FEASTING: Best Places for Poutine in America

first_img The Best American Liqueur Editors’ Recommendations The Peached Tortilla’s Fried Rice Recipe Is Just Plain Delicious Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden – Austin, TXIf you’re a beer drinker, you definitely need to check out Banger’s which has more than 100 brews on tap. They also have the largest sausage selection in Austin, but you’re here for the poutine. And their traditional version is spot-on. Thick-cut fries with flavorful gravy and cheese curds is the perfect complement to a duck or antelope sausage.Brooklyn St. Local – DetroitDeveri Gifford and Jason Yates moved from Toronto to Detroit in 2012 to open a restaurant that serves good, honest food in a welcoming environment. And so Brooklyn St. Local was born, and they’re dedicated to sourcing local ingredients from urban farms and using sustainable practices to decrease their environmental footprint as much as possible. There is a poutine for everyone on this menu, from the traditional with beef or mushroom gravy to the breakfast poutine, topped with a sunny-side up egg and bacon or tempeh. There’s even a vegan version for all you veggie folks out there. The Best Food Quotes of All Time (Warning: May Cause Hunger) 10 Destination-Worthy Food Halls Throughout the U.S. If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? Feasting is a column dedicated to cooking, grilling, eating and discovering what’s on the menu across America and the world.Whether you grew up eating poutine, call them disco fries or are a newbie to this messy, cheesy Canadian dish, one thing is for certain: these gravy-smothered fries aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. As poutine has made its way down south the last few years, restaurants in different cities across America have been adopting their own versions from the traditional to those topped with things like pork belly and fried eggs. We rounded up some of the best in the country so you can get your poutine fix right now.Mile End Deli – New YorkOpened in January 2010 by Noah Bernamoff, Mile End has always had a simple mission: to produce and serve the Jewish comfort foods of Noah’s Montreal youth. Along with the house-made cured meats and fish and some of the best Matzo ball soup in town, Mile End’s poutine is as legit as it gets. Choose from the traditional with cheese curds and roasted chicken gravy or go all the way and add brisket.P’tit Soleil – Los AngelesDid you know the word “poutine” was often used as slang for “mess” when the dish originated in rural Quebec, back in the 50s? Serving up authentic Quebecois small plates and Canadian beers, this intimate bar is serious about poutine – they have an entire menu dedicated to the dish. Try the traditional or go for one of their specialties like the Poutine Marat with sliced filet mignon, mushrooms and a cognac cream sauce.The Blind Butcher – DallasLocated in Dallas’ Lower Greenville Avenue neighborhood, The Blind Butcher serves up fine quality food in a casual, pub-like setting. And their ultra-rich poutine menu has something for everyone. Vegetarians can enjoy the mushroom variety while carnivores will love digging into the pork belly or duck versions. Add an egg or foie gras to really turn up.Related: Feasting: The Best New Steakhouses in AmericaBottlefork Bar & Kitchen – ChicagoWith an impressive bar program and menu with both big and small plates meant for sharing (even though you might not want to), Bottlefork came in hot last year and is still riding the wave. Their poutine, made with kennebec fries and Wisconsin curds, is toasted under the broiler to get it extra crunchy and gooey before it’s topped with braised beef cheeks for the win. Duckfat – Portland, MEWe love just about everything at Duckfat from their mouthwatering panini to their rich gelato milkshakes. But you can’t leave the restaurant without going in on some of their famous hand-cut Belgian fries, fried in, you guessed it, duck fat. Go all the way and get the poutine, made with locally-sourced cheese curd, duck gravy and fresh chives.last_img read more

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Campaign School Helps Women Enter Politics

first_imgThe Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women is holding its sixth Campaign School for Women from Oct. 14 to 16. It will offer a series of workshops to help women interested in running for political office get a realistic look at what it takes to participate in a campaign. “Women often face unique challenges when running for political office,” said Marilyn More, Minister responsible for the Advisory Council on the Status of Women. “If we’re to increase the number of women in leadership positions, we need to provide all women the support and information they need to successfully engage in the political process.” More than half of Nova Scotia’s population is female, yet women make up only 24 per cent of town and city councillors, 23 per cent of MLAs, and nine per cent of MPs. “We really encourage women to take on the challenge of political leadership,” said Stephanie MacInnis-Langley, executive director of the advisory council. “The campaign school is one way we can motivate more women to participate in politics by providing them with good information from women who have gone through the campaign process themselves.” The non-partisan Campaign School for Women will be held at Mount Saint Vincent University and is open to any Nova Scotia women interested in running for political office. Registration runs until Oct. 4. For more details and to register go to www.women.gov.ns.ca. The Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women is committed to increasing the participation of women in decisions that affect their lives, families and communities. One way women can realize equality, inclusion and empowerment is through direct political involvement.last_img read more

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More funding needed for condoms in fight against HIV UN agency warns

Donor contributions amounted to $223 million in 2007, a mere 5 per cent increase over the 2006 total of $212 million, UNFPA reported yesterday.According to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) report for 2007, some 200 million women globally have an unmet need for effective family planning, and the number of contraceptive users is projected to rise by over 25 per cent over the 2000 figure by 2015.Without concerted national and international efforts, millions will not be able to exercise their reproductive health choices, according to the analysis, Donor Support for Contraceptives and Condoms for STI/HIV Prevention 2007.It shows a six-fold increase in donor investments in the female condom, from nearly $2 million in 2001 to almost $13 million in 2007. Overall, 85 per cent of donor support in 2007 was allocated to three types of supplies: male condoms, oral contraceptives and injectables. Sub-Saharan Africa received 60 per cent of the total, up from less than 50 per cent in 2006, followed by Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and Caribbean, and the Arab States and Eastern Europe, respectively. 3 October 2008Despite a growing need for contraceptives and condoms for HIV prevention, funding has virtually stagnated since 2001 when it peaked at $224 million, according to a new analysis by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). read more

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UN looks to longterm recovery plans after slew of disasters in AsiaPacific

5 October 2009United Nations agencies are mobilizing to provide longer-term recovery aid to a raft of countries in Asia and the Pacific, where a relentless barrage of tropical storms, earthquakes and tsunamis have hit millions of people in recent days. “Within hours after the catastrophes hit, UN agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) began working in support of national authorities to respond to the immediate humanitarian needs in these countries,” said UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark in Bangkok, where she is holding meetings. “UNDP is now preparing to support countries’ plans for longer-term recovery after waters recede and rubble is cleared,” she added, noting that with rapid support teams had already been sent to Cambodia, Laos and the Philippines, which have been inundated by typhoon-spawned flood waters, and Bhutan, Indonesia, Samoa and Tonga, which were hit by earthquakes and/or subsequent tsunamis. In the Philippines, Typhoon Parma reached the far northern province of Cagayan over the weekend, a week after Typhoon Ketsana (also known as Ondoy) inundated Manila, the capital, and affected more than 3.1 million people. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, (OCHA) said nearly 870,000 people are in more than 720 evacuation shelters. The UN World Food Programme (WFP) is mounting a three-month emergency operation. In the Indonesian island of Sumatra the confirmed death toll from three earthquakes last week stands at 603 but is expected to rise significantly, since thousands are trapped and feared dead in the collapsed buildings in Padang, the provincial capital. A nine-member UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) team has been deployed there. Nevertheless, nearly 70,000 children have returned to classes in Padang, according to local education authorities, as the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) rushed school supplies to the region, rapidly erecting the first of 250 classroom tents, as part of its initial support to re-starting education, along with school materials and recreational equipment. “This is an important sign that life will return to normal for children affected by this tragedy,” UNICEF Country Representative in Indonesia Angela Kearney said. “Many children I have met amidst the shattered buildings of Padang expressed their fears for the future – they are worried about more shocks, about losing their homes, and about never going back to school again. Today, children can see that schools will re-open, and that they will be able to continue their learning. It’s a first step towards bringing the comfort and reassurance that these children so desperately need.” Food, tents and emergency shelter, medical supplies, hygiene kits, petrol, generators, heavy equipment, water and sanitation assistance, education and post-traumatic counseling have been identified as priority needs in Sumatra. In American Samoa, Samoa and Tonga’s northern island of Niuatoputapu, where more than 120 are now confirmed dead, and waves destroyed homes and public infrastructure including sea walls, hospitals, schools, roads and tourist resorts, UNDP has made available emergency grants to support coordination efforts, a needs assessment and an early recovery plan. After wreaking havoc in the Philippines, Typhoon Ketsana moved into Viet Nam. But with warning of the impending storm, approximately 200,000 people were evacuated by national emergency services. “Early warning saves lives,” Ms. Clark said. “With the increasing impact of climate change, this area of our work will need to grow in order to help those most vulnerable to disasters,” she added. Unexpected floods also wrought havoc in South India. Even Bhutan was not spared from disaster when an earthquake in the east of the remote mountainous country killed 12 people, and damaged nearly 43,500 homes, 89 schools and more than 115 Government offices and 400 monasteries. A joint World Bank and UN damage assessment has begun in two affected districts. read more

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Closing Bell TSX heads higher as US manufacturing data provides optimism beside

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed the session in positive territory on Monday, but well off earlier gains, as trader sentiment improved on good manufacturing numbers out of the U.S.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 12,370.19 +52.73 +0.43%S&P 500 — 1,444.49 +3.82 +0.27%Dow — 13,515.11 +77.98 +0.58%Nasdaq — 3,113.53 -2.70 -0.09%The S&P/TSX composite index ended ahead 52.73 points to 12,370.19 on the first trading day of the fourth quarter. The main index had moved as much as 135 points higher earlier in the session.The TSX Venture Exchange crept up 4.19 points to 1,338.70, and the Canadian dollar gained 0.05 of a cent to 101.76 cents US.Ben Bernanke defended the Fed’s moves to stimulate the economy in a speech to the Economic Club of Indiana in Indianapolis. He said the Fed’s strategy remains the same, and that it needs to drive down borrowing rates because the economy isn’t growing fast enough to reduce high unemployment.The state of the U.S. economy has been a persistent concern, though the latest data from the Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of U.S. purchasing managers, offered a little relief. The index of factory activity rose to 51.5 in September, up from 49.6 in August. A reading above 50 signals expansion and below indicates contraction.“You are going to see some signs of encouragement from that, but at the same time exports are still shrinking,” said Gavin Graham, president of Graham Investment Strategy Ltd.China’s Purchasing Managers’ Index for September came in at 49.8, marking a further contraction in activity in the region. Meanwhile, the eurozone’s manufacturing sector experienced a better month, though its September PMI still contracted for the 14th consecutive month.“If the weakness in China and Europe continues, those are major markets for the U.S., it’s going to be difficult for it to disclose strength,” Graham added.Also, the results of an independent audit of 14 Spanish banks were released after the market close on Friday and showed lenders need an extra 60-billion euros in capital. The figure is roughly as expected and well within the 100-billion euros in rescue loans that Madrid can get from fellow eurozone countries to help the banks.But there were still concerns that Moody’s ratings agency could downgrade Spain’s debt rating to junk status.On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrials rose 77.98 points to 13,515.11. The Nasdaq composite index slid 2.70 points to 3,113.53 and the S&P 500 index was up 3.82 points to 1,444.49.In commodities, November crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange gained 29 cents to US$92.48 a barrel. The TSX energy sector was up 1.3%.The gold sector moved higher as December gold bullion increased $9.40 to US$1,783.30 an ounce, while December copper was up 2.8 cents at US$3.79 a pound.In Canadian corporate developments, Magna International Inc. said it has signed a deal to buy Ixetic Verwaltungs GmbH, a manufacturer of automotive vacuum, engine and transmission pumps for $308-million. The company also said a subsidiary has signed a deal with a joint-venture partner to buy the remaining 50% stake in STT Technologies, a supplier of transmission and engine oil pumps. Shares of Magna rose 1.8%, or 76 cents, to $43.27.Wi-LAN Inc. said it has bought a portfolio of more than 150 patents and patent applications from Alvarion Ltd. for $19-million. Its shares were down two cents to $5.51.Agrium Inc. shares rose nearly 1.7% to $103.69 on the Toronto Stock Exchange. In New York, the stock shot up 2.1% to US$105.53. An investor pushing for changes at Agrium laid out its case publicly for the first time on Monday, arguing it could add US$50 to the Canadian fertilizer company’s share price.And two Canadian companies made changes to their top positions.Molson Coors Brewing Co. appointed a new chief executive to head its Canadian operations while merging its U.K. business with the recently acquired StarBev. Its shares were off 5%, or $2.45, at $42.55.SNC-Lavalin’s chief executive made his first speech while in the new role. Robert Card said he is keeping all options open as he looks to regain investor confidence in the embattled engineering and construction company. Shares fell 35 cents to $37.60.Here’s the news investors were watching today:David Rosenberg shares his 4 favourite investments right nowFed to keep rates low even after economic rebound: BernankeGoogle beats Microsoft’s market value to become second-largest tech firmLIVE: World’s best investors share their best picksON DECK TUESDAYECONOMIC NEWSReserve Bank of Australia announces interest rate decision CANADAThe International Economic Forum of the Americas presents the 6th annual Toronto Global Forum UNITED STATES7:45 a.m.ICSC same-store sales CORPORATE NEWSUNITED STATESThe Mosaic Company Q1 earnings: Analysts expect $1.16 a share read more

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UN rights expert reports widespread and systematic torture in Brazil jails

Sir Nigel Rodley, Special Rapporteur on the question of torture, told the current session of the Commission that abuses took place in a majority of the places he had visited during a trip to Brazil last August and September and, “as far as indirect testimonies presented to me from reliable sources suggest, in most other parts of the country.” Mr. Rodley said torture and similar ill-treatment were found at all phases of detention, arrest, preliminary and other provisional detention, and in penitentiaries and institutions for juvenile offenders. “It does not happen to all or everywhere,” he continued. “Mainly it happens to poor, black criminal suspects accused of having committed petty crimes or small-scale drug distribution.” The expert welcomed Brazil’s decision to hold a conference of officials responsible for the administration of justice on the need to apply the 1997 Law against Torture. He also welcomed plans to launch this month a public awareness campaign, including the setting up of a national telephone hotline to receive allegations of torture. Yesterday, the 53-member Commission, which is the UN’s main human rights body, began its debate on the rights of the child, hearing from Olara Otunnu, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict. In his statement, Mr. Otunnu welcomed the fact that war-affected children had been placed high on the international political agenda in recent. At the same time he stressed that there was still a gap between the commitments made by warring parties to protect children in armed clashes and the ugly reality faced by young people in such situations.Voicing concern about what he saw as “worrying trends,” he drew attention to the looting of natural resources — a “theft of children’s birthright,” as he put it — and the increasing cross-border recruitment of young people. The proliferation of small arms and light weapons was also as a major problem, he said, noting that “these weapons kill, maim and injure,” and force children to grow up in a culture of violence.Mr. Otunnu urged the international community to pay attention to areas of particular vulnerability among war-affected children, including the special needs of girls, the internally displaced, the provision of education for war-affected youth, the rapid spread of HIV/AIDS in the corridors of armed conflict, the impact of sanctions, and the liberation of abducted young boys and girls. read more

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In The Hague Annan holds talks on finalizing Cyprus deal

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today met with the Greek Cypriot leader, Tassos Papadopoulos, and the Turkish Cypriot leader, Rauf Denktash, in The Hague in a last-minute bid to gain approval of a plan that would enable a united Cyprus to join the European Union next month.On 28 February, the Secretary-General had asked the two parties to come to The Hague to tell him whether or not they are ready to enter into a binding commitment to putting a revised plan for a comprehensive settlement to separate simultaneous referenda on 30 March.In an opinion piece published today in the International Herald Tribune, the Secretary-General stressed that an “opportunity beckons” for the two parties to settle the Cyprus issue. “At a time of tension and discord in the world, the Christian Greek Cypriots and the Muslim Turkish Cypriots have a rendezvous with history – a chance for Cyprus to be transformed from a seemingly insoluble international problem to a beacon of international hope,” he wrote. “No one says that re-unification will be easy, but everyone knows that continued division will be much harder.”This morning, the Secretary-General met first with Mr. Papadopoulos at the Peace Palace of The Hague, and then held talks with Mr. Denktash. Before leaving the Palace at the end of the morning session, Mr. Annan met again with the Under Secretary-General of the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ugur Ziyal, who he had already met with yesterday.Consultations among the various parties are to continue at the Peace Palace in the afternoon.In other news from The Hague, the Secretary-General, after his arrival yesterday, met with Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein, Jordan’s Ambassador to the UN who serves as the President of the Assembly of the States Parties to the Rome Statutes of the International Criminal Court (ICC), for discussions on various issues relating to the tribunal, which is to be inaugurated tomorrow in The Hague.The Secretary-General, along with Queen Beatrice of the Netherlands and scores of world leaders, will attend the ICC’s inaugural session at the Hall of Knights. During the ceremonies, Prince Al-Hussein will swear in the Court’s 18 elected judges. read more

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UN study proposes new guidelines for corporate reporting on environment labour rights

A “carrots and sticks” approach coupling mandatory regulation with voluntary standards will lead to better reporting by corporations of their performance in non-financial areas such as environmental protection, labour standards, human rights and anti-corruption measures, according to a new United Nations study released today.“It is clear that regulation by itself cannot provide all the answers,” UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Achim Steiner told an international conference in Amsterdam at the launch of new guidelines for reporting on key elements of the UN Global Compact, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s six-year-old initiative to advance good corporate citizenship and responsible globalization.“It needs to be balanced by appropriate market measures and voluntary action. There is both a public and a business case for non-financial disclosure and sustainability reporting in particular,” he added of the report – Carrots and Sticks for Starters – jointly prepared by UNEP and Global Sustainability Services of KPMG, a worldwide network of professional firms providing Audit, Tax, and Advisory services.The study gives an overview and analysis of current trends and approaches in mandatory and voluntary standards for so-called sustainability reporting and corporate responsibility. It argues that balanced regulation should highlight the importance of a publicly recognized set of performance indicators and stresses the need for independent verification, stakeholder engagement, and the role of government in enforcing a level playing field and introducing incentives such as relieving reporting companies from obligations to report separately to individual government departments.“The idea of a sustainability report is still a novelty in many parts of the world,” Mr. Steiner said. “We still have some basic, foundational work to do in introducing to thousands of large companies the value of systematically quantifying non-financial performance, using it as a management tool and communicating about it publicly.” The new guidelines, introduced at the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Sustainability Reporting Conference, make reporting simpler and include requirements to describe management approaches and progress. Their online format is aimed to make reported information more easily comparable for investors and financial analysts.“Accountability and transparency are vital ingredients for gaining public confidence and a societal ‘license to operate’”, Mr. Steiner said. “From the global to the local, agreed frameworks for reporting are the basis upon which we build in moving closer to achieving these objectives. The GRI has played a leading role in helping all of us in addressing this challenge.” read more

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Specialist car manufacturing showcased at SMMT

Specialist car manufacturing is a unique part of the UK motor industry. Later today, SMMT will launch a report that demonstrates the value of the UK’s unique low volume car manufacturing industry, highlighting some of the challenges these companies face and, importantly, the opportunities for growth that can be achieved.Producing some of the world’s most iconic and prestigious brands, the UK is leading the way in product design and innovation. A cross-section of these brands is on show in SMMT’s Westminster exhibition area.Aston Martin One-77In a culmination of the marque’s know-how, Aston Martin has produced the One-77. As the most advanced and expensive Aston Martin ever made, the One-77 combines high technology with hand-built craftsmanship to demonstrate the unique capabilities of the company’s designers and engineers.With a super lightweight rigid carbon fibre structural core, the supercar weights just 1,630kg, boasting a 220mph-plus top speed and a 0-62mph time of under 3.7 seconds courtesy of the UK-engineered V12 engine that generates 750bhp.McLaren Automotive Carbon MonoCellThe carbon fibre chassis tub of the MP4-12C, the first production car wholly designed and built by McLaren since the F1 supercar.The ‘MonoCell’ represents the first time that such a lightweight, safe and strong structure has been available on a series production car in its market segment.Morgan Electric Plus EThe Plus E concept car bears all the classic design features and styling cues of the Plus 8, except the electric Plus E is fitted with a Zytec electric motor and a lithium ion battery. Aiming to create a zero tailpipe emission vehicle that delivers as much driving pleasure as possible.The project has been achieved through aluminium fabrication specialist Radshape paying particular attention to retaining chassis stiffness and weight distribution to ensure excellent dynamics and ride quality.Radical SR3 SLCombining the proven chassis and aerodynamic experience of the LMP-pace SR3 RS, with a Ford turbocharged EcoBoost engine, the Radical SR3 SL is fully road legal and the safest car of its type. Epitomising UK engineering expertise and innovation, the Radical features lightning-quick 80ms gear changes powered by Formula One style paddleshift.Incredible precision comes courtesy of the bespoke adjustable dampers, developed specifically for the car’s unique race proven suspension arrangement and fully floating 28mm disc brakes front and rear to provide incredible stopping power.To find out more about the diverse specialist car manufacturers in the UK, download SMMT’s new report that traces the uniquely British success story, available via www.smmt.co.uk later today.Click through the slideshow below to see all the photos from SMMT’s exhibition space.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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Three men charged with Wormwood Scrubs stabbing

first_imgThree prisoners have been charged with murder over the stabbing of an inmate at Wormwood Scrubs prison.Khader Saleh, 25, died at the category B jail in west London on Wednesday after he was found in another prisoner’s cell with multiple stab wounds.The Metropolitan Police said Ahmed Khyre, 21, Kalif Dibbassey, 21, and Enton Marku, 20, who are all inmates at the prison, have been charged with the murder.The three men will appear at the Old Bailey on Tuesday.A 23-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of murder has been released under investigation.Scotland Yard said officers were called on Wednesday afternoon to reports of a male with stab injuries at the jail.Saleh, a father of one, was pronounced dead at the scene despite the efforts of paramedics.Saleh’s death came after a report by the prison’s Independent Monitoring Board described it as “a dangerous environment for staff and prisoners alike, with multiple violent incidents on most days”.The report, published last November, said that, despite “serious efforts”, the prison remained a “dangerous place”, with 40-50 violent incidents in a typical month.At the time the report was written, the prison was “consistently” short of staff, it added. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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