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  1. Rocks & Co, I'm putting together a bachelor party for 15-20 people, scheduled for Labor Day 2006. The destination is Montreal and the prospect is a little overwhelming. I'll need to come up with places for at least two group dinners and a brunch on Sunday. I would prefer to find private rooms and prix fixe menus, so we can monitor costs better and not mortify the locals. I don't really know where to begin. Any help is welcome, even if it's simply a good place to do some research. Also, feel free to PM me with any activity suggestions. Merci. Alex
  2. Going to the 1st day of the US Open Quals in an hour or so. I just looked at the drawer sheet. At 11am, on adjacent courts, which can both be viewed by standing in between, are matches featuring Felix A-A (court 4) & Denis Shapovalov (court 5). I know where I'll be heading.
  3. My husband and I are heading up to Mont Tremblant in Quebec next month for a week to celebrate our anniversary and I am wondering if anyone has dined up there, and if so, any suggestions? Also, anywhere within within 30 miles is acceptable, we will have a car so that will be no problem. I realize it is a touristy area, but am hoping to find something romantic and special. The bad part I hear is it is also spring break time for Canada schools so I am kind of deading going up there. I think reservations may be a necessity.
  4. The Group of Six (G6) existed from 1975-1976, and included France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdon, and the United States. The Group of Seven (G7) first existed from 1976-1997, and added Canada. The Group of Eight (G8) existed from 1997-2014, and added (then kicked out) Russia. The Group of Seven (G7) has existed again since 2014.
  5. So, I was watching this pre-concert lecture by Glenn Gould, recorded in the late 1960s. After four minutes, he turns to go and play Beethoven's Tempest Sonata, and the host comes on briefly to introduce the piece. I'm thinking to myself, 'I know this guy, but who is he?' before suddenly blurting out, 'Oh my God, it's *Alex Trebek*!' I get a Brownie Button for this one!
  6. In 1999, Nunavut was carved out of the Northwest Territories, and is roughly the size of Mexico. In case anyone is planning any trips, the capital city is Iqaluit. This thing is massive:
  7. This is really an interesting geographical trivia question because very few people know the answer. I've never once asked it at a party, and heard someone get it right. 1. Great Bear Lake (31,500 km2) 2. Great Slave Lake (27,200 km2) - The Great Slave is also the deepest lake in North America. Both are contained entirely within the Northwest Territories. These are the 8th, and 10th, largest lakes in the world, respectively. Next to Russia, Canada is the largest country in the world, so it's easy not to know its obscure geographical features, especially in the northern provinces. Incidentally, the former U.S.S.R. took up *8* time zones - yes, it stretched 1/3 of the way around the world.
  8. InstantPot users, do you have any favorite recipes you've been using? I'm still very new at this and enjoying it but haven't got a lot of things to put in our regular rotation yet. We've done crock-pot cooking before, but the pressure cooker is very new to us, and we like it for the time it saves. Also, how do you keep food from sticking and burning? We cooked a honey garlic chicken that was very easy and we all loved the taste, but each time we've made it, some of it has stuck and burned. We followed the recipe and set it for a particular time - should we be setting it on "Poultry" instead of manually setting the time - does the 'burn protection' only activate then?
  9. Over the past decade we have traveled often to Vancouver to experience a magnificent city and especially its culinary delights. We haven't been there is a few years but are planning a trip for later this year. We have tried most of the "name brand" restaurants, such as Lumiere, C, Cru, Rain City, Villa del Lupo, Bishops, etc. with a variety of results. Do any recent DonRockwell visitors to the city have suggestions for newer restaurants that they would put into the "don't miss" category? Thanks! David Missert Washington DC
  10. I am planning my annual Stratford, Ontario theater experience and this summer it has gotten out of hand with the addition of a side trip to Toronto to see Lord of the Rings: The Musical plus a trip to the Shaw Festival and Niagara Falls and Niagara on the Lake. I'm pretty confident in the Stratford part of the program after seven years and eight trips -- just point me toward Boomers and the Church and I'm happy. I haven't been to Toronto since 1999 and I don't recall any amazing food then. I think we'll be there for 1 dinner and 1 brunch. We might have an early dinner after the theater so possibly 2 dinners. I would think dinner would be better in town than on the QEW heading back to Niagara. Niagara Falls and/or Niagara on the Lake: Looks likes we'll be there for 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch and one dinner. The theater is in NOTL but we will be staying at the Falls (Canadian side). For Toronto, I was toying with the idea of Canoe for lunch or dinner but the prices are frightfully high. I don't mind paying a lot for a terrific meal though and can budget the rest of the trip around it if I plan far enough in advance. Goldfish Cuisine looks interesting for brunch or dinner. For the Niagara area, I'm wide open. I've had a decent lunch somewhere in NOTL that wasn't memorable. There is a nice ice cream place that I routinely get lost looking for and lots and lots of chains. Any wisdom? Thanks! Jennifer
  11. The date besides Félix Auger-Alissime's name isn't the year he went on tour; it's his birth year. At age 16: * He's the youngest player in the World Top 800 (currently ranked #749) * He's the youngest player ever to qualify for, and win a main draw match, on the ATP Challenger Tour (the Challenger Tour is just one step below the full-fledged ATP World Tour - sort of like AAA Baseball). * He won the Sopra Steria de Lyon in June, making him the 7th-youngest player ever to win a Challenger tournament. * He has won both the U.S. Open Junior Singles and Doubles titles. Auger-Alissime is someone to look out for in future years - here's a highlight film of his Sopra Steria de Lyon victory. Notice the way he can play side-to-side, but also that he's not the least bit afraid to come to net: This represents the next generation of great tennis players (with Federer, and to a lesser degree, Sampras, already having paved the way). This will place more emphasis (slightly more) on speed and quickness than sheer endurance, and will probably make players like McEnroe and Sampras very happy. I don't think he's going to be able to get away with drop shotting this much as his competition gets better-and-better: You don't beat a great player hitting short.
  12. I accidentally got exposed to The Tragically Hip back in....the very early 1990s? I saw them play at a show at Hammerjack's as a part of, I think, an WHFS thing. 'New Orleans is Sinking' was the song that drew me in. I heard a few more songs over the years, but I never bought any of their albums or saw them play again, live. Then, a few years ago, my wife gets me a compilation of their work (Yer Favourites) and I love it! They are kind of rocking, kind of Canadia, kind of thoughtful, kind of twangy, kind of just good. "At the Hundredth Meridian" (1992) "Fifty Mission Cap" (1993) "Bobcageyon" (1999)
  13. Going to be there later this summer and want dining (and other) advice. What say you all?
  14. The Souljazz Orchestra is another newly discovered band (for me). Their 2012 release Solidarity is a nice mix of afrobeat fueled funk with a couple reggae inspired tracks thrown into the mix. They are already promoting a new release called Inner Fire for February 2014 backed by a Canadian and European tour. Hopefully they will make a return trip to DC (Rock & Roll Hotel in 2012, which was before I discovered them...doh). Couple official videos up on YouTube: Ya Busta Bibinay Jericho
  15. Yayoi Kusama is a Japanese artist (born 1928) known for her interest in psychedelic color, repetition, and patterns, especially the polka-dot. Her best known works are mirrored rooms which explore infinite space, the rooms are typically cube shaped, clad with mirrors, water on the floor and flickering lights, and repeated objects (notably a polka-dot encrusted pumpkin). In 1977, Kusama checked herself into the Seiwa Hospital for the Mentally Ill where she eventually took up permanent residence and still lives and works today. In 2017, the Hirshhorn will be holding a major retrospective of her work, including 6 mirrored rooms (although their website doesn't currently have much info posted). More info from The City Paper. Kusama has a huge following and this will be a major, lines-around-the-block exhibition, which will garner international press coverage. Photo from the Kusama show at the Victoria Miro Gallery, London.
  16. "Since we have a Baseball thread, why not Ice Hockey?" "Because the world 'hockey' sounds sillier-and-sillier each time you say it, Don." "Oh." I had *no* idea that this sport was played indoors as early as 1875 (and in the Olympics since 1920). There is a bevy (I've always wanted to use that word, bevy) of interesting information in the Wikipedia article (under the "Ice Hockey" link), and Wikipedia's links will take you into even more depth. Like the Baseball thread, this is about the sport itself - its origins, rules, etc. - and not about any particular team or player. Thus, it probably won't get a lot of activity, but it's here if you need it.
  17. I've thought this about Russia for a long, long time now, and I'm beginning to think the same thing about Canada: I think that, at some point, it's going to become a major world power - not a military power, but an economic power. Any large, sparsely populated country with tremendous natural resources has the potential to do so, and after Russia, Canada might be #2 in this regard. One might also think that, with the potential decline in a carbon-based economy, natural resources may become less important than technology, but in the long term, I'm not so sure about that - plus, technology can be copied. Call me a conservative (in the true meaning of the word), but I like the potential for Canada - it is perhaps the country I most admire; if only it wasn't so darned cold.
  18. Has anyone been to Eigensinn Farm, two hours north of Toronto? Rated as high as the fourth best restaurant in the world, $300 CD per person (food only) and books six month in advance for the dinner in a farm house by candlelight. Everything is grown onsite or sourced nearby. Twelve people total.
  19. Heading there next week and wondering if anyone has had any outstanding dining experiences.
  20. It's pointless to tag all of Wayne Gretzky's career NHL records - he has his own Wikipedia page of them. Here's how times have changed: In the 1980s, Wayne Gretzky was so famous that I used to tell people that the three most famous people in the world born in the same year as me were Eddie Murphy, Princess Di, and Wayne Gretzky. Feeding off of these posts, I'm very curious how much I missed not fully appreciating watching Gretzky play - *everyone* knew him, but I didn't understand what he was doing, or how good he really was, except from what I kept reading in the papers. So how good *was* he? How *important* was he? Is he a Wilt Chamberlain? A Babe Ruth? And for those in the "Mario Lemieux Camp," why would you pick Lemieux over Gretzky?
  21. Going to Vancouver Island for Vacation in July. Staying in Victoria and Tofino. Any good places we shouldn't miss?
  22. I bought this on a whim trying to fill out a box I was ordering from a store in California. I had heard some good things about this particular whisky, so was happy to see it in stock and at a price much lower than I'd seen elsewhere. As far as I can tell, this is not available in Virginia, though the regular Collingwood bottling is. This is a Brown-Forman product made in the Canadian Mist distillery. While not a small batch operation, it really is a delicious whisky. I haven't been a big rye drinker in the past, and the ones I have tried are tied to bourbon brands that I already enjoy (High West, EH Taylor, Willett, Sazerac). After my first sip of this one, though, I feel like I've been missing out. It's fruity and spicy in a way that bourbon isn't. There's almost no sweetness, instead the rye spice comes forward in its place. I've been drinking it neat, and it's a very warm drink all the way. I'm not sure ice or having it chilled would improve the flavor. It's finished in toasted Maplewood, which I think gives it a nice campfire depth. It's smoky without being overpowering, and still manages to maintain that initial fruitiness. I was able to pick up the standard Collingwood rye today at my local ABC store for $22, so I'm hoping it is only a minor step down from the 21 year. If you can find this in DC and enjoy sipping whisky, I'd highly recommend picking up a bottle. If not, it is available in stores in New York and California with liberal shipping policies.
  23. I wouldn't call myself a beer expert, but I think that I'm pretty familiar with most everything distributed in the state of Virginia. When a friend, visiting from Arlington, saw this beer on sale for $3.99 a bottle and bought every single one of them all the shelf I figured I still had something to learn. His first moment of shock was that it was just sitting on the shelf at Whole Foods, while the second exclamation was at the 3.99 price tag, on sale for $1 off the regular price of $4.99. This is a $10 beer in DC he told me as he filled his cart with all twelve bottles, ensuring that one of the bottles would be for me. Last night I decided to open my bottle with along with some takeout Vietnamese from the most reliable option we've found in Richmond so far, Tay-Ho. The pairing was a perfect match. The Route des Epices could easily be overwhelmed by the addition of peppercorns in the brewing process, but while the flavor is in every sip, it is very subtle. The rye beer base recipe was very refreshing and by itself is a good beer to drink with a meal. The slight "tingling" (how it is described on the bottle) of the peppercorns really gives beer more of a cocktail feeling. One bottle could last throughout a meal, with a sip or two after every couple of bites to really enhance the flavor of the food. I was eating lemongrass stir fry, so the pairing could have just been kismet, and I'd be disappointed having this beer with a less complex dish. The less than stellar rating from the crowd on beer advocate lends some credence to this theory. All that being said, I'd definitely keep a bottle or two on hand to go with your last minute decision to swing by Pho 75 on the way home. It's 5% ABV, and I'm not sure who carries these beers in DC, but I'm sure you can find it around town.
  24. This has received virtually no publicity in the U. S. but one of the most beautiful places on earth is British Columbia's Okanagan Valley which is about three and one half hours east of Vancouver or 150 air miles north of Walla Walla (which now has 130+ wineries). I actually just retired from a Vancouver company after 22 years which had a factory in Kelowna, a city of over a hundred thousand which is ground zero for the Valley's wine region. But in my several trips there it was only for business, just in and out, back to Vancouver or Seattle. This fall we are returning to drink. We're actually going to spend several days in Walla Walla (I believe that I am very familiar with wineries there) and then on to Kelowna and later to Vancouver. I've drank B. C. wines in the past (Quail's Gate, Mission Hills have some of the best ice wine on earth) but usually focused on Washington state wines when I was there. Now, with over 200 wineries and several writers describing this as "Napa Valley with a sixty mile long lake in the middle" we have to go. And drink. It is almost impossible to buy some of this in the U. S. B. C. wineries do not ship here and I don't know of a single store that sells their better wines. Now, I understand that as WA state has a number of outstanding reds so does B. C. In particular there is one wine, Blackwood Lane, that has an estate wine selling for US $150.00. (Makes RDV look like a bargain!) Does anyone have any experience with better wine in the Okanagan Valley?
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