Friday, December 31, 2010

Merry XXXmas

Sure it's a week late, but it is what it is. Here is first a picture of my voyage to the homeland.
And now a picture of my return from the birthplace.
Safety first in all matters of picture taking is what I always say. I hope everyone had a great time with family and friends over some delicious food during this season. Now, let's make the most of the oncoming new year and do big things in all facets of our lives. Stay safe. Eyes peeled.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Question

Where have you been all my life?

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Call*Response

Well I wasn't even expecting something like this to happen but I am going to get some of my photos published in a book. The book is called Call*Response and to sweeten the deal it is a fundraiser for kids help phone. I suggest you take a look at the link to see what its all about. Right after you finish doing the checking out portion of your time on that website, you should preorder your copy of the book as it is a very good price until the end of 2010. Do something good for someone one last time this year and then have a great gift for someone.
You're gonna have to buy a copy for yourself to see what pictures of mine made it into the book. The whole project is being done by a great group of people doing positive things, so this will be my last time trying to get you to buy a copy BUT you should really pick one up. Thanks in advance.

Friday, December 17, 2010

A Rememberance of Warmer Times

Now, I will start off by saying that this post isn't a cry for summer or me longing for the warmth of summer. I, in fact, love winter and everything that comes with it. It can provide a great mood and allow you to be very productive depending on how you work. This is more of a make up post since I didn't get around to it when it actually happened. I had an idea at the time that smoky tofu in nachos would be a good idea. I then set about making a dry rub and working it into some tofu and letting it marinate for a while. It has been a while so I am having a hard time remembering what was all in the rub, but I'm sure it was a basic one containing ground black pepper, kosher salt, paprika, chili powder, cumin, oregano and brown sugar. I fired up the Weber and got some wood chips smoking and then laid the tofu to rest for about 4-6 hours. Here is what it looked like just under an hour into the process.The finished product containing the chopped up smoked tofu, two kinds of tortilla chips, fresh onions, peppers, tomatoes, cheddar and mozza Daiya.A crying shame that I didn't take advantage of the smoking capabilities of the BBQ more this summer. At least now it isn't quite as long until the next time I can pull the BBQ/smoker out.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

MPLS via BB

Sometimes you snap some very quick pics with your BB and they get forgotten. Here are a few from my recent trip to Minneapolis. Man on the horse on the bottom more than likely, HUH!
A little Blingo while enjoying a nice meal at the Triple Rock.
Some street knowledge.
A special treat for me and some friends found on the return home.

Monday, December 13, 2010

K, Love.

This last week/weekend included a little Minneapolis getaway. The trip started with an early morning departure and testing the new whip out on its first road trip. It did us well and got us to MPLS in comfort. A Twolves game against the Oklahoma City Thunder was what spurred this trip and coincidentally it was the first thing that happened on said trip. I'm passing the picture duties off for the basketball game to Rob Tibbs, so enjoy this pics and head over to his blog for more coverage of the experience of sitting 2nd row behind the visitor's bench. One of my new favorite players to watch, Kevin Love.
My first overall fantasy basketball pick and one of the best players in the league currently, Kevin Durant. Unreal player to watch do his thing this close and just gives you an even greater appreciation for the dude's skill.
The man who gets more than his fair share of assists from KD's greatness, Russell Westbrook. Oddly enough, he also happens to be on my fantasy basketball team. Enough talk of that kinda nonsense for now though.
After that it was a fairly relaxing trip with not many pictures taken. Only picture regret is missing getting Rob's straight shave in action but I'm sure there will be another chance for that. The USA always surprises me with a new treat and this time it took one of my favorite flavor combinations and put it into a delicious soy based beverage. I need this to be available near me and always.
The trip was cut short and Doomtree in their hometown was missed when a few friends advised that a snow storm was on its way into the Twin Cities. We did a little research on the forecast and highway conditions and the Friday night overnight drive was put into effect with a 10pm departure. I'll let the metrodome do the talking as to why I am quite pleased with the decision we made to leave when we did.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Ch Ch Changes

Yeah, time for change also known as an actual blog post! I've had tons of stuff goin on which have kept me from this but that should be the past now. Let's quickly take care of my last TO trip. Walking to my sleep spot the first night I ran across Poutini's and fortunately it was open til 3am and had vegan poutine which just happened to accompanied by a nice soda.I actually learned something when I was there.Another stop was at Crow's Nest, and yes they have better pictures on their site than the ones that follow, which is a nice spot where a friend works. This is where the hairs get cut and that's the fridge that houses the cane sugar Coke and PBRs.
This is where Hambone gave me my first straight shave and I enjoyed it. Very very relaxing and if you're anywhere nearby go experience it and enjoy a delicious beverage.
On a quick bathroom break at the barbershop I noticed this and couldn't help but take a pic. Not too much football related goodness on here, but this was a fun way to display a serious interest of mine.Alright it is time to get ready for another trip and hopefully more good stuff to document. Hope anyone who is still checking has been well.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Unreal.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Tomorrow Night aka Friday Night


Now you know.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Crime In Stereo Is Dead


RIP

Monday, August 30, 2010

One Cuisine, All The Time

Well, I hope this isn't getting boring due to every meal that's been up here in the last while has been of the Mexican persuasion. Maybe that's due to the lack of great restaurants in Winnipeg that serve this particular cuisine or just based solely on the fact that it is delicious. This time there was one minor difference...the BBQ was involved. The Baja styled grilled tofu tacos from Veganomicon were made last night and it was a joint effort between Chill and myself. I basically manned the BBQ and she took care of the rest. Tofu was marinated, grilled and then "shredded" to make the taco style very easy. Homemade slaw, homemade lime-cilantro-creme sauce, avocado and salsa were all put in with the tofu on some grilled corn tortillas. Serve that with a little black bean and corn salad and you have yourself a plate something like this.
If your dinner is that delicious, why not follow it up with some homemade ice cream of the mint cookies n creme variety? Pretty much a rhetorical question on this particular evening as you can see.Summer is officially I over and I already miss Sardé.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Top 10 of 2009 (Latest Ever Edition)

This essentially gets funnier to me every year and it's a running joke every year. I had this list ready for so long but neglected to post it, so here it is in all of it's late glory. No write ups this year or even record names or bands, just a couple choice quotes. This will make it more of a game for anyone who doesn't know a record by its cover.
"I want to kill and eat my young"
"It's the end of Law & Order, Dick Wolf"

Next year MAY actually be on time. Who knows?

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Halloween

Bestows the premier of this little gem on us.
Very stoked. Haven't been able to stop reading it as of late.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Shhh...It's so quiet...

And this is why.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Taco Time

Well, well, well look who made it back in the kitchen...even it was for some quickly made tacos.
These are nice and easy and gave me an excuse to use some of my soy curls and have a great meal. Fastest instructions on how to make these. Sautee a medium onion, add as much garlic as you like and then toss in the soy curls and some soy sauce and get them nicely browned. Then add some cumin, chili powder, oregano, salt and pepper. Give that a minute and throw in some canned tomatoes, splash of agave nectar and the juice of one lime and cook till all the liquid is absorbed. Put that in a taco shell with some daiya cheddar, garden lettuce, tomatoes and avocado and KABOOM you're eating a relatively healthy meal. Game over.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

La Bamba!

Once again, another delayed post. Sometimes I just get behind on this and that is just a fact. I got a compliment on this blog last night so that gave me the ambition to actually get another post up! Here is the late celebration dinner at the new mexican spot La Bamba. We started off with a little bean dip app which was simple but delicious with the house cut and cooked tortilla chips.
The main course was an enchilada with a chipotle sauce amongst other things. I didn't write it down and do not feel like waiting on the menu to load currently. The homemade tortillas were great and the sauce complimented it well. The only thing I found to be weird was that they used tofurky deli slices as the "meat" in the dish. I could be wrong, but smoked veggie turkey doesn't seem like the most common item in mexican dishes.
All in all it's another option for a nice meal in a good atmosphere and Mexican food in general is hard enough to find in Winnipeg. I would return as there is another item on the menu that I really want to try. Another scintillating restaurant review for all of my faithful followers out there! I didn't take my camera to the other new Mexican joint in Winnipeg, but that may have been my first actual bad review of a place I have eaten at...so watch yourself.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Quiet Times

You may ask why times have been quiet around here. Well, there has been quite a bit of this happening.Questions answered!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Burger Baron

Well it just happens to be that time of year again. TIFS is now officially 3 years old! Thanks for checkin this shit out! I'll mark this occasion with some pics of a new restaurant in the city, that I have been sleeping on actually taking pics of since I have eaten there a few times already. Boon Burger is a vegetarian burger cafe where everything can be made vegan. A nice concept if I do say so. I haven't gotten around to trying all the burgers yet but my latest selection turned out to be my favorite. The Thanksgiving burger is a breaded "turkey" patty with mayo, cranberry sauce, crispy onions, maple glazed yams, gravy and lettuce. The taste was unreal, but it fell apart like nobody's business. My only problem here is the squishiness of the patties and how they fall apart in your hands often enough. Luckily the taste made up for it on this glorious celebratory occasion.
Why not split some poutine, which is always vegan, that tastes great with daiya cheese? Plus oven baked fries to cut down on the deep friedness? Yeah, I can live with that. Takes a touch of guilt out of the guilty pleasure.
I gotta thank Puddy for this meal that you just looked at. Alright, another year done, thanks again, and back to livin.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

FTW

Butter pecan soft serve! Thanks Chill.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Machete!!!

YES!
Now all they have to do is make Werewolf Women Of The S.S.
For obvious reasons! As always, click the vids and maximize them for optimal enjoyment.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Food Tour Stage 2

The next and final stop on the recent food tour was Padmanadi in Edmonton and it blew my mind. I will apologize now if my diction regresses into blunt profanities and such but there is a reason for it! Started off with some apps then a couple mains and dessert. The mains were very very good but just didn't lend themselves to really nice pics in my opinion so I left them out of this post. If you hit this spot, I'm sure you'll be more than intrigued with the selection of mains on the menu and if you aren't sure hit me up and I will educate you! Now, onto the mains. Started off with salty "chicken" strips. These guys remind me of the dry ribs from Buddha's in Calgary and I absolutely adore those. Add some sweet chili sauce and they may have taken the crown for this particular appetizer!
Follow that up with some satay skewers and it's like a took a trip to NYC for some Red Bamboo at a much smaller price tag with all the delicious flavor. Just the memories alone were enough to make me fall in love with this app. Once again, all I can say is amazing.
Motherfuckin Strawberry Lavender Creme Brulee!!!!
CRACKED!!!
This dessert blew my mind and like I warned earlier, words escaped and profanities and shortness abounded. One of my favorite places to eat in Canada. Do yourself a favor and try it out if you're anywhere nearby. That brings the food tour to a close, hope it was as enjoyable as it was delicious.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Fuck Yes!!!

You already know and its been a long time comin. FYI You give love a bad name was scorching the place when this photo was taken.

Food Tour Stage 1

I recently had a little weekend getaway and here is a portion of the fruits of my so called labor. Regina was the first stop and it's somewhere I hadn't been in quite some time even though I have a bunch of good friends there. The food situation usually isn't the best thing ever in regards to the world of veganism, but we made it work this time around. Some people say to save the best for last, I disagree. Here it is!
Yeah, you already know that its Dylan's Famous Lemonade.
That was followed up the veggie burger, which was actually pretty good. A nice homemade patty with fresh veggies on a good bun and great sauce. Fries done damn near perfect as well. For Regina, I am not complaining and would return.
Thanks The Fainting Goat for a good meal, great atmosphere and a good time spent with some friends. The guilty parties are Juicy, Tommy and Emily(pics taken voyeur style while driving to the goat).
The next and final stage of the food tour is coming sooner than later and it's more than worth a wait!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Time To Bring It Back And Then Start Waiting!

This is a piece of history in the making that will chronicle one of the best freestyle rappers of all time and give us a little insight into the magic that happened approx 7 years ago. I personally still can't get enough of the original vid and the dipset beat he rips. If you have a non-internet friendly memory, let's refresh it.As always, click the videos and take them in at the largest possible size for maximum enjoyment! Also, thank you Мишка for bestowing this knowledge upon me.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

More Summer Treats

Like I said in the last post, more summer treats are coming and here they are. Well, here IT is actually.Yes, that is homemade ice cream from the same strawberries I picked and made jam out of. Very rich and creamy thanks to coconut milk. If you want to know how to make great ice cream, pick up a copy of The Vegan Scoop, then enjoy what's left of summer even more!