Saturday, May 20, 2006

Cross-Border Shopping

This weekend so far has been a flurry of email and telephone activity with Sheena's preferred source of imported goods from Mosquitoba. My Winnipeg spy is coming out for a visit next week and we are now in the active planning stages to ensure that her OSB is filled with treats and treasures that will please her hostess.

Old Dutch Chips. (Plain Ripple ONLY). That's a given. No debate necessary on this point.

But then there's the beer discussion. Beer is heavy and awkward to put into carry-on luggage and risky to put into checked luggage. So acknowledging that perhaps 1, maximum 2 six-packs is the limit, this decision requires particularly serious analysis and consideration.

The contenders:

1. Labatt's Lite. For the last freakin' time: NO, IT IS NOT EXACTLY THE SAME OF BLUE LITE. Please quit trying to convince me. Blue and Blue Lite have an icky bitter taste that LabLite does not have. Very refreshing when ice cold in the summer. Quit bugging me about this already.

2. Club. Another Labatt product. Manitoba specific. A few beer rating sites say it's just like Blue, but I think it's a bit stinkier, actually.

3. Standard Lager. A Manitoba only Molson Brand. Unfortunately Molson's publicly refuses to list it on their official site. It is relagated to the category of "Molson also brews and distributes a number of other great beers which are not listed above".
Can't even find a decent picture in google images. But the label looks exactly like Budweiser, which was kind of funny when Bud first came to Canada in the middle 80s and we Winnipeggers were all confused. The beer of choice to be ralphed up on your neighbourhood Mennonite Brethern church.

4. Fort Garry. Good Pale Ale, not keen on the "light", and will only drink their "Dark" out of pitchers at the Vendome Hotel. It just tastes better that way, especially if Mary pours it.

Oh, and if my spy happens to be reading this post, please DO keep in mind that if any whiff of THIS shit darkens my doorway... you're sleeping on the floor.


At 11:52 AM, Blogger The Imp ;-) said...

*sob* I totally miss Old Dutch Rip-L-Chips... I heard a rumour that some Walmarts in Ontario carry them, once in a while.

I need to check that out, one of these days.

The ketchup flavoured ones sucked though.

A bag of Rip-L's and a glass of milk... that's what I used to love eating when I was a kid.

At 11:53 AM, Blogger The Imp ;-) said...

At 11:56 AM, Blogger The Imp ;-) said...

I HAVE used this before. Mwah ha ha hahahhahhhhahhahahahah.

At 1:41 PM, Blogger Sheena said...

Nice find with the Standard beer, but they do make them in modern non-stubbies and I couldn't find a pic anywhere.

I'm not sure even Old Dutch Rip-L-Chips could lure Sheena into Walmart, but thanks for the online tip.

At 2:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i always thought red river cereal came from winnipeg because that's where the red river is.


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