One of them even won the Elimination Challenge last week (I won’t say more in case you’re still catching up!). And one by one, the weakest links are being voted off the island…I’m eagerly awaiting Episode #6, “The French Feast” – I’ll aim to watch it Tuesday eve!
While Top Chef Canada is quite entertaining, the family fans (The Brother, SIL Ana, the parental units) all agree that the American versions of TC are stronger, in general. The competitors are of a higher calibre, the dishes created are more complex, and the judges/celebrity guest chefs are more renowned. (Dan Ackroyd *celebrity!!* in Episode #3? Please! Although the inclusion of Susur Lee in Episode #4 was très cool).
Our evaluation of Top Chef Canada reminded me of other areas in which the U.S. beats out Canada, hands down.
Marathon Hosting: Hoopla, throngs of spectators, corals of runners, national pride…American marathons are celebratory, high-profile-in-the-community events.
[where’s the crowd support??]
Snafus such as route confusion, parking logjams, super-small expos are quite the norm. My biggest beef is with the lack of community support from city residents, and missing financial support from city government. Americans get behind their hosting duties with rah-rah gusto. Canadian race organizers need lessons from their American counterparts.
Grocery Store Product Selections: My U.S. grocery store love is well documented on the Kiki blog! Seriously, let me loose in a Publix (my go-to in Florida), Piggly Wiggly (South Carolina discovery), Safeway (a Colorado staple) or…Whole Foods (you knew that was coming) and I am entertained to the nth degree. And likely to walk out the door with a wallet that’s $200 lighter. And 17 boxes of new-to-me cereals tucked under my arm.
States with Vacation-esque Climates: You know those essay contests, “If I Were Prime Minister for a Day…?” Well, my first order of business would be “Buy a warm state and make it a Canadian province.” I tell you, if Canada owned Florida, Arizona, California, or New Mexico, I would be transferring/moving/picking up stakes faster than you can say “pass me the sunscreen.”
Oprah. ♥ ♥ ♥
So as not to be entirely unpatriotic, I’ll toot the Canadian horn, too. Canada rocks when it comes to…
Health Care: We are fortunate to have access to free medical care in Canada. Many of us take this blessing for granted – we complain about doctor shortages and wait times to see specialists or get MRIs, but really, we are very lucky to not have to pay out-of-pocket for any of these services.
Worldwide Reputation: Canadians enjoy a favourable stereotype in countries around the globe. We are known to be polite, non-confrontational, reserved…boring, yes, but it’s a benefit to be Canadian when travelling abroad where reputation preceeds your arrival.
Money: what is more fun than our coloured paper bills? Only our loonies and toonies!
American money is confusing: the bills are all black and white. When you don’t know your Abe Lincoln from your George Washington, you really have to mind your p’s and q’s when settling your bill!
ATMs: cheque writing is going the way of the dodo bird. Almost everyone now uses debit cards, with credit cards coming in a close second for non-cash forms of payment. A lot of places will not even accept cheques any more. Since day one, Canadians have embraced electronic payment methods enthusiastically.
What’s something you appreciate about both the U.S. and Canada? I love my American friends, met in Aruba. I appreciate their friendliness, exuberance for life, and the gift of the gab that so many of my acquaintances possess. I love how BIG Canada is in terms of land space!
Anything you find funny about either country? Canadians looovvvve to talk about the weather. I never get tired of hearing a native New Yorker’s accent!