Thursday, December 02, 2010

The only thing that could make me more excited than hinty-gazillion dollars in the Therabite fund...

...has just happened. And I know you guys will understand, because you're discerning people.

I live near one of the largest (certainly the most intellectually and politically important) cities in Texas.

I have been on a quest--make that a Quest--to find cheese curds so that I can make my own poutine. I miss poutine a lot. And cheese curds that still have some squeak to 'em are hard to find; you usually have to have them flown in from Wisconsin. There's no place, even in Bigton, where you can get really fresh cheese curds. And there's NOWHERE in Bigton where you can get poutine. Breakfast tacos? Sure. Lengua? Yep. But poutine? Schah.

Tonight I found a restaurant in a town not too far from Littleton, where I live, that has poutine. Not just cheddar cheese shreds with gravy, but gravy that's imported from Montreal. The people who make it are from Montreal.

And they have homemade tiramisu.

Going on a pilgrimage, brb.

16 comments:

Christine said...

One time my ex-boyfriend tried to make me poutine with cheddar cheese in place of the curds. IT IS JUST NOT THE SAME. But it's the thought that counts, right?

Cartoon Characters said...

I am canadian but I still can't eat poutine.... :(
Tiramisu on the otherhand......

AM said...

As we learned in Montreal last year, cheese curds must squeak. No squeak, no eat. It surprises me that someone in Texas would appreciate the finer points of poutine. It's sort of wasted on me.

Mariela said...

Go to a market that sells Latin American food - even better if you find one with a deli counter with fresh cheeses. I go to one in Denver that sells a squeaky white cheese that is just like real Wisconsin cheese curds. You should be able to find plenty of those in Texas!

Dr. Alice said...

Potatoes. Cheese. Gravy. Salt. Oh yeah.

I've had poutine, loved it. Enjoy your pilgrimage.

Jenn said...

Woohooo! I know how hard the quest can be for food you want. I am happy that you food a place with proper cheese curds and most importantly proper gravy! The pilgrimage is justified.

Anonymous said...

Whole Foods. Highland Park, cheese case. Can't vouch for the gravy though.

Elyse said...

I want to hear about that tiramisu. I bought my college-age daughter a beautiful tiramisu for her birthday last March, and after having a bit went to bed only to wake up and find her roommate's male friends had scarfed down the rest as if it were a plate of Hostess Ding-Dongs. A positive tiramisu story will help me heal. Please :).

Phiddy said...

I am an American living in Canada. Never had heard of poutine till I moved to VT and thought I was never going to try it as it sounded pretty awful. But, now I am a connoisseur of poutine and am always asking where the best is from the locals. I can't eat it often as I am a diabetic but, if I hear it's great then I'll suffer the consequences!

Canuck said...

I love poutine so much that we're having it at the late-night buffet at my wedding in the spring. I'm excited already!

Geosomin said...

Mmmm...proper poutine is the best.

Anonymous said...

Funny, have just been reading all of a Canadian author, Louise Penny, and she mentions poutine. Guess I will have to google it and see what it is. But anything with cheese curds has to be fabulous.

messymimi said...

I would ask you to make an extra pilgrimage for me, too, but if you did that for all of us, Attila wouldn't be able to get you to move.

Enjoy!

CQ said...

The imported gravy sends it right over the top. I had a fancy poutine at a great place called Ma'am Bolduc's, in Montreal many years ago: shredded turkey and green peppers, in addition to the cheese curds and gravy. Now I want to go back.

nurse XY said...

"...one of the largest (certainly the most intellectually and politically important) cities in Texas..."

Ahem. I politically and intellectually beg to disagree.

And yes, as Anonymous states, the Whole Foods has poutine at the cheese counters. I've seen and tasted it at the Arlington store and the Preston & Forest store.

And yes, it squeaks.

snarkygurl said...

"...one of the largest (certainly the most intellectually and politically important) cities in Texas..."

And all this time I thought you lived near Dallas, but it turns out you're in the Austin area! Shucks, we're not that large yet... :)

Mmmmm, cheese curds. Check out Whole Foods, Central Market, or different farmers markets.