Raleigh - March 7, 2013
Since there happened to be a basketball game going on at the PNC Arena on Wednesday night, the Habs instead paid a visit to the Hurricane’s practice rink, the Raleigh Ice Center, for their Wednesday morning skate. If there’s one thing you could say about the arena is that it managed to be both rustic and nostalgic at the same time. A good example of this sat in the rink’s entrance hall, where an arcade game that can only be described as “vintage” bleeped and blooped, demanding our coins in exchange for lives in such classics as Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong Jr., Gun Smoke,Pacman and Galaga. Sorry, Burger Time, no room for you. Having already dumped all of our American quarters into the bubble hockey table that occupied the other corner of the room, we offered it two Canadian quarters which it promptly ejected into the coin return. We tried again in the other slot and never saw the quarters again.
The wine industry in North Carolina is in the middle of a pretty major boom, finding itself ranked 10th among all wine producers in the United States. With that idea in mind, we paid a visit to Total Wine, (picture a non-Quebecoise SAQ) which is the largest chain of wine and liquor stores in America, boasting over 8,000 different brands of wine and 2,500 different types of beers and spirits in their repertoire.
While inspecting Total Wine’s vast inventory of booze, we were surprised to discover that a particular product had made the voyage all the way down from Chambly, Quebec to Short Hills, North Carolina, when in the beer aisle, we came across a case titled Diabolic Pleasures, featuring Unibroue beers, La Maudite and L’eau bénite. After looking a little further into things, it turns out that Unibroue now stocks its beer in over 20 different countries around the world, likely making Robert Charlebois a very proud man.