Archive for July, 2009

Go North!

Posted in Tourist Information on July 31, 2009 by SLUDGE SODA

Introducing Dépanneur Sauvé.

A pungent waft nearly volumizes my water-damaged ‘do as I enter the bodega.  Recognizable scents of thyme, all spice and cumin are present, but other mystery ingredients of Pedro Cerrano brews elude me.  They have it all here: sexy kaffir lime leaves, stank paprika, lavish saffron and “a whole galaxy of multi-colored” spices.

Once you overcome the initial sensory overload, the first thing one will stumble upon is the cold beer selection.  Fairly standard variety, but they have a knack for mismatching old cases with new bottles.  Case in point, when was the last time you bought a sixer of Corona, clanking freely in a Bud box?  The singles selection is a bit of a letdown, as the availability of exotic imports is non-existent and $2 tally’s are largely ignored in favor of crap Labatt 710 millies.

Moving along, we reach the soda pop section.  Obamah!  Complete neglect for Coke and Pepsi name brands, but sub-tropical umbrella brands are well represented, including my personal fav, Inca Cola.  Kolashampan, Ting and Kola Couronne round out the bevy of exotic sugar waters.

Strolling aisles 1 through 3, it is evident the proprietor understands the surrounding multicultural demographic.  Beans, rice, mysterious canned vegetables and a wide variety of coconut milk line the shelves and well, you can pretty much find any desired ingredient.

A well-stocked fresh fish and seafood department borders the chopping block and butcher.  Prime cuts, fatty slabs and stuffed sausage are on display and the butcher is happy to serve.

Although the SAQ’s Grand Frére would not be impressed, random spirits occupy the shelves on a shelf near the cashier.  A half drank bottle of Alcohol 94% sits alongside a discounted 40 pounder of Appletons.  At $29.99, the Blue Light Special is explained by a hand written note that they lost the original bottle cap and now a Bailey’s cap keeps the contents sealed.  The Alcohol 94% is another story.  Apparently, a loyal customer crafts a potent mix of Haitian rum, coconut cream and various exotic spices and provides a promo taster.  The cashier did not offer me a swig of the milky Cremasse.

Lastly, there is a self-serve weave and hair care department.  Damn girl, holla!  

If you didn’t read any of the above, worry not, the real reason to visit this dep is for their avocado selection. Adhering to ISO standards and realized climacteric characteristics, Dépanneur Sauvé employs a multi-tier avocado ripeness system.  MTARS?  In layman’s terms, the ripest morning toast candidates are put on top or sold at discount, in the back, while the rock hard green guys are left on the bottom flat to ripen naturally.  Formidable, c’est géniale.

To the checkout.

Despite openly advertising Interac and Mastercard payment options on the door, don’t be surprised if you sense harsh resentment from the cashier as she shifts from her comfortable stool in aisle 1, to the electronic payment centre in aisle 1.5.  Oops, she forget the balance, back to “the” register and this time she enters the total on a calculator to cross-reference when she keys the total sale into the payment processor.

Corner of Sauvé and St-Urbain

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Styless

Posted in ery on July 28, 2009 by SLUDGE SODA

This malicious disease has spread from the flueve straight to NH.

The Habitat-Hampton weekend warrior

Thanks to Ralph for the art.

Back in the drink

Posted in Current Events Class on July 26, 2009 by SLUDGE SODA

swallow thissteady now

10 days on the DL had me goin batshit….damn it feels good to be back in it!

Interwebbing Double Matinee

Posted in Elijah Mack on July 24, 2009 by SLUDGE SODA

Not so new video re: Blazing the Oregon Trail

Lewis and Clark would be proud.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=st3CHY6bplY

Surfing`s nice, but I would mute the volume and try this.

http://bodyglove.mobilerider.com/embed/small_wide/116/19381/

Crusty Local

Posted in ery on July 23, 2009 by SLUDGE SODA

Coureur des bois

Abdomenizer, basketball, pulp newsprint and S.U.P – Legit Canuck Inventions?

GUNNED DOWN!

Posted in Current Events Class on July 21, 2009 by SLUDGE SODA

Getting gunned down is one of the few things that can keep a goon outta the water.

I was lucky enough, in this instance, to get torn up in the comfort of my own kitchen by none other than the lovely Catherine “Bijou” Bouffard. You can find Cat starring soon at the new Tattoomania Studio on St. Denis.

SUPCB

Posted in ery on July 21, 2009 by SLUDGE SODA

The 2nd annual Stand Up Paddle Canoe Bonanza went down this past weekend and it was a smashing success.  First time SUPCB enthusiasts had no trouble navigating the canoes around the flat lake.   One young lady even mentioned it was easier than surfing in a river and was going to spread the word to everyone she knows.

Lessons are available to any interested parties…

Warning: Lakes are unpredictable bodies of water and it is not advisable to try this emerging sport without the guidance of a non-certified instructor.  Helmets, a  self portait and creton bunwiches are included with the lesson.

First Attempt