The Medieval Times, Toronto

What a great experience. You enter the castle (buy your tickets online ahead of time to get in quicker) and are ushered towards the main hall where you are given a coloured crown that represents you knight! Our knight this fine eve, was the red knight.

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After that you get a picture with the king, queen or princess (depending on which castle you are attending) and are forthwith motioned into the main court. This is where you can purchase a wide variety of souvenirs, trinkets, costumes and alcoholic beverages (non alcoholic slushes and juices as well). You can also look at the horses and other interesting medieval items and decorations (including a “not for the faint of heart” torture devices of that era.

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The show had a falconer with his falcon and the rest is filled with great horsemanship! The premise is this… knights representing the lands under the Kings rule have arrived for a display of prowess and chivalry, a tournament! Six knights to be exact, green, red/yellow, blue, yellow, black, and red. They all, both on and off of horseback, put on a magnificent show!

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Then a rider from the north came forth with a message and a “gift” from his king to our king (the king of the east and west)! We’re not sure if he’s bad or good but by the sound of the theme music he might be trouble!

In the end… well, I’m not going to spoil it for you! You need to come and enjoy a royal feast yourself!

The food served was a tomato soup, royal bread, half a baby dragon (roasted chicken) with a half of baked potato, half a cob of corn and a square butter tart to end. No cutlery and only one napkin! Quite medieval to say the least! 😉 I will warn you, do not expect any culinary art or impressiveness. It is the dark ages you know.

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Twinkies: The followup

My goodness!! People are going CRAZY over the closure of Hostess and the Twinkies. I mean really! Someone is selling a 10 pack of Twinkies on eBay for almost $5000!!! Granted they’re throwing in a free Wii U but still.

Now with that being said, there’s a single person we can all point our fingers at, Mr. Kenneth Johnson. Yup this guy … told Reuters: “I’d rather go work somewhere else or draw unemployment” than take another pay cut from Hostess, which he said had lowered his salary, with overtime, to $35,000 last year from about $45,000 five years ago.

There you have it. The union couldn’t come to an agreement with Hostess so the bakers went on strike. Hostess claims that as the final straw that caused them to close down and lay off 18,500 people. How’s that unemployment rate holding up?

With the loss of this company sometimes when I go into a restaurant with a sign that says “Please wait for Hostess” it’s hard not to burst into tears… we’ll be waiting Hostess… we’ll be waiting.

http://stream.marketwatch.com/story/markets/SS-4-4/SS-4-16763/

The Great Pork Shortage Of 2012

So, here’s a conspiracy for you!!! Lets say that pork sales are down, what can you do to increase those? Supply and demand rules would state that there needs to be a shortage! What do we have? A pork shortage! So, go buy your bacon (Canadian, back, etc.) and all other pork products* so that the pork folks can laugh all the way to the bank! We’ll all see in a few months that perhaps there was no pork shortage after all  Unless there was some bacteria found in a processing plant, then we’d really have a problem!

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*Pork Products include but are not limited to:
Ham, Chops, Bacon, Hock, Loin, Butt (he he…butt), Roast, Prosciutto, Canadian, Back, Kevin.