What a week for Canada!
After two weeks of sports, I am getting a bit fatigued from being glued to the sports event day after day. I am just glad that it is coming to an end — and to a high note too! We all woke up this morning having topped the Gold medal standing for the first time. If all expectations goes according to plan, we will even stretch the Gold medal lead.
Which leads me to think that Canada should abandon the American way of determining the medal leaderboard by taking into account the number of medals won. We should follow the rest of the world is ranking it by medal types.
|Summer – 1984 Los Angeles
|Summer – 1992 Barcelona
|Winter – 2002 Salt Lake City
|Winter – 2006 Turin
Whatever it is, we are at the verge of attaining the most Gold won in BOTH summer and winter Olympics.
GO CANADA GO
Ryan made a great suggestion. He asked the chowtimes has a Google Map of all the restaurants we had visited before. This idea was first done by Matt on VancouverSlop which was adopted by CBC’s website (Matt is a genius in these sort of things!).
So here is our implementation of our idea. You can get to the Chowtimes Restaurant Explorer by clicking on the Restaurant Explorer link at the top of the page. I made that link with a RED background for now just to show you guys it’s there.
The page is still under construction — and it will be while before we retroactively populate all our old restaurant visits. There is, after all, over 400 Metro Vancouver restaurants to go through. Don’t hold your breath!
This this what we have implemented:
- A 1-liner description of the restaurant
- Picture(s) of the food we tried
- Address and phone number of the restaurant
The other features are standard Google Map functionality which we have little to no control over … like “Get directions”. This interface of this embedded Google Map does not behave exactly like if you got to http://maps.google.com … so this is a bit more clunkier and sadly harder to navigate.
But please have a look at the Restaurant Explorer and let me know what you think. ANY feedback is very much appreciated. We just want to build something that is of use to you readers.
Thanks a lot to Ryan for this suggestion. [Sorry Ryan, we still have not found a way to make this fit a 1024 x 768 screen — which we know represents a sizeable 17% of our visitors].
Hope you like it.
Chowtimes Mentioned on Jennifer 8 Lee’s Blog!
OK. it was just a little mention on Jennifer 8 Lee’s blog … a small mention, no link juice for chowtimes.com but still it is a big deal to Suanne and I.
Jennifer 8 Lee is who we want to be when we grow up — not that we will want to at this time. Fancy being invited to speak on a TED conference one day where Suanne speaks on her Underground Restaurant venture. That would be a day right, Suanne? LOL!
We felt so honored!
To close off this week’s musings, here is a series of national food made in the image of its respective national flags. It is from a chain email we received from Minoo which we find very interesting. Look over this and let me know if you agree that the food is a fair representation of the food you normally find in the country.
From Australia, the Australian Meat Pie which is a favourite and common take away snack.
Brazil. OK we see lime and maybe banana leaf at the background. What is the diamond shape part made of? Pineapple? This one we stumped us. That shows how little we know about Brazil (or for that matter South American) food.
The only thing I can think of at the mention of Brazilian food is beef …. mmmm … churrasco! I am sure Brazilian Cuisine is way more than that.
China. This is kind of odd. Firstly the Star Fruit. We did not realize that the star fruit is native to China (not that we know where it is from).
Then the background … it seems like Bak Kwa (Suanne’s recipe here) but we thought it is more South East Asian than it is China. Any one can help?
Viva la Francai! The French flag is represented by Blue Cheese, Brie (which is also the name of a French province) and grapes.
Greece, the cradle of Western Civilization … home of the Olives and Feta Cheese.
India, the land of diverse spices and intense tastes is presented by saffron colored curry, shredded coconut and spinach. The Ashoka Chakra in the middle is represented by … a piece of pappadum. Nice. Makes me hungry.
The Indonesian flag is simple and represented by rice and chili sauce. A little trivia on the origin of the Indonesian flag. Did you know that the Indonesian flag is derived from the Holland red-white-blue tri-color band? You see, Indonesia was once a colony of Holland. When Indonesia was clamoring for her independence, the sign of protest is to rip off the blue band at the bottom from the Holland flag.
The Italian flag is made out of basil, spaghetti and tomato. So apt right?
Anyway, the Chinese had always assume that the pasta originated from China and that Marco Polo brought home the Chinese noodles from his travels. But I know … the Italians will swear that this is totally untrue. I know how exasperated it would be to the Italians to have to defend this Chinese-origin assumption.
Other than the Indonesian flag, no other flag in the world is more simpler. The flag of the land of the rising sun is represented by an uncommonly round Sushi.
Korea, or more specifically South Korea is shown with a top down view of the Gimbab. There is no debate as to the origin of the Gimbab as it is derived from the Japanese maki sushi. But the Korean Gimbab is distinctively different from the Japanese version. The sauces which made up the ying-yang symbol is a mystery to me.
The Lebanese flag is represented by chopped tomato sandwiching the pita in the center. The parsley in the middle takes place of the cheddar tree.
It is difficult to represent Spain with it’s rich cuisine. Also, did you know that there are several official version of the Spanish flags? The red-yellow-red bands are consistent with the coat of arms in the middle that changes over time. The Spanish flag is made up of the Spanish Chorizo and Paella.
Not many people realize this. The Swiss flag is the only square shaped flag in the world. Anyway, the flag of Switzerland is represented by Swiss Cheese and … cured meat?
Last but not least, the flag of Vietnam. Do you recognize the fruits? The star fruit is simple. The lighter red fruit is Lychee and the hairy larger one is Rambutan.
Sorry, no flag of Canada. Maybe it’s because … well … we don’t really have an internationally recognized cuisine to call our own. Is poutine and bannock considered a cuisine?
That’s it for this weekend, folks. Have a good one and …
GO CANADA GO