Tuesday, May 12, 2009

What's Eating You

Canadians have some peculiar eating habits. Here’s a few:
  • Have bagel and soup for lunch. Bagel is the Canadian version of the pandesal. It is like a week old doughnut. Round, with a hole in the middle and tough. It takes a while to like this bread, but once you get hooked – it is bagel in the morning (and lunch). Bagel and soup is supposed to fill you up until dinner.
  • If soup and bagel is not for you – have a subway sandwich. And no, it is not a sandwich taken on a subway. This sandwich is made from a sub sandwich bread (sub short for submarine) -- as the bread is either 6" or 12" long. It has cheese, ham (or any other deli meat of your choice), then topped with lettuce, tomatoes, green bell peppers, banana peppers, jalapeno peppers, onions, olives, carrots, cucumbers, pickles. It is a mouthful.
  • Pizza is also a lunch fare and pizza lunch is a popular school activity. I just don't get it why pizza comes with chips or cookies.
  • If you still prefer the traditional lunch with rice, and meat or fish. Have them with a fork - never with a spoon. Do not cut your food with a spoon - use a knife.
  • Catsup is for burgers – never for steaks or barbecue. There is such a thing as barbecue sauce and steak sauce.
  • If you spilled something, say “Pass me the serviette". There is no table napkin in the Canadian conversation.
  • If you enjoy french fries, try the poutine. Poutine is that yummy (and very fattening) Quebec original fries with cheese and gravy.
  • And by the way, a Canada original is the timbit. It is actually the centre of a doughnut.
Hungry already?


  1. Looks like Canada is influenced more by the Americans (USA) and French as noted in your food presentation. British influence is not that apparent as there are no fish & chips, pudding, porridge, etc., with the ubiquitous tea drink.

    Are noodles, tacos, enchiladas, adobo, quarter pounder, hot dogs and the like not that popular in Canada?

  2. Dan,
    Chips and fish stalls can be found here too. Pudding & porridge - I have not heard. Tea with milk is also common - for those trying to have the British effect ;)
    Noodles are in the thousand (and more) Chinise restaurants. Tacos and enchaladas are in Wendy's and KFC.

    Spicy Indian and other heavily curried dishes are common here too. I also saw one Shawarma stand.

    Happily, our patented Adobo can only be smelled from Filipinos homes.

    Now I am hungry.