When people think about Canadian food, and they usually don't, they might think about poutine. After all, poutine is becoming more popular in the United States.
First up was a couple of mentions on "South Park" on Comedy Central. In last week's episode, well, explaining the A story takes a lot of effort (it's a parody of the NCAA mixed in with Miracle on 34th Street), but the nugget is that Cartman has a plan that makes him rich. Rich enough to have a hot tub — filled with KFC gravy. Fans of the show know Cartman's love of KFC, especially the gravy.
So "rich" for Cartman is being able to dip McDonald's French fries in KFC gravy, while being naked in said hot tub. Have to admit that sounds pretty good.
"McDonald's French fries in KFC gravy. The French call this 'poutine'," Cartman says.
Later when Kyle is trying to justify what he is doing by referring to the fries and gravy, "It happens to be called poutine in Montréal."
Well, the cheese curds are missing, and it's more of a Quebecois thing.
I was up in Milwaukee over the weekend, and they announced in-between innings that poutine is served as Miller Park, home of the MLB Milwaukee Brewers. I didn't get a chance to try the poutine in Milwaukee; ballpark versions aren't always that good. But Wisconsin is known for cheese, and the Miller Park version of poutine is more authentic than the South Park version.
Poutine came in second in a contest to get a food item added to the menu at Miller Park. Kabobs featuring the five sausages in Milwaukee won the contest. Even though poutine came in second, the dish is on the menu.
"South Park" also celebrates Denny's Baconalia. They mention the bacon sundae, which you would hope is parody, but it isn't.