Bars, Coffee, and Quidditch

Bars, Coffee, Quidditch

Over the last couple of years, I’ve learned to never underestimate the fun things you can find and do in Toronto. It’s been just over 24 hours since the start of my weekend, and already it’s become one of the most memorable ones I’ve had to date.

Last night was the first time I’d ever been to EFS, otherwise known as Everything’s For Sale. This nightclub is one of the most beautiful and well-decorated spaces I’ve ever seen. The far wall by the DJ booth is covered with colourful gold-framed pop art. Over the dance floor, sphere lights dot the ceiling. These warm yellow orbs are so soft that they produce a lens-less bokeh effect. My favourite? The Edison light bulbs mounted into the barn board hanging above the bar. The music was great and I really enjoyed the overall ambience of the place, although I do wish their drinks were less watered-down.

Afterwards, we headed across the street to Valdez, where the atmosphere changed completely. Salsa music was blaring and everyone was dancing and having a great time. We had a few rounds of Dos Equis and got a little silly with the picture-taking. Although we didn’t go in, I’m told there is a secret section of the bar, accessed in the back through a giant fridge door next to the kitchen. Intriguing? I think so.

After a fun night, our Saturday has been going at a much slower and relaxed pace. Amanda and I slept in, watched a few episodes of The Mary Tyler Moore Show (sitcom from the 70’s – everything I could have hoped for and more) and then headed out to one of our favourite places in the city: the Distillery District.

If you’ve never been, the Distillery is a must-see for both anyone who lives in the city and for those just visiting. In this little neighbourhood, old industrial buildings have been taken over by shops, studios, cafés, and art galleries with the kind of interior design that I fall head over heels for – exposed brick and pipes, wooden everything, and exciting pieces of artwork at every turn. We stopped by Balzac’s Coffee for a warm drink (my favourite is the Parisian Mist) before heading to our next destination.

If you know me, you’ll likely know that I have a huge love for all things related to Harry Potter. When I first heard that the 2013 Canadian Quidditch Cup was happening in Toronto this weekend, there was no question that I had to attend. The games were held at the Cherry Beach Sports Fields all day. Any and all spectators were welcome to come and cheer on the teams that were playing. Even Amanda, who has never read the books, thoroughly enjoyed herself. I have to say…it was incredible to watch.

I really wish Western had a quidditch team – I totally would have joined! The muggle translation of the game is very similar to a melding of rugby, dodgeball, and lacrosse. One day, I’d love to attend a World Cup game and see our Canadian schools up against the likes of Middlebury, Texas, and Yale. Check out this super interesting documentary about the Quidditch World Cup:

After an eventful 24 hours, I’m spending Saturday night in bed watching this week’s episodes of Ravenswood and The Originals. Tomorrow, I’ll be heading to the gym and picking up a few things at the mall (let the holiday shopping begin!). What exciting things are you up to this weekend?

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