October 2010 was an interesting month…
Not only did I get to attend a really cool Chili cook-off at Golden Gate Park (my first one ever… <happy smiles>), I got to spend some time in Montreal et Quebec soaking up the local scene and history… And trying some poutine recommended to me by two friends. Merci beaucoup mes amis!
According to Wikipedia, “the Quebec Conference of 1943, at which Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt discussed strategy for the Second World War, was held at the Citadelle while much of the staff stayed nearby in the Château Frontenac.”
Today, the Château Frontenac is managed by the Fairmont Group that manages other luxury hotels around the world. And according to Wikipedia, “In 1953 this hotel was used as filming location for the Alfred Hitchcock’s drama I Confess, with Montgomery Clift and Anne Baxter as main stars.”
So as you can see, whether you are a history buff, have a love for film noir, or likes food adventures, there’s something for you in Quebec.
To see the entire wiki page, click here.
And what’s with traveling without food, right? Strangely fascinatingly familiar food…
Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you, “POUTINE”.
According to Wikipedia, “Poutine is a diner staple which originated in Quebec and can now be found across Canada.” It is basically french fries topped with gravy and cheese curds. Now, it is served in all different forms sometimes with ingredients like foie gras. Before visiting Quebec, I have never heard of Poutine (except for friends’ recommendations after I told them of my trip), but after I came back from Quebec, I found out that at least one of the restaurants in San Francisco also serve a version of this dish, so I will probably post about that later.
Until tomorrow, yours at foodtable