Travel: Home safe and sound…

Well, another culinary adventure to Ottawa has come to an end and, as always after my travels, I must apologize for all the comments that have gone unanswered and blogs unvisited.

As for the picture of the curious, almost alien-looking thingie, if anybody recognizes what it is, please feel free to shout out the answer (don’t be shy)… for the rest of you, all I will say for now is that I came across this interesting item at the Kowloon Market in Ottawa and will be featuring it in a little more detail shortly… just stay tuned.

Naturally, whilst away, I visited many restaurants and reviewed the same during my week in the capital, and I also picked up quite a few interesting products for culinary experiments back here at home. Just before I left on my trip, I did a slight reorganization of the Sybaritica blog menu that involved collecting a number of food related topics, (‘Experiments’, ‘Restaurant Reviews’, etc.) under a single heading entitled ‘Culinary things…’. A new topic has been added, which I call ‘Notable Noshings’, and this index will feature interesting dishes and prepared food and drink that I experience outside my own kitchen. The curious item you see in today’s picture will be covered under this heading in due course.

On a final note, readers of my blog will recall that my trip to Ottawa was not purely for pleasure, but was also for the purpose of visiting an orthopedic surgeon. It seems, following that examination, that I may be going back to Ottawa in the New Year in order to lose the top two joints of the ring finger on my right hand. Luckily, I have been reliably informed that I will still be able to scratch myself, and, best of all, will still retain the ability to ‘flip’ people off…


  1. You mean that cuttlefish? Or the salty chicken with the broken neck next to it? Or that weird HR Geiger thing lurking in the back 🙂

    So sorry to hear about your finger, John! I’m glad to hear that you will still be able to express yourself, but still. The loss of two joints cannot be easy. Hopefully, it will not come to that.

    1. If not, I can always get a little pirate’s hook installed… or better still, a can opener!

      1. You have a great sense of humor…that is a good thing.

  2. Looking forward to looking through the reorganized site. Sorry about your finger, but happy to hear that important abilities will remain.

    1. Yes … but I’m lighting the Cephalo-candles and doing the tentacle dance already 🙂

      1. I look forward to learning more about the picture you posted, other than the chicken, I had no idea what the other two were…interesting.

      2. The poultry was actually a duck, I believe…. the other item will be feattured in a post in a few days… promise 🙂

  3. I’m so sorry about your finger! My stepson lost a good portion of one of his fingers in a construction mishap…and soon after the surgery he was making jokes about putting a thimble with a hook on it! (I saw what your response to Karen). It is best to approach these things with humor, if possible, but it would still be a loss, and I hope it won’t come to that! As for the food…it’s a bit ominous looking to me! 🙂

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