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i.heart.poutine. "Because everyone deserves to die of a heart attack before they hit forty, the Quebecois invented poutine. Poutine is the best thing to happen to the potato since just about....ever."
posted by jcterminal (20 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
south of the border... we call 'em 'disco fries'. fyi.
posted by jcterminal at 10:38 PM on July 8, 2002

The best poutine I ever had in my life was in Old Cancun. Go figure.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 11:20 PM on July 8, 2002

mmmm, i miss poutine. and steamies. :)

lafleur's ... so good.
posted by paulschreiber at 11:44 PM on July 8, 2002

No, no, not poutine! Yech.
posted by Zurishaddai at 12:40 AM on July 9, 2002

Veggie-friendly poutine recipes! You rock, jcterminal!

Although soy cheese... icky. Mozzarella and mushroom gravy will be just fine.
posted by Melinika at 1:30 AM on July 9, 2002

Now this is a link I can get into! I'm quite disheartened that I can't find poutine anywhere in the US, is there some sort of trade embargo on such deadly, rot-your-arteries goodness?

Just make sure you don't pronounce it "putain" while in quebec (or to any french speaker for that matter) or be prepared for fits of laughter!
posted by dotComrade at 1:44 AM on July 9, 2002

What's this "shredded cheese" business? I believe to really be poutine, it has to be curds.
posted by transient at 4:47 AM on July 9, 2002

My first introduction to poutine was after a rather nasty bout of drinking in Kingston Ontario while attending a conference for Canadian Microelectronics. Several of us had a reputation for drinking, while most of the attendees were rather straight laced. Our first night out we had a cumulative total of 141 kamikazes, the second 247. At this point our excesses appeared in the conference newspaper as a mathematical challenge, what would be the next number in the series? One of the attendees from my university diligently calculated around 350. Not to be outdone by mathematics or, horrors, any concept of self preservation we pounded back 541 kamikazes, many shots of that ambrosia, Jack Daniels, and a whole lot of pints of beer.

While weaving in and out of obstacles which less enlightened persons couldn't see it was recommended that we indulge in poutine to provide a substance to soak up the alcohol, or something. Staring at the fries, soggy in thick gravy and melted cheese substance was a bit scary in my particular state, but I persevered and thought they were great. They didn't stave off any worshipping of the porcelain God which was to come that night unfortunately.
posted by substrate at 4:48 AM on July 9, 2002

Yum... That reminds me of loco moco.
posted by shinybeast at 5:08 AM on July 9, 2002

Ah....the hangover food of my youth. Good times!
posted by kristin at 5:15 AM on July 9, 2002

I 'heart' poutine too! Does anyone know where I can find Poutine in Boston?
posted by LinemanBear at 5:27 AM on July 9, 2002

Does anyone know where I can find Poutine in Boston?

Yes. Get on Route 93 North and keep on driving until you get to Canada. And don't bring any back with you.
posted by briank at 6:12 AM on July 9, 2002

As a Kingston resident (well, until I finish grad school), I too know the dangers of a Bubba's poutine after a night of drinking. If you leave some in the styrofoam cup overnight, it all congeals into one giant turd of gravy and cheese. Guess what happens to the stuff that is still sitting in your stomach!

All poutine outside of Quebec is pretty vile, though I still eat it on an all-too-regular basis. Best poutine ever? The lodge of Ski Fortune in Chelsea, PQ. $3.50 gets you a bowl of the goods the size of my head.

I've always thought it funny that when I'm Quebec, I pronounce it p'tin, but the longer I stay in Ontario the more it starts to sound like poo-teen.
posted by krunk at 6:21 AM on July 9, 2002

Mmmm....we discovered the tasty treat while in Montreal for the Grand Prix a few years back. Skeptics will scoff that it's just fries with cheese and gravy, but there's something....special there.
posted by jalexei at 6:26 AM on July 9, 2002

Didn't Bush make a public comment about his good friend, Canadian PM "Jacques Poutine" at one point? I can't find a reference to it...
posted by gimonca at 6:50 AM on July 9, 2002

Didn't Bush make a public comment about his good friend, Canadian PM "Jacques Poutine" at one point?

You're referring to Canada's Official Favourite Television Show, Talking to Americans.

"Question from Canada!" shouted Mercer, as Bush was handshaking past. "Prime Minister Jean Poutine says you’re the man to lead the United States into the next millennium," says Mercer, knowing flattery is the most delicious bait. "That so?" says a beaming Bush, striding purposefully into the trap and delivering a well-briefed bite on the importance of free trade with Canada.
posted by krunk at 6:56 AM on July 9, 2002

Poutine, Mike's Pizza (Fruits de Mer), and Epluchette de Ble D'Indes. The 'Cois culinary trifecta.
posted by silusGROK at 8:36 AM on July 9, 2002

Now, I need to barf. Poutine? Are you serious? What an affront to patats everywhere.
posted by luriete at 8:47 AM on July 9, 2002

Oh. Luriete... you haven't had poutine, then, I'm guessing. Gooey, fattening, maddeningly fulfilling "soul" food.

posted by silusGROK at 11:16 AM on July 9, 2002

One reason poutine's not available much outside Quebec is that cheddar cheese curds aren't a common snack food anywhere else. Accept no substitute. (Although the gourmet poutine link on that page is a hoot.)
posted by zadcat at 6:30 PM on July 9, 2002

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