Canada, Poutine and Gay Marriage

I have such a bad memory, but my German aunt doesn’t, so she clearly reminded me that it’s been almost 10 years since the last time I set foot on the Great North. So there I was, on the 14th of October, arriving to Toronto Airport, where my cousin Karen and her fiance, Cheyenne, were waiting for me.

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Niagara Falls – Far out, bro! 

Karen and Cheyenne are two wonderful girls, and the most important reason for me being there was their wedding… and eating poutine again! (Poutine is a Canadian dish, originated in the province of Québec, made with French fries and cheese curds topped with a light brown gravy.)

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Lake Ontario 

So there I was, at this beautiful chapel, while Cheyenne was standing there by the atrium, waiting for my uncle to walk my cousin down the aisle. Suddenly, all the attendees stood up, turned to the entrance and there she was, holding my uncle´s arm with a shy smile on her face. My uncle looked proud, happy and, honestly, he brought it, wearing that pretty awesome suit.

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Anyway, where was I? Right, #LoveIsLove and poutine is awesome. So, the ceremony was fantastic and I couldn’t be happier that I got the chance to be there with them.

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Going back to my Canadian experience, well, my neighbours have taken their love for poutine to the next level. While I was there I had pizza topped with poutine, regular poutine, poutine and eggs and I reckon somewhere in Toronto they were selling poutine icecream (this last one might not be real at all).

So, that was part of my abroad experience this 2016. After my cousin’s wedding I crossed the border into the USA, headed to Washington D.C, then to NYC. But that’s for a different post.

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PS: Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, certainly is a beacon of hope for the Americas and the Western countries, as he understands how a global civil society should work together towards development, tolerance, and respect. In times where racist and authoritarian leaders rise in the horizon, we should be suspicious of behaviors that equal to those seen in fascist, nationalist and tyrannical regimes from our recent history.

O Canada (O Poutine)

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Oooooo Canada

“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.

Oh yeah, that's the stuff

Oh yeah, that’s the stuff

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.

“dreams are made possible if you try” – Terry Fox

“dreams are made possible if you try” – Terry Fox

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!