TOP SPOTS: Natasha Penzo

In the Toronto fashion scene, Natasha Penzo is a stylish omniscient presence. As the media relations manager for ASC PR, Natasha boasts an A-list client roster, including the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Thompson Toronto, and the jewellery designer Jenny Bird. Natasha is also active on the philanthropy circuit—she’s on the executive committee for Operanation, the fundraiser for the Canadian Opera Company, and she’s the co-chair of this year’s Boobyball, the annual ultra-glam event in support of Rethink Breast Cancer.

Natasha shared a few of her favourite places in Toronto with The Style Notebook.

Favourite place to go for a drink during the week (and what’s your drink of choice?)

“The Park Hyatt rooftop is one of the most charming spots in the city. I love that they give you cozy blankets on the patio to take in the spectacular view. My drink of choice is a full-bodied French Bordeaux.”

Go for a drink on the weekend

“The Spoke Club patio or the Thompson Hotel rooftop patio for mojitos.”

Top brunch spot

“Patachou (1120 Yonge St., 416-927-1105) is the greatest café-patisserie. Café, pain au chocolat, and the weekend paper….”

Take-out go-to

Rebel House for great pub food or Seven East in Rosedale for delicious Thai.”

Place to work out

889 Yonge Wellness Clinic & Community all the way. It is the Four Seasons of yoga studios, and has such a welcoming, community feel.”

Pho, dim sum, or sushi?

“I don’t eat any of those.”

Place to buy books or magazines

“There is a library in my condo. I love to curl up in front of the fireplace with a great read. Currently reading People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks. Maison de la Presse (99 Yorkville Ave., 416-928-2328) is my favourite place to stock up on mags.”

Place to buy shoes

Holt Renfrew and DAVIDs have a great selection.”

Place to buy birthday presents

“I always find great birthday gifts at GEE Beauty. Beautiful scarves, coffee table books, candles, and you can never go wrong with a GEE Beauty gift card.”

Favourite overall retail experience

Harrods in London or Colette in Paris. Can’t wait to go back. Harrods Food Hall has everything and some of the most obscure ingredients.”

Top date spot

“Cooking a romantic cozy dinner for two at home. Coming up with a yummy menu is as fun as eating it.”

Top vintage shop

“My Mom/Grandma’s closet.”

Place to check out art

Clark and Faria Gallery. Framed by Izzy in Yorkville and Forest Hill Village always has amazing feminine paintings and photographs. I have a passion for fashion photography that captures the classic imagery of the world’s greatest designers.”

Neighbourhood to go for a walk in

“I love to walk around the city- I am intrigued by the architecture in our city.  I love the historic feel of Distillery District and the Gehry addition to the AGO.”

Place to meet a friend for coffee

“Caffé Doria (1094 Yonge St., 416-920-5315) by Roxborough.”

Place in the city where you feel most at home

“In my neighborhood. I love seeing the familiar friendly faces.”

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