I went to Costco today. I’m not keen on crowds generally, and crowds who seem unable to steer lethal-sized over-filled shopping carts scare me the most. Anyway, I went.
While there, we had lunch at the place attached. There is only a limited menu, perhaps a dozen items, all fried, but it is incredibly popular. And who can wonder? We had two six-inch Polish hot dogs, very tasty, with all the onions and peppers and relish you could ever want, plus two large and refillable cups of soda. And it was just $3.51.
I can’t think of much else you can buy these days that delivers that kind of value.
Fifty years ago today, heavyweight champion of the world Muhammed Ali appeared at a draft induction centre. He had previously announced that he was a conscientious objector and he was arrested after three times refusing to step forward when his name was called.
Later that afternoon, the New York boxing authorities stripped Ali of his titles, and Ali would be unable to get a boxing license in the US for several years thereafter.
Throughout this attempt at humiliation and persecution by the system, Ali’s fierce personal integrity stayed proud and loud. He was eventually vindicated and was allowed to be the great athlete that he was.
The Abstract Cafe has been open for a few months now and I have been meaning to give it a try. I had some time between assignments yesterday and dropped by.
This has to be one of the least visible sites on the Drive. It is in the mini-mall at the south-west corner of Commercial & Venables. It faces Venables and is in a deep set back and can easily be missed. The Spelt Bakery used to be there before the space failed as a vape lounge last year. For a limited-menu cafe it also faces competition from Uprising Bakery, right across the street, which has an ominously loyal following.
The space has an airy, comfortable feeling, with lots of art all over the orange walls. They have tables and chairs and easy couches; it feels homely, with an interesting soundtrack. It has something of the feel — though not the decor — of the Props House that used to be a few doors further down Venables. I liked it, I liked the coffee, and the lady who runs the place seems pleasant enough.
There is, as I said, a limited menu (click on the image for a larger view). I haven’t tried anything yet but I will be back.