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(PR Newswire)   Swiss-style chicken franchise named best food in Canada. Actual quote: "We're sorry"   (prnewswire.com) divider line 37
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2013-12-16 08:06:12 AM  
You didn't actually read the article, did you subby?

Swiss Chalet actually campaigned for their sauce too.

And for those who don't be knowing, This Hour Has 22 Minutes is a "satirical news show", which was funnier during the Rick Mercer era. (in my opinion)
 
2013-12-16 08:30:49 AM  
Another case for a sarcasm/satire font.

/but that sauce is awesome. Not icon awesome, but awesome.
 
2013-12-16 09:16:59 AM  
That sauce is watery tomato paste with salt and a dash of pepper. But if you want a close approx...


* 3 c -Water
* 1/4 c Tomato juice
* 1 Chicken bouillon cube
* 1 1/2 ts Paprika
* 1 ts Sugar, granulated
* 3/4 ts -Salt
* 1/4 ts Basil, dried
* 1/4 ts Parsley
* 1/4 ts Poultry seasoning
* 1/4 ts Thyme
* 1/4 ts Ginger, ground
* 1/4 ts Dry mustard
* 1/4 ts Onion powder
* 1 Bay leaf
* 3/4 ts Worcestershire sauce
* 6 dr Tabasco sauce
* 2 ts Lemon juice
* 1 tb Cornstarch
* 1 tb -Water
* 1 tb Vegetable oil
 
2013-12-16 09:50:08 AM  
yuck.
 
2013-12-16 09:51:32 AM  
I am now horrified by the image of 2 Olympic-size swimming pools full of chalet sauce being ladled out one serving at a time. Doesn't seem at all sanitary.
 
2013-12-16 10:10:54 AM  
I didn't see these when I spent a couple months working in Quebec earlier this year, but I thought St. Hubert's rotisserie chicken was really tasty. I liked their food as much as I hate KFC's (or PFK if you're up there...)

On the other hand I thought the Canadian Olive Garden knockoff Trattoria Mike's was pretty horrible.
 
2013-12-16 10:32:13 AM  
They weren't always exclusively Canadian.

When I was a kid there were a few Swiss Chalet franchise locations in Buffalo.  They all closed down several years ago though for some reason.

Buffalo was also the location of the first US Tim Hortons location way back in 1984.

Buffalo seems to be the place where Canadian chains like to dip their toes in the water of the American market to see if they want to jump in.
 
2013-12-16 10:37:00 AM  

Doc Daneeka: Buffalo seems to be the place where Canadian chains like to dip their toes in the water of the American market to see if they want to jump in.


I'm guessing it's because Buffalo typically has a ton of Canadians in it at any given time.  If they need to stop somewhere, they will do it at a place with which they are familiar.  Helps keep the franchise afloat to determine viability.
 
2013-12-16 10:43:50 AM  
As a Canadian, I kind of love that our biggest stereotype is that we're too nice to other people. Or that we apologize without really needing to apologize. If I don't hear someone properly, instead of saying "excuse me?" or "pardon me?" or "what????", I always say "sorry?". Just natural at this point.

I wonder what other countries actually think of that though. It's easy to make fun of us, but does anyone actually hate Canadians?
 
2013-12-16 11:14:00 AM  

homarjr: As a Canadian, I kind of love that our biggest stereotype is that we're too nice to other people. Or that we apologize without really needing to apologize. If I don't hear someone properly, instead of saying "excuse me?" or "pardon me?" or "what????", I always say "sorry?". Just natural at this point.

I wonder what other countries actually think of that though. It's easy to make fun of us, but does anyone actually hate Canadians?


Quebec?

I do miss home some days, don't miss shoveling snow though.
 
2013-12-16 11:26:55 AM  
Swiss Chalet is one of the better chains here. Great chicken, the ribs are really good and the price is crazy low for the food you get. BE WARNED: Seniors love that place, every other table has a couple silver heads.
 
2013-12-16 11:47:36 AM  

homarjr: As a Canadian, I kind of love that our biggest stereotype is that we're too nice to other people. Or that we apologize without really needing to apologize. If I don't hear someone properly, instead of saying "excuse me?" or "pardon me?" or "what????", I always say "sorry?". Just natural at this point.

I wonder what other countries actually think of that though. It's easy to make fun of us, but does anyone actually hate Canadians?


I like Canadians, but then i like all people until they give me a reason not to. I'm looking at you Belgians.
 
2013-12-16 12:08:37 PM  

I_Am_Weasel: You didn't actually read the article, did you subby?

Swiss Chalet actually campaigned for their sauce too.

And for those who don't be knowing, This Hour Has 22 Minutes is a "satirical news show", which was funnier during the Rick Mercer era. (in my opinion)


Well, my work here is done.

/American
//grew up with no cable in SE Michigan
///Loved THH22M

homarjr: As a Canadian, I kind of love that our biggest stereotype is that we're too nice to other people. Or that we apologize without really needing to apologize. If I don't hear someone properly, instead of saying "excuse me?" or "pardon me?" or "what????", I always say "sorry?". Just natural at this point.

I wonder what other countries actually think of that though. It's easy to make fun of us, but does anyone actually hate Canadians?


Speaking of, my favorite This Hour sketch ever was the Colin Macharie Apology to America.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84ErPZH8xRA

I quote "apologizing for things in a passive aggressive way that's really a thinly veiled criticism" quite often when explaining Canadians to new Michiganders.  But with love.

/"sorry we burned down your White House in the War of 1812.  I see you've rebuilt it!  It's very nice."
 
2013-12-16 12:25:01 PM  
Hey Canada.

If you go to a Swiss restaurant for the chicken, you're doing it wrong!!!

/raclette FTW
 
2013-12-16 12:45:41 PM  
Finally, something to keep Kraft Dinner on its toes
 
2013-12-16 12:58:18 PM  

phaseolus: I didn't see these when I spent a couple months working in Quebec earlier this year, but I thought St. Hubert's rotisserie chicken was really tasty. I liked their food as much as I hate KFC's (or PFK if you're up there...)

On the other hand I thought the Canadian Olive Garden knockoff Trattoria Mike's was pretty horrible.


Swiss Chalet is much tastier than St. Hubert's. I've never tried Trattoria Mike's, but it seems pretty pointless considering that we already have the Olive Garden here anyway.
 
2013-12-16 01:02:58 PM  

Doc Daneeka: They weren't always exclusively Canadian.

When I was a kid there were a few Swiss Chalet franchise locations in Buffalo.  They all closed down several years ago though for some reason.

Buffalo was also the location of the first US Tim Hortons location way back in 1984.

Buffalo seems to be the place where Canadian chains like to dip their toes in the water of the American market to see if they want to jump in.


Does Buffalo get Toronto TV and radio? Seems like they might as well be in Buffalo if there ads play there.

/ Detroit has Tim Horton's. Dunno if they have Swiss Chalet.
 
2013-12-16 01:06:09 PM  
Fionn MacCool's®, D'Arcy McGee's®, Paddy Flaherty's®.

When did Canada turn into Slough?
 
2013-12-16 01:13:00 PM  

SovietCanuckistan: Swiss Chalet is one of the better chains here. Great chicken, the ribs are really good and the price is crazy low for the food you get. BE WARNED: Seniors love that place, every other table has a couple silver heads.


Their chicken is good... their fries are absolutely horrible though. Always a soggy mess.
 
2013-12-16 01:16:08 PM  

miscreant: SovietCanuckistan: Swiss Chalet is one of the better chains here. Great chicken, the ribs are really good and the price is crazy low for the food you get. BE WARNED: Seniors love that place, every other table has a couple silver heads.

Their chicken is good... their fries are absolutely horrible though. Always a soggy mess.


Fries?  Fries ain't Swiss.  They do sliced boiled or steamed potatoes.

From what I've learned, Olive Garden is more authentically Italian than this place is Swiss.
 
2013-12-16 01:24:55 PM  

FrancoFile: From what I've learned, Olive Garden is more authentically Italian than this place is Swiss.


This headline is the first time I have ever heard Swiss Chalet called "Swiss style". It's just a name.
 
2013-12-16 01:26:18 PM  

jaytkay: Does Buffalo get Toronto TV and radio? Seems like they might as well be in Buffalo if there ads play there.


CBC is on the local cable systems.

Over rabbit-ear antenna, I used to be able to pick up CBC broadcasts out of Toronto.  And on clear nights, when conditions were right, I could also pick up RDS.
 
2013-12-16 01:54:17 PM  

Doc Daneeka: Buffalo seems to be the place where Canadian chains like to dip their toes in the water of the American market to see if they want to jump in


That sounds logical, being in a place near the border, but no one in Buffalo wants to be in Buffalo. I'd suggest Minneapolis or Las Vegas.
 
2013-12-16 02:02:06 PM  

Doc Daneeka: They weren't always exclusively Canadian.

When I was a kid there were a few Swiss Chalet franchise locations in Buffalo.  They all closed down several years ago though for some reason.

Buffalo was also the location of the first US Tim Hortons location way back in 1984.

Buffalo seems to be the place where Canadian chains like to dip their toes in the water of the American market to see if they want to jump in.


Tim Hortons began in Hamilton, Ontario, so Buffalo was basically jut down the highway from their flagship Hort (the QEW highway to the Rainbow Bridge in Niagara Falls).
 
2013-12-16 02:03:20 PM  

gopher321: That sauce is watery tomato paste with salt and a dash of pepper. But if you want a close approx...


* 3 c -Water
* 1/4 c Tomato juice
* 1 Chicken bouillon cube
* 1 1/2 ts Paprika
* 1 ts Sugar, granulated
* 3/4 ts -Salt
* 1/4 ts Basil, dried
* 1/4 ts Parsley
* 1/4 ts Poultry seasoning
* 1/4 ts Thyme
* 1/4 ts Ginger, ground
* 1/4 ts Dry mustard
* 1/4 ts Onion powder
* 1 Bay leaf
* 3/4 ts Worcestershire sauce
* 6 dr Tabasco sauce
* 2 ts Lemon juice
* 1 tb Cornstarch
* 1 tb -Water
* 1 tb Vegetable oil


What if my teaspoons are different than yours, won't it come out wrong?

/learn to use farking metric.
 
2013-12-16 02:04:17 PM  
I also remember a US outlet, but in the mid-west. I enjoyed it but as a college student paying his way through, didn't get there as much as I wanted. I did love their live feed of roasting chickens that was on the web and apparently Rogers cable in Canada.

At the same time in that same area Purina (the dog and cat and farm animal feed people) also had a concept place called Sgt. Preston's. Pel-freeze rabbits also was testing out a fast food rabbit place when they were a rabbit producer, rather then the biomed place they are today.
 
2013-12-16 02:05:17 PM  

Bennie Crabtree: Doc Daneeka: They weren't always exclusively Canadian.

When I was a kid there were a few Swiss Chalet franchise locations in Buffalo.  They all closed down several years ago though for some reason.

Buffalo was also the location of the first US Tim Hortons location way back in 1984.

Buffalo seems to be the place where Canadian chains like to dip their toes in the water of the American market to see if they want to jump in.

Tim Hortons began in Hamilton, Ontario, so Buffalo was basically jut down the highway from their flagship Hort (the QEW highway to the Rainbow Bridge in Niagara Falls).


Plus Tim Horton himself played the last years of his career (and famously died) as a Sabre, so his name was well-known to the local public.
 
2013-12-16 02:06:45 PM  
It's easy enough to find polls on what the world thinks of Canadians. I think MacLean's magazine does one every year for Canada Day along with their annoyingly smug list of reasons why we are so great.

Some of those reasons are pretty damn feeble. I wish they'd give it up.

When asked which country would have a beneficial effect on the world in coming years, Canada scored 82%. Germany came in at 78%. Provided they refrain from invading Poland again. The US scored 63%.

Iran and Israel were last and next to last among the countries mentioned.

Few countries have any deep animus against Canada (except as tag-along little brother to the USA or the UK). Some of the Caribbean countries complain about Canadian banks, which have a strong presence in the Caribbean island nations, and we have some strong diplomatic words with Brazil over trade issues, Iran, etc., but on the whole people regard us as nice or harmless or both. Other points of possible criticism or contention are our resource companies overseas (especially mining companies), the seal hunt, the ownership of the North Pole and other grievances of a generally local nature.

Most of Canada's enemies are one-issue johnnies.
 
2013-12-16 02:15:21 PM  
Brantgoose
There actually was a suggestion from the US state department for one country I had to travel to that I make mention that I was Canadian, rather than let it loose I was from the US. I was told that (years ago) there was a substantial market for counterfeit Canadian passports for Americans, but I have no direct evidence.
 
2013-12-16 02:22:58 PM  

homarjr: As a Canadian, I kind of love that our biggest stereotype is that we're too nice to other people. Or that we apologize without really needing to apologize. If I don't hear someone properly, instead of saying "excuse me?" or "pardon me?" or "what????", I always say "sorry?". Just natural at this point.

I wonder what other countries actually think of that though. It's easy to make fun of us, but does anyone actually hate Canadians?


Sorry, but you can never be forgiven for Celine Dion.
 
2013-12-16 02:24:23 PM  
To go with the Quebec response up above, my second favorite joke.
A Newfie, a man from Toronto and a man from Quebec were walking a beach and found a genie bottle when released, the genie granted each a with. The Newfie says that for generations his family has fished, but that the catches are getting smaller due to overfishing. His wish is that the oceans teem with fish forever. The man from Quebec goes on a rant about how awful the rest of Canada is, how they do not respect the great culture of Quebec, and requests a 60 foot tall cement wall separating Quebec to that everyone when deprived of Quebec understands how great they are. The genie turns to to man from Toronto. "That 60 foot wall, is it solid?" "Yes" "nobody can get in our out?" "Correct". "My wish is that you fill it to the brim with water".
 
2013-12-16 02:59:14 PM  

miscreant: SovietCanuckistan: Swiss Chalet is one of the better chains here. Great chicken, the ribs are really good and the price is crazy low for the food you get. BE WARNED: Seniors love that place, every other table has a couple silver heads.

Their chicken is good... their fries are absolutely horrible though. Always a soggy mess.


Yeah, they really look like poutine without the gravy and cheese. A hot, soggy mess.
 
2013-12-16 04:26:38 PM  
What is Swiss-style chicken?

Neutral-flavored?
 
2013-12-16 06:17:01 PM  

Tax Boy: What is Swiss-style chicken?

Neutral-flavored?


No idea, but the chicken at Swiss Chalet is done in big rotisserie machines, for a while last year, one of the cable channels (the one with a fire in a fireplace for the holidays), had the rotisserie chicken spinning endlessly...
 
2013-12-16 08:37:10 PM  
Damn, this story is making me hungry.  I love their chicken, we used to have it all the time when I was a kid in Western NY, until they all closed down.

I even worked at one for a little while.  Free food was so nice.

I'll have to try that sauce recipe.  I don't really have a way to rotisserie cook, but maybe I can just bake it or something.
 
2013-12-16 09:45:21 PM  
It's never touched a frying pan.
 
2013-12-17 12:43:03 PM  
The chicken and ribs there are very tasty. The service is generally excellent. The prices are reasonable. The sauce is an unholy abomination.
 
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