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No pou for me, thanks.

The New York Times has a good article on Quebec's favorite dish, poutine. Pou (as we called it in University) is a concoction of french fries, cheese curds, and gravy--it's a heart attack on a plate. Says Martin Picard, owner of the Montreal restaurant Au Pied de Cochon:

"People were ashamed to say, 'I want to go to a restaurant to eat poutine... you'd eat it at 3 in the morning when you are drunk or after a party. I didn't like the hypocrisy."

I've never been a fan of pou, but it deserves a mention because though it's certainly the most-consumed dish by drunk Quebec University students everywhere, it's now being reinvented for gourmands living far from la belle province.

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1. reefer said on May 2 2004:

dude, i'm one of the biggest fans of poutine ever (i acutually ate a half-decent attempt of ontario poutine last night at licks) and i've never heard it called pou in my life...

this of course could be due to the fact that i was extremely inebriated whenever i ate it and wasn't listening to anyone but my stomach at that point....

2. reemer said on May 2 2004:

good one, three-fifths.

incidentally, reefer's three-fifths nickname stems from a pou-ordering incident: he was looking for someone who wanted a little less than half of a pou--he didn't want a whole dish, but wanted more than half. it turned out that "about three-fifths" of a poutine would satisfy his late-night craving.

unfortunatley, that nickname didn't stick, and neither did "reef the 3-5".


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