The Canadian Burger

I know most people don’t consider a burger to be strange.  I don’t think I’ve seen one on Andrew Zimmern’s Bizarre  Foods show.  I don’t actually think a burger is strange either, and I didn’t think twice about ordering one in Canada, even though one might consider it an “American food”.  However, the experience can be a bit strange when you try to order one in Canada.

The first one or two that I ordered, I asked for the burger to be “medium rare” as I always do.  They came out nowhere close to medium rare.  I know Canadians like hockey but I can’t understand trying to turn my burger into a hockey puck.  Because I wasn’t eating in very nice places and was hungry, I didn’t complain.  I ate my horribly overdone burgers and moved on with my life.

My third burger order (it was actually a Buffalo burger) went a little like this.

Bartender: Would you like something to eat, eh?

Me: Yes I’ll have the Buffalo Burger, medium rare please.

Bartender: Ha! No.

Me: Huh?

Bartender: The burger has to be cooked all the way through, eh.

Me: I’m not asking for anything crazy here.

Bartender: You must be from the states eh.

Me: Ya

Bartender: It’s illegal to cook a burger or any game medium rare, eh.  Food safety, eh.

Me: You’ve got to be kidding.

Bartender: No…eh

I’m not accustomed to the law telling me how I can cook a burger or anything else for that matter.  Many restaurants in the states won’t cook it less than medium well because they fear law suits, but that is a choice they make.  I can choose to eat there or go somewhere that is confident in the freshness of their ingredients and get it how I want it.

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