Despite the hustle and bustle of Toronto, there are those little hidden gems you come across that still can feel tranquil and secret.  Enter The Rectory Cafe, which although has been around for a long time, I just recently discovered.


Found on Ward’s Island and just a short (but beautiful!) ferry or water taxi ride away, The Rectory Cafe sits on a garden-like setting and offers incredibly relaxing views of the lake, warm summer breezes and the friendliest atmosphere.

I had the opportunity to visit a few weeks ago, as they kicked off patio season with a lovely cocktail party held in support of Second Harvest.  We had the opportunity to chat with island residents, enjoy some delicious bites from their new summer menu and of course, take in some amazing views.




The Rectory Cafe will be open all summer long, so if you are looking for a nice little day trip this weekend, consider spending the day at Ward’s Island, walking, biking or sitting by the water and then dropping in for a glass (or two) of wine with some tasty food.


(Mini Grilled Halloumi Cheese Sandwiches)


(Labneh, Roasted Garlic and Pita)


(Coconut Vegetable Curry)


(Artist Gary Smith doing a live sketch of the evening)

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Due to flooding on the island, several areas are closed off to visitors.  However, you can still visit Ward’s Island and The Rectory Cafe, simply inform ferry personnel of your purpose, or you can also take a little water taxi ride.  I highly recommend Tiki Taxi as a fun way to enjoy the views and get to the other side of the city.

A huge thank you to the staff at The Rectory Cafe for their hospitality and for supporting the work of Second Harvest, Canada’s largest food rescue organization!

Happy weekend friends!!! xo

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I cannot believe how quickly time flies sometimes. It wasn’t that long ago that I was welcoming the summer breeze and all the fun plans and dreams that always come along with the warmer months…and now here we are, mid-September and I must admit I am a little bit in awe at how fast this summer came and went.  However, as we transition from easy-breezy to crisp and cool weather, I feel a sense of excitement and wonder as I prepare for the new season.  It may be the habits left from my old school days, but September always feels like a time to reset and start again on any forgotten hopes and dreams and a time to plan for new adventures.  The cozy sweaters, richer foods and frothier drinks are just a cherry on top.

As I look back on summer sixteen, I feel grateful for friends old and new, days spent with loved ones, the ability to feel the sun and the blessing of welcoming a new season with open arms.  Change is good my friends.  I hope that September has been treating you well and that you continue to dream, love and always move forward with light in your eyes and joy in your hearts.  And now, I leave you with a few September things I’m looking forward to…

Relaxed and unplanned adventures


Enjoying as many meals outdoors as possible



Breathing in the changing season



Lots of pie and warm, frothy drinks



Happy pre-Fall friends!  October will be here soon accompanied by that beautiful symphony of magical colours we all love.  Are you excited?!

Lots of love! xo

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Well, the weekend is here once again.  What fun adventures are you up to?  My plan is to catch up on a little sleep and enjoy a few weekend luxuries.  Spending some time resting up, listening to your favorite music (or enjoying some silence) and treating yourself to a few favorite treats is a great way to welcome the weekend and recharge.  So today, I am sharing my recipe for a perfect lazy morning.  Enjoy!

A fresh, fluffy and cozy bed…


Books and magazines!! Nothing better than flipping the pages of a favorite read…




Flowers nearby to inspire and refresh the spirit…


A stack of note cards.  This is the perfect time to write a “Thank You” or “Hello, I’m thinking of you” note…


And once ready to rise…a fresh shower and a few beauty treats…

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And lastly, fresh coffee and delicious breakfast bites…


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Wishing you a lovely weekend!

Enjoy.  Sleep in.  Sip your coffee slowly and savor the day. XO

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