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I’m a finalist!

2009 has been pushed through to the finals for the 2009 Black Weblog Awards, in the category of [drumroll please]… Best Food Blog! Yeah, I know that you’re thinking, “Monique, you’re blog isn’t called ‘Alotaboutfood'”. Well that’s obviously correct, but I have enough posts and reviews on food, recipies and kitchen gadgets that should warrent a best food (and more) blog title! :D

So for all you faithful readers out there, please visit and vote for my blog,, in the “Best Food Blog” category. I know there’s a lot of other great blogs out there, but I assure you that there will be plenty of recipes to come by the end of this month (I am a self-proclaimed procrastinator and my hard drive is filled with food photos I have yet to post the recipes for).

Thanks! Alotaboutnothing for the win!

How long will Toronto stink?


Garbage receptacle in Toronto overflowingDon’t get me wrong: I love my city. But this city-wide strike didn’t leave me feeling very proud of the T Dot.

After a tentative deal was reached, striking City of Toronto workers will be back on the job soon. And it can’t be soon enough. I didn’t even realize how much garbage was piling up during the month-long strike until I passed a giant park-turned-landfill the other day. Sure the overflowing garbage bins gave me an inkling, but a month with no garbage pick-up is just a tad ridiculous.

No wonder tourists aren’t visiting our “lovely” city as much as they used to. It seems the only tourists we had were an influx of mice and other vermon who have been digging through bags of trash lining city streets and parks. Personally, I think they should’ve been legislated back to work weeks ago.  Especially when there are so many city workers dependant on the income from jobs they had to suspend,  parents out there relying on child care and children eager to spend part of their summer in community centres and pools.

Seems like everyone’s going on strike these days. Just the other day Via Rail engineers headed to the picket lines. The two-day strike ended up with a 60% off promotion to compensate customers for the inconvenience. The promotion ends Wednesday night has been extended until Friday, July 31st if you’re thinking about purchasing train tickets… but it seems that their website is on strike now by how slow it’s running (probably the reason for the extension).

Hopefully it won’t be too long ’til Toronto is squeaky clean and running smoothly again.

Yes, he can! Barack Obama: President-Elect


Barack Obama - courtesy of barackobama.comSenator Barack Obama has just been elected the 44th president of the United States of America.  This is definitely history in the making.  Wow… what an evening watching the polls, knowing where I was when the first African-American maintained a victory and is now at the helm of the White House. Truly amazing. It’s also great to see so many young people and first-time voters taking an interest in politics and realizing that their vote really counts.

There’s a passion, a transformational leadership and inspiration that Obama brings to the plate.  I’m positive that in his new role as president, his positive attributes will work to the benefit of the United States and help bridge the divide that is still apparent in the country.

Congratulations President Obama.

On the brink of history…


McCain vs. Obama (image from record number of American voters are expected to cast their votes later today and be a part of what is probably the most historical presidential election in U.S. history.  If all goes according to what the pre-election polls say, we may very much see the first African-American President of the United States. Perhaps now we are ready to see that, unlike what the late Tupac Shakur’s 1998-released track entitled “Changes” (ironically) states. There is also a chance that we’ll also see the the oldest person elected to a first term, and the first woman vice president (and perhaps president herself soon if the former doesn’t allow his age to get the best of him).

So will it be a Obama-Biden government or McCain-Palin one?  Let’s hope American’s make the right decision today and that we’re on the brink of change.

I’m sure going to miss all those hilarious SNL political sketches though…

Obama ’08! :D

Canadians head to the polls


Fellow Canadians, make sure you reach a polling station today and vote in the 2008 Federal Election.  Polls are open until 9:30pm (EST) tonight.

And on a less serious note, check out these Election Kids, especially the adorable mini-Jack Layton (Clip from The Rick Mercer Report):

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