Fight the winter blues

Written by: Lorena Magallanes
Posted on: February 11, 2015

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With this cold weather hitting us harder than I can remember, it doesn’t feel as if Spring is going to be coming anytime soon. Before you announce your resignation to daily life and start hibernating inside your houses, maybe you should take a second to reconsider. It may be colder than what anyone would like, but there are still so many things you can do to fight off the impending sadness of an everlasting winter. Check out my suggestions below and let yourself go outside, again!

Stop by coffee shops around the city
Its no secret that Toronto has an almost unacceptable amount of coffee shops around the city. From chains like Starbucks and Tim Hortons to cute little small ones like Fika in Kensington Market, every place has a following that swears their dark roast is the best in the city. If you’re a coffee lover or someone with a bit of a sweet tooth, what better way to forget about the cold air outside than to curl up with a book in a coffee shop you’ve never been inside of on a Sunday afternoon?

Go to Second City
There’s really nothing better than laughing until your stomach and face hurt in a room filled with people reacting with the same amount of laughter and enthusiasm as yourself. Second City is the perfect place to go for a few laughs and a couple drinks (until you can’t feel the cold after the show anymore) with some friends. If you’re on a tight budget, try to catch one of their matinee shows that has lower prices but the same quality of comedy Second City is so famous for. After all, who remembers the wind chill factor when they’re trying to keep from spitting their food out in laughter?

Skating at Nathan Philips Square
Like the old saying says, “if you cant beat ‘em, join ‘em” and this applies especially to the cold winter months. Unless you have an extremely flexible job that enables you to leave for a tropical place for 6 months of the year, you’re going to be facing the winter weather at some point or another in Canada. Why not make the best of it? Grab a couple friends, or that special someone and take advantage of the skating opportunities the season brings us. Just remember to stock up on mitts, hats and scarves and stop by Timmies for some hot chocolate to make the cold air a little bit more bearable during your skating session.

Prix fixe Winterlicious
One of my favorite things about winter is Winterlicious coming back to some of my favorite restaurants. It’s the perfect time between January 30 to February 12 to attend culinary events and have some prix fixe meals at restaurants you have always wanted to try. Not only does it push you to experience more of the city but it also forces you to get outside and participate in some outings rather than you sitting inside waiting for spring to show up! Pair this with a few rounds of skating at Nathan Philips square and you’ve got the perfect Winter date night!

Farmer’s market
Whoever said you can’t go to a farmers market in the winter has obviously never lived in Toronto. One of my favorite things to do is head to St. Lawrence Market where their indoor farmers market is open year-round and take in the sights, smells and foods they have to offer. Get inspired to create a hot, comforting meal to carry you through the cold nights or just sit back and do some people watching. Whatever the reason for your visit to St. Lawrence, there’s no better way to expand your culinary skills while staying warm and happy in the process!

Toronto has so much to offer all year round that it’s practically impossible to truly be bored in this city. No matter your interests, there’s no reason you should waste the few months of the year where it drops below 0 just because it’s too cold to go outside! There are so many activities in which Torontonians can partake that pushes away the saddening thought that Spring is coming later rather than sooner. So, pick an item on this list and get out there and make some memories!

Have other suggestions for fighting Winter blues? Let me know at @LorenaRomano!

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