Toronto Christmas Market, Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Mercatto, Cluny Bistro and more

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We thought Thanksgiving would be on the same day in Toronto as in the United States. So we booked a table for two at Cluny Bistro in advance. It turns out that Black Friday is on the same date but Thanksgiving is not. Canada’s Thanksgiving is somewhere in October. So no celebration, no turkey, no cue lined up in front of Cluny. All shops were open on the normal opening hours. We had to adapt of course, so we spent some time at the Eaton Centre shopping mall ;-).

They had started the pre Black Friday discounts allready. We browsed around at Indigo for a long time. We both love bookstores! We had lunch at Mercatto, a restaurant in the Eaton Centre. It is such a nice place to hang out for a while during your shopping. The beautifully styled interior sports cool leather couches. It is a great setting for your desire for food, drinks and design. A hidden treasure between all the stores and ugly food courts.

We went to the Distillery District in the evening to have dinner at Cluny restaurant. We’ve been there before and in one of our compi’s of Toronto you will see and find all the information about it, so just click on THIS link ;-). When we arrived at the Distillery District we stepped into a Christmas setting, smack in the middle of Toronto Christmas Market. A lot of Christmas trees, decoration lights, Christmas songs, nice food and gift stalls gave us the real Christmas feeling. We had a delicious meal at Cluny and celebrated the good life.

The day after it was Black Friday! All shops opened around eight o’clock in the morning but it was not as hysterical as in the United States. We went to Yorkville first and spent some time in our favourite shop Anthropologie. They had a welcome Gluhwein-drink but unfortunately we couldn’t drink that because we had to work to Amsterdam later that day. The best part was wandering around town with all the Christmas excitement going on, having a nice dinner at Cluny and discovering Mercatto. The worst part was that we bought lots of items that weren’t on Black Friday sale at all… We were victims of our own taste ;-)!

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Los Angeles

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Los Angeles
We survived crazy Black Friday. After a long flight and with a bundle of twigs between the aircraft’s wing flaps (no idea how they get there) we landed in our second home town. We rented a nice convertible and drove to Manhattan Village. We needed a strong coffee to keep us awake with nine hours time difference. An evening of shopping, a wheelchair and a shopping car later, we finally chilled with a glass of wine.