“Travels to a Different Time ” : Santiago de Cuba: July 1996: The Pudge Boys from Hamburg

There are two rather pudgy boys from Hamburg that are staying at the hotel. Both are called Ollie. They rise late and soon after begin consuming vat quantities of Mayabe beer until they retire at 2 a.m. Both are students at the University of Hamburg and both have ponytails. They enjoy heavy metal and punkContinue reading ““Travels to a Different Time ” : Santiago de Cuba: July 1996: The Pudge Boys from Hamburg”

RKS Quote of the Day: “Little Fires Everywhere”: Celeste Ng

“All her life she had learned that passion, like fire, was a dangerous thing. It so easily went out of control. It scaled walls and jumped over trenches. Sparks leapt like fleas and spread as rapidly:  a breeze could carry embers for miles. Better to control that spark and pass it carefully from one generationContinue reading “RKS Quote of the Day: “Little Fires Everywhere”: Celeste Ng”

RKS Wine: Fighting in the Trenches for Gewürztraminer

Wine drinkers aren’t exactly running to the shelves snapping up the latest Gewürztraminer releases. I have given up trying to figure out why other than noting it has characteristics and likes to make a statement. It simply may frighten off those so comfortable with Ontario Riesling and Chardonnay. So if you don’t appreciate a heavierContinue reading “RKS Wine: Fighting in the Trenches for Gewürztraminer”

“Travels to a Different Time” : Santiago de Cuba: July 1996: How About the Food? The Ignoramus With The Baseball Cap

The property I am staying at is managed by Canadian Hotel company Delta Hotels. As I understand Cuba a good part of the food is brought in from Canada. It was Canadians that gave a shot in the arm to tourism here. For example if you look at the juice dispenser the juice is fromContinue reading ““Travels to a Different Time” : Santiago de Cuba: July 1996: How About the Food? The Ignoramus With The Baseball Cap”

On the Ledge Part 6: The Smell of Money: Wine Medals and the Big Wine Drinker Swindle!

As a former East German spy dedicated to the advancement of the proletarian revolution that has begun to fail miserably I have tasted the profits “Truth in the Vine” have been sending our way. Swindle wine drinkers for profit in the ratings game was a huge incentive to maximize profitability through medal awarding events. AContinue reading On the Ledge Part 6: The Smell of Money: Wine Medals and the Big Wine Drinker Swindle!

“Travels to a Different Time ” : 20July1996: Santiago de Cuba: Lounge Lizard Perverts and Pastors Against the Blockade

On the way to Santiago de Cuba at Toronto Pearson Airport at 11:15 a.m. there are a few scary Cuban bound passengers who are sleazy looking. Quite frankly they look like greasy little perverts up to no good. Computer nerds with criminal intent. I have a very bad vibe these are pedophiles looking for actionContinue reading ““Travels to a Different Time ” : 20July1996: Santiago de Cuba: Lounge Lizard Perverts and Pastors Against the Blockade”

RKS Wines: Memories of Lyon

They say there is nothing like travel to create a special relationship with wine. I recall eating in an astounding tiny Basque seafood restaurant in a small Spanish town of Hondarribia (right across from France) called Hermanad de Pescadores. We ended up in this simple restaurant as my wife had walked by it and saidContinue reading “RKS Wines: Memories of Lyon”

RKS Film: “Paloma”: Brazilian Transgender Film; Predictable but Disturbing

Paloma is a transgender woman. He was born a he but is really a she. I know this LGBTQ stuff is getting complicated and politically correct. “He” “she” “they” “binary” “non-binary” etc. What ever happened to simply calling a person by their name but alas that has now become politically incorrect for many but notContinue reading “RKS Film: “Paloma”: Brazilian Transgender Film; Predictable but Disturbing”

RKS Wine: Rock Bottom Priced Spanish Cava

A Spanish Organic Cava for $12.95? Yes here in Ontario you can have a Murviedro Brut Nature for $12.95. After a cooker of a day like today anything cold and bubbly will hit the spot. It is one of those days you wake up to shove the ageing dog out for a pee and youContinue reading “RKS Wine: Rock Bottom Priced Spanish Cava”

RKS Film: “100 Ways to Cross the Border”: Bizarre and Marginalized by Mainstream

“100 Ways to Cross the Border” is a bizarre film and for those with a short attention span it may have a lifespan of 5 minutes. And performance artist Guillermo Gómez-Peña whom the film focuses on would most likely laugh and say your confusion has made the film a success. As to what the goalContinue reading “RKS Film: “100 Ways to Cross the Border”: Bizarre and Marginalized by Mainstream”