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Canadian Content Part VI- Canadian Cuisine

By John Hansen

Canadians like to eat. And how. Recent statistics show we are some of the chubbier people on the planet. Two factors contribute to our state of girth: long, harsh winters which make it difficult to venture outside to get much exercise beyond shovelling the driveway and our, fatty, fried food diet.

Here then is a tour of Canadian cuisine.

Poutine - Invented in the late 1950's in Quebec, this artery clogging dish consists of thick cut french fries and cheese curds covered in turkey gravy. Many restaurants offer imitations (the McDonald's and Burger King versions are abominable) but accept no substitutes - only turkey gravy and cheese curds will do.

Doughnuts - also spelled "donuts"- this food isn't especially Canadian but a hockey player named Tim Horton opened a chain of 24 hour donut shops which have become omnipresent sight on off ramps across this land.

Bagels - other than that the best ones are, without doubt, found in Montreal, these too are more Yiddish than Canadian (not that the two are mutually exclusive of course) but another hockey great, Darryl Sittler, is attempting to outdo Tim Horton by opening up a chain of bagel shops across Canada. Try the spinach cream cheese. It's quite good.

Beer - According to the Canada Food Guide, one should have mostly grains in their diet. The hops and barley in beer should handle that.

Maple Syrup - Mrs. Butterworth and Aunt Jemima are shysters. Real maple syrup costs, like, ten dollars a bottle and tastes far nicer on your pancakes.

Related web links:
Moosehead Beer
Great Canadian Bagel Web Page
Wheelers Maple Products

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