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Smoke Meat Pete report

Ooopss...stupid autocorrect on phone from post above.

"I enjoy Pete's but like Delibees (not deli eyes) much more plus it's closer to my work"

Although I guess we all have "deli eyes" in here! :)

Yes, Schwartz is losing it's touch. Maybe I'll give them one last chance in the coming weeks.

Jul 24, 2014
JerkPork in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Smoke Meat Pete report

From the old man's obit last year.

"Passed away peacefully at the Royal Victoria Hospital in his eighty first year, M Peter Varvaro. He leaves behind his devoted wife Diane Bass, his daughter Jennifer Bass (Tommy Poulin), his sons Dominic (Donna), Peter (Melanie), Phillip (Annabelle) and Angelo (Paula), his sister Anna (Willard Johnston), his brother Angelo (late Mary)"

Jul 24, 2014
JerkPork in Quebec (inc. Montreal)
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Smoke Meat Pete report

Captcrunch, you have to try the other brothers deli, Delibees on Valois Bay in Pt Claire by the airport. I enjoy Pete's but like deli eyes much more plus it's closer to my work.

Jul 23, 2014
JerkPork in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Food Truck Reports - 2014

I have no idea where they get their bread from, I have tried a few breads from Hof Kelsten (not their carré) and enjoyed them. On Hof's website they do list a "Pain De Mie" which is what PA seem to use, either way I wasn't crazy about it. The sandwich was delivered very very quickly to us which at the time begged the question, "did they just hand us over a sandwich that was sitting out/mis-ordered from another customer and they gave it to us. It was easily under a minute of ordering that we got our sandwich so maybe the bread had lost it's crispiness.

Jul 21, 2014
JerkPork in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Food Truck Reports - 2014

OK, so after being somewhat cold to the idea of MTL food trucks a few years ago, I'm starting to warm up to them. We specifically came down to the JFL for the food trucks, it's not like the outdoor JFL free entertainment is any good. The first thing I noticed walking into the area was someone chomping down on a huge turkey drumstick (Yes, it's big twinkie83) from "Pas de Cochon dans mon Salon", I had to have this.

We started with spring rolls at Tuk Tuk, 4 small rolls were very fresh and not oily with a sweet and spicy dipping sauce (IIRC they were $3 for the 4), next was a samosa from the Indian truck also very good.

Then we walked around for a bit and noticed the APDC truck, their main dish on the board was a sausage in a brioche bun ($5) with the option to add extra toppings for a few extra $$. The options from what I remembered included cheese sauce, maple syrup sauce, smoked meat, foie gras, etc...I was ready to pass on them until I noticed someone pick up an order of what looked like a pogo. Now we're talking, it was at the bottom of the chalkboard as Verrat ($5). The line up wasn't too long but it didn't move especially quickly. You have the option of dipping the pogo in a few sauces, i.e cheese, maple syrup, etc.. for an extra $3. I had it plain with just ketchup and mustard (both homemade I believe), I need to make mustard like this at home, so good. I didn't ask them what type of sausage it was but I read somewhere else that it's boar sausage. I enjoyed it, not too smokey with what tasted like a hint of clove and some other spices but nothing too overwhelming, just perfect. The batter was good but I would have preferred it coated a bit thicker as it barely had any batter.

Unfortunately by the time I was ready for the drumstick Pas de Cochon were all sold out....DOH. OK, onto something else, my wife went for a grill cheese with bacon and onions ($8) from PA Gargantua, the filling was really good with the thick cut bacon and confit onions but the bread they use is no good, I wouldn't go back.

Walking around I didn't really notice anything else that peaked my interest so I headed back to Tuk Tuk who reading about them on here and other sites seem to have a very positive reputation. I went with the chicken pad thai ($9) and it didn't disappoint.

Jul 21, 2014
JerkPork in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Jazzfest

Maybe because of the massive crowds of the Jazz fest and all the stage set ups as compared to the outdoor set of JFL? Just my assumption.

Jul 21, 2014
JerkPork in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

T&T Tacos and Tortas

They look thicker now, so probably the same amount of dough.

One order we had were a little overcooked so that's probably why they shortened/thickened them up.

Jul 18, 2014
JerkPork in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

T&T Tacos and Tortas

They must have re-sized them already if they really were 3 inches long when you had them. They were easily 7 inches long if not more.

I figured $2.50 for 3 churros of that size wouldn't last too long.

See pic here.

http://www.urbanspoon.com/rph/67/1865...

Jul 18, 2014
JerkPork in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Openings & Closings July, August & September 2014

No, not because it's Mexican but because it's a burrito with not even that much filling and because they used to charge $8 or $9 when they were in their previous location. That's why and that to me is the biggest reason, we used to go on a regular basis to their old location but after prices creeped up in the new spot our visits were very scarce. Someone else had brought up the "why because it's Mexican?" statement up in an old Itacate thread in the past, it might have been you, it sounds very defensive. Why do you think they closed down? Their food was decent, tasty and fresh so why did they close?

Jul 17, 2014
JerkPork in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Openings & Closings July, August & September 2014

I hate to say I saw that coming, they jacked up their prices almost two fold since changing locations, you can't charge $18 for a burrito and expect people to return. They shortened their menu recently which was a bad sign. Too bad, such a nice couple running the place but they should have stayed at the original location. I hope they come up with a new format.

Jul 17, 2014
JerkPork in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Interesting things to do around Jean Talon Market?

There's something about those greasy fries though.

Jul 16, 2014
JerkPork in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Interesting things to do around Jean Talon Market?

The cured hard cheese Buckland sells is Tomme.
I had no clue that the Julep served bagels, I haven't been there in a few years. I think an order of really greasy fries is in order though. :)

Glad you skipped Schwartz and went to Pete's instead.

You missed out on Kem Coba big time and were so close.

Jul 16, 2014
JerkPork in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Interesting things to do around Jean Talon Market?

Nice report, don't tell me you skipped Kem Coba right next to Fairmount bagels.

I'm a St Viateur fan too, they just taste better IMO.
$18 for a Caesar? I understand it comes with seafood but that's insane and hence why restaurants probably hate me, other than a beer here and there I refuse to order booze in a restaurant.

That small cheese place at JTM you are referring to is obviously Buckland Cheese, sooo good.

Jul 16, 2014
JerkPork in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Montreal Specifics

Yah, sorry I should have been more clear. I assumed since OP mentioned picnic he was going to be eating.

Jul 16, 2014
JerkPork in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Montreal Specifics

5) Jean Talon & Atwater – Do the vendors rotate depending on day or can I expect the market to be the same regardless if I go on a Friday afternoon or a Sunday morning?

No rotation, if anything there may be a couple of vendors missing Friday afternoon. Keep in mind this is not a true Farmer's Market, it's great and I do my weekly shopping there but not all vendors are direct from their farms. Definitely go sample the cheese guy (Buckland Cheese) who was on Bourdain's Layover a couple of years ago.

8) Picnics – If we want to picnic on Mont-Royal, do we have to sit at a picnic table in order to open our wine? NY doesn’t really have picnic tables in our parks and we’re not allowed to open wine in public either way.

No, sit on the grass and have your wine as long as you don't get hammered cops won't bother you.

Jul 16, 2014
JerkPork in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Kem CoBa – Delectable ice cream in Mile-End

I've been to Kem Coba a few times this summer, amazing as usual. I was recently there late last night at around 10PM and there was still a 15-20 min wait. I always try the soft serve but I passed for the first time last night as one of the flavors was Rose Water, I just don't like the taste of rose water, I'm sure it would have been subtle but I didn't bother. The other half was rasberry/lychee sorbet.

They seemed to have some new scoop flavors on the board, cheesecake being one of them which is what I tried. I'm always blown away by their flavors but the cheesecake didn't do it for me, there was a hint of something I wasn't crazy about but couldn't pinpoint it.

I'll await for their next twist.

Jul 12, 2014
JerkPork in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Upscale Portuguese in Montreal?

Restaurant Helena will be mentioned which is a recent addition.
http://www.restauranthelena.com

From the same operators there's also Portus Calle that has been around for 10 years.
http://portuscalle.ca

I haven't tried either so I can't give feedback but reading reviews here and elsewhere it seems you can't go wrong. Portus Calle has been on my list for a long time, I just haven't had the chance to go.

Then there's Cafe Ferreira which always gets the nod as the go to place. I've been once it was good but I wasn't blown away.

https://www.ferreiracafe.com/accueil

Jul 12, 2014
JerkPork in Quebec (inc. Montreal)
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T&T Tacos and Tortas

It could definitely accommodate 4-6 people, I was there on Friday night around 8 PM and if a party of 6 would have walked in they would have been seated immediately. There are tables running along the left side, I’m thinking there were maybe 12 chairs plus the facing bench running along the wall so 24 spots plus a few more tables along the window. I think there were seats in the middle too plus some stools up front. I can’t recall but they definitely have more room if they wish to add more tables in the future. It’s definitely not cramped and you don’t have to share tables like at Mais for example, there’s plenty of space.

I wouldn’t call it cafeteria per se as compared to say those South American pupusa shops on Belanger.

I’m not much of a drinker but they have a chalkboard of $9 cocktails so sure I guess you could have a fun night out although from what I saw Friday night that didn’t seem to be the type of vibe coming from this place. They may be going for that feel though as they have a small DJ area and at one point the music (Latino music) got really loud but that didn’t last long. It literally is just tacos and tortas so I don’t know how much time one could spend in there, then again one could have fun anywhere regardless of the menu.

No, there is no outdoor seating.

Ghost, I don't know if the carnitas were poached in fat.

Jul 08, 2014
JerkPork in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Food Truck Reports - 2014

I was planning on posting my recent food truck experience so I'm glad snackhappy started this thread. There were a few trucks on Monkland (street festvial) during the Grand Prix weekend. We had a chance to sample a handful;

The first was the Dim Sum truck as someone said above, very disappointing. I believe we paid $4.50 for two meat buns the size of your standard dumpling, served with cole slaw (why do they even bother with the coleslaw). The taste of the dumplings were fine but for what we paid I would never go back. Before I ordered I asked how many dumplings were included and when the woman said two I almost said screw it.

Next up was Le Cheese truck, we noticed Mac & Cheese on their menu so we had to try it, I mean they are a "Cheese" truck right so they must make a killer "cheesy" mac & cheese? One would suspect. I ordered a small size for $5, there was absolutely zero "cheesiness" to it, it was just laden with margarine/butter (I'm going to go with margarine) and they also slightly fried the noodles, taste was non existent. Shameful coming from a cheese truck, one would expect cheese in a Mac & Cheese being served by Le Cheese Truck.

Chicken schnitzel on fries for $9 from Das Food Truck was the following sampler. The portion seemed to be a full piece of chicken breast, pounded a bit too thin but it was nice and crispy and the chicken was fairly tender and juicy considering how thin it was. We did not find it greasy. As jay123 mentioned their fries were awful, we actually threw most of them away.

The last stop was Lucille's, I went for the lobster roll at $12, on the steep side but that seems to be the going rate for a roll elsewhere and higher in a restaurant. I really enjoyed it, there was a decent amount of lobster and packed in quite well, I was expecting a lot of filler but was pleasantly surprised. I didn't find it salty like jay123 and would definitely have it again.

We spent $30.50 in total, as a whole that's reasonable even though individually some trucks are completely gouging. Zoe's truck seemed to have some interesting menu items, I'd give Le Cheese another chance as they had a Philly Cheese on their menu. I don't spend too much time in the downtown core where the trucks typically hang out so it's still a novelty to me even though I've sampled a few over the last couple of years, I'm guessing the same goes for a lot of people.

Does anyone know if the trucks will be out for Just for Laughs in front of PDA as in previous years? I'm going to assume they will be.

Jul 08, 2014
JerkPork in Quebec (inc. Montreal)
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T&T Tacos and Tortas

T&T was mentioned in the Opening thread but the tacos were so good I felt it deserved it's own thread.

The corn tortillas are made in house and are the best I've ever personally had. I tried the carnitas which mix pork shoulder and a bit of pork belly, they serve them with sauces on the side (a very mild tomatillo, too mild for my liking, a medium tomato salsa and a potent habanero one). A touch of habanero mixed with the tomato salsa worked for me.

You have to try the churros too, 3 long thin churros for $2.50 are perfectly fried.

Really friendly staff too especially the owners.

51 Rachel St W

Jul 05, 2014
JerkPork in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Interesting things to do around Jean Talon Market?

It's possible that I miss prime time as I mostly get there later in the day (around 2-3pm). My other observation is that seedling season and then peak peak harvest season (late Aug/early Sept) gets really nuts. July to early Aug seems to be a tad less busy.

But I do suggest OP get there early if they can.

I like sweetooths's plan, JTM then Mile-End (Bagels, Kem Coba for ice cream, great coffee at Caffe in Gamba)

Jul 03, 2014
JerkPork in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

I'm so over...

If I'm not mistaken isn't the majority of cattle raised in the US/Canada Angus?

Jul 03, 2014
JerkPork in General Topics

I'm so over...

It's big time annoying hearing people say they are "gluten free"....grrrrrrrrr.

I was in a Whole Foods type store (in Montreal) recently and they had samples of gluten free "bread", the guy manning the station said, "do you want to try some, do you like gluten free breads" I told him, "I love gluten" but tried this nonsense he was passing off as bread anyway and almost spit it up as it tasted like saw dust.

Jul 03, 2014
JerkPork in General Topics

Interesting things to do around Jean Talon Market?

Parking is a nighmare on the side streets but far from impossible to park on premises, take your car and park in the outdoor section on rue Casgrain (there's an underground section on the other side (Henri Julien Street) which I think I've only parked in once), it's very convenient and you pay on your way out so you don't have to worry about meter time running out. Two hours of parking will run you about $3-4 (cash only). Depending on what time you show up you may have to wait no more than 5 mins to enter the parking lot. I'm there every weekend and I think I once in 10+ years waited 10 mins. The last few weekends have been smooth sailing with no line ups to enter the lot but do use the outdoor parking I think it's less hectic. I think peak time is around 11 am to 2 pm, I know after 2pm it's not as crazy. You are then a 5 minute drive away from the other neighbourhood suggestions with easy meter parking.

Jul 03, 2014
JerkPork in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Gia Ba has arrived. Go there now.

Tried out Gia Ba recently.

Dan dan noodles were really good not groundbreaking but like the kick, slice pork appetizer also was excellent. Dumplings in chili sauce also a standout.

Unfortunately I tried the sliced chicken bones and I wish I would have asked how the plate was prepared as I would not have ordered it.

You could tell me it's as authentic as it comes, that it's bar food, etc... but I couldn't care less. They are charging $12 for pieces of bones from the neck and back of the chicken with no meat on it minus a piece here and there. You end up chewing on bone which isn't my cup of tea.

I would definitely go back though as the food is fresh and the place is really really clean, I've stopped going to a lot of Chinese places as so many of them are filthy and have been even been shut down temporarily and/or fined by city inspections for horrid conditions. This ban of mine extends to a lot of other places too not just Chinese restos. I know we're not supposed to talk about inspections in here but I'm not calling out any specific establishment.

Looking forward to trying some of their westernized plates too.

Jun 28, 2014
JerkPork in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Where to get family (big) size organic ground turkey for cheap?

You won't notice the difference until you think about all the antibiotics that were ingested by those conventional turkeys. Maybe try Lawrence there prices are more reasonable as not everything they carry is certified Organic but "organic" nonetheless.

Jun 26, 2014
JerkPork in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Potato buns for hamburgers! Where can you get 'em?

I haven't justified paying $1.50 per bun, sure it's only 1.50 but the patties I grind at home barely come out to about $2. I'm sure I'll "splurge" 1.50 at some point :) as I think they have the best bread around.

Jun 26, 2014
JerkPork in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Potato buns for hamburgers! Where can you get 'em?

I went to pick up regular buns a couple of weeks ago and noticed them too, I got all excited like you but don't hold your breath if you think you are going to get Shake Shack style buns. The packaging says "potato buns" but the taste doesn't. They have the same old lovely ingredients that the regular buns have plus some potato flour, but I will continue to buy them as they are a touch better than the regular buns. I saw these potato buns at Loblaws and Provigo so I'm assuming other big chains carry them too. Too bad places like Pain dans les Voiles charge $1 and $1.50 for their burger buns.

Jun 26, 2014
JerkPork in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Openings & Closings July, August & September 2014

Via their Twitter account.

"Extremely excited to announce the opening of brasserie lucilles fall of 2014, valet! Reservations! 4124 st catherine"

Jun 25, 2014
JerkPork in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Quesada Just Opened

I tried out Quesada over the weekend and was not very impressed, nowhere close to Chipotle and definitely not as good as Burrito Shop on St Laurent.

The chicken burrito wasn't too bad but the pork was meh. I much prefer the braised options of Chipotle and Burrito Shop, the pork at Quesada seemed to be roasted and it tasted like it was only spiced with cumin and the pork itself when looking at the bits seemed to have that overly salted/tenderized texture to it that I despise as did the chicken.

As a whole the burrito minus the cumin lacked taste even with the hot salsa. The salsas themselves lacked something and looked like they were thickened with corn starch, another texture I despise in salsas.

The rest of the ingredients, beans, lettuce, tomatoes all seemed to be quite fresh.

The tortilla chips they serve on the side (as part of the trio) were very generic, overly salty and had that cardboard taste.

Staff were friendly.

I'd go back only if I was in the area and needed a quick bite.

Jun 23, 2014
JerkPork in Quebec (inc. Montreal)