Bored in Toronto? Be a kid’s tour guide for a day

Last week, I decided to show my nephew around downtown Toronto for the first time. He just turned 10. He lives in suburbia (not Etobicoke – the real suburbs you need to take the GO Train to get to). When I asked him what he does when he comes to Toronto with his family, his response was, “Jays games. Pick my dad up from work. Pick you up.” Needless to say, my ideas for the day were wide open. Read more

12 Tips For That Trip to Iceland

Yes, these Iceland lists are all over the Internet. Trust me, I know. I studied them obsessively before heading to the mystical land of fire and ice by myself last month. But one more list can’t hurt. Everyone’s experiences are going to be different. I travelled alone, didn’t rent a car and stayed in Reykjavik for the week. Read more

My NYC To-Do List

Since I (what for some reason some say was brave) first ventured into the Big Apple on my own at the age of 18, I have since been back to my favourite city eight times. While I have never actually written an NYC to-do list, the one that lingers in my head (with new things being added to it as I go along) has shrunk over the years. I’ll keep this up as a reminder of things still to do and what’s been done. There is a vibe in New York that I’ve always found quite addictive and I officially refer to it as “my happy place.” Read more

Don’t wait for Toronto’s own High Line – Just go to Manhattan

The Toronto Powers That Be murmured and grumbled again yesterday on whether or not the soon-to-be-defunct TTC Scarborough RT should be made into a park similar to the popular High Line in New York City. Nothing is set in stone, and as with everything in Toronto even if it were set in stone, it’s unlikely anyone would see it until sometime in 2215 at the earliest anyway (not an actual fact, but a fair prediction). Read more

That time I visited the NBC Store because Conan told us to

“Don’t forget to buy $10,000 worth of useless crap, right here, at NBC Experience,” Conan once encouraged at the end of his virtual desk ride video.

On April 27th 1999, a wondrous land full of over-priced TV memorabilia emerged in the heart of midtown Manhattan. The NBC Experience Store opened its doors to legions of peacock groupies who (presumably) stormed the front doors and smothered themselves with mugs, shirts and more mugs. As expected, Conan visited the store not long after it opened and “featured” some of his own Late Night goods. Read more