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sushi ingredients for home preparation

Speaking of sushi and where to find supplies, is there anywhere that anyone knows of that might have aged sushi rice?

I'm looking to mix my own rice.

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Jan 06, 2009
sksoze in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

DUCK & OYSTERS

Thank you very much, it's appreciated. Have a nice New Year.

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Jan 05, 2009
sksoze in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

The best bar / pub grub

I had spent some time running around the downtown area looking for nacho's with jalapeño's to no avail.

At the time it seemed odd to me that I couldn't get them anywhere.

I've finally resorted to making my own. The next step is probably walking around with hot peppers in my pockets so I can stop anywhere that serves them, and do them the way I like them to be done.

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Jan 05, 2009
sksoze in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Au Pied Disappointment

It sounds like the general consensus is that the only bone to pick with the place really, is in the seafood department.

I should be making my way there soon, and if I do maybe I'll see if I can't order a decent plate of seafood something and share my thoughts as well. However, chances are now I'll purposely steer clear of it and use those dollars towards something I'll be sure to enjoy.

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Jan 05, 2009
sksoze in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

DUCK & OYSTERS

carswell I have a quick duck related question for you since you seem to be extremely knowledgeable about the Montreal food scene.

Do you know of any decent places to get duck of any kind except muscovy? I was hoping you might have a few suggestions.

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Dec 30, 2008
sksoze in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Au Pied Disappointment

I'd be interested to know more about which dishes you and your friends ordered and what you thought of each one specifically.

Sorry to hear about both bad experiences. From what I've read and I've been told, they just seem like bad breaks.

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Dec 30, 2008
sksoze in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Good Montreal (Downtown) Butcher ... ?

I coincidentally saw this after reading your post, so I figured I'd share for anyone interested in Montreal butchers.

http://www.lesleychesterman.com/artic...

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Dec 18, 2008
sksoze in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

ISO: tender grape leaves

I went to Adonis for the first time tonight. While I was there, I made a detour and scoped out grape leaves for you. They had a decent selection which I'm sure you saw, but I haven't gotten them packaged before so I can't recommend any.

But, I did find at one of the fresh counters--this was at Adonis on Sauve O--they had some decent looking grape leaves near the nuts and olives. I didn't get a chance to actually try one, as I was only passing, but they looked better than those in the jar and you might want to give them a look the next time you're there.

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Dec 16, 2008
sksoze in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

ISO: tender grape leaves

I didn't get a chance to get out of the car in Park X, so I'm still searching.

I'd think these things would be easier.

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Dec 09, 2008
sksoze in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Hot and Sour Soup - the real thing

I've found that China is so large and diversified that often times it's hard to find the "true" dish, as everyone says their different variations of the same dishes are the "true" variation.

Considering the age of the civilization and the fact that when a lot of classic Chinese cuisine was created, people from one town or province couldn't get on the phone and call another to verify that the other is making the dish "correctly," I often find a lot of "authentic" variations and that the truth usually lies somewhere in the inbetween.

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Dec 08, 2008
sksoze in Home Cooking

Hot and Sour Soup - the real thing

Thank you for sharing.

It's always a pain to sift through the recipe off-shoots of a dish--especially a classic one--until you finally find something authentic.

So again, thank you.

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Dec 08, 2008
sksoze in Home Cooking

npr new public radio kitchen

Thanks for the heads up.

Hopefully NPR can build this into a quality resource.

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Dec 08, 2008
sksoze in Food Media & News

New Years Eve in Montreal

Crescent is a really active and "touristy" street.

I haven't been there on New Years, but I'd assume it can get pretty live. I stayed for several months over on Towers, and usually that area of St. Catherine was nicely active during the day and loud and rowdy at night.

I like Hurley's a lot on lower Crescent, and last time I was there they made me some of the best martini's I've had in Montreal.

I'm not saying you shouldn't go to Crescent, I'm just saying I wouldn't be surprised if it was nuts on New Years Eve. You might want to have a few places on hand.

Normally I'd offer a suggestion but this year will be the first year I'm celebrating New Years in Montreal as well.

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Dec 08, 2008
sksoze in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

I want an instant read thermometer for Christmas

It's not too shabby, but it is what it is.

The calibration tests I've done with it along with cooking and website research for reviews, it doesn't seem like a bad little back up to have. There isn't a lot of information out there on it and time will tell if it holds up, but for now it seems to be doing what I need it to do.

You raise a good point about candy making. I don't make candy so mentioning that slipped my mind. I also bought it here in Canada, so I think that's where our price differences came into play.

When I start putting it through the finer paces and seeing if it's worth it's salt, like rigging stove top sous vide setups at home, I'm sure I'll need a better one.

If I run into any of the funkyness expected from an electronic at this price, I'll be sure let everyone know.

But as it stands, I'm happy with it.

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Dec 07, 2008
sksoze in Cookware

I want an instant read thermometer for Christmas

I recently picked one up from Ikea for 10 dollars.

It has a timer, a temperature alert, reads from 32-266F, has a cord heat resistant up to 428F, a strong enough magnet on the back and as far as my use and it's been accurate with a lag time of about 4 seconds in between temperature readings.

It's been doing what I need to do well and accurately.

The one downside is it lacks a name brand and an on / off switch. You have to put the battery in to turn it on and take it out to turn it off.

Other than that, it's not a bad start for less than 10 bucks.

It's called "Fantast" and it says "Design Carl Ojerstam" for anyone who might be interested or looking for more information on this thing. It's made in China.

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Dec 07, 2008
sksoze in Cookware

Artisanal cheese event 6-7 Dec, Jean-Talon Market

Then I missed the advertisement, and also the event. Far from a first for me.

I got there after it finished. Maybe tomorrow.

I'd be interested in hearing what others thought if they attended.

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Dec 06, 2008
sksoze in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Best eats in Montreal?

So, let me get this straight.

Do you like the place... or not?

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Dec 06, 2008
sksoze in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

ISO: tender grape leaves

Ok. I've heard there might be some people who know where to get good grape leaves over in the Park X area.

I looked into it and I can see why, considering it was once an area with a dense Greek population.

I might be over that way today, if I am I'll take a detour to Park Extension and see if I can't shake any fellow Greeks down for the real goods.

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Dec 06, 2008
sksoze in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Best eats in Montreal?

La Queue du Cheval - A good steakhouse, but expensive.

Avesta - A good and not too expensive Turkish restaurant. I've heard a few people from Turkey saying it's as close as they've found to authentic in Montreal.

O Noir - Is a bit pricey, but a totally unique experience. You eat in the dark, and the waitstaff is blind.

Schwartz's - 3895 St. Laurent. Blvd. Not really in downtown, but it's not too far either. It's a really famous smoked meat place. Not expensive and the food is good.

La Fau Bourg food court has a good Thai place called Cuisine Bangkok.

I tried to present you some places that are at a range of budgets and different interests because I'm not sure what you're looking for or what you're willing to spend.

I thought of these off the top of my head, and my head has yet to get the required amount of coffee needed before it starts working properly, but these should fair decently well.

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Dec 06, 2008
sksoze in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Artisanal cheese event 6-7 Dec, Jean-Talon Market

Thank you for the information.

I'll try to make it there sometime today. I wish I had heard about it earlier.

I was recently at the Marche Jean-Talon and I had no idea they were planning this.

Either they haven't done a good job promoting it, or I missed every possible sign and advertisement, which could easily be the case.

If I get down there in time, I'll share my experience. I hope others might do the same for those who can't make it.

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Dec 06, 2008
sksoze in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Moderation on Chowhound

I have to agree.

From what they've shown in this discussion and what I've seen of it, it seems that they are open to discussion in the proper context, instead of the questionable thread, keeping the threads "CHOW Integrity" (TM) intact, while still being transparent for the community.

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Dec 05, 2008
sksoze in Site Talk

ISO: tender grape leaves

I see.

I had misunderstood and thought you meant the stuffed leaves.

If you ever get your hands on them, feel free to buy a bunch and freeze some for later. From what I've experienced, they freeze fairly well.

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Dec 05, 2008
sksoze in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Moderation on Chowhound

I see the logic behind the rule.

As for the summer camp analogy, I meant to illustrate the idea that they themselves, which in context of the forum consists of their posts, silently disappearing is about the equivalent of the aforementioned analogy. Granted their account wasn't deleted, but if their posts are, it's hard to draw the line of their "existence."

Anyways, it was just a first impression that left me sour. The poster could have been an awful and destructive person to the forum, I really wouldn't know. But that was the impression I first got, right or wrong.

I mentioned it for consideration in context of the conversation.

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Dec 05, 2008
sksoze in Site Talk

How do I go about using a signature properly?

Thank you for the timely reply.

I'm going to test it here.

It looks like there is no hyperlinking here?

So I assume something like the signature below will be ok?

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Dec 05, 2008
sksoze in Site Talk

ISO: tender grape leaves

Maybe we can kill two birds with one stone?

I was just about to make a post looking for Greek spice / seasoning. I suspect that if we want some quality, we can probably find the two at or near the same place.

My whole life I've eaten hand made grape leaves. Greek, spicy Albanian off shoots (which are fantastic), etc. Until two weeks ago. I found a can of them in my friends house. A can. I didn't even know such a beast exists. I may have been spoiled all my life by my mothers and my grandmothers and their friends grape leaves, but regardless, I had a few drinks and was feeling brave, so I tried one from the can and ugh, I can only hope you are nowhere in the ballpark of those.

I feel a personal duty to you to find you some proper grape leaves, and at the same time find me some proper Greek seasoning. I would think that with the Greek population here, either should not be hard. So let us join forces.

But if worse comes to worse, I might have to track down the ingredients and give you a real recipe so you my friend, shall suffer no more.

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Dec 05, 2008
sksoze in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

How do I go about using a signature properly?

I've searched the board and scoured my account, but I haven't come up with the answer to properly utilizing my signature.

I know that bloggers are allowed to put links to the front pages of their blogs in their signatures, so long as they stay within the reasonable site rules regarding this.

The sksoze abides.

The problem lies in me being unclear about whether or not this signature is a forum feature, or is placed at the end of each post by the user.

Could someone clear this up for me and let me know how to properly approach this privilege?

Dec 05, 2008
sksoze in Site Talk

Moderation on Chowhound

I don't think the problem lies in deletion, but in deletion without justification.

I'm fairly new to the board, and one of my first experiences here was watching another user, who spoke well and wasn't reckless, get repeatedly deleted until they declared they've had enough and left.

Now keep in mind this user wasn't brash or irrational. Their first post that was deleted concerned sanitary conditions of a food joint the rest of us were talking about eating at. I don't think that was too far off topic, and in fact, I think it's a disservice to the community to do such a thing. Blatant slander is one thing, but civilized discourse within the realm of what's being discussed is another. And as far as I know, that user approached with the latter.

I watched as what seemed a rational exchange in my opinion, got silently deleted into oblivion. As a new user, it left a bad taste in my mouth for the site and it's anonymous moderators.

It was like joining a fun summer camp and on the first day seeing a kid being dragged off and done away with while being told "Don't look and don't ask, be happy it wasn't you." I haven't been here long and I already feel confined to a tight box of conduct.

Maybe it will pass, and maybe it won't, but it could all be avoided by leaving explanations as to the deletion. Saying it will drag the topic off of discussion and people will talk about the deletions is not a great defense, not in the face of the alienation of users.

Dec 05, 2008
sksoze in Site Talk

Hidden gems around Guy/Concordia

I took a small detour down St. Marc to check for you today.

It is indeed Wawel.

I don't know too much about the place. It seems the same woman is always there single-handedly running the place. She's always as friendly as her Polish bacon is good, so the few times I've been there, it's been a pleasure.

If you do decide to stop in and check it out, see what info you can't dig up and share with us. I'd be interested to know more about the food she carries.

Dec 03, 2008
sksoze in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Hidden gems around Guy/Concordia

You make a good point and I am sure that had something to do with it.

Dec 03, 2008
sksoze in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

BUNS, minimal hamburger joint on St Catherine

There's a secret hamburger cart over by Bishop street.

If you go through the alley where the old hotel is, I forgot what it's name is, there is a small parking lot in back.

In between 11 A.M. and 3 P.M. there's a man tucked away behind the...

I'm kidding.

I meant in places like New York, not specifically in Montreal. I should have been more specific.

Dec 03, 2008
sksoze in Quebec (inc. Montreal)