Posted: March 14, 2013 in Food
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poutineAs a Canadian, this particular guilty pleasure kind of goes without saying. As a reader from another country, you may not have much of an idea of what I’m talking about (or “aboot”, as it may be).  So here it goes…

Poutine is French fries covered with cheese curds and brown gravy.

Now right off the bat, that might not sound like the most appealing or tasty food you’ve ever heard of. However, if you’ve ever had the chance to eat it yourself then I think you know just how awesome it actually is.

poutinePoutine originated in the Canadian province of Quebec in the late 1950’s. While many may claim to have originated the idea, there is no definitive proof of who, exactly, came up with the idea. The name (supposedly) came from Fernand Lachance of Warwick, Quebec, who is said to have exclaimed, “ça va faire une maudite poutine” (“it will make a damn mess”), hence the name.

Poutine is such a staple in the Canadian food industry that not only can you buy it at local fast food restaurants such as McDonald’s and Burger King.

Burger King poutine

Burger King poutine

McDonald's poutine

McDonald’s poutine

You can also find restaurants that are 100% dedicated to creating variations on the fry/cheese/gravy theme.

Smoke's Poutinerie

PoutineIt’s absolutely NOT healthy. It’s probably a billion calories. It looks disgusting. At the end of the day, however, it is one of the most popular food items in the entire country of Canada and has pretty much become the unofficial national food over the past 50+ years.

If you haven’t tried it yet, you NEED to at least once.


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