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ISO a perfect Cabane à Sucre

We went there two years ago and thought it was great. My wife hated pea soup until she tried theirs. We went on a day when it wasn't crowded and everything was fresh and hot. We were thinking of going back this year. There weren't as many activities for the kids as in other places we've been to but the food was worth it for us.

Mar 22, 2011
PaulV in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Schweppes Lemonade

Don't know about Montreal, but you can get it in Ottawa. Expensive though!

May 12, 2010
PaulV in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Marmite [moved from Quebec board]

I was going to mention Twiglets. I don't like Marmite on toast, or any other way on its own, but I do like Twiglets. Too bad they're so expensive in Canada.

Feb 02, 2010
PaulV in General Topics

Best Pubs in Ottawa

The Manx Pub on Elgin St. is excellent and has very good food. It has a selection of microbrew and imports on tap. The only issue is that it can be very hard to get a table.

Across the river in Hull, there's a new brewpub called Brasseurs du Temps that I've heard good things about.

Feb 01, 2010
PaulV in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Driving the 401 - Toronto to Montreal

I'd agree with the recommendation of Auberge de France, especially for lunch (more practical as a rest stop on the way to Montreal - it probably deserves more time for dinner). I had a really nice lunch here in the summer. It also has a nice selection of imported items to purchase as well as local PE County cheese. It will be hard to leave without taking some souvenirs with you.

Dec 04, 2009
PaulV in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Native American Restaraunts - do they exist?

I believe the restaurant you're referring to (the second one) is Sweetgrass Bistro:

I haven't been there either but many people rave about it.

Sep 13, 2009
PaulV in General Topics

Favorite Cereals (No Mix-Ins)

Agree, I like that one as well! Pricey but worth it every now and again as a treat. The Jordan's "Bursting with Nuts", or something like that, is great too.

Sep 01, 2009
PaulV in General Topics

Top 10 McDonald's failures: #10 Mc Gratin Croquette - deep fried macaroni, shrimp, and mashed potatoes on cabbage

I cant believe they included the McLobster. I always look forward to those when I visit the East Coast. They are not as good as restaurant lobster rolls, but they are also typically much cheaper. The kids love McDonalds and having the McLobster as an option makes me dread the occasional visit that much less.

Aug 27, 2009
PaulV in Chains

What is a "food snob"?

I think it could mean just about anything and it's useless to generalise about the definition. Some people use it tongue-in-cheek about something they have a strong opinion of.

I sometimes call myself a coffee snob since I have an opinion about what I consider good coffee and bad coffee and I don't bother drinking stuff that I don't like. It doesn't mean I look down upon people who drink the stuff I don't consider worthy (eg. the free office coffee where I work!) but you still won't catch me drinking it. I know other people who would do similar for wine, or bread or anything else. You can probably be a 'food snob' regarding greasy spoons too; if you eat at enough greasy spoons you know that there is good and bad in those as well. So, 'snob' can be bad or it can just be a figure of speech...who knows?

Aug 12, 2009
PaulV in Not About Food

PG Tips - triangular tea bags - available in Toronto?

I see them in Ottawa at British import stores. I don't have any specific names in Toronto but you must have some places there and they would be the ones to look for.

Aug 07, 2009
PaulV in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Local Food/100 mile diet - Ottawa

Domus Bistro, Les Fougeres, Beckta and Wellington Street Gastropub are a few that I know that like to base their menu around regional/Canadian food. Ottawa doesn't exactly have the ideal climate for the 100 mile diet and few people I know get hung up about some hard limit, but those places all appear to source their food from producers in Ontario, Quebec or other places in Canada.

Jul 16, 2009
PaulV in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Macarons in Ottawa? anywhere?

The French Baker on Murray St. in the Market area carries macarons in Ottawa. There's also a vendor (name escapes me) at the Ottawa Farmer's Market at Landsdowne that sells macarons. Both are very good.

Jul 15, 2009
PaulV in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best President's Choice frozen burgers

Some varieties of PC frozen patties have much longer lists of ingredients than others. I think it's a good point that you bring up. I always read the ingredients and select the one with the fewer additives. I can't remember which ones but they are, but it's obvious when you're there at the store looking at the packaging. Some types are much more than just beef and spices.

Agree that making your own is better but the frozen ones are handy at times.

Jul 06, 2009
PaulV in General Topics

Ottawa or Cornwall area PC products

If PC = President's Choice then they're available at Loblaws and Great Canadian Superstore in the Ottawa area. You can find them at some independent grocery stores as well. Loblaws are all over the place. The largest stores will have the biggest selection (eg. Loblaws at College Square or Superstore in Westboro).

Jul 06, 2009
PaulV in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Dogfish Head IPA sighting

No real shortage here in Ottawa, but unfortunately the Southern Tier IPA has gone missing. I miss that one. DH60min is good too however. Hope they continue to bring in more American micros.

Jun 12, 2009
PaulV in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Twiglets - Ottawa

Pretty sure I've seen them at the Scottish and Irish Store in Bell's Corners.

Jun 08, 2009
PaulV in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best Cheddar in Ontario?

Forfar was also long one of my favourites but unfortunately they stopped producing their own cheese last year. My understanding is that they outsource to St. Albert Cheese. If you're buying their aged cheese, I suppose you're still getting the real thing but time is running out.

May 21, 2009
PaulV in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

2009 closings

Double phew. Too bad still, but at least there will be less confusion.

Apr 18, 2009
PaulV in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Breyer's ice cream quality (split from Ontario board)

Not sure where you are in Ontario, but if you have access to a Reid's Dairy store I like their ice cream and it's not priced at Haagen Dazs levels. Otherwise, I'd also recommend PC over Breyers.

Apr 05, 2009
PaulV in General Topics

Why do restaurants still serve Chilean Sea Bass?

Kiwi's aren't extinct.

Feb 18, 2009
PaulV in General Topics

Kawartha Dairy egg nog

Yes, Harmony is great. Had it for the first time recently and was very impressed. Reid's Dairy out of Belleville has good eggnog too. Cochrane's out of Russell is good as well.

Dec 19, 2008
PaulV in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Light cream - available in your area?

We have something called Light Cream in Canada that's commonly found in grocery stores (Ontario anyway) but I don't know if it's the same thing that you're referring to. It's 5% if I remember correctly. I used to buy it but then I noticed that it's list of ingredients is much longer than the higher fat percentages. It mainly for coffee for people who want something between whole milk and half-and-half.

Nov 02, 2008
PaulV in General Topics

Western Canadian food and drink?

Calgary Ginger Beef - ok that's a bit obscure. Would be great for a cocktail party however.

Stampede Pancake Breakfast is another thing that comes to mind.

Aug 30, 2008
PaulV in General Topics

What is this cheese?

Sounds like it might describe Bouq Émissaire, an aged Quebec goat cheese. Ones of my faves.

Aug 07, 2008
PaulV in Cheese

Olympics Opening Ceremony menu: what are you making?

It's on at like 7 am or something like that here, so probably pancakes or scrambled eggs! I'm at a loss to think of any Chinese breakfast foods, though I suppose those would be more appropriate.

Aug 04, 2008
PaulV in Home Cooking

Quebec permits raw-milk cheese

In Ontario raw milk cheese is legal if it's been aged at least 60 days. I thought this was the case all over Canada but I'm not sure what the deal is in all Provinces. It's currently the same in Quebec, but this proposal is to eliminate the 60 day rule.

What I'm not clear on is whether this is a strictly Provincial matter, or do the Feds have a say on it as well. The news story I read seemed to indicate that Quebec had brought it up with the Federal government and they didn't immediately object. I don't know if they have a say in it at all.

Aug 03, 2008
PaulV in Food Media & News

your favorite Canadian wine and ice wine?

I live in Ottawa and the SAQ stores across the river in Gatineau have a pretty poor selection of BC and Ontario wines. I don't expect it would be much better in Montreal (similarly, in Ontario we have a poor selection of BC wines). You should be ok finding ice wine, and I'd definitely recommend the Quebec ice cider for a more local product. Quebec also produces some great Creme de Cassis (if you're into it). For wine it will be hit and miss but you might luck into something good; I believe the SAQ carries Clos Jordanne but availability is spotty, like it is here in Ontario at the LCBO.

Aug 01, 2008
PaulV in Wine

What is 'canadian bacon' in the UK? [moved from the UK/Ireland board]

Which is what it is called in Canada as well.

Mar 29, 2008
PaulV in General Topics

Protection of the "Montreal Bagel" designation

I find it all amusing and love how Bill Brownstein has gone to bat for the Montreal Bagel in the Gazette, but he shouldn't lump all of Ontario together (it's done mostly in the quotes however, so can't blame Brownstein himself). There are some excellent and very authentic versions of the Montreal Bagel in Ottawa that would pass any AOC test except for, obviously, geography. (I say this as a Montreal-native, living in Ottawa)

I'd add the the idea of a 'blind' taste test is hilarious. Does anyone think for a millisecond that wearing a blindfold will make any difference in tasting the difference between a real Montreal-bagel and that sugar-coated giant Life Saver? The Hamilton bagel may well be delicious, but save yourself the trouble and ditch the blindfold.

Jan 18, 2008
PaulV in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Ottawa Eats

If a pub atmosphere sounds good to you, then I'd recommend the Manx Pub on Elgin. Great food, good beer (and scotch) and always a crowded and lively atmosphere. The only problem might be finding a table.

Jan 07, 2008
PaulV in Ontario (inc. Toronto)