One day last month, my friend Vanessa facebook messaged me asking if I would cover an event for her site TurnipSeed Travel. I love helping friends out so I knew I would say yes before she gave me any details. Vanessa asked if I would like to go to a Sky Lounge dinner with other influencers and the team from Ottawa Tourism. I quickly responded “YES!”, it may have been a “Heck yeah!!” but deep down there was a voice saying “No.”.
I have few fears that will actually stop me from enjoying experiences. But heights… oh boy… heights will have me nervous giggling, gross sweating, and silly grinning. How would I react to letting myself be seat belted in a chair, then lifted (by a crane!) to 150 feet in the air? Would I need the WHOLE restaurant to be lowered because I was scared? I did not want to make a fool of myself! Which, funny enough, is another fear I have.
I have made a conscious decision to say “yes” to activities I would not normally do. Sky Lounge was definitely one of those activities. And you know what? It was not as bad as I thought it would be.
“Mindless fear is greater than mindful fear.” ― Idowu Koyenikan
Maybe it was the views or the wine, but I surprisingly adjusted pretty quickly.
Many selfies were taken and not 1 camera or phone was dropped. Chatting with the Chef we did discover that the occasional wine glass has fallen overboard…. but thankfully no patrons.
The food was amazing. The entrée was a melt in your mouth Labrador Tea Cured Arctic Char with cedar-crème fraiche, pickled pearl onions, fennel flowers, Montreal bagel chips, and sorrel. The main was an Elevated Braised Beef Poutine but this was no ordinary poutine. The melt in your mouth braised Alberta beef sat atop a duck fat fondant medallion potato. The “gravy” was a Canadian merlot and birch jus and the poutine was topped with a whipped cheese curd foam and chives. A side of apple cider glazed Ottawa Valley carrots completed the meal. For dessert, we were served a maple scented butter tart topped with spiced Canadian whiskey soaked sultana raisins. Top Shelf distilleries, from nearby Perth, Ontario, and Beau’s Brewery from Vankleek Hill, Ontario were on hand to serve us some digestifs once we were back on the ground.
Although the event is over, I did hear rumours of them returning in 2018, so keep an ear out. This is one event you will want to add to your bucket list and if you have a chance to experience Sky Lounge, book it FAST, it is sure to sell out.