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Grits

I picked up some stone-ground white corn meal at Aubut not too long ago.

Mar 11, 2014
Virgile in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Black Garlic in Montreal

I've seen it at Milano a few times. Call ahead because they don't always have it.

Jan 02, 2014
Virgile in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Where to get (100%) chicory coffee in or near La Petite Patrie (H2S 2N5)?

I believe I saw some at Milano but I'm not certain.

Dec 22, 2013
Virgile in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Where can I find a 5 kg jar of Nutella in Montreal?

I was at Aubut this Sunday and I did not see the 5kg jars but I saw some 3kg jars.

Nov 12, 2013
Virgile in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Where might I purchase Bottarga in Montreal ?

La Mer almost always has it when I go although it is often labeled greek-style. I dont know enough about bottarga to tell you what greek style is.

I was at Milanos yesterday and they had 2 types, mullet for 45$ a pack and another one that was not clearly labeled or priced. (could have just been a different brand but still mullet)

Oct 07, 2013
Virgile in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Reliable source for Dragon fruit

For the freshest ones, I would probably listen to Porker and look around Chinatown.

For downtown, they always seem to have some when I go to the new Adonis (but they sometimes look a bit tired).

Sep 25, 2013
Virgile in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Red and green meat "radishes" available in Montreal ?

I've seen the ones with red meat being called watermelon radishes if that helps you. I don't think I've seen them at the markets though.

Aug 28, 2013
Virgile in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Cronuts?

While I agree it might be a fad, I would jump on it if I heard that a local bakery was doing it. I have been wanting to eat fried croissants since seeing this about two years ago: http://www.thequenelle.com/2012/01/fr...

Jun 04, 2013
Virgile in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

What's new Montreal??

I had pretty much the same experience 2-3 weeks ago.

Good food, good price but very noisy and rather slow.

I don't think they can do anything about the noise. There was no music, nor a table of drunks, and the restaurant was maybe 75% full but it was still very noisy.

Speed is definitely something they should improve though. I think we were there for a good hour and a half.

May 18, 2013
Virgile in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Looking for orgeat syrup

Thank you all for the suggestions.

I went to Gourmet Laurier yesterday and they had Teisseire and Marie Brizard.

May 18, 2013
Virgile in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Looking for orgeat syrup

I was sure I had seen a thread discussing this but a search turned up a thread on bitters with no mention of orgeat.

So basically where can I find high quality orgeat? I'm also looking for brand recommendations. I'm thinking they should have some at Douceurs du marché, so I was planning to go there tomorrow afternoon.

Thank you

May 16, 2013
Virgile in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Berkshire Pork

I went to the Rachelle-Bery on St-Laurent too, I saw a package of Odelil pork sausage. I wanted to post but then I forgot, would've saved you a stop.

During my googling for heritage pork in Quebec I came across this: (french only)
http://www.berkshirequebec.com/produits
and this: http://www.boeufnature.ca/commandes (they have pork too, both places are partners from what I've gathered

)

As far as breeds other than Berkshire, I found a couple breeders for tamworth, large black, and I think another one. It is not clear whether they would sell to individuals.

I think this thread could serve as a general info thread on heritage pork in the province.

Apr 22, 2013
Virgile in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Berkshire Pork

I was at the Wellington one yesterday and they had a few cuts of Berkshire. I saw some tenderloin (55$/kg), a few chops (35$/kg , I think), some ground meat, and shoulder (18$/kg).

I got the only package of shoulder, sort of a thick slice with a nice 1-1.5in fat cap.

They had slightly more choices for the Wagyu but I didn't get any.

Apr 20, 2013
Virgile in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Restaurant Helena

Are you your talking about the Feijoada de mariscos? I came this close to ordering it but I took the fish soup starter instead.

Apr 16, 2013
Virgile in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Restaurant Helena

I went yesterday and we had the following:

Would order again:
Cod croquettes, Sardine filets, Grilled seafood plate for 2 (scallops, shrimps, octopus, calmars), Pasteis de nata, Churros.

Probably wouldn't:
Tomato salad , Fish soup, Doughnuts (Bolas de Berlim), Crab cake (I'm not a big fan of those in general).

Wine: can't remember, says Planalto 2011 on the bill but I don't find it on the wine list.

There was also complimentary bread, mixed olives and peppers, olive oil, and some sort of chorizo flavored spread.

Overall we had a very good time, the food was good, and we left more than full. For 3 people bill came to 230$ before tip the wine was 55$.

Website: www.restauranthelena.com/
Address: 438, McGill (corner St-Maurice)

Apr 16, 2013
Virgile in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Openings in 2013

I've been to one in Toronto. I thought the ambiance was pretty good. They showed the hockey game while we were eating and then they closed the TVs and it became a regular bar. I remember the food was ok, sort of a higher end 3 Brasseurs.

They also had a pretty big beer list and the prices were decent but I don't know with our alcohol laws if it will be the same.

From memory the only cons were that the food was a bit expensive for what it was and they were out of the first two beers I ordered.

Apr 04, 2013
Virgile in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Where to find Golden Syrup in Mtl?

Yes TA has it. I bought some last month to make treacle tart.

Mar 05, 2013
Virgile in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Finding cake emulsifier in Montreal

Xanthan gum can be found quite easily at a lot of grocery stores. I have seen it recently at the Loblaws on Cavendish and the Loblaws Angus, so I assume it can be found at other Loblaws. I also believe I saw it at the Metro corner Notre-Dame and de la Montagne but I'm not sure.

It's usually in the health food aisle, Bob's Red Mill brand around 10$.

I think you can find glycerin at the pharmacy.

Mar 04, 2013
Virgile in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Berkshire Pork

I saw some at Cool & Simple last time I was there (3-4 months ago). It is frozen and according to their website it is local. I cannot remember the prices.

http://www.cool-simple.com/notre-coll...

Mar 03, 2013
Virgile in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Food Events 2013

I didn't realize the pic would be so small on Chow. Here is the menu:

Amuse bouche
Salt roasted golden beets, avocado, red onions, capers, cucumber, dill.

1st service
Saffron cauliflower soup, green olive persillade.

2nd service
Green salad, sunchoke, sunflower seeds, black truffle from Norcia.

3rd service
Eggplant braciole, smoked Lady Crystal potatoes, salsa verde, tapenade.

4th service
Roasted maitake mushroom, leek remoulade, celery root fritter.

1st dessert
Sweet potato turnover, sweet kraut and hazelnut cream.

2nd dessert
Honey Crisp gratin, smoked maple ice cream, walnut streusel.

Mar 03, 2013
Virgile in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Food Events 2013

I had a great time at Laloux for the event. I attached a pic of the menu because I don't feel like typing it all up.

The meal was pretty long at around 3h30 but with the amount of dishes (and wine) I thought it was a good pace. I could do a dish by dish breakdown if someone is interested. I know I like to read them but I'm not very good at writing them. I will say that my favorite dishes were 2nd, 3rd, and 4th service, with 2nd dessert as well. I found some picture of the meal here: http://www.katerinerollet.com/restaur... where you can see the maitake dish, the beet dish and the salad.

Mar 01, 2013
Virgile in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Food Events 2013

The reviews from last year were scarce and not too encouraging: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/835933 and http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/826358

I currently have a reservation at Laloux where Vedge (http://www.vedgerestaurant.com/) is the invited restaurant. My GF doesn't eat meat so it's a good fit and I've heard good things about it.

I am also looking for suggestions on vegetarian/pescatarian friendly Buenos Aires chefs. If there was no budget or food restrictions I probably would have booked either Aramburu at Chez l'Épicier or Le Mirazur at Maison Boulud (this one is already sold out).

Jan 16, 2013
Virgile in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Montréal en lumière 2013

Thanks! I re-posted in that thread.

Jan 16, 2013
Virgile in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Montréal en lumière 2013

There is usually a discussion every year so I thought I would start it.

The reviews from last year were scarce and not too encouraging: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/835933

The spotlight is on Buenos Aires, Philadelphia, and Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean.

I currently have a reservation at Laloux where Vedge (http://www.vedgerestaurant.com/) is the invited restaurant. My GF doesn't eat meat so it's a good fit and I've heard good things about it.

I am also looking for suggestions on vegetarian/pescatarian friendly Buenos Aires chefs. If there was no budget or food restrictions I probably would have booked either Aramburu at Chez l'Épicier or Le Mirazur at Maison Boulud.

Jan 16, 2013
Virgile in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Where can I purchase sea cucumber (fresh & dried)?

I don't know if taste/texture is affected but I saw some frozen ones at the G&D supermarket in Swatow plaza yesterday.

Jan 11, 2013
Virgile in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Spice Station - Spice Heaven

Looks interesting, could you post a picture of the current price sheet?
Thank you.

Mar 05, 2012
Virgile in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Kem CoBa – Delectable ice cream in Mile-End

I had the apple-cinnamon tonight and it was awesome.

I aslo tasted my girlfriends 2-scoops combination of 70% cocoa and peanut-honey and it was super good too.

Sep 10, 2011
Virgile in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Mondial de la bière 2011

Sorry, 1 ticket is 1$.

Also, servings are supposed to be 4oz but if u get the commemorative glass its often a bit more.

Jun 11, 2011
Virgile in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Mondial de la bière 2011

Tasted list: (those I remember, some I only took a sip, or two, from my friend's glass)

Petit Pub Europeen:
Aventinus Eisbock (very good)
Organic Georg Schneider's Wiesen Edel-Weisse (nice, refreshing blond. One of the few at 1 coupon)
La Corne du Bois des Pendus (OK)
Kriek de Silenrieux (very strong, and good, cherry taste. A bit too sweet for my taste)
Super Baladin (OK)
Brighella (very good)
Witte Spelt (White beer, the only beer that we did not like, we thought it tasted weird)

Pub Oktoberfest:
60 Minutes IPA (good)
Midas Touch (good)
Death and Taxes (good)
Wild Raspberry Ale (OK)
Arrogant Bastard (good)

Regular stands:
BoqueBiere Spicy Brown (very good)
Boquebiere blond, can't remember which one (very good)

Jun 11, 2011
Virgile in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Mondial de la bière 2011

Part 1:

So I ended up going on the Friday at 2:30 and stayed until around 5:30.

I was with a friend and we had a blast. We ended up tasting about 8-10 beers each and liked most of them. We found prices to be good, the majority of beers could be exchanged for 2 tickets. There were very few beers at just 1 ticket and even less at more than 4.

The place was not too crowded and there was good turnover in the seating areas. Service was fast, the longest we waited was 2-3 minutes.

I will repeat what was said in this thread: go inside to buy your tickets, the lines (if there are any) are much shorter.

I do think they should separate the stands better because we spent 90% of our time at the Oktoberfest Pub (American microbrews) and the Petit Pub (European). The rest of the event is mostly big companies or brands you can easily get at most deps, food stands, and some Quebec micros scattered around.

Part 2:

We had so much fun we ended up going back around 8pm with more friends. We stayed for 5 minutes. The place was packed with massive lines everywhere.

Part 3:

I may go back on Sunday if it's not too crowded to taste the Quebec micros that I do not know.

Jun 11, 2011
Virgile in Quebec (inc. Montreal)