“This is Japan” is a weekly blog post where I talk a little about my life here.
It’s a place where I can share some of the strange, funny, or thought-provoking stories from my week. You can learn a little about what it is like to live in Japan and some of the weird and wonderful things here.
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Happy Canada Day, to any fellow Canadians reading this!
Canada Day is tomorrow (July 1st), but today is my blog post day, so I’m writing this a day earlier. To celebrate Canada Day this year, I made a classy Canadian delicacy, poutine.
If you are not familiar with poutine, it is french fries and cheese covered in gravy. And it’s divine. I introduced a few of my school friends to poutine a couple years ago.
There is a sports bar in Nagoya that sometimes sells poutine around this time of year, but I had something more special at home. I had a package of gravy from Swiss Chalet, a Canadian chicken restaurant. It’s probably the best restaurant gravy, so I wanted to use the last package to make poutine.
I invited the same friends from a couple years ago. We stopped at McDonalds on the way to my house to pick up fries and burgers. Then we came home, and I whipped up the gravy on the stove. It also sounded good to throw some bacon pieces on top, so I fried those up too.
We dumped all the fries on a plate, topped it with bacon, sprinkled cheese, and poured the gravy over all of it. If you have ever had Swiss Chalet gravy, you will know how good it is. Everything tasted so yurmy combined, and the bacon really took it to the next level.
Here it is before the gravy
And here is the final masterpiece
It turned out perfect, and I was very happy with the result. I think my friends were too. I saved some of the gravy so I can eat poutine with my husband later. He will be happy too.
In other news,
I have not been to Canada this year, nor do I expect that I will. But I have heard that in honour of 150 years of Canada, there is a pass that allows you free entry into all national parks run by Parks Canada. The pass is called the Discovery Pass, and it is free to get and can be used by many people. It seems like a really good deal, so I wish I could go to Banff National Park or something.
If anyone is in Canada now or will go later this year and is thinking about going to a national park, I suggest they check out the Discovery Pass and save themselves the entrance fees.
That’s all from me today on this Canada Day Eve. Now if only I had an Iced Capp and a chocolate glazed doughnut from Tim Hortons…
How do you celebrate your country’s holidays when you are in a different country?
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