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Let this website be your carry-on… a collection of stories, reviews, and tips that you can take with you wherever you go.
Let this website be your carry-on… a collection of stories, reviews, and tips that you can take with you wherever you go.

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I was trying to catch my breath as I pressed on, one bike stroke after the other, seemingly going slower than the nonchalant pedestrians walking across the street, with beads of sweat seeping from my helmet. My mind was split between focusing on not getting hit by a car, not passing out, and “can I ignore this ‘under construction’ sign?”
You don’t realize you’re out of shape until you try to hop on a bike and ride up hill on Avenue du Mont-Royal through rush hour on a hot day.
Poutine is pretty much the national dish of Canada – but that doesn’t mean you can get it anywhere. For me, poutine is the food of Quebec. Yes, I can get it in Toronto at fast food places or burrito joints. But there’s something about eating it in Montreal, home of eatasmuchcheeseasyouwantnoonewilljudgeyou, or at least that’s how I interpreted it. They have poutine with chorizo, bacon, pulled pork, smoked meat, foie gras, caviar… basically anything edible. There’s a reason why the word poutine comes from Quebec slang for ‘huge freaking mess’ (or something like that).

My destination on that hot day in Montreal was none other than Mange-Moi, a poutine place with 23 kinds and during Burger Week when I visited – a burger with, you guessed it, poutine. They also serve ‘L’originale de 1957’, a traditional poutine with gravy made in-house, attempting to play into the story that poutine was invented when a small restaurant in 1957 started serving fries, cheese curds, and sauce. This poutine classique, without any wild additions, remains my favourite.

Back home after a beautiful month in Montreal, it wasn’t long before I wanted to be able to make it in my own kitchen, without a deep fryer. The recipe below is my solution to that. It’s delicious, unbelievably easy, and helps soothe the food cravings that only Montreal can fill.

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Deliciousness at Dr. Laffa in Toronto. Falafel, hummus, shawarma... Everything you could want. We were totally spoiled at this event with an awesome group of food bloggers. smile emoticon

Read more about it & see pics at http://carryonkitchen.com/portfolio/laffa-hummus-and-falafel/
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At this point, I’m going to have to have French onion soup at our wedding. Here’s the story (and my recipe): http://goo.gl/liooLk

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