Six Word Story #23



“Refreshing Watermelon Smoothie Counters Sweltering Heat!”




I have a never-ending love affair with fruit smoothies!

On almost every day I am concocting yet another batch for my lads here at home.  And it’s never the same blend twice – haha!

My base ingredients tend to be water, banana, pineapple, and apple (any kind that I have on hand).  And then things change from there on….influenced by whims and fancies or more simply if it’s all that I have in the fruit basket.  Anywhere from a mix of berries to fresh mangoes – although I freely add in frozen fruits, too – kiwi fruit or pears; always a surprise!

And my must addition is fresh plain yogurt.  Sometimes I add in hemp hearts for a special treat.

These days with the summer heat being particularly pronounced, I have been adding in fresh watermelon as well, lending such a light and sweet refreshing flavour.

Ooohhhmmm!  Looking at this photo is making me want to head into the kitchen and make another fruit smoothie!


Four Little Beer



Four three ounce glasses,

Each a diff’rent type of beer.

What a sampling treat!




On Saturday my husband and I went to an early evening show at our usual cinema.  And afterwards we dropped in at a nearby restaurant and pub, called The 3 Brewers, also known as Les 3 Brasseurs – it’s that bilingual touch in Canada!  🙂

My sons and I tend to enjoy craft beer; my husband is more of a mixed drinks guy.  So he picked his usual, and I went exploring….

Our server informed me of the various options, picking from one of many different brands listed on their menu…..OR, going for a sampler set, one of which was having either a regular collection of a four-beer sampling or the premium one – the difference being in the various types offered.  I listened to both options and then decided with the premium.

From the picture above – left to right – it was the 3 Brewers own blonde, then their I.P.A., then a specialty one being promoted as a Sessional (unique to only this restaurant branch), and an  A.P.A. equivalent, their Harvest Ale.




I couldn’t resist!  The total amount of beer still amounts to a 12-ounce glass, but this way I could have some fun sampling a range of different ones.

Plus, what was new to me when I was talking with our server, it surprised me to hear acronyms associated with beer.  So, I asked her what I.P.A. and A.P.A stood for – respectively, India Pale Ale and American Pale Ale.  I was familiar with India Pale Ale, as I have tried some in the past.  I learned a few new things that evening pertaining to beer.  Cool!

And yes, I had fun tasting each one and comparing the differences as I savoured them.  The lighter flavours, the heavier ones.  The more hoppy one. 🙂  And the one with a citrus-y taste in it.



Note:  Just now I called the restaurant in order to get my information correct before publishing it in finished form here, and I ended up having a most delightful conversation with the brew master there.  I can tell he enjoys his work – haha!  He clarified for me the distinct aspects of the Sessional (as I was stumped on the spelling, I thought that was the ACTUAL name of it).  And I described to him some of the differences I detected in the two pale ales, and he expounded from his knowledge.  I also learned of the features of their blonde beer.  Such fun!  He was appreciative of my questions, and I told him that his enthusiasm for his work was equally enjoyable.  🙂




We have beer!


Not such a big deal, you say?

Well, you are right.  In one way, it isn’t.  Here in Canada we have had beer for a long time.  It was introduced with European settlers and declined during the Prohibition era but has experienced a resurgence once that era ended.  Been going strong ever since.

And yes, we have always been able to buy our beer at the beer stores or liquor stores all across the nation.

HOWEVER…..the big deal comes in more specifically as it relates to the province of Ontario, when compared to, for example, the neighbouring province of Quebec.  In Quebec beer has also been sold for a long time in grocery stores and convenience stores.  That service just wasn’t available to consumers in Ontario.

Up until just recently.

Provincial government regulations have finally changed… now allow the selling of beer in grocery stores.


So….just the other day, my two oldest boys and I went to do some grocery shopping and happened to go in a store that we sometimes go to, if we happen to be in the area.  As we walked around with our cart – piling up things we needed from our list, we came upon – to our surprise! – the beer corner in the store.  And yes, we immediately explored.

In the above photo is the display of the craft beer cooler.

Next….the imported beer section….and on the left are a few already assembled boxes in which customers can place their bottles for carrying, just as you would ordinarily get at the beer or liquor store.


Regulations require that a notice be mounted and visible to consumers as to the hours of service and the staff able to assist (those with proper certification).


Yes….we browsed.  And yes, we picked up something.  See the four-pack of strawberry-flavoured beer in our cart?  Just in front of the toilet paper.


I also looked through this cider section and decided to give an alcoholic pear cider can a try.  I have had apple ciders in some pubs and those were always tasty.


So yes, in the grand scheme of things…..of having access to beer, it’s not such a big deal, as we always have been able to buy beer, but this added option has been LONG awaited and LONG time in coming to Ontario residents.  It offers the choice of buying beer in the same place as the groceries and saving an extra stop.  It’s a nice convenience.



The Marble Inside



My first time at Ottawa ComicCon today – or the Con, as it’s known to those who participate more regularly at these events – and with my young friend, Katey, as my guide, I decided to try out a new drink today. I guessed pretty much that it was orange soda; HOWEVER, what made this Japanese version so unique was Katey’s enthusiastic description of how to drink it!
So, naturally, I had to try it.



You open the cap. You dislodge the little plastic “tubey” bit from the lid. You discard the lid. Then you place the tubey bit – which sorta looks like a tubetti pasta shape – onto the top of the glass bottle. Yes, glass! How nice! Not plastic. Then with the palm of your hand, you put equal pressure to bear down onto the top of the bottle until you hear the little glass marble give way from its snug spot at the top…..which then allows the orange soda to flow freely when you tip the bottle to your lips to drink.
AND… more thing, the little glass marble, with gravity as its friend, will drop down at every swig, thereby only allowing a good glug’s worth of liquid to come out.
Isn’t that just the niftiest and handiest little invention????

I love it! So fun!
I tend NOT to drink soft drinks, BUT for something this unique, I will make an exception. It tasted rather good, too.

In the photos, you can see the front (above) and back (below) of the bottle. The front shows the Japanese writing, and you can see the marble still inside; it’s just a bit more visible in the photo viewing the back of the bottle.