The holiday season is just around the corner and while most of us will be celebrating a time of love, joy and family, the truth of the matter is that there are many people who do not have the opportunity to wake up to their family on Christmas morning, enjoy a hot meal or receive a gift of any kind. For some, the holiday season is a reminder of pain, loneliness and the simple pleasures they do not get to experience.
This year, consider lending your time and heart to one of many volunteer opportunities here in Toronto. I am a passionate volunteer myself and I can tell you first hand that it is one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. Witnessing the unfortunate circumstances of young families, the elderly men and women is heartbreaking, but instead of watching from the sidelines, find out what you can do to help. I am encouraging you to rally round a few of your friends and sign up for an organization that supports a cause near and dear to you. I’m always on the lookout for new ways I can help people and last year I came across an awesome list of charity services provided by BlogTO. In the coming weeks, I’ll be on the phone making some calls and putting my name on a few lists. I’d love for you to join me. Please see some of their suggestions below:
I was recently in Montreal working on our latest travel guide and was amazed at how much it’s changed in only two years. The city was bustling and I had such a blast exploring with real Montrealers who guided me through some of the best that Montreal has to offer. You’ll get the full 411 when we launch the complete guide, but to tide you over until then, here are 5 standouts:
Located around a block away from the Jean Talon market, this Italian fine foods emporium was described to me by our guide, Carrie, as a mini Eataly, and was it ever! Packed with Italian delicacies from the finest of olive oil to hard to find spices this place is a must visit. Plus you can grab an amazing coffee before you hit the market.
(taste testing the best olive oil ever)