In the old days, Heinz was the world’s thickest ketchup. In the 1990’s they replaced the real cane sugar with high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and they stopped talking about thickness. The reason for the switch? Like Coca Cola, cost savings. They sacrificed their age-old positioning (thickness) in favour of millions of dollars of sugar […]

Do you know the way to Tampere? (WMA, if that doesn’t work, click on the next link) Do you know the way to Tampere? MP3 (should work better for Mac) Click on the above file for the long-promised Tampere file. This is one of those songs that is hilarious to anyone that worked at a […]

Welcome to 2011. The question some Highway 401 drivers ask when they see this sign: “Why does the Ontario government, given its strict and serious highway signage rules, allow Port Hope to welcome people to their town?” Only when one actually takes the exit (or looks at a map), does one understand how Port Hope […]

Canada is a big and small country; big in size, comparably small in population. People drive in biggish cars, live in biggish houses and malls are not that crowded. England is a small and big country; small in size, comparably very populous. People drive in smallish cars, live in small houses, and malls are very […]

How do you: 1) Work and commute a lot 2) Take business trips 3) Hang out with your wife a reasonable time 4) Hang out with your kids enough so they don’t forget you and write blog posts too? Answer: you don’t! Unless you schedule it in. So I’m scheduling my blogging time in from […]

Christmas is great / Christmas is lame. This will be my theme over the next month. I missed the Christmas crazies last year when I was living in Costa Rica. Today, Christmas is lame. This, from Crate and Barrel in a large mall next to Toronto. “Wow, I can’t wait to reach into my stocking, […]

Fast forward to a Saturday in October 2010. I drop off my son at a Birthday Party in the Beaches area of Toronto. Miraculously I have 2 hours entirely to myself! Please excuse the exclamation mark, but I was very excited.  After doing a few typical dad / man errands, I had 40 minutes to […]

Lost in grass-is-greener thought, a month before moving back to Canada, I salivated reminiscing about burgers in Canada. In particular, I remembered the trademark flavours of Harvey’s and Licks. Both restaurants pride themselves on the taste, quality, and toppings of their hamburgers, purportedly better than McDonalds and Burger King. Both Harvey’s and Licks dress the […]

Like any good Canadian, I have an appreciation for Kraft Dinner. Otherwise known as Kraft Macaroni and Cheese Dinner, it is so important to Canadians that we don’t even have to say “Macaroni and Cheese” anymore. It’s obvious. I’ve loved it for over 30 years. Imagine my concern when I had the pasta portion already […]

I like Weetabix. It was introduced to me in my youth, when my British-raised Cypriot-Dutch cousins would have it on the breakfast table in Cyprus. To a very young Canadian, it was a British cereal. Plain, unassuming, a bit mechanical, and texturally fascinating as the milk mutated the very fabric of the cereal within 10 […]