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Old 02-25-2013, 06:52 PM   #41
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I don't think we had lumberjacks ( maybe back east? ). We have loggers.
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Old 02-25-2013, 06:59 PM   #42
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OK, you gotta be kidding, you don't have ketchup potato chips south of the border? That's it, my wife will never agree to trip south now.
Hate to tell you David but you will also be hard pressed at finding a restaurant south of that has malt vinegar for their french fries or any kind of vinegar for that matter. You can also pretty well forget about a nice glass of Clamato juice as well.
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It not like it's haggis.
McEwan's Meats, at 9200 Elbow Drive SW here in Calgary has pretty good haggis if you are interested. The also have great meat pies and bangers too.
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I thought the Canadian battle cry was "TIMBERRRRRRRRRR".

Don't you have lumberjacks anymore?

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Lumberjacks went on the endangered species list a number of years ago.

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Not true! We have clamato but we drink it the right way...with horseradish, pepper, olives, celery, a twist of lime or lemon and a liberal dose of vodka. Any other way is just unrefined.
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Hate to tell you David but you will also be hard pressed at finding a restaurant south of that has malt vinegar for their french fries or any kind of vinegar for that matter. You can also pretty well forget about a nice glass of Clamato juice as well.
Clamato is getting a bit more popular, but it is still tough to get a Caesar mixed for you by most bartenders in the US. One of the best things to come out of Calgary. Go to any resort worldwide that has Canadians there regularly, and they will know how to mix one up.

Another potato chip oddity in the US, at least in Oregon, is when you order chips with a meal, you actually get potato chips on the side, not french fries. How weird is that, potato chips with a meal.
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Not true! We have clamato but we drink it the right way...with horseradish, pepper, olives, celery, a twist of lime or lemon and a liberal dose of vodka. Any other way is just unrefined.
Where are you located? Any time I try and order a Caesar in a bar in the US, which is what we call what you describe but without horseradish (we add Worcestershire sauce) I get told sorry and offered a Bloody Mary instead.
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Another potato chip oddity in the US, at least in Oregon, is when you order chips with a meal, you actually get potato chips on the side, not french fries. How weird is that, potato chips with a meal.
Now don't share this with Oregonians, but they are a little ...ah...different.
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Clamato is getting a bit more popular, but it is still tough to get a Caesar mixed for you by most bartenders in the US.
Whats crazy about it is, that its no problem getting one in Japan. The Japanese love it.
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Now don't share this with Oregonians, but they are a little ...ah...different.
First Canadians, now Oregonians. I wonder what they will be throwing at you.
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First Canadians, now Oregonians. I wonder what they will be throwing at you.
I shouldn't mess with the Oregonians. At least the Canadians are unarmed.
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I shouldn't mess with the Oregonians. At least the Canadians are unarmed.
Aren't many Oregonians expat Californians who went looking for a place to grow their pot? They don't seem like the violent type.
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Aren't many Oregonians expat Californians who went looking for a place to grow their pot? They don't seem like the violent type.
Now that group you are referring to are known as Californicators. They sell their houses for a million plus, buy a nicer house in the PNW and retire off the rest of the proceeds.
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I don't think we had lumberjacks ( maybe back east? ). We have loggers.
But...that's not what the Mounties say- er- sing...

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Aren't many Oregonians expat Californians who went looking for a place to grow their pot? They don't seem like the violent type.
I think all that crowd recently left Oregon for Washington

is another thing you should be very scared of.
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Seriously, one of the best parts of traveling is the different foods in the regions of all of North America, or for that matter anywhere we've been in the world.

One of our favorite places to eat is at the northern tip of Newfoundland, a rather small, very good restuarant. We always spend two days there so we can eat there twice. If you go to L'anse aux Meadows check out the nearby Norseman.

Actually we find Canadian fries to be excellent. While waiting for the Nfld ferry we walk over to a little restuarant for a pile of fries in a little place on the main drag.

We live in a heavily lobstered maine and NH, but for some reason I can't explain, maybe the colder water, Nfld Lobster always tastes better. Our spot in Nfld is a little fish market in Rocky Harbor.

I'm getting hungry for Nfld, already have grown my beard back for our spring trip though I have become doubtful about the Nfld rally since I can't get in touch with Scouter Dave by PM.
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It is advisable for all US citizens entering Canada to bring along ear plugs. These may come in handy when some chappie in a plaid shirt holding an axe drops a tree beside your campsite. They will be needed for sure if you eat in any place that serves poutine. Poutine contains so much fat that without your earplugs will will be deafened by the sounds of the other diner's arteries snapping shut.
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Yet another thing to be scared of...The Red and Green Show!
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It is advisable for all US citizens entering Canada to bring along ear plugs. These may come in handy when some chappie in a plaid shirt holding an axe drops a tree beside your campsite. They will be needed for sure if you eat in any place that serves poutine. Poutine contains so much fat that without your earplugs will will be deafened by the sounds of the other diner's arteries snapping shut.
I am reading this thread with excitement, having traveled to BC last year into Canada for the first time I am very interested in learning more about the wonderful people up North. I took this next section from a website related to "A PRIMER ON THE PREPARATION OF POUTINE" with great interest! Here are the details. I am really working up an appetite,eh!

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Poutine is a French-Canadian food that (very) slightly resembles American Gravy Cheese Fries (Uuukkkk), but is actually very, very different in many respects. Poutine is readily-available across Canada, but it only really tastes good in French Quebec or Maillardville, BC.
Warwick Quebec is the place where poutine was invented, and named, back in 1957 by restaurateur Fernand Lachance, who died recently at the ripe old age of 86, leaving not only his calorific imprint but also some serious questions about the low-carb fuss. Warwick still produces the very best cheese curds which is shipped all over Canada.
The best gravy also comes from Warwick, in a powder form that is mixed with water. Theirs is totally vegan and must be dark brown and just the right consistency when served.
Poutine is Acadian slang for mushy mess and is best described as a heart attack in a bowl.
By the way, there is a proper way to pronounce poutine, and it's not 'poo-teen'. The phonetic pronunciation is 'peu-tin', which always elicits a vacant stare when one orders it using that word.
The French Fries - The potatoes must be hand-cut and very fresh. Fast-food-type fries will not taste quite as good. Also, you must fry the potatoes in pure lard. Vegetable oil and other politically-correct oils spoil the unique taste.
The Gravy - French-Canadian gravy (also known as BBQ Chicken Gravy) is very different than American gravy. First of all, it is very dark and thick, like molasses. Secondly, it has a very flavorful taste which cannot be described...very much like pepper and vinegar and other 'magical' ingredients. If you can stand a spoon straight up in it, it's good! Make sure it's very, very hot!
The Cheese - The cheese is the most important part of good poutine. You must use FRESH white, cheddar cheese CURDS. These curds have a taste and texture very different than actual cheddar cheese. The cheese curds will actually squeak in your teeth as you bite them. While curds are available in most Canadian supermarkets, they are not found in many American markets (the closest thing in taste is Mozzarella String Cheese - but don't use this stuff!).
When the curds are placed on the fries and the hot gravy is poured on top, the three flavors combine to produce what can only be described as the BEST junk food taste sensation on earth.
The Bowl - While different types of bowls are used, no one knows why, but poutine seems to taste better when served in a Styrofoam bowl. Perhaps the bowl keeps the heat inside to melt the cheese. Who knows? It tastes good no matter what bowl is used.
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I knew it was probably pretty good reading about the prepartion but knew it had to be great when a preferred Styrofoam bowl was mentioned....reminds me of my youth..
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. At least the Canadians are unarmed.
What makes you think that? Seems to be a lot of mis-information is this thread about Canada and firearms. Just because we have stricter rules about buying guns and rules that prohibit people from walking around with a concealed weapon doesn't mean Canadians don't posess guns in fairly large numbers.

And the comments complaining that you will have problems bringing a gun into Canada. Spare me, if I'm caught with a gun in the states it's a felony conviction. In most countries in the world, there is a reluctance to let non-citizens carry firearms. Exceptions yes, but generally much stricter conditions than for citizens.

So enough of comments like coming to Canada to get murdered.
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