I had my first poutine near Joliette, Quebec, at an outdoor patates frites wagon in 1979! I hated it! Cheese curd is not one of my favorite things. Gravy is an old staple for French fries or frites as they are known here. Anyway, things have changed in the past 34 years and now Quebec is attributed with the origin of this "gourmet" dish. I still don't like it. Now you can get multiple variations across the country including fries and spaghetti sauce and mozzarella cheese called "poutinni"! One of my friends in gliding called poutine "la mort lente" (slow death)!!! It is easy enough to gain 100 pounds without eating this stuff!