I heard some exciting news over the Winter. My sister announced that she’s getting married. It’s been almost 10 years since I tied the knot with Rodney and she stood by my side in Mexico as my Maid of Honor. And I’m thrilled that I now get to return the favor.
Carrie held her Bachelorette party in Toronto a few weeks ago and I flew up to spend a weekend with her and her closest friends. My Mum was nice enough to let me crash at her apartment even though she was traveling that week and I made sure to spend plenty of time on her patio, gazing out at the skyline.
Lucky for me, she lives right next to some fabulous food shops and a standout liquor store. The government-run liquor store (LCBO) is built in a former Canadian Pacific Railway station which was modeled after the Campanile di San Marco in Saint Mark’s Square in Venice. It’s stunning, and makes shopping for booze, clearly one of my favorite activities, even better.
With the liquor store’s clock tower as a backdrop, I spent Friday night with family, including the future Bride and Groom, eating grilled pizzas al fresco.
With clouds accumulating overhead, and the dark skyline in silhouette to the West, we huddled under the restaurant’s blankets, drank coffee, and finally called it a night.
The next morning, I hosted a brunch for the girls. I had a few hours of prep work before they arrived, starting with the purchase of my favorite summer Shandies at the Beer Store. I remember spending my teen years attempting to shop at this very store with my fake ID, unsuccessfully because even at 16 I still looked 12. Dial-A-Bottle was always more successful, where you’d order your booze by phone and by the time the driver had stocked his car, driven to your house, and realized that you might be (read: clearly were) underage, he’d overlook the issue and quickly pocket his cash.
These days, I drink a little more responsibly; the bigger excitement was buying brunch food at the nearby Harvest Wagon. I came back with all kinds of treats: the most beautiful eggs – I found a mix of organic chicken eggs, plus some pale blue duck eggs and the most stunning, tiny speckled quail eggs:
Also in the mix were beets of every color and size. Some people hate getting their hands stained with beet prep. I love it.
I also found a bunch of chives with their blossoms still attached, which made a simple potato salad bridesmaid brunch-worthy.
It was a serious feast; we were pretty happy to be scarfing down blue cheese, homemade fig jam, soft-boiled quail eggs and macarons for desert.
After getting manicures next door, we headed out for the big event of the day: the dress fitting. I can say with full confidence that I’ve never seen a more stunning dress; it’s a work of art, and she looks gorgeous in it. I can’t wait for her to show it off at the wedding.
We ended our long day with a dinner Uptown with lots of great food, Italian desserts, and the requisite coffee.
On Sunday morning it was time to pack up and hit the road, but with so much good food still in the house, I had to make myself one last meal to eat on the patio. The duck eggs, stellar, especially when fried in butter and stuffed with mortadella into a croissant. The ultimate breakfast sandwich.
I got back to New York exhausted, but with a smile on my face, and of course, so excited to see my squad. We beelined straight to our favorite spot, 16 Handles, for frozen yogurt with the works. The perfect endcap to the perfect weekend.
Beautiful photos of our wonderful city! Such a happy and joyous event! Thrilled for all of you!
Thanks so much ML- sorry we missed you this time xx
Congrads on your sister’s engagement. Lovely pictures of your time at the engagement party
Lovely pictures! Congrats on your sisters engagement! =)
What a nice set of photos fun too and that lovely food love the last photo heheh!
Congrats! on your sister’s engagement looked like a great day 😉
Have a maritaltastic week 😉
It was, thanks Steve!
Great news – great photos – I am now hungry! 🙂
This is a very emotional and exciting time it’s great that you can be there for your sister.
Have a lovely rest of the week!!
Congratulations to your sister!!
Great photos again! Love the eggs. Aren’t they beautiful.
What wonderful news – and excuse for feasting!!! Duck eggs are so rich and luscious…great for baking too. Now you have set us up with anticipation of wedding photos…… &*> YAM xx
I’ve heard that duck eggs are great for baking- will have to give it a try sometime soon…
Hey, you were in my hood! So glad you had a nice time. Congrats to your sister on her engagement. With the wedding be in Toronto as well?
Thanks Diana! No the wedding is going to be in Halifax. Had a great time shopping at the Harvest Wagon- they live in such a great little neighborhood 🙂
We used to have dial a bottle here, darn, I miss that! Congrats to your sister!
I’d love an apartment I could stay at with a view and convenience like your Mums!!
Beautiful food porn shots too 🙂
Congratulations to your sister. Wonderful photos.
Congrats to your sister! 🙂
Every photo is lovely but my fave is those wedding dresses! So pretty! #WW
Fabulous! I especially like the photo of the eggs!
You are amazing and so inspiring! Love all the food you made and glad you were there to celebrate with Carrie:) xo
Now I’m hungry. And want to go shopping. In Toronto.
Beautiful food and photos! Congrats. to your sister! 🙂
Congratulations to your sister!
Congratulations to your sister! Wow, what a busy time you’ve been having. great photos. did you have to buy the quail eggs & are they for sale? so tiny, but the table looks gorgeous!
That looks like so much fun. It’s good your mum lives there. All that prep work would have been hard to do in a hotel. Everything looks wonderful.
I’m ready to eat breakfast for dinner after looking at your scrumptious photos! What a nice bridal weekend. 😀
Wow! A visual feast in photographs! I wish your sister a beautiful wedding and the skills to navigate through married life, and may the joys of marriage be more than the struggles. My hubby and I fought the first 7 years of marriage a lot! But, I’m happy being married! 🙂
Wow! A visual feast in photographs! I wish your sister a beautiful wedding and the skills to navigate through married life, and may the joys of marriage be more than the struggles. My hubby and I fought during the first 7 years of marriage a lot! But, I’m happy being married! 🙂
I especially loved your photo of the eggs! And congratulations to your sister, exciting times ahead!
Amazing photos. Sincerely. Hope you are taking the photos for the wedding. They will be fabulous.
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Gasp! That old railway station is absolutely stunning. I love old buildings. Can you imagine what a tragedy it would have been if they hadn’t converted it?
What an incredible weekend!
If I’m ever in NY, can I come over for a meal or two, or three?Your food always looks amazing!
Congrats to your sister!
Looks like you had a fun and busy trip to Canada to visit your sister. I love the photo essay of your time there. What a special time this was for you! Thanks for sharing with us. BTW, random.org selected you as this week’s featured photographer. Whoo-hoo! Congrats for being in the limelight on Curious as a Cathy! 😉
What a beautiful weekend! And the food… amazing!
Congratulations to your sister! It looks like you had an amazing weekend. I’ll have to track down that market – the eggs looked amazing!
Seems like a lovely weekend was had, and how lucky are they to have such a beautiful brunch! Those quail eggs are just gorgeous!!
Congrats to your sister! Looks like a great time and lots of good food!
I live in Austin but my friends tease me that after too much HGTV, I’m obsessed with Toronto — great shots.
I never could buy alcohol either. When I was a jr. in high school, I was asked if I was in 6th grade — sack!
The dress fitting is so much fun — congrats to your sister.
Oh the adventures…it’s all so exciting!
Ooh! The dress fitting would have been my favorite part! Wait…maybe the food afterwards…. I can’t decide! LOL And congrats to your sister! (Btw, thanks for linking up with me! See you again next week?) 😉
What a fun weekend! Mouth-watering photos. Glad you had a good time celebrating with Carrie.