April 15, 2011

And that’s all* I have to say about money.

This post brought to you by the A-Z Blogging Challenge.

* Well, unless you’re willing to pay me to talk about money 🙂



April 12, 2011

Right off the bat, this is not going to be a rant about any of the many kinds of human jerks we all run across from time to time – I’d say “You know who you are!” but in fact there’d be no point, as one of the defining characteristics of the jerk is that they are immune to the realization that their behaviour is obnoxious and alienating to good folks like you and me*.

The kind of jerk that actually came to mind when I was casting about for a “J” word as the subject for today’s A-Z Blogging Challenge is the one widely used in Jamaican cuisine: jerk spice.

And specifically, I’d like to give a shoutout to Ellison’s Bistro, a Kitchener, Ontario restaurant which features Caribbean cooking and which I can highly recommend.  I’ve had lunch there a couple of times, and had the Jerk burger which the chef and owner, Elvis Ellison, sometimes offers as a lunch special.  It’s terrific! Well, it is if you enjoy spicy food – if not, though, there are lots of other choices on the menu.

It’s been a while since I was last there, so you’ll want to check with the restaurant in advance to find out if it’s on the day’s menu if that’s what you’re interested in having, but whatever you order, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed – the people I’ve been there with ordered a variety of dishes and all were satisfied with their meals.  And you can check out some reviews at Restaurantica, where it gets 4.3/5 stars.

In addition to the wonderful cuisine there, the atmosphere is unique and charming – in large part because the engaging and personable Elvis loves to come out of the kitchen and make his guests feel at home.

So if you happen to be in downtown Kitchener and are looking for a great meal in a cozy setting, I heartily suggest you give Ellison’s Bistro a try.

* Not wanting to be guilty of hubris, I hereby offer a mea culpa to any and all towards whom I may have at some time been a jerk towards.  I don’t believe that’s happened very often (at least I’m hoping that’s so), but then a true jerk never realizes they are one so it’s entirely possible that I am and just don’t know it.

Headlines that are enough to make your hair curl

July 23, 2009

Saw the following headline on the BBC News website:

Theft dismays Australia curlers

Which serves to highlight the fundamental difference between The Land Down Under and The Great White North:

“Police say the thieves probably thought they were taking a lorry full of alcohol from a secure car park at an ice rink.”

“They might be valuable… but that won’t do you any good. They could sell them to the Canadians, but they’ve got their own rocks.”

Yes, we do have lots of them… which is why:

“Australia is currently ranked 12th in the world for men’s curling. Canada is ranked 1st, with Scotland 2nd.”

Headlines that make you go Strewth!

June 25, 2009

An interesting tidbit on the BBC News website from Down Under:

Stoned wallabies make crop circles

And I will let the article stand, er, walk unsteadily, that is, on its own with no further comment.

Headlines that make you hold your nose while smiling

April 18, 2009

OK, so this headline showed up in my BBC News website feed (I have it bookmarked in Firefox as a Live Bookmark):

Tasmania’s wombat poo paper a hit

What sort of comment could I possibly make that would do justice to this headline?  None, I’ve tried and can’t even begin.  Oh, well…

The Best Job In The World

March 4, 2009

OK, this is kind of cool.  When I got home from work today, K asked me to fix up some links on the latest post over at her 42.1 blog (one of several she writes, check in the sidebar for others).

It turned out that the links she had added were fine, it must just have been some internet gremlins messing with them earlier, so I didn’t have to actually fix anything.

But then I watched the video she had embedded in the post, the one produced by a local University of Guelph student named Mitchell as his entry to land The Best Job In The World.

And I realized that I had actually seen them on the street the day they were doing the video — they weren’t actually singing and videoing at the time, so I just thought “Wonder what cause they’re out marching for?  Australia or Bust?  What’s that all about?

Anyway, he’s a really talented guy — it’s a way cool video he’s produced, check it out below — and he deserves a shot at this job.  You can help out by going and voting for him.

Go.  Now.  Do it, and keep your fingers crossed for him.

Headlines that make you hungry, after they make you smile

December 14, 2008

OK, this one from BBC News just caught my eye, and it’s just too good to pass up:

US man uses pizza in self-defence

What next, pepperoni spray? 🙂