Wednesday means I'm out the door by six. As a testament to my love for all you wonderful blog family members, I have been pestering my loved ones and students. Yes, I have been preparing something special for you (okay, maybe it's not all that special, but I did think and work on it a lot. Stuff even ended up on the cutting room floor.) I put together these two little videos with my cellphone. I am still learning about what I can do with the video DJ function. It's pretty cool to say the least. My big complaint is that it loses quality when you upload to Youtube. It's already a small file, but they shrink it even further. I really need to invest in a new digital camera with video function. I'm still using my first with a whopping 1.3 megapixels (1998) and of course no video function.
Anyway, the topic for this week's "Talking to Quebecers" is Poutine!
And now, after having watched the "description", here's your host with the real thing (I'll have you know that we had poutine DELIVERED. We have never done this before. But I'm sure (I mean I hope) you're curious by now: TA DAH!
*Bonus points for those who can spot the non-quebecer in the first video
So cute! And now I'm so hungry. I love poutine. Isn't it just cheese curds that normally go on it? What is squeaky cheese?
Very fun and well done. Thanks to you, Serge and your students!
I love poutine...although I think the anglo version at New York Fries or Harvey's aren't very good examples.
If I had to guess the non-quebecer it would be the blonde lady at the end. She has an accent but not as thick and french as the other two and Serge.
Francophone descriptions of squeaky cheese? Funny stuff. Poutine delivery? Hilarious.
That made me incredibly homesick. You just can't get the right cheese curds down here in the US. The American version of chili-cheese fries just doesn't cut it.
Mmmmmmm poutine...heart attack on a plate...but so worth it
That looked like one HUGE plate/bowlful of Poutine!
It took awhile for me to watch the thing, stupid dial up.
Did you get any sleep last night.
Those videos were great. I kinda had to skip a little through the second one after my breakfast of egg whites - it was just too much. Food Porn if I ever saw it.
Next week....."steamies" on Ste. Catherine!
I've never heard Quebecers call cheese curds, squeeky cheese before. And the BBQ sauce thing was new to me too.
I'm so out of the loop.
ps. How much is delivery poutine?
Damn I have to wait at home to check these videos or at lunch... ! Can't wait ;)
What is more Quebecois:
Having an order of poutine (some people pronounce it poo-tan) sent to your door, or ordering 12 pounds of it?
If some people pronounce it "poo-tan" I think they might be talking about something else ;) So basically it's cheese fries.
In any case I really think this medium is excellent for you. I see a DV camcorder in your future and a video blog perhaps? I'm saying I want more.
I haven't watched the vids yet, but I will. And I will predict that the non-quebecer is the one who looks disgusted.
On my visits to Canada, poutin stood out as one of my favorite things. Screw the clean environment and reasonably well-informed public. Any nation that can create a triple-threat of gravy, cheese (squeaky or otherwise), and deep-fried potatoes deserves my respect.
Growing up in NB, we ate "Poutine Rapee"(sp.) which is something totally different. I love the Poutine we get at Costco, there is enough "squeaky" cheese to stop your heart! Neat-o videos!
visiting canada, i never understood putting gravy on fries. but then, they do the same thing down south in the states. however, putting cheese on this combination makes it sound yummy.
ok so putting cheese on just about anything makes it sound yummy.
did the poutine help you sleep?
i want some now.
Citizen journalism at it's finest.
You didn't let Sara have any? The non-Quebec person in the first video was the lady in the pink shirt, I'm guessing.
Pourquoi n'a-tu pas parle francais pour nous?
You are awesome. I so look forward to your posts!
I loved your dog trying to get in on the action.
Video makes me feel so much closer to my favorite blogger. Nice work. And thanks for the idea of using poutine. I was wondering when I'd hear you mention it! Can't wait to get to Montreal and try it!
Ok...so I LOVED watching the videos and you and Serg...however I HAVE to say. THAT STUFF LOOKS NASTY! MmmmKay? It didn't even sound appetizing to me but I am a silly American. I was Ok with the fries and the cheese but add a brown gavy and it just lost its appeal. Maybe if I ever get up there you can show my partner and I the finer things in life like poutine and I will be sold on it THEN!
I thought Poutine was the the current President of the Russian Federation...
I love poutine, and I'll even admit to liking McPoutine at McDonald's. But I'm a traditionalist - none of this poutine italienne stuff, or adding hot dogs to it, or other forms of sacrilege! (Found your blog via Coffee Dog, by the way.)
steven, who do you call to have "poo-tan" delivered to your humble abode?
actually, my partner who speaks terrible french and is totally paranoid about it ordered "putain" thinking he was saying "poutine". i lept in and said hurriedly that he was trying to order poutine, poutine, il veut poutine...
and torn, i love that you have assimliated yourself so much into quebec that you call it "brown sauce" instead of gravy.
btw, i love curds as squeaky cheese, because it's true, they're best when the squeak, i've bought curds before that aren't squeaky, sooo disappointing.
of course i live in toronto, so i make do with grated cheese on my poutine. damn i miss quebec (or ottawa for that matter) poutine. *sigh*
How romantic!!! (when Serge removes the extra cheese from your chin with his tongue)
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