Today, we ask Jason Allen, candidate for Ward One, the questions the mainstream media is afraid to ask!
As a member of the Participatory Budget Advisory Committee and contributor to Raise the Hammer, GO Transit's Training & Quality Leader, Jason Allen is no stranger to Hamilton politics. He wants you to believe that he would make an effective Ward One councillor because of his successes with the Kirkendall Neighbourhood Association, Down Syndrom Association, Westdale Teaching Garden and other enthusiastic community work. Not so fast, Allen! Sure, you're charming, smart and passionate but how about you tell Ward One voters what they REALLY need to know about you?
1. What is your “go-to” restaurant for guilty takeout pleasure in Hamilton?
"My guilty pleasure go-to for takeout is Crystal Dynasty on Cannon at Bay. We have a four person family, and Chinese food usually means a long day of work, or a bit of a celebration, so the numbers often swell to 8 or 10. Their food is affordable, their service is brisk, and the meal is the best Chinese food we have found in Hamilton."
2. Which Hamilton restaurant do you frequent so often you’re considering seeking treatment for addiction to their food?"Ben Than Viet Thai on James North. I eat there more often than I'd like to admit. Usually lunches with my wife, who has an office on James North, so if I'm downtown, we meet there. Not for Pho, but for Bun (the noodles and spring rolls), which has to be my all time favorite guilty pleasure. They do it better than most."
3. Wine: Red, white, rose or sparkling? (Please note: We don’t accept ‘None’ as an answer because science has taught us that the challenges of governance cannot and should not be mitigated without wine. Please don’t argue with science.)
"Red wine. Definitely red wine. The redder the better. Fat Bastard is one of my all time favorites."
4. What was the most recent gorgeous Ontario wine you enjoyed and which over-the-top adjective would you use to describe it?
"Because I'm a red wine fan - I know you probably won't want to hear this - but I don't feel Ontario does red wines as well as they do whites, or as well as other jurisdictions. If I had to pick one, it would be the 30 Bench Merlot I had a couple of years ago - that broke the mold for what an Ontario Red wine should be. If I had to choose an Ontario beverage though, I would choose Forty Creek's Copper Pot Select Whiskey, which is simply the finest, most complex and interesting Canadian whiskey I've ever had the pleasure of drinking."
5. Which beer is your favourite post yard-work and/or council meeting beer?
"Beer. There are simply too many I love to name. My favorite "I'm-so-tired-from-mowing-my-b
ig-back-yard-with-my-environme ntally-concious-push-reel- mower-that-I-can't-lift-my- arms" beer would have to be Old Speckled Hen from the UK. My favorite sit-and-enjoy-a-lovely-beer-in -the-evening-with-friends beer, changes almost from month to month, but right now the winner is Butler's Bitter from the Niagara College Brewing Program, the sales of which go to support the program. I love good beer, and I love teaching people how to brew good beer (I'm an avid home brewer), so this helps with both."
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