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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.

Best pressed hot dog/poutine?

We're fans of the poutine at La Banquise but the lineups are tiresome so we decided to try Resto Lafleur on St-Denis near Carre St-Louis recently. Not much ambiance but the poutine is good. The hotdogs were also good though we only tried the veggie dogs (photos below or above? what's with the big photos, chowhound? new interface?). Good gravy is important as well as fresh cheese that squeaks. Some people like soft brown fries, others like them crunchy and golden. These two places tend towards the softer fries. Not many places have crunchy fries except maybe Frite Alors and Pizza Dany. Not an expert on the grilled hotdogs, sorry. Some more poutine choices here, http://www.pinterest.com/nettecollect...

Honeymoon Itinerary (Critique Please)

Le Filet and Pintxo are great choices. I found Tuck Shop meh when I went. La Banquise is fun and a classic choice but can also be good as a snack instead of a proper lunch. Like Schwartz, it can be easier to get in off hours. The lunch choices seem a little heavy so I would probably pick between Schwartz and Wilensky's and add something else or just have brunch a couple of those days. It's so easy to wander out of Old Montreal to Chinatown to have a good lunch, some dumplings or dim sum at Le Cristal Chinois. If the weather is as beautiful at the end of the month as it is now, I definitely second Dinette Triple Crown. The food is great and their picnic format is cool and lovely. It's also an easy walk to Jean-Talon market from the the park where there is a lot of grazing to do. Oh, Kouign Amann for pastries and coffee one morning, that's worth adding. Au Pied de Cochon dropped off the plans?

Where to get oysters in bulk (a sack of 100 or so)

Odessa is Norref's retail store. They've got oysters on special this week by the looks of it, http://www.circulaires.com/Odessa/

Best delivery in old montreal

You can probably get some good lobster in Chinatown to take out or else order them online and have them delivered by Deer Garden or Keung Kee through Just Eat. Looks like Keung Kee also delivers soft shelled crab and it is a good, authentic Cantonese place. Gado Gado delivers Indonesian meals through the same site so that's another good option. Sushi delivery can be good, just not sure about any of the places that are listed on this delivery site. Saint Sushi Bar does takeout but it might be a trek to go pick it up.

Montreal / Quebec City - 5 days - several questions

As luck would have it, I made a Pinterest board for Old Orchard Beach that I'll link below. We really liked Ken's Place as it has a good oyster bar too, got the fisherman's platter at Clambake a few times and also enjoyed Bayley's Lobster Pound. Have a great time!
http://www.pinterest.com/nettecollect...

Looking for stewing fowl

Try G&D in Chinatown?

Montreal dinner for two nights

Marché 27 is very close to Prince Arthur and a nice place for tartare and martinis. Was Amelio's around 20 years ago? It's a good pizza place on Milton and it is also byow. Otherwise a stroll along Duluth presents some good options already mentioned here and maybe more of the vibe you are looking for. Jardin de Panos is alright when catering to many tastes and budgets, I find, plus the big terrace is a plus.

ISO bubble tea in/ near Mile End

This is the kind of thing Yelp is good at usually. Not very close to Mile End but closer than Chinatown, Wok 'n' Roll sells bubble tea, and I Love Sushi does too. Su Shian Yuang seasonally has really good authentic Taiwanese bubble tea (not powdered). But I'm guessing there might be options closer than these which are around St-Denis and Rachel? Pho Tay Ho also has bubble tea, Beaubien and St-Denis. There must be some along St-Viateur? Good luck! I bought bubble tea stuff to make it myself at Marché Hawai but it pretty hard to get the tapioca balls just right.

Laksa paste in Montreal

I tried the Munik brand paste I got at Marché Hawai in Ville St-Laurent this week. It is pretty good although it lacks a little something. They have a few other brands there as well. But from what I have heard, good authentic Laksa paste is very hard to find outside of Malaysia.

Montreal restaurants with vegetarian options, including a special-occasion place?

Excellent report and nice to know the vegetarian menu at Europea is worth it. I like Gado Gado a lot, especially those steamed buns and the gado gado itself. Will have to check out those avocado fries one day.

Back from whirlwind girls' shopping trip

Sounds like a lot of fun, well-researched and very successful. Thanks for reporting! I'm curious about which wines you brought back?

Montreal / Quebec City - 5 days - several questions

We had planned to go to the Hosaka-ya ramen place across the street from L'Affaire but it was closed for a summer break, oh well. Also wanted to try some Lebanese sandwiches that suddenly became very hard to access due to tons of construction along the Grande Allée. So yeah, a little harder to chowhound in QC than around Mtl, that's for sure.

Montreal / Quebec City - 5 days - several questions

Wow, beautiful photos and a great report. I'll have to try Legende next time.

Montreal / Quebec City - 5 days - several questions

I meant the walled city, although we also passed by L'Affaire est Ketchup and Patente Machin and they were too busy for us, the 'hood a bit uncomfy. But overall I found the options too similar everywhere, more expensive than in Montreal, lacking ethnic places for snacks, and I seemed to be left to season my food myself often as much was sweet instead of salty. Those are sweeping generalizations of course but as I avoid dairy and most bistros are French, my options were very limited most of the time, so much cheese and cream. There is a great market at the Old Port although not many snacks to grab there either but lots of good ingredients and produce to bring back. Cycling around Ile d'Orleans is actually a great plan, lots of people were doing it, and it is very scenic.

Montreal / Quebec City - 5 days - several questions

I spent a week in Quebec City recently and there is so much construction every where and so many tourists in all the restos that we didn't manage too many meals out in the old city. I can recommend touring around Ile d'Orleans if you have a chance as it is great fun to stop and taste test the ciders, cassis wines and other products found on the island. My favourite meal of our week was at Panache Mobile overlooking a lovely vineyard with the view of the Chutes Montmorency in the distance. Best beef rib poutine ever, according to my poutine eaters and the lobster roll was not bad either.

If you are driving from Quebec City to Portland, Maine, I can recommend a few places south of Portland in Old Orchard Beach for delicious cheap seafood. There are lots of good foodies stops in Portland though so perhaps that's not helpful. I seem to recall that there is very little along the highway on that drive.

kam fung , le crystal or rubis rouge?

The dinner specials at Le Cristal Chinois are very good, especially the set dinner for peking duck for 6. That would be my choice.

Crystal Chinois report

The portions are pretty big at CC so you might need fewer dishes there. Their sticky rice in lotus leaves (lo mai gai), for example, comes with three wrapped leaves instead of just one. And the radish cake order is a big heaping plate. I went with my youngest son recently and we barely managed 4 dishes but I think in a regular dim sum place we'd have been good with 5.

Crystal Chinois report

That's a great report and also sums up well how I feel about the Cristal Chinois. Once you get addicted to something on their menu it is hard to go back to Ruby Rouge or Maison Kam Fung again. The pan-fried turnip cake in XO sauce is the culprit for me.