I love good cooking competitions (Ryori no Tetsujin, Ryori no Dotchi, My Kitchen Rules, first season of Ça Va Chauffer, Dinner Party Wars, etc etc) ...
to·ri·wa·sa とりわさ n. chicken which is lightly seared on the outside while the inside remains raw You read that right: toriwasa is the word ...
Just look at this legroom! This is what Seat 17A on an Air Canada AirBus 319 looks like from the sitting position. The seat itself ...
The high holiday for the American sporting religion – the Superbowl – has come and gone for another year. Normally things (that would be my ...
I think it’s pretty evident to everyone and their dog that I watch an inordinate amount of food programming, as in I watch almost nothing ...
Happy Lunar New Year! That would be the good one. Today kicks off the Year of the Monkey (猴), or more specifically, the Year of the Fire Monkey. Depending on the circles that one runs in, it’s either supposed to be a rollercoaster because the Monkey is lively, but I’ll look to 孫 悟 空 (Sun Wu-kong; […]
Happy 2016! It’s the start of Gregorian (solar) New Year (also known as “not the good one”) today so health and prosperity to those who come to this site that aren’t ‘bots. Yes, there are some actual readers out there. I still don’t have a good image of a drunk robot to commemorate the start […]
Wow – it’s Xmas Eve again, and for a second straight year in a row, it’s green/brown. No snow. In fact, not even close as I think today’s high was somewhere around 16ºC (60.8ºF for those south of the 49th) and the CBC says it matched Los Angeles. I’m not complaining, though I probably should […]
Chef In Your Ear! My new favorite television show! My new source of culinary schadenfreude! I’ve watched the now-cancelled Dinner Party Wars which was a larf in itself, but Chef In Your Ear cranks up the schadenfreude to 11. The premise is pretty simple: you have a professional chef bark orders over an earpiece to […]
We were supposed to have this way back on December 21, 2012, when the thirteenth b’ak’tun (the Age of the Jaguar as per the Mayan long count calendar) clicked over and we were to face… whatever. Whatever turned out to be nothing except a for being a huge disappointment to the ancient astronaut theorists and […]
Today is November 1, which is the day after Halloween and also el Día del Muertos (the Day of the Dead), a holiday in Mexico where families honor the dead, celebrate the ancestors and assist with the departed’s spiritual journey. On a flightier note, el Día del Muertos also the basis for Grim Fandango, the […]
October 30 is a day that’s pretty famous in sports and entertainment. In 1945, Jackie Robinson signed a contract with the Brooklyn Dodgers that effectively broke the color line in professional baseball. And boxing fans remember October 30 as the day The Rumble in the Jungle was held in Kinshasa back in 1974. That’s the […]
Today is (finally!) Election Day here North of the 49th as the 42nd Federal Election finally comes to a conclusion after 78 days. Ugh – an interminable length of time here, but certainly better than the 4 year cycle that seems to be a part of the American presidential system. Me? I voted already in […]
Have you noticed that it’s been a while since I wrote anything apart from a casual mention about my pal Butter Boy? This post way back in January 2014 (!) would probably be the last one, though that was more about Mme Butter Buy’s New Year’s dinner. As we all know, Butter Boy migrated north […]
The 2015 igNobels are out! Yay Science! I am indeed a scientist by training and trade though recently my brain has gotten soft and mushy from counting left- and right-handed desks. Pretty much everyone knows what the Nobel Prize is and the scientists look for the ones in chemistry, physics and medicine just to see […]