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Old 08-01-2011, 09:29 AM   #21
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Skip the rhubarb. Saskatoon berry pie.
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My dear departed MIL used to make a rhubarb custard pie that was delicious. The tartness of the rhubarb was offset by a very sweet custard.
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I tried poutine once to see what the excitement is all about. Never again. Not worth the caleries. I also tried the starburst onion at Outback too. Same result.

Canadian bacon is OK but I prefer regular even though it is more fatty. I cook it until the fat crunches and pour off the excess fat. Sometimes I cook a whole package and just put the extra in the freezer for a quick snack.
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Don't forget Montreal smoked meat! https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikiped...le_smoked_meat

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The running joke I've heard from Canadians goes something like this: "We have French, British and American influences. We could have got French food, British culture and American technology, but instead we got British food, American culture and French technology"...
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Not sure if I love poutine but, as mentioned earlier, haven't tried it. Do love my Canadian friends here though for sure
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DW and I love our escape the heat road trips to rural Canada, far from the big cities and tourist traps. We have never failed to find plenty of good food. When in doubt we look for a Tim Horton.

We brought a jar of Saskatoon berry jam home from our last trip. We have probably eaten and enjoyed poutine but did not know what it was at the time. I think It's like what might be called hearty home fries in other places.
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I must be odd man out. I've only had poutine once while on a business trip but I thought it was great!

confession though...it was eaten after a very long and liberal happy hour...so maybe my memory isn't so good.
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I must be odd man out. I've only had poutine once while on a business trip but I thought it was great!

confession though...it was eaten after a very long and liberal happy hour...so maybe my memory isn't so good.
Yeah, could be. I have a vague memory of loving one of those fried onion blossoms at Outback under similiar circumstances....
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I think for me a lot of the attraction is the name - poutine. Have the same sort of attraction to puttanesca, as in spagetti alla puttanesca.

Did a little more looking and sonufagun! there is some poutine in Portland!
Portland Poutine

Various reviews of the Portland purveyors indicate that either the gravy is odd or the fresh cheese curd (squeaky cheese! Yay!) doesn't melt properly. Still, might be worth a try - lots closer, though I wouldn't get to try Saskatoon berries.

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I think for me a lot of the attraction is the name - poutine. Have the same sort of attraction to puttanesca, as in spagetti alla puttanesca.

Did a little more looking and sonufagun! there is some poutine in Portland!
Portland Poutine

Various reviews of the Portland purveyors indicate that either the gravy is odd or the fresh cheese curd (squeaky cheese! Yay!) doesn't melt properly. Still, might be worth a try - lots closer, though I wouldn't get to try Saskatoon berries.
The letter "P" is the only thing these two dishes have in common.
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The letter "P" is the only thing these two dishes have in common. .
Just as beauty is in the eye of the beholder...

FYI I like pasta putenesca, never had poutine as that was an Eastern Canadian dish when I grew up. I did eat fries with gravy though and would prefer that over ketchup to this day. It is comfort food. Just as is greutzwurst News from Peef & Lo: Nothing like the smell of gritzwurst on the weekend... which I grew up with. And yes my family made it with the whole hogs head . Fried and then served with ketchup for breakfast. Yum !!

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The best Canadian food will probably never be tasted by Canadians, much less others. Some not mentioned in this thread:
  • Fiddleheads: see Fiddlehead fern - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia While not exclusively Canuck, most are here.
  • Roast Musk Ox: only available in the territories, tastes great
  • Caribou sausage: see above
  • Arctic Char: a salmon like fish that lives in the high arctic
Some we share with others:
  • Maple Syrup: also available in New England
  • Bison (plains buffalo): bred in captivity in western Canada (and I suspect the USA)
  • Pacific salmon:
I think I missed quite a few.
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I edited my post (after DblDoc quoted me) because my words were not appropriate. To each his own, apologies if anyone was offended.

I've tried both, enjoyed one. My daughter lived on both countries and ate each once, and repeated one many times. Cheers
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Or pulchritude is in the eye of the perceiver, perhaps.
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I edited my post (after DblDoc quoted me) because my words were not appropriate. To each his own, apologies if anyone was offended.

I've tried both, enjoyed one. My daughter lived on both countries and ate each once, and repeated one many times. Cheers
Edited your quote to reflect your changes. Wasn't offended, all is good.

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The best Canadian food will probably never be tasted by Canadians, much less others. Some not mentioned in this thread:
  • Fiddleheads: see Fiddlehead fern - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia While not exclusively Canuck, most are here.
  • Roast Musk Ox: only available in the territories, tastes great
  • Caribou sausage: see above
  • Arctic Char: a salmon like fish that lives in the high arctic
Some we share with others:
  • Maple Syrup: also available in New England
  • Bison (plains buffalo): bred in captivity in western Canada (and I suspect the USA)
  • Pacific salmon:
I think I missed quite a few.
I have had all above but the Musk Ox. Also had deer, elk, moose, bear, and all 5 species of salmon. Smoked arctic char is sublime - if you can find and afford it!

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Edited your quote to reflect your changes. Wasn't offended, all is good.

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The best Canadian food will probably never be tasted by Canadians, much less others. Some not mentioned in this thread:
  • Fiddleheads: see Fiddlehead fern - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia While not exclusively Canuck, most are here.
  • Roast Musk Ox: only available in the territories, tastes great
  • Caribou sausage: see above
  • Arctic Char: a salmon like fish that lives in the high arctic
Some we share with others:
  • Maple Syrup: also available in New England
  • Bison (plains buffalo): bred in captivity in western Canada (and I suspect the USA)
  • Pacific salmon:
I think I missed quite a few.
You forgot french fries with mayo.
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You forgot french fries with mayo.
Thought that was a Holland thing!

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You forgot french fries with mayo.
No, those are Quebecois, not Canuck.
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