Tag Archives: Mexico

Tag I’m It, You’re Next!!

Well I guess the latest thing here among bloggers is a tag type game.  If you are tagged you have to write a post answering 11 questions that the tagger asked you.  Then you write your own post and pass it along to your happy group of friends.

I apologize in advance but it seems like harmless fun and I promise I’ll ask easier questions.

So what was put to me by my inquisitor the infamous Dating Bitch?  Let’s find out and open up the box.

1. At what age did you lose your virginity?   I was a late bloomer and lost it on my 18th birthday to my high school girlfriend.  Happy Birthday to ME!!

2. If you were given 1 million dollars (after taxes) what would you do and how you spend the money?  Well I would pay off my debts, buy a new home and continue what I am doing now.  One million is not very much these days after all. But I would take one hell of a nice vacation somewhere exotic first.

3. What was your most embarrassing moment?  Only one?  What the hell?  I have so many to share.

4. Are you GENUINELY happy?  For the most part yes, we all have our ups and downs but I am in the best place emotionally speaking that I’ve been in years.

5. Everybody has a vice, so what is yours?  I have a concert fetish, any big touring show I am there.  Also I am a Sushi Slut, put some good tuna belly in front of me and call me your bitch.

6. Who or what makes you smile?  Seeing my daughter smile always rocks my world, she does not live with me so any time I get to see her happy it fills me up with so much joy I almost want to burst.

7. What is your number one goal in life? I’ve given up on being rich spontaneously but really I think the goal in anyone’s life should be to life well and enjoy life to the fullest.

8. What type of profession are you in?  I build big ass intercontinental jet airliners.

9. What is the wildest thing you’ve ever done?  I’ve repelled down cliffs, gone zip lining in the Rocky’s,  jumped out of airplanes. I’m Canadian Eh.

10. What’s one thing your a snob about? (or picky)  Very picky about my sushi, and I write about food for fun so I am a tad bit critical. Otherwise I like to think of myself as a pretty easy-going guy.

11. If you could have your dream vehicle, what would it be?  Hmmm, good one. I watch a lot of car shows.  I’ve always had a thing for a 1969 Firebird that I couldn’t buy.  But if I can’t have that one I’ll take a Nissan GTR any day of the week.

So here comes the fun part, my questions to you fine folks.  Please don’t hate me too much!

1. What’s  your favorite colour and why?  (Memories, associations, ect.)

2. What’s the most memorable thing you’ve done in a car?

3. Explain the happiest day of your life

4. Explain the a hardest day of your life.  Not necessarily worst but hardest.

5. If you had to leave the country that you live in short notice where would you go and what one thing would you bring with you.  Think Zombie apocalypse.

6. Are you a people person?

7. A given a time machine where would you go and what would you do?

8. Do you believe in ghosts?

9. Are you a prude? Explain.

10. What are your thoughts on the socioeconomic ramifications of the possible collapse of the European Union?

11. What’s your favorite movie theater memory? 

My victims are ….

Nicki – Women Are From Mars

Ivy – Ivy Blaise’s Random Thoughts

Rincewind – erotixx

S.G. – Single Girl Blogging

Izzakmak – I Want Ice Water

Nurse Myra – Gimcrack Hospital

Miss Blunty – Blunt Delivery

Now answer the questions and go forth and spread your own mayhem!!

Bob

Taco, Taco, Taco: El Torrito comida de la calle

As many of you already know I am a big fan of pointing my jeep in a random direction and exploring the street food options in my home city of Winnipeg.   This long weekend the direction was simple to choose, I headed downtown to the afternoon site of the El Torrito taco truck.

The Winnipeg street food scene has long been dominated by scores of smokie carts and burger trucks that have a strangle hold on the Canadian street food market.  But just last month I began hearing rumblings of something exciting and new, at first I thought people were talking about a trip down to Mexico or chatting about a Food Network program they had seen on taco vendors.  But they insisted there was indeed a taco truck in Winnipeg, and they even had a following on Twitter.

Intrigued to the point of obsession I made it my mission to find this elusive taco truck and taste its bill of fare.  Indeed El Torrito (@ElTorrito1) does have a large following on Twitter and a write-up in the local pages of Metro.

El Torrito comida de la calle

When I came upon the truck at its downtown lunchtime location, I could smell and hear the difference from across Portage Avenue.  The aromas of savoury meats being grilled and the pumping music from a boom box had a small crowd wondering what this apparition was, unaccustomed to having a Mexican option the crowd watched as I bravely strode up to the front window.

Immediately a friendly face appeared from inside and offered me the daily El Grandé  special.  Three tacos (beef or chicken) and an authentic chorizo dog with chips and drink for $10.  How could I say no to that?

As I ordered the cook and co-owner Ian Bowman smiled at my enthusiasm and shouted over the music how hot I wanted my tacos.  I replied “hot, but don’t make my face melt off.”  He laughed and said with a sly grin, “but I like to make faces melt!”

Simple and authentic taco goodness

The tacos themselves are based on traditional Mexican street food, if you’re looking for hard-shelled tacos covered in cheese and cliché then you’ve come to the wrong truck my friend.  Simple is the name of the game here, and fresh is how they taste.  Hot grilled meat, some salsa verdé, tomato and a hit of cilantro wrapped up in a warm tortilla is what you get.  A lime on the side and some chili sauce for heat makes for simple street taco perfection.

The chorizo dog was also very good, a mild pork sausage also served with salsa verdé, onions and tomato was a welcome break from the smokie sausages that Winnipeggers are accustomed to.

Overall my first impressions of El Torrito were good although the tacos seem a bit small and not overly laden with meat, by local standards they are still a bargain at 3 for 5 dollars.  The condiments are fresh and the service is enthusiastic, more than once I saw the cook poking his head out to see if I was enjoying my lunch.

So if you’re in need of a change look the taco truck up on twitter (@ElTorrito1) and head down for a bit of spice this summer.

Festival du Voyageur: A Pictorial Post

In my last post I promised all of you a spectacular look at the spectacle that is the Festival du Voyageur international snow sculpture symposium.  Teams come from every corner of the globe to show off their best work to the demanding crowds here in Winnipeg.  Of course one would expect a number of teams from Canada and the northern United States, but would you expect to see teams from China, Spain, Mexico, or Argentina?

Winnipeg supplied the snow and the cold, they supplied the imagination and skill to turn simple snow and ice into a fantasy walk through the festival grounds.  Here for your viewing enjoyment are the best of the best, enjoy.

How they all began.

Awaiting carvers outside the fort.

Park entrance: Sled dogs on the run.

Sled dogs (close up)

Riding the sled.

Sled and riders (front view)

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Lest We Forget

It seems that yet another Remembrance Day is upon us, and what has the world learned since Nov, 11 1918.  Currently the number of active conflicts around the world seems to be on the increase.  From the conflicts in the Middle East, to the genocides of Africa.  Conflicts in the far corners of Russia and China flare up and are stamped out brutally as the world turns a blind eye.  Israel and Palestine skirmish over narrow strips of land that both claim as home.

Drug cartels in Mexico fan the flames in Central America even as the memories of the 1980’s cartel violence in Colombia fade into history.   All of the conflicts are not fought by armies.  Some place tribal factions against each other in a struggle for survival.  Village destroying village, those who began with nothing, emerging with even less.

Even the great powers of the world cannot hope to extinguish all the flames of war.  The superpowers of the west bogged down by Taliban fighters in the Afghani highlands fight and die, in what may prove to be a futile attempt to bring freedom and education to the masses.

Canadian blood is mixing with the windswept sands, sacrificing lives for a sacred ideal, for a worthy goal.  A dream, a hope that future generations can live free, learn and grow.  Unfettered by ideology and dogma, in a world where the freedom to choose sometimes comes with a high price to be paid.

We are proud of our Soldiers and Sailors and Airmen.  We honour your sacrifice today.  We hope to learn from the lessons of the past, so that one day, hopefully soon the world can live in peace.

Poppy of Remembrance

In Flanders Fields

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

John McCrae – May 3, 1915