The world is getting smaller.
With travel relatively cheap these days (how else could we afford to travel half-way across the world every year?) and the internet making communication so effortless, we found ourselves in Toronto, Canada, being collected by my cyber-friend, Denise.
Feeling like old friends through our association on Facebook and Words with Friends, this was our first face-to-face meeting, and we easily chattered away the 2-and-a-half-hours to her lovely home in the Beaver Valley.
Much fun and laughter ensued over the next few days, meeting new friends…
…cheering on the Maple Leafs ice hockey team, experiencing the outdoor hot tub on a chilly night, sightseeing in Beaver Valley and beyond – we certainly experienced the warmth of Canadian hospitality, and the beauty of the Valley.
Eugenia Falls put on a good display for us.
Their relaxed and friendly service was appreciated and the mac and cheese was astoundingly good! Not to mention the beer and cider hybrid.
Next stop was Collingwood Olive Oil Co for tastings of olive oils and balsamic vinegars.
It was an eye opener – or should I say, a taste-bud opener. The peppery aftertaste of the oils; the sweetness of the balsamics – some of them good enough to drink! We bought 2 different bottles which they kindly double-sealed for a safe journey home in our luggage.
About 8kms west of Collingwood, at the quaint Blue Mountain Village (a ski village by the same designers as Whistler Village) we stopped at BeaverTails for a freshly made pastry, resembling, of course, a beaver’s tail.
The light, thin pastry was topped with chocolate and icing sugar – super sweet and, shared between four of us, made a good serving size.
As if there hadn’t already been enough eating and drinking over the course of our visit, we also went beer tasting. Collingwood’s history of shipbuilding includes the fascinating side-launching of new ships (which you can check out on YouTube) – hence the name: Side Launch Brewing Co.
We’ll drink to that!
You know, we had such a great time in Ontario, it almost made us want to move there!