This happened during the Canadian Thanksgiving (Oct. 8), but I never wrote about it, so might as well post it now.
It was 3 pm Sunday and next day was Thanksgiving. We never celebrated it as such and for me it was mostly just another day I would not have to go to work. But suddenly, I felt the deepest, darkest desire to sink my teeth into a juicy, well cooked, stuffed turkey.
At that moment one of my Brampton buddies called. "Hey, what you doing?"
"I am going to No Frills." I told him. "They have a halal section and I saw turkeys there."
"Oh great! I am off too!"
I went to No Frills. Damn! The halal section was COMPLETELY empty. I never saw it like that. It was the first time I thought "man! they let too many Muslims into this country when a man can't find a decent halal turkey!"
Next stop - the local Muslim butcher store.
"Of course we have turkey, brother!" The Afghani guy told me. "It's X dollars per pound."
I did a quick calculation, and my jaw dropped. The guy was going to charge me $60 for a turkey! A turkey that is perfectly available in the non-halal section for $20!
And this is where I thought of a perfect rant - Muslim butchers who deliberately over charge you for meat because they know they got you. In fact I see no valid reason why halal chicken should be costlier - it's chicken! Which is why the No Frills halal section is good, the prices are comparable.
At that moment my Brampton buddy calls me, "Hey thanx! That was a great suggestion! I got the last turkey at our No Frills!"
"Did you get yours?" He continued.
What can you reply? Of course I lied. "Yeah sure, I got mine."
"How much did you pay?" He asked.
"Well, how much did you pay?"
"It cost me $20." He informed me. "It's so many pounds."
"Ah," I answered. "Mine was only $15, and it's way bigger." Of course.
Dejected, I decided to head to the local Walmart - had to get some toiletries.
And guess what? They have a halal section too!
AND they had a turkey, for $15, at so many pounds heavy.
Moral of the story: Turkey is tasty. Yum!
Happy Thanksgiving to my US readers.