In a city full of iconic sites to take a selfie – the “Toronto” sign in front of city hall may be the most Instagramable.

About the Toronto sign:

“The 3D TORONTO Sign was installed at Nathan Phillips Square in July 2015 for the Toronto 2015 Pan American/Parapan American Games. Due to popular demand, the illuminated sign still remains on the Square.”

I am continuing my search for the perfect charcuterie board – and have had many top contenders so far. But while in Toronto (home of Canadian bacon) I thought I would try out as many charcuterie purveyors I could fit in.

FF: Scheffler’s Deli & Cheese

One of the coolest places in Toronto is the St. Lawrence Market – a bustling marketplace that has just about everything you could ever want. And if you want great charcuterie you have to stop by a St. Lawrence Market institution, Scheffler’s Deli & Cheese.

About Scheffler’s Deli & Cheese:

“Scheffler’s Deli & Cheese has been in business at the Market since 1955. Odysseas has worked around the Market since 1982 and learned all about cheese and meat at various businesses. He met his wife, Sandra, here at the Market. He bought into the business in 1991 with his wife, and hired family members to help run the operation. He enjoys the community feeling of the Market and the lively competition between vendors.”

Scheffler’s Deli & Cheese is located in Upper Level 7 at St. Lawrence Market in the great city of Toronto, Ontario.

FF: Côte de Bœuf

Meanwhile, if you prefer your charcuterie as part of an awesome dining experience, you must try Côte de Bœuf – with locally sourced meats, these fine folks have a great menu and the most inspired charcuterie in the city.

About Côte de Bœuf:

“Inspired by the neighbourhood butchers of Paris, Côte de Bœuf is a traditional-style, locally sourced butcher shop. Each week we butcher a couple sides of beef, old-way by handsaw. Our beef and pork is all sourced from one farmer, Frank Batty, who is based in Grey County. There is nothing quite like Frank’s beef in this city.”

Côte de Bœuf is located a 130 Ossington Avenue in the great city of Toronto, Ontario.

I spotted this beauty in front of one of the many fruit and vegetable shops in the Toronto’s Little Italy neighbourhood.

Another day and another beautiful church in Toronto to visit – the gorgeous St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica right in the center of old Toronto.

St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica is located at 65 Bond Street in the great city of Toronto, Ontario.

 

I am having a blast exploring the diversity of neighborhoods that make up the great city of Toronto. Helping me navigate around the city – and helping me plan before I arrived – is the DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Top 10 Toronto. I love the DK Eyewitness series and this volume is just what I needed to scope out the perfect visit to Canada’s largest city – just enough information to wet my whistle to want to explore more.

About the DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Top 10 Toronto:

“An unbeatable, pocket-sized guide to all the best things in Toronto, packed with photos and maps, insider tips, useful advice, and a laminated pullout map of the city. Top 10 lists showcase the best places to visit in Toronto, from CN Tower and the Hockey Hall of Fame to Toronto Islands and Niagara Falls. Seven easy-to-follow itineraries explore the city’s most interesting sights–from outdoor art and peaceful parks to buzzing markets and beautiful beaches–while reviews of the best hotels, shops, and restaurants in Toronto will help you plan your perfect trip. The perfect pocket-size travel companion: DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Top 10 Toronto.”

With a slim size that fits into a pocket and handy pull out maps, the DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Top 10 Toronto is the perfect touring companion.

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Top 10 Toronto is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers everywhere.

 

 

 

I have never been a huge Fleetwood Mac fan, but at this point I can’t deny that they have helped produce at least part of the soundtrack of my life. Their songs are as classic as they are indelible and have been around as long as I have been listening to music. So when it just happened that Fleetwood Mac (in their current iteration) were playing Toronto while I was here, I thought “what the heck” and I got tickets.

About Fleetwood Mac:

“Fleetwood Mac was founded by Peter Green in 1967 and was named after Mick Fleetwood and John McVie. After Peter Green left in 1969, Fleetwood and McVie remained as original members, and the band has since featured a cast of brilliant talents. Most notably, Christine McVie joined the band in 1970, with Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham joining in 1974. The enduring spirit of Fleetwood Mac stands for an incredible body of great music that has connected with generations of people all over the world for more than 50 years. Fleetwood Mac has sold more than 100 million records worldwide and the GRAMMY-award winning band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.”

The most important elements of the band to me have always been Christine McVie and Stevie Nicks and they are part of the current lineup so all was good. And on this tour the great Neil Finn (of Split Enz and Crowded House) of whom I am big fan has joined.

But alas, just as I was getting ready to head to the show last night – I was alerted that the concert was cancelled. It seems as Ms. Nicks has the flu. Which means the show will be rescheduled – likely in the fall. Bummer, I was looking forward to a fun night of classic rock and memories while on my visit to Toronto.

Fleetwood Mac continues their North American tour through April 15 (maybe) – and take on Europe and Australia this summer.

 

In the mix of things I love are interesting bicycle photos, Charles Dickens and English. I hit the trifecta on my first night in Toronto when I came upon the sight below: The Artful Dodger Pub.

The Artful Dodger Pub is located at 10 Isabella Street in Toronto just of the Bloor-Yorkville district.

Try the Scotch Egg and the Dickens Club Sandwich.

 

You asked for it and we’ve done it. Although we are a little old school and like to think Lost Cowboy is a destination to be found, we can’t ignore the call of social media. So we have started Lost Cowboy Travel on Instagram – which will be a nice companion to the long form post here.

What better way to start than while we are here in Toronto. So if you are already on Instagram – start following Lost Cowboy Travel today. If you are not on Instagram – this may be the time to start.

Start following Lost Cowboy Travel on Instagram today.

 

Here’s one of my signature bicycle pics – from the streets of Toronto with I St. Stephen-in-the-Fields in the background.

As on my past travels to England, Italy, France and other places, I have always loved exploring old churches. In Toronto there are many and they as an interesting contrast to the modern towers sprouting up all over the city. Yesterday, I discovered St. Stephen-in-the-Fields (below) a picturesque church right in the middle of the city.

About St. Stephen-in-the-Fields in Toronto:

“St Stephen-in-the-Fields is a small Anglican parish in downtown Toronto with a major social justice and arts ministry. Our work takes place in one of the most significant historic buildings in the city, built in 1858, and containing, among other features, strikingly beautiful stained glass windows dating from the late 19th century, and made by the leading stained glass studios in Canada.”

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