Ever since I started this blog, I’ve been telling myself I should try some of the big-chain corporate poutines out there. Unfortunately, life is too short to waste your time at places like McDonald’s, and I don’t want to shorten it even more by actually eating there. Last week, on a ride between Quebec City and Montreal, the driver stopped at one of those soulless chain store truck stops by the side of the highway to grab a coffee at Tim Horton’s. I was stranded and hungry. If there’s one thing I dislike more than McDonald’s, it’s Tim Horton’s (and their attempt to reduce our national identities to overly sweet coffee and terrible donuts), so here was my chance. Upon entering McDonald’s for the first time in twenty years, I was shocked to find that poutine was no longer on the menu. Luckily, it turns out the displayed menu has no relation to what the restaurant actually sells. I got my complimentary smile, grabbed my take-out bag, and ran out to eat my McPoutine.
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I curse whoever had the dumb idea of moving Université Laval to the suburbs in the 1950s. This not only facilitated the old city’s gradual transformation into a tourist theme park, but also produced a really ugly university campus. Basically, the so-called oldest university in the country is now a big parking lot with the odd ill-conceived modernist excrescence jutting out from the asphalt. It gradually morphs into more parking lots, this time with big shopping malls, as you move westward. The whole thing is depressing, indicative of the sprawling mess that Quebec City has become.