November 2006


But this wasn’t just any old self-promoting David Blaine stunt. As a reward for his success, Target will give 100 underprivileged New York children chosen by the Salvation Army a David Blaine-led $500 shopping spree through one of its stores, because the spirit of Christmas is nothing if not a sharp reminder to the world’s poor that however hard they work, their children will always be more thankful to the smug tit who made more money for their kids by spending a few hours twatting about on a gyroscope than they manage to scrape together in six months of back-breaking labour.

A judge in Massachusetts has ruled that burritos are not sandwiches. It seems that, when Panera moved into a Shrewsbury shopping center, its lease included a clause preventing the landlord from renting to another sandwich shop. Qdoba, a burrito shop similar to Chipotle but owned by Jack In The Box instead of McDonalds, drew the ire of Panera when it signed a lease there. Fortunately, the judge found that “A sandwich is not commonly understood to include burritos, tacos and quesadillas, which are typically made with a single tortilla and stuffed with a choice filling of meat, rice, and beans.” I hope he fined Panera steeply for wasting his time with such a stupid matter.

This has been our first cold week of the season. So this weekend, we were inspired to make gl├╝hwein (”glowing wine”), a German-style mulled wine. If you’ve never tried it before, think “hot grape cider” and you’re pretty close.

This is the first batch I’ve made in quite some time, and I had lost my old favorite recipe. This batch didn’t turn out badly, though. (more…)