September 4, 2014

The Big Apple



"I want a picture in front of the big apple and tag myself as I went to the big apple [not New York], har har har!"
"... You know how many people have probably already done that?"

Beside the 401 highway, on a small hill, there is a big apple. I've always only used it as a landmark to alert myself that Toronto is just an hour away, but this time we decided to actually take the highway exit and check it out. All it took to convince the driver was offering to buy him an apple pie.

The Big Apple is located in the community of Colborne. There is absolutely nothing in this area other than trees and excess land, perhaps the occasional farm house and some tumble of hay. We drove into The Big Apple and I pictured a small wooden stand with a few apple pies. Inside the cabin, I pictured a dusty out-of-date diner consisting a few truckers nonchalantly drinking their coffee served by a 50 year old female who was the prom queen back in her golden years but now she smokes all day and hates life.

But it was quite the opposite. As soon as we pulled into The Big Apple, we saw mini putt and ping pong tables with a small petting zoo of chickens and lamas. Inside the restaurant, there was a whole kitchen dedicated to making apple pies. The front parking lot was full. Families and kids were everywhere. Tourists were buying all sorts of apple related products, from apple fritters to apple candies to apple dumplings, like they have never encountered an apple in their entire life. The place was so filled with people that I felt peoplephobic, the same feeling I get when going to Costco on weekends. "Where did all these people come from?!" I asked myself, as this 1.5 feet tall kid ran right into my stomach, "That's it. I'm out of here".

So we bought our apple pies and left, with the pleasant feeling of when you think of something to be ghetto but turns out to be far from it.

19 comments:

  1. Oh wow, that must be candy heaven! I really want a candy apple now, or a caramel one. Well, it's not that long until christmas markets open up. *haha*
    I love the pictures in front of the "big apple"! Nice idea!
    Too bad your trip wasn't too enjoyable because of all the people.
    Elina | Miss Blue Eyes

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  2. I've always wanted to stop here when driving from Toronto to Kingston but always change my mind. Looks like I'll have to stop next time, though - those sweets look delicious. :)

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  3. Sounds like you discovered a gem. Maybe it'll be less busy on a weekday?

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  4. I love when I am proven wrong about a place... and it turns out to be a great little spot...

    My Valentina would love this place, being able to pick out all kinds of different apples, when we have a chance, we go to the Valley here in NS and get our apples, she has even picked her own there and really enjoyed it :)

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  5. I've stopped there... I think they also used to have lots of rabbits on the premises.

    Those candy apples look tasty!

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  6. My brother seriously loves apple pie, and when I say loves, I mean he always requests for it at thanksgiving. It was a little disappointing when we went on vacation a couple of years ago, and they only served him apple pie once on the cruise. Lol.

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  7. Haha, a mini tourist attraction apparently, huh?
    And I'm certain everyone does that, though I'd do the same thing to be honest. Hey, I'm at the Big Apple! (hehehe, so clever).
    Anyway, great snaps for a quick stop. :)

    The Dragonfruit Diaries

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  8. Love the photos. Seems like it was a fun place to visit. ^^

    http://nagareboshi9.blogspot.ch

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  9. This is so cute! Definitely one of those places I would pull over for and snap photos. Glad that it turned out to be a pleasant experience!

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  10. oh my gosh this place looks amazing! the photos turned out so beautiful :)

    Jessica
    the.pyreflies.org

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  11. so fun photos! i love that big apple. lol.

    xoxo, rae
    http://www.raellarina.net/

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  12. LOL, the big apple, yes first I thought NY? It's funny how we are so much programmed isn't it? Was the apple products tastier than ones you get from the local grocer?

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  13. Your writing style is so hilarious! Love the part about the 50-year-old waitress being prom queen in her golden years. I've never been there before, but it seems like a happy destination.

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  14. lol, that's not the Big Apple I expected, but I like it. I'd like it more without the crowd. I love caramel apples, but not candy ones. The pies look pretty good. Surprised to see a blueberry one on the top of one stack. I guess man can't live by apple pie alone. :)

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  15. So this is the greatest post. I love that you stopped at the "Big Apple" = amazing.

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