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Cabane a sucre Au Pied de Cochon

I'm feeling kind of bad-tempered about the whole thing, actually. Will likely go enjoy the restaurant instead as it is so much easier to get to and doesn't require this tedious reservation system.

Cabane a sucre Au Pied de Cochon

No. Good idea!

Cabane a sucre Au Pied de Cochon

I didn't even get a confirmation email so count yourselves lucky!

Lufa marketplace suggestions?

Their baby bok choy ($3.50) is crisp and fresh, and their organic shiitake mushrooms ($5.50) are good too. They have large brown shallots and something called super salad mix: bitter greens that I use in place of Asian greens. Their rainbow chard is a nice green too.

Lufa marketplace suggestions?

The honey mustard pork chops were a huge hit, to be repeated! Will try the kohlrabi then. Basil plant became pesto. One day I'll get potting soil and be more kind to a lucky plant. They were generous with their acorn squash today, bonus.

Lufa marketplace suggestions?

That also sounds good. Treating them as a kind of daikon is making sense to me now. Anyone enjoying the black radishes or the kohlrabi? I'm not sure what to do with those so don't order them.

Lufa marketplace suggestions?

I've never had any problem suspending delivery either and they've lowered their basket minimum to $15. And customizing the basket is key. I'm making honey-mustard pork chops tonight inspired by this thread and will give those Japanese turnips another try soon.

A lot of the products like the honey, the nougat, soap, are less expensive through Lufa than the health food stores nearby so that works out for me. So many of the big grocery stores roped you in with a special and then you find all the other produce is overpriced and old. There are a few things I wish they would carry that they don't, like organic celery. But then they have fresh sumac flowers which saves me from foraging, so it balances out.

Lufa marketplace suggestions?

I don't usually toss any Lufa items because they last much longer than usual grocery produce especially if you refrigerate everything, including the tomatoes. The only things I find we need to consume quickly are the micro-greens and sprouts. I generally order some bread and freeze that too. We spend about $50/wk for a family of four so we get a lot of variety and freebies.

Lufa marketplace suggestions?

The beet pasta is very pretty and didn't have a strong beet flavour. I fried up some mushrooms and leek in garlic and tossed it with sauteed green zebra tomatoes. Our favourite to order is the fresh the tagliatelle with some homemade pesto. Mustard noted, good idea! And repotting the herbs, that's a good idea too.

Lufa marketplace suggestions?

Ah, will try them raw. I made them cooked in a miso sauce and it was just okay. We had some surprise tomatoes (green) and beet pasta (the "we made too much pasta" surprise I froze awhile back) tonight, so surprising colours and pretty delicious. Which mustard do you like?

Lufa marketplace suggestions?

Wow, well done. I've been making pesto so I should get an extra plant for other dishes. Just picked up our basket. The baby bok choy looks great. The oranges are tasty and very fresh, would probably get some again even at a buck a piece.

Visiting Montreal and Quebec City...food suggestions?

As vabou mentions, Quebec City isn't quite as foodie and I've been misled by Yelp there a few times. I have made a mental note to try this place one day based on a chowhound's photos and recommendation this past summer, Legende: https://www.flickr.com/photos/foodfor...

Lufa marketplace suggestions?

I only ever managed one dish with the Japanese turnips and it wasn't a hit. How are you using them? The cabbages are great for coleslaw, so peppery compared to others. I like the soap they stock too.

Lufa marketplace suggestions?

I love the basil plants too although I feel badly snipping the whole thing down. There must be a way to keep them alive at home? The shiitakes are great and I like the dried mushrooms too. It is annoying when they forget items. Seems to be happening less lately. The free sample of granola had me ordering it a few times and inspired me to make my own, so that's a bonus too.

Lufa marketplace suggestions?

I usually get two bags of pasta, usually tagliatelle or fettucine, for our family of four and that leaves us with leftovers for two school lunches the next day. One bag definitely won't do it. A fougasse with the meal helps too!

Lufa marketplace suggestions?

Have you tried the rainbow carrots? They're the ones from Vallon des Maraichers and are sweet and crunchy. I get a bit confused with all the carrots I accumulate so there could be some bitter ones in my fridge. Love the eggplants. I like to get fresh pasta but there doesn't seem to be any this week. Oh, I got a fresh oregano plant before the holidays and used it nearly every day making tea for everyone's sore throats. That was helpful.

Visiting Montreal and Quebec City...food suggestions?

If you are still in Montreal, Romados appears to be open and the chicken is delicious plus satisfying enough to feed teens well. Chef Guru is another casual spot nearby that has great curry poutine and excellent samosas. A lot of other good places are closed for the week. L'Express is likely open and always fun for steak tartare and other good French bistro food. Have fun!

Lufa marketplace suggestions?

Thought it might be worth starting a thread for those of us ordering Lufa rooftop farm baskets each week. I was a little startled by the local nuts in my last basket. They were nearly impossible to open and not especially satisfying when opened. Also, only one variety and I thought it would be a mix? Kind of pricey too so you have been warned.

I have enjoyed and would recommend the organic garlic (small but strong), the onions and carrots which all seem so much fresher than anything in any local shops, and we nearly always get some buttery soft Boston lettuce, any of the tomatoes and the lebanese cucumber. I like the super salad mix of bitter greens although I tend to cook them for Asian meals instead of eating them in salad.

Anything outstanding anyone has had lately? I am looking forward to the cara cara oranges.

Pacific natural foods

The So Nice Barista milk pops up at Rachelle Bery pretty regularly and sells out fast. Not sure I've seen the Pacific brand there though, will check. Maybe you can order it from them?

No tourtiere at Costco?

Some tourtière info that came my way today, haven't tried them myself but this appears to be an annual tradition. Who is going to try and report back?:

$10 tourtieres are now available Aux Cuisines Collectives du Grand Plateau, 4095 St-André (Coin Rachel), du lundi à vendredi de 9h à 17h

http://www.rccq.org/fr/grande-vente-a...

Christmas turkey

We always get our turkeys fresh at Jean-Talon market a day or two before. There are at least three butchers that will have them. We did order from Fernando on Roy a few times but didn't find them as tasty.

What restaurants are open after midnight on x'mas eve

Might be worth checking to see if La Banquise is open as it is usually open 24 hours/day.

Cabane a sucre Au Pied de Cochon

Hurray! You deserve it. Maybe not so many people sent emails? Wish me luck for my early morning web form.

Cabane a sucre Au Pied de Cochon

Well, apparently those who sent an email between midnight at 4:12 am will get some kind of priority. Didn't think of that as Reload inspires such optimism: http://cabanepdc.tumblr.com/

Cabane a sucre Au Pied de Cochon

Exactly. Kept thinking, this starts badly. Where is the fun? Can't imagine anyone was getting through so I'll bet you get your first choice. They should sell lottery tickets for their tables.

Cabane a sucre Au Pied de Cochon

Same here. It wasn't online at 2:30 am either (asked my nocturnal brother to check for me) but it was working at 6:30 am. What an unfriendly system! I hope they can come up with a better strategy for reservations soon. Or just start in the morning when their web hosts are awake to troubleshoot? Anyway, the page is still up for anyone who wants to join the madness.

Best wine under 20$

Some reds we like for everyday drinking:

Château Cazal Viel Vieilles Vignes, $13.20
http://www.saq.com/page/en/saqcom/vin...

Monasterio de las Vinas Crianza, $12.50
http://www.saq.com/page/en/saqcom/red...

and their Reserva for $16.20
http://www.saq.com/page/en/saqcom/red...

What are your favourites? I'm also partial to Australian Shiraz. It's worth getting the VinGo app so you can scan barcodes of ones you like, keep tasting notes and find out which SAQ has your favourite bottles easily.

best inexpensive but intensely good food items in QC?

I would probably head down to the market at the Old Port and try some of the local and artisanal products there, http://marchevieuxport.com. Something you might look for are the jams and wines from Cassis Monna et Filles, delicious black currant products from Ile D'Orleans. We also got some fresh pain fesse (butt shaped bread) that was very cake-like and good. I think traditionally one eats this with a good dose of cream and maple sugar poured all over it. At least, that is what my mother-in-law has served us in the past. So maple products are a good idea, maybe some raw milk cheeses, things like that? Oh wait, you mention meals .. well, in case you want to make yourself a picnic, voila.

Boom and Bust: Lesley Chesterman article on local restaurant scene

Hey, they forgot to thank us chowhounds for helping out all the tourists looking for good high-end places to eat. And we forgot to direct them to places in Outremont because ... we don't eat there either? More affordable places to eat are welcome in a city with a lot of students and families in any case.

If the goal is to make Montreal like Ottawa with the mayors all dining out on expense accounts, that doesn't sound like it is in our best interests anyway.

Brigade Pizza is officially open

We went to Brigade Pizza yesterday and enjoyed it a lot. Our pizzas were cooked so quickly that some of us were nearly done while others were just starting their meal. That's also because I had a very plain Marinara pizza without cheese. For someone avoiding dairy like I am, this is the pizza to have because the sauce and crust can stand on their own. Dirt cheap that way too at $5.95. The olive oils on the table and fresh basil add a lot of flavour too. I wouldn't get this rapid-fire pizza for takeout as the crust loses some of its texture pretty quickly but eaten immediately, it is outstanding. The rest of the family gave the pizzas a thumbs up too, noting that the anchovies and capers weren't too salty. Definitely not a place to linger and drink wine as far as I can tell as it only took us a short time to order, eat and get out of there, but that pace is perfect for some occasions too. We've got plans to go back and try the white pizza with potato and other interesting permutations.