When I was little girl I dreamed of heading to Hollywood. I remember at a very young age asking my father relentlessly to take me to Tinseltown to ‘make it.’ Every Christmas list, birthday wish and persistent plea…heading to LA LA land was always number one on my list. In retrospect, I may have been out of touch with reality or truly a real life dreamer but I embarrassingly thought the moment I stepped off the plane I would be famous (ahhh the innocence of being young and naive). I admit, I sat hours in the director chair I kept in my childhood bedroom (wearing a North Face fleece…how fitting) pretending I was on filming break. A girl can dream….right?
Every time I visit Toronto, I make it my mission to stop for Sunday brunch at Colette Grand Cafe. This beautiful French restaurant is located at the bottom level of the Thompson Hotel in Toronto, Ontario. The endless options for brunch, including lobster, omelettes and eggs benny, keep me energized and satisfied after each visit. I find their Sunday buffet style is always the perfect last stop before to heading to the airport to catch my flight back to Nova Scotia.
If you’re in the area but do not have enough time to sit down, there is an adorable cafe also located in the restaurant that is easily accesssible. This cafe is filled with pastries and speciality coffee for any woman on the go.
Recently, I have had the pleasure of spending a significant amount of time in Toronto, Ontario. Before each visit, I made sure to research where the most coveted places to shop, dine and spa were located. When I discovered Her Majesty’s Pleasure online, I knew that it was a must stop during one of my visits.
This fully equipped spa is in a league by itself. In all my life of spa hopping I have never seen such a unique and special place. This beautiful space includes an airy café, lounge bar and a retail boutique…..all in addition to the endless amount of designated treatment rooms. I was lucky to have spent a full morning at this gem, indulging in some much needed rest and relaxation. As the name suggests, I truly did feel like a princess……..actually let me rephrase…. more like a queen!
I’ve recently had the pleasure of spending a few scattered weekends in Toronto. I thoroughly enjoyed roaming the different neighborhoods and checking out a few of my favorite cafés. Although the weather was cold (literally freezing), I was able to keep warm by sneaking in and out of the cafés below for a toasty beverage. I believe a lot of us who live on the East Coast sometimes underrate Toronto and what it has to offer….because I must say, their coffee options are on point.
If you’re a self-proclaimed coffee fanatic like myself then the list below is for you!
Yes, I admit…I am a bit of a coffee snob. Heck, my friends in college didn’t call me the mocha princess for nothing! And although my warm beverage of choice has changed multiple times over the years, I truly believe I will remain a cappuccino queen for life (…..I can be a self proclaimed queen, right?)
Before I go on a holiday, I like to research the locals’ top recommended cafés. I always try to stay away from coffee establishments we have here in Halifax and venture out to try new tastes. Below are my favorite coffee joints in NYC…. I have been visiting many of these cafés for years and I can’t recommend each of them enough!