A knit winter hat is called a toque (pronounced TOO-k, rhymes with “fluke”) which is so silly I have always refused to say it.
Most Canadians eat strip bacon like Americans, but if you want “Canadian bacon,” (bacon-cured pork loin) ask for “back bacon,” or “peameal bacon” if you like it crunchy.
Suggested by Dan Friedman
When ordering toast at a Canadian restaurant, you will be asked if you want “white or brown toast?” Don’t be alarmed, “brown toast” is actually whole wheat toast.
Suggested by Catherine.
Canadians typically say “chocolate bars,” while Americans say “candy bars.” Pictured above: a chocolate bar you can’t get in the United States.
Poutine is a dish made of fries, cheese curds and gravy. Extra points if the cheese curds are squeaky on your teeth. There is some intense debate about where exactly in Quebec it originated, but it is now available just about everywhere in Canada. The only thing that makes poutine better, of course, is adding bacon.
Guest illustrator: Marie Poliak
Swiss Chalet is a family chain restaurant with over 200 locations across Canada. The food is surprisingly good, and it paradoxically has table service dining and drive-thru options at many locations. It is sometimes combined with Harvey’s locations (another only-in-Canada chain.) In what is basically a crime against the American people, there is no Swiss Chalet in the United States.
FYI Americans, the word “about” sounds way more like “a boat” than “aboot.”