Saturday, January 12, 2008

Hilton Toronto Downtown - New Year's Eve 2007

The Hilton Toronto Downtown hotel is a great hotel for New Year's Eve countdown and firework, but not a good place for the executives to gather with their business associates during the holiday seasons. It was New Year's Eve. There was a long lineup just for check-in from 3:30 p.m to 6:30 p.m. and after. There was no VIP check-in, although there was an unused executive floor check-in line. There was no VIP compliment upgrade, although rooms were available. The executive lounge was closed for almost the whole month from Dec 14th to Jan 6th. Why was it so busy? The hotel features an amazing Toronto downtown city view and is facing the Nathan Philip's Square, over-looking the New Year's Eve countdown and firework! (LP, can it be more romantic to countdown for the New Year by in-room candle-light dinner and movie followed by live firework countdown at Nathan Philip's Square?) The hotel's restaurant Tundra has great buffet breakfast at $20+ each. Every single piece of food was great! We like the Egg Benedict the most. Be sure to check out my Travelocity Good Buy Hotels post and select the Top Hotel Deals in Toronto to browse for the off-season rate.

Hilton Niagara Falls - Christmas 2007

Hilton Fallsview Hotel is my current number 1 choice in Niagara Falls. We went to Niagara Falls again for the Christmas holidays. The standard room rate was just $99 for the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. As usual, the jazzcui fits one person comfortably and two persons romantically. The over-sized jazzcui tub is hard to find anywhere else. The hotel is connected to the casino through a glass walkway. There are tons of attractions at Niagara-on-the-Lake. It is where the famous Peller Estates winery located? The hotel restaurant Watermark was as good as before. There was a line-up for the breakfast but was well-managed. There are romantic water theme design and decorum complete with two aquariums, wave entrance and soothing sounds. Just the view alone worths the dollar.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Gal's Sushi Japanese & Korean Restaurant

Gal's Sushi serves great food with great value. We went there for lunch for quite a few times. Here is our favorite orders: Gam Ja Tang, pork bone soup with potatoes and vegetables. Sul Nong Tang, tripe and sliced beef simmered broth. The soup and the beef tasted amazing! The soup comes with a bowl of rice. Mine looks a bit weird. Did someone take a bite out of it? In constructive criticisms point of view,...

  • Slow seating, slow taking the orders, slow getting the bill. People need to get back to work!
  • The parking lot is full of snow and mud. This is a new plaza. The plaza management may want to do something about that.
Address: 3621 highway 7 east, Markham ON, L3R 0G6.

Medieval Times

Medieval Times - a legendary show theater with food. The show was just amazing, excellent plot, spectacular costumes with impressive lighting effect. (LP, shall I be your King tonight ;D) The "feast" is OK. There are no utensils. It is supposed to resemble the ancient times. The food is of fast food quality. I would be as happy if they gave me McDonald's. The Toronto Ontario Medieval Times Castle is located in beautiful Exhibition Place at 10 Dufferin Street.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!