Due to a series of unfortunate events (forgetting our passports and Canada being a separate nation state), we were not able to cross over to Canada on our trip to Rochester/ Seneca Falls.
Luckily, our quest for poutine was not to be thwarted. Poutine is a common Canadian dish (originally from Quebec), made with french fries, topped with gravy and cheese curds. We really wanted to score some classic poutine in Canada. I realize this combination sounds totally nasty… but, it was the most uniquely Canadian dish we could think of.
After realizing we wouldn’t be able to get over the border, we looked around in Rochester and found a poutine food truck!
I’m not sure what I was expecting. Probably a slimy, nasty version of chili cheese fries… but my oh my was poutine tasty. Ours was vegetarian gravy with cheese curds and a duck egg added in for good measure.
The poutine was delicious, but pretty much the richest thing I’d ever eaten.
We also had some delicious lavender ice cream sandwiches for dessert. Pretty sure those aren’t Canadian, but they are scrumptious.
It’s really odd to me that Canada is so close, yet we know so little about it. A few summers ago Neil and I took a detour on our way home to DC from Utah through Canada. We went camping, went to Ottawa (the Washington, D.C. of Canada) and Toronto. Each of those places was amazing. Toronto was like a forgotten city. It’s a huge metropolis that I’d never really though of as part of the east coast. Ottawa was fabulous and has a historic locks system on the Rideau Canal near the parliament building.