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Bridal shower - High Tea or Brunch locations (Montreal)

I would definitely consider brunch or afternoon tea at Le Montrealais (Queen E Hotel) for a combo of formality, quality and price/quantity ratio - they even have a maple theme in April on select days. Birks cafe seems very exquisite, but overly-refined if you have a group with a diverse set of palates and appetites, as the menu is fixed. Le Cardinal could be interesting, but lacks in formality I think. Again, it would depend on your group.

Anything food worthy in and around Anjou ?

They have one of the best selections of panettone and torrone around the holidays. Cheeses and olives oils is their forte, no doubt. They had a nice variety of cheaply-priced Italian bitter/soda drinks, such as Crodino, Stappj and even Brasilena (coffee-flavored), which I have not seen anywhere else, when I was last there.

Water Buffalo Yogurt

I ended up trying it as well. I found it to have a mild and delicate aftertaste which was pleasing, but I did not find it to be quite as thick and creamy as a Greek yogurt. I am intolerant to cow's milk, and regularly eat Liberté Goat Milk Yogurt. I thought it could be a welcome change, if even as a treat once in while, but at 8$ a tub (approx. 500g), I do not find it worthwhile, as it is good, but not great.

Btw, I had it with some homemade peach jam, and that was certainly a nice pairing for it.

Zeppole Time

The zeppole from Dolci Piu in Ville St.Laurent are seriously delicious (the very best I've sampled so far) and available until April 19th. I can't imagine a tastier version, as the pastry/custard texture and ratio are simply perfect, and they are topped with a dash of sugar and cinnamon. That being said, you have got me really curious about the ones in Laval. Do they have a modest amount of filling or does it ooze out overtop?

Your Favorite Restaurant in 2013

Drove by Bistro Tere today and was closed - windows all covered up in paper. There was no sign suggesting relocation or renovation either.

Water Buffalo Yogurt

I spotted tubs of Société-Orignal Water Buffalo Yogurt at La Bête à Pain on Fleury street (Ahunsic area) selling for 8$. After doing some Internet research on the product, I came up with very little in the way of people who have tasted or commented on it.

The following article talks about recent Can/Qc government funding being granted to Élevages Buffalo Maciocia (the only water buffalo dairy farm in Quebec) to further process/develop water buffalo milk products in Quebec: http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?n...

Has anyone tried the cheese or yogurt from this dairy farm? Any comments/suggestions?

As with cheeses in general, I know mozzarella di bufala cheese in Italy is necessarily a local product and notoriously impossible to replicate outside of Italy because the taste/texture of the cheese is inextricably connected to the climate and diet of the buffalo there. Are water buffalo milk products to be valued in there own right regardless of where they are produced? Does Quebec have some sort of unique/favorable edge in terms of producing water buffalo milk products? Just curious if anyone has any thoughts on this.

Anything food worthy in and around Anjou ?

Tasted the burger at Ciociaro's which came dressed with an unexpected slab of cappicollo - extremely tender + tasty. Their xangos (spelling?) dessert was also very delectable. Thx for the rec!

Ethnic brunch places?

There is also another Latin-American place La Carreta (Salvadorian) which does a Sunday brunch. I have always meant to try this place. Maybe someone can tell us how and if it compares to Senzala at all.

What product would you buy an Italian foodie from Italy?

I cooked a simple beef stew on Friday (Marcella Hazan recipe) and I tested the Kamouraska spice from Epices de Cru, which is supposed to be a traditional Quebec blend, and it was very tasty - a very interesting and legit-tasting blend!

I purchased a Farmed Game Spice Blend to give as a gift, and it has a much more complex ingredient profile, including Labrador tea leaves. Should be very nice.

I regret not taking a closer look at the Tourtiere mix, I kind of passed it off as gimmicky.
If you ever try it, please let us know what you think. And if ever I attempt to make Tourtiere, I will certainly try it and report back.

What product would you buy an Italian foodie from Italy?

Thank you Snowpea! I will be flying to Italy, so I am not intending to ship anything via post. I am not including any hard stuff for 2 reasons: 1) I am uncertain whether the person recieving the basket enjoys it, I think he is all about wine 2) I don't know if it would be that appreciated seeing as at least some hard stuff (eg: brandy) is dirt-cheap in Italy. But I will certainly keep the gin and whiskey (as others have mentionned) idea in mind for future gift-giving, as I do know of others that would certainly appreciate it.

What product would you buy an Italian foodie from Italy?

Artisanal cheeses is one thing Quebec is surely known for and our cheeses often win top honors at Canadian and even North American competitions I do believe. I think we are best known for our cheddars. Look for past threads on this, as there are plenty and I am no expert.

What product would you buy an Italian foodie from Italy?

Everytime I bought what seemed or was called wild rice, it did not come out looking or tasting like the stuff I had tried in restaurants - very long, aldente spikes that keep their form (they don't split and become mushy). I was perplexed about this and always assumed I didn't cook them properly. I just learned that I had never bought the authentic Canadian stuff, which is supposed to be quite pricey. You may be right about it being available in most grocery stores, and I just never bothered to pay attention to where it was made. But there are defintely 2 versions around - one great-tasting and the other gruelish.

What product would you buy an Italian foodie from Italy?

I had wondered about nut butters. I don't think that Europeans have many options for dressing a piece of morning toast. I'm not sure about this, but I don't think they have exciting jams either, which is why I thought the apple butter (which is more of an apple jam really) and wild blueberry/maple jam would be nice. A nut butter would certainly be a complementary addition. Thank you for confirming this for me!

What product would you buy an Italian foodie from Italy?

You are spot on about that! I have certainly brought tubs of peanut butter to my relatives in the past however, I needed something a couple notches more special, sophisticated and personalized for a specific thank you gift.

What product would you buy an Italian foodie from Italy?

Heliotrope, I am thinking of including cranberries and pecans in the basket as well. Here is a nice salad from a very trusty blog that includes all 3 items: http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/...

What product would you buy an Italian foodie from Italy?

Catroast, where would you suggest buying smoke game meat?

What product would you buy an Italian foodie from Italy?

I would really like to thank all of you for your suggestions. MTL Hounds - UR the BEST!!!

I really have to spend more time on here. I learned oodles of stuff in just one day.

I took everything into account and synthesized it all into a final coherent theme: wild/hunter-style basket. It will contain smoked salmon and game meat, game-meat spice blends, Canadian wild rice, dried lobster mushrooms (not found in Europe), blueberry/maple jam, apple butter, Quebec-style jardiniere (with fiddleheads), spruce beer and chocolate-coated wild bluberries if I can get them. I will forgo the whiskey and tea because I don't think he drinks either. I have 3 weeks until departure, so if anyone thinks of anything else, surely let me know.

What product would you buy an Italian foodie from Italy?

I went to Preservation Society today. Definitely worth visiting first if you are interested in jams in general. Camilla had a bunch of different stuff on hand. I bought an apricot/honey/camomille jam (newest product) and a jam called Fall Sweater (last jar) with apples/pears/pumpkin beer among the ingredients. As for the apple butter, it really isn't buttery at all nor does it contain any, it is more of a really thick apple sauce - a bit of a misnomer really.

What product would you buy an Italian foodie from Italy?

Thank you for the tip heliotrope!

What product would you buy an Italian foodie from Italy?

I decided not to get the mix as I wanted something more versatile. I went with mixes for game meat instead. Tourtiere mix is nothing more than a blend of spices that commonly go into a Tourtiere aimed at curious tourists or unadventurous home cooks I'm sure - it's not very exciting or inventive, it is just meant to capture the essence of tradition. They even have a pizza mix for heaven's sake - now that says it all!

What product would you buy an Italian foodie from Italy?

I looked into the wild rice and I hadn't realize how exclusively Canadian it is, with the exception of Minnesota (USA). This is a super idea! Any idea where I could pick up the authentic Candadian stuff, as opposed to the so-called wild rice that comes from China that is no where near the same thing.

What product would you buy an Italian foodie from Italy?

The person recieving the basket has limited English skills, therefore a cookbook is not an option. I could translate a recipe, but an entire cookbook, holy crap... thankfully I'm not that indebted!

What product would you buy an Italian foodie from Italy?

I will definitely be purchasing the tea for myself. It sounds right up my alley and I will check out the honey as a potential gift item. Thank you Glaff!

What product would you buy an Italian foodie from Italy?

I am happy to report that apple butter is available for purchasing. Vieux Velo in Little Italy carries it exclusively. http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/67/159910...
Very helpful suggestion guys! I will be at JTM tomorrow, and can definitely swing by to pick some up. Italians (the ones I know at least) like their breakfasts simple with a little biscuit/cracker/toast with jam and coffee. Apple butter will be a welcome deviation I'm sure! Grazie mille!

What product would you buy an Italian foodie from Italy?

Would you recommend anything specifically? I looked at the product list and I am not sure how I would use many of the products. Do you know if they come with recipes or cooking suggestions?

What product would you buy an Italian foodie from Italy?

Do you know where I could pick up an authentic Tourtiere mix? I have never seen one. That could be interesting along with a recipe and a fruit ketchup.

What product would you buy an Italian foodie from Italy?

I am not a beer drinker myself, and I am not sure about including an item I cannot vouch for personally. I suppose it wouldn't hurt to include a bottle though. I am certainly broadening my initial scope with the many suggestions here.

What product would you buy an Italian foodie from Italy?

I just sent them an email in regards to the apple butter. I will report back with their answer. Maybe it is a discontinued product and they will provide the recipe instead!! Thank you for your awesome suggestions!

What product would you buy an Italian foodie from Italy?

I think the Nunavet tea company (more tea project initiative) you may be referring to is called Northern Lights. Just checked it out. If so, their products are widely available in Montreal at the following retail outlets: http://www.deliceboreal.com/en/herbal...
I am an avid tea drinker, and so I will check this out for sure. Thanks!

As for my gift basket, I think the whiskey and mushrooms would really be nice additions.

What product would you buy an Italian foodie from Italy?

I will definitely be visiting Quebec Smoked Meat, I just read all about it. Great suggestion - thanks! I also happen work nearby, so i am very excited about the new discovery.