As we approach the final full day of our last trip to the cold before the adventure to SE Asia, we awoke to a -17C day with a -27C wind chill, proving it’s absolutely time to get our of here. It also snowed about four inches yesterday which is not Buffalo worthy but still more than I prefer (that would be no snow).
The featured image above is one gross and unhealthy thing that I will actually miss: Poutine Fries. Dripping with gravy and cheese curds and served at the mall, it may be the only thing Western Canadians appreciate about Quebec .
Not to be outdone, there’s an even crazier version in Alberta due to the large community of immigrants from Ukraine: Poutine Perogie Fries; the same as the original but doused in sour cream, bacon, Carmalized onions and bite size cheese filled fried perogies (incredible by themselves and also high in everything bad for you). This may have been my favorite food item ever eaten in Canada as you can see from the picture below;
Family times are great but all good things must come to an end and we depart with memories of down coats, touques, mittens and images of all things not found in the tropics. While this year’s crazy flooding may be annoying and even dangerous at times, always remember the main reason why it beats Canadian winter ;
You don’t shovel rain
As an addendum to my previous post of Canadian things not found outside Canada, I offer a few I forgot; First, there’s Butter Tarts, a delicious dessert that I assume has British roots.
I’d be grossly negligent by not posting about Alberta Beef: among the best in the world, it rivals Australia, Argentina and even Kobe. Almost all burgers taste better in Canada and this is the reason why. Americans, as usual, no nothing at all about this and rave about the quality of American raised Angus beef but that’s fine with me. Those of us who were expats up here know the real deal. If you ever visit, include a steak as your first meal
Although not necessarily unique to Canada it’s worth noting that French Onion Soup is very popular here and almost always better than down south
Despite the American takeover of Canada’s most well known and best loved icons, it’s comforting to know that Tim Hortons still tastes better here and Americans will never understand what it means anyway.
Farewell my fine alternative nation