A Family Day at the CN Tower

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014 | Posted under Canada

**Hi….my name is Terri, and apparently I write a blog…..**

The CN Tower will always be pretty special to me as it’s technicallly the first sightseeing that Baby C has ever done.

When you go to Toronto, you can’t say that you don’t know what the CN Tower looks like. It dominates Toronto’s skyline, and it’s striking.

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Baby C and I ready to take in the tower.

Downtown Toronto is super clean (a New Yorker would notice this, of course), and the CN Tower lies in a entertainment district close to Lake Ontario. It’s right next to the Rogers Centre (love that British spelling), where the Toronto Blue Jays play; the Air Canada Centre, where the Raptors play, and it’s not too far from its rail station, Union Station. In other words, the CN Tower is in the heart of Toronto’s Entertainment District.

I will say that we were a little confused even getting ot the entrance. Just know that you’ll need to get through some doors, hallways, and what not just to get a ticket and to get to the elevator that takes you to the to see the tower’s views.
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About that ticket….it’s NOT cheap.  It’s about $32 for adults, if you don’t buy it online before hand (FAMILY NOTE: For kids under four years old, there is free admission). Plus ,there is a line and a fair amount of waiting, so for those of you who lack patience or travel with children who may wig out after awhile, just build that into your expectations.

So, was it worth the price and the wait? Well, somewhat…. :)

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Baby C and I taking in the view

The views are spectacular, and there is ample space to see all of Toronto from all areas of the observation deck. Stepping outside, you will get whipped by the wind, so hold onto your hats. What are you supposed to expect being 1,200 feet in the air? Even on a very warm summer day, it was cold out there. Beware if you’re there in the fall or winter (gulp! Canada is cool, but I don’t think I could take it in the winter).

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There are more than enough reminders that you way up high.

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 Luckily, Baby C has no fear of heights.

CN Tower View

Did you know that Toronto has an airport downtown? Why yes, it does. You can fly to other parts of Canada and select cities in the U.S. We thought about flying to Montreal, but we took the train instead (for another post).

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In all, this was a nice way to orient ourselves in Toronto. We didn’t get to see as much of the city as I would have liked, but at least we can say that we saw it from above.

Do you remember your first trip with your family as a child or with your own family that you’ve formed?

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WeVerb Day 7 – 10

Saturday, January 11th, 2014 | Posted under Personal

More WeVerb…..

Day 7 – Send

What was the best thing that you sent someone in 2013? What will you send this year?

Continuing with the ever present Baby C theme…I loved that we got to send people beautiful birth announcements this year. While I’m not into just sending random pictures of me and my family, these were special to me for obvious reasons. While not the best newborn pic of Baby C, we sent this picture (the announcment had her vitals on it). I still can’t believe that she was this small.

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Courtesy of Raquel Frechette Photography

Day 8 – Accept

What imperfections have you come to accept in 2013? What will you do to embrace it in 2014?

I am not patient. It can be kinda hard with the whole motherhood thing. Just sayin’. I’ve learned with Baby C and with husband J that I need to occasionally have breaks for myself. Even if it’s just a short walk, I do need to sometime get away so that I can be a more patient wife and mother. I hope to have a little more reflection time in 2014.

 Day 9 – Laugh

Tell us about your biggest belly laugh in 2013. 

Baby C, I know when you’re old enough, you’re going to be upset that I posted this, but come on. This has to be one of the funniest pics I took of Baby C last year. I think Husband J and I laughed a little too long at this one.

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Actually this one might be more funny.

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Okay, I’m going to stop embarassing my child now.

Day 10 – Support

How did you volunteer your help last year? What will you do this year?

i didn’t really get a chance to volunteer in the traditional sense, but recently I’ve found out that a few friends are pregnant. I’ve been trying to be as supportive as possible. I’m hoping to support friends and family with their life goals and challenges this year.

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WeVerb Day 2 – 5

Saturday, January 11th, 2014 | Posted under Uncategorized

Catching up

Day 2 – Remember

What did you do in 2013 that you will remember in the details forever?

I feel like I am going to be a broken record throughout this remembrance of 2013. I’ll always remember the day Baby C was born. At the same time, I think there are some fuzzy things. One thing I do remember is how quiet Baby C was when she was handed to us. She just sat there and looked around barely saying a word. Unfortunately, that quietness didn’t last very long. :)

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Day 3 – Hasten

What trick or shortcut did you learn in 2013? What do you want to speed up in 2014?

Everything seemed to take longer this year. If you’ve ever tried to get out of the house alone with a baby under four months old, then I think you know what I mean. Nuff said!

I’d like to speed up my writing this year whether it’s for this blog or for work. I think about how to express things for quite some time. Editing? Don’t even ask. Writing more quickly is going to help me woth both this blog as well as at work.

Day 4 – Rebuild

What do you plan to pick-up or rebuild this year?

Well, your reading it. I’m going to try my best to be a blogger again this year. Thanks for reading so far. :) I’ve missed blogging so much.

Day 5 – Sing

What song or lyrics will be forever tie to 2013 in your mind? What songs are you excited to keep with you in 2013? 

Quite frankly, I just don’t really keep up much with music. I wish I could say that there was some song the encapsulated my year. Unfortunately, there isn’t one. OOps!

I promise I’ll make these more interesting!

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Food Porn Friday – Schwartz’s Delicatessen

Friday, January 3rd, 2014 | Posted under Canada

While we didn’t get to take full advantage of Montreal’s happening food scene, Husband J, Baby C and I did manage to taste some of Montreal’s greatest hits. I didn’t realize it at first, but a few of Montreal’s celebrated food institutions are in the Jewish Deli genre of food. As a New Yorker, I feel like I know my way around a good knish, bagel and a pastrami sandwich. No one does Jewish deli food like New York does. With French being Montreal’s primary language, shouldn’t this city’s food be about croissants and chocolate? I am here to say that Montreal can definitely keep up with my home in at least one respect: a smoked meat sandwich.

My friends, people come from all over to taste the savory goodness that is the Smoked Meat Sandwich from Schwartz’s Delicatessen.

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Smoked Meat at its best

Look, I know it doesn’t look like much, but the devil, or should I say taste, is in the details. As I’ve said before, often it’s about the simplicity of the cooking that can make the most ordinary food into something you can’t resist. Often basic food is really the best because those cooking it take the time to hone their technique. This meat is so moist and beyond tender that yes, it does in fact does actually melt in your mouth. You get so much meat that you actually get three spongy pieces of bread instead of two in order to eat it correctly. Quite frankly, the multiple pieces of bread confused me as to how I should even eat this sandwich, but I was happy to have that extra piece of bread as I finished.

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A worker turning and basting all that good meat.

Schwartz’s smoked meat recipe is over 80years old and was brought from Romania with the founder of Schwartz’s. The meat is smoked every day, and you can see the cooks making sure that the meat is fresh and properly cooked.

Now with such a good and popular sandwich, it isn’t going to be easy to get. There is a line at Schwartz’s even during a weekday lunch. If you’re going there for this sandwich, and you don’t care about ambiance, don’t stand on the line for the main restaurant. There is a Schwartz’s To Go (I think that’s the name) next door. This add-on is really for take out orders, and there is seating. It’s not super comfortable, but if you’re okay with just enjoying the sandwich and moving on, it’s so much better than standing in line. Trust me.

This wasn’t the only Montreal gem we’d have. Dressed up french fries (frites?) were in our future….

 

Schwartz’s Charcuterie Hebraique de Montreal (Montreal Hebrew Delicatessen)
3895 Saint-Laurent Boulevard
Montreal, Quebec

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We Verb 14, Day 1 – Compose

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014 | Posted under Uncategorized

As a way of getting back into the spirit of writing and blogging as a habit, I’m going to make a feeble attempt to participate in WeVerb 14. It’s a way of bloggers and other social media types to reorient themselves for the year as it relates to social media. Each day there is a series of prompts. Let’s see if I can do all 31! Challenge accepted.

Day #1 – Compose

Write a haiku for 2013 and one for 2014.

2013
A baby is born
Life is never the same for me
That’s a good thing though :)

2014
Striving for balance
Creating a space for me
Daring to be bold

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