I don't quite get the charm of poutine. French fries topped with cheese curds and brown gravy, it has a passionate following in Quebec, where it originated -- and where I first tried it. Now it's sold by fast food chains like Burger King and KFC across Canada, and by gourmet restaurants that try to dress it up with add-ons like lobster or truffles. So I suppose it should be no surprise that poutine showed up as a menu special on the food truck that parked outside the Miami Herald today. No one ordered it while I was in line, but the cashier said it's very popular when the truck parks at Young Circle in Hollywood, parts of which could be called Little Quebec in winter and early spring. Maybe I'll give poutine another shot on my next trip to Montreal. Can all those Quebecois be wrong?
I never made it out of San Juan on my trip to Puerto Rico, but I’d love to go back and see more. Now, Budget Travel magazine has come up with a route for me: a road trip on La Ruta Panorámica, or scenic highway, from Mayagúez to San Juan. Check it out here.