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Ben Vidal

Why is that everyone who buys a Starbucks coffee in the morning and comes into the workplace struts like they are king @#$@. They also seem to be able to hold the cup so that the starbucks logo is apparent to all they converse with. Chance? or done on purpose?

Who are the people that wait 20 minutes in a Tim Hortons drive through in the morning. The Tim's near my house has so many cars waiting in the morning that it boils over onto the main street preventing traffic flow. Who has that much time to waste?

September 20, 2013 @ 9:20 AM

Ryan G

@Ben - On a related note, this could be why us humans may deserve to die off. Weekday mornings I go into a Tim Horton's with a similar problem, with 74 cars waiting in the drive through. I park and walk inside and usually there are only 1 or 2 people in line. I'm out in 29 seconds, whereas people in their cars are sitting waiting for ten minutes or so. It just doesn't make sense. And to make it worse, cars can approach the drive through from two different entrances, so there's the inevitable Timmy rage with two lines of cars battling for one drive thru lane.

The human race is getting lazier all the time and the machines will replace us soon enough. Why, just the other day I got cut-eye from my toaster. That s.o.b. is plotting something I know it.

September 20, 2013 @ 9:32 AM

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@Ben Vidal

I think Starbucks fans really like the logo... it's a pretty green on a bright white background... they want to show it off!

Personally, I'll take a Starbucks coffee (I only ever get their coffee) over Tim Hortons, but I'll take a McDonald's coffee over both.

September 20, 2013 @ 9:34 AM

Ryan G

I never realized until recently that many people are posturing by strutting around with Starbucks, and that's exactly how Starbucks likes it. Starbucks coffee tastes burnt to me.

Reminds me of this woman I used to work with. She'd bring her crappy ham sandwich lunch, but she'd bring it in a fancy bag from Saks Fifth Avenue so everyone could see it. Amazing.

September 20, 2013 @ 9:43 AM


@ Ben
Totally agree about tim's and Starbucks. I've never understood why Tim's coffee is so popular. Same thing in my hood - endless line of cars (usually SUVs & minivans) waiting for their beloved Tims. Yuck!

I've always had issues with Tims. In fact when I was single, a deal breaker would be if she liked Tim's. If she did it was "sorry, check please!" It was that and if she liked American Idol or was a member of a certain religion I wont mention.....

September 20, 2013 @ 9:49 AM


@ Ryan
The same thing applies to chicks with their Lululemon bags. I feel like asking them "oh, do you do yoga?" And when they answer "no". I say "Ah, I see, I didn't think so - your body doesn't look like its seen a gym in years". I get slapped a lot.

September 20, 2013 @ 9:52 AM

Ben Vidal

@ Argie: My question would be, lu lu lemon doesn't make + sizes on purpose. So what are the larger women buying to get the bag headbands and water bottles?

September 20, 2013 @ 9:55 AM

Ryan G

@Argie. That takes balls.

Similarly, some women wear yoga pants because they know dudes like chicks in yoga pants. But some women are delusional, and should simply not make any attempt at such a feat. It's like me saying I'm aware of the basic actions required to physically box, and then attempting to fight a professional boxer. I've seen equally unpleasant results with some women and their yoga pants.

September 20, 2013 @ 9:59 AM

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I'm a No-Frills man myself...

On that note, I've been having trouble finding my President's Choice Blue Menu mozzarella cheese... any PC peeps out there no if they still sell this?

September 20, 2013 @ 10:05 AM


Never understood habitually getting coffee from Starbucks or Timmy's anyway... it takes less time to make superior coffee yourself.

September 20, 2013 @ 10:14 AM

Sam in Pickering

Who are these rich people shopping at Puseteris?

Or Whole Foods... that's gonna be one massive grocery bill.

September 20, 2013 @ 10:14 AM

Ottawa Mike

@Sam in Pickering,

Who cares, at least they are at Puseteris or Whole Foods and not being a shopping cart donkey parking their carts sideways in the aisles. This only clogs up the aisles at No Frills and Wal-Mart where us average Mike's shop for food.

September 20, 2013 @ 10:24 AM

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Working from home, I start every day with a French Press brewed cup of coffee made in my very own kitchen.

But, when commuting to an office, I could see the convenience with picking up a cup on your way in... it's part of the routine.

September 20, 2013 @ 10:28 AM


Who are the Coffee Time drinkers?

Does anyone reading this blog drink coffee from Coffee Time?

September 20, 2013 @ 10:30 AM

Ryan G

@Mike et al

I seem to have a chronic problem getting a coffee maker that keeps the coffee hot. Maybe I just need to bite the bullet and buy a porn-star brand. Any suggestions?

September 20, 2013 @ 10:31 AM

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@Ryan G

Readers will know I swear by the French Press. It's the only way I've made coffee for the past decade.

September 20, 2013 @ 10:33 AM


I like Starbucks coffee, I just hate Starbucks fanboys and fangirls.

September 20, 2013 @ 10:43 AM

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"It's not the band I hate, it's their fans".

- Sloan

September 20, 2013 @ 10:44 AM

Ben Vidal

I shop at the RCSS near my house reason being I can't stand Walmart. With the fact that you can price match on anything there really isn't a reason to go anywhere else for me.

Sometimes I go to Longo's because of their fruit and veggie selection, but I never buy regular everyday items there.

Wholefoods is a joke. You can have the exact same raspberries at Wholefoods as you do at (insert any grocer) and no matter what there is at least a $2.00 price difference. Horrible.

Lets all face facts too. This gluten free craze is just that. A craze like atkins diet or pomegranate juice, or that electro shock thing people used to buy to give them abs. Everyone thinks they are gluten intolerant now because it's trendy. Well to those that go gluten free, enjoy dropping an extra $50 a grocery trip.

September 20, 2013 @ 10:47 AM


Well, I don't drink coffee. I drink tea making it myself in the microwave. Even when I was going out to work, I didn't drink coffee. I don't like the stuff no matter where it's from.

Well, there is curling this weekend, but my trainer isn't curling though. I want any team who is not a big gun to win it. I just found out Howard lost. That's great. Give someone else a chance. Howard wins most of the time. I wishi my trainer's team would play them again so they can beat them again.

September 20, 2013 @ 10:57 AM


@Toronto Mike: ever try pourover coffee? I switched to it from French Press. I still used the press to make cold-brewed coffee however.

Anyway yeah, even commuting to work, I'd make coffee at home and pour it into my STARBUCKS thermos which kept it hot for most of the day.

Unfortunately I've had to quit drinking it due to my digestion problems. I miss it fiercely.

September 20, 2013 @ 11:07 AM

Lyle Lanley

Rob Ford's Director of Logistics and Operations, ladies and gentlemen:

September 20, 2013 @ 11:09 AM


@Ryan G - You do know that Starbucks' nickname is "Charbucks", right? As for a coffee machine that keeps the coffee hot, have a look at some of the thermal carafe models. Either that or make your pot of coffee and put it into a thermos/thermal carafe (my father's method). Your best point is the one about the long lineups of people sitting in their soccer mommy (and daddy) crossovers and SUVs in line to get coffee. I refuse to join the lineup. I go in to Second Cup et al. to get my coffee poured. I get the chance to interact with people face to face and sometimes even have a chat with people in the store. I'm no environmentalist, but I hate to think of the gasoline, diesel, etc. that is utterly wasted by coffee drinkers, etc. idling in continual lineups to order and pick up their food and drink.

@Charron - Your comment about fanboys/fangirls has a nice parallel about people who hate America, Americans and anything American, but love their Starbucks. Hypocrites all.

Does anyone drink Coffee Time or Country Style coffee (sic)? To use an old Charlie Brown comic, they taste "like hot water with a brown crayon dipped into them".

September 20, 2013 @ 11:15 AM

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@Lyle Lanley

I wrote this back in April when the hiring of David Price was announced:

It stunk then, and it stinks now.

September 20, 2013 @ 11:16 AM



Coffee Time is the worst coffee I've had in my entire life. It used to be the only place around an office I worked at, which is why I got into making my own regularly.

September 20, 2013 @ 11:25 AM


Coffee Time franchises must be dirt cheap.

How do they make money?

September 20, 2013 @ 11:27 AM


Do you notice Coffee Times are always in the scuzziest neighborhoods? Ok, maybe not always but as a general rule, do not to buy a house where a C-Time is nearby.

September 20, 2013 @ 11:33 AM

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It's funny, but I just bought a house that's got a Coffee Time nearby on Lake Shore.

The trick is to buy before the Starbucks comes in. Once the Starbucks replaces the Coffee Time, you won't be able to afford your own house.

September 20, 2013 @ 11:36 AM


Yeah, Whole Foods is a rip for normally groceries. Everything's at least 50% marked up. However, there are some interesting items they stock that you can't get anywhere else. In other words, I'm a shopper they hate: come in for very specific items with good value, and bypass the high-profit margin markups.

That, and their food counter is amazing. Seems pricey until you compare getting an amazing sandwich for $7, or a crappy Subway soggy pile of sodium for $7.

Gluten-free... Cooking and baking is my hobby. My wife's a biologist. I can say with confidence that the "diet" is a pseudoscience feel good pile of junk. There is absolutely zero credible evidence that suggests gluten is "bad for you" (SCARE WORDS!) Sure, it doesn't HURT you to reduce or eliminate it from your diet (unlike Atikins or other carb-reduction, organ destroying, heavy-metal poisoning, system shocking irresponsible money grabs are). But it doesn't help you either.

You just end up paying twice as much to have someone else make you "alternative" food choices that you could have either made yourself, or are less healthy, or are chock-full of wonderful substitutes like xanthum gum.

The one and only good thing to come out of the craze is for people like my friend with Celiac. Gluten-free products are overall atrocious. Bland, flat, crumbly, tasteless or horrible tasting. Even just a couple years ago, if you bought a random product, probably 80% of the time, you got near inedible crap. But with so many products coming on the market, and with so much focus to making them not suck, people like her who are FORCED into a gluten-free lifestyle come out on top.

September 20, 2013 @ 12:21 PM


@Toronto Mike

H&F indicated that there would be a "best of" show today and Monday. Are these not available on the podcast?

Just wondering

September 20, 2013 @ 1:19 PM

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They didn't add anything to their XML file ( since yesterday so I'm guessing there is no "best of" show on the way. They're pretty diligent in updating that file...

If you need a Humble and Fred fix, I highly recommend my recent chat with Humble's girlfriend lady friend.

September 20, 2013 @ 1:33 PM


@Argie, I would love to stand in front of you in the Whole Foods parking lot, getting out of my SUV (after just dropping my kids off at their private high school), wearing my Lululemon as I walk over to order my Starbucks. Do I get plus points with you if I say I like my coffee black? No frilly lattes?? I just don't know what I would need to do for you to like me. I'm really a very, very nice person (if I *DO* say so myself).

September 20, 2013 @ 3:07 PM

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I can verify that this is true. Stephanie is a very nice person... even if she does shop at Whole Foods, drive an SUV, wear Lululemon and drink Starbucks.

September 20, 2013 @ 3:10 PM


Thanks Mike!!! And like Lorne, I do shop at Whole Foods for the special and more specific items. We have a Longos and Sobeys within about a mile of the WF and probably use Sobeys the most (best store layout).

September 20, 2013 @ 3:12 PM


All I have to say to you is "Namaste". You drink pinot too, right?

September 20, 2013 @ 3:26 PM


@Stephanie: I live pretty much smack dab in the middle of one (or more) No Frills, Loblaws, Sobeys, Food Basics, Longos, Whole Foods, Michaelangelos and Costco. I love it when the flyers arrive on Thursdays, because I can make a plan of attack that will ensure each and every one of those places will hate me. =)

September 20, 2013 @ 3:40 PM


@Lorne 15:40
Go to the low-end supermarkets and buy a few expired items. Feel guilty and blockout dirty looks from the seniors and homeless chaps milling about the sidewalks.
You can try the normal or 'upscale' chains (same owners); their makrdowns are often still pricier than the low-end outlets' regular prices.

September 20, 2013 @ 5:39 PM

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Flyers are where it's at.... milk 'em for those loss leaders!

September 20, 2013 @ 5:41 PM


I thought the gift the Toronto Blue Jays gave Mariano Rivera last night to honour his career was just plain silly.

What does an Inuit carving have to do with Toronto?

I tweeted Mike Wilner suggesting the Jays should have got a local artist to carve the CN Tower into a bat. ANYTHING would have been better than this.

September 20, 2013 @ 5:50 PM


@ Glen -

Coincidentally just read an article about the gifts the Yankees have bestowed on honoured/retired players. Here's what they gave Don Mattingly in 97:

• His-and-hers golf carts
• An extended-cab GMC Sierra truck
• A cherry-red Dodge Sebring convertible
• A big-screen TV
• A laptop computer
• Golf clubs
• A custom-designed Don Mattingly baseball arcade game
• All of his Topps baseball cards, framed and matted
• A No. 23 diamond ring
• No. 23 diamond rings for his three sons
• A pendant for his wife
• 23 long-stemmed roses, also for his wife

Toronto: Inuit Carving. Ooooooh!

September 20, 2013 @ 7:58 PM


@Toronto Mike
Interesting, the PC Blue mozz has been missing for a few weeks ay my NF too.
Also, PC pickled hot pepper rings have been awol for months at both NF and Zehrs. Even Sobeys brand of pickled hot pepper rings is missing. There must have been a generic brand hot pepper crop disaster.
My pizza is suffering.

Country Style tastes 'nutty' and the cream always smells a bit funky. I don't mind Coffee Time, has a roasted flavour but they are usually in the part of town where shit goes down. McD is pretty good, deluxe double walled cup (hate the dome lid), but if just want a drive-thru coffee you are in line with people getting big food orders. Starbucks is ok but inconsistent because I have to add my own cream & sugar, it's not measured, and I usually don't get it right. Tims is consistent in service and product. Not great coffee, but I know what I'm getting into every time.

September 20, 2013 @ 8:29 PM

twins from bolton

My wife loves Coffee Time as she goes 1-2 times a day. It depends on the franchise owner & their coffee in Bolton is 2nd to none as I go there 1 or 2 times/week also. It's always packed with customers. Bolton probably has the most coffee & pizza establishments anywhere. Tim's always busy (2 venues)in a small town & Starbucks not that busy.

Too each their own & I don't drink coffee until I get to work as the coffee is free there & weekends, boil a kettle & make our own.

September 20, 2013 @ 8:57 PM


Well, how about those Habs. 6 to 0 win last night. That's great even though it's just exhibition. Just wawit. Less than two weeks and they beat the Leafs hands down. That's great. Hopefully my Cardinals win tomorrow over the Saints. that would be wonderful. Unfortunately all the big guns are winning in curling such as Stoughton, Jacobs, Howard, Martin. Let some others win for a change.

September 21, 2013 @ 10:12 AM

Jason from Sudbury

On the topic of food alergies, is it possible to be alergic to bacon? I've got a friend that says she's alergic to bacon but yet ribs is her favorit meal which is porc, and she also eats stuff like porc chops, roast and steak. So to me it doesn't really make any sense. I had never even heard of bacon alergy before.

September 22, 2013 @ 12:07 AM


Bacon contains a bunch of additives (preservatives) that regular fresh pork does not. It's possible she's allergic to something typically added to bacon.

September 22, 2013 @ 1:21 AM


My Habs lost last night. Oh well, still only exhibition. they'll be really hot during the regular season. Never heard of a bacon allergy. Anyway, go Cardinals. Beat the Saints.

September 22, 2013 @ 7:56 AM


Your Blog Sucks is recording on Tuesday! Yippee!

September 22, 2013 @ 9:20 AM


My Cardinals lost. They got clobbered. The game sucked. No good. Oh well. They better win next time. The Saints had to beat them. Booh.

September 22, 2013 @ 8:38 PM


Over the weekend we see islamists kill almost a hundred and injure another few hundred and then and in Pakistan these bastards kill 75 at a Christian Church, of all places (nothing new I might add).

What does our pope say? Absolutely nothing. I don't expect anything out of secular leaders, but the pope should bloody well say something other than "who are we to judge". For eff-sakes!

September 23, 2013 @ 8:53 AM

Ben Vidal

@ Argie: Can't argue with you on the first paragraph. As for the second what the pope says won't matter.

What they should be doing in Kenya is storming that mall and bringing all the bastards out. Then let the people of Kenya deal with them. No excuses and no reasons will ever justify what was done by them, but how do you stop that. These guys weren't even Kenyan.

September 23, 2013 @ 9:56 AM


Hey Mike,

I don't get the impression that you're much of a gamer, but as a Linux convert, you may find this interesting:

I wonder how they got all those Windows games running reliably enough to go ahead with such a thing. (I know about Wine, but they must have either invested a tonne of development into it or rolled their own version.)

September 23, 2013 @ 1:15 PM


...oh I misunderstood. I guess it's designed to stream Windows games from your separate Windows PC located elsewhere in the house. Though it still plays Linux games natively, and there are hundreds available on the service.

September 23, 2013 @ 1:20 PM

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You're right, I'm no gamer.

I did enjoy hockey on the Nintendo, though... both the 8-bit and the Super Nintendo.

Oh... and I beat Mike Tyson in Punch Out!

September 23, 2013 @ 2:48 PM


Suuuuuure you did Mike, suuuuure you did.

September 23, 2013 @ 3:02 PM

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And if I were a gamer, I'd be very excited about StreamOS.

September 23, 2013 @ 5:28 PM

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