Tuesday, April 17, 2012

How a Pork Tenderloin Saved my Life Part 10 - Toronto Here I Come

If you're just tuning in, earlier installments of my adventures in the online recipe competition The Real Women of Philadelphia Canada, can be found HERE.

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The next few months passed in a blur and though I was excited to have been selected as a finalist in the entree category of the Real Women of Philadelphia Canada, I was sad to see several of the women I had become good friends with - cooks I knew to be just as worthy as me - not going the next step to Toronto.

Although I knew several of them were deeply disappointed - and I fully understood why - none of them ever put me in a position where I was made to feel badly - though, truth be known, I did feel badly because a lot of heart and talent went unacknowledged.

This is the heartbreak of taking chances.

All I could do now was honour the process and give myself permission to be happy. I had worked hard for this and had come a long way since the Philly Nibblers and my "Hello Candice" blunder.

So with my bags packed, and my newly manicured acrylic nails crossed, I got on a plane one early afternoon in July and flew toward what I hoped would be a whole new beginning.











When I arrived in Toronto I made my way to the airport shuttle.

I was told there would be a car waiting for me and, small town girl that I am, assumed that meant my shuttle had been taken care of. However, no one knew anything about it and as I ran back and forth trying to look like a cool and unconcerned traveler, inside I was beginning to panic.

"What if I had been right all along and there had been some kind of colossal mix up?"

"What if I wasn't really a finalist?"

In retrospect I know how crazy that sounds - but ask anyone who lives with anxiety, the mind can be a tricky thing.

However, I managed to pull it together enough to remember that the person in charge of "talent" - Tom - had left me his cell number, and after three fumbling tries at punching it into my blackberry with the acrylic nails on, I made contact!

I can only imagine what I must have sounded like heavy breathing into the phone in the shuttle bay, but somehow he managed to make sense of what I was saying and explained that the car waiting for me was not a shuttle or a taxi but the airport limo.

Further to that, my driver let me know that the hotel I would be staying at "The Thompson" was one of Toronto's premiere locations.

Here is the lobby I walked into as I stepped out of the town car...

















And in my beautifully appointed room






















KRAFT Foods Canada had left me swag!

















 It began to dawn on me that I wasn't in Kansas anymore...

Stay tuned next week for the Part 11 - the cook off!

For a little cream cheese inspiration, how about this fabulous recipe for Seafood Lasagna!

8 comments:

  1. Oh Lyndsay!! How could we ever say anything bad about their decision to choose you. Your dish and your outgoing personality was a perfect choice and the beginning of an amazing journey for you!!! xo

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  2. You are a star!! You got a car, no shuttle or taxi for you, my dear! Holy mack on that hotel lobby though, wow! Not in Kansas anymore, isn't that the truth. :)
    I hope that you know that ALL of us were happy for you, I'm glad that you decided to allow yourself to be happy too. :)

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  3. What an adventure! That is some lobby...I look forward to the cook-off part 11 :-)

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  4. I must say you really led an exciting life for o girl from Vancouver Island. Can't wait to read next chapter; love it.
    Rita

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  5. Looks like the big time! Gorgeous hotel, I'm sure it was fun:@)

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  6. Wow what a great memory to have!!!! You rock girlfriend. I am so glad that I met you in person... I just wish it could have been for longer.

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  7. You deserved to have a great time! I am so happy for you! Thanks for visiting my blog.

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  8. Thank you to everyone for all of your comments - they are very appreciated!! xoxoxoxo

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