It turns out that Emily's energy level, while better today, was still not enough to propel us through the Ontario Science Centre.... and she knew it. So, we opted to stay around The Beach today (not exactly a hardship). We had a leisurely breakfast of cream brioche, almond croissants, pain au chocolat and then walked to the playground at Kew Gardens. The girls played for a while and then we walked down to the beach (on Lake Ontario for those of you who don't know Ontario's geography well) and threw rocks into the water (always a good time). We walked along the boardwalk to the next small playground. After that Emily was pooped so we headed towards home, had lunch at Lick's Hamburgers and then the kids watched Treehouse for a while, played blocks, etc etc.
Meanwhile, I took the opportunity and headed back out of the house, after reading the Globe and Mail section by section (glorious!), and did some window shopping and some real shopping. My very best time was spent inside Alex Farm at the Beach - an amazing food shop that specializes in cheeses - tasting olive oils and balsamic vinegars. I was the only customer during that 30 minutes so I was lucky enough to get all the attention from the very knowledgeable and sweet owner who is more enthusiastic about balsamic vinegar than I am, although after today I may rival him. He gave me a taste of a balsamic vinegar that costs about $130 for 250 ml. It was liquid gold my friends. I have never tasted a balsamic vinegar like that. It was more sweet than acidic, more syrup than vinegar. You only need a drop and your mouth is overtaken by sensation. Heaven.
No, I didn't buy it. But I can dream, can't I?
We had a really nice day even though we didn't do much. I came back and played pretend with the girls for a while and then watched Food Network with Emily.
By the end of the day I saw her energy coming back. We plan to tackle the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair tomorrow. I can't wait!