“O Canada, Our home and native land!
True patriot love in all thy sons command.
With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
The True North strong and free!”
The True North, strong and free. Yes, that’s in the lyrics of the Canadian anthem. Canada is one of my favourite countries for many good reasons: I have very good friends there, I have some family there (legal residents, in case you were wondering), amazing landscapes and lots of fresh air. Canadians are, by far, the nicest and most polite people in the world; plus, they have Tim Hortons, and they invented poutine.
Canadians have mastered many things throughout their history: the awesome uniform their Royal Canadian Mounted Police wears, tolerance to extreme Winters, lacrosse, multicultural society, the art of sticking together (yeps, I’m talking to you Quebec), gravy and poutine.
I first discovered poutine in 2001, when we went to a regular fast food restaurant in Montreal. A Mexican friend, living there at the time, ordered it for us. Oh poutine, when it arrived it looked just like fries covered with brown gravy and curd cheese. The combination of perfectly fried potatoes, brown creamy gravy and melting curd cheese was outstanding. It was love at first bite.
There’re different stories on how this Canadian dish was invented, my favourite is the following: Fernand Lachance (Warwick, Quebec) claims he invented poutine in 1957, while making it he said: ça va faire une maudite poutine (“it will make a damn mess”), et voila! Poutine is freaking delicious (although, not that nutritious), it’s a ‘must eat’ when you stop by the up north.
Ps. Another important thing Canada has given us is Terry Fox (July 28, 1958 – June 28, 1981). He was a Canadian humanitarian activist for cancer research. Terry Fox, with an amputated leg, started a cross-Canada run to raise money and awareness for cancer research. If you click on the picture to your right it will take you to a wonderful written post on how Terry Fox has influenced positively Canadians through his example and remembered every year at the Terry Fox Run.
Ps2. mmmmm Poutine!