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Chez Boris

Has anyone been to Chez Boris yet? It's a donut cafe in Mile End that's opened recently and I'm curious to hear if it's just a gimmick (the new cupcake) or if it's actually delicious.

Jul 28, 2012
eoj in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Where to find Sambal Bajak?

My favourite brand in the Netherlands is Kokki Djawa because their Sambal Badjak has got some heat, but you can still taste a nice sweet/sour flavour as well. Sambal Oelek is just heat to my palate.

Apr 13, 2012
eoj in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Where to find Sambal Bajak?

Has anyone seen Sambal Bajak in Montreal?

Apr 06, 2012
eoj in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Montreal with 1 year old

We lived in Montreal for 6 years and will be returning to visit with our 1 year old in June. We loved places like DNA and Au Cinquieme Peche, but I have no sense of how welcome small people are in fancy restaurants in Montreal since we didn't have kids when we lived there. Do places have high chairs? We live in Amsterdam now and even very fancy restaurants will often have a high chair and are very happy to include children.

I remember seeing posts back when I followed the board regularly about restaurants turning away people with young children. My daughter has been taken to restaurants since she was teeny-tiny, so she is very well-behaved and we are always prepared for one of us to go stand outside with her if she's being disruptive. We would probably aim for lunch rather than dinner, but we'd love to visit DNA again. Any thoughts on fine dining that welcomes small children in Montreal?

Apr 06, 2012
eoj in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Two weeks in Benelux

There's plenty of threads covering favourites and highlights in Amsterdam if you search the board. Maybe ask something a little more specific if you want a tailored response.

http://www.chow.com/search?query=amst...

Mar 21, 2011
eoj in Europe

Looking for a venue for small wedding ceremony/reception :: 60 people

They have some pictures on their website under Receptions & Events > Banquet Rooms. I think it's prettier in person than in the photos.

We also had our ceremony in the room upstairs (I think it's the "Dulong" room) and our reception in the dining room downstairs... but they have several different private spaces for receptions.

Mar 02, 2011
eoj in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

AMSTERDAM ITINERARY - FOR REFERENCE AND SUGGESTION

I like Puccini Bomboni.

http://www.puccinibomboni.com/

Feb 27, 2011
eoj in Europe

Looking for a venue for small wedding ceremony/reception :: 60 people

I would suggest finding somewhere where you can have both the ceremony and reception since it makes planning so much easier (especially if you are doing most of the arrangements remotely). It also makes it easier for your guests, especially if they're not local and may not have convenient transportation.

I would not recommend Decca77 as a wedding event venue. It's more somewhere people would have business dinners and recent reviews have been pretty terrible.

Feb 25, 2011
eoj in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Boston foodie spending 2 days in Utrecht--need help please!

Something to keep in mind if you have the time is that Utrecht is not really that far from Amsterdam (many people will even commute), so you could also plan a meal in Amsterdam. I think it's about 40 mins on the train.

Feb 25, 2011
eoj in Europe

Looking for a venue for small wedding ceremony/reception :: 60 people

I had my wedding (both ceremony and reception) at Auberge St-Gabriel in Old Montreal. They were fabulous to work with for the planning, had lots of menu options and flexibility, and it's a beautiful old building with lots of atmosphere.

We had comments from several people that it was the best food they'd ever had at a wedding and we were super happy with it ourselves. We had the cocktail-dinatoire, rather than a sit-down meal, but based on the food we had, I would expect the plated banquet meals to be delicious too.

edited to add: If I recall correctly, I think our final food costs were about $65/person, including beverages. Obviously, I expect for a sit-down meal it would cost more and people will tend to drink more alcohol at an evening reception with sitdown meal than at an afternoon reception like we had. Also, the prices will certainly have gone up since 2007. That said, I think there should be something close to your budget since I remember the prices being very reasonable in comparison to other venues we considered (especially considering how much better the food was than what you get at most wedding banquet places).

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Auberge St-Gabriel
426 Rue Saint-Gabriel, Montreal, QC H2Y2Z9, CA

Feb 25, 2011
eoj in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Montreal's Top 3 Restaurants

My experience at the Laurier location has always been good as well, which is why I surmised that it was the St-Denis (or as someone else pointed out, the St-Laurent) location. I wonder if the more upscale neighbourhood has something to do with the better service.

Feb 21, 2011
eoj in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

AMSTERDAM ITINERARY - FOR REFERENCE AND SUGGESTION

This sounds like a pretty good list! Is Marius open again? I think they've been closed for ages.

Feb 21, 2011
eoj in Europe

Montreal's Top 3 Restaurants

I'm not entirely surprised to hear about problems at J&C ... I'm assuming you were at the one on St-Denis. Their service has been horrendous for years. The one up on Laurier was still good that last time I went, though.

I once went to a business dinner at Decca77 on a Monday night and it was fine, but it definitely isn't somewhere I would recommend as a "top" restaurant. This was also a couple years ago, so it may have gotten worse.

Feb 21, 2011
eoj in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Montreal's Top 3 Restaurants

I certainly think DNA should be on the list.

My picks would be DNA, APDC, Au Cinquieme Peche.

For the casual end that's classic, not-to-be-missed Montreal: Schwartz's for a smoked meat sandwich, St-Viateur for bagels, and La Banquise for poutine.

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Au Cinquieme Peche
4475 St-Denis, Montreal, QC H2J 2K8, CA

Feb 11, 2011
eoj in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

June 2011 Honeymoon dinner - Amsterdam

You can in general count on encountering English speaking staff at any restaurant (actually pretty much everyone in Amsterdam seems to speak at least some English).

Lots of cafes have bilingual menus and on our first visit, we found that a knowledge of French and English was enough to figure out much of the Dutch on menus.

Jan 31, 2011
eoj in Europe

June 2011 Honeymoon dinner - Amsterdam

http://www.puccinibomboni.com/

Yes, they're open Sunday. See website for hours and locations.

Jan 31, 2011
eoj in Europe

Chocolate buffet anywhere in Europe?

I've never seen a "high tea" buffet anywhere I've gone for tea in Europe. It's always plates of things brought to your table. As the previous poster said, I don't think buffets are popular in Europe. Food sitting out for several hours isn't conducive to quality and the all-you-can-eat phenomenon is really an American style of of thing. The only buffets I've seen are breakfasts at hotels.

Jan 24, 2011
eoj in Europe

June 2011 Honeymoon dinner - Amsterdam

The chocolate board is sort of overrated ... the legendary aspect is the quantity really, not the contents. It's huge blocks of milk, dark, and white chocolate, along with some fudge. You do not get to take home leftovers so they must waste a lot of chocolate.

If you're really keen on a memorable chocolate experience, I'd suggest finding Puccini Bomboni (there's a couple locations) and buying a bunch of chocolates to eat. We found them a very different style to the chocolates available in Canada, and super delicious.

Jan 24, 2011
eoj in Europe

APDC Cabane à sucre 2010

I find they run it too late. We went the first year in mid to late April and it was something like 20 degrees that day! Not a good day for eating tons of rich, heavy food in a small room that really heats up with all the people. I actually felt quite ill at one point and had to head outside to cool down a bit. I think March is the perfect month to go to any Cabane a Sucre.

Jan 24, 2011
eoj in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Michelin *** in the province?

Le Saint-Amour is a lovely resto, but it's *maybe* 1-star quality. That said, it's definitely where I most enjoyed eating in Quebec City and I have recommended it many times. It's got a beautiful dining room, the service was good, and the food was lovely. However, Michelin stars set the bar *really* high and I'm not sure that anywhere I've eaten in Quebec would consistently match the level of the Michelin-starred restaurant I've eaten at in Paris.

Another of my favourites, this time in Montreal, is DNA. I highly recommend it, but again, I'm not sure that it would meet the Michelin guide standards for a star.

Jan 05, 2011
eoj in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

June 2011 Honeymoon dinner - Amsterdam

Brasserie de Joffers is not so much a chocolate/pastry place -- more a place for nice lunch/brunch in the style of a Parisian cafe (and they do have english menus).

Noordermarkt and Albert Cuyp Market are rather different things. The Noordermarket is either Saturday (when it's mostly farmer's market and a little flea market) or Monday when it's mostly flea market. There's a neighbouring market that has a bunch of other stuff. The Albert Cuyp market is a typical Amsterdam street market with a huge variety of stalls from food to fabric to furniture to flowers. It runs Monday-Saturday.

Neither market is particularly close to the frites place, but Amsterdam is small, so I wouldn't worry about that too much.... just get yourself a bicycle or get acquainted with the tram system.
You'll find many places are closed all day Sunday and Monday until 1pm. Restaurants and cafes are frequently open though.

Dec 26, 2010
eoj in Europe

Chinese Food in Amsterdam

Thanks! If you have any recs *not* on the list, I'm totally open to other ideas. This just seemed like somewhere to start if there wasn't any other direction. :) Nam Kee sounds like the one for us to try first as we're after the food, not so much the decor/ambience.

Dec 22, 2010
eoj in Europe

Chinese Food in Amsterdam

I definitely noticed an Asian crowd at Oriental City for dim sum, but as I said, it still wasn't particularly notable. I'd guess it's maybe just insufficient population density.

Dec 22, 2010
eoj in Europe

Vegetarian in Paris, Brussels, and Amsterdam?

Le Potager de Marais is a yummy veggie resto in Paris.

Buffet van Odette is an organic place in Amsterdam. It's not strictly veggie, but has some nice veggie options: http://buffet-amsterdam.nl/page/menu

Many cafes in Amsterdam have some goat cheese (or brie) and honey and walnut type sandwich. So as long as you're not vegan, that sort of thing is always a nice lunch option. For fancy, De Kas is almost certainly veggie-friendly as they have a real focus on vegetables to begin with.

There's a thread about vegetarian food in Amsterdam here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/670611

Dec 20, 2010
eoj in Europe

Chinese Food in Amsterdam

So by the lack of replies, should I take it that there really are no good Chinese restaurants in Amsterdam?

Dec 19, 2010
eoj in Europe

Chocolate in blocks in Amsterdam

Hi fellow Amsterdam dwellers ...

I'm looking for chocolate sold in big hunks for making things like this:
http://orangette.blogspot.com/2008/12...

I've so far only seen small buttons sold at great expense in some of the fancy chocolate shops. Where would you go instead for buying chocolate supplies?

Dec 13, 2010
eoj in Europe

Montrea Locals - What do you consider the best small hole in the wall resto?

This is my favourite b'fast joint ... the smoothies are delicious and generously sized and the chocolate-citron crepe (only available in summer) is *so* good.

Dec 09, 2010
eoj in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Chinese Food in Amsterdam

I was sent this list of Chinese restaurants in Amsterdam as places to potentially try. However, it's kind of long and I have not been that impressed by Chinese food here so far, so I'm hesitant to just start at the top of this list without seeking some advice first!

> The "Lekker 2011" lists two restaurants with a Chinese kitchen in Amsterdam:
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> - Chang I, Jan Willem Brouwersstraat 7. (Chinese, Fusion)
> - Dynasty, Reguliersdwarsstraat 30. (Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese)
>
> The "Gault Millou 2011" has the two restaurants above, and
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> - A-Fusion Food & Drinks, Zeedijk 130hs. (Chinese, Japanese).
> "Simple Asian Fusion" dishes.
> - Geisha Restaurant & Lounge. Prins Hendrikkade 106-A. (Modern Oriental)
> - Oriental 128, Amstelveenseweg 128. (Classical Cantonese).
> - Sichuan Food, Reguliersdwarsstraat 35. (Chinese). Famous for its
> Peking Duck.
>
> Johannes van Dam recommends in his "Lekker Amsterdam":
>
> - Asian Kichen, Vijzelstraat 5a.
> - Chang I.
> - Nam Kee, Zeedijk 111. (Cantonese)
> - Nam Kee, Geldersekade 117. (Cantonese)
> - New King, Zeedijk 115-117.
> - Oriental City, Oudezijds Voorburgwal 177-179. (Cantonse)
> - Sea Palace Oosterdokkade 8.
> - Sichuan Food, Reguliersdwarsstraat 35. (Chinese).

I've been to Oriental City for dim sum and thought it was ... okay. I found the dumplings particularly disappointing -- the wrappers are thick and gummy and fall off the filling. It satisfies my need for dim sum every now and then, but if there's a better place, please let me know.

Dec 06, 2010
eoj in Europe

Best place to buy specialty baking supplies?

La Soupiere usually has some nice cookie cutters. I recall getting a set of stars of various sizes in a tin from the one on St-Catherine and some nice individual ones from the one on Mont-Royal. If you're going to do fancy decorating, often just crinkly circles in different sizes are a good idea because it gives you lots of room to play with different fancy designs.

Nov 24, 2010
eoj in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Dinner on December 24th and 25th

I like both Beijing and Keung Kee, but I have no idea what their holiday hours are like, so best to check in advance.

Nov 23, 2010
eoj in Quebec (inc. Montreal)