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Red Mountain and Rossland

You need to go eat at The Colander in Trail, which is about a 10 minute drive from Rossland, down the hill. It's an institution, Trail has a huge Italian- Canadian population and The Colander is known for their all you can eat spaghetti and meatballs and roast chicken.

Dec 19, 2010
jtothe in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Traditional Balsamic Vinegar in Vancouver / Lower Mainland?

Why not check out Venturi Shulze Balsamic from Vancouver Island. It may not have the tradizionale declaration, but its made in the traditional way with the proper wood barrels. And it's local!

Apr 11, 2010
jtothe in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Truffle purveyors in Montreal.

I was quite disapointed with these Chinese truffles as well. I believe the one I had were from Tibet. I prepared it with fresh parpadelle pasta and salted butter. The truffle itself had very limited flavour.

Apr 11, 2010
jtothe in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Restaurant Closings - 2010

La Montee on Bishop, is officially closed. The bouchonee location has inherited most of the staff.

Apr 10, 2010
jtothe in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Where did you eat this week ?

Had meals at Monkland Tavern, Kam Fung, La Montee, Amaranto recently.
I live around Monkland village and I've had trouble finding places to eat that I would go back too. I would definetely go back Monkland Tavern, had a tasty spaghetti vongoli, the pasta was properly cooked, something I havent had since returning from Italy earlier this year. My stove at home doesn't get hot enough to boil the pasta rapid enough to achieve that perfect al dente.
Ate at La Montee finally, had the six course with wines, great meal, I was already little under the intoxicated so maybe I enjoyed it even more, can't remember any of the wines I had, I wish I could have had a little wine and menu card with my bill, I think more tasting menu restaurants need to do that. Memories are good, and I'd like to be able to keep track of wines I like. Anyway, As for the food, amuse bouche was an oyster, tempura'd just warmed with a tuna mayonaise, which was really flavourful and interesting, could have eaten a dozen of. Next was a play on clam chowder. It was a serano wrapped monkfish, with crushed fingerlings and a chowder soup/sauce. I normally dislike dishes where I need to use a fork/knife/ and spoon all at once! but this was awesome, the starch in the potatoes absorbed the soup and made it into a creamy massed potato sauce. It was very nice. Next I had a a Rutabega tasting, which was unreal, brought back memories of my grandfathers garden, there was a soup, pickled rutabegas, lightly sauteed, a scalloped potato style. it was awesome. I had a braised beef cheek for my main course, then a cheese course which I can't remember, starting to get quite drunk at this point. It reminded me of a fleur d'anis from france, but it was a quebec cheese, with some picled apples, desert was as blood orange creme brulee duo. which was great, as well as a blood orange brulee foam, same flavour just in foam form. anyway overall it was an exceptional meal. service was great, pairings were nice, I think I had 6 courses in about 1.5hours. Whereas I had 5 courses at Bronte and it took 3.5 hours.
Amaranto was nice, I had been craving some mexican since I moved to Montreal, and this was authentic enough, they have horcata which is my fav mexican drink. I recommend it for sure, definetely casual spot.

Nov 28, 2009
jtothe in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Maison Kam Fung Report

I ate here last night, I heard quite a few recommendations for it on the board. Overall, I wan't impressed, I doubt I will return, mainly because there's so many other places to try in that area.
I had there wonton soup as someone else mentioned, I found the broth to be one of the nicer ones, I've had. I had stuffed snow crab claws, which were mainly minced shrimp and a bit of crab which was battered in puffed rice and served with a sweet/sour sauce. I had there barbecue duck, which was fine. Skin was nice, but the meat not overly juicy. Also had there cantonese chow mein, which was quite bad, noodles were mushy, and there was way too much cornstarch sauce, and really saturated with oil. I'm not too concerned with my weight, so I like fatty food, but too much veg oil just doesn't add anything. One thing that has annoyed me about "chinese" restaurants in Mtl, is how many serve Pad thai. Why do most of the chinese restaurants have to serve every type of asian food. Pick one cuisine and do it well. And those damn peanut butter sauce dumplings, are disgusting. I think that's a Montreal thing.
I saw some Hunan restaurant up the alley from KF, can't wait to check it out.

Nov 22, 2009
jtothe in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Where's the best burger in Montreal

I've eaten my fair shair of burgers around montreal in the last two weeks. Today I went to 'Gourmet Burger' on Bishop, I went to Dillalo and Buns earlier in the week.
Gourmet burger was a bit of disapointment, The brioche bun was an inch bigger than the patty, and it was quite a thick bun too, it sort of overwhelmed the rest of the burger. And the burgers come almost bare, no ketchup/mustard/mayo, just lettuce, tomato, onion. The patty was nice enough, good flavour from the wood grill. Fries are pretty good for frozen fries, I wish they fried there fries in duck fat / tallow / or horse fat.

Dillalo is great value, I love it, no frills or bs. I can't believe how tender their patties are. I love that they use iceberg lettuce, there fries need some improving. And I'm not sure if I really like there bun, its so soft in a wonderbread kind of way.

Buns was good value as well, they do have the best buns out of these three anyway, I got my buger all dressed, with bacon and cheddar. It tasted a bit like an A&W Teen burger, but in a natural more delicious way. There grilled potatoes are great too, they reminded me of camping and cooking potatoes in a cast iron frying pan over the fire. Some of the pieces are a bit charred, while others are still a touch raw.

Nov 11, 2009
jtothe in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

What else is your go to breakfast besides eggs?

espresso and a ciggarette! That's my most common breakfast today.
As a kid, my grandpa would pick zucchini floweres and we'd saute them in butter and then make scrambled eggs.

Nov 08, 2009
jtothe in General Topics

The best thing your school cafeteria served

You know those boneless rib shaped ground mystery meat patties, served on a hoaggie. Damn those were good! I think my palette wouldn't agree today, but back in highschool, they kicked ass.

Nov 08, 2009
jtothe in General Topics

Wisdom teeth removal - Food help!

I remember when I was a kid and got my wisdom teeth removed. The dentist said I should drink through a straw for the rest of the day. A Mcdonalds strawberry shake never tasted so good.

Nov 08, 2009
jtothe in General Topics

Where did you eat this week ?

Had dinner at Ramen-ya, I had just watched the film Tampopo so I was seriously craving ramen. Trecked to Ramen-ya, not really near any metro stations, so I had to hurry to make it for last call (930pm, early for a ramen joint I think)
Anyway, I had the chasu-shoyu with extra pork and extra noodles. Noodles were firm, but I was hoping for more since I ordered the extra. Broth was quite bland, I'd be surprised if they even use actual bones in their broth. Tasted like oxo beef cubes canned chicken stock and ginger! Pork was sliced quite thin, and I guess was the shoulder butt, unfortunately it was quite lean. Garnishes were some scallions and wood ear mushrooms. No egg, It's an extra order. Overall, I was disappointed, I guess I should have figured that a ramen joint that serves sushi can't be very good. I guess I'll have to wait until the holidays when I go back to the west coast to get my ramen fix.

Ramen Ya Restaurant
4274 Boul Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC H2W1Z3, CA

Oct 30, 2009
jtothe in Quebec (inc. Montreal)