Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs

Just last weekend, my son and I went to see the special dinosaur exhibit at the ROM. Unfortunately, I have no pictures as my son removed all the dinosaur pictures I took with the iPad…oh well. The dinosaur exhibit showed off the skeletons of many new dinosaurs including the Futalognkosaurus , a ginormous dinosaur which they have a replica in the front foyer. There is an app on the iPad that when you point the iPad at the poster/picture (that says use “your iPad app”), a 3D moving image of that dinosaur appears on the iPad.

Along with their permanent dinosaur exhibit on the second floor, this museum rocks with dinosaurs. Even without the special exhibit of dinosaurs, it is better than the Museum of Nature in Ottawa.

By the way, if you have kids and you want to see a special exhibit at the ROM, you may want to look into getting a family membership especially if are a non-resident. We frequent Toronto at least 2-3 times a year and we always visit the ROM. The non-resident family membership is $102 for 1 year or $183 for 2 years. We bought the year they had the terracotta soldiers on display…when you add up the admission + special exhibit admission for a family…2 visits and you are generally way ahead. There is parking in a lot off of Bedford and don’t forget to ask for the parking discount coupon at the desk at the ROM.

Another great value is getting a family membership for the Science and Tech museum in Ottawa especially if you are planning on going to the Ontario Science Center. The Ottawa S&T family membership gets your family into the OSC for free. The only drawback is that if there is a special exhibit, you have to pay extra for that.

Our visit in Toronto is not complete without a review of a breakfast restaurant, the Sunshine Spot at 796 Sheppard Ave East in North York…just off the highway at Leslie, north to Sheppard and west on Sheppard to a little plaza across from the Canadian Tire.

This unassuming place is quick and great value. The menu provides many combinations of breakfast foods from your standard eggs, bacon, hash browns and toast to variations on eggs benedict. Warning that the coffee served is Bunn coffee…may want to save your pennies for the Starbucks at the Canadian tire across the street.

My son ordered the California eggs benedict without the tomato. The eggs in the eggs benedict were done perfect; the sauce was good and plentiful and I could taste the lemon juice in it. It was not as rich as the sauce at Cafe Cognac (see my older post) but still good. The ham in the eggs benedict was a slice of dinner ham cut thick. The cheese that was grated on top was a orange cheddar. Great value for 9 dollars.

The standard egg breakfast was good…plenty of hashbrowns that consisted of potatoes pan-fried with some light spicing. The bacon came crisp and plentiful…5 slices..yum. Good value for just over 5 dollars.

My husband ordered a hungry man breakfast…This consisted of 3 eggs, 2 slices of ham, 2 slices of peameal bacon, 2 slices of bacon, 2 sausages, toast, hashbrowns and 2 pancakes or french toast. You better be hungry for this plate.

The breakfast menu provides interesting combinations that don’t break the bank…e.g. french connection at 7 dollars is 2 french toast with 2 eggs, 2 sausages and 2 bacon. The low fat breakfast at 7 dollars is 2 eggs, toast, fruit cup and honey yogurt

One other note, a lot of asians frequent this place which is usually a sign that the restaurant is good value.


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