Local Food – Travel Edition

So far, I haven’t written about my big vacation last year. Those of you following me for long enough to know about my trip to Canada may also know what happened after I got home which is partly why I haven’t felt like sharing but I’m trying to give this blog at least ONE scheduled post per week or maybe semi-regularly instead of posting just whenever the hell I want. I’ll see how it goes. Also, I have this tab on my blog devoted to Travel and it’s the category I least post in so I’m trying to right that wrong. Y’all may take a guess but let me tell you, this will be Travelling Thursdays from now on or something similar. It doesn’t need a name as I’m probably abandoning this idea way to soon anyways.

Moving on. (Sorry for the long prologue.)

This week’s episode of How I Met Your Mother *may* have left me craving for Tim Hortons and Canada in general. I know, it’s the dead of winter there right now but still. I like winter and I loved Canada. People saying sorry after YOU accidentally stepped on THEIR feet, what’s not to like?

When it comes to food, Canada is not that different from my home country but then again it’s also bordering the Unites States so you know what that means?! – Burgers everywhere! Yay! During my three weeks touring the east I mostly ate burgers, maple glazed donuts and blueberry muffins from Tim Hortons. God, how I wish Tim Hortons would open a franchise over here, I’d end up in a sugar coma but it would be so worth it.

Still on the topic of burgers, sorry, this was not supposed to be entirely devoted to them but you have no idea how nice it is to have all these places aside from McDonalds and Burger King to eat a good burger and order it according to your taste. So, I ate a lot of hamburgers and I’m not even sorry. We walked a LOT so all the calories where ok to eat. At least, that’s what I’ve been telling myself.

When you’re visiting Québec though, there is a special dish you just have to try and you either like it or not. I am on the verge of not liking it but then again, I’m a purist when it comes to fries. What I’m talking about is Poutine.

What is Poutine? It’s THE traditional dish as far as I understood it and it consists of french fries with a special gravy and squeaky cheese. See, I was fine with the gravy on my fries but the cheese was not my thing. However, it was the exact other way around for one of my travel companions so it’s highly subjective.

My very first Poutine and also my last for the foreseeable future.
My very first Poutine and also my last for the foreseeable future.

We were very Québecois and tried to have the truest Poutine experience possible, so we ordered it only after arriving in Québec City (Ugh, who would have thought I’d regret forgetting all the French I learnt in school? – Not me, duh!), the very heart of the Province Québec. And we went to Chez Ashton, it didn’t look like a lot of tourists frequented the place and frankly, if it wouldn’t have been for the Poutine, I don’t think I’d have entered it either. But I did and lived to tell the tale.

It was good but not something I need to eat regularly. However if you’re a tourist visiting Canada and especially somewhere in the Québec Providence, try finding a Chez Ashton or other place that sells it and eat a Poutine. It’s like the Ice Hockey of foods, so-ho-ho Canadian.

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  • Must say you’re a true tourist .. and go for the local dishes – I’m glad you said that you will not have it in a near future … because to me that is one of the worst combinations of food I ever seen – chips and cheese. Tim Hortons is good – and it can take over from Starbucks that I think is just terrible in everything they do expect they have free WiFi. Just a strong brand and shitty coffee.

    • It really isn’t that bad just not everyone’s taste. And I try to be a good tourist just not always succeeding.

      Tim Hortons has free WiFi as well and is just so much better than Starbucks because it’s cheaper and good and Canadian *g*

      • I just think Starbucks are like McDonalds .. a massive and strong brand. I like Tim Hortons .

  • Gravy on fries seems weird, but we put gravy on mashed potatoes all the time, and fries are just potatoes (albeit in the most unhealthy form possible). And, again, cheese on fries is fairly common, but maybe not that kind of cheese. And I don’t know how the combination of all three would be.

    And speaking of eating while on vacation, when I went to NYC a while back, I ate ALL THE THINGS (actually I didn’t eat anything close to all the things I wanted to try, but I ate a lot) but because of all the walking we did, I only gained like a pound and a half during the week we were gone. It was awesome.

    • I don’t think I even gained weight. I also ate somethings more healthy but we walked so much, it didn’t even matter.

      I hate mashed potatoes, it’s the most useless for of serving potatoes there is to me unless it’s mashed potatoes with sauerkraut – there’s the only loophole. But yes, the combination is interesting and definitely worth a try.

  • This is awesome! I love every post you write but this is a brilliant idea. I can’t wait to read your stories and add these to my list of things to eat/see/do when I go travelling as well! :D SO EXCITING!

    • Thank you. Not entirely sure where this will lead but I hope to write about some of the stuff I saw/did/ate while traveling so stay tuned. But you do that nonetheless :-)

      • :) I’m probably your biggest fan! :D You should have a competition and I’ll win hands down!

  • rmiles

    Kudos for trying the poutine! More British oriented areas of Canada, like where I am, people will put vinegar on their fries. I’m a plain Jane, just give me the fries and step back. I don’t need nor want any extras. :) Cheers.

    • Yuk, I hate vinegar and like you, I prefer my fries plain without any of the fuss.

      I was really happy when we crossed from Quebec to Ontario because there people would understand me and I didn’t have to try and fail at attempting to speak french.