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Impasto for lunch

I have been twice in the last few weeks, and feel the same. First time was lunch with a friend, sat at the bar and had the $19 two-course menu: starter was a kale (or similar green) and rice soup, okay, but rather bland and well, yes, uninspired. Main was grilled octopus, roasted potatoes and a bean purée, which I enjoyed. Service was professional and courteous.

Dinner the second time was another story altogether. Hubby and I ordered different starters and half-size pasta to share, and in both cases, what I had ordered (artichoke flan & partridge ragu pasta) were under-seasoned while his selections were much too salty (duck foie & squid-ink pasta with clams). We mentioned it to the server who actually said to me that someone else had just complained about the squid-ink pasta, but she never offered to replace it or comp it. Service was slow and kind of inefficient, albeit friendly enough, and the space on a (full) Wednesday night was conversation-stoppingly loud, at least for me. We spent almost $200 (we like our drinks, hehe), and I will not be back to spend any more.

Poutine Week

Thanks, didn't even know such a thing existed! Some of those combos are giving me heartburn just reading them :-0

I've heard the burnt ends poutine at BlackStrap BBQ in Verdun is quite good, but although I've had take-out from there, I haven't tried the poutine.

Happy tasting!

ISO plastic film/sheets for separating slices of dry-cured meat

I'm in search of those little squares/rectangles of firm food-grade plastic that typically separate slices of packaged jamón or prosciutto, for the very same purpose: to separate slices of home-made cured pork leg which is just about ready to be vacuum-packed. Last time we did this, they stuck together so this time we want to use the sheets. Any ideas on who carries this in Montreal? I've checked the Aubut catalogue but didn't find any there. Thanks!

Marché Jean-Talon becoming Loblaws

Here's an update from MC Lortie this morning http://bit.ly/TEHxVy as well as a link to a petition for clearer labelling at the market: http://www.petitions24.net/marche_jea...

Let's share in the hopes that la Corporation des Marchés Public takes heed.

ISO large stockpot

I got my 16L stainless stockpot at Norten for about $70 - they have lots of choice of sizes on hand.
As for the bones, I've been getting my veal bones at la Maison du Roti, but at 4.99/kg, I suspect Viandes St Laurent is a better deal. I'll check them out next time!

Olympic krema yogurt

Marché Royal on Beaubien stocks it regularly, usually on for 2.99. They also occasionally have the organic cream cheese - amazingly addictive both.