Saturday, April 22, 2006

Day 3: It's about books and friends

Posted by Unknown at 4:49 AM
I was soooo tired last night that I couldn't even update my blog. At least I've had a good night's sleep so I should be ready for another long day.

Once Noumena11 and I finally got going (because I wanted to finish The Kitchen Witch first), we ended out to meet "the gang" at the BookCloseOuts store (BookDepot). A giant place where we found everyone perusing the bargain ($1-$4) books. Sand bought a gazillion books and I'm thinking we are going to have to tie her to the roof to get her home.

Then DH and I drove through Nigara Falls and on to Niagra-by-the-Lake. We were going wine tasting. By the time we stopped to have lunch we realized that we would barely make it back in time for the opening reception so we did 2 flights of regional wines with lunch as our wine tasting.

Noumena11, BookRelayers & friends at BookCloseOut store

SandDanz and Needsun

SandDanz hiding behind her cart of books...she'll say they aren't all for her....but I still believe she is bringing more home than she brought to Toronto. It would be hard to believe if it weren't SandDanz.

Met lots of great BookCrossers at the opening reception...

Happy 5th Birthday Bookcrossing!!!!!

And Happy Birthday to Miss-Efficiency too!! She's done an awesome job of putting this event together!

OttawaBill gets the honor of cutting the cake!

There were a few books to choose from at the opening reception! :)

SerenityBlue going through books she brought to release/distribute during the convention!

SandDanz and Breeze144

After the reception, DH and I headed out in search of Italian food. Geez, Toronto rolls up the streets at 9:30. We tried 2 restaurants...and both were closed???? The third restaurant we tried was Donatello's on Elm Street. Some of the freshest pasta that I've had. Donatello's had the freshest pasta that I've had in a long time. Dinner consisted of:
  • Grilled Goat Cheese which was grilled on a stack of eggplant and pineapple then served over greens with a balsamic dressing. YUM!
  • Spicy Shimp
  • Raviolli stuffed with crab, shrimp, and just a hint of goat cheese. Since John and I share it was obvious that they had made the pasta fresh because we each had a funny shaped ravioli that was clearly half of the larger raviolis.
We had a wonderful Masi Campofiorini red wine to accompany dinner...okay we each had a couple of glasses! :) We passed on dessert but ended the meal with some great coffee.

Then it was back to the hotel to register the books that I caught earlier...started I Think I Love You by Stephanie Bond (another book borrowed from SandDanz).


Lotus Reads on April 22, 2006 at 7:38 AM said...

Thanks for blogging about the convention and your time in Toronto. It makes for very enjoyable reading. My hub and I were in Toronto last night at a Mexican eating joint called "Hernando's Hideaway" - I think most restaurants close at 11:00pm, but yes, that is early by big city standards.

Sherlockfan said...

Wow! What a wonderful place the BooksCloseOut store looks. No wonder the trolley was full.

And that tempting display at the reception!

It is almost like being there - almost.

hotflash said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you for this blog and the pictures. All I can think about is that I was supposed to be there. Everything looks wonderful. Would love to be set loose in bookcloseouts - wow!! - what a great place. If you can, give jessibud and huge hug for me!!!
I am more determined than ever to get up to Toronto some time this summer.

Anonymous said...

Oh, cool pix! Look at all those books! I would have gone insane in there!

OttawaBill rawks! Wish I could meet him! :)

So, are you addicted to Tim Tams now? ;)
- libertine101

Lotus Reads on April 23, 2006 at 4:49 AM said...

Sorry for not mentioning the cool pictures! I could swear they weren't here when I posted my comment the first time! :)))

Ann Roberts on April 23, 2006 at 6:56 PM said...

They probably weren't there Lotus. It was taking forever to upload the pics...I was trying to get out as much info quickly then upload pics as soon as I could.


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