Not Necessarily Politically Correct……

No, Developers & Chains isn’t becoming a cannabis publication but several of the companies in this emerging category are starting to brag about openings.  In spite of the confusing rules and regulations the law makers are putting forth to save our children and reduce the illegal element, these chains are growing.  Maybe it’s the ‘right place at the right time syndrome’ but we are no longer hearing any of the comments from landlords about how the category will negatively affect their centres.  I guess it doesn’t matter what the merchandise is when the operator is prepared to sign a lease.  It sure beats the month-to-month tenants…………..

And maybe it was the nostalgic advertising campaign in which a six-year old Wayne Gretzky met hockey legend Tim Horton at a local restaurant in Brantford that reminded the ‘suits’ at Tim Hortons Restaurants what their background actually was.   That’s right, it was donuts.  It was the honey glazed donuts, the maple frosted donuts and the cavity inducing chocolate covered donuts that attracted the local cops on their late-night patrols.  It was the sugar-hit, not the coffee, that kept the neighbourhoods safe.    Whatever the reason, for the first time in I don’t know how long, we can use the name ‘Tim Hortons’ and ‘donuts’ in the same sentence.   Claiming a coveted spot as the ‘donut expert in Canada’, last week the company introduced a new lineup of new Dream Donuts, with premium fillings and toppings and a treat for guests' eyes with playful icing swirls and colourful confetti……………….and it’s about time!  Remember, it wasn’t the coffee and the Tim Matins or the soups and sandwiches that attracted the customers in the mid-1960s.  It was the colourful, sweet donuts that kept magically appearing from the kitchen.  Okay, so now we’re addicted to the coffee but it’s the donuts that got us there in the first place…………………….

Oh and speaking of hockey, Greenleaf Foods, one of those plant-based protein product companies that are gaining so much attention lately, has become the first and exclusive plant-based protein sponsor of the Montreal Canadiens hockey club.  I’m not sure, but based on the way our million-dollar-kids have been playing lately, they might want to go back to red meat……..raw red meat…….and poke them with a stick to get them riled up too. We’re not interested in missing the playoffs again.   As the official and exclusive plant-based protein partners for the Montreal Canadiens and the Bell Centre, on event days, the company’s Lightlife Burger and Field Roast Mexican Bowl are served at M2 Marché Montréal concessions. Next thing they’ll be serving is the no-alcohol beer………

And in case anyone needs a reason to visit Winnipeg in the Winter, Potahto Week is back for a third season. The ten-day event, from February 21st to March 1st, will see local chefs in various restaurants present their best potato dishes made with Manitoba grown spuds.   To ensure a level playing field, 100-pounds of local Manitoba potatoes of their choosing will once again be provided to each participating restaurant. Last year's champion as chosen by the public was Winnipeg-based Pony Corral with their Potato Croquettes……………