Personal Finance Columnist for CBC Radio and Cityline
Husband Dennis, and daughter Abby
HOW LONG HAVE YOU LIVED IN TORONTO?
I have lived in Toronto, on and off, since 1993. First, with my university friends in a 5 bedroom house in the Beaches. Now, with my husband and daughter in Riverdale. We had many years away in New York City and then Calgary, but Toronto really is home.
WHAT ARE YOU FAVOURITE PLACES TO GRAB A MEAL AS A FAMILY?
We love to eat at Louis Cifer on the Danforth. The food is great, especially the burgers, and they love kids there. The servers engage immediately and let the kids know that if they are awesome during the meal, and if their parents say its okay, they can pick something from a treasure chest of prizes. These are not crappy Dollarama prizes, but ones that make it worth using utensils and eating your vegetables to win one. Louis Cifer also plays kids movies on their upper level on Sunday nights.
DO YOU HAVE ANY FAVOURITE OUTDOOR SPACES?
We love cycling the Don River bike path to Corktown Common. There are swings, slides and sand, plus an awesome little splash pad, water fountain and washrooms. We are also super lucky to live right near Withrow Park, which has so much to do there year round—two playgrounds, tennis courts, community centre, fire pit, ice rink and toboggan run. We always go to Shakespeare in the Ruff, and to Dusk Dances, the most incredible modern dance festival. You follow the host to various sites around the park to see different performances, as dusk falls over you. It is pure magic.
IN YOUR OPINION, WHAT IS THE BEST THING ABOUT THE CITY?
Diversity and density. We really are urban people and love the sights and sounds of Toronto’s cultural mashup. We take Abby for Dim Sum in Chinatown, look at sarees in Little India and picnic at Woodbine Beach. We love the walkability and bike-ability of the city, and the energy of the crowds. There are so many things to see and do—you just have to hop on the TTC and explore.
Originally published in our Spring 2019 issue.