Monthly Archives: March 2015

Chill Out At The North Toronto Skating Club

From the age of five, my daughter had been taking skating lessons through the City of Toronto. However, after three years of trying to pass Level 1. she finally decided that she had lost interest in skating, and quite frankly, I didn’t blame her.

Since I believe that everyone in Canada should know how to skate (comes with the territory), before throwing in the towel, since I decided to research a few of the private skating schools, to see if it was worth the time and money.

One of my first calls was to the arena where I played hockey as a young boy, where I came across the North Toronto Skating Club. I explained to Marie, the director, what had happed with the city lessons, and she offered to let my daughter try out a few of lessons before we committed to joining. She tried out the hour long lessons for three weeks, and enjoyed them enough that she decided she wanted to continue. In addition to Marie’s initial offer, and taking my daughter under her wing, she also pro-rated the fees, since we were starting in the middle of the season.

While I am sure the longer lessons had something to do with it, I truly believe that the instructors, the drills, and the systems used, played most of the role in my daughter once again enjoying skating, and within four months, passing not only level 1, but also level 2, and going on to participate in the end of year skating show.

With the right people and program, in just a few months my daughter had made a huge improvement, and also gained back her confidence in skating. This year my daughter decided to join the club again, and is presently working on Level 5!

The staff at the North Toronto Skating Club are very experienced and knowledgeable in the work they do. The lessons are always on time, extremely organized and the kids really seem to have fun.

I thought I could save a few dollars with the city lessons, but as my wife occasionally reminds me that sometimes you have to throw a few dollars at the problem. Skating lessons seems to be one of those times 🙂

Overall, I am very impressed with the club, Marie and all of the instructors, and I thank them for making skating more fun for my daughter and myself.

Marie Jonsson
Club Administrator
North Toronto Skating Club
North Toronto Memorial Area
174 Orchard View Boulevard
Toronto, ON M4J 1C3


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Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar

Recently, I took my first trip to Hawaii with my family. Aside from the great scenery and getting to scuba dive, the one thing I was excited about was to have the opportunity to try some extremely fresh sushi and seafood.

One restaurant in Maui that was recommended to me was Sansei Seafood & Sushi Bar at the Kihei Town Center. The restaurant is located in a strip mall, and nothing fancy, but my friend told me that the sushi was “the best in the planet” and I had thought, I have to eat there!

The chefs are known for their innovative creations, and their bold flavours. You can expect a variety of choices on the menu that you can’t get our hands on at your local sushi restaurant. The servers are patient, and take time to describe the menu items, and cater seamlessly to their customers needs.

During my visit, the restaurant was lively and appeared upscale. Every dish was visually appealing, and detail oriented; and every piece of fish was fresh.

My favourite dishes were the Panko Crusted Ahi Sashimi Roll and the Mango Crab Salad Roll, both of which are on their award winning menu. The crab roll consists of Sansei’s Asian crab salad, ripe mango, kula greens, and crunchy peanuts wrapped in a mamenori hand roll, and served with sweet Thai chili vinaigrette.

If you are a non-fish eater, or are dining with young kids, don’t worry…there are non-seafood options, such as chicken, as well as a children’s menu. There is also a menu for those who have gluten allergies.

If you still have room, don’t forget to order dessert. The deep fried vanilla ice cream is the best way to end your meal.

After 10 pm on Friday nights, much of the sushi and appetizers are 50% off, while on other nights they have free Karaoke for their guests.

If you are traveling to Maui, give this restaurant a visit, and experience the best sushi on the planet!. Be sure to make a reservation ahead of time to secure a table!

Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar

Kihei Town Center

1881 South Kihei Road #KT-116

Kihei, Hawaii 96753



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