[ANNOUNCE] Social, 6th of April @ The Maple Leaf, Covent Garden

Simon Wistow simon at thegestalt.org
Tue Apr 4 15:48:10 BST 2006

Blimey, is it that time already? Doesn't time fly.

Just to remind you the April Social meet is THIS THURSDAY (the 6th) at 
The Maple Leaf in Covent Garden.

For thems that don't know The Maple Leaf is a Canadian pub and as such 
you can expect several things.

     * A mountie uniform
     * Sleemans Honey Brown ale 
     * Chicken wings by the lb.
     * Poutine. Sweet glorious Poutine.

You see, Canadian cusine is largely based on massive amounts of carbs 
because their country, lacking a gulf stream, is fricking cold a lot of 
the time. 

Poutine originates from Quebec, an ostensibly French part of Canada that 
has used hundreds of years of Gallic cooking expertise to come up with 
the pinnacle of food experiences. Poutine, you might say, is the 
ur-dish. The alpha and the the omega.

It is chips, cheese and gravy.

Don't let the simple description fool you - it is an almost religious 
experience. Couple with the delicious mouthsome taste of Sleemans Honey 
Brown and a couple of pounds of spicy wings with blue cheese sauce, you 
can't help but be as happy as un cochon dans quelle que merde [*].

There's also other food. But you should really try the Poutine.

Now the standard blurb ... 

  Social meetings are a chance for people to meet up face to face for a
  quiet drink (alcoholic or not) A fair chunk of Perl is talked at the
  meetings, but also people who have no interest in the language often
  pop along to socialise.  There's no charge to enter, no agenda, and we
  tend to think of it more as pleasant drinks rather than any serious

  People normally turn up after work, and many stay until closing time. 
  Food is normally consumed at the pub by those wanting nourishment
  though sometimes small groups of people head off for food either
  during or after the meeting. 




  Sits at the East End of Maiden Lane which runs East-West below Covent  
  Garden piazza.

By Tube

  Covent Garden (Picadilly Line), Leicester Square (Picadilly Line, 
  Northern Line CX branch), Charing Cross (Northern Line CX branch, 
  Bakerloo line), Waterloo and Waterloo East (mainline, Jubilee, 
  Bakerloo, Northern Line CX branch).

By Bus

  Loads. Too many to list.

[*] Note that in Quebec, this would be pronounced "fgnnghghghg ggrrggh 
reeeeeeerddgh". Quebecois does not sound like French. French speaking 
Anglophones do not understand Quebecois. The French do not understand 
Quebecois. In fact it has never been conclusively proved that the 
Quebecois understand Quebecois. [**]

[**] Don't get me wrong, I love Canadians in general and Quebec in 
particular. Montreal has zero (0) Starbucks as far as I can tell. 
Instead they have Al van Houtte. Which sells beer. Including Sleemans 
Honey Brown. Mmm. Sleemans. [***]

[***] Mmmmm.

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