A Picnic in the Park: High Park, Cherry Blossoms, and Bunner’s Bake Shop

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As you can tell, I had major fun chomping on and fitting my chocolate and vanilla cupcake from Bunner’s Bake Shop in my mouth yesterday! 😀  I was hell bent on seeing the cherry blossoms at High Park this year and I was so happy when I knew the weather was going to cooperate this week.  Finally we were getting beautiful sunshine and warm comfortable temperatures for more than one day at a time!  

Although food photography and scrapbooking are my main passions, I am very much in love with taking photos of flowers and gardens, as well as graffiti art around the city.  I have a huuuuge photo album stuffed full of pictures from Allan Gardens, Edwards Gardens, High Park, the summer garden outside the perimeter of the CN Tower, the old waterfall and flower gardens inside the Sheraton Centre on Queen West, the Sculpture Garden on King St. East, and a host of others.  I learned so much when I worked at a flower shop for three years during my undergrad and the beauty of plants and flowers is just remarkable.

Before yesterday, I had never been to High Park to see the cherry blossoms.  A gift from Japan to the citizens of Toronto (specifically from the Japanese ambassador to Canada in 1959*), the Japanese Sakura trees bloom once a year for only about a 2-week window.  They normally bloom around late April, but because of the cold spring we had been having, they weren’t in full bloom until this past weekend.  I was on the ball this year and promised myself I would see them in all their glory.  I know some might think, “eh, if you miss them this time, you can always see them the year after”.  Although that’s true, I am not one to take things for granted.  If I can seize an opportunity, I will.  And I wanted to see the cherry blossoms this year and I wanted to take advantage of the beautiful weather and have a sweet little picnic with my boyfriend.  And stuff my face with a cupcake and creamie cookie sandwich from Bunner’s.  Consider this post a prelude to tomorrow’s post with descriptions and LOTS of scrumptious, mouth-watering photos of Bunner’s vegan chocolate chip creamie sandwiches and cupcakes 😉  Enjoy the photos and if you’re in the city, I hope you get the chance to see the cherry blossoms while they’re still in bloom ❤

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Bunner’s is located in The Junction at 3054 Dundas Street West, 3 blocks from the intersection of Keele and Dundas West.  Bunner’s is just west of High Park Ave.  They are open from Monday to Saturday from 10am-7pm, and 12pm-5pm on Sundays.  High Park can be accessed from Bunner’s Bake Shop via High Park Ave. by walking south to Bloor St. West.

*source: cbcnews|Canada: High Park cherry blossoms have special significance 

All photos taken by me.

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2 thoughts on “A Picnic in the Park: High Park, Cherry Blossoms, and Bunner’s Bake Shop

    • It was beautiful, I wish you could be here to see them! Hopefully one day ^_^ I’m so happy I got to go. Now I get to cross it off my “things I must do this year” list 😀

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