Case Competition, Croissants, and the Christmas Market!

Cloudy skies started my weekend on Friday afternoon. I got a ride with Mr. Shiliang, who drove me to downtown Toronto for my first ever case competition!

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Friday night wasn’t exactly work-productive. Instead, I got to meet lots of new friends, team members, and even new UWaterloo friends! We chatted about school and life while munching on tasty nachos, sweet potato fries with cumin aioli, and some great spring rolls. This was at The Office Pub on John Street.

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On Friday night, I stayed at one of my team members’ house. Michèle and her boyfriend, Daniel, live in Roncesville, a subdivision of Toronto. We had croissants from Nadège Patisserie on Saturday morning, along with some of Daniel’s incredibly creamy eggs. What a good way to start the day!

We attended workshops, spoke with mentors, and got to work on our own presentation. This is what we came up with to deal with the problem of how we can reduce smoking in Indonesian children by 50% in two years.

Lunches were catered and involved a variety of vegetarian options – yay! I haven’t had broccoli in such a long time.

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On the Sunday, we got dressed up for our competition – everyone looked amazing in blazers, dress pants, suits, ties, and dresses. I have to say, though, that by the end of the day, my skin on my toes were a little tender from all the walking – and for wearing heeled booties for 13+ hours. Worth it!

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Here are some tidbits of our presentation:

We didn’t end up going to the finals, but I was proud of how we did. There were 16 groups, and just 4 made it to the final round. More slides here!

I was pleasantly surprised to meet some new Applied Health Sciences friends at the case competition – Mayank takes the best selfies and Chelsea knows the ins-and-outs of Toronto’s most exciting places.

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Local artists decorate the subway walls, which we thought was neat!

Buildings like this are a novel sight for me. Nothing like this in the Kitchener-Waterloo area for sure. We even spotted the Trump tower and I learned some interesting things about politics. As if 2016 didn’t have enough plot twists!

Adrian caught up with us, and then we went to the Toronto Christmas Market. Admission was  $6.00 but there was so much to see, do, and eat. We started with hot chocolate, AKA ‘drinking chocolate’. It was essentially melted chocolate diluted with a teeny bit of milk and reminded me of hot chocolate at Angelina’s in Paris. In other words, absolutely amazing. Super rich, decadent, but as Adrian pointed out, every sip just got better and better!

Good call, Chelsea 🙂

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When we finally gave Mayank a break from taking all of our selfies, we asked some nice strangers to snap pics. Not sure why I’m still holding that hot chocolate cup! Apparently I can’t part with my melted chocolate.

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We tried to get the big Christmas tree in the centre square…

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we tried.

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We even got red foam noses, which were cute! The shops were super elaborate, with amazing handmade (read: expensive) goods. What an amazing experience.

The GO bus brought us back to Waterloo by around 7:00, and from Laurier, it was an easy walk home. Mom sent me a bunch of pictures of the new zucchini bread that she made.

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Then I was off to shower and sleep!

PB toast and a mushy pear. Ew. This is why I stick to oats on the daily!

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And a cheese-less pasta recipe using nutritional yeast. Once I tweak the recipe, it’ll be posted!

Happy Monday, everyone!

13 thoughts on “Case Competition, Croissants, and the Christmas Market!

      1. I always enjoy visiting Toronto. I haven’t been to Chinatown (great kitchen/gadget stores) or the grouping of Indian grocery stores in years. And of course, there’s the ROM. My nephew’s dragged me there several times but now that he’s not in the country, I have no one to go with. 🙂

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      2. The ROM is really on my bucket list of places to go! I love looking at historical and artistic monuments. Chinatown sounds amazing – I could spend hours browsing aisles of little kitchen tools! Do you have any other must-see places in Toronto during the winter?

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      3. Off the top of my head … check out the Toronto Zoo and Casa Loma at least. I googled after this and found that they’re part of the City Pass admissions discount package so you can see some exciting places, at a reduced price. The Ontario Science Center and the CN tower are included. You HAVE to go to the top in case you haven’t already. I still have the stir sticks from the (overpriced, admittedly) drinks we ordered there when eating at the 360 restaurant.

        You might also like the Ripley’s Aquarium.
        I’m not sure if you can also get some student discounts for entry.

        http://www.citypass.com/toronto

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      4. Amazing! I actually went to Ripley’s Aquarium last winter and I LOVE that place. I’m so excited to go to the CN Tower again as well if I get the chance. The OSC sounds incredible as well. What is Casa Loma?

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