Recipe: Poutine


Poutine is an odd thing. It originated in rural Québec in the 1950’s and it basically consists of french fries, a brown gravy and curd cheese. It seems to be the Canadian equivalent to America’s comfort food Mac and Cheese. It is primarily found in Canadian fast food chains and diners — cantines or casse-croûtes. Poutine variations can also contain meat, beef, pulled pork, etc., but that just seems to be gilding the lily I think! There are many variations on the theme — Mexican Poutine, Italian Poutine, Mushroom Poutine, etc. You get the picture.

Basic Recipe for Poutine:

  • French Fries – Fried, soft interior with crisp exterior
  • Cheese curds – small, fresh curds.
  • Gravy – A light, thin, generally chicken gravy, mildly spiced, with a slight sour flavoring (vinegar) to balance out the richness of the gravy, fries and cheese. (Chuck Hughes offers a gravy recipe for Poutine.)

That’s about it. But, let’s face it, this is much better eaten at a local diner or fast food place. After all, it is comfort food.

Poutine in Luc Robitaille’s favorite place




Hockey Road Trips — Food & Drink


Tip Top Kitchen, Columbus, Ohio

When you head off on your hockey travels do you plan ahead and search for great spots for food and drink along the way? Do you like modern contemporary restaurants and pubs? Or something old, with character and a bit of adventure? The past two seasons while on my hockey travels I’ve thought a great deal about making my journeys as entertaining as the end result, which is of course some great hockey games, and I have discovered some wonderful places along the way with the help of locals and others who have traveled the same path before me.

I created a Pinterest Foursquare board with Food & Drink locations marked — at the moment it contains about 215 locations, but I have discovered the mobile app is a bit of pain to use — which, let’s face it, is how you want to utilize such a list — when you are on the road! In an effort to make it easier, I have started to break the list down by state and will continue adding to the list. Be patient — it takes a while to load all of the locations (therefore the desire to break the list down to individual states or groups of states.)

Travels – Road Food & Drink Along the Route

Visit the site and let me know if you have favorite additions to add to the list! Many are centered around hockey rinks and routes, but I’ve also added other places I’ve visited before, or which have been highly recommended. Who knows where you will end up on your journeys to a hockey game.

The Southern Steak & Oyster, Nashville, TN.

The Southern Steak & Oyster, Nashville, TN.

Recipes: Cooking with Unibroue

Unibroue, the Québec beer maker has provided a wonderful group of recipes made with their special beers. Give them a try! The beer maker has also supplied a very nice list of cocktail recipes.

Blanche de Chambly

Blonde de Chambly

Don de Dieu

Éphémère Apple

Éphémère Blackcurrent

Éphémère Cherry

La Fin du Monde


Noire de Chambly

Quelque Chose


Trois Pistoles



October Hockey Roadtrips:

Iowa — 3 days, 4 states, 2 hockey games.

Georgia and Florida — 14 days, 7 states, 5 hockey games, Florida Beaches, lots of seafood, and great times with friends and family.

Recipe: Coconut Maple Porter Ice Cream

Coconut Maple Porter Ice Cream

Coconut Maple Porter Ice Cream (Courtesy of the Brooklyn Brew Shop)

Recently, my local pub has been offering fruit ale cheesecakes — strawberry, apricot and raspberry . Traditionally they have offered Oatmeal Stout and Chocolate Stout cheesecakes but they have bumped it up a notch this summer with their fruit ale flavored cheesecakes. It is light and fluffy, not as heavy as your traditional New York Cheesecake. Absolutely wonderful! And now with the August heat and humidity, cold frozen ice cream has been calling, but what about one with a flavored ale or Stout?

From the Brooklyn Brew Shop comes this cool summer delight — Coconut Maple Porter Ice Cream! Give it a try. The Maple Porter is delicious, but you can try any dark flavorful beer. 

| Ingredients 

5 egg yolks
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup regular coconut milk
3/4 cup heavy cream
1 1/4 cup Chocolate Maple Porter (or any dark, delicious beer)

| Directions 

In a medium-sized thick-bottomed pot combine coconut milk, heavy cream, and Porter and cook over low heat just until hot.

In a medium bowl whisk together egg yolks and sugar until thick and pale, about three minutes.

Using a ladle or a small measuring cup, scoop a few small amounts of the hot liquid into your egg yolk mixture, whisking constantly. Once you’ve scooped in enough liquid for the yolks to become warm (about three scoops), gently whisk the mixture back into your saucepan with the remaining coconut milk, cream, and beer.

Turn the heat to medium and stir constantly with a wooden spoon until mixture is thick enough to coat the back of the spoon in a thin, creamy layer.

Transfer through a strainer and into a bowl. Refrigerate until cool, and churn in your ice cream maker to preferred consistency. Freeze until hard and enjoy.