Celebrating Hollywood Women Film Stars At TIFF

Last weekend concluded the Toronto International Film Festival, TIFF, all around Toronto for two weeks, showcasing international movies including their spectacular and beautiful film stars in town.  Most of the Hollywood stars stayed at the famous, luxurious, discreet and elegant Four Seasons Hotel Toronto, located at the chic Bloor-Yorkville district of Toronto. During TIFF, the Bloor-Yorkville area with its restaurants and luxury shops was the place to hang out to spot the celebrities walking and shopping around.  It was so wonderful for the Four Seasons Toronto to display the photos of Miller Mobley for the Hollywood Reporter of the famous and talented Hollywood female film stars from Lady Gaga, Oprah Winfrey, Julia Roberts, LupitaNyong'o, Angelina Jolie among others. Their photos are all over the hotel lobby as they pay homage to the women film stars for this month of September. It turned out that the lobby plus the D Bar were recently renovated with a whole new look of blush tones and rose quartz galore which added to the hotel's elegance and luxury. No wonder the Hollywood movie stars love to make the Four Seasons their home when in Toronto.


Brunch With A View

 When we visited Prince Edward County here in Eastern Ontario, we made sure to have brunch at the popular Drake Devonshire Inn, located in Wellington and has the best views of Lake Ontario. Stylish and cool people from Toronto come here to eat, drink, be merry and be seen. We came here for the brunch which turns out, comes with a view. For starters, we had the tomato salad with honeydew, cantaloupe, yogurt dressing and jalapeño vinaigrette which was refreshing to eat. For me, I chose to eat the Breakfast Burger with bacon, cheddar, fried egg and hollandaise hash. Then for dessert, we made sure to have their sorbet of guava, white chocolate and dark chocolate. The meal we had here plus the lakeside view perfectly and refreshingly celebrated our summer's end. 

Weekend In Prince Edward County

 We spent the Labour Day weekend, the last long weekend of summer visiting Prince Edward County an island along Lake Ontario, about a few hours east of Toronto. We discovered that it is rural with vineyards, lavender fields and a Provincial Park with a popular beach for the locals. First in our agenda was to visit the Prince Edward County Lavender farm located at 732 Closson Road which has a lavender field, bed & breakfast and a store that sold their natural products from their lavender harvest. We tried for the first time a lavender gelato which tasted so delicious and was so fragrant. Driving around the island, we were impressed by the numerous vineyards that we passed along the way to the Sandbanks Provincial Park. The park is popular for its natural sand dune formation and  for summer swimming in Lake Ontario. A visit here at Prince Edward County was a perfect way to end the summer fun with lavender ice cream, some wine tasting and a refreshing swim on the lake. Oh summer, I will miss you. Till next time again. 

Summer Market At St. Jacobs Farmers' Market

 One of the best things to do during summer is visiting the St Jacobs Farmers Market at St Jacobs, Ontario, two hours west of Toronto. This is a year round market with an outdoor market for the whole summer selling fresh from the farm fruits and vegetables. Most of the farm produce in the market are from nearby farms owned by the Mennonites that settled in this Western part of Ontario. Since it is summer, there are tropical fruits like the pineapples, avocados and mangoes on sale imported from Mexico and Costa Rica. There are local fruits like peach, fresh Ontario strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and sweet corn. There was an explosion of colours from the fresh fruits and vegetables all around the outdoor market. St. Jacobs is also the only place that makes the best apple fritters and the biggest and most fresh raspberry lemonade juice I have ever tasted. A visit to the summer outdoor market is a feast to the eye and a delight to our taste palette.  

Abbey's Bakehouse + Power Yoga

 When we are up North in Muskoka, our vacation will not be complete without a visit at our favourite bakeshop, popularly known as Abbey's Bakehouse, located in Minett, along Lake Rosseau. They make the best ever butter tarts and butter tarts with bacon, muffins made with Muskoka blueberries, banana chocolate muffin, cookies, scones and brownies. Besides, the baked goodies, their menu has expanded to include their quiche, breakfast and lunch sandwiches made with own freshly baked focaccia bread. They also make their own gelato and pies. But first of all, try the one of a kind power yoga by the lake for some enlightenment and stretching. Definitely a Muskoka moment when one can do power yoga and then sweeten the day with a visit at Abbey's Bakehouse. 

Pamela lives in Toronto, Canada, currently working in Banking in the field of Credit and Finance. The Chic Delights blog has evolved into an on-line magazine about my experiences and inspirations on style, travel, people, lifestyle and current events. My features are not sponsored posts. The photographs and stories featured here are all from my own resources and experiences. [Pamela RG] (