September 08, 2006

Some remembrances from Toronto

I've mentioned this only briefly, but Erik and I traveled up to Toronto in mid-August, and I wanted to share a few of my memories from the trip:

1) I am very afraid of heights. This is no longer a fleeting thought, but a hard fact. We spent an unfortunately-overcast Saturday afternoon at the CN Tower, which is the world's tallest freestanding structure on land. Just being that high up is enough to make me dizzy, but the glass panels in the observation deck made me shiver. And seeing Erik jump on them in an effort to indicate to me that they were structurally-sound threw me into pure panic-mode.

2) We spotted a lot of Amish folk while we were up there. I had never encountered any in-person before this, but I guess there's a small population up in Ontario who, just like everyone else, like to go to the zoo to see all the cool animals (especially wombats!). I had no idea.

3) I had a moment of culture shock in Toronto that continues to boggle my mind: the Canadian version of a Shirley Temple. I'm not a big consumer of alcoholic beverages, so I tend to opt for Shirley Temples when out for a nice dinner. Or any dinner in a restaurant, really. So when I received my "Shirley Temple" at the Wayne Gretsky Restaurant near the SkyDome, I was in for a shock. It looked... cloudy. And bizarrely-orange. Upon tasting it, I couldn't quite put my finger on what the ingredients might be. This was definitely not just Sprite and grenadine. Upon questioning our aloof Canadian waitress, we found that they add... prepare for this... orange juice to the drink. WTF? I tried ordering again the next night and received the same thing, however then I decided to send it back and asked them to hold the OJ, please -- which reminds me...

4) Before making the trip, I had done some research into what food establishments might be fun to dine in. Among those was a steakhouse chain called The Keg. Erik and I are always up for some good prime rib or filet mignon. I wasn't particularly expecting much, but I gotta tell you, our meal there was quite-possibly the best meal I've ever had! From ordering a proper American-style Shirley Temple, to the bread and crab/spinach dip appetizer, to the wonderful bacon-wrapped filet with garlic mashed potatoes, to the cheesecake dessert - we spent most of the night making "wow" eyes at eachother, mouths filled with such delicious food-stuffs.


Nathan Phillips Sq. and City Hall, from in front of our hotel

Overall, the trip was a lot of fun. As usual, I spent far too-much time on my feet, which led to a lot of pain, but that's just because I'm horribly out of shape. Toronto was really nice, and I'd love to get back up there again to take in the waterfront, and some of the outerlying parks and ethnic neighborhoods. But there are so many other places I've got to see before redoing Toronto. We'll see what happens!

P.S. - You can see more of my photos from the trip in this Flickr set. Thanks!


posted by julie at September 8, 2006 04:32 PM

things people have said

I would have never thought about Amish in Canada. I am not particularly afraid of heights but I don't think I would have done well either. Orange juice in a Shirley Temple just seems wrong.

so said: Karin at September 8, 2006 10:04 PM



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