Monday, 12 August 2013
The blog and Poutine Guy are on the move. What began as a way to trick Blogger into allowing me to post an audio turned into a whole new adventure. That adventure is a new website that is now housing everything Poutine Guy. To check it out, click here or cut and paste the link below into your address bar.
May your curds stay squeaky.
Monday, 29 July 2013
My fame is growing fast. I’m still not sure
whether that’s a good thing or not. My wife claims my fame brings shame to the
family. I wonder if it’s merely coincidence that Fame and Shame rhyme. Perhaps
shame and the ability to spot a good poutine can be the legacy I leave my
children. Regardless, I should try to take advantage of this 15 minutes being
allotted to me.
Last week, I was interviewed by Times & Transcript reporter Tess Allen. It was a great experience and the story was in the Friday, July 26th, newspaper. For those who may have missed it, I’ve reprinted it below.
The T&T story was amazing is terms of the amount of hits sent to the blog. In terms of pure ad value, the article is valued at $2,400 – at least according to media research companies it is. Given I’ve worked in the communications field before, I know the value of good media attention, and having witnessed negative attention in the past as well, I can easily say I prefer being on the positive side more. I certainly appreciate the story Tess wrote.
Moreover, positive attention often leads to more positive attention. Directly below you should find an audio clip of my Rogers Radio interview on Monday morning. But, you won't because I haven't figured out how to trick Blogger into letting me upload an mp3.
That being said, Taylor Whittamore was a good host and most people I know who listened to the live show reported back to me that I did okay. I’m not a fan of my own voice, so it may take a few weeks until I actually listen to it myself. I know that’s weird.
Until next time, may your curds stay squeaky.
POUTINE GUY GAINING ONLINE POPULARITY
Wednesday, 17 July 2013
So keep the tips coming in.
Until then, of course, may your curds stay squeaky.
Wednesday, 3 July 2013
The first tale came to me whilst researching a good spot to grab a poutine in Saskatchewan or Manitoba. At this time, Pizza Hut was advertising its Poutine Pizza - to be clear: a pizza with poutine toppings.
All I can say is that the opposite - a poutine with pizza toppings - both sounds and looks good. On the other hand, pizza with poutine toppings neither sounds nor looks good. Sorry, Pizza Hut. The Ottawa Citizen review of this abomination was even entitled, "Poutine pizza is as foul as you might expect." I expect it's quite foul.
And, as odds would have it, Joe Beevrs has restaurants in Saskatchewan and Manitoba - in Yorkton and Brandon to be exact - that serve the Great Canadian Pizza Poutine. A poutine with pizza toppings. However, if it's the same cost as every other poutine on their Poutine Menu, then $15 is a bit steep for french fries, gravy, and curds, even if they are styled in the shape of a beaver dam. It may very well be the best poutine ever, but as far as I'm concerned, it's a steaming pile of kitsch.
So, it was no surprise I drove through these two prairie provinces without. I feel particularly bad for this fellow who has extended his quest for a good Saskatoon poutine to Kijiji with the ad: Best Poutine in Stoon.
Good luck, prairie friend!
As for my second tale, I made my first poutine pit-stop in Hearst, Ontario. Stopping for gas, I asked the kid at the Esso where I could grab a good poutine. He directed me next door to Chez Kikine Restaurant. I really wish I had ignored him. The fries were just not up to my standard - crispy would be an understatement. Overall, a 66% is a fail as far as Poutine Guy is concerned.
|Chez Yvon - Under New Management|
I hope your latest poutine experiences have been better than my last two. Let me know. Also, if you participated in or witnessed the St. Jean Baptiste Day Poutinerie Challenge in Saint John I want to hear all about it!
As always, may your curds stay squeaky.
Sunday, 9 June 2013
Last week, Poutine Guy began feeling he may not be the best role model. In fact, Poutine Guy has quite possibly left behind a shameful legacy of gravy-soaked curdish indulgence in the Picture Province. It’s already one of the most overweight and obese in the country, and yet since Poutine Guy’s naissance, there is now not one, but two first “annual” poutine contests slated to occur in New Brunswick this summer.
Hopefully, Poutine Guy will not be as dangerous to the health of Albertans as he continues to be to New Brunswickers.
As always, may your curds stay squeaky.
Sunday, 12 May 2013
And speaking of not being able to help myself, my next blog will include a critique of an Edmonton poutinerie – La Poutine. As my fans may recall, expectations are high for any restaurant that includes the word poutine in its name. I look forward to letting you know how it went.
Until then, may your curds stay squeaky.
Sunday, 28 April 2013
Saturday, 20 April 2013
NOTE: To my New Brunswick friends - a Smoke's Poutinerie has recently opened in Fredericton.
Despite being a Westerner now (or again - it's complicated), I do hope to continue my search for good poutine and good poutine stories. I may be based out of Edmonton, but please continue sending me tips, regardless of which end of the country they originate from.