It’s Thanksgiving south of the border.
How do I know?
I can tell you that the traffic on my site has increased significantly in November, and the most popular post has been Now that’s a drunk turkey. This year-old post received 6 times more pageviews in November than my next most popular article this month, Downing a Double Down. In fact, the article got 25 times more hits this month than when originally posted. And 95% of these pageviews were from our American neighbours, of course.
So here are the
Top 10 American States
in love with The Waffle’s Thanksgiving
1. New York
On a business trip to Montreal, we had limited time before our main meeting, but we had to have lunch. We were on Papineau, close to Mont-Royal, so I figured we’d go to a branchée eatery and have a quick bite, Plateau-style.
But Brad insisted, supported by Drew : poutine was the way to go.
We turned the corner, and the banner of one of the most classic fast-food eateries was shining a few blocks away. There was no turning back – we were going to La Belle Province.
The first Belle Pro was opened in the East End in 1970 by Peter Kivitos, a Greek native who had worked during the 60s in another restaurant located on Ste-Catherine, which was also called La Belle Province. Success came slowly, but steadily, and after opening a second restaurant in Saint-Hubert in 1976, the chain grew to about 200 franchises across Quebec. Kivitos’ still owns many of the locations.
Despite being lunch hour, the place was not really busy. I have however seen it humming and buzzing past midnight.
There was a half-dozen customers quietly eating, most of them watching the sports highlights on the tv at the far end of the restaurant. The other tv, near the entrance, instead featured a Bruce Lee movie. Bruce Lee, who once said wisely: “If you love life, don’t waste time, for time is what life is made up of.”
My two colleagues both ordered a medium poutine, but I decided to go with the trio #1 – two steamies and a poutine. I was expecting a small poutine, but I also got a medium poutine. At least, Bruce Lee had good advice: “If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done. ”
So I got it done.
I asked for my hot dogs to be all dressed, which at La Belle Province means mustard, relish, onions and cabbage.
The steamies here are really steamed: the Hygrade wieners themselves are steamed. The buns are steamed too, of course, so they’re very fluffy and moist and delicious.
The mustard-relish combo is a classic, and one of the best for dogs.
The crunch from the onions gave them a nice texture, and the dogs were loaded with cabbage on top, giving it a hint of sweetness while adding a lot of freshness.
Finally, The Waffle got his hands on one.
Once I arrived at the Rideau Centre location, I hesitated. Perhaps I should go for a healthier choice, like the Chicken Caesar Salad.
Alas, it was sold out.
Apparently, it is a very popular item at KFC. Only 190 calories. Only 8 grams of fat. Only 830 mg of sodium. But that’s before the croutons. But again, it was sold out!
I had no choice but to go back to the original quest:
the Double Down.
The breadless sandwich was offered on it’s own for $6.99 – or as part of a trio, with french fries and a pop for $8.99.
Scared by the amount of sodium, I ordered the trio – not for the fries and their 770 mg of extra sodium – but for the Super Size Pepsi I thought I would need in order to down the Double Down.
A few minutes after I ordered it, I witnessed a kitchen staff preparing it for me. Not that it’s really made to order, but at least they assemble it to order.
A piece of fried chicken.
A piece of processed cheese.
Two slices of bacon.
A piece of processed cheese.
A few squirts of sauce.
A piece of fried chicken.
Once I got it, I was amazed at how delicate it looked.
It was much smaller than I expected. The entire sandwich didn’t quite fill up the small cardboard box it came in. Although I did know that the filet was removed from the breast – I didn’t realize they had removed the breast from the breast.
Perhaps I should have ordered two, I thought. Because at first bite, it’s pretty good. The classic recipe spices do go well with the chicken.
Apparently, even though I’m based in Canada’s capital, it is in Quebec’s capital that I made it, according to MetroMarks.com.
The upstart webzine was founded by Ayden Byle and is referred to on their site as their Fearless Leader.
Here is what they had to say:
I’m writing to let you know that The Waffle is now being featured on MetroMarks.com – the world’s only, city-based bookmarking site.
To view your MetroMark on our Quebec City Blog page, click here!
What can MetroMarks do for you?
MetroMarks brings together all of your favourite search engines, local news, maps, transit, events, classifieds, social sites and more… all on one site. You can also upload your own personal bookmarks, making MetroMarks an ideal home page, particularly when travelling to other cities or using alternate computers. MetroMarks provides fast, accurate access to the most relevant, city-specific information – no matter where you are. We even provide direct links to the most elusive, city-based Government pages. Our goal is to have hundreds of cities launched within the next year.
Based out of Toronto, Ontario, MetroMarks launched in beta just four months ago. We’re very encouraged by the positive feedback we are receiving, and we’re especially thrilled to be receiving recommendations from many respected sites, including TechVibes, one of North America’s top tech blogs.
MetroMarks launched in Quebec City today! We would really appreciate it if you mentioned us to your readers to help us spread the word to the online community in Quebec City. We would also appreciate any feedback you might have about our site and are open to discussing any other ways we might work together.
Again, congratulations on a great blog! We look forward to sending more visitors your way. ”
There you have it, folks.
I suggested to MetoMarks that perhaps The Waffle should be featured in Ottawa, but to no avail.
Marc-André and Jesse both flagged a potential new challenger to KFC’s Double Down sandwich.
Four Montrealers launched Epic Meal Time and created this gigantic sandwich, because, it seems, anyone can make things up and pretend it’s food.
This ludicrous thing combines 9 slices of bacon, 3 steamed hot dogs, 1 ½ large poutine – (apparently they got it from La Belle Province) , 12 eggs, and a can of maple syrup on a 20 inch French baguette.
Apparently, it amounts to 5,343 calories.
Bacon, Poutine and French toast? Really?
No wonder the French Canadian is angry.
No one should desecrate these classics in order to create Frankeinstein.
Thankfully, it’s not actually sold anywhere.
You can watch how it’s made here.
UPDATE Nov 9, 2010 @ 19:45 Epic Meal Time just released their upgraded version of the Double Down.
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