My entry for this week’s Travel Theme: Meeting Place.
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One of my favorite ways to beat the heat: standing next to Niagara Falls in Canada.
We’re back in California after our New York/Canada vacation. My jeans feel too tight after eating our way thru Buffalo, Toronto and Montreal. I need to download all our vacation photos from my iPhone.
I am so happy to have my Daisy back home.
Soon, I’ll need to switch from East Coast time to my graveyard shift.
This is my entry for this week’s Travel Theme: Ripples.
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BUFFALO – One more bite of Buffalo wings at the Anchorbar inside Buffalo International. We’re flying back to California. I can’t wait to pick up Daisy.
I enjoyed our New York and Canada trip. We spent a couple of days eating our way thru Montreal.
- We explored the Latin Quarter, Little Italy and Old Montreal.
- We ate breakfast at Marche Jean-Talon. We did a picnic of oysters, samosas and cider next to the oyster counter at Boite Aux Huitres.
- We took a boat tour of Old Montreal Port. Rocky waters on the St. Lawrence Seaway thrilled me.
- We passed by closed boutiques and gay bars along Rue Sainte-Catherine.
- I prayed a couple of Hail Marys at Basilica Norte-Dame.
- We indulged in poutine in what some call “fast-food heaven” – La Banquise.
I wanted to stay in Montreal for another week. I loved it!
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WRIGHTS CORNER, NY – Tim Horton’s coffee and breakfast sandwich for breakfast. You may have seen the billboard for this iconic Canadian donut chain during NHL playoff games. My hubby and I couldn’t believe we spotted a Tim Horton’s ad along the railing at Staples Stadium during the King’s dismal series against Chicago.
The big question on our minds : What is wrong with LA?
The next big question: Where is the closest Tim Horton’s to Southern California?
Timbits and peanut crunch donuts may be good reasons for a summer vacation in Buffalo, New York. We’re also here to see family, friends and eat way too much food.
First stop on our foodie tour: Beef on Weck at Charlie the Butcher’s Kitchen in Williamsville. Amazing bread and savory beef slices, dipped in beef au jus. NOM! Some Buffalo foodies blasted Anthony Bourdain for skipping Charlie’s on his Rust Belt episode. It was a damn shame that he skipped Charlie’s. However, I think that means I need to do a taste test with a Beef on Weck from Schwabl’s.
Mark bought Postal Service concert tickets for my birthday. Joy! One of the theme songs at our wedding was “Such Great Heights.” The band got back together for a tour. They stopped in Toronto on Tuesday.
Best concert ever!
Before the live music, I had the best bowl of ramen from Momofuku Noodle Bar. I’ve been a fan of David Chang ever since I read about his ramen education in his Momofuku cookbook. His bowl of pork belly, poached egg, long noodles and savory broth sent me to ramen heaven.
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The work week is over. Thank God. Now, I’m recovering from a stressful week in the newsroom by going over my vacation pictures.
I suspect I’ll need another break from work. Soon.
On our Buffalo trip, I gave my new passport a workout. This one has my married name on it. Sadly, the border guards didn’t feel like stamping it with a Canada stamp. In retrospect, I should have asked for one.
Bizarre Question at the Border: What do you do for a living?
I think I saw the border guard raise his eyebrows when I squeaked out: “News Producer.”
Hooray for our moms! Terri and Linda took the girls to the beach while we went on a day trip to Niagara-by-the-Lake with Kaine and Missy. Plus Mark rocked as our DD for our personal wine tasting tour.
I also had to see Niagara Falls again. This tourist spot on the Canadian side has become a pilgrimage of sorts for my Buffalo vacations. The misty air feels refreshing on a hot day. The majestic views are free. I’m happy to join the lemmings who are snapping away at one of the 7 Wonders of the World. It’s still a thrilling sight for me. I’d love to take my parents here some day.
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TONAWANDA, NY — Listening to Baby Grand, a Sacramento-based indie/twee pop band and chilling at Panera.
Today, I ran 4.17 miles in Lockport. It feels good to keep up with my 10K training on this vacation…especially with all the eating we’re doing.
I could barely handle the heat from the gas-fueled flames. Still, I thought it was all worth it. I loved biting into melted marshmallows on blocks of Hershey chocolate and graham crackers. Then we looked for falling stars while I sipped a bottle of Molson’s Triple X.
I also used my new passport at the Canadian border. We crossed the border with Mark’s best friend/best man, Kaine, and his wife, Missy. We spent a lazy Monday afternoon sampling the wine region in Niagara-by-the-Lake.
Our bartender at the Irish Harp said we had to try the Strauss White if we were red wine fans. She said we’d have a change of a heart and become white wine fans after sampling this bottle. It’s a fine white wine, but I didn’t move mountains for me. Bring on the Pinots and Zins.
Home cooking is also a highlight for our vacation. My mother-in-law whipped up this hearty dinner of BBQ pork, peas, coleslaw and macaroni salad. She used a sweet glaze on the meat and I went back for seconds. It paired nicely with the cold pasta and steamed peas. Yummy!
So – s’mores, wine and BBQ. I guess I need to fit in another run this week. Or else, I’m going look like a blimp by the time I get back to Cali.