Inaugurating 2016

Happy 2016!

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 […]

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2-bone Prime Rib, interior

Xmas Eve again

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 […]

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Chef In Your Ear

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 […]

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Canada Votes 2015 - results

New era

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 […]

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50 oz Côte de boeuf

World Vegan Day

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 […]

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War of the Worlds

October 30

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 […]

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Canadian voter

Election Day

 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 […]

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Plum clafoutis


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 […]

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2015 igNobels

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 […]

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Buffet Fu Lam

Goodbye to the buffet

Yes, after 18 months give or take I finally have to bid goodbye to the Buffet Fu Lam. This is the desolation that was my former observation post. And this would be one last look at at the Buffet. It’s that green blob on the right. The following is a shot of the new environment. […]

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