Francis
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active Dec 10 · joined 2008 Feb 3 · 24 votes cast

I'm an engineer and IT consultant in the Ottawa area.

I'M CRAZY ABOUT NATTO ! II'S YUMMY.

I love food!

I practice Intermittent Fasting, a form of calorie restriction. I started this 3 years ago. Calorie restriction is the only method of lifespan extension proven to work across a wide range of species.

I've also became mostly vegetarian (vegan + fish) though I will eat meat on special family occasions like Thanksgiving or Christmas.

My favorite food is Chinese roast pork.

The best meal I ever had was a roasted sucking pig in the mountains of southern Cuba.

My wife is French and loves crepes.

I also got into sous vide and built my own immersion circulator, PID controlled, in a picnic cooler. We use it at least weekly.

I'm also an avid gardner. I grow unusual stuff like very hot peppers for fun, and tomatoes, beans , cucumbers and the regular stuff too.

We also do square foot gardening.

I'm also passionate about bicycles and have built custom cargo bikes, for fun and to commute to work on.

We have three children. The two girls are vegetarians. My son is a meat eater.

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2011 Aug 18
Hey Francis, Are you available tomorrow? I've just received my heater and dont quite understand how to set up my PID.

2011 Aug 7
Hey Francis,

I just finished building my immersion circulator and was wondering if you could have 10 or 15 minutes sometime this week to help me program the PID controller?

2011 Jul 20
Cuba is fantastic! I love the resorts - stick to 5 star because if you settle for any less, you are gambling with the food quality (hotdogs and mystery meat).

If you are interested, I highly, highly recommend Paradisus Rio de Oro in Holguin. I have been there three times now. Although my family does a early Christmas trip to cuba (7 years running), Paradisus is the only resort we have returned to.

If you go off season, it's very affordable (1500 to 2000 per head). Just make sure you go exploring Cuba - outside of the resort that is (which you have already done!). We also have friends who work at the resort and they invited us to their apartment in downtown Holguin for dinner. Had wonderful rice and beans, and of course pulled pork, plantain and yuca. Yum Yum!

It seems my profile picture has not changed yet - I think there is a delay, at any rate, you will be able to see the pig eventually.

Hope to see you at the foodie potluck!

2011 Jul 20
Hey Francis!

I just read about your cuban pork experience. I have experienced virtually the same situation. I have some very close cuban friends who live on a farm near Holguin.

This family is very, very poor, barely literate (in spanish), but some of the most welcoming, Christian people we have ever met.

After meeting them one year, the next year when we returned, they slaughtered a piglet and roasted it over a spit for us. Even in their poverty, they shared everything they could. I was given the honour to cut the pig. Wow! was it ever an amazing meal! I posted a new profile pick - which shows the pig we ate.

We surely helped them out with gifts from Canada and - seemingly very little money for us (about $1000) - but over a years salary for them. I love Cuba...

Cheers!

2011 Jun 27
Thanks, turns out I bought a waterbath from him a couple months ago.

2011 Jun 26
Could you send me the contact info for those centrifuges...

2010 Jul 11
Hi Francis,

I didn't log in until now. Sorry for my late response. I am not a fan of fish sauce. If I go buy one, I will buy the expensive one. Yes. They are expensive.

2009 Oct 14
hi Francis, shouldn't you really tag yourself as a "fan" of Natto?

ottawafoodies.com/food/468

2009 Oct 2
Hi Francis. Yes, as you suspected, the server for OttawaFoodies runs off 100% green energy via the Bullfrog Power service.

2009 Oct 1
Francis, belated thanks for the Chinesefood link on your 99cent thread! Much appreciated -- the recipes look great.

As does your bike, btw. I'm assuming you modified it?

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