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Jun 26, 2012 -

Entering a Dreary Stretch

The heat wave didn’t last long. It’s been a little cooler every day. I awoke to a very damp world yesterday but the daytime rain held off till tonight. Blech. But it’s not like I could be out enjoying the sun anyway; I have way too much work to do!

I did make a brief escape tonight to grab some more sushi from Hiro. Parking there, I discovered that Moya has a burnt out headlight! I hope that putting in a new one is easy and that I can find one here in town. I don’t want to drive anywhere but a place that sells automotive lights next time I get in the truck, and I am going to have to wait for full sun to do so. I’m just lucky I didn’t get pulled over this evening.

As for dinner, I decided to be lazy and cheap and order a special where the chef makes the choices. I did ask them for no tempura, no cream cheese, and no avocado and was told that was fine.

Behold dinner:

This was a pretty good selection! That said, I’m ordering à la carte again next time. For one thing, I would rather have had octopus than shrimp and the dark red fish.

I have no idea what that dark red fish is. By process of elimination on the menu, it is izumidai, which is tilapia and not red, but the translation the restaurant gives is rouget, which is goatfish or red mullet, which makes more sense. So colour me confused except for the fact that I didn’t like it; it just didn’t taste as fresh as the lovely salmon next to it.

There is also kappa maki, which are cucumber rolls. Nice and crunchy! Finally, the big rolls or futomaki, don’t appear on the menu and were absurdly delicious in that they featured lettuce and red pepper! Very nice, I’ll admit, but they seem like a slippery slope to eating cream cheese with my rice and nori! 🙂

For $13, this was an impressive spread and Hiro has lived up to its first impression.

I’m off to spend some time in the garage with my cats.

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Jun 22, 2012 -

Heat Wave

The big news in these parts at the moment is the heat wave. Thankfully, the house has AC, I sleep in the very cool basement, and there is a small pool in the yard.

This cartoon from today’s Journal de Chambly made me laugh:

Prepare for the next heat wave: “Honey, would you pass me a little beer?!”

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Jun 15, 2012 -

There’s Nothing Like Quebec Fast Food

From sous-marins to steamés to poutine, Quebec fast food as no competition in North America. Quebecers just know what to do with grease and especially with potatoes.

My mother told me she was heading out for hot dogs so I placed an order for a ‘steamé all dressed avec une frite’ (steamed all dressed (mustard, onion, cabbage) hot dog with French fries).

The casse-croûte messed up my order slightly, sending me a toasté, but no big deal, it was all yummy! For a truly authentic flavour, you should leave your fries in the greasy paper sack, but I like my ketchup (mixed with LOTS of black pepper and some salt) on the side.

My mother eats super healthy, so this was an unexpected treat today. I make it a point to avoid casse-croûtes at all cost, so I only eat like this maybe two or three times a year. I’ve already had a poutine this summer, so I’m pretty much done for this trip. *smirks because she could justify a few more trips as ‘catching up on lost time’*

I took this picture with my phone, motivating me to figure out how to get pictures off the dang thing. The cable and memory card didn’t work, so I did some research and found a solution: Bluetooth. First time I’ve ever used that tech! All that bla bla bla to reward you with a pic of me sitting at the wheel of my truck! 😀

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