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« on: December 26, 2018, 12:44:13 PM »
We had two Americans at Christmas dinner and got talking about different foods on each side of the border. I knew poutine, which I don't care for, is uniquely Canadian but was surprised to learn butter tarts, that sweet, sticky concoction we are all addicted to at this time of year are unheard of in the U.S. She doesn't bake so loves to come here to get her 'fix'. She also said she has trouble finding good fish and chips at home and had never seen a nanaimo bar which I suspect is unique to B.C. I wonder if there are other foods Americans have encountered for the first time here.
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« Reply #1 on: December 26, 2018, 12:53:49 PM »
Your bacon is different than in the States and something about the pizza, but I can't remember what exactly.  Never have seen fondu in the US either. 
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« Reply #2 on: December 26, 2018, 01:34:14 PM »
We have restaurants around here that only sells fondue called "The Melting Pot".
I remember back in the late 70's early 80's fondue sets were all the rage for christmas.
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« Reply #3 on: December 26, 2018, 01:40:02 PM »
We have restaurants around here that only sells fondue called "The Melting Pot".
I remember back in the late 70's early 80's fondue sets were all the rage for christmas.
Wonder how many of them are still sitting on top of refrigerators gathering dust in the unopened box?  :D :D
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« Reply #4 on: December 26, 2018, 01:42:53 PM »
We have restaurants around here that only sells fondue called "The Melting Pot".
I remember back in the late 70's early 80's fondue sets were all the rage for christmas.
Wonder how many of them are still sitting on top of refrigerators gathering dust in the unopened box?  :D :D
Very true! I know the one I gave my Dad back in the late 70's was still in the unopened box down in his cellar when I cleaned the house out in 2010.

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« Reply #5 on: December 26, 2018, 01:47:43 PM »
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« Reply #6 on: December 26, 2018, 01:49:01 PM »
Years ago my dad's employer would have dad (pilot) fly him  and party to Canada for hunting and fishing.  Dad came back with one story where they would kill a bird, and hang it till the hide slipped before cleaning and cooking.  Never knew if I could believe some of the stories he would tell, but that one rang true.
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« Reply #7 on: December 26, 2018, 03:31:42 PM »
Your bacon is different than in the States and something about the pizza, but I can't remember what exactly.  Never have seen fondu in the US either.
I had forgotten about bacon, it is different from yours. I have not seen fondu for years, it was THE rage at dinner parties.
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« Reply #8 on: December 26, 2018, 05:00:33 PM »
We had 2 sets that I remember, one was avocado green and ran on sterno the other harvest gold and ran on denatured alcohol. the forks had colored ends so you knew which one was yours. We used them with hot oil for meat, or cheese or chocolate for dipping stuff in. They were kinda fun. The next time I ran into fondue type meat was in western Iowa, they called it chislic... spiced deep fried chunks of beef, duck, muley and whitetail. Being from the land of "you can deep fry anything" I thought it was yummy. The main thing I've gotten from the Canadians I've met was, take it easy on the spices, I can make their food inedible to them pretty easily, don't know if that is an accurate depiction or just the folks I've dined with.
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« Reply #9 on: December 26, 2018, 05:16:14 PM »
We have OhHenery chocolate bar.
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« Reply #10 on: December 26, 2018, 05:55:45 PM »
I sure wouldn't mind if a plate of my wife's mom's Nanaimo bars showed up out of the blue somehow.

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« Reply #11 on: December 26, 2018, 06:09:36 PM »
Lots of Oh! Henry bars around when I was a kid in the stone age
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« Reply #12 on: December 26, 2018, 06:11:30 PM »
When I was a kid I had a fondue set I got at a yard sale. Probably around 1978. Seemed like more fun than it actually was. I think I only used it a couple times.

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« Reply #13 on: December 26, 2018, 06:12:11 PM »
I also recall peameal bacon in Ontario
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« Reply #14 on: December 26, 2018, 07:39:56 PM »
We had 2 sets that I remember, one was avocado green and ran on sterno the other harvest gold and ran on denatured alcohol. the forks had colored ends so you knew which one was yours. We used them with hot oil for meat, or cheese or chocolate for dipping stuff in. They were kinda fun. The next time I ran into fondue type meat was in western Iowa, they called it chislic... spiced deep fried chunks of beef, duck, muley and whitetail. Being from the land of "you can deep fry anything" I thought it was yummy. The main thing I've gotten from the Canadians I've met was, take it easy on the spices, I can make their food inedible to them pretty easily, don't know if that is an accurate depiction or just the folks I've dined with.
I hadn't thought of this in years, but when I was a kid, my Dad, My uncle George and a few of their buddies (4-6 total would leave every September to make the long drive to Newfoundland to hunt Moose. They would come home with several animals and each freezer was full for the year. I grew up on moose meat. But to the point, my Aunt Julia loved to cook and she began, over many years compiling her on recipe book of different ways to cook moose. She had some great ones and my Mom would use many of them. The best one EVER was moose fondue. Hot oil of course and sirloin tip of moose. It was like candy. We had it at my AUnt's house for the first time she tried it, and when the adults were full they retired to the patio for after dinner drinks. I sat there (11 years old) and ate everything that was left. I was in heaven. Oh that was so good I can taste it still today as I write. The other thing she made was deep fried eel, was was also like something from heaven. My Dad and his brother would take me eeling late at night out on the bay. I hated the catching (spearing) part with all those eels wriggling around in the bottom of the boat around my feet (I was about 10 years old). We would get back in around midnight and the next morning we would skin them out and soak them until my aunt did her thing. They were just like marshmallows. I would eat them until I could no longer move. Funny the things you remember.
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« Reply #15 on: December 26, 2018, 08:26:44 PM »
We had fondue at my sister in law"s on Christmas eve, have been for the last few years. Around 14 people at the table with 5 or six fondue pots with beef, pork and chicken mostly, some years it is seafood with lobster, shrimp and scallops.
  

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« Reply #16 on: December 26, 2018, 09:13:50 PM »
How about a hot lobster sandwich aka creamed lobster sandwich?

Canada is so big and varied in land/sea scape and cultural background that what I think of as Canadian is probably more regional.

Now back to the lobster sandwich, I will post a link to an article of how it became popular here, the restaurant in the article was located right next door (to the north) to my grandparents small farm. I grew up about 700 feet to the south of the farm, my parents had a motel the restaurant was so popular tourist from all over would plan their trips around going there to eat year after year.

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« Reply #17 on: December 26, 2018, 09:15:21 PM »
Let me know when you have seafood!!
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« Reply #18 on: December 26, 2018, 09:21:20 PM »
Sure but it's a bit of a drive!  :D

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« Reply #19 on: December 27, 2018, 07:03:25 AM »
We visited friends north of the border years ago and they had Raclette. Not sure on the spelling, It was a kind of large hot plate with individual little pans. There were platters of different meats and veggies and you cooked your own and melted Raclette cheese over the top. It was a sociable event and very enjoyable, I could never find Raclette cheese until recently I found some in Florida.


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