Montreal is definitely not the city you want to be in if you're on a diet.
We like our food to be big, extravagant and packed full of calories.
How else are we supposed to survive the winter? We need to build reserves.
And one of the worst things that could ever happen to Montreal restaurants would be to force them to write the nutritional facts to every item on their menu.
Could you imagine eating at Au Pied de Cochon and being confronted with the reality of knowing exactly how fattening that Foie Gras Poutine is?
I don't want to imagine that kind of hell.
Well it may be awhile before this kind of rules takes effect in Quebec, but in the meantime it's already happening in Ontario.
Starting in 2017 every restaurant, fast food place, theater, market and convenience store that serves hot food must post the calorie count of every single menu item as long as they own 20 or more locations.
The info has to be directly on the menu and it must be written in a font as large as the price.
In the case of fast food restaurants, the calorie count must also appear on the drive through menu. Could you imagine how big those menus are going to have to be to fit all that info?
But that's not the crazy part.
The new rules also include water, ice cubes and condiments.
Yes, you read that right, they have to tell you how many calories are in ice cubes...
Even if I was on board with the plan so far, they just lost me.
Personally if I was on a diet, I would avoid fast food all together. I wouldn't go to McDonald expecting to eat something healthy.
But in any case, the new rules go into effect in Ontario January 1, 2017.
Hopefully no one will be crazy enough to try to do the same thing in Quebec.