Holiday Shopping can be pretty?

I am almost finished my shopping for the holidays, and it feels good! Although I try to avoid going to malls, and usually order online, I had to check out Toronto Eaton Centre for my annual picture of the Swarovski tree.

It is so spectacular, I drool over it every year!

This year, I was happily surprised to see a few new decorations at the mall. Giant reindeers!

Here are a few pictures of my journey to the Eaton Centre beginning at my place, then via Adelaide Street. Happy Holidays!

Starting in my living room

Front Street

Adelaide Street

Giant Reindeers!

The tree!

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Toronto’s “Historic” Distillery District

Distillery District

It’s funny that they name the Distillery District in Toronto, where breweries began to pop up in the 1830’s. Now, when I think of ‘historic’, I think of Europe and 1400’s. But I guess historic begins as of yesterday.

I visited this district yesterday, in the soggy afternoon gloom. Despite the weather, though, I found this area to be quite cute and interesting.

The tour begins with narrow cobblestone walkways, with holiday decorated rows of red brick buildings on either side. (* picture me walking around hugging my Balzac’s chai latte closely to help warm me up)

Next, you run into a gigantic Christmas tree and a stage, where carollers sing various cheery holiday songs. Pretty neat.

After that, I ate at Mill Street Brewery, popular for their…umm..beer. Instead of getting a bit tipsy, I decided to try the multigrain pancakes with blueberry maple syrup. Delicious, but falsly advertised. Me thinks they ran out of blueberry syrup and I ended up with the usual maple business and real blueberries on the side. Oh well, as I said, deeelicious still.

Well, while there, why not do a tiny bit of holiday shopping? There were neat booths set

A bit of shopping? Sure!

up along the cobblestone selling anything from jewelry, syrups, to fudge and stocking stuffers. I tried to browse a few quite unique ‘gadget’ stores along the way, but the masses of people in these stores (remember, it’s pouring rain outside) deterred me from sticking around too long. I would love to go back after the holidays to check out the sales in some of these stores. Such unique items!

Unfortunately, due to the nasty weather, I did not stick around long enough to enjoy a nice cup of coffee on a year-round patio, set up with nice big and comfy looking couches and fire pits sharing their warmth with us soggy shoppers.

This area must be great in the winter, with a bit of snow, and less of a crowd. (note to self…go back!).

Balzac's Coffee. Organic Chai Latte - must get!

Happy December 1st!

This is the day I put up all my holiday decorations and my tree. Can’t wait, but I kind of wish there was snow in the forecast for the evening!