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“Tenderloin is for people who don’t like steak,” Amy Rosen says, as we’re sitting at the CN Tower with our writer amigo, Heather Greenwood Davis, just as the words, I’ll have the tenderloin, are ready to fall from my lips.
Without blinking I smoothly change direction and order the New York Cut Striploin. God forbid I should embarrass myself in front of Amy, one of Toronto’s top food writers. Oh, wait. I’m always embarrassing myself in front of Amy so really, I should have gone ahead and ordered what I wanted. Yum. Tenderloin. All melty and soft and lovely and non-gristley. Except, uh, since Amy and Heather were ordering the striploin, of course I suddenly wanted it, too. Call me a sheep if you must, just don’t call me a tenderloin.
Weirdly, our dinner at the 360 Restaurant way up in the CN Tower coincided (except that we didn’t know it until the day after) with the announcement that the world’s tallest building (oh, all right, the SECOND tallest building) is poised to offer another first, “The World’s Highest Full-circle Hands-free Walk!” I guess once that darn Burj Khalifa building in Dubai was built, the powers-that-be in Toronto were keen to find a way to still be the tallest at something.
So – as we study the artist’s rendition (see above) carefully – it appears that the brave and fearless thrill seeker will be hooked up to a ropey thing so that she or he can walk HANDS FREE (!) around the top of the tower’s main pod. Whoohoo! The best thing is that you don’t even have to jump off! I really hate the thought of bungee jumping, but this is something I think I could handle. Because you see, I’m not afraid of heights … it’s the flinging of oneself off them that’s the kicker.
Plus, and this brings us back to tenderloin, you can go to the swanky 360 Restaurant after you’ve completed your CN Tower EdgeWalk but make sure you reserve because the restaurant was completely full when we were there. And – you probably know this already – it spins around so be sure you remember what section you’re seated in when you go off to the bathroom or you’ll be sitting with strangers when you come back which really, could be another first, the world’s tallest speed dating extravaganza, striploin included.
The CN Tower EdgeWalk debuts in August. It will last 20 to 30 minutes as you walk HANDS FREE! for a distance of 150 metres around a very scary platform.
As for eating:
CANADIAN AAA NEW YORK CUT STRIPLOIN STEAK
Aged 45 days
10 oz $46
CANADIAN AAA BEEF TENDERLOIN
Aged 45 days
8 oz $48
Don’t miss dessert. My pick was a ….
CARAMELIZED PINEAPPLE WITH STAR ANISE
Vanilla cream, galangal sorrel gelato $12
that galangal stuff rocks! With a note of hibiscus.
Heather’s choice was (yawn) ….
Lindt milk chocolate ICE CREAM $12
but Amy liked it, too. Go figure.