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TORONTO, I LOVE YOU

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TORONTO, I LOVE YOU

Sean Loughran

Another week, another city. Toronto this time, and I'm taking off from Dublin Airport. A direct flight at an appropriate time, thank goodness, all courtesy of Air Transat. 

I depart Dublin shortly after the scheduled take off time, which by this point I'm already enjoying a lovely glass of bubbly on board. That's one of the many benefits of my upgrade to Option Plus. As well as being fast tracked through security, offered priority boarding, and receiving a complimentary comfort kit, Option Plus ain't so bad! I connect to the in-flight entertainment system on my iPad, and kick back to watch The Longest Ride, an appropriate choice for a long haul flight I believe. Thank you Nicolas Sparks, I don't know what we would do without you!

Photo courtesy of Air Transat's Instagram

The flight is a breeze, I barely even notice the hours flying by and before I know it we're arriving into Toronto Pearson International Airport. I walk out onto the pavement and think back to just a few hours earlier when I parted with my family and little puppy Reilly, and I take some time to think about just how lucky I am to have the most supportive family anyone could ask for. They're constantly telling me to reach for the stars and beyond.

It's my first time in Toronto, the Canadian concrete jungle. It's quite warm when I arrive but I've heard we're in for an extremely cold winter so I better wrap up warm. Most of my luggage consists of heavy knits and outerwear. 

Running errands via Uber - the best way to travel!

The first day in the city is a bit of a blur, I'm surviving on just a few hours of sleep and running all around town to do various errands. After a quick power nap, I head to TNT Male at Hazelton Lanes in the centre of Downtown Toronto. I'm here to celebrate the work of Patrick Assaraf who is here unveiling his latest Fall collection to the media and clients. We indulge our palates in a tasting experience of Macallan Single Highlight Malt Scotch Whiskey, which is served by Toronto bartender, Nicolas Villalon. The collection looks amazing, Assaraf stays true to the brand, and shows off a range of luxury Peruvian pima cotton stretch tees, the season's best cashmere and merino knitwear (which I'll be needing for the winter season!), trim cut blazers, and essential outerwear pieces. 

Follow Patrick Assaraf on Instagram, or check out the new online store here!

The rest of the week is spent settling into my new apartment in the up & coming Regent Park district of Toronto. I move into a beautiful condo building on Cole Street, in the heart of the city. The building is exactly what I was hoping it would be. The amenities are great, I have access to the gym, entertainment centre, library, and a great rooftop with the most amazing view of Toronto. 

Saturday is spent exploring the St Lawrence Market, a fantastic farmer's market in the centre of downtown. Fresh fruit, vegetables, meats, and baked goods are available in this huge space. The farmers market runs every Saturday from 5am-3pm, and is definitely worth a trip.

I end the weekend on a high at Mildred's Kitchen Temple, where I meet up with a friend from home for a spot of brunch. We indulge in some eggs, sunny side up, served with a delicious side of blueberry pancakes. My eggs are served on a bed of jalapeño cornbread and ham, accompanied by a dressed side salad. This place is buzzing, a favourite for many I'm guessing as we wait around 40 minutes for our table. It was totally worth the wait and I'm already looking forward to my next visit to Mildred's.

Time for me to prepare for the week ahead, I have plenty happening this week so I'll be sure to keep you all informed. This coming week also marks my one year blogging anniversary, feeling very proud and accomplished - thank you to everyone who has supported me on this amazing journey.

Have a great week!