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Old 07-31-2011, 01:31 PM   #1
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I've been interested in the Hallifax donair and poutine - getting almost to the point of taking a road trip to sample them. Before going off on a really wild chase for a taste test can some others chime in with their opinions?
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Are you joking?

"The Canadians could have had French food, British culture and American technology. Instead they ended up with French technology, British food and American culture."
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I'd never heard of these foods so had to Google them. Found a recipe for Donair on food.com:

Dash Riprock's Real Halifax Donair Recipe - Food.com - 90387

Maybe try making it at home first.

Oh, looked at poutine here:

Poutine - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

didn't look that appetizing to me, but I've never tried it so can't say. Said the same thing about crawfish until I had them in New Orleans. Yum!
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Thankfully they got the beer moslty right, Brewer.
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I'd cross the road to avoid poutine......certainly not to eat it.
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I'd cross the road to avoid poutine......certainly not to eat it.
From an amusing historical essay:
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In a November 1991 CBC report on poutine, Canada's largest broadcaster asked, on-camera, the Quebec premier Robert Bourassa if he liked poutine. He immediately walked away from the podium, "I'm sorry, I have to go, I have a really important meeting." His office refused to answer the question in follow-up calls. The same question to the opposition Parti-Quebecois leader Jacques Pariseau got the exact same response: he refused to answer, either directly on-camera, or in calls to his office.


Usually, to get a politician to refuse to answer a question requires finding a mistress somewhere.
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I've never tried poutine before, but have read plenty of articles on it. I've had great wet fries (brown gravy) at the Hat in the Los Angeles area and they make great cheddar fries and Irish style fries in Chicago (brown curry gravy). I can make the Irish fries at home using S & B Golden Curry mix, mild. To simulate the cheese, you could use Merkt's or Kaukauna cheddar cheese that's been warmed enough to pour over the fries. To make regular brown gravy, try homemade (beef broth and cornstarch) or from a can? I haven't been able to get the flavor right for the brown gravy mix at home, but I'm pretty happy with the curry version.
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Donair is excellent poutine, on the other hand, I wouldn't offer to my worst enemy.
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Poutine was Quebec's secret weapon to defeat the British in 1812. It's a heart attack waiting to happen.

Today's Canadian food (my version):

Breakfast:
Greek yogurt
Fresh blueberries from Fraser Valley
Baby apricots from Okanagan Valley (as soft as a baby's bottom)
Cappucino made with Tim Horton's coffee

Lunch:
Grilled pork herb rouladen
Grilled sweet onion
Steamed pattypan squash
Steamed broccoli
Spoonful of organic tzatziki
Glass of Quail's Gate Chenin Blanc (enjoyed by Pres. Obama and Will & Kate on visit here)

Poutine is nowhere to be seen.....
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Poutine was Quebec's secret weapon to defeat the British in 1812. It's a heart attack waiting to happen.

Today's Canadian food (my version):

Breakfast:
Greek yogurt
Fresh blueberries from Fraser Valley
Baby apricots from Okanagan Valley (as soft as a baby's bottom)
Cappucino made with Tim Horton's coffee

Lunch:
Grilled pork herb rouladen
Grilled sweet onion
Steamed pattypan squash
Steamed broccoli
Spoonful of organic tzatziki
Glass of Quail's Gate Chenin Blanc (enjoyed by Pres. Obama and Will & Kate on visit here)

Poutine is nowhere to be seen.....
Looks good to me. Thanks for the new menu
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Parks Canada - Parks Canada Heritage Gourmet - Parks Canada Heritage Gourmet - Introduction

Here are some historic Canadian recipes, complete with iPhone app. Other smartphone apps to follow.
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Parks Canada - Parks Canada Heritage Gourmet - Parks Canada Heritage Gourmet - Introduction

Here are some historic Canadian recipes, complete with iPhone app. Other smartphone apps to follow.
Hey, Thanks! I get the impression poutine isn't really getting the love.... I've come up with some donair recipes and expect I'll give them a try, but also expect that going to a King of Donair in Halifax would result in a completely different experience.
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Hey, Thanks! I get the impression poutine isn't really getting the love....
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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If you are ever in the prairies you should try saskatoon and rhubarb pie. Saskatoons are berries that only grow in the prairies and are like blueberries but with a smoky type flavor. Quite unique. However they tend to be dry and so are often paired with rhubard or strawberries. Yum.
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Donairs have acidic red grease. Donairs are inferior to gyros. Sorry. Not even close.

Good stuff: peameal bacon, Kieth's, porogies, salmon, lots of fresh water fishes, PEI mussels, boneless pork rib bits, Alberta beef, peaches and cream corn.
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If you are ever in the prairies you should try saskatoon and rhubarb pie. Saskatoons are berries that only grow in the prairies and are like blueberries but with a smoky type flavor. Quite unique. However they tend to be dry and so are often paired with rhubard or strawberries. Yum.
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I think those who disapprove of poutine must be the same ones who deny the greatness of Spam. In other words, they just don't know any better.
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If you are ever in the prairies you should try saskatoon and rhubarb pie. Saskatoons are berries that only grow in the prairies and are like blueberries but with a smoky type flavor. Quite unique. However they tend to be dry and so are often paired with rhubard or strawberries. Yum.
Skip the rhubarb. Saskatoon berry pie.
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