Best of Poutine on the Web
Welcome to Poutine Talk! This month, we are going to give you a mini tour of poutine on the web.
Everything you need to know about Poutine, for beginners or experts, courtesy of Aviva Las Vegas and Poutine Talk. Imagine yourself far from Quebec, and dreaming of Poutine. You can't get your hands on any. You are frustrated, hungry, maybe even homesick.
Well, this week in Poutine Talk, we offer solutions you can almost taste: sound clips, audio clips, recipes and the odd facts on Quebecers. Here is everything you ever wanted to know about Poutine, but didn't know how to ask in French: "the insiders guide to Poutine"
How to Pronounce Poutine
Let's start with the best site that I discovered. There's
very little to it, but it has one feature that beats all of
the other site: an audio clip on how to pronouce the word
Maybe I am not getting out there enough, but who is the
guy's face on the poutine container here? Any ideas, please
let me know. http://www.cs.umanitoba.ca/~gedetil/poutine.shtml
Sing the Ingredients
The next important thing to know once you can pronounce
poutine: is what the ingredients are, and what better way
to find out, than in a song. http://www.frenchteacher.com/poutine.wav
Let's give credit where credit is due: if you are interested
in the band that does that song: please check out:the link
below. Here is a link for a French Record for kids http://www.frenchteacher.com/poutine.html
Where to get Poutine:
Once you know how to pronounce the word, the next big challenge is where to
find it: the only restaurant that came up in my web search
is one I never had the pleasure (yet ) to eat Poutine in.
I do feel they could have put a more appetizing picture of
poutine on this site: I haven't quite figured out what is
in the photo on top of the gravy and cheese, it looks a bit
scary. On the plus side, check out the cool flash french fry
icon. How can anyone resist this? http://www.quebecinfo.com/restpoutine/
Colis: what the #$*@ is curd cheese? (and other weird facts about the Quebecois)
For those of you who don't know what curd cheese is: Here is a site that explains
this, on the "human internet". It also includes a very strange
quote: "When Quebecers travel in the different areas of the
province, they like to stop at the many cheese factories to
taste a new cheddar and buy some to take home." This is certainly
news to me. I tend to stop at depanneurs for cold beer, or
the Brasserie, but that's about it. http://frenchcaculture.about.com/aboutcanada
How to make Poutine
A recipe on how to make what they claim to be the perfect Poutine: It includes Italian Poutine (there are many interesting and some downright freakish versions of poutine that this site only begins to discover).
It also tells you that McDonalds serves Poutine. I would like to make a confession
here and now. After a night of drinking beer, I actually caved
in and tried this McDonald's concoction in Montreal. Do not
try when sober. The wor d on the street is that they don't
use real curd cheese. http://frenchcaculture.about.com/aboutcanada/frenchcaculture
French Sites on Poutine: Serious Poutine Passion: "Vive La Poutine Libre!
Not everyone wants to read about Poutine in English. For the real skinny on Poutine, you may be best to discover these sites in French: These are actually the best sites on Poutine in terms of passion, commitment and overall understanding of the nuances of Poutine.
The first site I discovered seems to know what they are
talking about, and take their poutine very seriously (as one
There are som good quotes on the site I just mentioned, including my favorite: " En Ontario, la poutine est dˇgueulasse" which roughly translates as "In Ontario the Poutine is disgusting ". They also include a truism : the Poutine at Mc Donald's is not edible. Also, points for attractive Poutine photography.
The next site is enthusiastic and takes more of a philosophical
stance on poutine: Vive La Poutine Libre! It also gives you
a tour of Poutine on the net. I must warn you in advance that
some of the links are no longer working, and let me tell you
baby, it broke my heart: all of the Poutine Poetry could not
be found. If anyone has any poutine poetry please send it
in, and we promise to post it on avivalasvegas. http://www.scarabee.com/TRANCHES/poutine.html
Experiments on Poutine and Remedies for "Post Poutine Depression"
Even though the first link most of the links in the above site didn't work,
on did: entitled " Strange Way to Eat French Fries and Cheese."
This one is definitely worth checking out: including their
experimental kitchen tests on Poutine, and a photo of remedies
for the stomach after having eaten Poutine. Before I go on,
I do have a confession to make: I stold the expression "Post
Poutine Depression" from Ms. No Style.
Lost Souls looking for Poutine in all the wrong places:
For the vegetarian type of vegan Kitsilano/hippie kind of
still loves "Harmonium" kind of Poutine Eater: here we go
with the recipe for vegan poutine: http://www.vegweb.com/food/quick/2655.shtml
Last but not least: can anyone help this poor soul: A woman
has posted a notice that she is looking for poutine in Paris:
One fellow who answered her was quite direct: "In Reply to:
Poutine Paris posted by Nicolas on April 15, 1999 at 01:29:27:
tu es newf!!!!!!!!!! http://eslcafe.com/discussion/wwwboard2/messages/2118.html
Cartoons: The family Poutine
Finally , to leave you all with a smile: here is a cartoon
on the Family Poutine: One for adults: http://www.qbc.clic.net/~troglo/p-18.htm
and, not to forget the wee folk: one for kids http://www.qbc.clic.net/~troglo/p-strip1.htm
Video Clip, with Reference to Poutine:
If you have a sense of humour, you are bound to love this clip, the Quebec
version of the famous "I am Canadian" beer commercial. It
may take a bit of patience to download, but it is well worth
To all of my fellow Poutine Lovers out there: in the immortal words of my
favorite Quebec Celebrity of all time "I love you! I kiss
you!" Please check out the link below to discover who this
is. HinT: This is a woman who lives by the values of Poutine:
cheese and gravy all the way! http://www.jojoalliance.com/services/aboutus.htm
That's it for this week and Poutine Talk! Ta-Ta and Stay Beautiful! Please send me your links to your favorite poutine sites for our library!
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