Whew! What a fun and busy weekend Steve and I had. As I mentioned in my last post, we made our way to Montreal on Friday and then to Ottawa Friday night for some football, anniversary celebrating and fun.
We left for Montreal at 4am and arrived sometime before 11. After being on the road for so long we were ready for a nice sit down meal. Breakfast sounded good to both of us so we stopped in at Cora’s.
After that it was off to my meeting which I’ll be able to fill you in on in the coming weeks but what I can say was it was awesome and I got to meet some lovely people.
We debated driving to Old Montreal after but the traffic was horrible and knowing we would likely crash early because were up since 3, we decided to just head straight to our hotel in Ottawa so we could check in and change.
We stayed at the Alt Hotel in downtown Ottawa. It was exactly what we were looking for in a hotel. Modern, clean, spacious and close to everything.
We love to walk – I think it’s the best way to see a city – so a centrally located hotel was a must. We were within a 30 min walk of all the major museums, stadium and mere minutes from parliament – it was perfect.
After freshening up we made our way to Byward market and hit up the Keg for a delicious steak dinner.
I think the baby likes a little bit of heat because my virgin caesar had little man moving around in there. After our dinner at the Keg we walked around The University of Ottawa’s campus and then back to the Byward area to grab some beavertails!
I opted for the classic apple cinnamon and Steve got the skore version. They were messy and delicious.
Saturday was game day! I have to say, the setup of TD stadium at Lansdowne makes for a really enjoyable game experience. We walked over from our hotel and were surprised at just how roomy the whole Lansdowne area felt. There were a ton of restaurants and cafes and even a movie theatre housed in the complex.
We stopped in at Crust & Crate for some pre-football food. They have all sorts of gourmet pizzas and burgers. We couldn’t decide so we split a burger and their meat lovers style pizza.
Once our bellies were pleasantly full but not stuffed we made our way to the stadium.
The panda game is a pretty big deal in the CIS and over 23,000 fans attended this year. Since it’s a rivalry game between both the University’s in Ottawa there were a lot of…enthusiastic students. They’ve been holding this game since 1955 so there’s some history to this much anticipated game.
Carlton wound up pulling out the win with a final score of 43-23 for the much coveted 3-peat. Fans flooded the field and we made our way down to congratulate our athletes.
It was so great to be able to celebrate with our guys and we even went back to the Carlton campus for dinner with the team.
Saturday also happened to be our 11 year dating anniversary. Seeing that Steve and I met homecoming weekend at Western, it seemed so fitting that we were out watching football that day.
It was a long, fun filled day and I was so happy we got to spend some time with some of our guys.
Sunday we made our way out for a killer breakfast at Eggspectation and it was so incredibly delish.
Once our bellies were full of breakfast and coffee (decaf for me) we checked out of our hotel and made our way to the Canadian War Museum.
The museum is beautiful and has some amazing exhibits. If you’re planning a trip, be sure to give yourself plenty of time to view everything. We spent about 3.5 hours there and you could spend more time if you watched all of the mini-films there.
After our exploring it was time to hit the road for the trip back home. Of course we had to stop for some dinner on the way back and pizza just sounded good.
It was a great weekend with my favorite guy. It’s crazy to think that we started dating 11 years ago and how much we’ve been through and accomplished in that time. One thing is for sure, I’m so excited to become a parent with this guy.