Bento Box

Today I went to Bento Box at First Canadian Place. I had teryaki chicken and a spring roll with a Coke Zero.

The meal was pretty good. Not as good as the burger and rings I normally get at this food court, but it was tasty enough to be enjoyed.

Can someone tell me the difference between Diet Coke and Coke Zero, besides that they taste different??

Which one am I supposed to drink because I don't want to get fatter while scarfing down things like deep fried onions??

I like God.

I like God, and I think he likes me too.

Last night on my way home from work, I ran out of gas on the highway. I thought I had enough to make it home. It turned out that I was wrong.

What followed, however, made for some great entertainment. I had just come out of the express lanes when the juice ran out and the engine turned off. I tried to get it restarted, hoping maybe there was enough left sloshing around to get some pressure back in the system, but it didn't happen so I went to neutral and proceeded to safely get us out of harm's way.

I moved over 3 lanes to the far left and proceeded to coast all the way to the end of the offramp… and through a right turn (on a red light… shame on me for not coming to a complete stop), and then up a slight hill, down a bit of a grade, into a gas station and up to a pump. I barely had to touch the brake to stop at the pump.

Bear in mind that all this happened right at the height of rush hour. So many things just fell perfectly into place to make this happen it was unbelievable.

If there weren't two other people in the car with me to witness it, I wouldn't even bother telling the story.

Thanks again, God!

Halibut Burrito Day!

Today we were back to Burrito Boyz yet again, but to a different location this time around. This one was a bit bigger so we weren't crammed in shoulder to shoulder with everyone else waiting for our food. There's still not enough space to expect to eat at a (the) table there, but at least you can expect to be inside the place while waiting in line.

As for the Halibut Burrito… it was good… but not as good as the steak. Steak is still the way to go at this place.

Of course, if you don't eat beef… or any other meat that walks around on land while growing, then this might be the burrito for you!

Crafty!

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If I understand this correctly…

The guy starts a business selling vitamins and nutrition bars.

Then he starts a charity to collect donations. He uses those donations to buy products from his business and distribute them. So basically, he doesn't actually need customers. He's using a charity to fund his business.

Then, to get more money into the charity, he sets up a tax scheme to bring in investors. He collects money from people to "secure loans" of much higher amounts, and gives them tax receipts for the higher amounts. So they claim the higher amount, and get back more in a tax refund than they actually donated in the first place. He tells them this is all legal so of course they line up in droves to give him money. I would too if I thought I could legally donate $2500 and then get $4000 back in taxes.

The "loans" come from a non-existant company that will obviously never ask for them to be repaid. Instead, he simply uses the donations to fund his original company, putting the money ultimately back into his own pocket.

Of course, he also has the option of demanding that the investors pay off these loans once he squanders away the money.

That would imply, however, that the loans actually existed and someone wanted to be repaid. I rather doubt that's the case and demanding more money from the investors would be a sure way of imploding his scheme.

He's doing this so openly that the Star has detailed it in an article and yet he's still getting away with it.

How is this allowed to happen???

NotWeasel for City Council?

I seem to recall having read something stating that our city councellors made around $40k/yr.

Turns out, I was very wrong.

Apparently they're getting a pay raise from $87,214 to $95,000 per year.

Maybe the next time elections come around, I should be putting my bitching and complaining to somewhat more productive use!

Of course, I'd have to do away with whatever morality I've come to pride myself with over the years and embrace the corruption and greed that drives our political system.

That would suck.

I wonder how long I'd last before someone put a hit out on me for not being corrupt enough?

Hooters for Lunch!

Monday is all-you-can-eat wings day at Hooters, so that's where we went.

You'd think it would be an entertaining time, eating wings and chatting over a pint while the hotness circles around.

Not so.

Firstly, I've got a new boss now so I'm in no position to be coming back to the office smelling of beer, so Diet Coke had to suffice.

Secondly, it took forever to get our food so "all-you-can-eat" really amounted to "all-we-can-serve-in-an-hour", which wasn't really worth the price of admission.

Finally, the hotness apparently doesn't work the Monday afternoon shift, so we got the grumpy-and-neglectfulness instead.

And the wings weren't all that good.

Probably won't go back here, if I can help it.

Curiously, Google seems to have targetted this blog with ads for people looking to have affairs. As thrilled as I'm sure my wife is with us going to Hooters for lunch, I'm sure she'll be tickled pink to find my blog seems to have inadvertantly gained a "Find local frustrated married women looking for excitement" theme!

Of course I'm not me, and this isn't mine, so all's well.

Soly's Diner: Burger and Rings

It's a shame that the only time I intend to write about this place, they cheap out on the onion rings.

I love this place.

They have one of the best food court burgers in the downtown core here and back it up with some killer onion rings. Normally they fill what's left of the box you get the burger in with rings, and that's just fine by me. A healthy box of heart attack. Wonderfully delicious. Today however, they actually used the little mini-box thing to hold the rings. I got only about 2/3rds as many as normal. Hopefully that's not some new policy.

I've been in the habit of ordering the cheeseburger combo over the past few years because for some reason, it was on special while the regular hamburger combo wasn't. So if you asked for cheese, the whole thing was cheaper.

I think they sign has changed though and this may no longer be the case.

Perhaps next time I'm in the area, I'll try the hamburger combo. I expect it to be just as delicious, though not as cheesy.

They seem to be somehow associated with Pumpernickels, though they don't seem to have a website of their own.

Back to Burrito Boyz

One of our lunchtime regulars has been feasting on Alberta beef for the past few days so he has to ease back into the regular food court fare carefully.

With that in mind, today we went back to Burrito Boyz. I had the chicken this time.

It was still most excellent, though not quite as tasty as the beef.

I'm not sure you can go wrong with anything at all in this place. Time will tell, I'm sure.

10 With Noodles?

Some day I will tell you all about the 10 With Noodles, but not today.

Today we went to our regular Chinese haunt on Temperence St. just west of Yonge and I tried the Pad Thai.

I wasn't expecting much, ordering Thai food in a Chinese place, and got pretty much what I expected.

I really only ordered it for the sake of trying something different. It was reasonably tasty, but not nearly as much so as I'm used to from actual Thai places.

What it lacked in taste though, they more than made up for in quantity so I still came away quite satisfied. That was one big mound of food for my $6.50!

Not a bad experience, but it sure as hell wasn't a 10 With Noodles.