Toronto, Canada
Anum, 26
Building Science Consultant
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What do you do and why do you do it?

I'm a building science consultant - my job requires me to do a little bit of "detective" work on existing buildings, and I'm constantly running into different cases. I've always been curious by nature, so I've tried to find a job where I can surprise myself. I love to cook and create, so in my spare time you can find me trying out a new dessert recipe or beauty DIY.

You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?

Halsey, Lana Del Rey, and the Arctic Monkeys for sure, but these artists are on my playlist no matter what mood I'm in.

What are the best TV shows of all time?

I've been known to have an "eclectic" TV show selection. My favourite is a Japanese reality show on Netflix called Terrace House, but I'm also a big fan of Jessica Jones, Sherlock, and Game of Thrones.

Name some spots in Toronto that are good for a Tinder date.

I'm a big foodie, so restaurants are my number one choice. Byblos, Pai, Kinka Izakaya, Gusto 101 - the possibilities are truly endless.

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

Bloor Street has all of my shopping essentials. Also, it's steps away from my home, so the convenience factor doesn't hurt at all.

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?

My favourite thing to do is exploring different neighbourhoods! I try to walk around as much as I can but there's only so much a person can handle once winter comes around.

What’s the most decadent / extreme dish you ever ate in Toronto and where did you get it?

The Sailor's Mojito at BarChef. They try to make it a whole sensory experience so the drink comes with what is essentially an aromatherapy machine as well as a tasting component. Unique, but definitely over-the-top.

What’s the most expensive restaurant / spa / hotel you’ve ever been to in Toronto? How much did it cost and what did you get there?

The most expensive restaurant I've been to has probably been Lee's - all those small plates tend to add up!

What restaurant in Toronto looks crap, but the food’s amazing?

Mother's Dumplings. It's a classic Chinatown restaurant but it always hits the spot when I have a craving for Chinese food.

Where can you get the best cocktail in Toronto? Which one do you like?

The sangria at Fring's is the best I've ever had! I don't even know how many different exotic fruits and flowers they put in there, but whatever it is, it's amazing.

Which snacks can you only get in your country, and which ones do you recommend?

Poutine, BeaverTails, Nanaimo bars, bannock, weird chips flavours, and anything from Tim Horton's are a must.

What’s the one place you think is overrated in Toronto?

I think it has to be Sweet Jesus. While it's extravagant ice cream cones are definitely Instagram-famous, their taste doesn't compare to their looks.

What are the Toronto spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

If you're a first-time visitor, I definitely recommend you check out the iconic Toronto sign at Nathan Phillips Square, outside city hall. There's always tons of food vendors parked on the street and ice-skating in the square during the winter.

Tomorrow’s your last day in Toronto. How do you spend it?

Walking down a street I've never been before, finding a cute cafe, and people-watching during the day. I would definitely want to spend the night out with some of my closest friends.

What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?

I love visiting Manhattan - they always get all the best trendy food first!

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