How do you feel about eating muskrat, hare, deer, and beaver? How about squirrel? Are you game?
According to an article in CBC, wild game meat has been given the green light from the provincial government allowing certain Quebec restaurants to serve it to punters.
Joe Beef and Au Pied de Cochon are among ten Quebec restaurants permitted to cook and sell wild game.
“It’s not going to be this giant slaughter. We’re just trying to do it slowly, properly, and manage it well," said Joe Beef Chef David McMillan, who plans to start serving the fare this Spring. He also reassures skeptics that squirrel tastes "delicious"—like a cross between hare and quail.
“Squirrel is not an odd thing, it might sound odd, but it’s not,” concurs Martin Picard, a chef at Au Pied de Cochon.
Quebec's Wildlife Minister Yves-François Blanchet feels the move celebrates Quebec's cultural heritage and history.
Needless to say, chefs are excited at the culinary gauntlet, but it remains to be seen whether customers will savour the flavour?
Would you give squirrel a go, or too squeamish?
Should you bring your child to a fancy restaurant?
What is this mystery illness that is plaguing children in California? That's what researchers from the University of California, in San Francisco, are trying to determine after some 25 children in the state experienced a polio-like virus that left them with paralyzed limbs.
According to an article in NBC News, the virus is thought to be a type of enterovirus similar to that of polio.
The sudden paralysis, which has affected kids between the ages of two and sixteen, apparently began with flu-like symptoms and shortness of breath.
The MRI of one toddler revealed a spinal cord lesion responsible for the paralysis that caused her to lose mobility in one arm.
Her parents insist their daughter is otherwise thriving. Officials are urging people not to panic about the virus that has affected children in various parts of the state since August 2012.
“We want to temper the concern because, at the moment, it does not appear to represent a major epidemic,” said Dr. Keith Van Haren, a pediatric neurologist at Stanford University’s Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. “[The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] is taking these reports very seriously. We hope our efforts will help us develop prevention and treatment strategies in the future.”
Interestingly, though the virus shares similarities to polio, all the children involved were vaccinated against the illness. Parents are advised to seek medical attention if children display sudden limb weakness, with or without other symptoms.
Some vaccine-preventable outbreaks around the world.
Disney has been spinning the same old yarn about damsels in distress since the dawn of time, it seems. But now one dame, Frozen's Elsa, is fed up and has some feminist rhetoric to share with her fellow fairytalers. In a musical number, naturally.
The video comes courtesy of AVbyte and features some fun lyrics. My personal faves are when Elsa calls out the respective princesses and gives them whatfor:
YOU GOT SLIPPED A ROOFIE
YOU FELL FOR A CHEAT
YOU ARE REALLY LUCKY
THAT YOU'VE GOT TINY FEET
YOU'VE GOT STOCKHOLM SYNDROME
YOU'RE A SPOILED BRAT
YOU HAD SPECIAL TALENTS
BUT GAVE THEM UP LIKE THAT
Now here's a chorus you will want to sing with your daughters:
WHY KEEP ON ASSUMING
MEN WILL SAVE THE DAY
WE CAN BE THE HEROES
AND DO IT OUR OWN WAY
Get the song from iTunes and bring on the karaoke!
See why this Disney princess inspired a petition with more than 100,000 signatures . . .