Rioja and Napoleon Dynamite

We met our new awesome neighbours last night – inviting them over for a bottle of wine. Two hours and one lovely bottle of Rioja later, we felt like old friends.

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Photo taken in front of my copper paella pan using my iPhone. In fact this entire post was done with my iPhone – including using the LCBO app to scan the barcode on the bottle and come up with this…

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Also, the Montecillo is $2 off this month and is quite fruit forward for a Rioja, but you can still taste the dry, hot summer. We have another in the cellar [my basement floor - but cellar sounds better] so we may look for more new friends again soon. Or have our neighbours over again.

All this technology prompted me to start singing Lafawnduh’s song by Kip at the end of Napoleon Dynamite – If you’ve never seen the movie the follow Brother in Spain’s advice and don’t rent it – just go buy it!

Sure, the World Wide Web is great
But you, you make me ‘salvivate’

Yes, I love technology
But not as much as you, you see
But I still love technology
Always and forever

 


Pastafarian Lunacy and the NHL

I’ve had it with parody today and I’ve only been subjected to it once. You’ve seen the CTV newsclip about the guy from Vancouver who wants to wear a white pasta strainer on his head for his driver’s license photo? He claims his religious right as a Pastafarian – seriously, look it up.  As I understand it, Pastafarianism was created by atheists looking to get their own “religious rights” [now that's actually a pretty good irony I think] so that the pastafarian may wear a pasta strainer on his head whenever he feels the pasta-god, or whatever those people are talking about, wants him too.

That’s whatever you were talking about. I’ve never heard such a shocking and brutal injustice I’ve cared so little about.

Time to get grounded back to earth and read and write about things that matter. Things like the Montreal Canadiens playing the Toronto Maple Leaves to open the books on the NHL season.

For my part a nice Cava from Friexenet Brut – the black bottle – celebrates the game nicely.  In Spain the locals consider this “Las cosas buenas” [the good stuff].  I also hear that it keeps the Pastafarians away. Come to think about it some of les Canadiens helmets look like pasta strainers.

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Freixenet Cordon Negro Brut Cava

$13.95

 


The harvest

Autumn really is a food lover’s paradise. Consider this haul from the farmers market in Guelph last Saturday. Cornucopia indeed.

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It’s also the best of times for Autumnal Ale from up North. Here are two of the best

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Lake of Bays 10 Point is a nice, lightly hopped IPA – I love the pine aroma and the bite on the finish.

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Muskoka’s Harvest Ale has been repackaged from the original orange label [in part because people thought that it was a pumpkin ale] but the recipe remains the same.

If you hurry you may also catch a keg of Mash ‘n Pumpkins on tap at OX. Pumpkin pie in a pint glass with notes of spice and molasses – delic.

 

 

 


Nobody Needs This

I’m sure that the category of “Nobody needs this” is larger than I can imagine – usually because I ignore stupid things.  But last week I saw this in a store. Add one more thing to the list of items you will ignore in a garage sale soon.

 

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Galileo Figaro Magnifico

For those of you who think “Galileo” is only a catchy phrase from a Queen classic, read this ….

“Wine is sunlight, held together by water.”
― Galileo Galilei

Clearly this man, Italian physicist, mathematician, engineer, astronomer, and philosopher, knew that there was more to life than heliocentrism.

This week I celebrated Galileo’s wise words with a delicious $12 bottle of wine from Chile.  Magnifico.

Root 1 Carmenere Colchagua Carmenère

LCBO#: 350546   $12.80

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Airplane wine

This is a “two hours on the tarmac” story.  Recently my family and I boarded the plane in Madrid and were kept on the ground for over 2 hours before takeoff.  The reason?  While loading the luggage somebody noticed that a screw was missing on a panel. Long story short,  a man in Montreal [Air Canada office] took 2 hours to give permission for an EU maintenance man to put in a screw.

I have several thoughts on this – mostly because I had two hours staring at the loading dock next to me.

1. Why the heck can’t I get a glass of wine while all this is going on?

2. I had time to estimate there must be at least 14000 screws on an airplane minimum

3. There’s no way that was the only screw missing and the chance that screw was a safety hazard?  Come on.

4. I asked my kids how many screws they thought were in  a plane like this. “One less than there should have been” was their reply. Kids don’t care. They just sit there and watch Spiderman. Twice!

Now if by “screw” they meant “engine number 2″ then my apologies Air Canada.

Scruffy Scruffington, where were you when I needed you?

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Postal Code?

I love a conspiracy theory as much as the next guy.  No, wait!  I hate conspiracy theories.  Usually they are made up by paranoid people who can’t come up with a simple explanation so they are certain that Big Brother is out to get them – or the Free Masons – or Hydra.  I’ve read 1984 recently and I don’t believe my TV, computer, or iPhone is watching me.

But what about the LCBO?  Are they watching you?  You bet they are.  Do you remember the last time you checked out at the LCBO and they asked  you for your postal code?  Did you know that everyone in Ontario on that day was being asked for their postal code?  Sounds like a conspiracy to me Kathleen Wynne.

Guess what all you paranoid beer and wine buyers – they were just gathering data so that they could serve you better.  True story.  If people are driving 20 kms to pick up their favourite wine, whisky, or whiskey [yes, there's a difference] then the good people at the LCBO will start shipping some of your product to a closer store without you even asking.  Hey ME Generation – the LCBO is looking after you. This time it is all about YOU.

So unless your name is Winston Smith, don’t freak out next time you’re asked for you postal code – it just might make your life a little easier.

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