Originally Posted by isaidso
I just learned this the other day, apparently that name came about due to anti-German sentiment during WW1. "Hamburger" sounded too German, so Winnipeggers started calling them "nips" instead (which is funny when you think of the players in WW2...). It was a generic term applied to all hamburgers until Salisbury House began using the name for all of their burgers. I was shocked that it took me nearly 40 years to learn this after living in Winnipeg for nearly 30 - I had to learn this from a history book about Alberta, of all places. And so far, every single 'pegger that I ask is unaware of this. So much for our cultural identities being well known.
Poutine is at this point much more than a Quebec thing. It's something recognized country-wide as a uniquely "Canadian" food, and internationally a lot of people are aware of this too. It's become routine for me to take international visitors for poutine - and most of them have heard about it before coming here, it's one of the first "Canadian" things they want to do.
I figure if Banff ever opened a poutinerie, they'd make millions.