The NY Post reports that the owner of O’Casey’s Irish Bar and Tavern in Manhattan will be offering a new twist for the US Thanksgiving Holiday – using vodka as the main stuffing.
Dubbed the 100 proof turkey, it’s like Big Bird passed out on vodka. The promotion is happily sponsored by Georgi Vodka, a brand from Star Industries.
According to the owner, Paul Hurley, the 20 pound birds are infused for 3 days before being served:
“It’s a turkey you can eat and drink at the same time.”
Now, the last item I saw that claimed to be a drink and a dish at the same time was Arby’s Jamocha: ”You know, a drink can be a drink and a dessert at the same time.” stated Arby’s. And, you know, drinking a dessert is easier than drinking a turkey. Way to go, Jamocha!
“Are you in town?”
That’s how it all began. An email from my friend Sonja, wondering about my whereabouts. Yes, I was in town. Lucky for me – her partner had a pair of tickets for the Ottawa Senators, and didn’t – couldn’t – wouldn’t go. Whatever the reason, I was very thankful that they thought of me to dispose of said tickets. And I was even more so once I showed up.
First surprise: location. These babies were located in a Suite 105 A. Second surprise, the suite sponsor: Bell Canada. Don’t ask me how he got them – I do not know. Third surprise: that one was one for the folks from Bell Canada, who were wondering how the heck I got the tickets. ”No worries, my cell phone is with Bell.” (And it’s not like anybody checked our tickets…)
“We have plenty of food, help yourself,” stated the Bell Canada man.
No worries, I thought. I’ll try to eat for as much as I have paid ever since becoming a Bell customer.
“Would you like a beer, a glass of wine?” our host continued.
No worries, I thought, I’ll try to drink for as much as I have paid ever since I became a Bell customer.
“No, you won’t!” thought my wife, loud enough for me to hear.
We looked for our seats. They were in the first row of the suite. We didn’t have too sit there, said the Master Host from Bell, we all sit wherever. The Hell with that – I sit where my tickets said I should sit. I sat down, a Corona in one hand, a program in the other. Game on!
After a few plays, we decided to explore the food options, They were not kidding when they said they had plenty of food.
In the middle of the suite, was a nice spread of fresh fruits, dried fruits, crackers, cheeses, and the highlight, smoked salmon and pumperknickel bread.
The salmon was great. Fresh lemon was available. I had a healthy helping – no bread, I went for a few crackers instead.
We were shopping for furniture in Vanier, of all places, and got hungry. I decided the place for us to go was just up further on Montreal road: the Newfoundland Pub. Mel had never been, but it is worth the detour even if it is a bit far from downtown.
The place looks like nothing from outside. It is not an area of Vanier known for its architechture – in fact, it looks like an industrial building. There is a small parking lot available for patrons.
You enter and notice immediately the decor. It is a bit old and tired, but it is part of the charm of the place. Newfoundland is all over, complete with a Lobster on the ceiling.
They have live bands in the evening, pretty much everyday, but the place was not very busy on this Saturday afternoon. As usual, regulars looked up when we walked in – we must not look like Newfie expats. Still, it has a laid-back and easy-going atmosphere. We picked the table right in front of the big screen tv, an older model but working ok. The Mitchell Bowl is on: perfect, I’ll be able to cheer for Laval, my alma mater.
The staff is always very friendly and provide excellent service, especially on weekends. The waitress came and cheerfully took our drink orders – they have many beers on tap.
We looked at the menu – deep fried seafood has a strong presence, bringing the taste of down-home to O-town. The food is reasonably-priced – but if you want to eat healthy, the selection is limited to a few salads.
But why bother? Fish and Chips is the way to go, for sure. Two types are offered on the menu: their regular (made with cod) or the English-style (she said haddock but didn’t look very sure).
We ignored the Cow Tongue and the Deep Fried Mars Bar; Mel decided to go for the English-style.
I decided to go all-in with the fisherman’s platter.
“That’s funny”, our friendly waitress said, “there was a couple sitting right where you are before you who ordered the exact same thing for lunch.” Ha, ha.
Our meals arrived quickly.
Three big pieces of haddock were in Mel’s plate, nicely golden with herbs showing. The beer batter was great, well seasoned, not too thick. The pieces of fish were flaky and moist. Surprisingly, the pieces were not too greasy – no oil residue at the bottom of the plate.
The healthy serving of chips that came with was not stellar, but passed the test. They were crispy and of a dark golden colour – a bit overdone as some pieces were a tad dry. The dish was served with coleslaw (correct, nice vinegar flavour, a bit salty though), tartar sauce and lemon.
My fisherman’s platter included also a piece of fish, cod in my case. It was a little thicker than Mel’s piece, but otherwise very similar in taste and texture. The platter was completed with scallops and shrimp – including two grilled shrimp as a bonus. Lemon, coleslaw and tartar sauce were of course there, and an industrial seafood cocktail sauce. There was not a lot of scallops, and they were not bad, but the delicate flesh does not deal with deep frying very well. The shrimp fared much better – they were well cooked, no chewiness, crispy outside, nice texture inside, I was engulfing them easily. Funny enough, they were better than the grilled shrimp, which were a bit overdone.
If you are in the area or if you are looking for a very good fish n’ chips in a different place, you should not hesitate to drop by the Newfoundland Pub.
After spending the night competing at the World Trivia Night – where our team, the Riverside Pub, had a respectable finish but was mostly proud of having raised the most money for the Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa – and spent the remainder of the night celebrating our success (and I am not talking about our ranking).
As the hectic flow of bar-goers was pouring out on Elgin street, I decided to walk away from it all in order to collect my thoughts, and, as always, I had many of them.
I passed the Golden Arches located on Elgin, I hesitated, then I walked away.
But the damage was done.
I kept walking, but a thought started creeping in my head – I was going to lose my free small fries! The deadline to claim my winnings was November 23rd. I could not wait any longer. And, the wife was not around to stop me!
I kept walking. I had to redeem my prize. And I ended up at the Bank and Sparks location, which was not as busy as the one on Elgin. Good, I thought. I probably should go in.
Even better – the hockey cards are back!
I had no choice now.
A free small fries.
I redeemed my fries.
I got 5 packs of cards.
And, for good measure, I added a Quarter Pounder with Cheese.
At 3 am, it sounded like a great idea.
Hey, don’t blame me.
I did it for the children.
The Qaarter Pounder McDo burger, for sure. And this one was particularly good. Maybe it was the hour of the day – the staff was not rushed, and this was quite enjoyable.
PS: I am looking for a GM willing to trade. On the table: Marc Savard, Shea Weber and Daniel Alfredsson .
I am not happy about them showing up twice in my packs. Serious offers only.
Friday night, the best deal in town for oysters was not the Metropolitain (1$ an oyster, 4 to 7), it was not Whalesbone (they rarely have them below 2$ a piece), and it was not Big Daddy’s (they also offer a buck a shuck Happy Hour).
No, the place to be was l’Institut Canadien-Français d’Ottawa, located on Dalhousie. Founded in 1852, the ICFO held its first annual oyster dinner in 1870, an event that has been held every year uninterrupted to this day.
After a great sales’ pitch by a long-standing member who happens to work at my curling club, the Royal Canadian Navy Curling Club my team mate Ken and I decided to go for it – we both enjoy oysters very much, he being half-acadian, me being an athlete needing energy. For good measure, Ken brought two of his anglo neighbours and I was hoping to show them some French Canadian good times.
So for 40$, you could enjoy cold cuts, beans, cheese, pâté, shrimp, salmon, chowder, and all the oysters you could engulf. As long as you could open them, that is!
Because unbeknownst to me, this dinner is no fancy affair – it is a good old-fashion shuck’em yourself if you want to suck’em shingding.
I had never shucked an oyster before. Its not super hard, but it can be tricky and you can cut yourself if you are not careful. I could give you tips, but I do not want to be responsible for you slicing your hand, so feel free to scroll down to see how it’s done.
So the four of us started with a few drinks to warm up while the folks at ICFO prepared the tables for the feast. When ready, along with over 180 other happy Frenchies and a few wannabes (most of them hanging with me for interpretation purposes!), we started shucking and sucking.
The oysters were Malpèques, which were proclaimed “the Best in the World” at the World’s Fair in Paris in 1900. Their popularity is on the rise because the Malpèques have a very mild taste as far as oysters go, fairly light-bodied with a clean finish. You can get a hint of sweetness, no bitterness at all on these. They can go with almost everything, but I mostly enjoy them with a couple of drops of lemon.
We had a grand time. The oysters were fresh, and though there shape was not good enough for most restaurants, it is often in them that you find the best ones. Overall, we stayed there for over 5 hours, feeling at home amongst our new friends from l’Institut.
Remember when I told you to stop eating Old Dutch potato chips?
I am sure you all complied.
The lock-out is over. You can now indulge again and enjoy the tasty taters.
Why is the lock-out over?
The Alberta Labour Relations Board has determined that the province’s labour legislation was interfering with the constitutional rights of workers, and has suspended the months-long lockout of UFCW Canada Local 401 members by Old Dutch Foods.
The ruling established a Rand Formula type of union security for members there for the first time in Alberta. The Alberta government has 12 months to revise the province’s labour code.
The lockout officially ended after 227 days on the picket line, the second-longest dispute in Local 401’s history.
The full labour board decision is here.
We had a loaf of bread which wasn’t getting any fresher.
The week before, we had bought a loaf of chocolate and coffee bread made with egg dough. From Artisan Baker Grains de Vie in St-André-Avelin, it is made with half-sweetened black chocolate and reina michim fair trade coffee. At 5.50$ a loaf, it is not cheap, but it is a very dense bread. Toasted, with butter, it is perfect.
As you can imagine, we didn’t want to waste it.
So I had the idea of making a Quebec classic: a bread pudding.
It is simple and delicious.
- Half a loaf of bread, roughly diced
- 750 ml of milk
- 250 ml of brown sugar
- 5 eggs
- A few drops of vanilla extract
- Warm milk in a pot, then dissolve brown sugar in it;
- Distribute the bread pieces evenly in a baking dish;
- Remove milk from heat, whisk the eggs into the milk, add vanilla;
- Cover the bread with the milk mixture, make sure all bread pieces are moist;
- Add butter to taste on top of the bread;
- Bake in oven for about an hour at 350°F .
Et voilà! Traditionnaly, in Québec, bread pudding is served with maple syrup. But you can serve warm with ice cream too.
Today you can eat for free at KFC!
Yes, for free!
The new premium, all-white meat, skinless, boneless, chicken(less?) fillet features Colonel Harland Sanders’ Original Recipe of 11 herbs and spices.
“We are extremely excited about giving away a quarter of a million chicken fillets during our nationwide Chicken Fillet Giveaway – one of the largest free product offers in KFC Canada’s 57-year history,” said Steve Langford, president of Priszm Income Fund, the largest KFC Canada franchisee.
Not as excited as I am, Steve!!! Tell me more!
“The new Boneless Chicken Fillet is so fantastic that we want thousands of Canadians to try it as soon as possible and for free. I am certain that customers will love the new Boneless Chicken Fillet so much that they will soon return for more!”
Ah ah! It’s a ploy to get us addicted!! Shame!! The Waffle will check it out and report back, putting his health and his life to the service of the community!
Here are the details on KFC Canada’s nationwide Chicken Fillet Giveaway:
- free Boneless Chicken Fillets will be given away from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
on Sunday, November 1
- KFC express locations are not serving the Boneless Chicken Fillet
product and will not be participating in the giveaway promotion
- limit one Boneless Chicken Fillet per customer (Only one! Shame!!)
- customers in line at 4 p.m. will still qualify to receive the product
while supplies last
- should a restaurant run out of Boneless Chicken Fillets during the
designated two-hour time period, customers will be provided with a
rain cheque that can be redeemed from November 4 to November 15
- no purchase necessary
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