726 Winter Food for Skiing

Lisa talks about some food options when skiing near Montreal.

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Adrienne: So, what's your favorite thing to do in the winter?

Lisa: My favorite thing to do in the winter is probably to go skiing. As I said before, forty-five minutes from Montreal is a great ski resort called St. Sauveur. You go up there for the day, dressed warmly of course. Probably you leave your house around seven-thirty in the morning. Get up there by eight-thirty. Go skiing all day. And while you are going skiing you take breaks to go into the lodge where you get hot chocolate or poutine. So, many people don't know what poutine is. Let me explain. Poutine is french fries with cheese and gravy all mixed together so when it's cold outside and you're dying for something warm and maybe carb-heavy because you're doing so much exercise skiing, I allow myself a little poutine treat where I go into the lodge and, you know, get my poutine. Many people don't like it. Many people think it's kind of strange. Normally those people are people who aren't born in Quebec or aren't Canadian, but once you acquire the taste for poutine it's difficult not to order it.

Adrienne: Well, I really like sweets in the winter when I'm cold. For some reason I crave sweets, so is there anything that I would like to eat in the winter?

Lisa: Yes! Because of the French influence in Montreal there are great crepes so another popular thing to do for apres-ski, which is after skiing, is to go to a creperie where you get a big bowl of french onion soup dripping with cheese and for desert you'll have a crepe, you know, with chocolate in it or bananas. There is something to satisfy all tastes.

Adrienne: Sounds fantastic.

Lisa: It's wonderful.


Learn Vocabulary from the lesson

go up there

You go up there for the day, dressed warmly of course.

To 'go up there' means to travel to a place that is either north of where you live or at a higher altitude. We can also use this phrase when we are casual referring to a location that both the speaker and the listener are familiar with.

Notice the following:

  1. I would like to go up there shopping one day.
  2. If you go up there, make sure you mention my name, as you might get a discount.

take breaks

While you are skiing you take breaks to go into the lodge.

To 'take breaks' means that you stop the main activity that you are doing to give yourself time to recuperate.

Notice the following:

  1. I need to make sure that I take lots of breaks when I use my computer.
  2. I like to take lots of breaks at the weekends.

dying for

Poutine is great when it's cold outside and you're dying for something warm.

When you are 'dying for' something, it means that you are desperate for it or really want it.

Notice the following:

  1. I am dying for a cup of coffee.
  2. She was dying for a sit down.


I allow myself a little poutine treat when I get into the lodge.

A 'treat' is something that is considered to be a special luxury, maybe because it is expensive or because it is not good for you.

Notice the following:

  1. Sweets and chocolates are my favourite treats.
  2. If the dog obeys me, I will give him a treat.

dripping with

Another popular thing is to go to a creperie where you get a big bowl of French onion soup dripping with cheese.

If a bowl of soup is 'dripping with' cheese, it means there is a lot of melted cheese on the soup, so much that it is actually falling out the side of the bowl.

Notice the following:

  1. The lady was dripping with perfume.
  2. The meat was dripping with sauce.
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Vocabulary Challenge

Complete the sentences with the words below.
go up there • breaks • dying
treat • dripping
  1. Do you have some cold water? I am for something to drink.
  2. This bread is just with butter. It's delicious.
  3. I didn't stop at the bank today, but I will right away tomorrow.
  4. He always has a little after dinner.
  5. It's really hot outside today, so make sure to take to cool down and drink some water.