My Toronto Includes Anna Saini

Anna Saini, Aspire to find a job in policy analysis
Resting under a tree at the end of a long day.

What is your most favourite place in the city? My favourite place in the city is under the big tree at the top of a hill overlooking Riverdale farm and the adjacent dog park.

What is it that you like about this location? Enjoying the puppy exploits on a head full of psychedelics. Children and dogs coexist harmoniously by using the central water fountain (clearly marked for children only) as a communal wading and drinking station. Add to this the bizarre presence of a farm in the middle of the city. The cows observe the whole ridiculous scene with quiet indifference.

Where is the best place to eat in the city? Takara (St.Clair and Yonge) is hands down the best place for sushi in the city. The weekend all you can eat for $13.95 lunch buffet is also a pretty good deal. The service is terrible, but what’s a little abuse when it’s followed up by a melt-in-your-mouth bbq eel roll?

What do you like about living in Toronto? I love random acts of kindness and witness them almost every day. I love NOW magazine, street festivals, random buskers who play steel drums (union), spanish guitar, or banjos while in prisoner costumes (yonge and bloor subway S. bound). Kitties around every corner that want to make friends.

What do you hate about living in Toronto? I hate the relentless smog. I am keenly aware that my love for the city will kill me if I don’t overcome it first. The smoking ban will help but we have to kick the cars out of t dot. The city is made for people not cars!

Where would I find you on a lazy Sunday afternoon in the city? Kensington market, ostensibly getting groceries. I find myself in the army surplus store looking at gas masks and pellet guns. Check in to Hot Box and run into someone I haven’t seen for a while. I end up at a cheap second hand shop where I buy something that is not cheap nor is it second hand. Finally, just as the vendors are closing up I catch a deal: 5 pounds of cherries for $10. Score! I call it a day and head home for a cherry dinner.

Who is your favourite Local Celebrity? My fav t dot celebrity is Jack Layton. I saw him on the Danforth while he was campaigning and – surprise! – I totally froze up. All of those things that I had imagined myself saying (“Ianno robbed Olivia of Trinity-Spadina in the last fed election!”) whooshed out of my head. So there a stood, my feet planted to the sidewalk, staring at Jack Layton. As he walked away he turned and waved (that’s right, he waved…at me!). Alas, it was never meant to be. What a silver fox though.

Car, Bike or Transit? Bikes rule, cars drool!


Favorite personal story or commentary on the city Hanging around Kensington I observed as a cop car pulled up to a couple of rastas enjoying a monster dube on Augusta. The situation got a little tense when the cop parked the car and got out. I thought these tokers were for sure getting busted. But the cop just asked the rastas to watch the squad car while he took a stroll around the neighbourhood. Proof that even narcs can’t resist Kensington’s mellow vibe.

My Toronto includes culture, creativity, kindness, excitement, fun and the list goes on…