You know you’re from Quebec when…
All you can think of is this!!!
For as long as I can remember, being from Montreal entailed being fluently bilingual in English and French, being surrounded by most of the street signs, highway signs, store signs in French and not even noticing that the signs weren’t in English, being a fan of the Arts, being a die hard Montreal Canadiens‘ fan, loving hockey, and loving a really good poutine (preferably from La Belle Province)!
I don’t usually eat junk food or anything fried, but whenever I’m back home I always have me some poutine! I
cannot will not refuse to eat poutine if it’s not Quebecoise. No offense, but in Ontario it just isn’t the same. Even big franchises like NY Fries and A&W have poutine on their menus, but they are not really good. I think the cheese curds and the gravy aren’t the same as the type we have in Quebec. I know, I’ve been told I’m a food snob before. I can’t help it. I’d rather not eat something if it isn’t done the right way. There’s a difference between good bad food and just plain bad food.
I remember getting together with friends and my cousins and brothers on a Saturday night to watch a Canadiens’ game on TV. We’d send my cousins (Ed3 and Youngest Cousin) out on a poutine run. They’d come back from La Belle with family sized boxes of poutine and a few hot dogs on steamed buns. Of course, you can’t watch a hockey game without beer (although I usually skip that part because I cannot stand the smell or taste of beer).
These days, with me being pregnant, the thought of anything fried, greasy and cheesy just makes me want to gag. Poutine has got to be one of the most artery clogging things you can eat. I call it a “heart attack waiting to happen”. Will I have some when I go back home to visit in October? I don’t know. Most probably not. This baby I’m carrying inside me just does not like anything fried or greasy.
One last thing for Rosie and all my other Francophone readers…
This has got to be the funniest thing I have ever seen or heard! Hope you enjoy it as much as I did! My cousin sent this to me a while ago, but every time I need a good laugh, I watch it again and again. Make sure your volume is turned up.
Basically, the cartoon is about some scenes from a Batman and Robin movie. The funny part is choosing which French version to use: The French from France version or the French from Quebec version? If you speak or understand French, you’ll see how funny it is! It’s funny because it’s sooooooooo true! I remember when I was living in Montreal, I had a friend whose parents were from France. One Thanksgiving, we were all chatting at the dinner table, and her family just burst out in disgust, saying that “People in Quebec speak dirty French!” Actually, I believe the word they used was bastardized French! They went on about how Parisian French is the true French. I have to admit, Parisian French does sound nicer than the French spoken in Quebec.
After I left Quebec and moved to Ontario, I found it interesting to see how even though I speak French, the French I spoke in Quebec is MUCH different from the French spoken in Northern Ontario! Sometimes when my Francophone friends here speak to me, I have nooooooooo idea what they’re talking about! All the expressions and the slang are different! Too funny!