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Gift bottles for Limoncello

Some at Dollarama on St-Hubert. Have yet to see if they restocked.
Elena at Dante told me she can look into ordering from Dominion and Grimm.

Nov 20, 2012
tohtem in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Marché Jean-Talon becoming Loblaws

Petition with a clear label for the Rémillard is now online at http://www.petitions24.net/famille_re...

Aug 21, 2012
tohtem in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Marché Jean-Talon becoming Loblaws

I am not entirely against buying imports at MJT. They certainly have a shorter buying circuit than a chain. But that would also be true of a Fruit store. That's what Nino and Chez Louis are after all.

That said you are bound to go to a supermarket anyway for some pantry items. White vinegar, ball park mustard etc... Come to think of it, even milk is not that widespread at MJT. I know 3 sources and 2 are not technically part of the Marché.

Aug 17, 2012
tohtem in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Marché Jean-Talon becoming Loblaws

The truck does not bother anybody, it's not moving and the alleys are closed on weekends. Again this morning I saw plenty of trucks, garbages and lifts trespassing over the blue line. Yet Jacques Rémillard is the only one getting fined.

He asked for a delay so he can find another truck for next season but the market admin is uptight about it. Yesterday I heard the *&?*? market manager on the radio proposing to 'cut the truck'.

It's still a perfectly good truck and a new one is more than 65,000$. Even renting one comes at a price. That's a lot of carrots to sell for a family farm with 2 employees. We are not talking about Canadawide fruits here.

You can stick to the letter of the law but if our producers are pushed out of the market, we will be left with a open air supermarket. Not sure I want this for JTM. Been raised with this market and I don't like what I see.

Aug 14, 2012
tohtem in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Marché Jean-Talon becoming Loblaws

Indeed. I am writing a complaint and boycotting JMT at least until Thursday when Jacques Rémillard comes back to the market.

Aug 13, 2012
tohtem in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Marché Jean-Talon becoming Loblaws

Interesting articles in La Presse this morning:
http://affaires.lapresse.ca/economie/...

http://affaires.lapresse.ca/economie/...

The administration is making life hard for Jacques Rémillard (Ferme Jacques et Diane) one of the few remaining true producers. Mr. Jacques cannot pay a 200$ a day fine or buy a 65000$ truck right now. On the other hand new farmer markets are opening everywhere a craving for real producers. Jacques is bound to go elsewhere. It's going to be a great loss for the Market.

If real producers like Jacques get out of JMT, what's going to remain of the Marché? A Loblaws with paying parking?

Aug 13, 2012
tohtem in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Gift bottles for Limoncello

I am looking for some 100-200ml bottles to give Limoncello and home made liquors. I toured the usual suspects Dante and Dollarama to no avail.

Before I order industrial quantity from Dominion and Grimm, does anybody know where I could get some?

Thanks

Jul 17, 2012
tohtem in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

ISO large stockpot

Slovenia 3653 St-Laurent sells boxes of veal bones and possibly split boxes. I make 2x20L runs of dense fond with a box. Quite enough for a season of home use and some gifts. I get the plastic containers from Aubut. They sell tubes of 50. Take the ones that go in the nuker, they are heat resistant. Or start eating yogourt and keep the pots. They resist well in the freezer.

You can order boxes of duck carcasses for brown stock at Slo (or at Canard Libéré). Usually frozen so I buy them from Slo (need to order) and they keep them in the fridge to thaw. Pick up 2 days later. Bonus: a box will give you around 1L of rendered fat if you trim the carcasses and enough meat to make a very large batch of rillettes. And of course quite a lot of stock.

I can share some duck boxes to make this operation more manageable. That is when the temperature cools down a bit.

Chicken feet! It looks like Halloween in your pot but this is the best chicken stock ever full of collagen. Get them in China town or Iasenza on Bélanger/St-Michel.

Jul 17, 2012
tohtem in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Sala Rosa or Club Espagnol?

Definitively NOT Sala Rosa. Was not able to finish the meal with all the noise from club upstairs. Seems there is a show every night or so. I made a reservation by phone and nobody told me about the noise. It is sooooo loud.

The bill arrived and had a surprise. Most prices where higher than prices handwritten on the wall. Had to argue a bit to get the bill lowered. It was not just a small error, nearly all items were more expensive. Lame excuses.

So from now on I'll stick to the Club espanol SoMoR (South of Mont-Royal) and will never set foot at Sala Rosa NoMoR (north of Mont-Royal)

Mar 01, 2012
tohtem in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Best prices for an espresso machine?

Bought 2 machines over the course of 15 years from Espresso Mali 7655 St-Laurent. Always get back there with a caffeine overdose after visiting every store in town. Not the best price, not the worst but they have parts and can repair machines they sell.

May 06, 2011
tohtem in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

I need pig's blood for Boudin

Go to Slovenia 3653 St-Laurent. They sell 1L bottles frozen

Apr 27, 2011
tohtem in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Summer sausage

I have a crave for some real Mennonite Summer sausage. Anyone seen some in Montreal? I am looking for the 'chubs' or 'logs' around 2LB, pressed and smoked in cotton.

I used to buy them in Toronto. Anyone going to the St-Lawrence market soon?

Oct 06, 2009
tohtem in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Upscale shops - Dean & Deluca type

Hi Thanks for all the leads. I have a car but having experienced Boston traffic years ago, it will stay at the hotel on Battery Wharf as much as possible. North End I guess?

Let's go for upscale and 'what I would not find anywhere else but in Boston or at least not in Montreal'. Russo seems to federate everybody? Thanks a lot. Much appreciated

Aug 11, 2009
tohtem in Greater Boston Area

Upscale shops - Dean & Deluca type

I will visit Boston in August and I would like to know if there's an equivalent to Dean & Deluca.
Any large farmers market?

Thanks

Jul 31, 2009
tohtem in Greater Boston Area

Your fave ice cream flavors from the Mtl ice cream shops

Bo-Bec on Laurier corner Chambord. Flavors are always changing and Gilles makes a point of making some you will not find elsewhere like 'Limonade Rose' on top of the classics. Use to have a sign saying 'Fait artisanalement ici même à la main'

Jul 28, 2009
tohtem in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Frango on Mont-Royal

Anybody tried Frango on Mont-Royal? I am wondering if you have to reserve long in advance like Portugalia on Marie-Anne.

Jul 20, 2009
tohtem in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Kobe Beef from Montreal Butchers?

Boucherie AGA 4927 Jarry E 514-327-7771
Ask Roger for the real thing
If you are nice, he will give you some Oxtail consommé to dip it

Jul 20, 2009
tohtem in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Pannetone - Looking for

Indeed France Decor (also named Vixit)or ABC Emballuxe 650 Crémazie Est. East of St-Denis. Not sure if they sell small quantities. Check opening hours of both, they mostly tend to commercial clientele.

Nov 25, 2008
tohtem in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

searching for locally grown garlic

Local production goes out around 5-12 Aug. Patrick Lauzon at JTM will possible have 'spring crops' sooner. Otherwise at JTM, go see Patrick Rémillard from Ferme Jacques et Diane stand 192. Rémillard now offers several cultivars. 4 years ago he also started other cultivars that I brought him from trips to Perth and Carp Garlic festivals. Most of his production is Musik variety but he will also have some Rocambole, German red, Korean Red and Cal White. He told me yesterday that crops are looking good. Stored in good conditions (cold, dark and a lot of air) you can keep them until Christmas and exceptionnaly until St-Valentine. Chop them, store in oil and keep in the freeze for longer.

These days you can find the French ail rose Chez Nino and Chez Louis. 3-4$

The Rémillard are not certified but talking with them you can get a good idea that they are not using Round up on their crops. Sometimes certified is just too expensive for small farmers.

May 22, 2008
tohtem in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Where Do I Get Knives Sharpened? - MTL

I can suggest Bertoldi's. They are in Laval near the 15. Check
http://www.couteauxducanada.com/fr/ai...
I know it's far but they are the best (since the old Hungarian guy on Bleury retired). They do most restaurants in Montreal and most stores who advertise a sharpening service are in fact giving them to Bertoldi. They sharpen while you wait. They also do repairs. Costs range from 1$ for an office knife to 4$ for a full length chef knife. Having seen all the specialized equipment they have and knowing they are 5th generations, I would not go anywhere else or would buy a stone from Lee Valley and would learn sharpening.

As for the orange truck, neighbours still think I am crazy from the last time I ran after the damn truck with knifes. It's usually out of sight by the time I collect all my knifes and go outside.

May 20, 2008
tohtem in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

New library: L'Occasion Gourmande

The best ones! Somebody tested the recipe and did not only look at pictures. With the added bonus of recipes/newspaper clipping dropping on the floor!

Apr 18, 2008
tohtem in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Where to find best chorizo in Montreal?

In the back of the dep acrss the street from Soares, there's Chouriçor or at least it's the brand name they use for the portuguese chorizo they distribute around town. For Spanish I stick to La Vieille Europe mild or spicy. You can ask for more or less dry. depends if you want to eat raw or cook. The imported Palacios is good but given the price tag I'll stick to La Vielle Europe.

Apr 18, 2008
tohtem in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

New library: L'Occasion Gourmande

The folks at Librarie Gourmande opened a new library on nearby De Castelnau. This one, L'Occasion Gourmande, specializes in used cookbooks. They have French and English. They are also building a collection of Quebec books for conservation.

Located at 366 De Castelnau, between Drolet and St-Denis. 3 minutes from Jean-Talon market. Not sure about the business hours, 514-759-9143

Everybody should dig their most precious treasures and sell them at l'Occasion Gourmande so I can spend my next pay check there.

Apr 15, 2008
tohtem in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Report: Roast pig at Boucherie Capitol

Porchetta? Big rolled pork (nearly 10 inches across) with spices and herbs between the pieces of pork. And garlic of course.

Apr 15, 2008
tohtem in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Churros and Chocolate

Try Churros Montreal on St-Hubert corner Faillon. I don't know about the chocolate, but the churros (caramel, chocolate or plain) are good if you happen to be there when they are just out of the fryer. Pick up a box (10$ a dozen) and make your own chocolate. Call before, opening hours are changing.

Jan 14, 2008
tohtem in Quebec (inc. Montreal)