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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Why I Love City Living ~ Neighbourhoods (Kensington Market)

One of the benefits of living in a city such as Toronto is the diverse neighbourhoods for exploring. This weekend with the warm temps (4 above zero) we decide to explore Kensington Market in the Bathurst /College area.  I remember my first visit with my parents in the 70s when it was predominately a Portuguese community. Today the shops are diverse as the residents in the area.

There are lots of fruit markets and specialty food shops ...

Sanagan's Meat Locker is a hugely popular meat shop. Since opening in October 2009 Sanagan’s is continuously busy. As you can see from the photo above it was jammed packed.  Sanagan's focuses on locally and ethically raised animals.

From food to clothing and everything in between Kensington Market has something for everyone. And the amazing aroma's coming from Rasta Pasta and Segovia will have you taste buds dancing for a taste.

Is an Ugly Christmas Sweater party on your social calendar? Vintage Depot and Exile will be where you will find the perfect sweater!!

Be sure to check out the alleys throughout the market to see some amazing street art.

We finished our afternoon with a visit to Wanda's Pie in the Sky. Wanda is famous for her pies ... but to our surprise there was also homemade soup, sandwiches, and other savory treats perfect for a late lunch. Oh and there are cakes and tarts and cookies too!

The atmosphere is friendly ...the staff super helpful and very pleasant. The large harvest like tables and seating is perfect for chatting with friends and strangers alike. We had the pleasure of chatting with a couple from Thornhill who are thinking of moving into Toronto's core. And also a friendly and engaging gal lunching with a friend - it was interesting that she too is thinking about a move to Toronto from St. Catherines.  Yes, city living ... not just any city Toronto!

I enjoyed the broccoli squash soup ...which was topped with cheese... so good that I almost forgot to capture a photo.

Can't say that I thought about photos much either when it came to my pecan pie! LOL ... as you can see it was a tad late when I remembered the camera. I sipped the hot chocolate which was super chocolaty and creamy. 

It was a great Saturday afternoon!!!

Do you explore neigbourhoods in your city?
 Have you visited Kensington Market?

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  1. Hi there! Remember me? LOL
    Looks like you had a very nice day!

  2. Dearest Celia,
    Well, with that kind of temperature I cannot blame you for attacking a yummy soup! Nor for devouring the delicious pecan pie... Had to laugh with your honesty.
    Enjoy your city time and stay cozy.

  3. Nope, nothing where I live. I live in the boonies with Alpha Hubby's cows. Your pictorials always make me long for days past when I lived in cities. But! If the swap for living in the city is Alpha Hubby, I'll take that swap. I do love your pictorials, tho.

  4. Dear Celia it is great to get out and about in our city, Kansas City.
    There are so many wonderful pocket neighborhoods!
    Have a terrific week!

    The Arts by Karena

  5. I haven't been to Kensington Market in years! I used to go to school just across the street.


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