New Thing #306: New Canadian $100 Bill

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I’d forgotten that our new bank notes had started going into circulation last month until I saw one for myself today. While I was standing in line at Loblaws the lady infront of my some cash back after her purchase. The teller offered up one of the shiny new hundered dollar bills if she wanted it. And of course she did.

And showing our friendly, trustworthy nature as Canadians the woman then offered it up for the rest of us to take a look at. It’s pretty awesome. 

The clear polymer parts of the bill really stand out in a futuristic way while the design surrouding them feels traditional and ornate. It’s a really great blend of the old and the new from a design perspective.

I only wish I’d been able to touch it, but I thought it would be a little awkward to ask someone if I could gently stroke their money. 

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New Thing #282: Maple Leaf Gardens Loblaws

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I headed down to the new Loblaws that took up residence in the old Maple Leaf Gardens today. 

I have nothing but good memories of the Gardens. From the Leafs to WWF Wrestling and a few concerts thrown in, it always makes me smile to remember it. So there’s something a bit surreal about finding a big red dot marking centre ice next to the soy sauce. Aisle 25 if you’re interested in finding it for yourself.

It’s hard to stay weirded out though when you’re surrounded by what’s easily the biggest, most spacious, beautifully designed grocery store in the city. The immaculate tile typography that ushers you towards the fishmonger and butcher is definitely the star of the show for me. It’s big, bold and stunning and I’ve never seen anything quite like it before.

My only complaint is that the hot food section is a complete mess. I ended up having to buy my entrée and sides separately, amounting to multiple pieces of packaging that needed to be weighed and tagged for purchase. Plus we got shuffled around to another side of the register where people were gathering their utensils even though it made more sense for us to stand opposite them. This caused one woman to freak out, call us animals (yes she actually called us a bunch of animals) and storm off, only to turn around and decide that we were actually bitches. And she wasn’t even one of the crazy ladies that I used to see in the neighbourhood when I lived there. Not to be outdone though, the older eastern European gentlemen in front of us proclaimed that if she’d said something like that in his country, he would have punched her in the face. Good times.

But aside from their eatery bringing out the worst in people’s souls, it’s a pretty damn nice place.

New Thing #83: Cook a Lobster

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Since I was a little kid I’ve loved lobster, even though my dad tricked me into chewing on the antennae.

So tonight, after a surprise sale at Loblaws and some soul-searching I condemned two lobsters to death. Delicious, delicious death.

The biggest upside to eating lobster at home? Not being embarrassed to pull out a pair of RoboGrips to get ‘er done.

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New Thing #21: Salt Spring Island Goat Cheese

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Every so often I venture over to the local Whole Foods for lunch. In order to get to the surprisingly reasonable buffet items they offer I have to pass the mammoth cheese station. And in that cheese station I often spy these Salt Spring Island goat cheeses topped with various delicious looking edibles. They’re just so perfectly packaged, you just want to pull a spoon our of your pocket and dig in right there. So when I was shopping at our local Loblaws today and spied one I spontaneously threw it in the cart. 

I should mention there was no price on it and when I got home my wife found the $14 item on our bill. And she doesn’t even like goat cheese.

But it was worth it. Man is this good goat cheese. Topped with basil leaves and surrounded in olive oil it’s some of the smoothest goat cheese I’ve ever had. There is a nice hint of basil but nothing overpowering. For a $14 treat I can’t complain.

Especially considering I descimated half of the block within 20 minutes.

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