Friday, July 30, 2010

The Works

Another review from poutine adventurer Jen from Prescott, Ontario. This time she headed into Ottawa to find this pail o' poutine. Read on...

While eating at "The Works" in Ottawa recently, I had the chance to try out their poutine. They offer three variations on the theme and I settled on the "Ex-Montrealer" version. It comes with smoked meat on it. They served it up in a metal bucket and the portion was generous. There was an abundance of fresh curds and the sauce was pure perfection. The addition of smoked meat was just the right touch with out being cloying. It was hot and tasty to the bottom.

This is definitely a five out of five curds dish. Everyone at the table had a bite and agreed. I would certainly order this one again!

Thanks for this Jen. I'll definitely have to give it a try!

The Works is open Sunday-Saturday 11 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. at various locations around the Ottawa area. To find one near you, click here.

To see their menu, click here. Note: poutine listing is the first thing on the first page of the menu. Great choice!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Cornwall Speedway

At the Cornwall Motor Speedway last Sunday, we stopped by Norm's French Fries...

...where Richard and I each ordered a poutine.

They were making them fast and furious! (Note the bags of frozen fries under the counter.)

Too bad about the frozen fries...but the curds were real and plentiful and the gravy was to my taste and not too salty.

The view of the track from the poutine was fine. We both gave it a 3 out of a possible 5 curds. Just okay.

Cornwall Motor Speedway is open every Sunday in the summer and the racing starts at 6 p.m.
Cornwall Centre Road, Cornwall, ON K6H 5R5
Telephone: 613-938-3945
For more info, click on their website: Cornwall Motor Speedway

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Food Fight!

Man jailed for assaulting ex with poutine


TIMMINS, Ont. -- A Timmins man has been sentence to four months in jail for theft after dumping poutine on a woman's head and running off with her purse.
David Birch, 25, was sentenced Tuesday in Timmins provincial court.
The woman was an ex-spouse.
Court heard Birch entered a business in Timmins on May 20 at 3:30 a.m. where he encountered his former spouse.
Due to previous convictions, Birch was prohibited from having contact with her at the time.
The two argued but after the argument, the victim asked Birch to hold on to two poutines. Birch subsequently dumped one poutine over the woman’s head.
He then snatched the victim’s purse and fled the establishment. The purse contained valuable items, including bank cards and house keys.
Birch was apprehended by police several days later and ordered to return the items to their owner.
Duty counsellor Calvin Ferrier, who represented Birch during the proceeding, advised the court that the couple would like to reconcile.
“I’ve spoken to the victim, who would be happy to have the accused back in her life providing he pays her the money he owes her,” Ferrier said.
Assistant Crown attorney Dale Cox pointed out that the accused is still prohibited from contacting his former girlfriend.
“He’s been in court with alarming regularity,” said Cox.


Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Poutine at Home

Here is my friend Gordon preparing poutine for friends visiting from the U.S.A.

He and his wife Natalie are now poutine ambassadors, spreading the poutine word to our neighbours to the south.

Well done guys. Looks like a five out of five curd effort!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Actor John Leguizamo and Poutine

John Leguizamo, best known for his autobiographical one-man comedy shows, including 1998's Emmy-winning Freak, and films such as Moulin Rouge and Ice Age, was in Montreal recently for the Just for Laughs Festival. Here he is with Montreal ambassador Daniel Baylis trying poutine for the very first time. (He is introduced to poutine at 3:15.)

Friday, July 9, 2010

Kosher Poutine

My friends Gordon and Natalie brought over their 13-year-old friend Rachel. She was visiting from Maryland and had never tried poutine before. Oh my!

Rachel's request was to have kosher poutine and it was a fairly easy task. I found a tin of brown, mushroom gravy, added curds and fries and voila! Meat-free poutine.

The gravy tasted really nice. Not too salty. I think I'd buy it again, instead of purchasing the so-called "poutine" gravy they sell at the grocery store. And I think Rachel really enjoyed her first taste of the stuff.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Jos Patate

On a rainy day recently, Richard and I headed over the bridge in Hawkesbury, Ontario to Grenville, Quebec.

When it's sunny, Jos Patate has an incredibly long line up so today was the day to try their poutine.

Richard and I ordered a medium to split.

Luckily, because of the rain, there was plenty of seating available.

The poutine was pretty good. Great curd coverage. Nice, warm gravy. All round, pretty darn good.

We both liked it and agreed it was a little above average and gave it a 4 out of a 5 possible curds.

Jos Patate, 29 rue Maple, Grenville, QC, J0V 1J0
Phone: 819-242-1059