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The least awkward way to connect with new people

Updated on November 16, 2017
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Italian trying to find her way in Toronto! Love writing, drawing, cooking, wine and kittens.

Italian in Toronto

Experiencing new cultures, people, and delicious food are truly some of life’s greatest joys. For as long as I can remember travelling to new lands has been one of my life’s greatest passions. Each and every time I have travelled to a new and captivating locale, I always made the concerted effort to soak in as much of the local culture, people, and of course scrumptious cuisine that I could.

A few years ago I had the joy of taking a trip to Canada and visiting a couple of cities which included Toronto. I was immensely excited to get the opportunity to explore a city that was so richly multicultural, vibrant and chock full of world class cuisine. My short trip to Toronto could not have been more magical and definitely left a lasting impression on me. Toronto left such an impression on me that when I decided a couple of years ago to take the big and exciting plunge to move abroad (I hail from Italy), Toronto was at the top of my list.

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Life across the ocean

I have currently lived in Toronto for about one year now and could not be happier with my new home. I have luckily been able to continue working in my same profession, and have found an absolutely fantastic new workplace brimming with creativity and the most lovely co-workers.

While my work life in Toronto had been extremely fulfilling from the get go, after being here for a few months I felt that my social life was definitely not up to par. Being an expat and moving halfway across the world is overwhelming to say the least. While I have always been a person who has valued meeting and connecting with people from all walks of life, I felt that since moving to Toronto I had let that fall by the wayside a bit. I decided to hop on over to Facebook and see if I could perhaps find some local meet-up groups that catered to expats such as myself that loved great conversation, laughs and of course food. Through my search on Facebook I ended up coming across a “social dining” platform in Toronto.

Making friends.. fast and easy!

The platform (for anyone who might be interested — its https://kinza.life/) to put it simply is a local meet-up event for strangers who love warm company, stimulating conversation and even better food. One person hosts a group of strangers at their home and cooks a delicious multi-course meal from any culture they so desire.

While I was apprehensive about attending a dinner party at a stranger’s home with other fellow strangers, I decided that this sounded like the perfect type of event to push me out of my comfort zone and into doing something that sounded ridiculously fun! I could not have been more excited to learn after arriving that the host and some of the guests were fellow expats themselves. I had an utterly sublime time bonding with my fellow expats and comparing stories. I as well thoroughly enjoyed connecting with some local Torontonians and getting the vested chance to learn more about Toronto through the eyes of individuals who were born and bred here.

My experience attending a social dinner party filled with strangers could not have been a scarier, interesting, entertaining and worthwhile experience! If you are an expat such as myself who needs to step a bit out of their shell and explore the Toronto social scene more in depth, I urge you to attend social dining event as soon as possible.

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