Picnic in High Park

Last week, like most Torontonians we ventured to High Park to see the cherry blossoms. It’s something we look forward to each year.

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There are about 100 cheery trees planted down a grassy hill on the shores of Grenadier Pond, a gift from the government of Japan. In early spring they blossom with these lovely light pink flowers that only last a few days to a week. They remind us of growing up in Niagara-on-the-Lake and the orchards of cherry trees in blossom- so pretty!

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To avoid some of the crowds, we went on a weeknight but as you can see it was still quite busy. We rode our bikes to the park and brought along a simple picnic of wine and bruchetta. We picked a spot right under the blossoms at the top  of the hill and enjoyed the natural beauty.

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To make our bruchetta bike travel friendly, we put all of the bruchetta topping ingredients (recipe below) into a mason jar and picked up a baguette and some goat cheese from a local bakery. To make the bruchetta, we just gave the mason jar a good shake and placed it on top of the baguette slices with some goat cheese. It was a super simple but very rewarding little snack and went perfectly with the bottle of Sauv Blanc we brought along 😉

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Simple Bruchetta Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 large, ripe tomatoes diced
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • big handful of basil leaves, ripped
  • drizzle of good olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 french baguette
  • soft goat cheese (optional but tastes awesome)

Directions:

  1. Mix tomatoes, garlic, onions,basil, olive oil and salt & pepper 
  2. Serve on sliced baguette (goat cheese optional)
  3. Enjoy!

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