From Austin to Oz. I'm planning to flee the country for 7 months - working for 4 and traveling for 3.
Departure = 03 Sep 2003 / Re-entry = 03 Apr 2004

Sunday, October 26, 2003

A Maple Leaf Wondah Down Undah

Earlier today, I was in the Myer Centre, a large 4-story mall that fronts the pedestrian Queen Street here in Brisbane. While in the food court, I came across a New York Fries fast-fooderia. On the menu was "poutine", a Quebec invention involving fries, brown gravy, and white cheddar cheese to which my friend David Pinard introduced me when I was visiting him in Montreal in 2000. Huh? How does a uniquely Canadian cup of cuisine wind up offered in a store named after the Big Apple in a mall located in the southern shore of the Pacific Ocean?

Turns out that New York Fries was started by two Canadians after a trip to NYC in 1984. There are restos all over Canada, the United Arab Emirates, and South Korea. And now, there is a New York Fries in Brisbane -- Australia's first.

A bit of Warwick, Quebec, Canada, on the other side of the Pacific. Byew-dy, that.

Oddly, there are no New York Fries in the USA. I reckon McDonald's had something to do with it.


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