I finally gave in and bought a new car last month - the Sante Fe was 10 years old, had close to 250,000 KM on it, and was fading quickly. I decided I needed to buy something made in Canada and made by unionized workers. I looked around and fell upon a Lincoln MKX which is made nearby in Oakville.
It was supposed to be 6 - 8 weeks so I didn't anticipate it would be ready until May - tough for a guy who wants what he wants NOW!
On Wednesday I had a call from the dealer - it was in!
On Saturday I took one last spin in the old Sante Fe.
The final stop was the dealer where our new car was waiting.
You know, I am not really a car person - it is a thing to get me from one spot to another. That being said, this is a SWEET drive. If you're going to go in a car it might as well have all the bells and whistles, be comfortable, and have a killer sound system.
It is safe to say that our plans for Good Friday were not normal. It is generally a day where we relax - yes we usually get together with friends and family but the name of the thing is relaxation.
This year we did not get together with friends and family nor did we relax. In fact, we were quite busy!
It started with a quick trip into the spring One of a Kind Show. I was looking for some art for my office. I didn't find any I liked. :-( We did buy all sorts of treats for Easter.
The show seemed to be full of people with strollers and walkers. It was crowded and hard to move about. I think many people had the same thought as us 'it won't be busy on Good Friday'.
Apparently when little is open a show like this is a type of mecca.
I did manage to buy some designer apparel. I've never bought designer apparel before. It is safe to say that this was the most expensive article of clothing I have ever bought. . . yes, more expensive than a suit (generally the most expensive thing men buy). I bought a scarf.
Expensive as heck, but beautiful.
Sadly I have nothing to wear with it so that will entail MORE shopping at some point.
After the show we decided to go to the Queen Mother Cafe for lunch. This is the Queen Street restaurant that I have probably been to more than any other restaurant in TO over the years. The food is always amazing and we like the aging hipster vibe.
I started off with the sticky rice and peanut sauce.
Followed by my favourite dish - the Pad Thai.
Paul had dim sum and a burger.
We were both so full that we passed on dessert and headed out.
On the way home we decided to pop into our favourite fancy food store - the Cheese Boutique. It was clearly the busiest place in the city on Good Friday - tough for a crowd hating guy like me. It looks as if the renovations they have been undertaking over the past few months are complete. The store is easier to maneuver but still crowded with interesting things for a foodie to look at.
We picked up some things for Easter and headed back to Burlington.
Once we got home Mr. Paul decided to have a nap while I read for a bit.
For dinner we decided to make the Asparagus and Mushroom Lasagne that I made last year. It is easily one of the most amazing pasta dishes that I have ever had. Paul put together a Cesar salad to go with the lasagne and dinner was done.
I was too lazy to make dessert. Instead we had 'store bought' from the Cheese Boutique. Of course, when 'store bought' looks like this you don't complain.
They tasted even better than they looked.
That ladies and gents was the end of the busiest Good Friday we've had in years. :-)
These pics are from Paso Robles. Paso is known as the nut capital of the California Central Coast (to say nothing of their wineries). Most of the nut trees are being pulled out and the land transformed into vineyards but every now and then you can find some nut farms.
We left the snow behind and headed to California for a long weekend of fun. We shoppedm toured wineries, tasted olive oil, met up with good friends, and ate some wonderful food. I can't wait for slow bowl 2009.