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Another Late Thursday

on March 30, 2012

Yesterday was a bit of a whirlwind for me and I didn’t get to write a proper post, so I’ll devote some time  to that here, and then hopefully write another one about today.

My Thursday started early, with a 3 mile run.  I hate to say it, for fear of jinxing myself, but I think I am starting to get better at running. I am able to go the whole 3 miles without really stopping – the odd hop onto the sides to get a drink and then right back on, and although I am starting fairly slow, I’m gradually working up to 6.5 mph at the end of the run.  That is super fast for me and my very short legs!

My kids are HUGE MythBusters fans. I’m sure they have seen every episode at least 3 times.  My PVR was always full of MythBusters shows.  We finally made a rule that if they wanted to record shows, they had to do it on their computer since they were filling our PVR leaving us no room to record shows we wanted to watch.  The MythBusters were in Toronto last night, doing a “Behind the Scenes” Tour.  Knowing how much the kids like them, we got tickets to the show and headed into the big city for a fun family night.

The show was at 8pm, but we went down early so we could go for dinner beforehand.  For a treat for the kids, we went to Benihana. For those of you who don’t know, Benihana is a Japanese teppanyaki-style restaurant, located in the Royal York Hotel, in downtown Toronto.  Food is cooked on a Hibachi table, and you sit around the grill and the chef cooks your meal right in front of you.  Our chef for the night was Mark:

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Mark was great. He was very friendly and chatty and could juggle salt and pepper shakers like nobody’s business!  The chefs always put on a bit of a show, demonstrating their amazing knife skills and like to do tricks with the food.  Mark made an onion volcano for us:

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There was more food than we probably needed, but it was so good.  The meal started off with a broth based onion soup, then fried rice (which we upgraded to, more on that in a minute!), onion and zucchini, mushrooms and then our choice of meat (2 of us had chicken, 2 of us had steak):

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It was all so tasty and we had a great time.

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But it wasn’t cheap…that upgrade from white rice to fried rice was $36!  Holy cow!  It was just 4 eggs, a few veggies and some soy sauce!  At least the kid’s meals were relatively cheap.  Oh well, we don’t go that often…good thing!

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After dinner we took some time to walk through the lobby of the Royal York.  It is a pretty impressive hotel and it was the first time the kids had been there, so they found lots of interesting things to check out. Then we were off to MythBusters.

It was a short walk to the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts. It was a packed house and we were in the last row of the balcony….way up there!  Those in the lower level had waivers on their seats that made them eligible to go up on stage and help with some of the experiments.  Despite being pretty far away, we still were able to see everything pretty well.  Jamie and Adam were quite funny, did some neat tricks, answered audience questions, showed some cool videos, and put on a pretty good show. The kids really enjoyed the show.

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The theatre was down on Front Street and when we walked back to the garage where the car was parked, we had a great view of the CN Tower.  Although it’s not the tallest building in the world anymore, it is still a pretty impressive piece of architecture, and it looks great all lit up at night.

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All in all, our Thursday was a huge success.

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