Enter our draw for a free case of your fave QV beer!

    Posted on: Thursday, August 19th, 2010

We’ve given away precisely 66 bottles of fresh and delicious Quidi Vidi beer this summer, and we’re about to give away a dozen more!

Every Friday from 430pm to 8pm it’s happy hour at Quidi Vidi Brewery. They’ve got drink specials, live music, and for one lucky Signal reader a free case of their favourite QV beer!

Every week, all summer long we’re giving you the chance to win.

All you have to do to enter is answer this skill testing question: what is your favourite Quidi Vidi beer?

Leave your answer as a comment here and you’ll be entered into Friday’s 4pm draw.

It’s that simple.

Photo via Lyndon Keating's flickr stream. Thanks Lyndon!

Note: all comments must be accompanied by a valid e-mail address (we don’t collect that stuff in any way, but it helps keep the number of repeat entries down to a minimum, which is only fair).

Tragically hipster

Drat! 1400 other websites have already taken that pun!
    Posted on: Thursday, August 19th, 2010

image via paperkraft.blogspot.com/

So I made a bit of a mistake in a Signal article I wrote last week. Remember when your parents told you “never mention politics or religion at the dinner table”? Well they forgot to warn me about not mentioning hipsters, either.

Now mind you, I actually wasn’t making fun of hipsters. I was just describing them in an effort to better frame the context of the article. But even that upset some readers, who were concerned I was leaping on what is apparently a band-wagon of hipster critique.

The rally of the hipsters surprised me. And intrigued me. Do Canadians love hipsters? Or hate them? Was I losing my connection with the zeitgeist of my own pop culture? And what do pandas have to do with any of this?

I needed to know more.

Continue reading Tragically hipster…

Video of orcas killing another minke whale

    Posted on: Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

YouTuber 126Sparkle has uploaded this video footage of orcas doing the dance of death with a minke whale in Trinity Bay yesterday.

A pod of orcas tore apart and devoured a minke whale before the very eyes of a tour boat’s passengers and crew south of St. John’s in Tors Cove just last week.

Time for a sequel, maybe?

Filmed on location in Terra Nova, NL!

No sidewalks? No problem. Mind the car!

    Posted on: Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

I have to laugh at the people who thought the lack of sidewalk at this intersection was a good idea.

Here’s how I imagine the meeting behind this decision might have gone down:

Government Worker 1: “We need a way to force pedestrians to visit the interpretation center on their way up Signal Hill.”

Gov. Worker 2: “Well, we could put more funding into the arts community and put a call out to all the creative individuals in the city for new works. That should draw a crowd.”

Gov. Worker 3: “Hrm… that’ll cost a lot of money though. What about a detour?!”

I walk Signal Hill on a semi-regular basis. It’s a nifty little inner-city hike that can really beat the snot out of you, but if you pace yourself it’s the best leisurely walk in the city.

We park at the Battery Hotel then go out around the hill, over the top and back down again via Signal Hill Road to our car.

But there are dangers.

There’s one corner in particular where even with the sidewalk I’ve almost been knocked down twice.

Heck, even just seconds after I took this photo a school bus cut that very corner too tight and its wheel popped the sidewalk. If I’d not been paying attention he’d have clipped me, and considering the speed he was going I’d be lucky to be alive.

Which is why I find it kind of absurd that the people in charge of this re-routing plan — in a bid to force people into the interpretation center, it would seem — also decided that a sidewalk just wasn’t in the budget.

Brilliant work.

This is the best poutine in town

    Posted on: Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

Mary Browns in Torbay knows how to do a poutine. I’ve had many a poutine from across the various fast food joints and greasy spoons in this city and none can top what Mary Browns is kicking out.

You should know that the taste may change from one Mary Browns to another. The best locations for this type of poutine are Torbay, Mt. Pearl, Goulds and C.B.S.

Now I know what you’re thinking: there’s dressing on that, I can’t even see the cheese! Correct, there is dressing on that, so much so in fact that the cheese — of which there is a hearty layer beneath the dressing — is covered entirely from view.

I call this Newfoundlander Poutine: Mary Browns’ taters with their delicious sea salt seasoning topped with cheese, dressing and thick gravy like your nan used to make.

My heart may cringe a bit just looking at this picture. My throat may sting from heartburn just seeing that savory packed dressing.

But my stomach says nom nom nom.

Do you have another contender for best poutine in town? Think calling such a concoction poutine is blasphemy? Let us know in the comments!