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Old 11-27-2008, 09:58 PM   #61
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Old 11-27-2008, 10:11 PM   #62
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gravy! khanada!! gravy!!!!!!!!!!!!

WHAT'S THE GRAVY EVER DONE TO YOU??????????
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Old 11-27-2008, 10:41 PM   #63
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Sounds strange to say but the Americans have just elected a man with lots of potential whereas we just re-elected Bush-lite
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Old 11-27-2008, 11:57 PM   #64
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As an American all I really have to go on is a few road trips through Ontario and Quebec, but based on that I'd say Canada seems different in having A) consistently less commercial overdevelopment and B) a subtle but noticeable sense of still having one foot in Europe culturally in a way the US doesn't. But I've only seen those two provinces, so I'm not sure I'd apply those generalizations everywhere. And of course both countries are huge and very diverse, so in both cases, if you live within a couple hours of the border, chances are there are places in your own country that'd feel "more different" to you than a brief excursion across the border would.

But it's not like it's a bad thing to feel a strong degree of cultural kinship with your neighbor, is it?
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Old 11-27-2008, 11:59 PM   #65
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gravy! khanada!! gravy!!!!!!!!!!!!

WHAT'S THE GRAVY EVER DONE TO YOU??????????
i did have it on my mashed potatoes today at least. but gravy on fries is weird.
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Old 11-28-2008, 12:22 AM   #66
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I'll have to try this poutine stuff sometime! After seeing GibsonGirl sing it's praises for years and years, I just have to try it! even though the thought of soggy fries is not very inviting.
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i did have it on my mashed potatoes today at least. but gravy on fries is weird.
what's the difference? They're both potatoes!





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Old 11-28-2008, 01:15 AM   #68
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what's the difference? They're both potatoes!





Fries are supposed to be crispy.
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Fries are supposed to be crispy.
is this a rule written in stone somewhere?
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Old 11-28-2008, 02:29 AM   #71
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no, chips are not supposed to be crispy! crisps are crispy, chips are fat and potatoey. that's another thing, americans, french fries are criminal. cook your chips in the oven! then drown them in lovely gravy made with no animal products, no salt, no fat.


... not sure about this cheese biz. cheese really only belongs on wedges with sweet, sweet chili sauce.
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Fries are supposed to be crispy.
That's why I don't like my fries drenched in gravy either but I love it on the side, then I can dunk them in as much as I want!
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again, my thread failed. auch... oh well.
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again, my thread failed. auch... oh well.
lol.....indeed.
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Old 11-28-2008, 01:37 PM   #78
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Some differences are cultural, some differences are historical. How are Austrians that different from Germans? Flemish from Dutch? French from Walloons? Australians from New Zealanders? The historical context has created a certain divide between Canada and the US, which has resulted in differences in character and culture. But there are still strong similarities, of course.

Yet it really surprises me that after 6 pages, no one has mentioned the French-English duality. The coexistence (I use this term loosely) of two different cultures has shaped the country, and still does. Canadian politicians must speak French if they have national ambitions. About 20-25% of the population speaks and lives in French. One could argue that this says more about the difference between French Canadians and Americans, yet I believe that it has an impact on the country as a whole.

Canada is a wide country, and this duality is not clear everywhere. I was born and raised in Québec, and work in the Ottawa region. Here, you have a mix of English and French working together, in either language (...). It's quite interesting to see, and it definitely gives a specific flavour to the country. But it definitely is not the case in, say, Toronto or Calgary.

This country is indeed very difficult to define. For outsiders, both countries can indeed seem very similar. But saying that we are the same as the U.S. is, in my opinion, quite inaccurate.
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again, my thread failed. auch... oh well.
What were you hoping for? Certainly not pages of poutine talk, but what else? An appearance by Frank the monkey? Enlighten us, please. Get us back on track.
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Poutine is AMAZING texture-wise. The gravy seeps into the fries, and the cheese melts into the gravy...christ, I'm practically salivating here. Everyone must have poutine before they die.
Uh....sounds like eating it and death go hand in hand.
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