Archive for July, 2009

The typical brands around here are ‘Spitz’, ‘Old Dutch’, and possibly ‘Davids’ (if you can find some).  They are very delicious and eating them makes you want to eat more.  For me, and especially when playing ball or golfing, I tend to jam a few handfuls in my mouth and spit away.  However, due to the salt coating on the shells, this tends to make the inside of my cheeks slightly raw and sore.

Last week, I was playing ball and a teammate put down this brown paper bag of seeds.  We laughed.  We made fun.  We joked.  They are ChaCheer Sunflower Seeds from China.  The sunflower seeds are plump and picked from the Inner Mongolian Green Farm.  The flavours are steamed and roasted into the seed. 

The flavour I tried was coconut.  This may seem strange – as they smelled like a topicana sunscreen covered model.  We laughed once again.  Inning 2 comes around and I decide to try them.  Mmmm tasty.  Ok.  The seed is a weird elongated shape.  Another handful.  Oh man, these are actually quite good.  Another handful…..  another….. another…..  WHERE DID YOU GET THESE?!?  The answer to this will come at the bottom.

From their website, other flavours are Mint, Mixed, and Original.  Mint?!?  I bet they will be awesome.  Updates to come as I will be getting some this weekend to do a full product review.

And the place to get these?   T & T Supermarket on 97th or in W.E.M. 





So, a quick update.  I purchased a few bags on the weekend – Spiced, Original and Coconut.  T&T did not have the Mint.  Spiced is very good.  Original barely had any flavour, so that is the first and last bag I buy.  #1 is still coconut, followed closely by Spiced.  Have you tried them yet?


Pedestrians in many world cities are crossing the road back, forth and even diagonally thanks to a new type of crosswalk known as a criss-cross.  Even Calgary opened up a criss-cross downtown.

This special type of crosswalk stops vehicles in all four directions while pedestrians cross the street in any direction they choose.  Vehicles at an intersection with criss-crosses must wait until the light turns green before making a right turn.

Research done by the Schulich School of Engineering and the City of Calgary showed a significant decline in the number of pedestrian-vehicle conflicts, which are “near miss” situations that have the potential to result in crashes in regular crosswalks. While that reduction is an important safety benefit, there were also more pedestrians stepping off the curb when the “don’t walk” signal was flashing.

Calgary’s transportation people said that criss-crosses are considered safer and more efficient than traditional crosswalks.  With this type of crosswalk being used in major cities such as San Francisco, Los Angeles, Tokyo, London and even Toronto, it seems like it is working quite well.

Does Edmonton want to be a worldly, advanced city?  It seems that the leaders want a lot of events and people to visit our town. 

Where would the criss-cross go?  I am not sure.

Do we depend too much on our cars?  I am not sure. 

Would the addition of a criss-cross in Edmonton show the world that we are making an effort to clean up the air, make the downtown core a more pedestrian friendly place and encourage people to visit?  I’d like to think so.    




Resource: CBC, Schulich
Here is a video from the Toronto Sun showing the criss-cross in action:

You want something tasty for lunch – try the Stouffer’s Paninis

I have been having these for some time, but I am sure that a few of you have never tried them, let alone heard of them. 

I love sandwiches.  But I love them even more when they are toasted.  A nice toaster oven is an underutilized appliance.  So, for those of you craving a toasted sandwich and if you do not have a toaster over, try a Stouffer’s panini.  You heat them in the microwave and they get toasted inside the microwave.  NO, you say?  Well, let me tell you, YES. 

I, too, was skeptical.  So, I bought some.  It comes packaged in a normal frozen dinner sized box and can be purchased at any store that sells groceries and is located in the freezer section.  The box is part of the toasting process – so be careful when opening the package.  Actually, read the back of the box for the instructions on heating and setting up of the box. 

When you open the box, you see the sandwich is in a plastic bowl-shaped wrap.  Carefully, pry the top sheet off.  You then see the sandwich on a circular disc – which is one of the main factors in causing the toasting action.  You take the sandwich – which is two half sandwiches, side-by-side – and align it as the top of the disc states.  You, now take the box, and fold it as per the instructions creating a heat pocket for the disc to toast the bread.  Carefully, put the sandwich, which is on the disc, on the box and place it in the microwave. 

Timing is important.  With my microwave, I have experimented and like the bread slightly toastier than normal.  I set it to 3min10s.  The box says 2min30s to 3min30s.  Experiment and find your perfect lunch experience.

Once the microwave is finished its cycle, carefully remove the box-sandwich combo – as it is very hot.  Slide the sandwich onto a plate and discard the paper disc and box into the appropriate recycling bin.  Wait 1 minute, then press the halves together.  Wait another minute or two and enjoy.  You will not regret it.