Swiss Chalet, Fredericton

November 27, 2009

Full disclosure: This was my first visit to Swiss Chalet.  Not just the Fredericton location, but ever.  It’s nowhere near my house, and my parents are a little bit insane about dining out, so I never got to go when I was growing up.  Case in point: I was 18 before I visited a burger place that wasn’t McDonald’s, and my mother insists to this day that KFC’s chicken is too spicy.  You can’t make that up.

The Contender: Swiss Chalet, 961 Prospect St., Fredericton, New Brunswick

When were you there? November 19th, 8:00pm

How much? I don’t know!  Keep reading for the explanation.

The Experience: So, it turns out 8:00pm on a Thursday is not an optimal time to go to Swiss Chalet.  When we arrived there was a server sitting at a table near the door rolling cutlery into napkins, a sure sign it’s closing time.  The posted hours say they’re open until 10:00, so whatever.

We were seated at a booth next to what turned out to be a very drafty window, and were subjected to way-louder-than-necessary holiday-themed pop music.  (“Is this Justin Timberlake?” “I dunno, I think N*sync had at least one Christmas album, so maybe it’s that.”)  Ugh all around.  The whole place is basically a slightly classed-up fast food restaurant, but I guess that’s what Swiss Chalet is all about.

I was disappointed to note poutine isn’t listed anywhere on the menu, not as a stand-alone dish, nor as a side.  I’d heard Swiss Chalet served it, but saw no direct evidence to support this.  I ordered the much-hyped Festive Special, and enquired whether poutine on the side was an option, and the waitress confirmed it was.  Okay, we’re in business!

The poutine ended up being the best part of my meal.  The fries were fresh-cut style, but definitely weren’t fresh out of the fryer.  The gravy was warm-ish and not over-salted like what you seem to get at many restaurants.  The cheese curds weren’t fresh at all.  They were ice cold and had a slightly sharp taste to them similar to medium cheddar, which says to me they’d been sitting around for quite some time.  Suggestion: maybe if poutine was listed on the menu, they’d sell more of it and wouldn’t wind up serving old cheese.

The Verdict: This definitely isn’t the worst poutine I’ve ever had, but it wasn’t great either.  Deluxe is right across the street, I suggest going there for your uptown Fredericton poutine needs instead.

6 of 10


Poutine and Cupcakes

November 25, 2009

Together at last!

On Sunday, Montréal hosted its first Cupcake Camp, a fundraiser for Kids’ Help Phone. Though the Cupcake Camp concept originated in San Francisco, several Montréal bakers put a decidedly Québécois spin on their creations:

via @LauraCarmosino

via @lesleychestrman

Clever Cupcakes submitted the winning entry in the “Best Montreal Theme” category. Yes, that’s Youppi emerging from a poutine. On a cupcake. My mind is blown.

Hat tip: @Mark_Black

Eggs Benedict Poutine

November 23, 2009

You know what would increase the deliciousness by, like, 30%? Some crispy bacon crumbled on top. That’s a powerful breakfast, right there.

Updated: actually, now that I look closely, it looks like there might already be some bacon on there, hidden under the hollandaise. They thought of everything!

Via This Is Why You’re Fat

The Cake Is A Lie

November 20, 2009

A delicious, delicious lie.

Ronna is a poutine blogger in her own right and she created this poutine cake to celebrate the birthday of her incredibly fortunate partner.

The “french fries” are Sara Lee pound cake cut into fry shapes and toasted. The “cheese curds” are made out of white chocolate and the “gravy” is dulce de leche.

Can I get an om-nom-nom?

Gravy Fail

November 18, 2009

I’ve consumed some questionable gravy in the course of this project, but if this showed up in front of me, I’d send it back. And I never send food back.

What. In the. FUCK.

via @fourstringfuror