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Can we talk about canned salmon?

Hey - do you have any brand recs for these boutique canneries? I'm a BC native but we basically ate what we caught so I'm not familiar with much else. (in Montreal now and sadly lacking in sockeye)

Oct 18, 2013
montrealeater in General Topics

Can we talk about canned salmon?

I second Vital Choice - imo it's the best canned salmon I've come across (and I did an extensive search and tried many different brands). I buy their not-smoked sockeye, which always has a generous amount of bright orange oil in the can - other premium brands lacked his. It isn't cheap but purely in terms of the product itself it was clearly the top contender - for me, anyway.

Oct 17, 2013
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Ribena drink

St Laurent x Jean Talon - it's a short way west along Jean Talon from the intersection (less than a block IIRC). Very tiny, easy to miss.

Sep 29, 2013
montrealeater in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

sweet(ish) bread - challah or brioche?

Thank you for all the helpful comments - it does sound like it was challah, not brioche. 'Dense' was the wrong word to use, but 'chewy' wasn't. In my memory, it has no crumb-y quality at all and will pull apart along a grain, if that makes sense. I'm going to try the Smitten Kitchen recipe (thanks!), please cross fingers, I would looove to be able to recreate this delicious bread myself. Then load it up with butter while it's still warm. Ahh...

Aug 23, 2013
montrealeater in Home Cooking

Do you buy packaged food because you are addicted to that particular taste?

Well, I use mayo on sandwiches and I used the Kewpie for the same thing I used the Hellman's for. I'm always doing it wrong.

Aug 19, 2013
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Do you buy packaged food because you are addicted to that particular taste?

Is the Hellman's MSG free? I know Kewpie has it, it's weird because 99% of the time I prefer the foodstuff *with* MSG.

Aug 19, 2013
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Ice Cream, What Flavors are Your Favorite and Worst?

I'd love to know the criteria for what flavours they distribute where. As I said, I do on occasion see butter pecan here in Quebec but rarely and only ever in crappy brands (if there is ONE food on this earth I have to have the premium version of, it's ice-cream). Never even heard of black walnut - now I want that, too. This could be a made-up memory but it seems to me like butter pecan was fairly widely available when I was a child. Now it's seems to have become something of a specialty flavour. Come to think of it I rarely see neopolitan anymore either and that was a childhood staple.

Aug 18, 2013
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Ice Cream, What Flavors are Your Favorite and Worst?

Best: pistachio and butter pecan (WHY is butter pecan so rare these days? I barely ever see it and when I do it's usually a crappy brand)

Worst: bubblegum, rum raisin, tiger stripe

Aug 18, 2013
montrealeater in General Topics

Do you buy packaged food because you are addicted to that particular taste?

I have been using Kewpie for the past few months and have recently decided that I don't actually like it much. Just bought some Hellman's and tasting it again confirmed it for me - the Kewpie has an odd flavouriness that I find too much and even slightly offputting at times/with certain foods. The Hellmans just tastes creamy and mayo-y. Back to Hellmans!

Aug 18, 2013
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Do you buy packaged food because you are addicted to that particular taste?

Yes, Nong Shim, me too. My other favourite instant noodle is a Thai brand that does a bunch of different flavours - their shrimp flavour is the only one in silver packaging - this (the shrimp) stuff is even better than Nong Shim, imo, but it's hard to get - I sometimes get my parents to send me a bunch of it from the Asian grocer in their west coast town. If anyone can ID this brand for me I'd appreciate it (I can't read Thai, and am not even sure if this brand has an English ID).

Aug 18, 2013
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cheapest odd cuts (meat)

Is there a single butcher (or other) you can recommend that sells *cheap* bits? Any animal, things like chicken necks, hearts, beef/pork/lamb bits (incl. cheap stewing cubes) and bobs (a combo of meat AND bone is best). I feed my dogs raw and currently this means a schlep to get different items, I'd love to be able to go to one place and get an assortment. Human grade stuff because I sometimes use it, too. Plateau/downtown area is best but I'll travel for a good deal. Currently use Alim Pot - should I just stick with them?

Aug 13, 2013
montrealeater in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

ISO Montreal's best milkshake

Yes, milkshake recs please! I had (a version of) one from Les Givres about a week ago but when ordering I didn't realize I had to specify style so instead of a 'milk' shake I got more of a frothy strawberry and carbonated water (it could have been 7-Up type pop, too) drink - it was very good, very refreshing etc., but I am craving a thick, creamy classic shake still. I may go back and try the actual milkshake.

Aug 05, 2013
montrealeater in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Sticky Toffee pudding, do you have the perfect recipe?

Harters, do you happen to have a recipe for treacle pudding? The steamed kind? I've never seen it here in Canada or in the US and I miss it - miss drowning it in extra Tate and Lyle's golden syrup, too.

Jul 01, 2013
montrealeater in Home Cooking

sweet(ish) bread - challah or brioche?

Thank you! I am trying to think of ways to describe it. My mother doesn't use recipes and did not know what challah was when I asked her if that was what she was trying for - she's also in no way picky about how long she lets breads rise etc. - it depends on what else she's doing while she bakes. One thing I thought of is fancy bakery brioche vs bagged grocery store brioche. I am looking for something like the grocery store stuff - when you tear it you can see a grain, almost - the 'good' stuff is always delicate and has no visible grain, it crumbs when it breaks.

Can you clarify what you mean by fermentation in terms of bread making? Proofing = rising? I am not familiar with the terms as they apply here, I don't think. In terms of kneading would more or less be suitable when looking for a dense bread?

I know my mom's bread has a lot of eggs in it, but that's all I know - pretty sure no butter but can't swear to it.

Thank you again for answering, I am pretty stumped here and it is so frustrating to know what I want and not be sure how to get there myself. :)

Jul 01, 2013
montrealeater in Home Cooking

sweet(ish) bread - challah or brioche?

My mom used to make a bread she called 'egg bread' that I am trying to recreate and I can't figure out if it's challah or broiche or something else. The brioche I've had tends to be light, 'fluffy' etc. and the bread my mom made was heavy, dense, with a stretchy/chewy quality to it. Should I be making challah and just adding a little sugar? Is there anything I can do during the rising and/or kneading stages to encourage the dense/chewy quality? Any recipes or links to recipes appreciated.

Jul 01, 2013
montrealeater in Home Cooking

ISO biscuit-base, decadent cheesecake-y recipe

Does anyone have a recipe for a biscuit base (choc or not) no-bake recipe for something similiar to cheesecake but not cheesecake? The higher the dairy/fat content the better, chocolate or vanilla. Sour cream as an ingredient would be great but not 100% necessary. Thanks!

Jun 18, 2013
montrealeater in Home Cooking

Ham Ham Ham

I actually went there last time somebody rec'ed it to me on here and just asked them to put together $25 of their charcuterie and it was DAMN good. All of it, a lot of which I did not recognize, just tasty as hell. And no, not wet or gross at all. I'll check them out for plain ol' ham.

Jun 13, 2013
montrealeater in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Ham Ham Ham

Thanks everyone, I am going to work my way through these recs. I got some ham from La Vieille Europe a couple of days ago - it was OK (not wet and gross) but it still wasn't quite what I'm looking for. Their bratwurst is good, tho.

Jun 13, 2013
montrealeater in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Ham Ham Ham

Thanks - nailed it - I am very much trying to avoid the 'wet and gross' part of it.

Jun 13, 2013
montrealeater in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

delivery food request: help a girl and her man out?

Yeah, delivery here sucks. I wish we had some US style food delivery services here. Welcome to the savage north. ;)

Jun 13, 2013
montrealeater in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Ham Ham Ham

I've bought pork from here before (mince, chops etc.) and it has always been very good, so onto the ham list it goes. May even get there today/tomorrow.

Jun 11, 2013
montrealeater in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Ham Ham Ham

Yep, I want everyone's thoughts on the best/near-the-best. I'm making a list (ham Santa style) and Boucherie Atlantique is going on it, thanks. :)

Jun 11, 2013
montrealeater in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Deep Dish Pizza?

I always get it from the other (Milton?) location just because it's closer to where I live. It can be hit and miss but an Amelio's miss is still, to my mind, a smaller risk than ordering from somewhere unknown. Tried that a couple of times. Did not work out. This city. It needs proper sushi and pizza.

Jun 10, 2013
montrealeater in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Ham Ham Ham

Where is the best ham in Montreal? Just ham, plain old fashioned ham. Honey ham or black forest, too. I'd like to be able to buy it in slices.

Jun 10, 2013
montrealeater in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Deep Dish Pizza?

If I eat pizza, it's generally from Amelio's, so I suppose I'm about as close as I can get here in montreal. I am going to try and find the PC pizza mentioned above by Snackhappy, too.

Jun 10, 2013
montrealeater in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Wild Alaskan salamon

I have tried every brand of canned wild salmon I could get my hands on and the best, imo, was Vital Choice. I did try the Raincoast - not bad, but the Vital Choice was usually full of a lot of that deep orange oil - a lot less 'dry' than other brands. It ain't cheap, but few of them were.

Jun 10, 2013
montrealeater in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Deep Dish Pizza?

Is this common at Loblaws? I want to try it. Brand? Anyway I just googled Detroit style pizza. Who knew? (not me) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Detroit-...

Jun 10, 2013
montrealeater in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Cronuts?

That (cro magnon donuts) was my *exact* thought when I first heard them mentioned a couple of weeks ago. I was expecting some kind of retro or 'throwback' donut.

Jun 05, 2013
montrealeater in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Cronuts?

Ha! I was wondering if/when these would show up in Montreal - or (preliminary step) get a mention on Chowhound. They do sound delicious, but I have a big sweet tooth so they would. Actually headed to Leche for donuts right now...

Jun 04, 2013
montrealeater in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Most overrated 'luxury food?

I am undecided on beef from grassfed vs grainfed cows (and sadly suspect I may prefer the latter) but as for dairy grassfed is, imo, incomparable. The Allgau is grassfed, too. I find it hard to believe that people could not like grassfed butter. (although I do believe it)

May 06, 2013
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