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Café Myriade in Mile End

Café Myriade has just opened a counter in the new Savoie Fils boutique on Saint Viateur and Jeanne Mance. This afternoon they sent out this tweet:

"From now on until further notice: before 10AM at the St. Viateur store all drinks will be free. Change your routine, come meet our baristas."

Gonna change my routine this week...

Dec 17, 2012
mimibi in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Honey Powder

I've gotten pure honey powder at Bio Terre in Mile End – pretty sure it's commonly available at health food stores like Rachelle-Béry, Marché Tau etc.

Dec 04, 2012
mimibi in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Unique Ethnic Cuisine

Not unique but Kaza Maza on Parc Ave and Alep on Jean-Talon are good Syrian/Middle Eastern options, and Café Ellefsen on Saint-Zotique for Scandinavian (probably few other places serve Norwegian poutine).

Byblos Café on Laurier Est for a Persian breakfast (offered weekdays too), lunch or casual dinner (omelettes, a variety of mezze, sandwiches and two stews with saffron rice daily, with a smaller, cheaper option at lunch). It's good, casual and affordable and a nice space.

Sep 21, 2012
mimibi in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Last-Minute Birthday Cake -- Help!

Perhaps Yuki Bakery on Sherbrooke W. (near Vendome Metro) for Japanese-style cakes or cupcakes, which has been recommended on CH.

Or Fous Desserts on Laurier Est for a chocolatey cake (incl. white chocolate), or Le Fromentier on Laurier Est for lemon or chocolate tart.

Also, Sweet Lee's Rustic Bakery in Verdun offers a variety of rustic cheesecakes and cakes (not sure if they're 4 or more servings) that are definitely more homestyle that pastry shops.

Years ago when l'Oeuf Neuf was in the village, their pastries and cakes were great. I don't know if it's the same folks at Papineau and Gilford (it's the same sign so perhaps so).

Apr 23, 2012
mimibi in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Laid back and inexpensive birthday

Great video! So the secret ingredients of the Nouveau Palais burger are salt and pepper, delicately sliced onions and poppyseed bun... and it would break her heart to serve crappy tomatoes. Don't eat the sexy toothpick, y'all.

Apr 16, 2012
mimibi in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Laid back and inexpensive birthday

I recommend Nouveau Palais in Mile End (Ave du Parc and Bernard). Back in the day when it was still called New Palace, it was a smoky 24-hour diner and late-night poutine destination with smoky waitresses and a sweet little old man behind the bar.

A couple of years ago it was taken over by a trio including chef Gita Seaton (formerly Club Chasse et Pêche) and the new menu is great, with lots of fresh, seasonal local produce. They have tasty appetizers (e.g., crabcakes, house-cured salmon salad, matane shrimp, fresh oysters, zucchini fritters, beet or chickpea and fennel salad etc. depending on the day and in the $5-12 range) and daily specials including a fish of the day. Mains are 10-$22 (around $10 for great hot beef sandwich and fries, $10-12 for burger and fries, $12 for great mussels and fries, $16-22 for chicken, ribs, steak, fish, etc.). They also have a vegetable of the day for about $5-6 – asparagus, swiss chard, kale, fresh fava beans, wild mushrooms...

As for dessert, a three-word email (SWEET POTATO PIE) usually does the trick to get a friend to head up to my neighbourhood. Their chocolate pudding and cheesecake ain't bad either. I've previously asked about peanuts and was told by the waiter that he was pretty sure peanuts are not used in any dishes – but make sure and specify when ordering; the veg of the day sometimes has slivered almonds.

It's a kid/family-friendly place, with kid portions and prices and they also serve mac and cheese. The staff are really nice. There's a stuffed fox in one corner, which drunken customers tried to steal one night. The booths at the front, in front of the bar, are particularly nice.

http://www.facebook.com/nouveaupalais

Apr 16, 2012
mimibi in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Montreal Ice Cream 2012

Just had some tire d'érable ice cream and dark chocolate mousse ice cream too at Bo-Bec (Laurier & Chambord) - a great artisanal treat this summer-like evening.

Apr 16, 2012
mimibi in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Marché Soupson (Jean Talon/Waverly)

I dropped by Soupson today and they have a fresh batch of meat lasagnas ($13.99) in the freezer. Veggie lasagna will be available "by mid next week."

Mar 19, 2012
mimibi in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Marché Soupson (Jean Talon/Waverly)

That's exactly how I reacted when I had their soup – "Oh my..!" I find the flavours and aromatics are always perfectly balanced.

The meat lasagna I mentioned above was actually amazing, the best I've ever had, but I'm not an aficionado. The meat sauce was sweet and not too tart. I did score a three-cheese spinach lasagna ($10.99 for 2-3 serving pan, they also have individual portions) and it was also delicious – a light spinach ricotta filling and nicely tart tomato sauce – all too easy for one 'gluttonous' person to devour this on their own for supper and into late night, hypothetically speaking.

I was going to report back earlier but whenever they tweet about their lasagnas, I imagine rushing over for a stack – they go fast. They seem to make them on some weekends. Weekends they serve chili instead of soup, with hand-cut meat in the carnivore one.

Since the secret's out, their twitter is @soupanneur.

And the chocolate banana fudge is irresistible and elevating.

Mar 09, 2012
mimibi in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Edible flower essence

Bio Terre in Mile End has a wide selection of Divine Essence brand floral waters and essential oils (lavender, orange blossom, geranium, camomille, rose, rosemary, peppermint and others). I believe they also carry another brand but don't recall the name. Thanks for the inspiration!

Feb 24, 2012
mimibi in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Marché Soupson (Jean Talon/Waverly)

I had the ready-to-bake three-cheese meat lasagna and it was really, really good - it's made with their own meat sauce and sweet italian sausage from Boucherie Vito. They had just sold out their three-cheese spinach lasagna but I definitely will be getting it when I see it.

I agree about the cashew cream in their soups, amazing and tasty. I think I prefer it to heavy cream actually. They obviously put a lot of care into the shop. Soupson's pan-roasted spiced Spanish Marcona almonds and "faux fudge" (I think that means vegan & gluten-free) are also great.

There was a recent write-up: http://montreal.memolocal.com/infomag...

Feb 17, 2012
mimibi in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Pacific natural foods

I recommend Natur-a brand soy milk, which is made in Saint-Hyacinthe. They also make almond milk. It is available just about anywhere - Loblaws, Costco, IGA, Provigo, Maxi, Metro, and many depanneurs. It's in the Milk section; they also have a shelf-stable non-refrigerated soy and almond milk.

Loblaws and Metro do sell Pacific Natural Foods products as well as Blue Diamond almond milk. They also have Pacific Natural Foods soy and almond milk at Bio Terre - and I expect at any health food store too like Rachelle-Béry etc.

But Natur-a is a good local organic brand!

Feb 14, 2012
mimibi in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Shu Mai Dumpling Skins

I think many restaurants and recipes use the square won ton wrappers for siu mai. I don't remember the name of the brand but there is one with a red and white label that is very good. Wing Noodles makes gyoza wrappers and the label says "also for shao mai dumplings" so pot sticker wrappers work too but I think won ton wrappers, the brand with the red and white label, are more delicate like the siu mai wrapper. You can get the won ton wrappers in Chinatown (e.g., the big grocery stores on St-Laurent) and at Kim Phat, etc.

Feb 09, 2012
mimibi in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Coconut water

I got Vita Coco on sale for $5.99 for 1 litre this week at Bio Terre (reg. $6.99).

Feb 04, 2012
mimibi in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Where can i find fennel pollen in montreal...or online

Quite likely at Olive & Epices (514-271-0001, www.epicesdecru.com) at Jean-Talon Market, or I'd call/visit Spice Station in Mile End (514-274-1514). Spice Station is also opening on Monkland this Friday.

Jan 30, 2012
mimibi in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Soy Sauce in Montreal

Kim Lan light soy sauce is very good. It's a brand from Taiwan. They also have low sodium soy sauce and ponlai soy sauce which is described as similar to Japanese soy sauces. Places like Kim Phat, Marché Hawaii and Chinatown will carry it - along with fresh skinny egg noodles (chow mein).

Jan 27, 2012
mimibi in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Quiche Lorraine

I like the quiche lorraine at La Croissanterie Figaro (Hutchison / corner Fairmount) which comes with a green salad with shredded carrots and creamy dressing. They also make good burgers and have interesting and well-prepared daily specials like game or fish with seasonal vegetables. Good coffee and croissants and other baked goods. It's a lovely café bistro, the tables are marble on antique cast iron.

Jan 27, 2012
mimibi in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Marché Soupson (Jean Talon/Waverly)

My friend and I had really sublime beet/celery root/carrot/yam soup at Marché Soupson on Jean Talon yesterday ($4.50/bowl) and took home 1L jars of spinach/potato and cabbage/fennel soup ($8.99 each). All their soups are vegan and vary day to day. I saw on their twitter that today it's creamy potato with fresh dill. If you go by today and you're lucky, they will have jars of the beet soup!

They also make sandwiches, salads, ready-to-bake lasagna and a habanero hot sauce (gingery I think with kick, you can get a sample taste), and also sell baked goods from Sweet Lee's Bakery. Their address is 149 Jean Talon W. (corner Waverly).

Jan 24, 2012
mimibi in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Coconut Sugar

Marché Soupson, the "soup depanneur" at 149 Jean-Talon W. (corner Waverly) uses coconut sugar in their addictive spiced spanish marcona almonds roasted in-house and brownies. The owner is really nice - I'm pretty sure if she doesn't stock it on the shelves, she would sell you some from her supplies and suggest other places to get it. I highly recommend their soups, which change daily and are all vegan.

Jan 24, 2012
mimibi in Quebec (inc. Montreal)