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Swedish pearl sugar in Montreal or Canada?

I'm looking for Swedish pearl sugar, also called nib sugar, to roll my ginger cookies in. I've found Belgian pearl sugar at a gourmet food store on Laurier in Outremont, but not Swedish pearl sugar, which has a smaller grain. Aside from Ikea, which is far away, are there any places in Montreal that sell Swedish pearl sugar? Or that I can buy it online and have it shipped to Canada?

Best food options off of i-87 between NY and Montreal

We stopped by the Hickory BBQ Smokehouse in Kingston recently, and it was indeed worth it. Pleasant, casual, satisfying. Would stop again. Thanks for the tip.

Are there any good Doughnuts left in Montreal?

Reservoir in the Plateau has excellent warm beignets - plain, fresh donuts coated with plain white sugar and served with some kind of compote on the side. My favourite is a citrus puree, but the blueberry compote is good, too. They're closed for brunch until the fall, but it's possible the beignets might be available in the evening, too.

Where to buy bluefish pate around Boston?

Yes, it was made by Spence and yes, it is pretty good. :)

Mar 07, 2012
inibble in Greater Boston Area

Where to buy bluefish pate around Boston?

Thanks, guys. I found some tubs at Whole Foods and enjoyed some for brunch today with lime Tostitos. One guilty pleasure off the list!

Mar 03, 2012
inibble in Greater Boston Area

Where to buy bluefish pate around Boston?

I'm visiting Boston for a conference, and wanted to stock up on some things to take back with me to Montreal. One of the things I remember fondly from my time in RI was bluefish pate. But where to buy in Boston? I used to get mine from a fishmonger, but I don't want to drive 1+ hours down there to get bluefish pate.

Mar 01, 2012
inibble in Greater Boston Area

Where to buy Vanilla beans and spices

I buy all my spices from, an American spice catalog. I make an annual order. They have vanilla beans, but do not have fennel pollen.

I-87 from NYC to Lake George

I just went to Gus' Red Hots based on this recommendation, but did not enjoy the "michigan." The meat sauce smothering the pale hot dog was just spicy and not savory at all. I could feel the heartburn starting even before biting into it. It was so disappointing that I ordered a rice pudding for dessert, and, after eating my way through 6" of delicious whipped cream, I found that that rice in the pudding was hard and chewy and that the pudding flavor had taken on the odors and taste of the fridge. Perhaps it hadn't been covered properly in the cooler. The two dishes only cost $7, so I guess you get what you pay for, but I wouldn't go back there myself; I'd rather wait and stop by a service station instead.

Best food options off of i-87 between NY and Montreal

Thanks - I went to Hattie's Restaurant and had great bbq ribs, collard greens, and candied yams. The service was very friendly and simple, too, and they didn't give me a hard time even though I was eating alone. That one's definitely a keeper, though the place filled up so quickly that I think for a drive-by dinner option, it's probably best if you go right when it opens or you'll have a wait, which will extend the driving time.

I had tried the Hattie's Chicken Shack last year, and found it good - the fried chicken and sweet potato fries are tasty and hot - but not necessarily worth it to go out of my way for. Since it's a counter-type fast food place, it's quick.

Lunch in Old Montreal

It's probably too late for you, but Olives et Gourmando has a nice, trendy lunch (from the Toque! team). The Europea Espace Boutique has a nice takeout option if you're on the go.

1227, rue de la Montagne, Montreal, QC H3G1Z2, CA

Best food options off of i-87 between NY and Montreal

I drive down to New Jersey from Montreal and back again several times each year, and always end up stopping at the Friendly's off of exit 19 by Kingston for lunch or dinner. While I have enjoyed their crispy chicken tenders, surely there are other options close to i-87!

-Less than 15 minutes from i-87. Let's not make a long drive even longer.
-Located in NY, anywhere just off of i-87 between Kingston and Warrensburg. That's the range in which I usually get hungry or need a longer break.
-Any price range, any cuisine. I equally enjoy greasy spoons, holes-in-the-wall and 5-star restaurants as the occasion presents itself. I'll eat anything if well-seasoned and properly cooked. If it's been a long, hard drive in bad weather, I like to treat myself to an especially nice meal. Other times, if I'm running late, I just need something quick and tasty where I can eat and pay within 40 minutes.

Your help is much appreciated!!

The Best Baklava in Montreal?

Rumi Grill on Saint-Laurent by Mont-Royal. They are buttery, flaky, and delicious. The pieces are just too small...but that doesn't stop me going back for more!

5198 Rue Hutchison, Outremont, QC H2V4A9, CA

Romantic Lunch Recommendation in old Montreal

l'Arrivage in Pointe-a-Calliere has a nice view of the Old Port; food is ok.
Olives et Gourmando has no view, but is surrounded by the old buildings, which is picturesque. Nice food and presentation, but gets noisy and crowded.
If you walk a little north, in Place des Arts, Brasserie T! has a chic, delicious menu with a nice view of either the water fountains or large white globes.

Smørrebrød ingredients in Montreal?

Yes to rambling and YES!! to sharing recipes! I can make gravlax, but never tried pickled herring. My husband is especially fond of the little shrimp, so if you have any recipes for sauces there, they would be MUCH appreciated!

Yukon Gold Potatoes

I second the Jean-Talon public market. There's a potato vendor there that has all sorts of potatoes, including Yukon Gold. They're smaller than what you usually find at a regular supermarket, but very good. I love them for buttermilk mashed potatoes. Prices are reasonable, and the potatoes keep very well.

Smørrebrød ingredients in Montreal?

I'm thinking of making some very Danish Smørrebrød, open-faced sandwiches. Pickled herring, those little shrimp, gravlax, chopped onion, chives, dill, thinly sliced cucumber, the works. I've visited Copenhagen many times, and am familiar with typical Smørrebrød, but have never made them myself, so don't know where to find the speciality goods, and what brands to use (especially pickled herring, little shrimp, and coarse, dense bread). I don't want to end up with half-used jars of bad pickled herring (ew). Any suggestions?

What are your favorite restaurants in Montreal?

Right now, Brasserie T!, Lemeac, Laloux. I could eat at any one of these everyday for a week...or longer...and not get bored.

Americans Abroad: How do you celebrate Thanksgiving?

I've lived abroad several times in my life, and usually ignore American Thanksgiving (except one time in China when Mom bought a tiny little turkey for $50). I now live in Canada, and ignore both Thanksgivings, since one is too early in the year for me and no one around here celebrates the other day. I do buy a turkey sometime in between and have a small party with friends, but otherwise, US Thanksgiving seems best celebrated in the US.

Nov 20, 2010
inibble in General Topics

What time do you sit down for Thanksgiving Dinner?

My parents serve it anytime between 3:30 and 6:00pm. Later and you can't drive home because you're so full and warm; earlier and you've just eaten lunch. Dinner generally gets drawn out until 9:00pm, including dessert.
Since I've only done turkey twice, dinner at my house is anytime between 6:00-8:00pm since I didn't have dish management down yet.

Nov 20, 2010
inibble in General Topics

Montreal weekend lunch/brunch options (not too eggy)

My husband and I enjoy going to a resto for lunch or brunch on Saturday and Sunday, but we always rotate between the same restos. "Nice" means good food, don't care too much about service, preferably close to a metro but not necessary since I can drive. My husband doesn't like eggs, but I do. Any new suggestions?

Here's where we currently go to (and would recommend):
Olives et Gourmando
Dimsum at La Maison Kamfung or Ruby Rouge
Sparrow (more my cup of tea than his)
St-Viateur Bagels (with a visit to Petits Gateaux for cupcakes afterwards)
Chez Schwartz
The Main (husband likes this better than Schwartz's, but I prefer Schwartz's brightness)
Hamel Fromagerie in Jean-Talon Market (nice cheeseplate)
Eggspectation (more of a last resort - the closest one we go to is at Place des Arts, though I think the one by Guy Concordia is better. Husband likes the BLT)


St-Viateur Bagel
231 Rue St-Viateur Ouest, Montr, Montreal, QC , CA

Jean-Talon Market
7075 Avenue Casgrain, Montreal, QC H2S, CA

1661 Boul De L'avenir, Laval, QC H7S2N5, CA

Avoid Farmers' Market Faux Pas

In Montreal, produce is much cheaper at the farmers markets than in the grocery store. Going to the farmers markets is very commonplace here, and shopping at the farmers market isn't just for foodies, as in many American markets (that is, from what I've seen along the East Coast). I think it helps that the markets are open 7 days/week and the general laidback attitude of Canada, but also because it's less expensive than the supermarkets, it doesn't have the same socioeconomic status as in the US.

Aug 29, 2010
inibble in Features

First anniversary road-trip: Montreal, Quebec City, Portland, ME, and Boston

If you're going to the Jean-Talon Market, I would recommend stopping at Hamel's cheese shop around lunch time, which is situated in one of the permanent shops surrounding the central market area. They have a tiny cafe-bistro that has an great little cheese plate.

My recommendations for Montreal are:
Laloux or l'Express, La Paryse, l'Epicerie, St-Viateur Bagels, Olives et Gourmando, Taj

-stay away from Toque!, which is just expensive with poorly seasoned food

American stuff (foodstuffs, equipment, etc.) you can't find in Canada?

Yes, I found it in that fish store that's way to the right when you walk in through the main entrance of Jean-Talon, past the butcher's, etc.. Crab cakes just weren't the same without. Oh, and I've picked up some canned lump crab meat, now, too.

Dec 24, 2009
inibble in General Topics

American stuff (foodstuffs, equipment, etc.) you can't find in Canada?

I'm visiting the US for the holidays, and want to stock up on things that I can't find or have a hard time finding in Montreal. I'd already made American visitors bring me grits, orange tic tacs (just not the same when they're white), and powdered buttermilk. I finally found Old Bay Seasoning at a Jean Talon Market store.

Any other ideas? Does anyone else have things they're used to in the US that they can't find in Canada? Maybe unsulfered molasses?

Dec 21, 2009
inibble in General Topics

Restaurant delivery suggestions for Montreal (Old Montreal)?

I regret throwing out all the junk menus I get every week - I could really use them now! I am really sick and don't have the energy to cook. Any resto suggestions that will deliver to Old Montreal? I will eat anything, but especially like pizza, Chinese, and sushi (some say you shouldn't eat raw fish when ill, but I've never listened to them). So far, my only option is Dominos.

What cream to use to make homemade cultured butter?

I moved to Montreal, QC from the US and still can't get all of the creams straight. I don't understand the huge variety of dairy here - thickened, old-fashioned, cooking, table, coffee, etc., as well as the different gradations of milk fat percentage. I don't like that they all - Quebon, Lactania - seem to have additives in the cream like gum. Which cream should I use if I want to make homemade butter? I used to just use heavy cream and add a spoonful of sour cream to culture it for a day or two before churning.

Oct 25, 2009
inibble in Home Cooking

Chez L'Epicier, still a good choice?

My husband and I went there last week. It was good enough that I'd give it an A/A-. We went around 6pm, and enjoyed an almost empty restaurant. The waitstaff were attentive, the food presentation was very good, and we enjoyed ourselves. We only had a limited time - 1.5 hours, I think - for dinner, as we were rushing to catch a movie by the Sherbrooke metro, but we made it with time to spare. The ambiance was a little pretentious, almost Martha Stewart-like in its minimalism, and I had a little trouble understanding all of the big words on the French/English menu, but overall we agreed that it would be a good special occassion restaurant. It was very pricey - $120 before tip for 2 appetizers, 2 main courses, 2 desserts, and 1 coffee.

Mail order spices that ship to Montreal (like Penzeys)?

So Penzeys says they'll only ship to Canada for a whopping $65.25, which is over half of the cost of my entire order. This doesn't seem right. Does anyone order their spices online or from a catalog in Quebec, and if so where do you get yours?

Where to buy stove and fridge in Monteal?

Because I kept getting lost trying to get to Brault et Martineau, and didn't find what I wanted at Brick, I ended up getting both stove, fridge, and a dehumidifier from Sears in Laval. The saleswoman who helped me didn't speak English, so I resorted to using my very limited French and a lot of gesticulating. I took the 5-year warrantes on each, so it came out to almost $2,400 total, including delivery, etc.. The hole cut out in the wall for the fridge was so small that they only had one option that provided us with both freezer and fridge compartments. I can't complain, and since they had the best website, I'll probably by my washer/dryer combo from them, too, when we recover from the kitchen splurge.

Where to buy stove and fridge in Monteal?

I just moved to Montreal from the US and need to buy a new stove and fridge for my tiny urban apartment. The spaces are alreay cut out of the wall, so I'm looking for a small electric stove and a small apartment-sized fridge w/freezer. Husband and I are looking to spend roughly (or less) $2,000 total for both appliances. (I'm guessing around $1,500 for the stove and about $500 for the fridge.) I think I'm favoring a Kenmore or GE stove, but I guess I'll take what I can get.

Our real estate agent had recommended Brault & Martineau, but it seems like there's a lot of angst towards it online - is that just a few people who are pissed off, or is that the general consensus? If I were in the US, I'd be looking at HomeDepot (where we got our previous washer) or Sears. I'll be checking out their Montreal counterparts, but wondered if there were some good appliance specialty stores I should also be checking out, since my search thus far has been entirely online and sometimes good local stores don't have websites.