Tuesday, 1 July 2014

In The Spirit Of Canada Day!

With today being "Canada Day" it gives me a great opportunity to share a few of my favorite things about Canada with all of you.
This may sound weird to some of you from other countries but Canadians indulge in this concoction of french fries, cheese curds and gravy called poutine. The gravy helps the cheese melt leaving you with gooey, salty, greasy, goodness.  I remember back in my university days there was a food truck parked outside the bar and they sold the best poutine in my neck of the woods. The poutine was served in a brown paper bag which for some reason made it taste extra good, or maybe it was the booze, either way it was delicious. 
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Speaking of French Fries, Canada is also home to the french fry capital of the world. In Florenceville, New Brunswick McCain's foods produces and ships frozen french fries worldwide.

Canada is also home to the caesar cocktail, my personal favorite happy hour beverage.  This is an "adult only" melody of vodka, clamato juice, worcestershire and tabasco sauce and a  squeeze of lemon juice.  It is traditionally served with a stick of celery although my favorite garnish is the spicy bean.  It is a skill to make the perfect caesar and I must say I am a bit of conasure.

HOCKEY! What more do I need to say?                                                                                              

Fresh Canadian Maple Syrup is simply the best!  I can't tell you how much I use this in recipes and on  waffles and french toast. Once you try the "real deal" there is no going back. So if you decide to try it be prepared to forever be ruined of any imitation syrups. We can't have a maple on our flag and not do the maple tree full justice right?

Tim Horton's is a coffee and doughnut franchise that has Canadians lining up everywhere for there dose of caffeine aka the "double-double" at all times of the day. If your really feeling like indulging you can get a box of timbits which are round bite size doughnuts. We Canadians love our Tim's, as we call it!
Another interesting fact is that Canadians actually apologize more often then others. We are very quick to say "sorry" to a stranger when bumping into them. Apparently we apologize even when we don't have to. I have to say I think this is pretty cool, much better than the alternative I guess.

It is also interesting to know that Canada produces approximately 95% of all the worlds lentils.  It was not until a few months ago that I decided to dive into the world of lentils, I add them to most of my soups  and stews now. They are very high in protein and iron which are very good for you and chances are they are grown in Canadian (Saskatchewan) soil.

So if you are wondering if the rumors are true, YES we actually do say EH (example, that was a great trip eh?) on occasion, and we do call winter hats TOUQUES but we do not live in igloos (wink).

I really could  go on and on but I won't!

Instead......  I want to wish all my fellow Canadians a super Happy Canada Day.  I hope you all have a wonderful day making fabulous memories with family and friends. We are so fortunate to live in such a wonderful  country and I hope you all feel as proud as I do.

 In my opinion here is one of Canada's top female vocalists, Serena Ryder.  I can't get enough of this gal and this song! ENJOY!


  1. Amazing post! And happy holiday!


    1. Thanks Ira! It was a fantastic day!