Obama gets a taste of Canada
- February 19, 2009 2:58 PM |
- By Amber Hildebrandt
by Amber Hildebrandt, CBCNews.ca
A trip to Canada's capital wouldn't be complete without a bit of maple, and it appears U.S. President Barack Obama wasn't one to miss out on the specialty during Thursday's visit.
In a surprise stop at the historic Byward Market, Obama made sure to pick up some maple leaf-shaped cookies for his daughters. He tried to pay for the treat, but the store owner refused his money.
It was also reported he was seen carrying a box from a nearby BeaverTail vendor, though no one knows for sure if he sampled the popular local deep-fried pastry. While BeaverTails are typically sprinkled in cinnamon and sugar, the company has created a special Obama Tail with a chocolate and maple syrup "O."
Earlier in the day, Obama sat down for a healthier and more formal meal with Prime Minister Stephen Harper. It featured regional specialties from across the country. Here's what they ate for lunch:
- Pacific Coast tuna with a chilli and citrus vinaigrette
- Maple and miso-cured Nunavut Arctic char
- Lightly pickled vegetables and an organic beet relish
- Applewood-smoked Plains bison
- Winter root vegetables and local mushrooms
- Cauliflower and rosemary purée
- Juniper and Niagara red wine jus
- Saugeen yogurt pot de crème with a lemon and lavender syrup
- Wild blueberry and partridgeberry compote
- Acadian buckwheat honey and sumac tuile
Looks delicious, except for maybe the beets. Obama is widely reported to have an aversion to the root plant, though he's also known to give most foods a chance. So, who knows if he politely ate it or pushed it to the side of his plate.
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