Welcome to the Local Nomad Project.
At LEZ BACKPACK we believe that our wanderlustin’ curiosity is not dependent on our location. We aim to explore our local communities the same way we would a foreign one.
We’ve enlisted the help of fellow travel bloggers to encourage you to explore your surroundings with tales of their own nomadic experiences at home.
Meet: Natasha, the badass Toronto blogger at Effort-Lez.
Her Instagram: @effort.lez
Her Blog: Effort-Lez
Her Twitter: @effort_lez
What’s your definition of a local nomad?
My definition of a local nomad would be someone who has perfected the art of the “Stay-cation”
Tell us about yourself! Where are you a local?
My name is Natasha and I run a lesbian lifestyle blog (effort-lez.com) out of the Toronto area.
What’s a popular place for locals to…
…kick back and have a few drinks?
I would definitely say my favourite place to hangout and have a few drinks is at Crews & Tango’s. Located in the heart of the Church and Wellesley gay village, Crews brings the entertainment with drag on the main stage, 7 days a week. Whether you’re meeting a friend for a couple drinks or planning a big night out, Crews has you covered. With lots of different areas to dance, sit and hangout I always find the vibe I’m looking for. The atmosphere is also gay and lesbian friendly, so it’s always a no brainer go to for a diverse crew.
…have the best food from apps to desserts?
I recently went to Sweet Jesus located in the heart of centertown on John Street. It was by far the raddest ice cream shop I’ve been too! The culture at SJ is one of total revolt and badassery. They do things to ice cream there have even the biggest skeptics ‘praising’. Their claim to fame is their loaded cones. They start with some soft serve then put it on a whole other level by rolling it things like hunks of birthday cake, sprinkles and top it off with strawberry syrup a lit candle. It’s an experience and dessert all in one.
…have a wild night?
If you are looking for a ‘big night’ in the Toronto I would def say to hit up Toastr. It’s a once a month lesbian party put on by DJ Sticky Cuts, that circulates the hottest bars in the city. This girl party packs house every-time with the most diverse melange of queer identified women I’ve ever seen.
…visit a nature detox spot?
I would have to say is centre island. Located just a short ferry ride off of downtown on Lake Ontario, it’s the perfect lil getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city. In the summer months they are equipped with bike, canoe and kayak rentals making exploring the island from different view points super accessible. Wether you’re in the mood to decompress by laying on the beach, hitting a hike or a round of golf, you are sure to find your Zen on the island.
What are some events that take place in your community that only locals know about?
Toronto is a really vibrant innovative place. There are always a ton of new things popping up. One of my favourite new festivals on the summer circuit last year was the Mac and Cheese festival. A very hipster take on the traditional food festival, the Mac and Cheese fest spreads the cheese across the city by way of creative local chefs serving up their goo-iest innovations. A low profile event that must be sought out by any KD kid at heart.
Is there a place you’re surprised more people don’t know about? A hidden gem? Or a place you’d like to explore?
I would have to say I’d love to explore more of the museum circuit. Toronto has more than 75 museums in the city. I just can’t seem to get enough of way the city is curating.
What’s the queer culture like?
It’s vibrant. Toronto’s queer community is on full display not only in the village but all over the city. There is a delocalization of the queer community happening – sprawling across alternative, inclusive spaces all over the city. Toronto’s queer community is a few words is: young, artistic, political, trendy, expressive and I hate to say it again but diverse.
What’s the best part of being a local in your community?
What’s great about being a local in Toronto is the multicultural tapestry. I really feel like I can explore the world without leaving the city. It’s a special experience to have a global community at your finger tips.