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Jean Talon Market and vicinity (updates) 2015

just passed by earlier. the crew foods (except the impasto team) are out in full display and the buonanotte porchetta team is there. shop is still not open but they are set in front of it. still the regular stuff of previous years

Food Events 2015

2 events this weekend,

saturday, its the matsuri japanese fest at the japanese center on rousselot near jarry and papineau,
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sunday, its restaurant day around the world and in montreal,
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Food Events 2015

today is the last day of the market for this season. they've been having a food vendor party all day and until 11pm. chef guru caterer is there doing tandoori chicken as well as the pies from les belles tartes, nantha is also there making curry and pad thai. there's also le chip mobile, panthère verte, nomad and madame virgule

Kem CoBa – Delectable ice cream in Mile-End

haha. i know. its hard to really describe the flavor profile. its the closest i can get and many people agrees with me on that, including fellow vietnamese. if you eat the fruit itself, it has a custard like feeling which makes the experience an odd one

Jean Talon Market and vicinity (updates) 2015

well, the impasto crew will most likely do something and that buonanotte team will do porchetta? still waiting for that opening. if only la cornetteria would bring back the cronut cheeseburger, that one was good

Kem CoBa – Delectable ice cream in Mile-End

yes and yes to both. pandan has been available since last year and it looks to be a regular flavor from now on.

and yes, they still have durian ice cream. its in the freezer next to the cash. i don't know if they ran out though. durian is really something because of its very putrid scent (which is why its only sold in tube and is in its own freezer. it contaminates everything) despite tasting a lot better. the closest i can give you in term of flavor profile, its somewhat similar to onion soup but with lots of onions. and its a tad rotten.

if you want to try but are not too sure, may i recommend going to banh xeo minh and get a durian milkshake. you may be able to find durian popsicles in chinatown but i'm not too sure

ps. i don't like fresh nor frozen durian. i can't stand the smell but in ice cream form, its not bad at all

Openings & Closings: July, August and September 2015

and in a couple of years, starbucks will be driven out (if its really starbucks coming in). like the one on laurier east that closed down a week ago.

you have to know your demographics and mile-end is literally no place for a starbucks especially with so many good coffee shops in such a short walk

Openings & Closings: July, August and September 2015

its more about them trying to be a wise ass making fun of what's out there. anyway, its more stupid than anything

Vegan-friendly and open Sunday evening near Parc Jean-Drapeau or Miles End?

wait, sunday evening, will they be at osheaga? or they don't attend that day? because there's an aux vivres stand at osheaga (by the piknic area stage)

as mentioned, aux vivres and panthère verte are both great choices. there's le cagibi corner st-viateur and st-laurent that is quite popular for their vegan food.


do you want the red bean paste or the mung bean paste (yellow)?
the mung beans (which is vietnamese, known as banh cam) is the more common one as you can find it pretty much at any asian grocery stores.

as the one with red beans, that'd be more in chinese stores like cocobun harmonie. probably can find them at C&T in ville saint-laurent

Vietnamese in Montreal that don't serve the usual

true. there isn't much on jean-talon e.
speaking of pas rapport, the sushi restaurant at the corner of st-zotique/papineau is now offering pho..

Vietnamese in Montreal that don't serve the usual

ho guam opened last year. it is still relatively new. good to know that the place looks good as they do sushi too which makes me very wary of such place

Vietnamese in Montreal that don't serve the usual

banh xeo minh on bélanger. they specialized, as their name suggests, in banh xeo (the savory crepe). they don't serve pho, bun bo hue nor banh mi. don't remember if they serve rice

Festival YUL EAT

but it says exclusive bar and concessions. maybe there'll be food and drinks but not from the featured chefs?

anyway, i know some who went to the brunch last year and it wasn't bad from what they told

Openings & Closings: July, August and September 2015

its too bad. its not like the cookies were bad or anything. at least, you can still find them around town

Food Events 2015

technically, bouffons is on their 3rd edition. previous 2 was all food trucks. only this year do we have restaurants joining in

Food Events 2015

bouffons montréal is back for another edition during the just for laughs fest which starts july 11. this year, its not only about food trucks but restaurants too


i forgot, there's Nuit d'Afrique going on too so if you want some jerk chicken, there should be a stand during the fest

Recs for MONDAY lunch JTM/MileEx area

harricana during lunch time on monday is totally fine. its big enough and not that busy and noisy. during the day, its mostly filled by workers nearby

Best Long coffee/Americano in Old Montreal?

pretty much what others said. Différance is the only one worth going in Old Montreal

downtown, you have Myriade and Melk. there's Humble Lion but not everyone likes that one for i don't know why. its not the best but they still do a very good coffee

Openings & Closings: July, August and September 2015

well, its one step closer to Coderre getting a baseball stadium at the Bassin Peel.

so they will definitely do more around there

Openings & Closings: July, August and September 2015

Philly's is definitely a new sign. used to be a turkish/lebanese/pizza joint

Noble Bean Tempeh has moved to Mile-End

i think they will. there's so many businesses in that building and more specific, soupesoup and that culinary kitchen

Vua banh mi sandwiches downtown location now open

not as good. doesn't mean its bad, it's a decent alternative if hung phat is too far

Openings & Closings: April, May and June 2015

they closed an hour after market time when I asked them a out opening hours. should open around 7am. and today they are using a milder easier to drink coffee instead of their regular godshot which is the bitter acidic one.

you can always pass by

Openings & Closings: April, May and June 2015

there's guillaume baked goods and take-out pre-made food like salad

Openings & Closings: April, May and June 2015

yeah and it's free coffee

Ice cream 2015

thanks! vincenzo, that's one i forgot about. there's pile ou glace in little italy near jean-talon. very generous in gelato

Openings & Closings: April, May and June 2015

i'd be more concerned about café brûlerie than anyone else. that one may be driven out especially if st-henri competes in price which so far, they haven't.

and i don't see students going to st-henri to study as the market is simply too crowded and loud. they'll stick with larue and the ones on beaubien (those cafés will still thrive)

i'll see it more as a shift. st-henri could take out starbucks if they have good business hours (those hours could bring students for some late night studying)

Anywhere to buy tourtiere at JTL?

just want to add: if you want fresh (baked), boucherie du marché is the place. they have frozen too. and if you want frozen, pretty much any butcher shop and marché des saveurs

Jean Talon Market and vicinity (updates) 2015

he's now making croissant aux amandes too! just passed by to grab some croissants and chocolatines and i spotted something new and he said its the newest baby from the family. its very good! its similar to Guillaume on St-Laurent (without the almond flakes in the filling)

the trio are fresh out the oven at 7am. no point in getting there at 6am as he only has the bread ready