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Tattoo Convention in September

Good recommendation, this looks like a sweet spot and close enough to walk from the bell center. Thank you.

Tattoo Convention in September

Forgot to mention we'll be there on a sunday for dinner, which makes finding nice places a little bit harder.

Tattoo Convention in September

Yup, tattoo as in the body art form. My husband's tattoo artist is heading there and we are following to get some food inspired artwork done on his arm (he's a chef).

Tattoo Convention in September

My husband and I are heading into Montreal for the day (from Ottawa) for the Tattoo Convention in September. First, where do we park, it is at the Bell Center and I've never been, does it have daily rate parking?
Second we love food, nice food, relaxed food. We have been to Montreal in the past and have enjoyed meals at Garde Manger, PDC, L'Acadamie. Along those lines, where can we go for dinner that might be close to the Bell Center? We like relaxed pubs, local beer, tasty meat and friendly faces. I hate driving in Montreal, so finding a place to park the car for the day would be a bonus and walking is fine. Any suggestions?

Cabane a sucre Au Pied de Cochon

We got in!!! We got in!!! There is still hope everyone... we sent our request on december 1st, and I am just getting the okay today (although we played phone tag and I think I might have stooped to begging for them to call me back on a phone message lol.

Cabane a sucre Au Pied de Cochon

no no, I sent mine on december 1st like the rest of these crazy foodies on here... it took them this long to call me back and I missed the call and they didn't leave a message. :( I will have to buy a cell phone for next year I guess. lol.

Cabane a sucre Au Pied de Cochon

(slamming my head against the desk in utter frustration) I just checked my caller id and pdc called me two days ago and didn't leave a message. Obviously they were calling for my reservation... I called them back tonight... but only got their answering machine so I left another plea for my reservation to be saved (there isn't much I won't do for some good duck and bacon!). I doubt they'd hold my spot. grrrr... leave a message and at least give me a fighting chance to get in!! Crossing my fingers they will call back again. sigh.

Cabane a sucre Au Pied de Cochon

Hmm, when did you email them for your reservation? I was pretty adamant that I would take any time, but we haven't heard back. My request was for 4 people, and was sent via email at 7:30 am on Dec 31. @Fintastic.... the website said they were full I believe on the second day of taking reservations but the going trend seems to be for them to say they are full so they can sift through the reservations and you have to wait up to 6-8 weeks to hear from them.... I was still hoping anyways.

Cabane a sucre Au Pied de Cochon

Sigh... I sent mine at 7:30am.... no call yet. How did everyone reserve? did you give them a time, or just a date? because there is no info on the website as to the hours or if they have specific seatings, I was vague with my reservation... saying something like... brunch on March 17. I told them I was super flexible and would take anything. I hope my vagueness didn't get my reservation request tossed.

Chuck Hughes - Next Iron Chef? [moved from Quebec board]

Agreed. I've seen alot of Iron chef where you know who will win just by the ingredient. I bet the execs of FN sit around the big table thinking.... hmmm who do we want to showcase? Well "so and so" is going to have a new show next season, so lets pump them up a bit so we have more ratings and interest on the new program.

Chuck Hughes - Next Iron Chef? [moved from Quebec board]

Very odd... would be great if he gets back on the show as a wild card and wins it all!! But it's probably rigged like all other "reality" shows. But vote anyways on the website, just in case it's not too late. Maybe it will at least show them we want to see more Canadian chefs showcased.

Chuck Hughes - Next Iron Chef? [moved from Quebec board]

Canadians often have hunched shoulders.... from shoving all that snow and trying to keep warm from the biting cold.

Chuck Hughes - Next Iron Chef? [moved from Quebec board]

As foodies might now, unfortunately Chuck was sent home from the show after a battle with popcorn, but apparently there is a "vote for your fav" chef on the food network site. maybe he'll have a chance to come back as a wildcard... please vote for our canadian chef!!!

Might have a chance to attend a Mezza-Luna class in montreal, anyone been?

Yeah the website confused me with all it's wonderful english, but alas, Mezza Luna finally got back to me and said the class is in French but that martin speaks a bit of english. I certainly don't want to got and expect him to repeat most things in english for us. I'll wait, I'm sure they might eventually have something in english. We have some classes here in ottawa but we just dont have martin or chuck from montreal.

Might have a chance to attend a Mezza-Luna class in montreal, anyone been?

I know, the website doesn't really specify language of the classes and you're right... bilingual site would lead some to believe some classes are in english, but when I called last night I received a busy signal. (can't call during the day since I dont own a cell, and no long distance at work...ottawa) not sure if it's the right number since I'm sure they would have had an answering machine. I tried emailing but still no response, and I even "signed up for the course" with added notes I would give them visa info once someone confirmed the language of the class. Still nothing. If anyone hears more, keep posting.

Might have a chance to attend a Mezza-Luna class in montreal, anyone been?

We're fans of Martin, wanted a chance to dine with him. Would have been awesome. If any foodies hear of him putting on english classes let me know, for now, we'll try to get into his Cabane a sucre for march.

Might have a chance to attend a Mezza-Luna class in montreal, anyone been?

Dang it... my fiance doesn't understand a whip of french and there is no way I can pass off my translation to justify $250. Dang it, we wanted to get into the class to see Martin Picard cook his fois gras.

Ottawa to Montreal Foodie Tour

Sorry, not sure if i replied, no website, but email is on this link. http://www.grandsgibiers.com/cgi-bin/...
he is Ferme Sanglier Rodeur.

Might have a chance to attend a Mezza-Luna class in montreal, anyone been?

I'm looking for anyone who has attended a class at Mezza Luna, is it worth it, was it fun? what kind of setting is it? how long are the classes, are they even in french or english?? I'd like to snag a few tickets for an upcoming class, but want to know feedback. Anyone have anything? let me know!

Favorite meals to eat at the jean talon and atwater markets?

I might be heading that way in a few saturdays from now, do we have any more fav restaurants near Jean Talon? Or, janeabby, did you end up going to any of the previously suggested, any thoughts?

Ottawa to Montreal Foodie Tour

Good point, we didn't linger too much in the fresh veg section since we didn't think they'd last the extra day, but next time we'll check out the greens, I did notice lots of beets and the eggplants.

Ottawa to Montreal Foodie Tour

Haha, we have been thinking about niagara on the lake wine, but I've only begun searching so far.

Ottawa to Montreal Foodie Tour

I basically pulled up a google map of an area along my route and then looked for "farm", "cheese", "wine", it's a great way to find smaller places that might not advertise on the larger websites. We actually didn't find too much at JT market, but I guess a lot of things aren't going this early in the year. My favorite spot was the st canut pork farms, highly recommend. All of the spots above are very close together, so the trip was convenient. Even if you don't want to do a full tour, cote vaudreuil and romance du vin are just mins off the highway in rigaud/como area.

APDC Cabane a Sucre

Just returned, and we are glad we stopped in at the sugar shack. Martin was even there tossing wood around the wood pile. We went in and the place was packed as is expected and there was no parking available (all full). We parked on the driveway and went in (its the last door on the right of a very long building), the counter where they sell stuff is at the back, so just walk by all the people eating and look for the cash register. They sell meat pies, caramel corn, doughnuts, beef jerky, maple butter, t-shirts and I think I saw some frozen meats. Even though we didn't have reservations (so we felt a bit out of place) the guys behind the counter were super nice, ecspecially when we said we tried to get in but weren't able to get the very rare reservations. We haven't tried anything we bought yet, but I think we only spent $36 bucks (pie, doughnuts, maple butter, and some maple treats).

Ottawa to Montreal Foodie Tour

My fiance and I just returned from our Food and Wine inspired tour and we had a blast, so I thought I'd share the itinerary in case anyone else would be interested. The tour would work any time of the year, but if you go in the spring during sugaring off like we did, the ferry in point fortune and como isn't running so its a bit more driving. If anyone has any specific questions about any of these places, feel free to let me know. We had the time of our lives and we came back with so many great foodie treasures.

Day 1 (on the way to montreal)
Beau's Brewery in Vankleek Hill (we didn't go but it was originally on our list and it has some fun tours and beer)
Vankleek Hill Vineyard (marty has white wine now, and will be bottling red and rose soon)
Les Beaux Bisons (organic bison: must email jacques ahead of time)
Roaming Boar Farms (wild boar, we didn't make it to this one because of a miscommunication with my fiance)
Optional Ferry from Point Fortune to Carillon (running from late spring to fall), otherwise drive back to Hawkesbury to cross.
Boutique Des Bec Fins in Lachute (charcutterie)
Ferme Gaspor St. Canut Pork (call ahead for possible tour and meat sales on site)
Fromagerie Mirabel
Au Dieu De Ciel in Sainte Jerome (beer)
Fromages de la Table Ronde in Sainte Sophie
Then we checked in to the B&B Auberge les Passants de Sans Soucy in old montreal which we highly recommend
Dinner at PDC (service excellent, food pretty unusual but great)

Day 2 (around montreal)
Mycoboutique(mushroom store off st. Laurent)
Jean Talon Market
Fairmount Bagel
Schwartz's Deli
Dinner at Garde Manger (food slightly overpriced but atmosphere rocked)

Day 3 (back to ottawa in a roundabout way)
Atwater Market
Chateau Taillefer Lafon (wine)
Vignoble Riviere Du Chene (wine)
Nid Outruche (ostriche meat: we didn't make it here as we were running late)
PDC Sugar Shack (they do sell meat pie, jerky, doughnuts, t-shirts and caramel corn at their counter and we saw Martin playing in the wood pile but we were too shy to interrupt him)
Intermiel (honey),
Les Fromages du Verger
Magasin Abbaye Oka
(again if the ferry is running take it over to rigaud here, but if not you now have to drive back into laval and take the hwy back)
Vignoble Cote de Vaudreuil (south of como)
La Romance du Vin
Sucrerie de la Montagne for dinner in rigaud.

Montreal May 2011 Visit...(need recommendations)

We just got back from Montreal yesterday and we visited PDC and Garde Manger (both we had to reserve months in advance) but if you can get in, I would recommend both. PDC is definitly not something you want to do every few weeks, once a year is enough but they serve some interesting food (we had squid ink poutine, fois gras poutine, duck in a can, trotters and the duck carpaccio). We sat at the bar which again I highly recommend if you want to see whats going on in the kitchen. The service was excellent.
Garde Manger was amazing, and amazingly loud. I'm not one for the club scene but it was a great atmosphere and they rocked some good tunes. Food was pretty good, more seafood based so lighter than PDC. Great service and a line up out the door for seats, so make sure to reserve. It's not a place where you can hold a conversation, but if you just want to chill, sit at the bar and just enjoy. We had the cajun crab, lamb, lobster poutine and the brownie. We did find the prices a bit much, but we would return for the atmosphere.

APDC Cabane a Sucre

thanks for letting me know, we'll be in the area anyways (oka, intermiel and nid outruche) so it's not out of our way at all. We've already gone ahead and made reservations at another sugar camp, and while we're in montreal the day before we are heading to the actual restaurent with reservations for dinner. So, you can see that we certainly don't mind checking it out for the meat pies etc that they might have there. Since we've already made all our dinner reservations, we'll try again next year to experience the actual cabane food.

thanks guys, if anyone out there has any other info, let me know!

APDC Cabane a Sucre

I'm looking for people who have visited Au Pied De Cochon's Cabane a Sucre. We were not fortune enough to luck into reservations while we are going to be in the area, but we wanted to make a stop there to see it and I was wondering if they have a storefront where we could buy items, such as their meat pie etc. Alot of people have posted on forums that you can buy items to go as customers, but I'd love to know the extent of the storefront (if they even have one). What's there to buy? Prices reasonable? Walk in area or only for those reserved? Any info would be great. We'll be up there on the 27th of march.

Thanks!