InsightsPOSTED January 2, 2019

#Weekending – Taking a small towner around the big city

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Amanda and Molly

Studies show that people who take part in extra-curricular activities are better problem-solvers and more creative. So, over the summer we’ll share what we like to do in our spare time.

Community Manager Amanda Carreiro talks about her weekend with her best friend.

If you’re as lucky as I am, you may have a best friend that saw you through most of your teen years and into adulthood. Molly and I met when we were 12 years old and after one day together I said to her, “we should be best friends.” So, 10 years later, when I moved to Toronto, it’s no mystery that Molly became my most recurring houseguest.

As life goes, the visits tend to be more spread out now, so when she recently told me she was coming to visit me, I knew we had to make it a good one.

Although it’s a big university town, London is all chain-restaurants and shopping malls, and you can drive from any one end of the city to another end within 30 minutes or less. Needless to say, Toronto is an easy place to entertain a Londoner.

Like most girls, our favourite thing to do together is eat, and even though Molly is easy to please, my best friend only gets the best. In one weekend I took her to Toronto staples like Electric Mud for fried chicken and mac and cheese, La Carnita for my favourite tacos, CIBO for pasta and wine, and Sweet Jesus and Cacao 70 for desserts. Molly told me over one of our meals, “You always do me right,” to which I said, “It’s not hard, you live in London.”

Photo via @la_carnita

When we weren’t eating, we were shopping for things Molly could only get in Toronto, like Babsocks, Benefit beauty products, and a very specific Mac eyeshadow.

On one of the nights, I took her out on Ossington Avenue. To me Ossington is one of the best, most unique-to-Toronto place to go out. We ended up at Reposado Tequila Bar, and let me tell you there are only two people on the pla­net I feel safe enough with to take tequila shots and Molly is one of them.

Electric Mud

We crammed a lot into one weekend, but the truth is (as I think most people with a best friend feel), her and I could have done absolutely nothing and it still would have been just as fun.

Amanda Carreiro is a Community Manager at ruckus digital. Check out more of our #Weekending series to see what we do on our weekends.

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