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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)

about 10 hours ago
twinkie83 in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

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

about 17 hours ago
twinkie83 in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

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

about 23 hours ago
twinkie83 in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Ice cream 2015

looks like armoire à glace is better. last time i went which was last year i believe, it was at best ok. if they improved, that's great!

san gennaro gelato is pretty good. that basil is to die for.

kem coba is still my favorite especially their soft serve.

ripples, while they haven't introduced any new flavors, is probably the best hidden gem out there.

le dépanneur le pick-up has an interesting mille-feuille ice cream (mille-feuille mix in with vanilla) and a pretty decently good ice cream sandwich

fortune u, near mr crémeux, has a very good shortbread ice cream sandwich

if anyone heads to le petit laurier (laurier east), rhubarbe does ice cream on their side window and it's pretty good. there's bo-bec nearby too that has some good one

there's spoum ice cream which is near the dispatch coffee location in mile-ex that has some pretty simple but lovely ice cream.

and i heard good things about CRémy ice cream. he has a donut hole filled ice cream (soft serve)

i've been trying ice cream since april.. i'm sure i'm forgetting some and there's one in laval i need to try.

Jean Talon Market and vicinity (updates) 2015

oh, that's nice to hear. their breads are pretty good but now croissant? i'll never leave!


right now, we are in between season. when in season, kim phat would be the best place or marché oriental on st-denis. they are cheaper than chinatown.

usually, its end of winter (february to like march-april) and around end of summer (august-october. could be as early as july) depending on weather and regions

Food Events 2015

and a new thing, BBQ every saturday from Storik (didn't try but got confirmation) this is going to be a great place this year

Food Events 2015

there's popmontreal website as the marché des possibles website doesn't work anymore, http://popmontreal.com/fr/segment/mdp/

indeed, there's no greens yet

Food Events 2015

so marché des possibles is officially back today and there's some very good food vendors. made the round of the market and tried a vegan strawberry shortcake from madame virgule and it's quite good. tried one of the pie from hopscotchpies and was pleasantly surprised by the combo mango and rhubarb crumble.

didn't touch any of the food trucks as you can find them around town and frankly, the beauty of the market is the small local vendors

Second Cup on St-Laurent moving, Intermarché expanding

there's nothing on lower Main since its the tourist area and its mostly all chains. Kitsuné is the only indie (the only good one) that far south and closes to le Main.

lower Main is really a sad part except on des Pins that is starting to look like a prime area

Second Cup on St-Laurent moving, Intermarché expanding

not going to change a thing besides tourists in the area which tend to go towards chains. people who like indie coffee will still go to kitsuné nearby while those who prefer chains will go there

Portuguese Festival

so that where the wine was. it was very odd not seeing wine at a portuguese event. the music was indeed the good part but i didn't stay long for it to really take it in

Openings & Closings: April, May and June 2015

some of their pastries were really good. loved the pipe to order bombolone. anyway, with san gennaro opening, it was the final nail in the coffin for them

Portuguese Festival

i was ok with no BBQ as i'd rather wait for the one in August but no wine? very disappointing. as a matter of fact, it's more music centric than food centric. i only spot bifanas and natas and beer

Portuguese Festival

this festival du Portugal is a bit underwhelming. can't find the wine..

Openings & Closings: April, May and June 2015

there's an official launch party later from what i overheard while there so maybe that's what they alluded to

Openings & Closings: April, May and June 2015

i went. very beautiful place but the coffee is not good, not at the price they are asking for. 2 cappuccino sizes and its pricier than st-henri (or dispatch coffee) and nowhere near in term of flavors and whatnot. the smallest cappuccino (which is smaller than a cortado) is about the same price as st-henri latté.. i can get better coffee at larue and moustache café at a way cheaper price.

i'm sticking with café différance if i'm in old montreal

Openings & Closings: April, May and June 2015

another cat café opening in a couple of weeks, weekend of june 19th to be more specific. this one is all vegan

café venosa, on st-denis very close to mont-royal, 4433 st-denis i believe. read about it on mtlblog. anyway, their facebook page confirms it


Openings & Closings: April, May and June 2015

its official, they are opening a snack bar, chez tousignant sometime soon. michele just confirmed it through his instagram. no idea where in little italy though


Jean Talon Market and vicinity (updates) 2015

that new bicycle parking, they either need to add more bike parking or they seriously need to add greens. its too concrete. i know they are still working at it but it'll be great if there's flowers and maybe a tree or 2

Food Events 2015

yeah, me neither.

and the porchetta restaurant from buonanotte has a stand feet away from the impasto group despite being nowhere near dante.. i don't know if its worth trying. i've seen some good porchetta and this one looked a bit sad

Food Events 2015

they are mortadella hot-dogs. found it to be quite good. it was showering when i got there, it was simply crazy. still need to try the porchetta sandwich though

Food Events 2015

impasto and GEMA are doing that hotdog (that's been tease at) and a porchetta sandwich (with bread from hof kelsten) today and tomorrow for the F1 grand prix. impasto is the hotdog starting at 11am while GEMA is the porchetta sandwich starting at 4pm

and GEMA is launching the chocolate dip for their frozen custard this weekend too

that's the only worthwhile thing in little italy

Il Bazzali, Beaubien (foot of Little Italy)

its a very small local.. not much has changed from it since the 80s. i remember that it was a mom n pop donut shop back then

Ice cream sandwiches for BBQ

chocolate chip cookies (the soft chewy ones) or even brownies. you can even do shortbread cookies.

if you don't want cookies, i'd consider Glaff suggestion about brioche

and doesn't les givrés have ice cream cake? there's gelaterie pierino on jean-talon near fabre metro station that does gelato cake

Openings & Closings: April, May and June 2015

basil?!?! i must head back there then. just went yesterday and just had some big gay ice cream at gema.. summer is for getting fat

and they close at 7pm now since they saw that it was dead after that time (which is the case in little italy and nearby)

Openings & Closings: April, May and June 2015

im pretty sure they'll be adding more. its only the 2nd year after all

Openings & Closings: April, May and June 2015

and we know why they had to move, http://montreal.eater.com/2015/4/30/8...

Openings & Closings: April, May and June 2015

you mean the official launch 'cause its already opened (opened last friday)

Openings & Closings: April, May and June 2015

according to their latest instagram post, opening this wednesday