I take every opportunity I get to escape the city-ness of Toronto so when Bryan Gilvesy (of Y U Ranch fame…remember his happy cows?) suggested I come to the Bring Food Home conference (in Peterborough) I was like, “DONE! I’M THERE!”
It’s not that I don’t like Toronto. I do (although it did take me a couple years to warm up to it and my trips to the beautiful cities of Chicago and Montreal this summer set me back on the whole liking Toronto thing)! The TTC doesn’t always make it easy but I love that I can pretty much get anywhere in the city without a car. In one day I can go to a farmers’ market, spend too much money shoe shopping on Queen West, play in the grass in High Park, grab a fresh-pressed juice at the Big Carrot, get my bowl on at the Ballroom and see some live music at the Horseshoe Tavern. I love that there’s so much going on here. Especially when it comes to food. In the mood for Thai? TO’s got it. Thin crust margarita pizza? Check. Greasy spoon? We’ve got plenty. Want to go vegan? Got it covered. We’ve got restaurants where you dine in pitch black and restaurants where everything is sourced locally, organically, sustainably. We’ve got it all. That being said, as great as the city is, it also kind of sucks. There’s noise, traffic and dirty everywhere, creepy people on the subway and a disturbing lack of greenery. Not to mention the fast pace of the city is exhausting. To make a long story short, I was happy to escape.