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Expanding Montreal’s Third Wave Coffee Scene

coffee shops that pay attention to the quality of the product all the way from how it is grown, to how it is dried, and roasted and finally how it is brewed/pulled/pressed. They usually work with roasters that source green beans directly from producers of premium beans. Many establish direct connections to those producers.

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

Expanding Montreal’s Third Wave Coffee Scene

I would travel (and do here in toronto where the coffee scene is way ahead of Montreal) for a good cup of coffee.

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

Best Espresso in the city...

I used to love Crema. My only problem with it now is that they messed up my favourite drink - the cortado - by adding steamed cream to it. It makes it taste bitter and dulls the taste of the coffee. But because baristas move around and are friends, it has meant that other cafes have started adding cream to their cortados too... But maybe I wouldn't have so much a problem with it (after all, all I have to do is ask them to use milk only) if the crema folks didn't go around telling people that their creamed cortado is the "authentic spanish way".

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Crema
3079 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6P1Z9, CA

Oct 18, 2011
peregrina in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Risotto with brown rice?

the advice was from Mark Bittman (I can imagine him and Batali arguing over it!) and I wasn't too sure about it but I really wanted to switch to brown rice since I'm intolerant to white rice and I was very pleased when it worked. Like I said in the post I linked originally, for the first 10 mins or so I didn't think much would come of it but then the magic happened and the sauce got creamy as it should and the rice acquired that nice al-dente texture of good risotto.

Sep 01, 2011
peregrina in Home Cooking

Risotto with brown rice?

I didn't think it was going to work either. But I have to say it didn't burst the grain (perhaps because it isn't parboiled for long?) and it resulted in a very creamy risotto with the characteristics you describe. I always use short grain brown rice and it has not failed me yet.

Sep 01, 2011
peregrina in Home Cooking

Risotto with brown rice?

ooops, strike "whole wheat"; I meant BROWN RICE of course... no wheat involved at all, of couse ... that's what I get for trying to type with 3 kittens walking all over me lol. Sorry about the typo.

May 29, 2011
peregrina in Home Cooking

Risotto with brown rice?

It's definitely possible; all you need to do is parboil the rice! It's a tip given by Mark Bittman - add the whole wheat short grain rice to a pot, cover it with at least an inch of water and bring it to a boil. Boil for 12 minutes, drain and set it aside. Use it in your risotto recipe as you would Arborio rice. I didn't think it would work but it got just as creamy and tasty as when I used arborio...

You can get a sense of how creamy it gets from this picture:
http://www.matoandmaplesyrup.com/2010...

May 29, 2011
peregrina in Home Cooking

Best Espresso in the city...

I am in love with Te Aro and Crafted. Very very nice coffee and a LOT of attention to every part of the process from how the beans are grown, how they are dried, roasted, and, finally, ground and the espresso pulled. I am a friend of one of their roasters and they work with and visit growers and are always cupping to test the quality and consistency of their beans.

But the best coffee I ever had is a cortado made by Louie at Manic.

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Te Aro
983 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M1K2, CA

Mar 24, 2011
peregrina in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best Espresso in the city...

My first choice is Louie's at Kensington. My problem with espresso drinks in this city (and most of North America) is the amount of milk. What they call a macchiato here would be a latte or capuccino in most of Europe! After living in Spain for a year, I got addicted to cortados, which is an espresso with some steamed milk. Picture below:
http://flickr.com/photos/guerson/2516...
The cup is barely larger than an espresso cup here.

So Ozzie makes me something that is very close, a macchiato (sp?) with more milk than foam (aka a "wet macchiato"):

http://flickr.com/photos/guerson/5570...

I find the beans at Cafe Mercurio too bitter and the owner of Bulldog too rude although I do go to both occasionally since I study at U of T and live near Church & Wellesley...

Feb 16, 2009
peregrina in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Organic Produce Delivery

I just got my first small organic box from Foodshare last week and I was very impressed with the quantity and quality of what I got. It cost only $22 and the quantities seem to be similar to over services charing in the $30-range. What I like about it is the element of surprise - not really knowing what will be in the box every week - and the fact that it forces me to cook at home more.

http://www.foodshare.net/goodfoodbox0...

Mar 04, 2008
peregrina in Ontario (inc. Toronto)