Fuel Plus, Toronto, Canada

     If I lived in Toronto and worked in the downtown area, I’d make Fuel Plus a regular brunch or lunch stop and if you’re in town for a short time and only have chance for one lunch stop this is the place to come. Their food is great, the staff are friendly, they source most of their food locally, they sell nutrition products geared towards runners such as myself as well as regular food and also there’s a superb lack of marketing nonsense in the air, which I personally…

Allan Gardens Conservatory

Established in 1858 in the downtown area of Toronto (a 10 minute walk east along Carlton Street from College Subway Station, 10 minutes south-west of Fuel Plus Cafe/snack bar and 15 minutes walk north from Ryerson Image Centre), Allan Gardens is a public botanical garden and features six greenhouses with permanent plant collection (sub-tropical garden, Palm House and cacti) and seasonal plants. It’s free to visit and open between 10am and 5pm every day.  It’s a real treat to be there in winter as it’s always warm inside (probably not…

Segovia Restaurant, Toronto

The Segovia Restaurant is at  5 Saint Nicholas St, Toronto, ON M4Y 1W5, a few minutes walk from Wellesley Subway Station, or a 20 minute walk from Dundas Square (the center of downtown Toronto). It’s not a family operated place although it does seem it when you dine there as the atmosphere is unique and individual, like that of a one-off restaurant rather than a chain. I’m told that most of their fresh produce is brought locally, much of it organically grown too, so that’s an extra reason to pay them…

The Sultan’s Tent Restaurant, Toronto, Canada

     When I was a five years old I was handed some postcards collected by my grandfather in North Africa during World War 11. They were created from an orientalist standpoint especially for the western market and I loved them. Taking elements of what we expected the exotic Arab culture to be like they condensed them into scenes full of men smoking pipes whilst lazing about on large cushions, surrounded by dark-skinned beauties and sheltered by large, ornate tents, palms trees and the desert. As a very young boy growing up…

Dhaba Indian Restaurant, Toronto, Canada

Years ago, in a more affluent time, I used to enjoy putting the restaurant menu to one side and saying to the head waiter or chef “I’m feeling (insert adjective) tonight, and the only thing I don’t like to eat is anything with a slimy texture, so, what can you suggest?” It wasn’t a case of being pretentious or even stupidly rich, it was more about a wish to mix with, and give my custom to, passionate, eco-friendly artists. If a chef was truly creative and unbound by outdated rules,…

Heartbeat of Home at the Ed Mirvish Theatre, Toronto, Canada

Three of us from Trek and Run – myself, Lamia and Joanna – saw this show, which has just a week left to run here in Toronto. Here are a few of our thoughts, with more in-depth reviews following below… “…the 2nd act commences with a Cuban/Irish mash up leading into a New York 1950′s Harlem style Hip Hop On-The-Road Beat Box face off. If this were all a meal the critics might describe it as a Gaucho Gazpacho with a Cape Verde salsa held together with a pint of Guinness…”…

The Steam Whistle Brewery Tour, Toronto, Canada

If you look straight down over a thousand feet from the observation deck of the CN Tower you’ll see, between you and Lake Ontario, a huge semi-circular brick building that looks old and oddly out of place. The rest of the nearby city centre, you see, is modern and high rise, and getting more so by the month (they say there are 2 seasons in Toronto, construction and winter, although recently I’ve seen building work continuing even though temperatures have been as low as minus 15 to 20 degrees!) So…

Marcel’s French Restaurant, Toronto, Canada

Marcel’s is at 315 King Street West, above the Le Saint Tropez Restaurant in the Theater District, a few minutes walk from the TIFF Bell Lightbox, the Royal Alexandra Palace and Princess of Wales Theaters. It’s an easy 15 minute walk to St Andrews Tube Station, or 25 minutes walk to Dundas Square, the centre of downtown Toronto. This year marks the 30th anniversary of Marcel’s and throughout that time their owner says that they’ve continued to serve what the French cook and eat. “It is not pretentious,” he claims, “it’s just…

‘Metamorphosis’ at the Royal Alexandra Theatre, Toronto, Canada

Three of us from Trek and Run – myself, Lamia and Ksenia – saw this show, which has just a week left to run here in Toronto. Here are a few of our thoughts, with more in-depth reviews following below… “The script was faithful to the standard interpretation of Kafka’s work…but would you understand it if you hadn’t read or studied the book? I’d say yes, absolutely. The themes of betrayal, of shallow loves and friendships and vulgarians blinded by money, status and loud words are ones that all but the…

The Canada Running Series ‘Move Your Paws for the Polar Bear Cause 3km’, Toronto, Canada

This 2014 event took place on 22nd February. First of all, here’s a film of the event, it’ll give you an idea of what to expect from the route I’ve run with the Canada Running Series people before, at their Toronto Waterfront Marathon in 2012. The organisation was great and there was a good vibe about the whole event so since I was in Toronto for a month this winter I  had a look at their website to see if they had anything going on locally during this time. As it…