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Black truffle: what are you favourite uses & recipes?

We brought back some fresh/preserved black truffles last year from Italy and I'm embarrassed to say we still haven't cracked the seal! I would love to hear how you like your truffles, anything goes - from simple to complex ideas! Thanks in advance :)

Nov 09, 2014
immaterialgirl in Home Cooking

Fresh black truffles: What are your favorite recipes?

We brought back some fresh black truffles last year from Italy and I'm embarrassed to say we still haven't cracked the seal! I would love to hear how you like your truffles, anything goes - from simple to complex ideas! Thanks in advance :)

Nov 08, 2014
immaterialgirl in Home Cooking

New Yorker looking for quintessential Montreal cheap eats 2014

Yes to both.
I was hastily typing away on a smartphone... My autocorrect is messed up.
But I spelled "Ma Poule Mouillée" right, no?

New Yorker looking for quintessential Montreal cheap eats 2014

I just want to interject that while Ramados is a Montreal institution of sorts, "Ma Poule Mouillée"(founded by a former long time Ramados employee) gets my vote for Portuegeuse chicken. YUMMY.

Where do you get your grass fed organic meat ?

Oooo, never seen this place - thanks for that!

Grass Fed Dairy Products Montreal

I know someone said they corresponded with them and got confirmation but it is on their site (perhaps added since this post) under La ferme: "Le troupeau est mit à l’herbe fraîche une bonne partie de l’année et est rentré à l’étable durant l’hiver." :)

Where can i find Ginger Beer

Great thread!

We found some interesting bottles at Latina in Mile End...

Raw Chicken Wings in bulk

At Segal's you can get a frozen bag of organic chicken wings for maybe 4.99/ 1 kl?

Grass Fed Dairy Products Montreal

Still looking for pastured eggs?

I just found what I'm hoping will be a great resource!

Mórrígan Farms:
https://www.facebook.com/morriganfarm...
http://morriganfarms.blogspot.ca/?m=1

It would seem that they come to Montreal every few weeks - I just signed up to their notification list!
$6.50 a dozen, can't wait to try them!

Paleo eaters?

Still looking for pastured eggs?

I just found what I'm hoping will be a great resource!

Mórrígan Farms:
https://www.facebook.com/morriganfarm...
http://morriganfarms.blogspot.ca/?m=1

It would seem that they come to Montreal every few weeks - I just signed up to their notification list!
$6.50 a dozen, can't wait to try them!

Finding Farm-Fresh Eggs

Just found what I'm hoping will be a great resource!

Mórrígan Farms:
https://www.facebook.com/morriganfarm...
http://morriganfarms.blogspot.ca/?m=1

It would seem that they come to Montreal every few weeks - I just signed up to their notification list!
$6.50 a dozen, can't wait to try them!

Free range eggs anyone?

Just found what I'm hoping will be a great resource!

Mórrígan Farms:
https://www.facebook.com/morriganfarm...
http://morriganfarms.blogspot.ca/?m=1

It would seem that they come to Montreal every few weeks - I just signed up to their notification list!
$6.50 a dozen, can't wait to try them!

Decent bread/country loaves/baguette in Charlottetown/PEI?

Thanks CanadaGirl,
I forgot to mention it but that's usually where we buy our bread once we've exhausted our "stash"! Their baguettes are okay but their bread in general still leaves a bit to be desired.
I'd love to try something local if I get a suggestion... Anyone?

Decent bread/country loaves/baguette in Charlottetown/PEI?

My family's had a cottage in lovely rural PEI for nearly 30 years and we've been enjoying the province for even longer making the trip from Montreal to PEI nearly every summer. In that time we've seen the food and drink amenities expand greatly and we can now make a biweekly trip into Charlottetown and find nearly all of our grocery needs!
However, we can be quite picky when it comes to bread as we are very spoiled here in Montreal with numerous upscale (mainly French style) bakeries. Because we've had disappointments in the past we often bring a stash of our favourites with us and keep them in the freezer, but I figure that there must be some hidden gems out there that we have not yet discovered, no? Does anyone know of a bakery with grainy crusty country loaves or lovely traditional baguettes? I used to live in Halifax an so I know these places can be found outside of Montreal :P (I loved and even work at Juliien's bakery) so we'd love to give some guidance for giving local bread another chance!

Real Beijing Duck / Peking Duck - best place in Montreal?

I finally tried the peking duck at Pekin Garden not too long ago - worst I ever had!
Barely edible, way too dry...
Had I not been with a group and not wanted to make a fuss I would've surely complained.

Babbo Montreal

Slow reply, but I went last winter with a group of about 8 and rather enjoyed my experience there.

I was delighted to walk in to find rows of Stark Louis Ghost chairs and stylish modern decor... The particulars of said decor, may not have been finished in the details as I might have liked but it was dark and I tried not to look too closely and focus on the food.

I have to say that like it when a menu is short but sweet with a concise selection and theirs had a perfect amount of choice; about six starters, eight or nine plats principales and something like three deserts. What'd you'd hope to find in a small restaurant sticking to their best dishes and keeping them fresh!

I had a salmon a tartare for an entrée which was a little lacklustre, fresh, nicely presented but with too much onion and nothing much else. I would have liked to see it dressed with some sort of citrus emulsion or at the very least a little lemon juice. My partner's Antipasti plate however was to die for! Generous portions of three kinds of charcuterie, two nice mounds of salad and some balsamic reduction drizzled over top – I had to steal a taste. A friend enjoyed the millefeuille mentioned in the Voir review, had me regretting my choice of tartare and wishing I'd tried it as well.

I have to admit that I don't go out often for Italian, mainly because those experience I've had in Montreal have been far from pleasing but Babbo's was a welcome treat...

Old Montreal breakfast

Ooooooh l'Arrivage - I went to a wedding reception there recently and the food (and view) was fantastic - great brunch suggestion! Might give it a try this weekend...

Real Beijing Duck / Peking Duck - best place in Montreal?

I have since has what I was told was more authentic style Peking Duck at Jing Hua (8050 Boulevard Taschereau) but if you want the lettuce wrap you need to ask specifically I think...
mmmmmmmmmm!

Chinese restaurant : south shore of Montreal ?

Jing Hua has fantastic Dim Sum as well as does a wonderful Peking duck meal.
+++ Highly recommended!

Babbo Montreal

Going tonight with a large group... will report back ;)

Vietnamese Subs

That place is wonderful although I find the service has been slipping in the past year... Food still as yummy and decently priced as always though.

AND - Just so you know it's Ba-Le, not Baile

http://maps.google.ca/maps?f=q&so...

Real Beijing Duck / Peking Duck - best place in Montreal?

I'd like to add my vote for Mon Nan! How I dream of that crispy duck skin wrapped in those thin yummy pancakes... but I haven't really been able to find it anywhere else!
Anyone know where to get some to-die-for Moo Shu?

Vents du Sud

FYI: Vent du Sud which was a beloved neighbourhood restaurant changed owners last summer.
Although I haven't been back myself I've heard that the new owners have kept the same look, concept and menu. This change of ownership may account for the change in quality/service. BUT they might be worth another chance! They might just need some time to settle in, right? ; )

If you like an alternative to try some Basque themed food, I'd suggest Pintxo just down the street westward on Roy.

Suggestions for Mont Tremblant in the summer?

Went to Bistrot Les Copains D'Abord this weekend and I could barely have been more disappointed!!!

We ordered "a la carte" hoping to find some gems, but the off-menu "special" duck confit & mango spring roll starter recommended by the waiter/sommelier tasted so much like fridge that myself and my companion had a sneaking suspicion that they were recommended only because they were trying to get rid of them so they wouldn't go to waste (they really should have gone in the garbage...). The foie gras poelé was bland and burnt rather than nicely browned, and the anise & ginger sauce that accompanied it was an odd flavour combo that didn't really work... As for our main dishes - my steak tartar was decent but the fries that came with it were uninspired and reminded me of a mediocre McDonald's fry. My companion's grilled duck breast was cooked appropriately, but consisted of more fat than meat and both of us had salads contained some "off" tomatoes which need to cautiously be avoided! As for desert we didn't stick around to find out! At a price tag of $120 w/4 glasses of wine (plus tip) and we couldn't get out of there fast enough really...

I really wish we'd have chosen Le Cheval Jade instead (just down the road), because Bistrot Les Copains D'Abord was mediocre at best and really not worth any praise on this message board. The only thing good was the wine, which brings me to:

...one last note: our waiter/sommelier who I suppose may have been the owner, either that or he fancied himself the "face" of the business, really needs to work on his customer service skills! He was pushy and arrogant and fancied himself as way more "smooth" than he actually was...

Best almond croissants?

I'm don't eat a lot of almond croissants because I find them too sweet, but Paltoquet (1464 Avenue Van Horne) have the tastiest ones I've ever experienced and their plain butter croissants are to die for. Honestly!!! Mmm...

Hidden gems around Guy/Concordia

Plus at Kanto Sushi it's all made fresh to order, the prices are really decent and they give you a nice little salad with each order.
It's great - I go there pretty much once a week! Highly recommended and worth the wait!

Sunday Lunch Suggestions - something NEW?

Café Melies and Réservoir (both centrally located in the Plateau) are great brunch/lunch options...

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