Food fight! The Americans are coming.
I took the wife to a mall in our adjoining twin city. Along the outside edge is a restaurant (?) named Zoup. It has one main type of food on the menu – dozens of kinds of soup, mostly for takeout. Five or six flavors are available each day, and change from day to day. The son wants to try the bacon cheeseburger soup, but has never been there on a day when it was available.
As the wife was entering the anchor food store inside, I noticed several workers taking a break across the hall, where they were renovating an empty space. The sign in the window says it will be a strangely possessived, Carl’s Jr. burger joint, something to compete with the all-too-familiar McDonalds, Burger King, Wendy’s, and A&W, which is (mostly) Canadian.
I found another construction crew working across the street from my usual supermarket, two doors down from a Mary Brown’s Chicken franchise, in a strip mall. Mary’s is a strictly Canadian chain which does not really compete with KFC.
The space the workers were finishing (not soon enough for me) was a Tex-Mex outlet named Quesada. I miss the Taco Bell that was close enough to walk to. The two nearest are almost equidistant, but sadly, 8.1Km, and 8.2Km. (Five miles – give or take) Perhaps I won’t have to drive to Toronto for a decent platter of nachos.
BrainRants’ In-N-Out Burger recently announced that they were taking over an Italian restaurant named Osteria del Ganzi, in downtown Toronto. They would serve only a hamburger, a cheeseburger or a double-double, from 11AM till 3PM. They handed out wristbands, like a rock concert, and felt the line-up would start about 8AM.
I told the son that the line would start at 6AM. The follow-up article the next day, said that one couple were there at 6, but a line didn’t actually start forming till 6:45. They ran out of In-N-Out burgers by 11AM. The two guys the paper interviewed, had driven two hours from Buffalo, and waited in line for three hours.
In-N-Out reps say they have no intention of opening an outlet in Toronto soon, but this must have been a test of the waters and, with a response like that, I hope they’re not too long in arriving.
Don’t fear the Reaper. First he brought us a half-bushel of small cucumbers, and the wife, son and I put down 22 pints and 6 quarts of variously shaped dill pickles, quarters, slices for burgers and sandwiches and chunks for making dill relish with.
Then he helped us turn a three-quart basket of beets into 8 pints of pickled beets. We’ve still got chili sauce and salsa to make, and we’re ready for winter.
Near where our comatose commenter, John Erickson, lives in Ohio, the small town of Warsaw has a thriving strip club – and a Holier-than-thou anybody-else, New Beginnings Ministries church. During the week, do-gooder church members have been protesting outside the den of iniquity men’s club.
In response, the business has been protesting outside the den of hypocrisy church on Sunday mornings, including one by topless dancers.
No-one is doing anything illegal, and cannot be prevented from continuing. However, both the club owner, and the pastor have been given a letter, requesting them to cease and desist. It was signed by the city law director, the county prosecutor, and the local sheriff. Assigning officers to each protest is straining law enforcement, and its budget.
Because I’m willing to meet people even stranger than me, when I published my (not so) recent birthday post about colonoscopy, I tagged it ‘rectum’, and ‘Jimmy Hoffa.’ When I checked, “What Other People Are Writing,” I found my piece to be one of seven tagged ‘rectum.’ They were weird!
There are hundreds of posts tagged Jimmy Hoffa, many of them conspiracy theories. I laughed at, and forgave, a Chicano, English-as-a-second-language writer who titled his piece, “Jimmy Hoffa’s Body Trying to Be Found by FBI.” I expected to look down and see a bony arm sticking out from under me, and a faint voice coming from my ass, saying, “Over here! Over here!”
Yes, you’re right! In case you were wondering (more than usual). This is another post I wrote back in the fall, that I just took out of the freezer and defrosted for you. Have it with some fava beans and a nice Chianti.