the meal with an order of mamosas and opt for a side of buttermilk fried calamari. Note that Pizzeria Libretto is well known for their Neapolitan pizzas.

ACTIVITIES

Elmwood Spa

Rejuvenate the senses with a relaxing aromatherapy massage at Elmwood Spa. The package cost around $130 with tip and gave access us access to the whirlpool, swimming pool, and steam room.

TIFF Bell Lightbox

Andy Warhol: Stars of the Silver Screen

Visit the TIFF Bell Lightbox for some fun exhibits and movies to watch. During our visit, it presented an Andy Warhol exhibition featuring his personal collection of Hollywood artifacts and memorabilia, early artworks, film, video works, and photographs. I especially loved reading the letters he exchanged with friends. My only complaint is not being able to take photos during the exhibit – I had to sneak to get photos of the exhibit.

SNACKS

Sweet Jesus

I still dream of my Campfire S’mores which is made of burnt marshmallow soft serve, graham crackers, chocolate sauce, marshmallows. It was everything I wanted and more. Make sure to pop by for a truly holy experience.

DINNER

Copacabana + Spice Route

One piece of advice when spending a weekend in the city: make dinner reservations aka plan in advance aka this is the reason why I make plans for everything. Our initial choice was Copacabana – a Brazilian steakhouse restaurant. We walked over from our hotel to the restaurant only to realize that it was going to be an hour wait. Eventually we came across Spice Route, a very cool loungy bistro with Asian-inspired dishes.  We tried the soy ginger glazed salmon and spicy Indian curried tiger prawn claypot. I enjoyed both meals, but then again, I am biased cause I love all Asian food.

HOTEL

Intercontinental Hotel

With its close proximity to Union Station, the Intercontinental Hotel was a perfect choice for Amanda and I. We both took the train to the city and was easily able to make our way home.

Well, I hope this gave you some ideas on where to go for your next downtown Toronto adventure! ’til next time!

Sincerely,

Iris

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