July 13, 2010

How will you celebrate National French Fries Day?

No, I don't know why. And no, I don't know how people celebrate. And no, I don't know if this is relevant here in Canada. And no, I don't know who the hell declared it to be such a momentous holiday.

What I do know - today, July 13, is National French Fries Day!

How to celebrate? Stop at your favourite fries place and have some! Or pull that deep fryer out of the basement and makes some. Defrost a bag of McCain's Super Fries. Or go healthy and have the baked version. Hell, cheat with a shortcut, have a large can of ketchup-flavoured Pringles and call it a day - just be sure to mark the occasion.

According the my quickie google search, Fries were probably created in Belgium, and are called French because of how they are cut into strips. Whatever, as long as we aren't calling them Freedom Fries anymore, I am good.

My faves are for fast food salty fries McDonald's, then here in Edmonton Deluxe has amazing fries and sweet potato fries (served in very cute mini shopping carts), and then flashing back to when I was a kid, Lafleurs in Montreal had the best fries. Are they still around?

What are your favourite fries? Let me know in the comments below!

18 comments:

Writer said...

I wait tables at a local restaurant called Joe Bologna's and our French Fries are the bomb - especially with honeymustard or mayo. I do really like McDonald's though I try not going there at all. I do like the shoestrings fries the best rather than the fat thick fries a lot of places serve with their philly steak subs and whatnot.

Joann Mannix said...

So, here's the thing, my middle girl wants to move up to your neck of the woods for one reason: poutine. And in my vastly underrated opinion, I think poutine beats the crap out of french fries any day.

In Chicago last week, I was lucky enough to have dinner with a renowned chef, (and of COURSE, I will be blogging about that), a friend of my sister's. He took us to this fabulous restaurant and the owner and chef of the restaurant showered us with all his favorite dishes. One of the things he brought out to us was a bowl of fries with an egg sunny side up on top of it. It was a-maz-ing. My sister asked her friend chef what the fries were called and he said, "Fries with an egg on top of them." Very basic, something I'd never put together, but delicious. My vote, besides poutine, for best fries. The fries from The Publican in the meatpacking district of Chicago.

Leslie said...

Wow. An excuse to eat French fries. You're my new favorite person. Heh.

My favorite fries are ones that are made at a local place called Trinity. They're Belgian fries (wait - does that count?) and they're served with three different dips - including a YUMMY aioli.

WannabeVirginia W. said...

Oh yay, not knowing it was National FF day, I had a french fry at lunch. Yes, one french fry. I occasionally indulge in sweet potato fries. The best I have ever had is served at a restaurant called the Bean Bar. Great food, hot servers!

Dazee Dreamer said...

I like the fries at Wingers. Seasoned just right, steak fries. with their creamy amazing sauce. You probably have no freaking idea what I'm talking about, buy hey, you asked. :)

Ray's Cowboy said...

I just made homemade freinch fries from fresh potatoes. to go with my hamburger. Thank fo rletting me know how to honor this holiday with homemade stuff.
Ray

Will Burke said...

Costco's fries are pretty good, but it's hard to beat those roadside buses with deep-fryers installed. Grease-arific

Kevin said...

Honey, I know you LOVE LOVE LOVE french fries, so I will take you out to celebrate National French Fries day, even if it is not a 'holiday' in Canada. Where do you want to go?

Penny Lane said...

Sweet potato fries rock. However, if it's fast food we're talking about, I'm with youj; McDonald's wins, hands down.

diego said...

re: joann mannix

you should try what in spain is called "huevos rotos": of the multiple versions, i recommend you fry up a bunch of potatoes (in olive oil, please), and when they're almost done, throw an egg on top of them in the pan or skillet (not fryer, please), and when it's no longer runny, scoop it all out and put it in a deep dish, and toss; that way the egg continues to slowly cook, and the yolk mixes in with the residual white and the still-burning oil. believe it or not, this is not bad for you (if eaten in moderation); once or twice-used olive oil still retains its magical cholesterol-fighting qualities.
and, of course, yep, there's always poutine, or straight-up fries with white vinegar...
que aproveche (spanish equivalent for "bon appetit", meaning "may you make the most of/enjoy your meal").
d.

inannasstar said...

The best fries in the world are on the boardwalk not far from my house. They slice the potatos when you order, then fry them and put them in a big cup still hot and covered in sea salt. Oh God, I think I just drooled on myself. I think I need to go look at my ass to remind myself the reason we should only have a holiday based on food fried in oil ONE TIME A YEAR : )

vanita said...

Oooh, too late for fries, already had dinner. Even though there's a McDonalds on every bloody block in Manhattan, I've got to say, Rockwells Express on West 8th street makes the best fries.

Brahm (alfred lives here) said...

Ooh, the fries with the egg sunny side up on top sounds enticing. Odd, yet enticing. Does that make fries a breakfast food? Because I am all for that!

And although I grew up in Montreal, aka poutine central, am not a huge fan, always found it a bit greasy, and didnt get enough of the flavour of the fries themselves!

And yes Kevin am happy to go out for fries -- as is like 8 PM here and past dinner, lets take a raincheck and go out another night -- where are you gonna take me?

Michael Rivers said...

I like plain old fries dunked in BBQ sauce.

Midwestern Mama Holly said...

Are you serious??!! I missed National French Fries day! I love FF's and thought I had heard of every way imaginable to eat them, until I moved to Ohio. Here they eat them with vinegar on them... and I have to say... not bad. Not bad at all.
I must now go make some french fries. Better late than never.

TICKLEBEAR said...

yup, LAFLEUR is still around. but for me, it's montreal's pool room. i remember from my days of working nights at the delivery room, running on rene-levesque blvd in my surgical greens, amidst the prostitutes, who were always polite...in some funny way, and guys rolling down their car window to ask me "hom much"... (not so funny), to go to the MONTREAL POOL ROOM. surely you remember this? "2 roteux & 1 graisseuse!!", 2 steamies and a fry.
:D~
best poutine:
CLUB SANDWICH, in the village, and i often opt for the "TOUR EIFFEL", with mergez slasices, mushrooms and onions. SPICY!!!
:D~
HUGZ

injaynesworld said...

Sweet potatoes fries. Yum! Plus you can talk yourself into believing they're good for you.

Laura said...

I love the fries at Bistro in Toronto but I haven't been there in years. They are known for their wings but the fries were my favorite. They come with a dill dipping sauce - it's sooo good. Darn...now I'm craving them.

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