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FLAVOURTOWN OLYMPICS: First we beat the Swiss, then we eat fondue!

So, Canada kicks off the men’s hockey tournament against the Swiss tomorrow, but me, I’m still celebrating after we kicked their ass in mixed doubles curling. I was like hurry, hurry, hard all the way home, big bad broseph!!!!

So now we’re hanging out at Bier Markt, this funky Euro craft beer joint on King Street West. Man, this place has everything: weiner schnitzel, smoked gouda, even some duck wings, bro! But you know I’m here for one reason only. We already beat the Swiss, and now it’s time for fondue:

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They call this one The Big Cheese, and it’s cheesier than that upcoming Poison reunion tour, bro! You’ve got Raclette, you’ve got Emmental and some white wine, along with potatoes, pretzels and baguette bread for dipping. The only thing missing was an ice cold brewski–oh, wait!!!

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Now, I don’t always drink beer from Vancouver, but when I do, I prefer Lions Winter Ale. This seasonal slobberknocker looks like a red beer, but it’s got this totally chocolately taste that would make Count Chocula’s head spin. Man, Team Canada could probably slam a few of these…and still beat the Swiss tomorrow, bro!!!

FRONT STREET FOODS: We’re racking up some righteous raclette!

Now, this has gotta be one of the funkiest things you’ll find at a food fair. We’re talking charbroiled cheese from Switzerland, roasted garlic potatoes—and, now this is where it gets super-crazy—a kale side salad with a chili vinaigrette. Is your mind blown yet? Well, it’s about to be:

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Now, I dunno if you ever had raclette, but it was a staple in the Catucci casa when I was a kid. We had this great big burner, and we’d take some cheese, put it on these little trays, and stick ‘em on top until it was all gooey, melty goodness. Well, this place does it a bit differently; they take a big block of cheese, put it in a broiler, and then scrape off a nice, melty chunk of it on top of yer taters. I’m not sure if that’s the traditional way, but it’s sure pretty tasty!

So, you’ve got a nice, rich sharpness from the cheese, which is just ooey-gooey-yabba-dabba-dooey. The potatoes are cooked perfectly; nice and warm, but not too mushy. And there is definitely a hint of garlic in there—I’ve still got garlic breath as I type this!

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Now, on to the salad. I’m really not a kale freak, but hey, it comes with the meal, so I’ll take it. And hey, as far as veggies go, this is pretty good stuff. You’ve got a nice crunch, with some dried apricots and beets, and just a little kick from the vinaigrette. But the Gerkin pickles are what makes it. You gotta have Gerkins with raclette, bro. All that’s missing are the pickled onions!

Now, you can actually kick this dish up another notch by adding a honey-smoked sausage for like three bucks. I don’t normally say no to sausage, but this time, my piehole’s completely stuffed already, dude!