The other day on the Hotel Miami's patio, Marcie mentioned a fellow she knew who once told her he was unhappy because his wife was going away for two months and he didn't know what he'd do. "What?" said Marcie, "I can think of a hundred and one exciting things to do in Ottawa."
"Really?," I asked, "Like what?" Marcie was taken aback, but after I insisted that she give me at least five, she gave me a full dozen exciting things to do. Here they are as I recorded them on a green index card.
- Go to the art gallery and have lunch. It's only $1.85 -- nice homemade soup and a bun.
- Eat breakfast on the Mayflower patio -- even on a workday.
- Chateau Laurier patio with girlfirends, especially newly engaged ones.
- Bay cafeteria with your mom and sister after shopping and get the roast beef special.
- The cheap cinemas at Rideau Centre. Is it $6.75? $7.75? There won't be a crowd, but it's first-run movies.
- That Italian shop out back of the Bay (ed.: Il Bottega) Sandwiches at the back, you've got to get there early. Yummy, yummy food!
- Take a romantic stroll past the flower beds at Dow's Lake with all the recent immigrants. (Marcie: Is that not good enough for you? ed: Yes, but you did say 'a hundred and one'.)
- Landmarks Lounge in the Westin. Huge screen for watching hockey games, delicious hamburgers and Caesar salads. The world's best snacks.
- Rideau Bakery: chocolate-glazed donuts, buy them only at the bakery on Rideau.
- Two words: Holt Renfrew
- Have you driven to Old Chelsea and bought the brownies at the bakery? They're like the ones at the Manx, but you can't take the ones at the Manx home.
- Okay. Finish off with the pasta special at the Manx with my friends. Where they know your order.