Today Canada celebrates Thanksgiving. Unlike their American relatives, Canadians celebrate this holiday on the second Monday of October. The American holiday butts against Christmas celebrations and therefore the infamous Black Friday.
“Americans have been too influenced by capitalism,” an American-born Canadian transplant told me on Saturday. “Canadians celebrate it right.”
So in honor of the Canadian Thanksgiving and my recent trip to Canada, here’s what I’m thankful for, Canadian-style:
1. Canadian Bakeries
Cookies from Premiere Moisson in Montreal
Packaged cookies from Premiere Moisson in Montreal
Chocolate cookies in the shape of bats from Premiere Moisson in Montreal
2. Fresh Harvests
A strawberry tart from Premiere Moisson in Montreal
Gorgeous berries at Atwater Market
More fruit from Atwater Market
When I was in Canada last week, it was apple-picking season.
3. Maple Syrup
Pumpkins at Atwater Market
How convenient! A maple syrup stand at Byward Market in Ottawa caters to English and French speakers.
4. Canada’s Changing Season
As I heard one proud Canadian say, “Our maple syrup definitely doesn’t come from a factory; it comes straight from nature.”
The wonderful drive from Ottawa to Gatineau was littered with brilliant shades of green, auburn, copper and goldenrod.
Unfortunately South Florida is devoid of these beautiful fall colors.
Even I had to indulge in a BeaverTail, one of Canada’s most-prized commercial pastries. Basically a flat, fried dough pastry, the one pictured here was purchased at Byward Market in Ottawa, and smeared with Nutella. Pretty delicious looking, eh?
If you’re a health nut, then you’re not going to like poutine. Or at least you won’t admit to it. Poutine’s a bowl of fries, lathered in gravy and melted cheese curds. Mmm!