I got up at 6:45 a.m. this morning. To be honest, I was awake even earlier but opted to stay in bed in the hopes I could salvage maybe another hour’s sleep. Alas, it was not to be. Typical for a travel day.
After packing, I took Suji out for her morning constitutional (Last time I was away, she didn’t poop for three days!), then left the house at 8:00 a.m. with Akemi. I have to say, one of the great things about living in the heart of downtown Toronto is that Billy Bishop Airport is only 15 minutes away on foot. Door to gate, make it 25.
I’d opted for the digital boarding pass which always gives me no end of anxiety as I’ll often worry about accidentally deleting it or my five year old iPhone suddenly dying at check-in – but fortunately, on this occasion, security was a breeze. I arrived 45 minutes early for my flight, so dedicated the time to twitter and stock research.
One hour later, I was on the ground in Montreal – well, Montreal’s West Island’s Dorval Airport where my sister picked me up enroute to mom’s. It’s been over a year since I was last in town.
Mom and Sis with my early birthday gift.
I am particularly intrigued by that smoked duck in a can.
Classic Prestige de Bourgogne and the Tomme Fruitée.
Cozze e Patate (Baked mussels and potatoes) – one of favorites.
The crab mousse. Another mom specialty.
If there’s one dish I can be guaranteed to be served ever time I visit Montreal, it’s fried peppers.
I like them with bagels. Note – these are actual bagels, not the bland imposter bread rounds sold in Toronto.
And, for dessert – Sis made pistachio cake.
“Oishikatta!”as the Japanese would say.
Sleeping in my childhood bedroom.
Everyone settled in for a post-lunch nap. Very Italian of us.
Mom making taralli (Akemi’s favorite!).
I’ve done very little today, but am exhausted nevertheless (despite that mid-afternoon nap). Going to take it easy tonight with a little smoked duck in a can. Sounds weird but – who knows?