A national sport for some, a rite of passage—or just a necessity—for others, Quebec’s July 1st moveathon is undoubtedly the busiest day of the year for many pizzerias. And that’s understandable.
For the background, May 1 was moving day in Quebec, up to 1975. When the Régie du logement was created that same year, leases were extended to June 30. Ever since, July 1, Canada Day, has been witness to a significant cultural phenomenon.
Pizza = a vegetable?!
When you think about it, pizza’s not really so bad. In 2011, the U.S. congress declared that pizza was… a vegetable! The sauce found on a pizza slice is considered one serving of a vegetable. If that’s what the Americans say, it must be true. To put it another way: you should never feel guilty about eating pizza, especially after expending so much energy.
Some opt for frozen but not without first checking that the oven in the new place is working. A few are even known to toss on fresh ingredients (Parmesan, arugula, prosciutto, tomatoes, etc.) to add interest and flavour.
Diehards will, of course, make their own, fatigue and heat notwithstanding. Pitas, tortillas even naan bread can replace store-bought dough. Offer a variety of toppings (sundried tomatoes, onions, bacon strips, etc.) and several types of cheese (goat milk, Mozzarella, Gorgonzola, etc.) to please all who helped during the day.
Don’t forget the suds!
Because breaking for a “cold one” is a moving day tradition, think local and go for the Bas de Laine light ale. Delicate and subtly fruity, this blond beer is more than satisfying after going up and down the stairs all day. For fans of white beers, try the Bittt à Tibi Kristall Witte. A refreshing brew with accents of banana and citrus. The more nostalgic can turn to Molson Laurentide, a cool blond that tastes like home. Freshness guaranteed!