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Old 11-28-2008, 05:09 PM   #81
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again, my thread failed. auch... oh well.
I didn't think you expected mildly constructive conversation.
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Old 11-28-2008, 05:55 PM   #82
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I'd like to mention the French-English duality.

The French element is certainly a unique feature, as it’s ingrained in our constitution. I’ve actually heard people say that both Quebec and Newfoundland are the two definitively distinct regions in the country. I’m sure that people in Nova Scotia or British Columbia might put up a fight about that, but when you still have people signing petitions against the construction of a KFC on a downtown street for heritage reasons, you know that you’re in a somewhat separate head-space.

I think that Zoomerang’s question actually hits on the most distinguishing Canadian feature of them all: the wondering and analyzing about just what it means to be Canadian. This is both a blessing and a curse. It’s good to question, but also good to just get on with things and do them. Except for a few ill-advised war maneuvers, I think that latter point has been an American strength.

A couple of other differences: violent crime has been historically lower in Canada; the actual ‘fear of crime’ itself is probably a great separator, as well. How about the whole ‘culture of celebrity’ thing? I think that’s much more profound in the US than it is here in Canada.

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Some do. I think that's what makes poutine so spectacular, flavour aside -- the dual sogginess and crunchiness of the fries.
That's just an awesome description. In the end, perhaps poutine really is the ultimate Canadian symbol--full of beautiful contrasts and contradictions. (He said, from his very foggy, and soggy Canadian city.)
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Old 11-29-2008, 12:13 AM   #83
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what's the difference? They're both potatoes!





like zoots said, fries need to be crispy. i'm the person who always orders fries extra crispy. plus, it's just too much between the gravy and cheese curds. it's drowning in it, i like tons of ketchup with my fries but i like dipping rather than pouring liquids over my fries.
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You guys, I tried poutine yesterday. Our team at work was taken out for lunch by the consulting firm we work closely with, and on the menu was, sure enough, poutine. I had to try it (someone else in the group ordered it as well).

The fries were perfect, there wasn't too much gravy, and the cheese were tiny pieces of cheese curds fresh from the cheese shop just two stores away in the Pike Place Market.

I was expecting more of a pile of fries slathered in thick gravy and some cheese in there, and was pleasantly surprised by what I got. I couldn't eat a lot of it, but I gave it a thumbs up.

I suppose you will all tell me it wasn't "real" poutine.
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Old 12-13-2008, 01:00 PM   #85
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Here's a picture of the deliciousness:

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I should read the whole thread before posting this, because I'm sure someone already has, but:

At least one major difference has to be gun-related crimes and deaths. Tons of Canadians own guns, but how often do you read about gun-related murders. Here in the US, you cannot watch the news in a major metropolitan area without hearing about gunshot wounds.

Then again, the US is the world-wide leader in gun related crimes and deaths, so every nation under the sun can claim this as a difference.

Wow, on this very page AOD mentions crime. See? Canadians are smart, Americans are useless.
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Here's a picture of the deliciousness:

Could use a wee bit more gravy-slathering, but you're certainly on the right track!

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Wow, on this very page AOD mentions crime. See? Canadians are smart, Americans are useless.
Self-criticism, self-deprecation...poutine! We're slowly converting and corrupting you with our Canadian ways.
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Wow, on this very page AOD mentions crime. See? Canadians are smart, Americans are useless.
if by americans you mean you, then yes i agree.
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if by americans you mean you, then yes i agree.
You live in Tennessee.
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You live in Tennessee.
you live in illinois. i'm glad we had this geography lesson.
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That poutine looks quite dry.

Which means I'd probably like it, but it also wouldn't really meet the standard definition of poutine.
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I suppose you will all tell me it wasn't "real" poutine.
It's a reasonable facsimile, but nothing like in Quebec.


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if by americans you mean you, then yes i agree.
I was about to say that.
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I was about to say that.
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It's a reasonable facsimile, but nothing like in Quebec.


I have yet to have a proper Quebec poutine
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Could use a wee bit more gravy-slathering, but you're certainly on the right track!
A bit more cheese, too. It doesn't look HALF as heart attack-inducing as it should.
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by you mentioning our queen, you know more about constitutional make up than 90 per cent of the population.

who said americans didn't know anything about anything outside their own country? ha.
Even I knew that, and I'm from Europe


In the media here, Canada does seem pretty different from the USA. So I couldn't tell anything about that besides that it's based on mediastuff. Have to visit both countries sometime to actually see it for myself!
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Forgive me for becoming one of 'those' people who do the youtube clip, but it maybe has to be said.
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you live in illinois. i'm glad we had this geography lesson.
I am sorry, I'll be more specific next time: You live in a shithole of a state. There we go.
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