Where are you going for lunch? Canada. (Mar, 1970)

Where are you going for lunch? Canada.

We know it sounds improbable, but if you did fly to Montreal just for lunch, you’d have the lunch of your life. French-Canadian cuisine is both delicious and unique. Many recipes date back to 1646.

For example, at Chez la Mere Michel, you’ll likely be treated to some fabulous Provencal specialty, such as Medaillon Provencal — beef filet marinated in wine and served in a sauce of tomatoes, cucumber, eggplant and herbes. At Chez Pierre, it’s Lyonnaise cuisine, and at Etche Ona (“The Good Place”), the menu is mostly Basque (French-Spanish).

Every Canadian province boasts its specialties of the house. Like British Columbia’s King Crab and shrimp, Manitoba’s Winnipeg Goldeye—a delicate fish smoked over oak logs and served whole, one to a customer. New Brunswick’s famous Restigouche Salmon. Prince Edward Island’s Malpeque Oysters.

Coming to Canada just for lunch is a crazy idea. You’d be a cinch to stay for dinner.

Mme. Micheline Delbuguet is the proprietor of “Chez la Mere Michel” (above). She does her own early morning marketing. She shops, she says, “like a mother.”

Canadian Government Travel Bureau, Ottawa, Canada.

  1. Jari says: December 13, 201111:02 am

    I just wonder, why on earth that pheasant was roasted with full plumage….

  2. Hirudinea says: December 13, 201111:06 am

    “Sorry, we’re full up, come back tomorrow.”

    @Jari – You skin the bird, roast it, and then put the skin back on, its a presentation thing.

  3. Jari says: December 13, 201111:21 am

    Hiru: I thought so, but that didn’t increase my appetite… The lobsters reminds me of this: http://cdn.fd.uproxx.co…

  4. Jari says: December 13, 201111:30 am

    Let’s see, if I get double post or not…

    Hiru: Thought so, but a bird served that way doesn’t increase my appetite… Those lobsters remind me of a dinner scene from The Naked Gun 2½. http://cdn.fd.uproxx.co…

  5. bobby j says: December 13, 201112:00 pm

    Welcome to Canada.

  6. Charlene says: December 13, 20111:51 pm

    I eat lunch in Canada every day, and I’ve never seen anything quite that unappetizing.

  7. SpaceHobo says: December 14, 20119:32 am

    I feel like this is kind of a Lileks-style cheap shot in some ways. His gallery of regrettable food always kind of relied on the color photography of the era resulting in hideously oversaturated reds. It gives the food a really unappetizing plastic look.

    The slogan is still hilarious.

  8. Toronto says: December 14, 20111:08 pm

    This is obviously fake – there’s no mention of poutine, beaver tails, butter tarts, or moose nose jelly.

    (There were 3 recipes for that last one in the official Canadian Centennial Cookbook.)

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