What with all the Olympic coverage in the news, in the past 24 hours I have seen two references to poutine. It got me wondering...what the heck is poutine? I went to wikipedia to find out.
Now is a good time to admit that if I come upon a word I do not know while reading a book, I keep reading. I can often figure it out in context, and can't be bothered to stop reading the book. This explains my sub-par SAT verbal score in high school. If I encounter it twice, I find out what it means. Hence my poutine research.
Poutine, which originated in Quebec, is a essentially a diner-type snack consisting of French fries, fresh cheese curd, and brown gravy. Now, I enjoy cottage cheese more than your average Joe, but I am grossed out by the idea of this snack. French fries? Good. Cottage cheese? Good. Brown gravy? Eh, maybe on pot roast. But combining them all?! Who thought that would be a good idea? It looks kind of gross to me. I suppose it's just a variation of our own cheese fries with shredded cheddar, bacon bits, sour cream, etc. and yet I have no desire to taste this creation.