Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Bon Appetit


Why is it that I can only find these culinary delights in Canada. And this candy can be purchased in Europe and Canada, alas not here. It's made by Nestle, come on. Oh Canada, I'll stand on guard for you...if you will export my junk food.
And what can I say about Poutine. My favorite cholesterol fest. French Fries, melted cheese curds covered in gravy...mmmmmm!



After our adventure in Minnesota came to a close, Tom met up with us and we snuck Hanna away out of the Country to visit our neighbors to the north in Quebec. We stayed at the Marriott Chateau Champlain and enjoyed lovely city views. The best thing about going to Montreal is that you can get the European experience without leaving North America. We had lots of activities and free time. Today I share the culinary highlights.

This was a walk down memory lane for me as I served my mission in Montreal in 1982-1983.

Poutine is in a league of it's own. I ate it three days in a row from three different restaurants each with their own unique spin on the dish. Thick cut fries, thin cut crispy fries, slight sweetness to the gravy, gravy served on the side. I like it all. Now if I can figure out how to recreate this at home. I don't make gravy. Could be a problem. I'm looking into ordering ingredients online. I need a quest.

Greek food is fabulously authentic due to a large Greek community in Montreal. I had three delicious greek salads while we were there.

French onion soup that is the real deal was a treat. The last time I had French onion soup to rival this was in Paris. All that bubbly crusty cheese on the top. Mmmmm!
St Viateur has the best bagels in the world, well North America for sure. These little babies are made with love and baked in a brick oven. When they are fresh and hot they stick to your teeth.

I was constantly on the hunt for my favorite Canadian junk food; Ketchup flavored potato chips, Aero bars, I prefer the mint, and Maltesers, real milk chocolate malt balls, unlike the waxy Whoppers.

These are the souvenirs I returned home with. Chips and candy. That's it. No shoes or clothes for myself. I know it's shocking. I'm a world class shopper and all I have to show for my trip is a variety of snack foods.

13 comments:

Robin said...

I think snack foods are great souvenirs. I'd like to try all the snacks you brought home.

Liz said...

I had no idea you were such a connoisseur!! Malted Milk Balls are a real downfall for me. I will do Whoppers in a pinch, but Brach's make a pretty good one, too. I've never tried Maltesers, I'll have to start looking for those!

Andie said...

Minty aero bars! I am swooning!

calibosmom said...

This all sounds devine! I think its time for a trip up north...Fries covered in gravy...I'm drooling!

Bridget said...

Food really is the best way to experience a different country. Looks delish.

sadleir said...

I remember my sister bringing home ketchup chips from Canada - they are the best! Looks like you guys had fun!

Brandon and Tenille said...

Looks and sounds like so much fun...

Kimberly said...

I'm with you-travel should be all about food. I'm not wuite sold on your favorites, so I guess I'll just have to go there and try for myself!

tawnya said...

Hey - snack foods ARE shopping!

ferntyler said...

hmm.. the cheese curd is sort of scaring me, maybe someday I'll try it :) I can't believe you didn't come home with any shoes (of course your bag was probably pretty full with all the snack goodies - you need all the fatty foods you can get!

Lindsey said...

Mmmmm.. looks good!

ShazBraz said...

Oh Diane, I LOVED Maltesers and Aero bars on my mission. Thanks for the memory of them! I was never a big fan of the odd flavored chips though(in England they loved Prawn-ugh). My husband loves Putine and is also on a life long quest to be able to make it at home. If you find the secret, let me know!

gab said...

Oh, I would kill for an Aero bar, right now! Lucky you.