6 Months

Six months ago I made a decision that was going to change my life. Six months ago I took a leap of faith and made the decision that it was time to try something new. Six months ago I stepped out of my comfort zone. Six months ago I moved to Toronto.

Wow, I can’t believe I’ve already been here for half of a year. It seems like yesterday I was sitting in my kitchen trying to convince my Dad that I am a grownup and that Toronto is a ‘safe place’.

Over the past six months I’ve learnt a lot about the city, but I’ve also learnt a lot about myself.

10 things I’ve learnt in the last six months:

  1. Always try the sketchy looking restaurants; the food there is likely amazing. But always check with DineSafe first.
  2. Act on a whim, nothing new and exciting ever happened living life on a strict schedule.
  3. Don’t take the TTC if you don’t have to; getting lost on adventures allows you to discover new things.
  4. Speaking of the TTC, always have tokens in your change purse; they’re cheaper in bulk and you’ll often need a ride when you have no loonies or toonies.
  5. NEVER make eye contact with the homeless and/or preachers at Dundas Square; you will never be able to shake them.
  6. Kensington might look like a complete dump, but there are lots of hidden treasures.
  7. Never go east of Jarvis alone, even if it’s still light out.
  8. Make a serious effort to stay in and have dinner with your roommate; with crazy schedules these are key to catch up with each other. It helps to have a BBQ and a wicked patio.
  9. Almost all twenty-somethings living in the city are living on a budget, but doing what they need to get by while still having fun.
  10. Cleaning and cooking sucks, but I’m slowly starting to get good at it.

Moving downtown has really been a new experience for me. Sometimes I ponder if I made the right decision; maybe I should move home, save money and eventually get my own place. But then I remember my old suburbia life versus my new and exciting downtown life; I definitely don’t want to play tradsies on that.

Here’s to the next six months!

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It’s Raining Grilled Cheese in Kensington

Today, ย my friend Lisa and I headed to the streets of Toronto in search for some comfort food given the dismally rainy day.

We ended up at The Grilled Cheese; located in Kensington on Nassaua, just west of Agusta.

When we first arrived at our destination, which was recommended by my roommate, we were unsure. At first glance, it appears as somewhat of a hole in the wall, mind you, as does most of the area. None the less, we decided to enter the restaurant and it had a really rustic, but cool, vibe. When we first arrived there was one other customer, but even though it was middle of the afternoon the place ended up being filled with people by the time we left.

The menu consisted of approximately ten grilled cheese options. I ordered the BLACK JACK, which was $6, and added avocado and bacon, which were an extra $2 each. As you can likely tell from the photo below, it was delicious. I really enjoyed the olive pesto, which was something I certainly never imagined including on my standard grilled cheese. My meal also came with a side of rippled potato chips and a big juicy pickle – two perfect pairings for grilled cheese. The meal was nothing short of amazing; reasonably priced, tasty and fulfilled my desire for comfort food. I would definitely go back.

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My delicious BLACK JACK, yumm!

One key thing to keep in mind is that this is a CASH only restaurant, which I was not aware of and resulted in Lisa buying my lunch (Thanks Leese ๐Ÿ™‚ ).

After lunch we decided to do a bit of shopping in Kensington. I ended up getting an awesome pair of earrings at Kid Icarus, but we wrapped our afternoon up quickly due to the rain.

Sadly, The Grilled Cheese doesn’t have a website I can share with you, but while I was hunting for it I came across an old BlogTO post naming The Grilled Cheese as the top spot to get grilled cheese in the city. Check the article out here:ย http://www.blogto.com/toronto/the_best_grilled_cheese_sandwich_in_toronto/