Sunday, October 24, 2010

Toronto in the Fall

Fall is my favorite time of year: the colors, the cooler, crisp weather and of course, the best events of the year: Oktoberfest, Halloween and Butler Homecoming. I spent last weekend in Toronto and got a first hand tour of the city on the back of a motorbike.

First stop: Beaches Park.

With a spectacular view of Toronto's cityscape, walking trails, sand volleyball courts and obviously, beach access, Beaches Park is a great stop during a sunny fall day.

Second stop: Second Cup Coffee on Queens Quay. I love going to new venues, even if this is a large chain, because we don't have any Second Cup's in the U.S. We grabbed a cup of joe and sat on the dock extending from the store's front watching the tourist boats pass in the harbour.

Date night: I got a great surprise that night -- dinner on top of the CN Tower at 360 Restaurant! The restaurant rotates completely every 72 minutes giving you a full view of the city. At our table we could even see the lights from Buffalo, N.Y. across Lake Ontario.

360 had an extensive wine list -- we picked the Bogle Petit Sirah --and a great selection of appetizers and entrees.

We decided on the seafood appetizer which included fresh crab, salmon, oysters, mussels and shrimp served on a chilled platter. It was the perfect starter for us; not too filling but enough for us to savor it while we waited for our entrees.

Brett chose the rack of lamb, while I selected the prime rib (I know, I know, I'm supposed to be a veggie, but sometimes I just can't say no to a juicy prime rib! Please don't judge me!). Both meals were amazing, and our attentive waiter made it a perfect date night.

After dinner we went to soak in the views on the outdoor observatory deck. Seeing the flashing lights on Yonge street, all the way around the lake to Missassauga and beyond was the cherry on top of a perfect night. Anyone visiting Toronto (or locals) should take the time to visit the CN tower.

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