Hanging Out in Kensington Market with Stella from the ‘hood

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I recently got to spend some time with my oldest friend, Stella. She and I go back a long way, having grown up in the same neighbourhood, (in a Toronto suburb).

I first met her when she began dating my brother in high school. They split up, but, with my brother’s good wishes, Stella and I remained close. Aside from Nick and my parents, she is probably the person who knows me the best. And what I always see in her eyes is warmth and love. I feel the same way about her.

Over the years, we have had many adventures together, including a trip on a lifetime travelling throughout Greece and to Amsterdam. Until about three years ago, when she and her husband moved out of the city, we used to see each other all the time. We often went to the movies together, and her moving away is probably the main reason I’ve only been to the cinema a few times in recent years.

I’ve certainly missed having her an easy subway trip away, and was happy for the chance to get together with her when she was in town on Tuesday last week.

At her request we went to Kensington Market. Regular readers will know that I spend a lot of time in this area since Nick and I do much of our fresh food shopping there, but that didn’t stop me from wanting to go there with Stella. There is so much more to do in the market than shop for food!

We walked the many small colourful streets, popping in and out of the clothing and gift shops and talking all the while.

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We went to one shop that was so good that I’m going to do a follow-up post about it. You can see us carrying bags from it, in these pictures.

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We knew we wanted fish tacos for lunch, but the place we had on eyes on, El Trompo, was packed.

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We could have waited for the crowd to clear, but we moved along, remembering having seen another place advertising the dish. We did end up eating delicious fish tacos, but in a place that was more cafeteria than quaint restaurant, so I skipped taking pictures.

After lunch, we continued shopping. We both found gifts for people in this place.

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Before it was time for Stella to go, we stopped in at Dolce Gelato, for a cold sweet treat. The extent of choices of gelato was almost overwhelming … everything sounded so good. We both went with a cup that contained two kinds – caramel and mango for me, and blueberry cheesecake and pink grapefruit for Stella.

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Following goodbye hugs, I walked home happy to have seen my good friend. By the time I arrived there was an email waiting for me, vowing that next time it could not leave it so long between visits.

Thank you for reading. I hope you’re having a great week so far.
xo loulou

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