Wednesday, May 24, 2006

henry beck motorway map

from available for pdf download.

Hassan Massoudy

Thursday, May 18, 2006

KRAS NOVO super milk- eastern europe chocolate tour

this is the best milk chocolate available in the louisville area (golden key market, beuchel business district), also readily available in montreal at Charcuiterie Hongroise on St Laurent near pine. KRAS is an important chocolate producer in the balkans regions, manufactured in croatia, this is certainly on par with any western european choco.

the croatian double milk shows the same finesse as wawel mlk chocolate, with that surreal candy spark, the expolsive hit of pure choco, so fragrant and perfectly melting.

this is still the best chocolate on earth, i have tried all of their products. all incredible. milk chocolate is divine, cream chocolate and double milk take it to a new level of texturee along with a refined germanic milk-choco flavour (closest is perhaps ritter sport or sarotti milk).

this is not wedel chocolate, it is not the fine polish chocolate with a nice powerful hit of hazelnut butter that brings that brand to surreal level of a belgiaan caillebaut praline chocolate.

this is E. wedel chocolate

the product of polands cadbury subsiduary, the closest to belgian recipe, one of the best. they also produce delicious Pim's style cookies for $1 a box, as well as traditional polish spice cookies with flavours as varied as apple, slivovitz and advocaat.

in summation: polish chocolate is often laced with alcohol, rum is used in the caramel fillings, and it certainly does give you a buzz.

E. Wedel Kokos (coconut) is the best coconut chocolate on the planet.

and so on...hooray for all the foods of the world!

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

the homeless are everywhere

imagine a strict policing downtown to crack down on vagrants. it works real well.

then in a medium density urban area (hardly the "inner-city"), i meet 5 homeless people on a 3 block walk through what otherwise is a normal area,

having been harassed by homeless folks outside the local grocery store (the only place within 15 minutes walk that sells fresh fruit or veg, just to mention the poor nutrition of the locals, who hardly walk anyways). i wonder whats wrong with the system.

why are the homeless on bardstown road. this is soooooooo unusual, coming from a city with a much bigger homeless problem, confined entirely to the central areas. but this new suburban homelessness is really sad.

this city is run by a hypocritical fool in the name of policing the locals to death, where very little gets spent on health or other social concerns.

Saturday, May 13, 2006

saucy wednesdays

i propose a new tradition in montreal

a very good one.

the first wednesday of every month, everyone will go out and eat a greasy meal with plenty of beer (is four pints enough?)

suggested meals include: 1 large poutine per person

500 g of bacon per person.

a steerburger and suzy-1 fries (with mayo yes please).

a mitraillette sandwich or steak and pepperoni sub with fries.

a very large plate of greasy shanghai noodles.

suggested beers: molson ex, molson dry, carling black label, boreale rousse, kronenbourg, jupiler, DAB. any solid yummy beer.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Sweet Europe

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

breakfast fear-eal

every ad on the ABC world news is for a health concern of some kind. my best guess is that a large number of seniors watch this program and are invariably scared to death by health companies

the latest purveyor of fear: Kelloggs cereal

"heart disease is the number one killer of women in the US...More than one in three american women will die from heart disease"

this is a fucking cereal.
what happened to tony and the capn and that weird dog who sells chocolate chip cookies for breakfast. sell sugar, promote diabetes and obesity and in turn increase the risk of heart disease

further underlining the major problem that perhaps americans treat food and drink as drugs and not as an inevitable part of life.

*Diets containing foods that are good sources of potassium and low in sodium, such as Smart Start® Healthy Heart may reduce the risk of high blood pressure and stroke.

**Three grams of soluble fiber daily from oat bran in a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may help reduce the risk of heart disease. Smart Start® Healthy Heart has 2 grams per serving.

available in new maple brown sugar....diabetes?

come on, i thought that selling kashi products through yoga studios to subvert the well meaning organic person into eating big business products.

Friday, May 05, 2006

emilio sabourin


national sports

Cuba considers baseball its national sport. Since approximately 1865 or 1866 this sport has been practiced and has become part of the lives of most Cubans. On December 27th,1874, the first baseball game in Cuba took place in a field known as Palmar de Junco, in the province of Matanzas. In the match, the Habana team defeated that of Matanzas with the unbalanced score of 51 to 9 runs. Merely four years after that event, Cuba became the second country in the world to organize a professional baseball championship. It was played in a park located in today's intersection of Avenues Línea and G, current location of the hospital "América Arias". In the opening game, played on December 29th,1878, the Habana team defeated the Almendares team with a score of 21 to 20. The main organizer of the tournament was Emilio Sabourín, a patriot who participated in the first war of independence. Sabourín was, in turn, the manager of the Habana team. In 1881, the first stadium was inaugurated. The Almendares Park was located in the corner of the avenues Salvador Allende and Ayestarán. It was not until the last years of the 19th century and the beginnings of 20th, that baseball began to be played in other countries of the continent. In Havana, the first amateur championship took place in 1905. In 1914, the national amateur baseball league was founded and they celebrated championships for more than 45 years. Together with the national league, other leagues in the provinces were created locally. An example of that is the league of Pedro Betancourt, in Matanzas; the Amateur League of Oriente; the sugar-mill workers' league of Camaguey; and the winter league of Jovellanos among others. In 1919, where the coach terminal of Havana is located today, it was build a more modern version of the Almendares Park. On March 15th, 1930, the stadium of La Tropical, today's Pedro Marrero, was inaugurated. That park hosted the second Central American and Caribbean Games, held in Havana in 1930. In the period from 1939 to 1944, there were moments of splendor for national baseball because the first amateur world series were celebrated in the capital of the island. From 1944, they were held in other Latin-american countries where they were also quite popular. On October 26th, 1946, the great stadium of El Cerro, today's "Estadio Latinoamericano", opened officially its gates with an initial capacity for 30 000 people. After the necessary reformation, a project executed in 1973, the initial capacity was almost doubled (55 000 people). That legendary park witnessed the debut of the Havana Cubans of the International League of Florida. It hosted also the championships of the Cuban baseball league, which included major league baseball players and others from other levels. Many other outstanding figures of the time also debuted in the Gran Estadio del Cerro. Among the important figures of Cuban baseball that entered sport history forever, the following are worth-mentioning: Conrado Marrero, José de la Caridad Méndez, Martín Dihigo, Adolfo Luque, Alejandro Oms, Cristóbal Torriente, Pedro "Natilla" Jiménez, Roberto Ortiz, Avelino Cañizares, Agapito Mayor, Fermín Guerra, Willy Miranda, Juan Ealo, and Orestes Miñoso, just to mention some. The triumph of the revolution in 1959, brought a radical change in the conceptions of the practice of sport, and baseball was not the exception. By means of the Resolution 83-A passed on November 19th, 1962, professional sport was fully eradicated. This was the start of a new and definite era in which the Cuban amateur teams have shown their quality in numberless championships, such as Central American and Caribbean, Pan-american, Olympic, and World championships. In the case of the Olympic games, baseball has been included in the program since the summer games of Barcelona'92

so now i am apparently given the same name as the father of cuban baseball. this is a weird twist, the sabourins of Santiago de Cuba. Gives me a great reason to visit that country.

Do I look like my great grandfather?

Donald A. "Sandfield" Macdonald. A lawyer from Alexandria, Ont.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

bugles churros

yesterday, the latinos took to the streets

today the major corporations take their share. imagine seeing churros bugles snacks (with cinnamon and sugar) or doritos new flavour packaged with spanish on the front, emblazoned with the image of the mexican football team's all-star lineup.

the term "ethnic" is still commonly used in the us, as if it is different from the normal reality of black/white. change the word and change the thinking....imagine saying "multicultural" instead of "ethnic".

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