Friday, March 23, 2007

Leafs Game Night

It was game day! Woo-Hoo! In the morning, we took Simon to the dog park for a good run.

As you can see, there was a bit of snow left, but it was melting fast. That translates to MUD!




Simon got very dirty, very fast. His whole chest & belly were caked with dirt, but he had fun and that's the whole point of going.

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Once we got home & got him cleaned up, he was pooped. He took his bone and went to bed.
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We stopped at Mexicali Rosa's for an early dinner. Mama Rita had given us a gift certificate at Christmas and this seemed like a great day to use it.

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We started with big margaritas. I love these cocktails. Made with tequila, triple sec and lime juice it's citrusy goodness.
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I usually get gorditas, bean tacos or fajitas, but opted for something new today. Above we have a roasted vegetable quesadilla, Mexican spiced rice, re-fried beans and a cooling salad. Jim got the same thing except his quesadilla had shrimp. The food here is always good and today was no exception. I couldn't eat all that was on my plate. It was a huge meal! Besides, I had to save room for dessert.

Deep fried ice cream! It's a ball of vanilla ice cream, rolled in cinnamon spiced granola cereal then quickly deep fried. It comes with a choice of toppings, but really, why would I want anything other than chocolate? This photo is of Jim's ice cream because I get mine without whipped cream (not a big fan) and his looked better.

Once we finished our meal, it was off to the game! We had such good seats, it was crazy! The place was - as with every Leaf game - sold out. I'm posting some photos that most of you probably won't be interested in, but some friends & family who visit my blog will be very keen to see these.







The player I most wanted to see in action, Martin Brodeur. He is the best goalie in the NHL and is well on his way to breaking long standing records. He's is just phenomenal.
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The Leafs goalie for the night was starter Andrew Raycroft.

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What do you do when the action is at the other end of the ice?

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Stretch a little...

Look at your stick.....

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Wait....

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Then before you know it.....

I remember someone I used to work with telling me their uncle ran into Curtis Joseph in a restaurant bathroom back when Cujo used to play for the Leafs. The uncle asked him what it was like being a goalie in the NHL and he said when the action is down at the other end and you have a spectacular view of the ice, it's the best place in the world to be, but when you see those huge guys skating towards you, ready to whip that puck at you, you think "Oh crap."

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Of course, Wade Belak had to make amends for this incident and kicked Cam Janssen's ass.
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Back to the game.
































Just for Kleopatra a picture of Darcy TUCKER! (that's with a "T" Kleo!)
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Captain Mats Sundin.
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Downstairs in the hallway, we found a picture of another captain...our pal, Doug Gilmour.


One of my favorite members of the Leafs organization is Carlton! Here he is during the first intermission.




















Carlton got his name and number from Maple Leaf Gardens which is located at 60 Carlton St. in Toronto.








On our way out, we saw another "friend" of Kleopatra's doing his post game show for Leafs TV. Another former captain, Rick Vaive.

All in all we had a great night. It was a good night with the Leafs coming away with a win. Final score 2-1.

10 comments:

KleoPatra said...

Love this post! Thanks for the pix "for me." HA! Brought back some memories for sure. How totally fun to see you having a great time!! Nice photos, too. And i had to laugh when you called Dougie G. your "pal" - that's the best!! He's so adorable. Yummy. But i digress...

Darcy Tucker... born March 15... a Pisces. He's stone cold gorgeous, by the way. Just an FYI on that.

Most importantly, i am so glad you got to go out with Simon. He must have been soooooooo happy to be out there running and havin' a grand ol' time in the snow and mud. Gotta love a white-furred doggie... that reminds me: i can't remember i wore white pants, skirt or shorts...

Deep fried ice cream. OMG, that's really decadent living at its most decadent. Woah. Better than a deep-fried Twinkie (icky beef fat in those!) any day!

theONLYtania said...

Aww puppy loved the dog park so much he wore himself out. Man.. the only time I ever had fried ice cream I was actually pretty full but it was so good I ate the whole thing and almost threw up from being too full. Haha. ew.

Urban Vegan said...

Great hockey shots--I'm not a hockey fan but I know a god photo when I see one (or many!). Glad your team won.

I love the shot of sleeping Simon.

Those margaritas are huge. We have a resto here called Mad 4 Mex, where their menu lists BigAzz Margaritas-- way too big for me. I'd be iin the gutter after drinking those!

Vincent Guihan said...

Simon must be glad winter is almost over. I'd think it would hard to be a dog in Canada with all the cold and snow. I used to go to Mexicali Rosa's one every couple of months (there's one location in Ottawa that's got a really great patio). The margaritas look excellent (and huge!). I've tried to make margaritas with a hand blender (I don't have a full upright blender), but I've never had much luck. SO, now I just drink the tequila straight. You gotta do what you gotta do... :)

bazu said...

Oh my god- bestill my heart- deep fried ice cream. I wonder if we could make that at home or if it has to be deep-frozen? I want some for breakfast right now! (yes... I know it's 1:28 p.m...)

Great hockey shots, and great puppy shots!

Melody said...

What a fun day!

funwithyourfood said...

i have NEVER had deep fried ice cream and i reaalllly want to.

Melissa West said...

Give me some of that deep fried ice cream!!!! It looks awesome with the chocolate sauce. I used to have this thing for deep fried mars bars. Now that is ooey, gooey, goodness too. I try to stay away from that kind of stuff now... it's boring though really!

Blyfinn said...

I don't know if a post can get any better then when you're able to combine fried ice cream, hockey, and a day out with the dog. I like to follow up on Simon. He gets more blog time then my dog.

Vicki said...

this looks like such a fun day! simon is so adorable all cleaned up and cozy with his snack.