A Stripper Grabbed My Top Knot in Toronto

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Learned a lot of interesting things while in Toronto, for example, the 6  refers to being in Toronto because the city’s two area codes both include 6 in them. I arrived late on Thursday and left early evening Sunday, a relatively short trip, but managed to pack in a mix of hustling around and relaxing in the hotel.

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The thrive was real

We stayed in the Hyatt because NXNE paid for it, but we were able to walk around or catch quick cabs to venues. NXNE is something Toronto is super proud of, and while it was a lot of fun, was even more low-key than small scale city fests such as NYC’s CMJ or San Francisco’s Noise Pop. Despite timing my trip around the festival, I had a lot more fun checking out local restaurants, bars, and going on some weird Torontonian (I was actually convinced this is the term- correct me if I’m wrong) adventures (hint: strip club).

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Took this horrifying photo of Drew in our hotel window

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5 AM in Toronto (is when I was eating poutine)

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Drew and I headed to Toronto for the first time a few weeks ago for NXNE, their version of SXSW to hang out with some of our Canadian friends, because Drew was on a panel, and I wanted an excuse to go on a trip. Below is an account of everything I ate, because I am the type of person who emails ten people for suggestions before I go anywhere.

Cheese curds had me like…

Toronto is actually super easy to get to from NYC with just an hour long flight. My roundtrip flight was $215 and left at completely reasonable times. I arrived later than Drew and took a shared ride shuttle from the airport to our hotel because it was $18 vs. a $60 cab (book online to keep it as inexpensive as possible). Once I figured out where it was picking me up, this was super easy and I would highly recommend it.

Pro but obvious tip: don’t use your phone in Canada except on wifi or your phone bill will cost the equivalent of a flight to Paris, which is a much better use of $800 imo.

I had high expectations for Toronto after everything I’ve learned from Drake’s discography, and wasn’t let down. I did a lot of fun things and most importantly ate a lot of good food. Let me break down the food part of it for you.

Smokes Poutinerie IMG_2298-1 I referred to this place by an internet friend. I went my first night and lost my poutine virginity. We chose one that had chicken, bacon, peas, mushrooms, ON TOP of the usual cheese curds and gravy. At the time, I was thinking it was so dope, but you will see if you scroll, I soon learned the true ways of poutine. tldr; this is good but has too much extra shit on it, I just want the OG curd vibes. More food below (more…)

Back in the Blog Game

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It’s been a while since I’ve been writing just for myself. I’m on a bit of a break from my freelance hustle and have finally got my website and blog back up. This time, I’m thinking it will be a bit different from my previous blogs, with more of a focus on what I actually spend my day to day doing. Lately that’s been making food, trying to figure out mixology (no it isn’t as douchey as that sounds), traveling, and going on adventures around NYC.

My current easy food obsession is making baked tortilla chips. I use 2 Mexican corn tortillas per person that will be snacking (which is 100 calories), slice them into triangles using scissors, pour a spoonful of coconut oil over the pieces (around 150 calories per spoonful, which will easily work for 3 servings) and spread them out on a baking sheet. I sprinkle sea salt, black pepper, and cayenne over them, and bake on 350 for 15 minutes. Then I set it to broil for 5 minutes for some extra crisp.

So if you’re into any of this, sweet. Feel free to reach out to me about anything you’d like to see covered @linalovesit

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