Volume 96, Issue 13
Thursday September 19, 2002

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Poutine

Most people will refuse to acknowledge that poutine comes from Quebec, but, in the end, Quebecers are the only ones crazy enough to mix cheese curds with french fries. Originating from the word "pudding," poutine was later translated into the southern French dialectic word, "la poutina." This later became "poutine."

The three most frequently asked questions about poutine are: what is it, how do you pronounce "poutine" and how bad is it for you, really?

Poutine is a dish of french fries topped with cheese curds and piping hot gravy. It is best flavoured with a dash of pepper, but some strange Canadians like to add ketchup.

Although there is an "e" at the end of the word, it's not supposed to be pronounced. Essentially, it sounds like "poooo-ten," as in the number 10. You get added points for pronouncing the word in a Quebecois accent.

There are many studies out there claiming poutine is bad for you. Don't believe what you hear! It's actually a well balanced diet, including three of the four major food groups. You have your vegetables (potatoes), milk/dairy (cheese curdles) and meat (gravy). So head to The Spoke and proudly dig into the unofficial dish of Canada.

–Niru Somayajula

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