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Decarie and Jean Talon area

Any good weekday lunch spots near there? All I can think of is fast food from driving past. Really not familiar with this area. Thanks.

Frustration with grocery chains in Montreal

It's been a pet peeve of mine forever that the knee jerk reaction is "oh it's so much cheaper in the States". I've traveled extensively in the NE states and never thought my grocery bill was lower there than in Montreal. On the contrary my bill has always been higher.
I think there's a lot of wishful thinking and post shopping justification that goes into the word of mouth idea the you save bundles shopping for food in the States. Yeah, you can get a great deal there but you can get a great deal here to.

Gia Ba has arrived. Go there now.

This became a destination restaurant after seeing the raves. Finally was in NDG for lunch Sunday. Great space but food was a huge letdown. Imperial rolls were food court quality, wrapper with cabbage filling.
Peppercorn Chicken with crispy spinach. Spinach was sweeter than a dessert. There was so much granular sugar on it neither of us could believe it. Chicken was velveteened with no special quality to it at all.
Twice cooked pork was a generous portion of pork belly but was undercooked with gelatinous fat on every piece. Maybe just not to my taste/texture. Enjoyed the leftovers more cutting off the raw fat.
Total disappointment on a restaurant I had high hopes for. Maybe a 3rd string chef on a Sunday lunch. I don't know. Won't return.

Openings & Closings October, November & December 2014

Must be the Cheez-Whiz!

Openings & Closings October, November & December 2014

I'd also like to point out that as much as we are "proud" of Montreal smoked meat the idea that people couldn't make the equivalent elsewhere, if there was a market, is ludicrous. This is a small world with lots of capable people in it.

Openings & Closings October, November & December 2014

This is ridiculous in the global village. A simple Philly steak sandwich can be good or bad, but to think it's a Philly secret is impossible. It's not like smoke meat where the actual meat is brined and cured. It's just a composed sandwich.

Openings & Closings October, November & December 2014

Phillie cheesesteak is great when done well. But why all the gnashing? It's a version of a steak sub. A SANDWICH. Geez, talk about naval gazing.

Lunch at Jean Talon market

Will be there tomorrow to pick up nature's bounty. We would like to eat or pick up lunch there too. What's great?

Produce available near Sandbanks

We're starting a week at Sandbanks this coming Saturday. We've been going for years but never in August. It's obviously harvest time but just curious as to what kinds of produce are grown and sold near the park at this time of year. Is there corn for example? What else?
Thanks.

Montreal Restaurant Openings and Closings October to December 2013

As far as I know yes. Which would explain the quick closure after trying a change in name. Already a dead spot.

Montreal Restaurant Openings and Closings October to December 2013

Moteur closed a few weeks ago, a short lived attempt at reinventing Pizzaiole at that location.

Hudson "terroir" ice cream

On sale at PA for 5.99 starting tomorrow.

Is PA Parc moving?

They've covered the 19 with a 26, so a 1 week delay.You can peek into the new one if you're on the way by.

ISO: Potato rolls for hamburgers

Just bumping this to see if they've become more available in the last 3 years. Would love to find some here.

Is PA Parc moving?

Why are your friends so upset to walk one extra block for fine wine. What if their favoured Butcher, Baker or Cheese Maker moved one block further away? Would this greatly upset them?
As far as keeping the same "feeling" in a new PA. I think that's why they're moving, so people won't have the feeling of being sardined into a store with cash lineups down the ailes.
Don't get me wrong PA's great, just needs some breathing room. I'm sure nostalgia will kick in sometime in the future about how great the claustrophobia was.

Is PA Parc moving?

2 short blocks north. The old Tapis National as I reported.

Is PA Parc moving?

The rumours have been swirling for a couple months now that PA Parc would be moving into the Tapis National showroom just north of Fairmount. Sure enough TN moved out of their large space around the New Year and the paper went up on the windows.
BUT the latest rumours are that their is not enough non-retail (i.e storage) square footage and PA won't move in.
The current location is being strangled by its popularity, with lineups way down the aisles at busy times, making it an unpleasant shopping experience for regulars.
Can anyone add to this?

Rolling the dice at Bangkok

I get the future proof deal. You don't want to be constantly raising prices small amounts. But everything else you mention should be covered in the inflation rate though, no? Or is the inflation rate different for business? Hard to imagine it could be.

Rolling the dice at Bangkok

Faubourg.

Rolling the dice at Bangkok

Hit Bangkok today for the first time in New Years. Serious sticker shock when I saw prices up by at least 15%. Ouch. With inflation running at about 2% this seems excessive. I'll think twice before going again.

Adonis Downtown?

Shish taouk was the blandest I've ever tasted (including budget places). Side salads were fresh but uninspired.

Adonis Downtown?

Am hitting the prepared food counter today for lunch. Any favourites?

Switching from Loblaws

I went there once in search of Magnons? beef ribs and the prices were incredibly high all around. Thanks for the memory confirmation.

Faubourg

There is something extremely weird about the Faubourg. It's been a mess forever. Random renovations constantly happening with temporary walls and vacant spaces all the time.
For conspiracy theorists the administration of Concordia has essentially tried to force the Student Union (CSU) to buy the building for their student centre. It's been voted down at least twice. I'm guessing a friend of someone on the previous BOG (pre-Sheppard) owns this building and was looking for easy money. Really no other explanation.

Switching from Loblaws

No, you can have a PCPlus card without credit affiliation.. But I understand the fine print confusion. I have no idea why corporations want to do this to customers. Make it straight forward please.

Switching from Loblaws

I did contact them. PC Plus, Loblaws, and Weston customer service. All seem to go to the same place though.
Anyone have Galen Weston's contact info?

Switching from Loblaws

We'd been shopping Loblaws JT for 15 years. It's a huge clean store. Overpriced produce but good for some hard goods, frozen stuff, and sale goods.
Our dispute was over the PC points plan splashed all over last weeks flyer, get $20 in points for every $100 spent, just sign up in store!
I get the card and am assured that I will get all points but have to register the card at home.
Of course when I register online later those points don't show up.
I contact CS and am told that to qualify for the $20 per $100 spent I would have had to get my card in store, GO HOME and register it online (can't do that in store, no option), and then, believe it or not, CHOOSE, online, that you want to get a $20 credit for every $100 you spend that week, then GO BACK to the store to shop..A total and complete failure in customer relations.

Faubourg

Bangkok is still excellent as long as the old man doesn't draw your number for cooking. It's all cooked after order,and I mean real food, restaurant quality. I've never been to another food court outlet anywhere like it.
Tikka place is good as mentioned.
Ramen bowl is decent, and they slam and pull their own noodles for visual entertainment.
Smoked meat place has a decent Club.
The Faubourg has been badly managed for decades as anyone who's at least a semi regular will attest to.

Switching from Loblaws

Thanks. Is the Laurier one bigger than the St Hubert one or just has a nicer environment?

Switching from Loblaws

We're switching away from Loblaws after a dispute with them.
I am curious about opinions of big grocery stores within reasonable range by car of Mile End.We tried the Metro on St Hubert and were not impressed.
This week we'll try either the Metro plus at 3600 St joseph E. or an IGA, either Plas Dejardins, or 900 St. Zotique.
Any opinions on theses stores or other options?
We do almost all are produce shopping at PA so that's less important but not unimportant. With 3 boys we go through tons of juice, snacks etc.
No Provigos or other Loblaws associates.