Canada: Montreal, Quebec - September 2009
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For once, I'm not in Asia. And I'm not blowing bubbles underwater. No, I crossed the Atlantic for a one week getaway in Montreal...
And for once, someone was waiting for me at the airport. My colleague from Quebec Marie-Julie Gagnon picked me up as I stepped off the plane on Sunday evening and took me straight to eat a poutine.
A poutine in La Banquise
Poutine? Great gastronomy... 😆
French fries and cheese puffs, drizzled with brown sauce. We needed something special to celebrate our meeting...
We were so happy to finally see each other, "in real life", after our long virtual exchanges, through blogs, tweets and emails! Despite the tiredness of the trip and the time difference, I let myself be "kidnapped" with immense happiness, for this first Quebec evening.
Moreover, as Marie-Julie doesn't do things by halves, I had the opportunity to be introduced to this supreme culinary refinement in a Montreal institution, famous for its poutine: The ice. The establishment is so famous, that even on a Sunday night, people line up for their portion of spongy fries.
I admit: more than the content of my plate, I enjoyed the place, the moment, the atmosphere. And I love this feeling of total disorientation when you just got off the plane... Besides, I was hungry.
In the warm hubbub of conversations, all vibrating cheerfully with a Quebec accent, I gobbled up my poutine with a good heart.
But never, in undertaking this trip across the Atlantic, would I have imagined finish on YouTube to taste this delicacy live. Thank you Marie-Julie!!!!
Added October 11, 2009
Discover my mini-portrait sketched by Marie-Julie, when I arrived at the Montreal airport, in her other blog In transit on MSN.ca :