Stranger than Fiction

Oddly specific bumper sticker of the day

Bumper sticker that reads “Honk if you'd rather be watching the 1999 cinematic masterpiece ‘The Mummy’ starring Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz.”
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For me, 1999 was a year of entrepreneurship, hijinks, weird dating adventures, a last-minute marathon Toronto-to-Halifax drive for a New Year’s Eve rave, joining a band that improvised music over rock-climbing dance performances under one of Toronto’s tallest bridges, going to Burning Man, Python entrepreneurship, a trip to Prague, and a whole lot more, so I never saw The Mummy. Was it that good?

And oh yes, you can buy this bumper sticker online.

America The Current Situation

With great pandemic comes great responsibility

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Florida The Current Situation

How Ron DeSantis’ “Don’t Fauci My Florida” campaign is going

Graphic: How it started (“Don’t Fauci my Florida” t-shirt) and how it’s going (headline announcing “Florida breaks record with more than 21,000 new COVID cases”).
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In case you were wondering

Food It Happened to Me Tampa Bay

Great Moroccan food at Le Casa Bistro

Frites, chicken tagine, bread, and lamb tagine.
Our meal at Le Casa Bistro, minus the appetizer. Tap to view at full size.

Last Friday, before going to the Tampa Theatre to see the film about Anthony Bourdain, Roadrunner, Anitra and I decided to do what Bourdain encouraged: We went to a newly-opened restaurant to try some food that we normally don’t get to eat. We went to Le Casa Bistro, located half a block away from the theatre at the corner of Franklin and Polk streets.

Chicken tagine
Chicken tagine. Tap to view at full size.

Le Casa’s specialty is Moroccan cuisine, and they have a very nice selection of tagines (pronounced “ta-ZHEEN”), which are slow-cooked stews that get their name from the traditional ceramic or clay dish in which they’re cooked. You typically serve them from the tagine they’re cooked in.

We started with zalouk, a cooked eggplant and tomato salad served with points of pita, which was an excellent appetizer. For our mains, we shared the chicken tagine, which is garnished with preserved lemons and olives, and the lamb tagine, whose garnish was hard-boiled eggs and prunes. These are rich, saucy dishes, and we scooped up the sauce with the frites and bread that they provided along with our dishes.

Lamb tagine
Lamb tagine. Tap to view at full size.

The service was incredibly friendly and helpful — one of the owners even came out to chat with us. We’re definitely coming back then next time we catch a film at the Tampa Theatre, a show at the Straz, or an event at one of the nearby museums.

We need to check it out on a Thursday, when they’ve got a live DJ and belly dancing, which should be pretty interesting.

Le Casa Bistro is located in the Element Tampa building at 802 N. Franklin St., at the corner of Franklin and Polk. Go check it out before everyone else “discovers” it!

In case you’re wondering: The folks at Le Casa Bistro have no idea who I am and most certainly didn’t pay for an endorsement. I’m just a fan who wants to see them stick around.


Remember, if you’re a “Jr.”…

…and if you’re a “III”, it means grandma did the moaning.

Florida of the Day It Happened to Me

License plate of the day

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I saw this today while getting my car serviced and had to take a photo — you can even see me taking it!

I also think that we should adopt “B HOTMES” as Florida’s unofficial state motto.