Six of the best... Slow Food Food is getting better! Think back 10 or 20 years. “Gourmet” in some circles meant a can of mushroom soup poured over your meatloaf. Where our Canadian ancestors were scraping the bottom of their root cellars until June, our dilemma is to choose between cuisines from around the globe – which are usually better than the versions served in their home regions. Slow Food, the opposite of fast food, is a major movement. It could be called Gourmet Comfort Food.
Markham Street Subway Station Really ugly architecture, the inside looks like an enormous public washroom, the lighting is fluorescent glare and there’s not even a bored attendant to ignore you. It’s one stop shopping for everything to mock Toronto. Why is this a happy place? Some years ago small groups of pesky young people convened here to snooze, talk, ingest questionable substances and give surly looks to all who entered herein. The sound system throughout the TTC, known for blaring inane and unintelligible messages, was enlisted to play beautiful classical music at this entrance, and a few other stations, all the time. Them darn youngsters could not stand it! They cleared out and did not return. Subway patrons now get a few bars of great music as they pass through and no one sleeps on the benches anymore.
A Banana It’s the fruit with a sense of humour, who knows why? Is it because monkeys eat them the very same way we do, except that we don’t usually involve our feet? Is it because of banana peel falling-down-laughing skits? One banana undermined the political career of Robert Stanfield, “the best Prime Minister Canada never had,” by providing years of fodder for political cartoons. Sideways a banana looks like a smile, maybe that’s it.
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