Going North of the Border has its advantages…the healthcare, happy faces, and haute cuisine. While I knew about the first two before my trip to the Outaouais Region, I was pleasantly surprised to discover just how scrumptious Canadian cuisine really is, especially for a vegetarian like myself. For a finger-licking good, traditional Canadian experience, give these dishes a try.
Originating in Quebec, this fast food dish is what my fellow Canadian traveler described as the “ultimate Canadian hangover food”. Indeed, I’m shocked it hasn’t taken off yet in the states. A whopping plate of french fries, topped with fresh cheese curds and smothered in gravy is the simple yet delectable recipe used to create the dish.
Bacon in Canada is no joke…it’s enjoyed on everything from salads to donuts. I learned quickly that when ordering a salad that is described on the menu as a simple medley of leafy greens and veggies, you must still specify “no bacon”. Service in Canada is so impeccable though, people are more than happy to oblige the picky American.
Breakfast was my favorite meal in Canada because of the food item they have down to a science: crepes. Whether they were crepes covered in Maple Syrup or crepes stuffed with brie cheese, apples, and cranberries, this is one dish that had me going back for seconds. And thirds. And (I will shamelessly admit) fourths.
We visited the Fromagerie Montebello and, after taste testing all the cheeses, decided to take a little (okay, make that a lot) of everything. My favorite were the fresh cheese curls…the same that are used in making the poutine, but there’s something a bit magical about eating them solo and appreciating the “squish, squish” sound they make in your mouth.
Maple Syrup is to Canadians what salt is to Americans…it doesn’t matter the food, everything just tastes better with it on. From maple syrup cookies, to maple syrup muffins…maple syrup tea, to maple syrup creme brulee, this sweet, sugary substance made everything taste that much better. I think the Canadians may just be on to something.
For more information about booking your next trip to the beautiful Outaouais Region of Canada, visit the Tourisme Outaouais website.
By: Jessica Tiare Bowen