Iranian Tea and More Anarchy

After reading Death to the Dictator, the story of a 20-year-old Iranian who was involved in the massive demonstrations in Tehran in June 2009, I decided that I had to go out and find some ghormeh sabzi, an herb stew and the main protagonist's favourite dish. I found it at Café Byblos on Laurier East, a pricier section of the Plateau-Mont Royal. The sabzi was excellent, as was our Iranian black tea with cardamon. The man on the teapot is actually the first Shah of Iran, making our tea session that much  funkier. The review of Death to the Dictator will be posted on Feminist Review and here sometime this month.

Upon returning from the Café, I received a very funny e-mail reply from the Chaotic Insurrection Ensemble. I wanted to know where they would be performing next, so that I could interview them. The following is their response:

hey, heather.

honestly, i have no idea, and we don't usually announce them [their gigs] ahead of
time due to some issues with the police. if you know someone in the
band, your best bet would be to bug them. otherwise, just keep going to
demos and other activist events and you'll be sure to see us before

My favourite part was the Chaotic Insurrection's tag line: "They say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself." -- Andy Warhol

Stay tuned for my next post on the Guerrilla Beekeepers I discovered in le Champs des possibles, the CN field just down the street from my home. I'll be covering Colony Collapse Disorder and some of the A, Bee, Cs of apiculture.



Joann Mannix | August 16, 2010 at 1:32 PM

Has it already been a year since the demonstrations? Wow. I watched with a hopeful heart as these brave souls protested the abomination that is their government. I pray that their spirits stay strong.

And man, what a fantastic line, "We don't usually announce them ahead of time due to some issues with the police." That is just the best!

Heather | August 16, 2010 at 3:38 PM

Thanks Joann! I visited your blog yesterday and saw that you were a BON. Congrats! and thanks for stopping by and the follow. H

Optimal Optimist | August 17, 2010 at 11:56 AM

Hello! Thanks for stopping by my blog and congratulations on your BON award! Well deserved- I'll be back to read more of your future posts!
Hope you're having a great day : )

Savira Gupta | August 20, 2010 at 12:19 AM

Hello found you through WOW. Tasting some of the delicacy of that region after reading a book based on that place creates a further connection.
Have a wonderful day.

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