Want to warm up? Turn to Canada! If you've had the Quebec classic, Poutine, you know what I'm talking about. This was not a dish invented by people luxuriating in a tropical climate. It's hearty. It's heavy. It's intensely satisfying. Horribly greasy versions exist and give the genre a bad name, but when done well a poutine will tempt you into its bowl, beckoning you to eat more, and warm up for winter. I ate this version, made with Montreal smoked meat and a gravy with plenty of pepper in it, at Poutineville where diners can choose from a range of poutines or create their own version with everything from sweet potato fries to tomatoes.
Another nice touch at Poutineville were the fried pickles. Instead of sliced sweet bread-and-butter pickles, Poutineville fried up spears of sour dills. They were coated with a crunchy dill-infused batter and served with a kicky spiced mayonnaise.