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I know that Canada isn't Southeast Asia or Europe for that matter, so what exotic food can they have that is worth writing about?

Well, to start, our northern neighbors have very interesting humor and food.

After my day trip from Quebec, I came back to my temporary home in Montreal. Not that I am especially famished, but I did want to snack on something. On the train, I spoke with Smokey asking him to help me locate a restaurant that serves Poutine.

For the uninitiated, poutine is french fries with cheese curds and gravy. Now that's the traditional way. Other variations include but not limited to tomato sauce, chicken, and for the fancy people, even foie gras is not off limit.

My very well-travelled friends Patric and Cin recommended me to try this dish, thus Smokey worked hard to locate two restaurants in Montreal that's known for this fab snack.

But given that I came home kind of late, I decided to eat at a restaurant near my hotel. Luckily, they do offer poutine. Yay for me! (clap, clap) I ordered the poutine and a pesto pizza. The waitress warned me that the poutine was going to be huge, but I made up my mind to try it, so nothing will stop me. Nothing. And I figure I will just take the pizza to go. So I was prepared...

Until I saw the big-ole-plate of POULTINE.


Wow, people eat this by themselves!?!?

Anyway, I tried it as-is and with ketchup (at the waitress' suggestion seeing I was struggling) and still I only made a dent. I think I ate 1/4 of the plate. Don't count me in on any eating contest because I will probably lose. Hard to tell, but it's true...

It was very good. Yummy.

I also enjoyed it with a local stout beer. One of the things I have been enjoying in Quebec and Montreal is their local brews. I love, love, love a good beer.


I had a wonderful meal last night and some yummy leftover pizza for breakfast this morning (but I did missed the free breakfast 'cuz I wanted to sleep in late.)

And don't worry everybody, I didn't drive or operate any heavy machinery, aside from the remote control watching Phantom of the Opera in la francais...(sigh, so sad but so darn romantic.)

Posted by 4kitten 19:13 Archived in Canada Tagged montreal

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