Superfood Poutine and a Weekend in Montréal

Two weeks ago I had the chance to visit Montréal with my Mr. Superfoodista. It was a long weekend here in the US (one of the few!) and we took the opportunity to discover a new place. We decided to go to Montréal, because it would be somewhat different from Miami – if just only weather wise.

We really loved the city and its vibe. The locals are extremely friendly – even if you don’t speak French. I was using some of my rusty Swiss French (haven’t used it much since I moved to the US!), but it wasn’t even necessary, as you can get by with English anywhere. We stayed in the Old Town, which was really charming, as you can see in the picture below. The first day of our trip, we spent mostly walking around this part of the city.

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We were also blessed with really gorgeous weather throughout the whole weekend, so we decided to rent bikes on the second day as means to discover the city. There are bike stations and bike paths throughout the entire center of Montréal and it’s really a great way to get around, plus you can pedal off the calories from eating all the fantastic food there 😉

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The first place we visited on the second day by bike was parc La Fontaine, a really cute small park with two lakes and lush, green alleys with trees.

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After parc La Fontaine, we biked a little bit uphill to parc Mont-Royal – wow! What a view and great atmosphere we found there. It seems like all the “Montréalais” came out of their homes to welcome summer together with us! People were sitting on the grass, making music together or engaging in what seems to be a very trendy sport at the moment: slack line.

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But I wouldn’t be a foodie if we didn’t took also time to indulge in some food adventures, we had amazing French food and other foods that is more difficult to get in Miami. Some places we went to and I would recommend would be:

  • Les Deux Gamins: Cute French Bistro, I had probably one of the best French food in a while there, a must-try is the French onion soup, it comes covered in a thick layer of cheese; I also had the beef bourgignon which tasted fantastic
  • Kazu: it’s really a hole in the wall, not more, but those are usually the best places, right? I had a delicious Ramen soup there, Mr. Superfoodista had a rice bowl with fresh tuna and salmon and a delicious sauce
  • Holder: quite a hip place, big, great service, the food I feel was not as good as at Les Deux Gamins, but we really liked the atmosphere and someone from our hotel had recommended it to us

Oh, and à propos food: One of the first dishes we had when we arrived was obviously: Poutine! THE typical Canadian dish, especially in the state of Québec. There are plenty of places in town that serve poutine and I guess we probably went to one of the more touristic ones, but it was a really cute place, inside the murals of an old house and the poutine was fantastic!

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Poutine is basically french fries, topped with gravy and some cheese curd. In the version we ordered, they also added some smoked meat. While at every other table, the guests would have one plate each, Mr. Superfoodista and me decided to share one – because, I mean, the portions were huge!! 😉 And we ordered some salad on the side too, for the health aspects. Although I don’t eat Superfoods only, I try to eat at least balanced in every meal – ahem 😉

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While it was delicious, it would definitely not be a dish to eat every day. This brought me to the idea of making a Superfood version of poutine – that you could have way more often! By the way, it’s vegetarian too and can be made very easily vegan.

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This recipe contains following Superfoods:

  • Sweet Potato
  • Tomato
  • Parsley

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I hope you enjoyed this little excursion to Montréal, Canada! I wish you a lovely weekend and I am going to head over to Fiesta Friday now, at my friend Angie’s blog, the Novice Gardener, to bring along this rich plate of poutine to share with all the fabulous guests!

I am also going to spend now 1 week at home in Switzerland, with my family and friends, enjoying some fantastic European Summer weather. I might also be taking a small break from my blog now, as I plan to make some layout changes, etc. And this is easier to do with less data on a blog. So I am not sure if I’ll be back next Friday, but either case, I’ll be visiting your blogs and we’ll be in touch for sure!!

lots of love & hugs 😉

 

Superfood Poutine and a Weekend in Montréal
 
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A healthy take on the Canadian classic dish Poutine!
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Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Canadian
Serves: 1 - 2
Ingredients
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil (any, I used olive oil)
  • Salt & pepper to season
  • For the vegetarian gravy: 1 tbsp vegetable oil, 1 small onion, diced, ½ cup stock, 2 tbsp soy sauce, 1 - 2 teaspoon any kind of flour (I used corn starch and tapioca to make the dish gluten-free), dissolved in a bit of cold water
  • Sun dried tomato, cut into small pieces
  • Parsley, chopped
  • Low fat cheese, grated (for vegans: use vegan cheese or just leave out)
Instructions
  1. Cut the sweet potatoes into finger long sticks, mix them well with the oil, salt and pepper, until evenly coated
  2. Spread out on a baking tray and bake in the oven at 450°F for about 15 minutes (or until brown and slightly crispy - please note these French fries will never get as crispy as fried ones, but they are 100 times healthier!)
  3. In the meantime, make the gravy: heat the oil in a pan, add the onions and cook for about 1 minute, until fragrant, then add the stock and the soy sauce, cook for another 2 minutes, then add the water-flour mix until you reach the right consistency (tip: add rather less than too much, as the gravy can thicken really fast!)
  4. Assemble on a platter: first the sweet potato fries, then the gravy, then cheese, then the tomatoes and lastly top with some parsley

Comments

  1. Shari says

    I really enjoyed reading about your trip to Montreal and poutine, Sylvia. Montreal looks like a beautiful place. I can’t believe those parks – so pretty and so different from here. I wasn’t familiar with poutine, but it looks delicious. I can see why it wouldn’t be good to eat it all the time. I love that you made yours with sweet potatoes. I hope you have a wonderful time in Switzerland!

    • Sylvia @superfoodista.com says

      Thanks so much dear Shari! Montreal is really a beautiful and charming city! I love parks – and it was therefore perfect for me! 😉 Thanks for your good wishes, my vacation is ending tomorrow :-( But I had a wonderful time, I was so lucky with the weather, it was wonderful, European summer weather! hugs & thanks for stopping by!

  2. afracooking says

    As I was reading your post I thought: oh pretty, oh lovely, oh….and then I saw the dish you had at the restaurant and I thought: uuuh? :-) But as soon as I then scrolled down to see your version all made sense again :-) I would choose your dish any day :-) Lovely!

    • Sylvia @superfoodista.com says

      Lol, thanks Afra 😉 Yes, the one at the restaurant definitely has nothing to do with superfoods – but because it’s really a typical dish that many love, I had to think of a healthy version to enable us to eat it more often 😉 Thanks for stopping by!

  3. saucygander says

    Hi Sylvia! What beautiful photos of Montreal, and the poutine… I’ve been a little obsessed by poutine since reading about it, your super food version looks great, and much more guilt free! Thanks for bringing this to the Fiesta, and good luck with updating your blog! :-)

    • Sylvia @superfoodista.com says

      Thanks so much dear! 😉 Yes, this version is really kind of guilt free, maybe less indulgent, but tasty nevertheless! 😉 Thanks for the good wishes, will need it – have not started yet, I am quite on vacation mode here 😉 hugs

  4. Jhuls says

    It sounds wonderful to be in Montreal. Thanks for sharing this Sylvia and thanks for bringing this lovely dish. As always, beautiful photos. :) Hope you have a lovely week!

  5. angenette says

    Montreal looks fabulous! You’ve convinced me to put this on my “places to see” list, which I will get to someday when my kids are older :) I appreciate you putting up a gluten free recipe, too, since I just started my adventures in GF land this week. I need all the inspiration I can get, so thanks!

    • Sylvia @superfoodista.com says

      Thanks so much dear! 😉 Yes, it’s really worth a visit if you have the chance – and it’s also kids friendly I would say, lots of green, parks, bike paths, etc. Interesting to hear about your GF adventures, I must check your blog! 😉 hugs

    • Sylvia @superfoodista.com says

      Thanks so much dear Patty! It was a indeed a wonderful place to visit, I can highly recommend it, also for foodies as we are 😉 I am having a wonderful time at home, the weather is unusually hot and beautiful! Great times! 😉 hugs

  6. lapetitecasserole says

    You were in Montreal just 2 days before I left, now you’ll be in Europe when I’ll be back in Canada… it seems that we are destined to be not so far! I really enjoyed your post, Montreal now is magic! Your poutine is 10 times better that those I’ve tried! Enjoy your vacation Sylvia!

    • Sylvia @superfoodista.com says

      Aw, thanks so much for your lovely comment Margherita! I am so happy you liked what I wrote about your home city! It is indeed magic now in the summer time – what are your favorite places to go in the summer? I know, what a coincidence, we keep crossing our paths, well, one day we’ll be in the same place at the same time maybe! 😉 hugs & have a safe trip back to your beautiful city!!

      • lapetitecasserole says

        I love parc la Fontaine, is 5 minuts walking from my home. But the thing I love most is walking around mile end,that area full of coffees and vintage shop is amazing! I’m looking forward to be in the same place at the same time! Have a great trip to Switzerland!

  7. spiceinthecity says

    I have never had poutine myself, though I like the sound of it, but agree it is not a meal to have everyday. I really like your healthy take on it. I can see that you do that a lot, which is wonderful! Love your amazing pictures :)

    • Sylvia @superfoodista.com says

      Thank you for your comment Steph – oh yes, you should go to Montréal, especially with a Canadian fiancé! It’s a beautiful place, especially in the summer. Hopefully you can plan a trip there too and eat some “real” poutine as well. And until then, hopefully the healthy one will work too 😉 hugs

    • Sylvia @superfoodista.com says

      Thank you so much Simi! 😉 Happy Fiesta Friday to you too! Hope you had lots of fun today! Wow, so nice, you live in Italy? One of my favorite countries to visit and one of the best food in the world! 😉

    • Sylvia @superfoodista.com says

      Aw, thanks so much Angie, you are always too sweet! 😉 I am enjoying the time here in Switzerland a lot – the weather is incredibly gorgeous, it’s only like this a few days per year, so I am really lucky to have picked the right days 😉 big hugs & great FF as always!!

    • Sylvia @superfoodista.com says

      Hi Angie, can you please do me a favor – can you let me know if you get this reply to your comment? Just doing some testing now with the new version. Thanks!!! 😉

  8. Fae's Twist & Tango says

    Darling Sylvia, I should have gone to Montrreal with you! You had so much more fun and delicious food. I had heard (seen on TV) of poutine and always wanted to try it. And, here it is, a healthier version. 😛

    • Sylvia @superfoodista.com says

      Thanks so much dear Fae, really, really nice to hear from you again!! 😉 Oh, I would have loved to discover the city with you, we could have explored even more places to eat, there are all kinds of cuisines available there! Thanks so much for stopping by & have a great rest of your weekend! Sylvia

  9. Loretta says

    Tres bien! Isn’t Montreal such a great city? I don’t think we need to go to France, when we have this amazing city so close. I liked your version of poutine! :)

    • Sylvia @superfoodista.com says

      Thank you so much dear Loretta – oh yes, it’s a fantastic city! And you can definitely have delicious French food there – we took advantage of being there and had lots of it, because there isn’t really any good food where we live in Miami. Definitely a great place to discover and eat! thanks for stopping by & hugs

  10. Kaila511 says

    Wonderful pictures from your trip! I also love the sweet potato recipe. Sweet potatoes are one of my favorite foods, and while they never taste bland they frequently look bland. But, your sweet potatoes are bright enough to jump right off the page! Thanks for sharing, and happy fiesta-ing! :)

    • Sylvia @superfoodista.com says

      Thank you so much dear for your kind comments! 😉 We were so lucky with the weather and it was mostly sunny, then pictures turn out so much better! 😉 Happy you liked the sweet potato poutine and happy Fiesta to you too! 😉 hugs

  11. birgerbird says

    Perfect juxtaposition here — everybody loves poutine and everybody should be eating more superfoods . . . love that you have combined the two for FF this week . . . and all the way from Montreal. A city I’ve been planning a trip around for the last 2 years . . . maybe in 2015 for us. Have a wonderful time in Switzerland, too.

    • Sylvia @superfoodista.com says

      Thank you so much! 😉 Oh yes, you must visit Montréal if you can – it’s really a beautiful city and not too big, so you could easily do a long weekend trip. Also, try to go in summer, because the parks are lovely, however in winter, you would also have enough to do and could enjoy all the cozy cafés too 😉 hugs & thanks for stopping by!

    • Sylvia @superfoodista.com says

      Thank you so much! Oh, really, I am addicted to Sweet potatoes! Lol! 😉 I used them for everything! But this dish definitely has many different flavors to it too, so you might like it even if you are not such a big sweet potato fan!

  12. CakePants says

    Now this is a version of poutine I can get on board with! I tried some last summer on a day trip to Canada, making an exception from my usual semi-vegetarian diet, but the meaty-gravy was too salty and overpowering for my liking, and it was just not good. This, on the other hand, looks delicious! I’ll have to try it :)

    • Sylvia @superfoodista.com says

      Thanks so much dear! Yes, the vegetarian gravy is really light compared to the conventional one and just gives the whole dish a more well-rounded taste. I also added much less than they did in the restaurant and it was just about right. Thanks so much for stopping by! 😉

  13. stacilys says

    Yeah Silvia! You visited my country. I have been to Montreal. Cool place eh. I’ll be traveling to Canada next Wednesday for 5 weeks. I’ll be on the west coast though in Vancouver area.
    Poutine… I’m definitely going to try this once I get there. One of the main foods I want to eat a lot during my time in Canada is sweet potatos. I don’t like the sweet potatoes here. Thanks for the recipe moça.
    :-)

    • Sylvia @superfoodista.com says

      Hey Staci! Oh yes, that’s right, you told me you were going back home for a bit – and that you wanted to stock up on some ingredients to use back in Brazil..hehehe 😉 Oh, you are from the Vancouver area? I have been now to 3 cities in Canada, Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver – and I liked Vancouver clearly best! Although all 3 places were amazing. But the nature is so incredibly beautiful around Vancouver and the climate is not that cold in the winters, right? Well, enjoy so much your time back home!! Is your family going with you too? um beijo e ate logo!

      • stacilys says

        Oh yes, Vancouver is absolutely beautiful, isn’t it. It doesn’t get that cold during the winter, but not so hot in the summer either.
        Thanks a ton Sylvia, I’m sure we’ll have a great time. And yes, all of us are going. THe kids are so excited.
        Beijos amiga.
        :-)

  14. Hilda says

    What a great idea – superfood poutine. Will have to try that. Bon voyage – just a little envious of your going to Switzerland, but look forward to your pics and food when you returen.

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