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Top 10 Things to Know About Torontonians | DelSuites

August 15, 2014

TorontoToronto is Canada’s largest city and the 4th largest in North America. With an estimated 2.8 million people living in Toronto, and 6 million people estimated to live in the Greater Toronto area, putting a finger on the habits of an average Torontonian is a bit of a challenge, but not impossible. Fortunately, Torontonians have some unique characteristics. Here are some things to know about Torontonians…some may surprise you!

1. Torontonians don’t always agree that the best view of the city is from the CN Tower, a great tourist attraction. Most Torontonians haven’t visited the CN tower since grade school. If they want to show off the city to someone who is on an extended stay in Toronto, they take their visitors to Centre Island, which has the best view of the Toronto skyline.

things to know about torontonians

Toronto – Chinatown

2. Torontonians are fixated on the weather. Don’t be surprised if during your extended stay in Toronto that you hear a different complaint each day. The weather in Toronto changes a lot and locals comment on every single change.

3. Toronto’s multicultural neighbourhoods are the pride and joy of Torontonians. With other 200 different ethnicities and 140 dialects and languages spoken, the city’s diversity translates into neighbourhoods that have the look and feel of different parts of the world. Toronto has four major geographic areas each with a number of different neighborhoods and Torontonians identify with the neighborhoods they are from, live in and shop or eat out in.

4. You would be hard pressed to find a Torontonian who isn’t proud of their food scene and love being foodies. The food scene in Toronto reflects the city’s diverse ethnic background. From fine dining to street fare, Torontonians love to eat out. Need a good recommendation? Torontonians truly in the know are the taxi drivers.

5. Torontonians might love to share diversity, but not their personal space. They don’t like people speaking too closely to them, or sitting next to or close to them trains or streetcars. As is true of any major city, public transit isn’t the best setting to try and strike up a conversation.

Downtown Toronto

Downtown Toronto – Front and John St.

6. Torontonians walk around the city as if they are in a hurry, and they tend to drive that way too. Not to worry, if you are visiting on an extended in stay Toronto, they will stop and speak to you, and people are more than happy to take a picture for you!

7. Even though Torontonians do not like their space invaded and move quite quickly, they are exceptionally friendly, good listeners, who will answer all of your questions with a smile, if you ask.

Check out a Leaf Game when on your Extended Stay in Toronto!

Go Leafs Go!

8. While you’re bound to see some luxury cars during your extended stay in Toronto, every Torontonian has a tale about the TTC, the local transit network (many of them less than glowing). However, public transit is fairly efficient in the city, and an inexpensive way for visitors to get around.

9. No matter how well or poorly their local sports teams are playing, Torontonians support them vehemently. Even if the team rarely makes the playoffs (*cough* Toronto Maple Leafs, *cough*) Torontonians will get their hopes up, buy tickets to the game and cheer.

10. Torontonians love their city. They support vibrant arts and music communities including the world renowned Toronto International Film Festival and the Royal Ontario Museum. With a host of world class concert venues, sports facilities, shopping, restaurants, and gorgeous public parks and beaches, Torontonians will tell you theirs is a truly great city in which to live, or to visit.

Keep these characteristics about Torontonians in mind during your extended stay in Toronto, and you will enjoy everything the city has to offer that much more than the next visitor.

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Ten Must Do’s in August in Toronto

August 8, 2014

After a long, harsh winter, Torontonians are taking advantage of one last month of the prime summer season to enjoy festivities, long weekends, and fun activities. Here are a few of our favourite must do’s in August in Toronto that you won’t want to miss!

1. Taste of the Danforth
Over a million visitors flock to Toronto’s Greektown every year to sample some of the best Greek food in the city at discounted prices. There’s plenty to do with tons of performances, yoga demonstrations, and concerts. August 8-10, 2014

Must do's in August in Toronto

Rogers Cup

2. Rogers Cup
Noted as one of the best tennis tournaments in the world, watch the drama of this fast paced game, which features 44 of the best players in the world, including Rafael Nadal and Canada’s own Milos Raonic. Better than watching it from your furnished apartment in Toronto! August 2-10, 2014

3. FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Canada
Riding off the high of the World Cup Tournament in Brazil this year, the sport’s organization, FIFA has organized a cup for the world’s best female teams under 20 across Canada. You can watch particular matches in Toronto like Costa Rica vs New Zealand and Canada vs Ghana at the National Soccer Stadium. August 5-24, 2014

Must do's in August in Toronto

Toronto Islands

4. Toronto Islands
One of Toronto’s top attractions just a short ferry ride away from downtown Toronto, the Toronto Islands are a series of connecting islands spanning over 5 km. The ferry isn’t the only way to get there. You can take a water taxi, canoe and kayak from one of the rental places at Harbourfront. Centre Island is a popular island and features Centreville Amusement Park for the kids. If you’re more adventurous, head over to Hanlan’s Point, Toronto’s only nude beach. Pack your picnic, rent a bike, and capture some of the best skyline views of the city.

Must do's in August in Toronto

Toronto Blue Jays

5. Watch a Blue Jays Game
Baseball games were made for summer, especially at home games when the dome is open at the Rogers Centre. Whether you’re up close or in the nosebleeds, there’s nothing like the excitement of a Jays game. Regular games range from $11 up to $75; and premium games (weekends and pending on team) range from $14 to $210 (“in-the-action” seats behind the home plate).
Home games are listed here: http://www.seetorontonow.com/listings/toronto-blue-jays-baseball-club/
Stop by the Steamwhistle Brewery afterwards for some fresh, Torontonian brew.

6. Kensington Market Pedestrian Sundays
Every last Sunday of the month, the streets of the eclectic Kensington Market close down to traffic and open up to the public to roam free amongst the music and various activities happening in the area. Grab a seat on one of the coveted patios for some of the best people watching in the city. August 31, 2014

7. Roundhouse Craft Beer Festival
Lager lovers will revel in this festival at the headquarters of the Steamwhistle Brewery (across from the Roger’s Centre) which is only a few minutes away from your furnished apartment in Toronto. This festival showcases craft beers specifically from Ontario, such as Great Lakes Brewery, Flying Monkeys, and Left Field. There will also be a multitude of food trucks from the popular Gorilla Cheese to Fidel Gastro’s to whet your appetite. August 9-10, noon until 7pm

Must do's in August in Toronto

Sail In Cinema

8. Free Movies in Interesting Places
Every summer, some of Toronto’s biggest public spaces open up to the public for free movie viewings. Our picks: the Sail-in Cinema at Sugar Beach, where you could dock your boat or watch classics like Jaws, Jurassic Park, and E.T. (August 14, 15, 16); Yonge and Dundas Square across from the Eaton Centre hosts movies every Tuesday at dusk in the summer; and Riverdale Park East for The Wizard of Oz on August 17. The Harbourfront Centre is also showcasing contemporary box office hits at their West Jet Stage on August 13, 20, and 27.

9. Pan American Food Festival
Come celebrate the diversity of the Americas and the Caribbean at Daniel’s Spectrum in Regent Park, where chefs cook the cuisine of a showcased country (Peru, this year). Some of the best Latin American yet Toronto based chefs will be in attendance, including Rossy Earle and Steve Gonzalez. There will also be performances, salsa and bachata dance workshops, and activities for the kids, including a youth World Cup! August 8-10, 2014

Must do's in August in Toronto

Fine Dining

10. Eat!
New, haute restaurants open almost every August just in time for the Toronto Film Festival in September. Now is your time to savour every bite at some of the hottest places where the stars will be. Noted openings include: Cluny, Montecito, Pai, and Rush Lane (for cocktails and bar snacks).
One of the biggest food parties of the summer is Tres, from famous taqueria, La Carnita. They celebrate their third anniversary with a big block party on August 23 around College and Bathurst. Check their Twitter and Instagram feeds for more details. https://twitter.com/la_carnita

 

Business Travel, Downtown Toronto, Food & Recipes, Lifestyle talk

Top 5 Restaurants for Singles | DelSuites

July 31, 2014

Restaurants for SinglesWhether you’re a single person living about town or you’re a single individual travelling through, there’s the need to understand which are some of the best restaurants for singles in Toronto. Here are some of the best spots around whether you’re looking for a place to meet dates or just a solitary meal on a business night.

Bamiyan Kabob: One of the things that can be liberating when you are travelling is to try cuisine you’ve never had before. One of the best spots about town is Bamiyan Kabob. The self-described “Best Afghani Halal Cuisine in the City” Bamiyan Kabob welcomes all comers. Not only is this place a great escape from the everyday, but they offer fresh cuisine at fair prices. What’s not to love?

Church Apertivo Bar: If you are looking for something a little more familiar but no less sumptuous, you might want to check in with Church Apertivo Bar. Located in the heart of the downtown core, it is among the best restaurants for singles. They offer inventive cocktails, fresh Northern Italian cuisine and an ambiance that just can’t be beat. You may not fall in love with any of your fellow patrons but you might just fall in love with the wistful ambiance and killer experience.

New Orleans Seafood & Steakhouse: Toronto might be a long ways away from the Big Easy but if you’re looking for cuisine sent straight down the Mississippi you should check out New Orleans Seafood & Steakhouse. A Toronto tradition since 2005 this place has got it all. The great thing about this place for singles is that the whole perpetuity of this space has been on pretty much word of mouth alone. See what you think!

Scaramouche Restaurant: Another spot on the Toronto skyline and something of an area tradition for more than 30 years is Scaramouche Restaurant. Restaurants for SinglesThis place has been serving up memories for all parties for many years. The fact that this is one of the great area restaurants for singles makes the impact that much more lasting. Open yourself up to the flavours and you will be wafted away from the experience.

Eat Fresh: Finally if you’re really looking for like-minded restaurants for singles and you have a penchant for the healthy what better place to eat than a place called Eat Fresh? This location has got sustainable foods and a fun, always changing, always-fresh menu. Open for lunch or dinner you should come out and see what Chef Dan and company have got in store for you tonight!

If you’ve been looking for restaurants for singles because you want to meet other singles or just because you don’t want to feel awkward dining alone, any of these five will do. Enjoy the experience, indulge in the cuisine and you might just find a love connection to boot!

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Short term rental referral program for Brokers & Real Estate Agents in Toronto

July 24, 2014

DelSuReferral Program in Torontoites appreciates your loyalty and business. Our referral program for brokers & real estate agents in Toronto is our way of saying thank you for telling your clients about DelSuites Furnished Apartments Toronto.

Every time you refer a client to DelSuites and they book, you will receive 7% Commission on their entire stay.

Its Easy! Just follow these simple steps:

1.     Share why you love DelSuites serviced apartments in Toronto  to your clients.

2.     If they are interested in staying in our short term rentals Toronto, ask them to complete the form here and be sure to mention your name and contact information.

3.     A DelSuites Reservation Coordinator will contact them to advise on rates and availability.

If your clients book, you will receive a 7% commission on their entire stay! Our dedicated reservations team are available 24/7 to assist you and your clients needs! Call to recieve the latest promotions and availability!

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The Top 5 Essentials to Keep in Your Suitcase

July 10, 2014

Essentials to Keep in Your SuitcaseEven if travel isn’t a regular part of your schedule, it pays to have certain items in your suitcase at all times. Having some key essentials to keep in your suitcase will not only help make your travel preparations easier, but it will also reduce your chances of forgetting something when you’re in a rush.  Read our list of essential items to store in your suitcase so you’re always ready to hit the road when you need to.

  1. First Aid Kit EssentialsWellness kit – While you’re likely to keep your prescriptions close at hand, putting together a health kit that you can stash in your suitcase is always a good idea. Pick up small sizes of antacid, band aids, antiseptic ointment, throat lozenges, anti-fungal medication and decongestant will save you the hassle of trying to find an open drug store in a city you’ve just arrived to.
  2. Toiletries – Keeping travel-sized versions of your favourite personal care items such as shampoo, conditioner, deodorant and shaving cream packed in your suitcase is one less thing you have to worry about, should you need to travel at a moment’s notice. Be sure to check your supply of toiletries when you return from your trip so that you’re stocked up for the next time you travel.
  3. Electronic cords and chargers – From your laptop to your smart phone, there’s nothing worse than having the battery life of your electronic device end abruptly. Keeping an extra set of cords and charging devices in your suitcase is a quick and easy solution that ensures neither you (nor a colleague) find yourself without power.
  4. Travel clock – Sure your smart phone can double as an alarm, but having a backup doesn’t hurt either. Let’s face it, when you’re in a new location, you’re out of your regular routine and you might need a little extra help waking up. Have the alarm on your smart phone set for your desired wake time and then use your travel clock as a backup that’s set for five minutes later. This ensures you’ll never sleep through your alarm.
  5. Rain check – When the weather forecast predicts sunny skies, rain isn’t something you think about. But, keeping a small-sized umbrella and folded rain poncho in your suitcase at all times is a terrific way to avoid being stuck in the rain.

Whether you’re in town for vacation, or enjoying a short term rental on a business trip, we highly recommend packing these five essential items to ensure you’re prepared anywhere you go!