Friday, July 22, 2011

Road Trip--Day Seven, Downtown Toronto

Thank goodness, today was about 10 degrees F cooler than yesterday. I never thought that 90 degrees would feel good, but we functioned pretty well in it.

Ward and Wally got up early and took a hike in a local park. Theo and I stayed back and did some necessary laundry.

This part of the ROM is made of 5 interlocking structures.
Then we set off for Toronto. Traffic was still busy, so we explored neighborhood streets trying to find our way out of the stop and go traffic on the main highways. Our destination was the ROM (Royal Ontario Museum), the largest museum of science and cultures in Canada. We only had time to explore a small portion of the museum, but we learned a few things:

--The Canadian flag with the maple leaf wasn't adopted until 1965.
--99 % of the species in the world are smaller than a bee.
--Summer camp groups are noisy.
--There are more red foxes in North America than there are dogs.
--Sneaks enjoyed the museum.

Sneaks swore that these quartz crystals were a hands-on exhibit.

After the museum, we explored more of downtown Toronto including the financial district, water front, and tourist areas. On first inspection, the city seems vibrant and diverse. In the tourist area, we visited the CN tower, a 1815' communications tower with elevators and observation decks. Until last year, this was the tallest tower in the world. On clear day, you can see Niagara Falls. It was not a clear day.
CN  Tower

Food Waste Friday, 7-22-11, Vacation

It's time for Food Waste Friday, when the Frugalgirl encourages us to post pictures from the previous week of wasted food from our household. This accountability hopefully will help us to be more careful with our food and maybe save some money. 

Niagara Falls
Here it goes for this week.

We have been on vacation for a week now in the Niagara Falls and Toronto area. We have been doing pretty well with our food waste by utilizing our cooler. Instead of listing our waste (because we're not keeping track of it), I have a few observations.

--Tim Hortons--Why is it that everyone in my family has heard of this Canadian chain but me? They are like a Dunkin Donuts and located on every street corner. We have enjoyed their wares several times ourselves and like their breakfast sandwiches.

--Speaking of breakfast, the hotel we are staying in serves baked beans for breakfast. Not a bad idea, just something new to me.

--And speaking of new, we have also discovered poutine, another widespread Canadian dish. It is basically French fries and cheese curds covered in gravy with whatever else you want to throw in. Tasty, but a steady diet of it would be too much for me.

--Also, we visited the birthplace of Buffalo wings at the Anchor Bar and Grill in Buffalo. And yes, they were good!

--Time to get ready for the day's adventures. Hope that it doesn't make it up to 102 degrees F like yesterday. The heat is putting a damper on some of our plans.

Note: See the rest of our vacation fun by reading my daily posts.