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

Steve Purkis steve at purkis.ca
Wed Apr 5 17:35:20 BST 2006

FWIW, while the 'poutine' the Maple Leaf offers is good, it is by no  
way comparable to the kind of poutine you'd get at Le Stop, or any  
number of hot-dog stands / restaurants in or around Quebec.  I think  
they use mozzarella instead of cheese curds or something.  Also, the  
chips are a bit off... but still, as I say, good.

If you're ever driving from Montreal to Ottawa, stop off in  
Hawkesbury and check out a restaurant called "Carole's".. c'est bon..  


On Apr 4, 2006, at 15:48, Simon Wistow wrote:

> 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
>   endeavour.
>   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.
> Directions
>   http://london.pm.org/meetings/locations/maple_leaf.html
>   http://www.streetmap.co.uk/newmap.srf?x=530359&y=180783&z=0&ar=Y
>   http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=WC2E+7LJ&spn=0.005,0.02
> Location
>   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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