Canada Food & Restaurants

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  • Canada Food & Restaurants

Canadian cuisine varies widely depending on the regions of the nation. Canada is the world's largest producer of Maple syrup, and nanaimo bars, buttertarts, beaver tails, fiddleheads are also some typical food. Most major cities have bistros which specialize in local cuisine. This can even include game meat dishes such as caribou, venison, moose, grouse or wild turkey prepared in a variety of European styles.

French-Canadian cuisine is distinctive and includes such specialties as tourtière, a meat pie dish, cipaille(meat and vegetable pie), cretons(mince of pork drippings), ragoût de pattes (pigs' feet stew), plorine(pork pie), oreilles de Christ(fried larding bacon), poutine, a dish consisting of French fries, cheese curds and gravy, croquignoles (home-made doughnuts cooked in shortening), tarte à la farlouche (pie made of raisins, flour and molasses), tarte au sucre (sugar pie), and numerous cheeses and maple syrup products. Staples include baked beans, peas and ham.

You may notice in nearly every small town is the Chinese-Canadian restaurant. These establishments sell the usual fast food Chinese cuisine, adjusted for Western ingredients and tastes. In Toronto and Vancouver, two large centres of Chinese immigration, one can find authentic Chinese cuisine that rivals that of Hong Kong and Shanghai. In Toronto, visit the Chinatown area of Spadina-Dundas.

Canada is famous in other countries for its distinctive rye whiskey and some famous editions include Canadian Club, Wisers, Crown Royal. One of the most-recognized unblended ryes is Alberta Premium, which has been recognized as the "Canadian Whiskey of the Year" by famed whiskey writer Jim Murray. In addition, Canadians are known for their love of beer, although wine and hard alcohol or spirits are also popular. Many major cities have one or more brew pubs, which brew and serve their own beers, often with a full kitchen backing the bar.