The new Poutine and other obese tragedies

So I have literally seen hour to hour countdowns to this new poutine place in St. John’s.
Ok I get it….something new downtown. It isn’t very big and change is awesome.
But first of all, not only is this place a chain, like an arby’s style chain… a Keg on the waterfront style chain. It’s an obesity inducing chain. St. John’s is FAT. People are HUGE, unhealthy, and counting down the hours to the opening of mcdonalds poutine or whatever it is like a bunch of cows.
Wake up, lay down the cheese curd covered fork and maybe go for a run or something.

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27 February 2012

  1. Skipper · February 27, 2012

    I agree. I was actually thinking about trying it at lunch today, but on my walk dt, after passing person after person on the sidewalk stuffing their gobs with hot, cheesy poutine on a hot, summer day I was totally turned off. The lineup inside was mad long too!

  2. fancy lu · February 27, 2012

    i’m a fit and healthy individual, I work my ass off in the gym, dance classes, and yoga….and I can’t wait to try this poutinerie. Its called moderation people.

  3. Wade · February 27, 2012

    Really though, nothing wrong with eating something terrible for you once in a while, it’s called enjoying life. Eat it everyday, then you have problems.

  4. Darcy Fitzpatrick · February 27, 2012

    But… poutine is awesome. And it’s not like we’re known for it here or anything. I’m excited to see what a place that is devoted to poutine can do with the delicacy.

    I take your point, but I think fancy lu has a pretty good point, too.

  5. lobF · February 27, 2012

    I tried it, I was very underwhelmed, I won’t ever do THAT again.

  6. lobF · February 27, 2012

    Poutine IS awesome, but I didn’t find theirs to be awesome. Cheese curd was rubbery and hard, the fries were dried out and the gravy was nasty.
    Next time I need to feel bad about myself it will be thanks to NY fries.

  7. fog · February 27, 2012

    So, all people that eat a poutine are unhealthy eh? Nothing like mass generalization.

  8. Jon · February 27, 2012

    You leave the poutine alone!

  9. Mark · February 27, 2012

    I tried it today. Had their country style, with the chicken and smoked bacon.

    It was sweet and delicious! but dear god…a large is certainly a LARGE there! must’ve been at least two pounds of food. A large is definitely enough for two or to save for later, or get a regular size if you’re first trying it out.

    Of course it’s bad for you – it’s poutine! just moderation, folks. I’ll have it again in another few months…or weeks.

  10. Jon · February 27, 2012

    Yes, if this place didn’t exist we would still have dozens of fast food and fish and chip joints around to keep everyone nice and fat. Even bad habits at the supermarket can lead to obesity.

  11. g'wan · February 27, 2012

    hands down, the worst food I’ve ever tried. (tried it in a different city)
    the onions tasted like they were boiled in sugar and the peas tasted like the smell of bad plastic.

  12. shadowwood · February 27, 2012

    only in newfoundland does poutine elicit such excitement, hey everyone there’s a new greasy burger and taco joint opening up next month, better line up and make room in your guts for all this goodness

  13. Word up · February 27, 2012

    Hopefully months, it’s about 1500 calories, and a mega dose of salt.

  14. Word up · February 27, 2012

    I have no doubt in my mind that they will have regulars. And that’s totally the ticket to heart attack city. Moderation if you are having something like a large country style is a few times a year.

  15. Emma · February 27, 2012

    …I would line up for a taco joint.

  16. Tom Servo · February 27, 2012

    I’m looking forward to trying this place, but I agree with the fact that healthy food is pretty hard to find here without either cooking it yourself or going to Subway. Takeaways in the bay have kids menus where the only option is fried. Something is really, really wrong with that.

    You can lose weight here, though…I’ve seen people do it, it just takes a huge amount of determination.

  17. Nk · February 27, 2012

    I don’t think he was saying that people who eat poutine are unhealthy.
    He said people in St. John’s are fat and unhealthy. To be fair NL is the province with the most obesity. We also have the highest death rates in the country for heart attacks, strokes, and colorectal cancer, alot of which is related to diet.

  18. S.J · February 27, 2012

    The health issue is one thing, but the amount of Smokes containers littered up and down Duckworth and Water Street is disgusting. Do whatever you want with your own body, but at least throw the garbage in the trash can

  19. Is pork the new black? · February 27, 2012

    Never been the biggest fan of poutine anyway, but passed by this place recently and convinced my friend to go in for lunch. We stood at the counter staring up at the menu aghast! Single, double or triple PORK – yes, that’s right, I said PORK on a cheese curd encrusted cup of fries that’s smothered in gravy???!!!! We left in a hurry, trying not to gag outloud!

  20. shadowwood · February 27, 2012

    pork is relatively lean as a protein source, are you hebrew or mohammedan

  21. Is pork the new black? · February 27, 2012

    I’m not sure which to address first – your conspicuous need to use archaic terms or your defense of cloven hoofed animals on your poutine. Kangaroo is a lean meat too, but I still wouldn’t want it mixed with cheese curd, gravy and fries!

  22. shadowwood · February 27, 2012

    Perhaps I read too much into your statement “I said PORK on a cheese curd encrusted cup of fries that’s smothered in gravy”. By your listing pork alongside cheesecurds and gravy there seemed to be an implication that the supposed fat from pork alongside other fatty ingredients was an excess of fat. I wanted to suggest that pork is relatively lean, I don’t eat poutine and don’t provide any defence for cloven hoofed animals on anyones poutine. Archaic terms are kewl.

  23. D · February 27, 2012

    Kangaroo is delicious. Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it.

  24. Karleena · February 27, 2012

    Cheese curds are SUPPOSED to be rubbery. Haven’t you ever been to Quebec? That is the traditional curd! If you’ve had them and they’re NOT rubbery, then something is wrong. Also its not a gravy on their poutines, its a poutine sauce, which is also traditional. You can get it switched out for rich brown gravy or peppercorn gravy if you wish. If you don’t like you’re poutine this way, stick with your NY fries then, just know that its not a TRUE poutine.

  25. anon · February 27, 2012

    these kinds of posts get on my nerves in a big way! if you’re going to judge someone for any of their lifestyle habits then i hope you’re diet is exclusively locally grown and produced, all organic, from your own garden preferably, sure hope you don’t drink, smoke, throw out a single item that’s recyclable, drive a car, leave a light on in an empty room, etc etc etc. get over yourself, no one’s perfect including you

  26. Is pork the new black? · February 27, 2012

    Whoa! Calm down there Stressy McGee!

    Exactly how do you make the leap from poutine to…organic food, locally grown food, home grown food, drinking, smoking, recycling, driving cars, leaving lights on…whew, and oh yeah ” etc etc etc” ????

    I’d say you’re pretty judgmental for someone who doesn’t want to be judged themselves. For the record, no one is attacking YOUR right to clog your own arteries – on the contrary – just expressing an opinion on my own personal disgust for poutine covered in meat.

    Talk about getting over yourself! I think it’s time you liberated your nerves and joined the freedom of speech movement. It’s been around awhile, in case you haven’t heard?

  27. Is pork the new black? · February 27, 2012

    So is calling pigs “cloven hoofed” – touché

  28. andrew waterman · February 27, 2012

    …. and sometimes not related to diet at all. For instance genetics, or insufficiently tested pharmaceuticals given out to patients for something minor like joint pain that in turn, unbeknownst to the patient or doctor, increases blood pressure and the chance of heart attack or stroke. And, considering our shortage of doctors, especially specialists, I think it’s fair to say there’s another side of the copper coin.

    To be honest I just think being concerned about the diets of people you don’t know, while watching from afar, and making split second assumptions based on one thing is just…. well, it’s just super lame.

    Plus, Smoke’s is delicious.

    So are carrots.

  29. andrew waterman · February 27, 2012

    me too.

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