Growing up, I still remember going over to my grandparent's house every week for home cooked meals. My mom's side of the family is Lebanese, so dishes such as tabouleh, fatayer, and baba ghanoush made regular appearances on our dinner plates. As a child, I don't think I understood just how much time and effort went into preparing these large meals made up of so many dishes. Nowadays, I have a newfound appreciation for my elders, as some days I struggle just to put together a smoothie for breakfast!
I was blasting Ed Sheehan's song 'Castle on the Hill' last weekend, when I got caught up in a whimsical idea. Wouldn't it be nice to dress up and do a romantic photoshoot around an old castle? I started wishing to myself that I lived in Europe, when it hit me that we actually have our very own little castle here in Toronto: Casa Loma.
On my first visit to Lavelle, it was a brand new rooftop bar and restaurant that had opened up down the street from my place. My boyfriend and I went for dinner and we were extremely impressed from start to finish. My only complaint had been that one half of the venue was a sophisticated crowd dining in the restaurant, and the other half was getting drunk by the pool.