Yesterday my husband and I had the absolute pleasure of going to Smoke’s Poutinerie for lunch. And eat we did, let me tell you! After lunch at about 1:30, we were stuffed all night. Smoke’s Poutinerie is located on 18th Ave SW, just east of 4th Street. I noticed that they are open on Sundays now too, which is our usual day to dine out as we take the kids out after church – so that is always a huge bonus for us!
So let me tell you about the poutine, as we tried a bunch of different flavors. The picture above is their most popular, The Bacon Cheeseburger. The bacon was perfectly cooked, crisp just like I like it and it had a very nice cheese sauce on it too. We will be ordering this one again next time we go, since I think our kids would love it. One order would be enough for our 3 kids to share, as the portions are quite big. If not big enough for you, then you can upsize any poutine for $3.00.
We also tried the Traditional, cuz you always have to try the traditional, and the Nacho Grande. The Nacho Grande was my husband’s favorite, as they have very good guacamole, and I must say the chili was pretty darn good too. It’s made in-house, and is exactly how you want chili to taste. It also comes with salsa, sour cream and jalapeno peppers. It was delicious! Below is a picture of my favorite, the Veggie Deluxe. The gravy was a bit thicker on this one, plus I am always a sucker for sautéed mushrooms and caramelized onions, and let me tell you they got them just right. So vegetarians and carnivores alike can go and try this great new Calgary eatery. We enjoyed it and can hardly wait to go back!
You can find Smoke’s Poutinerie on 18th Avenue SW, just east of 4th Street (click here to see a map).
My husband is taking me on a cruise later this summer, so for Mother’s Day I told him I would like to go dress shopping. So we headed out to CrossIron Mills, or super big mall just outside city limits. Our first stop was Nathan’s Hot Dogs, because as we don’t have one in the city, we have never tried it before. It was pretty good. It is a smaller shop than I was expecting, so it actually doesn’t have the full menu that is on the website, but we all enjoyed our Hot Dogs and fries. The picture above is my son’s cowboy Hot Dog and Bacon Ranch fries, both of which were the best things that were ordered. The homemade Orangeade was really good too making me wish I had ordered the homemade lemonade instead of pop. All in all, it was as lovely lunch, and we will be trying out the Airdrie location sometime, with the full menu. Definitely worth the stop in Crossiron mills, though. Oh, and I did find a dress, so that was a bonus too!
What is the best side dish for a burger? Fries of course, so when my son picked Burgers for his pick of the month I thought I would try something a little new. I have made the standard frozen french fries of too many times to count, I have made oven baked fries, however I have never made my own deep-fried french fries. Time to give it a try I say. They were delicious, although I won’t be making them often, they will certainly be only a very rare treat!
Recipe from one of my very favorite cook books Southern Living Comfort Food
- 4 pounds potatoes, peeled and sliced into french fry size slices
- Vegetable oil
- Salt and Pepper
1. Fill your largest pot 4 inches deep with vegetable oil, heat to 325 degrees.
2. Fry french fries in batches for about 5 minutes until lightly golden.
3. Increase oil temperature to 375 degrees, cook french fries a second time for 2 minutes.
4. Sprinkle liberally with sal and pepper.
5. Eat and enjoy!
Yesterday was Canada Day, what better way to celebrate than head over to the Big Cheese Poutinerie to enjoy some of our national food. We have never been before but I have been anxious to try it. After all, I do love Poutine. The family of five shared two large poutines, and it was more than enough. We shared the Mac and Cheese, poutine covered with mac and cheese, obviously, and the traditional. Both were excellent, we all enjoyed both flavors.
We also enjoyed some paddle boat fun at our lake, so we had a wonderful Canada day, how did you celebrate?
P.S-Sorry the picture is so dreadful!