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group opinion of Le Bremner

Question regarding the less raucous part. Does Le Bremner have a liquor license similar to Garde Manger's? In other words does it turn into a club with a DJ after food service stops, or is it a more like a regular restaurant?

Jan 10, 2012
rcianci in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

if not Au Pied de Cochon, what? or is it a must? (for a tourist)

I know. It's difficult to tell Hughe(s) is Hugue. (Sorry, couldn't resist.) :-)

Mar 05, 2011
rcianci in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

if not Au Pied de Cochon, what? or is it a must? (for a tourist)

I know who Chuck Hughes is. We get his show here in the States. Was addressing my remarks to PopiYYZ who is talking about dining at APDC when the famous chefs are not in the house.

Mar 04, 2011
rcianci in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

if not Au Pied de Cochon, what? or is it a must? (for a tourist)

Hugue Dufour hasn't worked at PDC in a good while. He and his wife run a restaurant, M. Wells, in Long Island City, NY.

Mar 04, 2011
rcianci in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Festival Montreal en Lumiere 2011

Perhaps it's no longer listed because it no longer fits the Festival theme. Anyway, thanks much. I'll try the phone route.

Jan 12, 2011
rcianci in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Festival Montreal en Lumiere 2011

Is the Cosentino dinner still happening? I can find no reference to it anywhere on the festival site nor on DNA's website.

Jan 11, 2011
rcianci in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Smoking Bishop (Mulled Red Wine with Port)

Please re-read the first sentence. Smoking Bishop was popular in the 18th century (true), and it is mentioned in A Christmas Carol (also true). Nowhere is it claimed that A Christmas Carol was written in the 18th century.

/uber-pedantry

Nov 20, 2010
rcianci in Recipes

Pied De Cochon booked for 2010?

I'm guessing you clicked on the link for their Sugar Shack (http://cabaneasucreaupieddecochon.com...), which is not the same animal as the restaurant on Duluth. There, you should be able to book a table if you call anytime from now to up to two weeks prior to the date of your party. I don't know how many people are in your group, but given you want a Friday, I would call sooner rather than later.

Sep 12, 2010
rcianci in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

fish & chips?

Did you get the cold lobster roll with mayonnaise or the hot one with melted butter?

Sep 12, 2010
rcianci in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Meena's Kitchen in Nashua

I am absolutely thrilled to hear that Mina's is catching on with the locals. I ate there, twice, several months ago and thought the food fantastic, but I was disheartened that both times I visited, I could park directly in front of the restaurant, and that I was one of only seven people dining. Glad to hear the dining room is full. They deserve success.

Aug 28, 2010
rcianci in Northern New England

Bluebird Tavern, VT gastropub

Enjoy VPB. I'll stick to Bluebird, where the service is friendly and helpful, the food fairly priced for what it is, and from where I've never walked away in any state but stuffed and happy.

You also might want to check out the Farmhouse restaurant in downtown Burlington. They are the place with the big beer list.

Aug 22, 2010
rcianci in Northern New England

Bluebird Tavern, VT gastropub

Had a great, if very large, meal at Bluebird tonight. Started with Hood Canal oysters, followed by Smoked Gazpacho with Octopus, then Corn pudding with Poached Egg, Wild Mushrooms and freshly fried Potato Chips, then Ricotta Gnudi, then Sea Bass with Corn Chowder and Countneck Clams. Finished with a cheese plate. Washed it all down with a La Cana Albariño. As far as I'm concerned, this is the most interesting restaurant in Vermont right now. I will be back again and again and again.

Aug 21, 2010
rcianci in Northern New England

Foie Gras in Burlington, Vt. ?

I eat at Bluebird frequently enough to know there is no foie on their menu. Agree about the impressive charcuterie, though. I don't believe Farmhouse has foie either, but that is based on hearsay, not direct experience. I don't think you are likely to find it at either place. Both have a fairly intense local focus and, AFAIK, there is no foie production in Vermont.

Jul 23, 2010
rcianci in Northern New England

Foie Gras in Burlington, Vt. ?

Good to know, imzchef. I love foie. Thanks.

Jul 22, 2010
rcianci in Northern New England

Burlington Question

Bluebird Tavern has become my "go to" place in the last few months. I urge you to try it. If you are cool with the small plates concept (some of them are not so small), I think you will have a good time. The people are very friendly, the kitchen is very talented, the mixed drinks creative, and the wine list interesting.

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Bluebird Tavern
Burlington, VT, Burlington, VT

Jul 22, 2010
rcianci in Northern New England

Foie Gras in Burlington, Vt. ?

I fear you must extend you gluttony tour to include Montreal if you want foie gras.

Jul 21, 2010
rcianci in Northern New England

Any Dep selling American Microbrews?

If you are willing to drive 45 minutes further south for a "historical brew", Hunger Mountain Coop in Montpelier carries Sah'tea. I would check in Burlington first though. If Hunger Mountain has it, likely City Market does too.

Jul 20, 2010
rcianci in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

1st time to Montreal - cheap good eats?

Plus much of the food is super rich and comes in portions designed to cripple or kill the average human being. The prices at PDC do not seem so unreasonable once you realize there is enough food on the plate to feed 2 or 3 (or sometimes even 4 people). I say to the OP, go, order a couple of bar snacks and plan to share a main.

Jul 18, 2010
rcianci in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Three Days (I Promise I've Done My Homework)

I believe you and I certainly look forward to trying Mas Cuisine next time I visit, but when I look at the OP's situation in terms of comfort and convenience as well as cuisine, my advice would still be A5P.

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Mas Cuisine
3779 Rue Wellington, Verdun, QC H4G, CA

Jul 13, 2010
rcianci in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Three Days (I Promise I've Done My Homework)

I would have stuck with Au Cinquième Pêché. I had a superb meal there last Spring, with much more interesting ingredients and better execution than the meal I had at Laloux last night.

But how does it stack up against Mas Cuisine? To be candid, I have not yet eaten at Mas Cuisine. However I used to eat Chef Michael Ross's cooking when he was at Brunoise and here's what I remember of it: almost nothing. Aside from the Panna Cottta, nothing sticks in my mind. This is unusual for me as I tend to remember every detail of an excellent meal.

I fear you are going a long ways out of your way for a well prepared, reasonably priced but ultimately uninteresting dinner when you could have a much more exciting one closer to home base. Plus it's easy to find a good bar for pre-dinner drinks on Mont-Royal Ave.

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Mas Cuisine
3779 Rue Wellington, Verdun, QC H4G, CA

Au Cinquieme Peche
4475 St-Denis, Montreal, QC H2J 2K8, CA

Jul 12, 2010
rcianci in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Burlington (or surrounds) dinner out - without the kids!

Bluebird Tavern has become my new Burlington favorite. Very creative cocktail list. Interesting "farm to table" menu. They buy the best local produce and whole animals and break them down themselves. They make their own sausages, pâtés, pickles, preserves, yogurt, ice creams. I never fail to have a great meal and a great time when I'm there.

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Bluebird Tavern
Burlington, VT, Burlington, VT

Jun 19, 2010
rcianci in Northern New England

Passing of Mila Oh (aka moh)

I am sad to hear this. My deepest condolences to her family. She was one of the people who made Chowhound great. A fine writer, her posts were full of her warmth and good humor. She will be missed.

May 27, 2010
rcianci in Site Talk

Laloux must be the most reviewed restaurant in town!!!

That's probably because it has the most frequent chef turnover of any restaurant in Montreal. They should change the name. How do you say "Revolving Door" in French? Seriously though, as a fan of the late, lamented Anise, I hope Chef Gabrielse sticks around for a while. At least until I try his cooking. ;-)

Apr 15, 2010
rcianci in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Guidance needed for a group of chefs/sommeliers

Strongly agree. A Wine Spectator award can simply be bought.

http://www.drvino.com/2008/08/19/fict...

Apr 09, 2010
rcianci in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Need suggestions for upcoming summer MTL trip!

I ate there last week, twice, and found the food to be as good as ever. The service however, while good in many respects, was marred by repeated attempts to "up sell" me ("our maple syrup", "our special olive oil"); blatant attempts to cash in on Picard's celebrity. I've been going to PDC since 2003, but this was the first time I felt treated like a tourist and a rube. Disappointing. But if you don't mind that it's become a bit of a tourist place, I'm sure you'd find the food satisfying and unique.

Mar 24, 2010
rcianci in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Need suggestions for upcoming summer MTL trip!

Ditto on La Montée

Au Cinquième Péché
http://www.aucinquiemepeche.com/

Newtown
http://lenewtown.com/

Le Club Chasse et Pêche
http://www.leclubchasseetpeche.com/?l...

Mar 24, 2010
rcianci in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Best Desserts at Au Pied de Cochon?

The best daily special dessert I ever had at PDC was a goat cheese tart encased in an AMAZING pastry and topped with fresh raspberries. All the elements of that tart just sang together. This was last fall though; I doubt they have it now. My favorite regular dessert is the churros (and the accompanying coffee and booze). (But, I just re-read your last post and this is no help to you either. Sorry.) The cheesecake with the super buttery crust is also very good, though heavy. (With my first bite, I thought "Damn, there's too much crust". With my last bite, I thought "Damn, there's not enough crust".) The lemon tart is good. It has a swiss meringue topping (I think), giving it a slightly candy-like texture. This was a favorite of my wife's.

Mar 16, 2010
rcianci in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

2 Cabanes à Sucre (long)

Thank you so much for your detailed report and your "outsider" impressions so that this outsider could experience it through you.

Mar 15, 2010
rcianci in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

salad bars

My guess would be surimi. Inexpensive fish, finely ground, mixed with starch, sugar, salt, and scallop flavor, then steamed. I hear they bounce.

Mar 12, 2010
rcianci in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Looking for good eats this Saturday

Au Pied de Cochon is not a traditional French Restaurant. It is more like classic French Bistro meets upscale, gluttonous fantasy of French Canadian White Trash cooking. Saturday, it will be packed to the rafters, noisy, and almost impossible to get into without a reservation unless you want to eat at, oh say, 11:30 PM.

Mar 10, 2010
rcianci in Quebec (inc. Montreal)