Hot Gravy, Cheese Curds and Fries to get the Blood Pumping.

Gravy, fries and cheese curds are a recipe for awesomeness. Put all these ingredients  together and you get a meal called a poutine.  It might look like a mess, yet it tastes so good. But what happens when some bold people decide to change up the formula to the poutine. What you end up with is an event called Poutine Fest.

Once I heard about Poutine Fest, I thought of it as a lame way to ride the coat tails of Rib Fest. BBQ ribs is an art form. From creating the sauce, right down to BBQing the ribs at the perfect temperature. Which brings me to the point of what can you really do with a poutine?  Well, Poutine Fest put in my place. The vendors were some of the most creative people that could do more to a poutine than I could. Different meats were being used, along with different types of gravy which included cheese sauce. One vendor used ramen noodles instead of fries. Since I live with a vegetation, I was going for poutine with a lot of meat in it. Like a sun ray bursting through the clouds, the one called the ultimate poutine grabbed my attention. It was fries, topped off with popcorn chicken, shredded beef and bacon. They sprinkle it with cheese curds and pour gravy all over it. It was so good that I became change man. I now see the art in Poutine.

That day I punished my heart, but treated my taste buds to something amazing. Now I appreciate Poutine Fest, before I would mock it, but now it opens my eyes to some creative people. If you are ever in Ottawa and the Festival is going on, check it out. Just be prepared to take some years off your life.

Click on the picture to get a good look at the ultimate poutine.

Ultimate Poutine

Raccoons always win.

Nature has a funny way of kicking me right in the crotch. Being fall, this usually means that the leaves will change colours, the autumn breeze will start to chill us right to the bones and this will signal the sign that winter is coming. As luck would have it, my fall is the start of a battle with a family of raccoons.

Now I know that urban raccoon can be quite troublesome.  These little critters are crafty as they hunt for their food to survive. I never thought much about raccoons until they decided to make my garbage their next meal. Thus began our battle. These raccoons would knock down my garbage can and would rip the bags apart while they search for food. The mess was unbearable and a pain in my ass to clean. I thought I would be smart and get a garbage can with locks on it. At first it kept them at bay as they would knock the garbage can down, but nothing would come out. Soon they came up with a plan, the raccoons chew the locks off to get it open. They got their food and to pour salt in my wounds, one of them made sure to leave me a surprise next to the shredded garbage bags. Now I’m going to move, it may seem like it because of the raccoons, but it is for a totally different reason. Yet, something inside of me thinks that the raccoons won our little battle.

For the next people that move in, I hope that don’t have to go through the misery of dealing with the family of raccoons. It was a never ending battle that seem like I was losing all the time. The funny thing is I kind of going to miss those little buggers.

A great article about urban raccoons.

http://nautil.us/issue/18/genius/the-intelligent-life-of-the-city-raccoon

I wish the raccoons was like this.

Saturday Morning Sugar Rush

Sugar crisp rules! I can pound back bowls of that cereal down my mouth and not get sick of it. I love the taste of Sugar Crisp even if it’s loaded with tons of sugar. It’s not like I’m going to live forever, so I better enjoy life while I can. Last weekend when I was crushing a bowl of Sugar Crisp, I realize that there were no more Saturday morning cartoons to go with my sugar rush. This left an empty feeling and the sad truth of Saturday mornings now.

Recently an article on Gizmodo wrote about how it was the end of Saturday morning cartoons on the weekend or a block of animation for broadcast television. I found it disappointing because I remember sitting in front of the television and eating my cereal, while enjoying some of the great cartoons from the 80’s like Transformers generation 1 or G.I. Joe.  I would get sucked in the product placement that they would have for the shows and beg my parents to get me the toys. Hey, I was just kid. I know that there are Specialty channels for cartoons or Netflix that can quench that thirst.

I guess it’s not a big deal in my life now, on Saturdays I’m usually recovering from a hangover. Also, most old Saturday morning cartoons don’t hold up now, but it does bring back some nice memories.  At least no one can take away my Sugar Crisp.

 

Here are two great articles about Saturday Morning Cartoons from Gizmodo.

This is the First Weekend in America with no Saturday morning cartoons.

and

Saturday morning cartoons aren’t dead. They’re everywhere, all the time.

Get Halloween started right.

The ghosts and ghouls come out this time of year or what I’ve been told. In the month of October people tend to watch horror movies to get them ready for Halloween. Being scared out of your pants will get the Halloween vibe started. This year change up the game and don’t watch a horror movie, but instead watch a show called Ghost Adventures.

Ghost Adventures is not like the other ghost hunting shows. This show is hosted by three investigators Zak Bagans,  Aaron Goodwin and Nick Groff. They travel the country, using the latest ghost hunting equipment to capture these apparitions  on tape. All I can say is some of the things they caught on tape is really freaky. Now I know people will say how is this different from any other ghost hunting shows and everything that is on Ghost Adventures is a load of crap. I can understand those reasons, but let me tell why this show is special. It is the chemistry among the three investigators. Zak has this passion that just sucks you right in. You can be a skeptic and still fall into the trance of Zak talking about the history of the location and his excitement for the lockdown. This passion is engulf by Aaron and Nick, creating a show that is energetic and fun. What more could you want in a ghost hunting show?

I know that the skeptics out there are going to not waste their time on this show, but they are missing out. This is a fun show that can get downright creepy which is perfect to get into the Halloween spirit. You never know, once watching this show, you may want to become a ghost hunter yourself.

Check out the Ghost Adventures website to learn more about the show.

Ghost Adventures Crew