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ou know that Spring is around the corner when daylight saving time arrives and we start hearing about St Patrick’s Day. Another gastronomic event that marks the beginning of Spring is the official opening of sugar shack season ( cabane à sucre). Ever since my arrival in Quebec in 1994, I go to la cabane à sucre only once a year. As you know, it is a intense celebration of sugar, salt and fat and my body cannot handle that too much. However, I do enjoy very much the food such as delicacies such as pea soup, meat pie, scrambled eggs and oreilles de crisse and of course the sumptuous maple syrup based desserts. A few years ago, I discovered a sugar shack where you can bring your own wine. From my past experiences, most people in la cabane à sucre have only water or milk. For me, this does not really work since I am not a milk drinker and frankly having only water in a restaurant is just very odd. I can't recall the name of the shack right now but it will come out in a few days. Actually, I designated my wife to do the research. What wines can you bring in a sugar shack?.

When considering your choices, keep in mind the combination of sugar-saltfat mentioned above. I strongly suggest that you consider fruity wines unoaked with a good acidity. The proper wines will aid your digestion and relieve some of that food coma that will hit you once you leave the table!! In addition, a cabane à sucre going out is by nature a very social outing. I recommend bringing easy drinking or pleasure wines that don't require too much contemplation. The last thing you want is to find yourself isolated in the table corner sniffing wines and taking silly notes. Now for the recommendations. For the Canadian pea soup, I recommend to try the Relax Bubbles ( SAQ # 13466926, $13.95) which is an equal blend of Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay and Riesling.This German sparkling wine is medium body and fruit forward recalling pear and khaki fruit. It has just the right amount of sweetness to handle the rich mouthfeel of the soup. It will also fare well with the

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homemade pickles, coleslaw and cretons present in the sugar shack. For the omelets, pork rinds, ham, and fries, why not have a Canadian wine?. The Henry Pelham Pinot Noir 2016 ( SAQ # 13470722, $19.80) will help you wash down all that greasy food with its lovely juicy, racy mouthwatering acidity and pretty flavors of tart cherry, cranberry and fresh earth. My second choice will be the Finca de los Padrillos Pinot Noir 2015 ( SAQ # 13425956, $17.95). It is a pretty Pinot Noir from Argentina with smoky red fruit nuances and cracked black pepper. Medium body, it will be perfect especially with the smoked ham and bacon. What wine to have with Hot Chicken Sandwich? Last week, I went to eat at St-Hubert with my wife’s family to celebrate the birthday of my niece. I ended up eating a hot chicken


sandwich which is one of my favorites dishes from the Quebec comfort food category. Traditionally, I have enjoyed this dish in the past with a Pepsi soft drink but that evening as I was eating my gravy drenched sandwich, I wondered what wines would be good with that. Later last week, I decided to create my own version of Hot Chicken Sandwich. My sandwich started with some shredded cooked chicken. Many recipes call for leftovers, or for a rotisserie chicken, but if you really want your gravy to shine you could do what I did: simmer a whole chicken in a quart of chicken stock and enough extra water to cover, along with ingredients like cracked black pepper, bay leaf, onion, carrot, and celery, until the meat is pulling away from the bones. Then remove the chicken, cool it and shred it, reserving the liquid for making the gravy and peas. For the gravy, I made a roux, and used my chicken poaching liquid instead of beef broth that many recipes call for with paprika, homemade ketchup and other spices. This resulted in a thick and savory sauce, much more than I needed for my sandwiches (though I did find a use at the end

for the remainder). For the peas, I sautéed them with some garlic and butter, using that to heat the drained peas, then finishing them with some black pepper and a bit of the remaining poaching liquid. Now, it was time to put together the sandwich. I started with a piece of buttered white bread. I used my homemade white bread, but you could go with a normal bread available at the supermarket. You don’t need to toast it, just butter a piece of bread and put it on your plate. Then I covered the bread with a good thick layer of poached shredded chicken.After, I putted the top slice of buttered bread on and added ladle more gravy on it. The gravy should cover the sandwich and spread out onto your plate. then scatter a good sized spoonful of peas over the sandwich A comfort dish like Hot Chicken Sandwich needs a rich generous wine. A inexpensive Roussillon or a Corbières will handle well the dark and rich gravy. For in-

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aple season is finally here! In and around Montreal, seasonal sugar shacks are reopening after a year of

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hibernation while “pop ups” sugar shacks are opening all around us. If you are in the mood for some fresh maple syrup on snow, here is a list of sugar shack menus you must try out this season. "Urban" sugar shacks in Montreal

chic Restaurant Richmond every weekend, from March 16th until March 31st. The restaurant offers a 4 course meal served «family style » at 45$/person and 20$ for kids. (Soup, appetizers, mains with sides and of course, desserts). Alongside with the meal, the urban sugar shack offers activities on their heated patio including: maple toffee, hot wine, hot chocolate, cotton candy & the best part: farm animals. Reserve your spot now.

Verdun: Cabane Panache et Bois Rond For the 9th season, the biggest urban lumberjack party will set up camp in Verdun for four days of square dancing, maple tires, and wood-cutting. From March 21st to the 24th, La Cabane Panache Griffintown: Perles & et Bois Rond is the perfect destination to cele- Paddock Maple Brunch We recently talked brate the season like nowhere else. Enjoy about Festival G. the very open-air festive music and traditional foods revisited in Verdun this spring, festive music, traditional & reinvented dishes, and drinks. Also, it’s free admission. Details on their website.

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first "Gourmet Festival" of Griffintown, taken place until March 17th in 18 restaurants. Well, Restaurant Perles & Paddock is participating, and offering their "sugar shack" brunch menu at only 22$ for the occasion. Expect: mimosa, pea soup, maple taffy and pudding chômeur. Once the festival is over, the special maple menu will still be offered (until April 9th) but "à la carte". Outside Montreal

Labonte de la pomme "apple/sugar shack" is back again this year with a delicious menu inspired by the maple season. From Wednesday to Fri-

day nights and every weekend until the end of April, expect a crazy-good menu inspired by Quebec products : homemade bacon, sausages, onion soup, and Labonte de la pomme 2019 signature dish: the waffle "étagé" with Oka cheese, bacon, ham homemade waffles (and a whole lot of maple syrup!). A delicious treat

to enjoy in a traditional decor in bucolic Oka valley. New this year: La Cabane du Coureur just opened in l’Hôtel Rive Gauche in St-Marc-SurRichelieu.You can now experience one of their two menu options : the first values the simplicity of traditional flavors; the second pushes the frontier of gastronomy. Both menus favor finesse in flavur and execution. Vegan and vegetarian menus are also available. Gather with family or friends and rediscover the gourmet pleasures of this tradition that we love so much. The new trend is definitely to offer vegan and vegetarian options in

sugar shacks. Who knew? Coureur des Bois, La Bonté de la Pomme... are all offering a special "sugar shack" menu that contains vegetal proteins. The Vegan Bistro Invitation V is following the lead, with

their urban sugar shack that is taking place from March 21st to April 21st (on weekends only). The menu is far from boring, including: maple popcorn, waffles, maple tart and sugar cake. See for websites

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should be done at all lev- hoods. Cyclists also get some els of users: pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists, of good news: point 8 aims at "improving existing bike all ages and conditions. The Vision Zero plan paths and develop the consists of twelve basic réseau express vélo." Alpoints, of which we would though once more, one highlight some of the should point out that cymost important. Point 5, clists also need to be for instance, is quite ur- more educated about gent: Work on the 3 road safety, both concernmajor themes: street ing their own –some bikcrossing; heavy-duty vehi- ers put their safety at risk cles, speed management. when moving dangerously Montrealers are known close to cars or making to be very dismissive of unpredictable moves on rules regarding street the road– and regarding crossing, a criticism that the safety of others, espeapplies to both, pedestri- cially pedestrians. Point 11 ans who makes an tend to interesting cross everyBy Sergio Martinez proposal: where withAdd more out much digital-timer regard for pedestrian valid action. At least this is traffic lights, traffic lights. what was promised when as well as Traffic lights Mayor Valerie Plante un- many drivin Montreal The veiled the adoption of a ers. are not on plan called Vision Zero. focus very pedesThis initiative was first heavy-duty t r i a n adopted by Sweden in v e h i c l e s f r i e n d l y, 1997. The Vision Zero ap- can't come there are proach, which has been at a more only a few implemented in many appropriate Montreal Mayor crossings large cities around the time since in Valerie Plante w h e r e world, is based on the some of the principle that "it is unac- recent tragic accidents it pedestrians can cross in ceptable that people are has been snow-removal all directions while all trafkilled or seriously injured vehicles and trucks mov- fic is stopped (something when they are travelling ing materials from con- that instead we find in struction sites which have various intersections in on the road network." The plan calls for a multi- been involved. Point 7 of Westmount). Streets with faceted approach to road Vision Zero calls precisely significant pedestrian cirsafety, basically meaning for a plan to "improve culation like Ste. Catherthat it will involve more training for professional ine, De Maisonneuve, education designed to drivers." Regarding speed Sherbrooke, have only a make all users of public management, the City is few crossings with dediroads more aware of their considering to lower the cated timing for pedestriown responsibilities and speed limit to 30 km/h in ans, and De Maisonneuve neighbour- despite its well-equipped rights, a process that residential bike path, has only one dedicated traffic light for cyclists (at the corner of Fort), while at least four others would be necessary, at the angles of Peel, Guy, St. Mathieu, and Atwater. Another significant proposal is contained in point 12: Improve lighting for walkways under bridges and overpasses. That's an essential requisite for the safety of both, cyclists and pedestrians; however, I should add that lighting on sidewalks (for pedestrians) has generally been neglected. A couple of years ago De Maison010-082719

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he Société de Développement Commercial Destination CentreVille is pleased to announce measures being taken to facilitate access to Sainte-Catherine Street during the first phase of road construction. Since February 11, the Ville de Montréal has been completing major roadwork to revitalize the infrastructure on SainteCatherine Street. Lot 1 of the first phase of the work, located between De Bleury Street and Robert Bourassa Boulevard, is expected to continue until fall 2019. To ensure that members with places of business in the sector concerned can

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and the city of Montréal ($10 million), with the business community expected to raise the balance. The national shrine on Mount Royal's Westmount Summit is Canada's largest church and purportedly has the largest dome in the world. In 2004, on the occasion of its 100th-anniversary, the basilica was designated a National Historic Site of Canada and Canada Post issued a 'Saint Joseph's Oratory, Quebec' stamp in the 2004 Tourist Attractions series. The Oratory is located on Queen Mary Road near the bustling Côte-desNeiges commercial artery. “The City of Montréal is proud to take part in the launch of the development work for this architectural masterpiece in our city that • March 16, 2019

continues to inspire awe in so many people," Mayor Valérie Plante said. "The proof is in the two million visitors who come to the Oratory each year, making it Quebec’s third most popular tourist destination," she said. "An important tourist attraction like the Oratory deserves to be preserved, enhanced and kept alive." The extensive restoration is intended to modernize many of the Oratory's infrastructures. By 2022 planners foresee a new visitors center with a shop and a restaurant, reconfigured gardens, redeveloped parking areas, a revamped museum, and a refurbished dome with an observation center. The reconstruction will integrate 21st-century technology with the expertise of Quebec artisans to enhance the experience of visitors and highlight the Oratory's historical and cultural heritage. Several officials were on site for the Inauguration of the Major Development Project Worksite at Saint Joseph's Oratory. “I am very pleased to be participating in today’s launch of the development work for Saint Joseph’s Oratory, which will reaffirm the important status of this tourist attraction," said Sherry Romanado, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Seniors on behalf of François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities. "Visitors will enjoy an enhanced experience as they discover, or rediscover, the sanctuary and its breathtaking view of Montréal. Investing in cultural initiatives such as this allows us to celebrate our heritage and history

while contributing to the economic development of our city, benefiting today’s and tomorrow’s generations.” Chantal Rouleau, Minister for Transport and Minister Responsible for the Metropolis and the Montréal Region was on hand for the occasion. “The Quebec government is proud to collaborate on this major development project of Saint Joseph’s Oratory, an architectural symbol of Montréal," she said. "We have a responsibility to preserve and enhance this extraordinary site that bears witness to our history. And today we are combining our resources to contribute to the development of this sanctuary, which represents both beauty and a rich heritage.” The Oratory used the occasion to also introduce members of its Campaign Cabinet for its fundraising initiative, Reaching New Heights. With a goal of raising $15 million, and with the participation of religious groups, leaders in Quebec's business community will take an active role in fundraising for the major renovation at the Oratory. The Campaign Cabinet will include Chair Guy Cormier, President, and CEO of Desjardins Group, supported by Serge Godin, CGI Founder and Executive Chairman of the Board, and Jean-Pierre Léger, Chairman of the Board for the St. Hubert Foundation. “I agreed to chair this major fundraising campaign, which will allow the Oratory to preserve its heritage buildings and provide an enhanced visitor experience




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collaboration. “We are pleased to be able to count on Quebec, Inc. leaders to mobilize the business community to help maintain this jewel of our religious and tourism heritage," said Father Claude Grou, CSC, Rector of Saint Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal. "In supporting the legacy that Saint Brother André has bequeathed to us, they are helping ensure that our sanctuary is preserved for future generations."



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of Place des Arts stage for two galas, both of them taking place on July 25. The two series of shows that anchor the festival’s Club Series – The Ethnic Show and the Nasty Show – will once again open the festival, this time with two new hosts. The Ethnic Show – a virtual United Nations of comedy – will be hosted for the first time by popular Latina comedian Cristela Alonzo; she will be joined so far by Lebanese-Canadian comic David Merheje and British-Nigerian comic Gina Yashere for a total of 19 shows between July 10 to 25 at Club Soda and the MTelus theatre. Bobby Lee, seen on MADtv and the ABC sitcom “Splitting Up Together”, will make his festival debut as the host of the always popular cavalcade of crudeness the Nasty Show, which will serve up the risqué laughs from July 17 to 27 at the MTelus. And the popular British darkly deadpan comedian Jimmy Carr will return to Montreal to host Brit(ish), the showcase of some of the finest comic talent from across the pond, on July 26 and 27 at the MTelus; joining Carr so far on the Brit(ish) line-up will be Sarah Millican. Another British comic who will be making his return to the Just For Laughs stage is Michael McIntyre, who hosts two popular comedy series on 8

Trevor Noah returns to Just For Laughs with solo show at Bell Centre BBC One and whose 28show engagement at London’s prominent O2 Arena sold over 400,000 tickets. He will bring his Big World Tour show for one night only (July 25) to Theatre Maisonneuve of Place des Arts. Tickets for these announced shows are now on sale, and can be purchased by going to the Just For Laughs website

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A traditional rite of spring for Montreal sports fans is the annual Sports Celebrity Breakfast that’s held by the Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors (CJCS) Foundation.The 15th edition of the breakfast is scheduled

for April 7 at the Gelber Conference Centre, located at 5700 Westbury Avenue. Chaired by Michael Wagen and Bram Naimer – along with honourary chairman Morden “Cookie” Lazarus – proceeds from the CJCS Sports Celebrity Breakfast will benefit the centre’s “Seniors in Crisis” program, which delivers

As part of its Artist-inResidence program, the McCord Museum will present an exhibition by this year’s artist-in-residence, local multidisciplinary visual artist of Mohawk and English ancestry Hannah Claus, which is called “there’s a reason for our connection”, and is running at the museum until August 11. The works that are featured in the exhibition integrate several original works of art by Ms. Claus, along with a number of objects from the museum’s Indigenous Cultures collection, which she hopes will spark a sense of dialogue between the shared histories of Canada. For more information, go to: .

Requiem Pop

Fans of dance, and rock music, will not want to miss the Agora de la danse’s presentation of Helen Simard’s work “Requiem Pop”, which will take place from April 10 to 23. Utilizing original texts, movement and aid and assistance to sen- music, “Requiem Pop” exiors in the community. amines the paradoxes of And like previous break- what it’s like to be an fasts, there will be a large iconic rock star – and the line-up of sports celebri- ups and downs that go ties representing Mon- with it -- through the life treal’s many sports teams and media both past pres- and career of Iggy Pop, ent, who will be present who is regarded as the to interface personally “grandfather of punk with the sold-out crowd. rock”. For more informaIncluded so far in this tion, or to purchase tickyear’s line guest line-up ets, call 514-525-1500, or are Montreal-born mixed go to: . March 16, 2019 •

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hortly after Téo Taxi ceased operations at the end of January, Irish company iCabbi made a bold move - quickly securing the talented development team, and opening a new office in Montréal - all part of their vision to put taxi companies at the centre of mobility. With close ties to Montréal's vibrant AI and tech mobility scene, this innovative team won over the city of Montréal with the highly rated Téo Taxi (EV) passenger app - rating 4.8/5 – higher than most well-known ride sharing giants on the App Store and Google Play. The team will now bring their local knowledge and expertise to iCabbi's global customer base, working on best in class user booking experience, data science and accelerating EV and AI integration in the iCabbi Dispatch solution. iCabbi Founder and CEO, Gavan Walsh, commented "It was an unmissable opportunity that fit with our strategy. EVs, AI, and data are key to our plans to continue transforming forwardthinking taxi fleets throughout the world. Montréal was also an attractive base to support our expansion into North America, proving itself as a hub for R&D in tech mobility and this team share our vision and ambition. We've now got the largest dev team in this space and are in a rapid innovation phase across current and new solutions for our customers." Speaking about the deal at the new iCabbi office in Montréal,Yasha Sekhavat, VP of Product for

fter much consideration, the organizers of Arts Week made the difficult decision to place the Imagine Monkland festival on hiatus for 2019 with goals to resume in 2020 with the renewed vision that made it a success in 2018. The team is very proud of the first edition of Imagine Monkland as it marked the return to a more community-based event highlighting local merchants, artists, and artisans during a 3-day weekend of festivities in the Monkland village and attracting 80,000 participants. Close to 50 kiosks made up a giant street sale spanning from Girouard Avenue to Harvard Avenue, showcasing a variety of local businesses, local NGOs, and arts and crafts tables from local artisans. Imagine Monkland also produced a multidisciplinary programme, becoming a platform for musical acts, puppeteers, and dance performers. The festival also saw the first edition of the

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Under the Chilean wine influence had the same varieties, but now each producer and place in specialising in different things. Wines to escape the winter and dream of summer days to come!

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hile used to be notoriously famous for making value driven wines with a focus on quantity rather than quality. However, this was the image of maybe 30 years ago and today's reality is a far echo of the past. The road to quality started several years ago when Chilean producers decided to abandon the central plains and embrace the mountains. The move was started by its revolutionary and artisan producers but not too long after, the big players catched on.Fast forward to today's Chile you can find pais based natural wines coexisting harmoniously with the traditional Bordeaux inspired blends. Central to the gestation of a premium wine image for Chile was the arrival of Rhone based wines. Chile first Syrah debuted in 1995 and it was a sign

of exciting times to come. The international wine community was not even aware that serious wine was being made in Elqui, a valley better known for its pisco (grape brandy), hippy communities and UFO sightings. Today there is not only Syrah in Elqui Valley but as well

Intriga Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 SAQ # 11766520 $22.75 A phenomenal Cabernet from Montgras hailing from the Maipo Valley. A top notch bouquet reminiscent of leafy blackberry fruit, tobacco and cedar. Silky and refined with caressing tannins and a lingering finale recalling licorice and sun dried tomatoes. Chilean by origin but classified Bordeaux growth by spirit.

Tarapaca Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2016SAQ # 13685483 $18.00 Dark blue fruit and slightly herbaceous with nuances of bittersweet chocolate and mocha A touch Virginia tobacco as well. On the mouth, noble with very fine tannins.Very long and racy in the mouth. A steal for the price it commands at the SAQ

as well as Carignan, and white Rhone grapes, like Roussanne, Marsanne and Viognier, are being employed in a greater number of blends as well. Chile has a very big potential for producing Mediterranean style wines. Chile stills makes excellent Cabernet based wines but the new younger generation of wine drinkers are preferring the taste of Grenache, Mourvèdre and Carignan. As for examples of this trend, some of the more premium wines and producers include Vina San Pedro who makes an stellar Syrah 1865 Limited Edition from the Elqui Valley or the Antu Rhone line wines from Montgras. By Marco Giovanetti ofOverall, Chile continues to develop a prosperous wine industry, and making more discoveries. In the Colchagua, Apalta and past all the brands had a Marchichue Cabernet Sauvignon and a Grenache ,Mourvèdre, Merlot, and all the regions

From the winery of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in Provence, France.An explosion of herbal and flower nuances with fruit undertones that bring to mind cantaloupe laced with cherry and raspberry. Delicate and perfumed on the palate with a crisp acidity and a finale that recalls lavender.

A textbook example of well made quality Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand. Delicious and pretty aromas of pineapple, white peppercorns and green bell pepper. WIth aeration in the glass, noble notes of passion fruit and guava appear. On the palate, it is fresh and crisp with a long cleansing and digest finale.

The Riesling Andlau is made by the well known Quebecois sommelier Jessica Ouellet who presently lives in Alsace with her boyfriend, winemaker Pierre Wach. Classic Riesling nuances that bring to mind flint and freshly squeezed lime. On the palate, dry almost saline with lots of citric fruit character. Round and very aromatic finale.

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nary strength. Popeye, the Sailor, transforms himself, thanks to spinach, into a superhero capable of defeating his most powerful enemies, usually Bluto, who tries to take his sweetheart Olive Oyl away from him. Popeye first appeared as a comic strip character on January 19, 1919, actually in a secondary role in the King Features newspaper strip, Thimble Theatre, created by Elzie Segar. Don Markstein's Toonopedia recounts the circumstances of that first appearance: "Castor and Ham embarked on an adventure that was to involve overseas travel, so on January 17, 1929, they went to the docks to arrange transportation. ‘Hey there! Are you a sailor?' Castor called to a one-eyed man wearing a nautical outfit, with an anchor tattooed on his arm. 'Ja think I'm a cowboy?' said Popeye, who at that moment became an integral part of the Thimble


Theatre cast." Castor Oyl is Olive's sister, Ham Gravy would eventually disappear from the strip. Wimpy –insatiable eater of hamburgers– was added in 1932 and the baby Swee'pea in 1936. In 1933 Popeye made his debut in the movies, although as part of the already famous series featuring the cartoon sex symbol Betty Boop. "I Yam What I Yam" made that same year by the Fleischer Studios was the first in which the sailor was the main character. More than two hundred animation movies were made although when Fleischer was taken over by Paramount which renamed it Famous Studios, the quality of the films declined. In the 1960s new Popeye cartoons were made for TV but again, they never achieved the quality and freshness of those early ones made by Fleischer. A live action movie was made in 1980, directed by Robert Altman featuring Robin Williams in the leading role, Shelley Duvall as Olive Oyl, Paul

Dooley as Wimpy, Dono- since it was home to a van Scott as Castor Oyl, spinach-processing plant and Paul L. Smith as Bluto. that was producing The movie was well-received by both, the critics and the public. Shot in the island of Malta, the location would eventually become a tourist attraction. Indeed the recreation of the small coastal town where Popeye and his friends were supposed to live was one of the achievements of the movie which brought back the memories of an old popular culture icon mixed with a contemporary look as well. Popeye's taste for spinach, although not originated in commercial sponsorship (information issued by health agencies after World War I was emphasizing the nutritional value of spinach as a source of iron), benefitted growers and processors of the vegetable to the extent that Crystal City, Texas, erected a statue to the comic strip character. His craving for spinach helped the town Across to go through the reces1. A Ramsey sion relatively unharmed 6. Bite

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10,000 cans a day during the 1930s, thanks to Popeye. Another statue dedi-

cated to the character is situated in Chester, Illinois. A restaurant chain based in Louisiana and specialized in fried chicken also bears the name of the famous sailor, but the character has also made commercial inroads outside the U.S.: a Popeye company offering sports supplements is based in Canada, and in Chile, there is a Popeye detergent. At 90, Popeye is still present in some newspapers in the U.S. and abroad, although just as reprints of the works by his last artist and writer, Forrest "Bud" Sagendorf. In 2004 a new TV version, using digital technique was launched by Fox. Of course, some of the old classic black and white films are now available online.

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