Quinte, On. real estate agent: Father-daughter day

Father-daughter day

Spring must be in the air. Yesterday my daughter and I decided that it was time to do some shopping. Summer is fast approaching and we both could use some new additions to our wardrobes (being a 16 year old girl, she could always use new additions to her wardrobe).

We hopped in the car and headed down to Orfus road in Toronto, where many of the stores that you will find in the malls have their factory outlet. Sarah can spend hours wandering through these stores (well actually the majority of time is spent in the line-up waiting to pay). I am not a big fan of shopping, but I am a big fan of spending time with Sarah, just her and I. While I had to act the part of the grumpy dad (to speed things along) I was enjoying every minute of it.

One of the things that I do miss about living in a bigger city is that there is a real lack of shopping variety in smaller towns. Today we took advantage of being in Toronto, and we stocked up on healthy items at Noah's on Bloor. I love this store, and try to get to it at least once a month. Just walking inside makes me feel healthier.

The big payoff came at supper time though. We walked into Fresh on Bloor and had a vegetarian meal. Those of you in Toronto who enjoy vegetarian cooking should check out Fresh (they have 3 locations). It's reasonably priced, has a huge menu, and is not in the least pretentious.

sarah eating salad

Sarah was not expecting me to snap a picture, but I'm a master at the sureptitious Iphone camera snapping. I caught her off-guard while she was enjoying her salad. D-a-a-a-a-d.

It was the best day I had in a long time.

Comment balloon 11 commentsMalcolm Johnston • April 25 2010 12:34PM


Hi Malcolm.  Its great that you had the opportunity to do this.  Family is always my first priority as well.


Posted by Cathy Polan, Royal Lepage Proalliance Realty Sales Rep. (Royal LePage ProAlliance Realty,Brokerage) almost 9 years ago

How funny, I knew that "D-a-a-a-a-d" was the response as soon as I saw the picture.  It's kind of a three syllable song, isn't it?

Posted by Cynthia Larsen, Independent Broker In Sonoma County, CA almost 9 years ago


What a wonderful dad you are!  And you love to spend money!!! I'm sure Sarah appreciates all of your efforts... or at least she will when she turns 25!!!LOL!


Posted by Kathy Opatka, Serving Ocean City, MD, & The Delaware Beaches (RE/MAX CROSSROADS) almost 9 years ago

What a great day you must have had! Even if your daughter does not remember this specific day in years to come, she will always remember that Dad took her shopping and loved her well.

Posted by Lisa Walston (Atlas Property Group and Abbey Church Properties) almost 9 years ago

hi Malcolm,

How wonderful that you and Sarah had such a nice day together....it looks like she really enjoyed herself at Fresh.  I've only been there once, however I was very impressed with their healthy menu and from the looks of your photo, Sarah ordered the same thing that I had when I was there!


Posted by Jo-Anne Smith almost 9 years ago

HI Malcolm....memory day .... SOunds like you guys had a wonderful day!  Thanks for sharing it with us!!!

Posted by Deborah Byron Leffler BzyBee Real Estate Lady! (Keller Williams Realty Boise) almost 9 years ago

Your daughter looks adorable. That shot is a great memory and perhaps good for a little blackmail later on LOL.

Posted by Janice Ankrett, Staging Professional (Janice Ankrett Home Staging) almost 9 years ago

Catherine Polan (Re/Max Quinte Ltd. Brokerage) Cathy, we only have so much time before they are all grown up.

Cynthia Larsen - Sonoma County Real Estate, CA (Safe Haven Realty) Cynthia, if I don't get a d-a-a-a-a-d at least once a day, I'm not doing my job.

KATHY OPATKA Ocean City, MD Re/Max Premier Properties (Re/Max Premier Properties) Thanks Kathy. Sarah is a very appreciative young lady, she tells me all the time :-)

Lisa Walston (Hoosier Home Team at Tomorrow Realty, Inc) Thank you Lisa, we did have a great day.

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) almost 9 years ago

Jo-Anne Smith- Oakville, Burlington and Mississauga Region Real Estate, Ont (Brekland Realty Group) Fresh is a great place Joe. The salads are some of the best I have ever had. The wait staff there are tremendously helpful and friendly.

Deborah "the BzyBee" Byron-Leffler PMN, SFR (Keller Williams Realty Boise) Thank you Deborah, we did have a wonderful day.

Janice Ankrett ASP (Janice Ankrett Home Staging) Haha, thank you Janice, my daughter is absolutely adorable. This will be blackmail material in the future, a picture of her with salad falling out of her mouth.

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) almost 9 years ago


That was clearly a great day shopping. I'm sure Sarah would also enjoy the outlets in Mississauga (Heartland).


Posted by Brian Madigan, LL.B., Broker (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto)) almost 9 years ago

Brian Madigan LL.B. (Royal LePage Innovators Realty, Broker) Hi Brian, I'm sure Sarah would love those too, but I'm not going to tell her about them until she has a job. 

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) almost 9 years ago