What are you in the mood to eat?” It’s a question that, even when we are hungry, is often followed by silence. Ultimately, we start listing genres of food: pizza, burgers, Italian, Greek, Chinese, Canadian … wait, what? Canadian? What kind of food is that—polar bear steaks and reindeer sausage covered in maple syrup? Canada is not a country we generally think of when contemplating ethnic cuisine.
There is one dish, however, that is uniquely Canadian: poutine (poo-teen), a dish of french fries topped with cheese curds and gravy. And just a few weeks ago in Salt Lake City, Prescott Strasters began selling poutine from Gravy Train, his formerly Los Angeles-based food truck.