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Archive for August, 2012

Note:  I’ve broken down my visit to the exhibition into two separate blogs, the food and non-food.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the slogan in the title, there is something called the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) every year here in Toronto.  It is always the last couple of weeks of August, and into the Labour Day weekend.

What it’s like is a giant fair.  There are midway rides, and buskers, and kiosks that sell goods from around the world, and a food building.  It isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but some people LOVE it.  Case in point, the friend that I went with 2 nights ago.

She was just there 4 days ago, and had wanted to go back already.  For those of you in the city that are wanting to go though, it is only $5 after 5pm from M-Th, otherwise, it is $16.

What I really wanted to blog about, though, is the crazy foods that we decided to try that day.  And by crazy, I mean foods that I wouldn’t normally eat because it is either really bad for you, or just a really interesting shall we say, combination.

So I met up with at the food building with the intent on eating something that I’ve never had before.  She made a beeline for a place that sold “Donut Burgers”.  Which is a burger that replaces the bun with Krispy Kreme donuts.
Look here:

Donut Burger

Donut Burger

While in line though, we got distracted by another sign.  Pulled pork!  On a pretzel bun!  Top with perogies!  We decided to each get one, and then split them.  Mmmm…

Stack'd

Stack’d

It really was very good.  I ended up eating a quarter of the donut burger and half of the pulled pork.  Mmmm…

Double burgers

Double burgers

We then decided to get a cheeseburger poutine, which looks pretty disgusting, but is soooo good:

Poutine

Poutine

Of course, no visit is complete without some dessert (albeit a few hours later).  And what did we decide on?  Deep fried Mars bar.  That’s right:

Deep Fried Goodness

Deep Fried Goodness

Can we say “good times”?  And also that I’m really glad I biked down…

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I LOVE “Lord of the Rings”.  I also LOVE Legos!  Look what I found!

http://www.geekologie.com/2012/08/middle-earths-rivendell-recreated-in-50k.php

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It’s strange, I very distinctly remember a particular skit on “Sesame Street” from when I was a kid.  There used to be a store of some kind on that street, like a corner store, where some of the characters would go in and chat with the shopkeeper.  In this skit, one of the puppet characters needed something from the store, but got all dejected because the sign on the front door said “Closed”.

“Oh no!  The store is closed!”  He cried.

Just then, the shopkeeper arrived and assured him that she was just opening up, and turned the sign over to “Open”.

“Yay!”

He got whatever he needed, turned around to leave, and then got all dejected again because now that the sign had been turned around to show “Open” to the outside, all he could see was “Closed”.

This is what the sign reminded me of:

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"Oh no!  The Outside is closed!"

“Oh no! The Outside is closed!”

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So these frames are still empty.  Although I think we’ve got 4 pics picked out…

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:sigh:

:sigh:

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I’ve got really thick hair.  And in the summer, it is particularly bad.  So it was off to the salon again to get it thinned out and shortened…again.

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Snip, snip

Snip, snip

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We have a large plant in our office, and Lily the Kitten had decided that she really liked to scratch at the dirt and the tree that is growing in it.  Which would have been okay, except that meant that said dirt would get tracked all over the house.  Not good.

So the Dude took matters into his own hands and decided to cut a piece of cardboard into the shape of the pot, so that when Kitty scratches, the dirt stays where it is.

Here is Lily helping out:

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Area of a circle = Pi*r-squard...

Area of a circle = Pi*r-squared…

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I met up with a group of girlfriends today from high school.  I swear, nothing makes you remember what it’s like to be 16 more than the people that you knew at that age.  Lots of laughs for sure.

Somewhere between the awesome lasagna (thanks, B!), dessert, and drinks, was card games.  Here is my hand from a game called “Cheat”.  Nothing like a bluffing game!

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Liar, Liar, pants on fire...

Liar, Liar, pants on fire…

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It is terrible that I have so many pics about ice cream and other sweets?  Nom nom nom…

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Love...

Love…

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So as part of a social event at work, we organized an Olympic-style event in the office.  Part of my job was to come up with 20 or so trivia questions.  In looking for questions, I came upon Wenlock and Mandeville.

By now, I think most of you have seen pics of the two are thought to yourself: WTF?!  But they’re so cute!  Yes, yes, that was my first reaction too, but they’ since grown on me.  Why?  Because they don’t really look like anything recognizable.  And because of this, and because the Olympics are international, there won’t be any particularly negative connotations about them.  But that’s just my biased opinion, since I really love mascots =)

I made a point to watch the 100m, and the 200m men’s sprint races online, and I thought it was really cute that Wenlock was jumping up and down with a mini-gold version of himself to give to the winner, and then to see a Triple Bolt pose, with Usain Bolt, Bolt posing the mini-Wenlock, and Wenlock.

The Dude and I will be heading to London in September to attend a family wedding, and I am so excited to find out that the city of London has erected 80 or so life-sized Wenlock and Mandevilles around the city, each painted to depict something quintessentially British.  Guess what kind of tour I’m going to insist on doing this time?

Here’s link to 10 of them:

http://www.london2012.com/photos/galleryid=1320195/#wenlock-telephone-box

So cute!

And this is a video of Wenlock playing some of the Olympics sports:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTJqjZjWdOw

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The Dude was introduced to ‘Words with Friends’ by my cousin. Loves it. Me? Not so much. Not really sure why, but I suppose I’ve been jaded because I don’t know those quirky two letter ‘words’ that are deemed valid by the scrabble dictionary…like ‘aa’. What’s that?!

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Words, words, words

Words, words, words

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If you haven’t already figured it out by now, I have a giant sweet tooth.  And I just love the look of cakes.  I went to a total of 1 bridal show leading up to the wedding, but what stuck me the most were the cakes.  C’est magnifique!

Here are a few small summer cakes I saw at the grocery store:

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Summer cakes

Summer cakes

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We had wanted to go to a new Ramen place today with some friends, but the space was too small to accommodate all 13 of us!  So we went to sushi instead.  But piggybacked onto this outing was a surprise birthday party for a friend who is originally from the Netherlands.  I bring this up because we had some couchsurfers from Belgium with us, and they taught us to sing the Dutch birthday song!  It was good times indeed.  With awesome trifle and cupcakes!

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Psst...he's not actually 83

Psst…he’s not actually 83

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Finally getting around to continue reading Game of Thrones.  I do think that it would have been waaay better to have read the books first before seeing the series, but what are you going to do?

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Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones

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