June 13, 2004
Thunder Bay food
Old Dutch Potato Chips are generally found around Thunder Bay and Winnepeg, and probably further out west. I have found a corner store in Toronto near my new home that carries a limited selection of Old Dutch, but sadly, not in the funky ass boxes pictured here (good for easy stacking). Inside the box you get not one but two bags of chips so you can cut back on your consumption just a little easier.
The Persian, pictured here, is a Thunder Bay delicacy (I've yet to find these outside of Northwestern Ontario.. the farthest away from T.Bay I found them was Manitouwadge about four hours North). It's a deep fried, flat, oblong cinnamon bun (somewhat akin to a donut) with pink frosting which I'm told is supposed to be Cherry. I'm not convinced. It tastes pink, and pink is a fruit.
My mom states that the official way to eat a Persian is to cut it in half lengthwise, butter the bases, and grill them until toasty, and then serve with ice cream. I think they're just fine the way they are.
Other Thunder Bay flavours not pictured here:
- Cajun Chicken Wings from On Deck (the best chicken wings in existence, found at local dive sports bar)
- Cherry Empanadas from TacoTime. Taco Bell failed miserably in Thunder Bay, and the West Coast franchise of TacoTime maintains their stranglehold. The cherry empanada is a cherry filling inside deep fried tortilla wrap, rolled in a cinnamon sugar combo. Utterly delicious, and a deadly weapon when still hot.
- Finnish pancakes from the Hoito. A certain Finn in NY will have to explain what makes these different from regular pancakes aside from the rubbery texture and its many syrup absorbing pores.
- Robin's Donuts... the company founded in Thunder Bay, and they have 20-25 strategically placed locations across the city making it at one time the largest donut store to person ratio in Canada. With the influx of Tim Hortons, I'm not sure anything has actually changed. I still like Robin's better than Timmy's.
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