Toronto, Canada

For all you non-Canadian readers I should use the disclaimer that poutine is not a wholly Canadian dish but a French-Canadian dish from the lovely Quebecois. In fact, it’s pretty difficult to name a Canadian dish that isn’t from Quebec that Canada could lay claim to.

But Toronto, like every great city, took what was good about poutine – cheese curds and gravy, and decided that was not enough. So if you are in Toronto you will see many amplified/bastardized versions of poutine including the odd curry poutine.

As I am now learning the act of moderation, after 3 glasses of wine at a mid-week event I decided it was time to go home – yes that is moderation. Natalie from Near Afar was also hungry and joined me as we walked down Queen Street trying to find food at midnight that was not a slice.


Fortunately Poutini’s House of Poutine was still open but with so many options to choose. I like places where they will tell you what NOT to get. So when I gravitated to the bacon poutine the cashier advised me not to pay extra for the maple syrup and when I inquired about the pulled pork he said it was THE BEST.




I have to say it was pretty damn good and I scarfed it down far too fast. The next morning I woke up wondering how I could eat something so dense so late. But I will be back, this time before midnight.





  1. Ceri on the February 25, 2012 remarked #

    Haha. Wow, what a variation. Have always wanted to try poutine – The idea seems so weird that there’s no way I couldn’t try it when I finally visit Canada.
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    • Ayngelina on the February 26, 2012 remarked #

      Definitely try the traditional version when you come, and eat it in Quebec if you go there.

  2. Amanda on the February 25, 2012 remarked #

    OMG, YUM!!!
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  3. Stephanie - The Travel Chica on the February 25, 2012 remarked #

    I gotta admit, the photo looks gross. But how can you go wrong with bacon and pulled pork.

    I think you better get yourself to a hot yoga class ASAP :-)
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    • Ayngelina on the February 26, 2012 remarked #

      It’s pretty hard to make brown food look good, especially with my iPod touch camera :)

  4. Emily in Chile on the February 26, 2012 remarked #

    I have been wanting to try poutine for months now! I heard about it sometime last year and can’t get it out of my head. Sadly I also cannot get it into my belly since it doesn’t exist here :(

    • Ayngelina on the February 26, 2012 remarked #

      I would say you can make it yourself with cheese curds and gravy but I do know how tough it is to find normal cheese in South America!

  5. Kate on the February 26, 2012 remarked #

    Mmm, poutine!

    I don’t eat meat, but I’ve had Poutini’s vegetarian poutine, and it was so good!

    I also just visited Montréal and had Quebec poutine for the first time – how could I walk past a place called Montreal Poutine and not go in? :) It was fantastic!
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  6. Keane on the February 26, 2012 remarked #

    Oh, wow! I’ve never had poutine before but would love to try it. I’m still kicking myself for not getting some when I was in Vancouver. We only have fancy, expensive chef-inspired poutine in SF.
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  7. Sophie on the February 26, 2012 remarked #

    You know, I’ve been in Canada 4 or 5 times, but never tried poutine!

  8. Bula - The Irreverent Traveller on the February 27, 2012 remarked #

    Oh, Ayngelina. As I have said before, your posts make me excited to know that even after my trip is over, good things are a-waitin’ when I move to Toronto. I’m having some serious Canadian cravings thinking about it now.

  9. Christy @ Ordinary Traveler on the March 1, 2012 remarked #

    I’ve always wanted to try Poutine. The bacon one sounds so good!
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  10. Kaori on the March 4, 2012 remarked #

    Have to admit I like smoke’s better. I like the country style that had chicken, bacon, and something else. Some great limited time offer ones I’ve had are eggs Benny, beef curry, thanksgiving dinner. There was a perogie on that I missed. Perogies on poutine. Brilliant.

    • Ayngelina on the March 4, 2012 remarked #

      Natalie said she wasn’t a fan of Poutinis but this trip changed her mind, maybe they changed things up?

  11. Tawny- Captain and Clark on the March 13, 2012 remarked #

    OH MY! I’m dying over here. We’ve never had poutine but keep hearing about it all over the internet. I think I’d definitely have to try the bacon poutine. It’s all my favorite foods merged together. Yum.
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