Thursday, April 21, 2011

On the subject of poutine

Turns out I forgot to take any pictures while in Montreal.  Anyway, the weather was pretty bad (Snow! In April!) and there wasn't a lot of sightseeing.  There was, however, a lot of eating.  I'll write up something about the ludicrous dinner at Au Pied de Cochon later, but first I wanted to talk a bit about something a bit less classy, but equally ludicrous.  Poutine.

Our first night in Montreal, we decided to get some poutine at La Banquise a 24 hour poutine restaurant.  Well known for its variety of poutines, La Banquise was featured on the Quebec episode of Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations and was the first stop of our unintentionally intentional tour of eateries featured in that episode.

As you can see, poutine isn't exactly for the faint of heart.  We actually ordered four varieties of poutine (one for each person present) which turned out to be a bit too much cheese curds, fries, and gravy.  I'm hard pressed to remember the exact varieties we ordered (to be fair, their names were in French), but there was a lot of meat products involved.  The original (just cheese curds, fries, and gravy) and the version with chunks of onions and sausage were my favorite, but all the varieties were good in their own evil sort of way.

I'm really surprised poutine hasn't immigrated south.  Seems like there would be quite a lot of people interested in something that is essentially cheese fries + gravy.  Hopefully this will happen sooner rather than later.

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