Attending the opening of a new venture is always exciting and I was particularly looking forward to one earlier this week. This is because it involved a tasty treat I hadn’t had in years – Poutine.
If you haven’t tried it before, Poutine is a much-loved Canadian dish consisting of chips served with cheese curds and a rich gravy.
I first tried it many years ago while working at a UK-based campus belonging to a Canadian university. I have to admit that, at first, I didn’t like the idea of putting gravy on cheesy chips. The taste test is what really counts though and I was soon a fully-fledged Poutine convert.
Fast forward to the present day and Air Canada has opened a pop-up Poutinerie to showcase some of the destinations you can visit this winter. Each location has had a twist on Poutine created in its honour. So, for example, you can enjoy a Halifax Downstream Poutine which includes Canadian lobster and a shellfish gravy.
In all, there are ten Poutines to try as well as a range of drinks including craft beers and Canadian wine. And that’s not all. The lounge-style bar also boasts a virtual reality on-board experience of an Air Canada flight.
Being me, I wanted to try every Poutine going, but I only managed to eat two. Namely Toronto’s The 6ix and Seattle’s Emerald City Burger Gravy.
The Toronto comes with sweet potato fries and maple-soy pork cuts. The Seattle, meanwhile, includes peanut-chipotle butter and hamburger gravy. As well as being delicious, they were nice and filling so I was well fed.
There’s always room for pudding though and this came in the form of maple syrup Taffy. The syrup is heated up before being poured over a bed of ice. Then it’s simply a matter of putting in a lolly stick, twisting it and enjoying it. Very nice!
I was well and truly full by this point so I took to the virtual reality experience. This offered another inventive way of highlighting the numerous destinations you can visit with Air Canada.
With my headset and controllers in situ, I chose my destination and seat and took to the skies. I enjoyed a virtual meal, threw a virtual washbag at virtual passengers – I’m not sure why, but it was fun! – and ended up witnessing the northern lights.
It was a very enjoyable evening and I strongly recommend going along. Especially as you could win a real flight in the process!
Two economy flights are on offer every day to any Air Canada destination. All you need to do is post a picture of your Poutine on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #CoolNotCold, tagging @aircanada.
The Air Canada Poutinerie is open to the public to drop in from Friday 3 November until Saturday 11 November, 12pm – 4pm and 5pm – 10.30pm daily at 52-56 Kingsland Road, Shoreditch, London, E2 8DP.
Each Poutine costs £3.50. There is a £4 supplement for Halifax Downstream Poutine and an additional £1.50 for Boston’s Loaded Crab. The Poutinerie is supporting Great Ormond Street Hospital’s Children’s Charity.
Disclosure: this is a collaborative post.