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Opening/Closings January to March 2014

And not even WAY up..... that'll teach me not to scan before I type....

Mar 11, 2014
JohnnyGe in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Opening/Closings January to March 2014

La Queue de Poisson anyone?? Opening April Fool's..... in Verdun chez former Mas Cuisine.

Mar 11, 2014
JohnnyGe in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Best Calgary restaurants?

Don't forget to check out Rouge in Inglewood

Jan 30, 2014
JohnnyGe in Prairie Provinces

Opening/Closings January to March 2014

That'll teach me just to do a "drive-by" report....Shock to see though.

Jan 25, 2014
JohnnyGe in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Opening/Closings January to March 2014

Looks like Caffe Italia on St. Laurent in Little Italy all papered over. A shame... Great espresso joint!

Jan 24, 2014
JohnnyGe in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

West Island Italian Restaurants for a Rehearsal Dinner?

As compared to???? In Riccardo's range for pasta and pizza, and pretty heftier portions on meats reflect the price difference. And remember the wine bill. Cheapest wine at Riccardo's is $30 per, while a good SAQ can be had for $15. To each their own.........

Jan 24, 2014
JohnnyGe in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Lunch for 50 at ville st. Laurent or Cartierville

Check out Vivaldi's in Perrefonds, on Gouin west of the 13. BYOB and very responsive to dietary considerations. Also very reasonable.

http://www.restovivaldi.com

Jan 21, 2014
JohnnyGe in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

West Island Italian Restaurants for a Rehearsal Dinner?

I would second Vivaldi's as a good BYOB spot on the West Island.

Jan 16, 2014
JohnnyGe in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Best quality/price sushi in the Greater Montreal?

My yens are at Kyoto on Decarie in Ville St. Laurent.....

Jan 06, 2014
JohnnyGe in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Cassoulet in YYC?

Fleur de Sel??

Dec 23, 2013
JohnnyGe in Prairie Provinces

Prepared Christmas Dinner delivery to your door in Montreal 2013

One last one.... was shopping at Adonis last night and they has a poster up for a all the trimmings turkey available for Xmas delivery at $119. FYI only as I haven't checked the product out. Good luck!

Dec 18, 2013
JohnnyGe in Quebec (inc. Montreal)
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Bier Markt anyone?

Didn't make brunch. Too much of a pain finding parking given the mounds of snow. Will wait for Montreal snow team to clear out before I attempt a visit.

Dec 15, 2013
JohnnyGe in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Bier Markt anyone?

Any CH'ers done the Bier Markt thing ywt? Checked out their mobile site and some pretty interesting choices. Might try out the Brunch on this snowy Sunday morning.....

Dec 15, 2013
JohnnyGe in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

WHERE CAN I FIND REALLY GOOD FRIED CHICKEN IN THE BASKET?

One more vote for PouletBronzé....

Nov 26, 2013
JohnnyGe in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Where do you get your grass fed organic meat ?

Morgan Farms my go-to place...

http://www.fermemorgan.com

Oct 29, 2013
JohnnyGe in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Authentic Sushi with Japanese Chef

Good, not great, sushi, served by Korean chef. Stil looking.......

Oct 13, 2013
JohnnyGe in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Authentic Sushi with Japanese Chef

Hey Gloriaa,

Thought I'd respond to you as you started taking me down the discrimination road. What I was trying to get across was my perception that a professionally-trained (aka apprenticed) sushi chef would be greatly appreciated, and yes, I stereotyped such a chef as Japanese. My apologies if I offended anyone (Porker? eatwell?). So let me rephrase the question.....

Is there an authentic, apprenticed, and social sushi chef in town serving nigiri that would knock my Montreal socks off? And yes, I've been to the Ginza, Vancouver, NY and Missisauga, thank you!

Oct 08, 2013
JohnnyGe in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Authentic Sushi with Japanese Chef

Arigatou!

Oct 07, 2013
JohnnyGe in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Authentic Sushi with Japanese Chef

On the subject of fish and Montreal, where o where might I find a sushi bar staffed with Japanese sushi chef(s) on the island??? Most sushi chefs I run into are Korean, Taiwanese, Vietnamese, but alas no Japanese.

Oct 07, 2013
JohnnyGe in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Journal de Montreal Feature - Fish mislabeling

Interesting article in this morning's (October 6th) Journal about the games being played with fish identification in both fishmonger's as well as restaurant facilities. Reporters identified a number of establishments, particulary sushi joints, where Red Tuna, is being substituted with Bigeye Tuna. Seems the only way to confirm the real identity of your fish product is DNA testing, which is time-consuming and expensive according to the reporters. And our fod agencies seem much more interested in shellfish inspection that in identifying and challenging mislabeled fish products. And a standard excuse the retailers/restaurants give is that their fish orders come in labeled as the real thing and, alas, you get tilapia or pangasius instead of snapper or sole.

http://www.journaldemontreal.com/2013...

Oct 06, 2013
JohnnyGe in Quebec (inc. Montreal)
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Wineries in Tuscany/Siena

We did Castelo di Fonterutoli located about 20 minutes north of Sienna. Great time, had lunch at the outdoor covered restaurant, toook the wine tour to vist the 150+year old wine cellars, and finally did the wine tasting. A very enjoyable and enlightnening afternoon in Tuscan wine country. The Mazzei family have done a great job catering to visitors and made our visit fun.

Via Ottone III di Sassonia n°5, Loc. Fonterutoli
I-53011 Castellina in Chianti (SI)

http://www.fonterutoli.com/

Enjoy!

Aug 13, 2013
JohnnyGe in Italy

Cronut in YYC

Has anyone seen these babies being served in Calgary? Just wonderin......

Jul 30, 2013
JohnnyGe in Prairie Provinces

Montepertuso (Positano)

Don't want to confuse you even further but my wife and I really enjoyed Il Ritrivo last summer. Great service, views from the outside terrace are fabulous, and the food would definitely fit the veg regime. Of your two restaurants, my suggestion would be La Terra, very rustic and passable service. Do enjoy Monterpertuso, it definitely was a highlight of our week on the Amalfi!

Jun 29, 2013
JohnnyGe in Italy

Flooded restaurants YYC

How did River Cafe fare??? Prince's Island did not look very hospitable.....

Jun 24, 2013
JohnnyGe in Prairie Provinces

Flooded restaurants YYC

Anyone got any info on which restaurants remain closed as a result of flooding? Rouge? Charcut?

Jun 23, 2013
JohnnyGe in Prairie Provinces

Restaurant Closings in 2013

As noted in another post, Casa Napoli on St. Laurent in Little Italy is done.

May 23, 2013
JohnnyGe in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Casa Napoli R.I.P.???

Definitely a big hole to fill in Little Italy. And the GP just around the corner too..... What are the Ferrari enthusiasts going to do????

May 22, 2013
JohnnyGe in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

What's new Montreal??

Went to Namos (ex-Vegera) a day earlier than planned, and overall, a pretty good clone of the old Vegera but all mezes. Had to share the main room with a loud and boisterous group of 15 or so, all intent on watching the Glorieux lose to les Senateurs. Would have been even noisier if the Habs had won but alas....

Oh yeah, the food. As this was later evening noshing, did 5 dishes between the 2 of us. Greek salad (chunky tomatoes, not very ripe, but flavorful nevertheless), mixed fried zucchini and eggplant with tzatziki (pretty good portion and thick, cream, garlicky tzatziki, very good), Tunisian octopus with capers, onions (very nicely though a little underdone for my SO), Saganaki (loved the flaming Ouzo touch, and a large piece of cheese, very nice). A couple of glasses of Kouros and a couple of Mythos beer. All in for just under $100.

Would I go back??? Yup, more reasonably priced than Vegera, more manageable portions, and still had the family-run feel to it. Gave my regards to Peter (new proprietor, and son of Vegera's mom-and-pop operation). Kitchen was hopping but did an admirable job of keeping up. Service was friendly, efficient and there when you needed it. A keeper in my books.

May 02, 2013
JohnnyGe in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

What's new Montreal??

A side note on Vegera, one of my fav family-run greek estiatorios. It is no more, having shut down last fall. Mom and dad retired, son now runs Namos, same location with a focus on mezes. Have a look at the menu.

http://namosrestaurant.com/en/#home

Will be checking it out over the next couple of weeks and let fellow CHs know of the experience. Crossing my fingers!!!!

May 01, 2013
JohnnyGe in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Laurier BBQ/1837 - R.I.P.

Well, had to happen sooner or later. Hopefully we can give the lady a proper burial. Wonder's what next at the venerable location????

Apr 16, 2013
JohnnyGe in Quebec (inc. Montreal)