Saturday, July 07, 2012

Beaver Tails

Tonight a bunch of us went for dinner at a pub in the Byward Market area of Ottawa just a short walk from the conference centre. Afterward we ate Beaver Tails.

There were fifteen of us. Four of Ryan Gregory's graduate students, three people I met at the evolution education session, Bjørn Østman, Ford Denison (This Week in Evolution), Carl Zimmer, Steve Watson, Seanna Watson, Ryan Gregory, and Joe Felsenstein.

Everyone liked Beaver Tails. I had chocolate and banana.

We talked about evolution, blogging, science writing, and Rosie Redfield ('cause she wasn't there!).


13 comments :

  1. The beaver-tail I had was great, thanks for forcing me to get it, Larry. For non-Canadians, they are something like an"elephant ears" and are also somewhat similar to the Mexican fried dough desserts with sugar sprinkled on them.

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    1. You mean like buñuelos? Such a long time, I never got close to beaver tails. Now I shall.

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    2. I thought about churros.

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  2. Killaloe Sunrise is the best flavour - cinnamon and sugar, with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. And the best thing a Beaver Tail is that the dough is made from whole wheat flour, allowing one to pretend that it's healthy.

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    1. I got one that was (something like) Maple Cream and was allegedly Quebecois.

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    2. Don't listen to Seanna. The only REAL Beaver tail is the one with bananas and chocolate.

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    3. I agree with Joe -- I got maple butter, and it seemed the most legitimately Canadian choice.

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    4. It was the most legitimately Canadien choice. I had Killaloe Sunrise today and it was very good to, but the Maple Cream one was my favorite so far because it was more sinful.

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    5. OK, tonight it was banana chocolate. Very very good, but I'd say the toppings were a bit too much for the Beaver Tail. Thanks for the pointers.

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  3. Larry - thanks for your comments in the Evol Ed session. There was a bit too much non-data driven accomodationist feeling in the room. I really appreciated you saying something about not coddling students feelings about rational thinking, religion, and evolution.

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  4. By the way Larry, thanks for organizing these outings -- they have been a highlight of the meeting and a great chance to chat with some interesting folks.

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  5. Beavertails, like poutine, taste the best in winter after a good long skate on the Rideau canal during Winterlude....

    Ex-Ottawan in Boulder, CO.

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