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French fries and ghost stories

For some reason, deep fried potato fries seem to accompany almost anything, whether it is a good burger, a steak, fried chicken, corn dogs, fried fish and so forth. Fries also accompany gatherings nicely, offering a toasty countermeasure for those moments where one is indulging in the odd ghost story prior to Hallow’s Eve. In my case, the supernatural elements from the texts I was reading with a friend were paired with fries seasoned with lemon juice and herbs and accompanied by Tzatziki, a strained yoghurt (usually from sheep or goat milk) mixed with cucumbers, garlic, salt, olive oil, and dill that is popular in Greece and Turkey.

  • With a plate of fries and ginger ale in one hand, and iPad in the other, a friend and I spent the afternoon scrolling through both modern and classical ghost stories, murder mysteries, supernatural events and paranormal locations.

In experience, a good ghost story is one that pushes the limits of reason and logic, playing on the inner depths of the human psyche and setting them in a familiar environment. Thus, ghost stories associated with poignant moments and strong emotions are more haunting than slashers, on the virtue that most small arms (think things like the M249 SAW) are sufficient to cut down a mad axe-man: conversely, stories associated with human nature and suffering are far more moving.

Corn Dogs and Fries

Corn dogs are hot dog sausages coated in a thick layer of cornmeal batter and deep fried in oil. Their origins are disputed, but it is most likely that they were first  in the US by the 1920s, and were popularized nationally in the 1940s. Corn dogs are often served as street food and at fairs, and in experience, some small town cafes offer them as a lunch item. I tried my hand at cooking corn dogs and fries yesterday afternoon to great effect, and the corn dogs themselves reminded me of a short but superlative trip I took back during the summer.

  • The distinct ‘fairground’ flavour of a corndog comes from the cornmeal batter. I prefer adding a bit of ketchup and mustard to mine to liven things up a little. The fact that the corndog is on a stick makes it a highly mobile food, allowing it to be carried and enjoyed with minimal mess.

  • Fried potatoes seem to go well with anything: burgers, fried fish or shrimp, wings, ribs, hot dogs, etc. I prefer oven fries, which are thicker cut and more tender than conventional fries.

  • Despite passing by the Vermillion lakes every time I’m in Banff, whether I’m headed into or out of the Banff area, this view never grows old.

  • This time around, I was behind the wheel on the Trans-Canada highway. I’ve driven here a handful of times now: the first was during the Canada Day Long Weekend, where traffic was insane. The next would be the trip to the Banff Park Lodge Chinook Brunch that I mentioned in my Master Grade 00 Seven Sword/G post and finally, the road trip that I’ll mention shortly after…

It was during summer 2012, where I was taking a short two-day road trip into the mountains. On the second day, we stopped briefly in Invermere, BC for lunch at the Bistro: while corn dogs and fries were on their menu, I opted to go with the jumbo dog, a freshly-made bratwurst on a bun served with a plate of fries. Once lunch concluded, the remainder of the day was spent exploring various sights in Kootenay National Park, including Sinclair Canyon and Marble Canyon. The skies in all of our pictures were a beautiful colour of azure, and I do not believe it was the camera adding colour. The weather following the MCAT was spectacular, and the trip was an excellent post-exam vacation that I thoroughly enjoyed.

Upscale Burgers

Having had some fresh homemade burgers and oven fries for lunch today (before hitting the books), I was reminded, of several of the more upscale burgers I enjoyed over the past year.  There were two locations stood out in terms of quality, and I’d figure I’d reflect on them here.

Zum’s is a restaurant in Waterton Lakes National Park and lunch and dinner menu that features everything from burgers to pasta and chicken. The ambience of the restaurant is spectacular; the atmosphere inside the restaurant is reminiscent of a friendly diner from the Great Plains, while the flower-filled patio has views of Waterton Lake and gives rise to a zen-like feeling. I was visiting Waterton Lakes on Canada Day, taking advantage of the complimentary admissions to take in the peaceful surroundings. Having spent the morning browsing the shops around the town, we came across Zum’s and decided to check it out for lunch. I ordered a Buffalo-style burger and fries (or at least, I think I did) and was impressed with the flavours and composition of the burger. While Waterton is a more reasonable distance away from home compared to Banff, the park evokes a sense of tranquillity that cannot be found in its more well-renowned cousin.

Later that summer, my PI invited the ESD research team to a lunch at  Crazyweed Kitchen in Canmore, a small town 45 minutes from Calgary. He had chosen the location for its interesting menu; while a fair number of reviews note the establishment for its slow service, the food is nonetheless of an excellent quality. Conversations about almost every topic conceivable was were made as we awaited lunch- I myself had ordered a steak burger, which was, as per its naming, a medium-rare steak served on bread with a rich sauce and a side of fries. The fries came with (wait for it!) ketchup made in-house: compared to the standard ketchup, the in-house ketchup has a sweetness to it that contrasted with sharp chill flavor and complements the crisp fries nicely. After lunch concluded, we hiked along the Bow River and reached his residence, where Pizza and discussions about all things computational carried through the evening.

For no reason at all, the image at the very top of the page invokes the memory of my introductory Japanese class: my classmates initially pronounced ハンバーガー using the English pronunciation (IPA hæmˌbɜrgər) rather than the katakana ‘hanbaagaa’ during early exercises.  In Japan, hamburgers can be served in a bun, called hanbāgā (ハンバーガー), or just the patties served without a bun, known as hanbāgu (ハンバーグ) or “hamburg”, short for “hamburg steak”. Japan has several local hamburger chains that serve local variations of burgers, including teriyaki burgers, katsu burgers (containing tonkatsu) and burgers containing shrimp korokke. More upscale burgers are served with avacado and Kobe beef.