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ISO authentic Koign Amann

Looking for a patisserie for take out.

ISO Italian Moscato grapes

For thanksgiving or later in October. I hear dD THERE ,may be a place in EtobicokiE that gets Italian grapes. Or, any grocery store.

ISO authentic Koign Amann

Had amazing one in Montreal. Looking for another good one.

Update recs for Spanish/Italian/Greek

Toronto area- looking for small plates. Already been to (and really liked) Bar Isabel.

What happens if you freeze raw kale?

I live using kale and Swiss chard in soups and stews all winter but dislike that blanching before freezing takes out some of the intensity of flavours and vitamins. What would happen if you freeze it raw when it's going to cook for a long time anyway? I would wash, dry and maybe even slice it.

Sep 14, 2014
itryalot in Home Cooking

Slow Roasting and Jarring Tomatoes in Olive Oil

Interesting about freezing them: wouldn't have thought that would work!

Sep 07, 2014
itryalot in Home Cooking

Slow Roasting and Jarring Tomatoes in Olive Oil

I want to slow roast slices of tomatoes (thyme, salt and EVOO). Then, I want to put them in a jar with olive oil. How can I preserver them? Boil the jars? Do I heat the EVOO in garlic to get the garlic flavor and does that avoid botulism if I don't include the garlic. I'd like to use these over the winter for sandwiches and salads.

Sep 07, 2014
itryalot in Home Cooking

Freezing Peaches

I purchased this Thick Gel and Ultra Gel. Can that be used for preserving?

http://cornabys.com/Thick-Gel-Non-GMO...

Sep 03, 2014
itryalot in Home Cooking

Freezing eggplant for future use

We make a ratatouille and jar it. Smells like summer when we crack that puppy open! I am just looking for other applications...would roasted and freeze be OK?

Sep 02, 2014
itryalot in Home Cooking

Freezing Peaches

Peaches are stellar right now. Can I freeze them and either grill them or bake them after or will they be watery? What about for pie filling? I purchased some of that thick gel for thickening, can I do something with that?

Sep 02, 2014
itryalot in Home Cooking

Freezing eggplant for future use

I can only eat so many eggplant right now, but we LOVE eggplant parmesan and eggplant involtini. Can I grill, fry or bake slices and they freeze them? What is the texture like?

Aug 31, 2014
itryalot in Home Cooking

Kouign amann - first foodie souvenir request

I know...had to eat it twice on our trip. Forgot to include that in my short TR. Didn't want to spend the money...now, had I asked them to make one, freeze it for me to bake at home.....didn't think of that either!

Back from whirlwind girls' shopping trip

I was taking pics and texting DH about wines I've never seen at the LCBO or in iur party stores. lots of Italian, unique flavoured liqueurs and two bottles go Global 94% alcohol to make limoncello.

ISO authentic arepa/taco meat recipes

Looking for the following recipes:
1. Authentic shredded or pulled chicken and beef recipe for tacos - more Mexican. I have queso fresco but the reddish pulled meat is a mystery.

2. Authentic recipe for arepa beef/chicken filling.
I saw this one for avocado chicken one. They key must be in the poaching liquid though.
http://www.cookingchanneltv.com/recip...

Aug 25, 2014
itryalot in Home Cooking

Back from whirlwind girls' shopping trip

We arrived in Montreal late on Thursday evening to crazy traffic and a lively walking city. We checked in at Hotel de l'Institut and prepared ourselves for our stay.
We quickly showered and changed and headed over to Milos at 10"30pm for their late evening special. The food was simply prepared but delicious and fresh. Loved the décor and ambiance.

Day #1:
Stopped at several SAQs underwhelmed but were told to go to the one on Maisonneuve, Jackpot! We should have looked into the different tiers of SAQs first. I bought 14 bottles of wine, 6 bottles of liqueur, and some ready to drink small bottles. $650 dollars later for me, and similar for many of the others, we had one person run and get the car and park it so we could load it. Thank goodness for 30 mins of free parking but we spent an hour in there. We also headed to Rue St. Laurent to the area that was closed off from shopping only to pedestrian (and did the fair). We had poutiness at Patati patata, really nice people work there. Quickly ate and went on. We stopped at Schwartz's for the Montreal Smoked meat, mmmmmmm. Is the rude staff part of the schtick? The male waitors outside were rude to many of the people and had no patience for anyone - several people around us complained. The meat was SUBLIME and unctuous. Half our group went to Main and then we swapped. My main food was not as juicy. We shared food everywhere we went so we could eat more. Walked down to Espanola store and had their paella (seafood), OMG good! It was crowded so didn't have time to talk to them. What is in the black one? Squid ink? Went in and bough some ingredients to make it ourselves and bought a large pan and large cooktop for it.
We had a reservation at Lawrence restaurant for the omnivore event. The food and wine did not disappoint.

Day #2: Ate crepes at Breizh cafe - they were great. Jean Talon marche and little Italy first: had brought two coolers so we made several purchases. Picked up bagels at Fairmont Bagels and St. Viateur. had a Wilensky special while there and ice cream at Kem Coba. WE picked up cannoli at Roma and Alati (OMG good). Then, we had a quick bite at Arepera du Plateau and started our drive back home.

I have many places on my foodie spreadsheet that we still want to visit.
Thank you to all experts and others on this forum for your help. We had a great trip and are tired! When we arrived in Toronto to drop one of the girls off, our DHs were all there, we broke open our liquor, foodie purchases and had a great Montreal meal!
Too much good food, too little time!

ISO Montreal - Veal demi glace and red wine reduction sauce

Great; I'll be there early and will be sure to get some!

Where to park for Marche Jean Talon?

Thanks; I think I'll look for the outdoor parking there. I am OK with paying for parking. I pay when I'm in Toronto too or any oher large city.

Where to park for Marche Jean Talon?

We're looking for recs on where to park our car. We'll be there on a Saturday at 8am "ish". We'd like easy access since we will shop, drop off items, shop and visit the surrounding area (maybe shop) and drop off some more.
We'll have checked out of our hotel by then already.

ISO Montreal - Veal demi glace and red wine reduction sauce

Are there any places in Jean Talon or Atwater or local take or grocers that sell these two? The only ones I can get at home are really salty and lack flavor. I like to use them as go to staples when I don't have time to make them from scratch.

Montreal breakfast

La bulle is perfect but clods before 11am. I looking for some place early in the am.

Yes, it is the galettes we love too!

Aug 15, 2014
itryalot in Quebec (inc. Montreal)
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Greek restaurant in Montreal: Milos

We ate there in Vegas and liked the freshness very much. Can anyone chime in on the Montreal location or another Greek one?

Cool and Simple recs

I know, it's probably not very great compared to home made, but we don't have something like this in the Detroit area.
I'll have a cooler with me and was going to stop there just before leaving for home.
Any products that are pretty good?

Montreal breakfast

We'd love some savoury/sweet crepes and great café au lait in a bowl. Any suggestions?

Omnivore World Tour

It's Marc Cohen and Giorgio Ravelli.

Omnivore World Tour

What's the party like (where they do apps and small dishes)?

Driving [Niagara Falls, NY to Lake George]

Other than Panera, is there any type of diner/fast food that is healthier and would fit salads, soups and warm sandwiches?
(Anywhere btw NFalls and Amsterdam, NY)

Omnivore World Tour

Has anyone been to the restos in Montreal before? Since we can't get into APDC or JB, we were considering Lawrence for supper on one evening during the special souper. We want atmosphere but great food.

Questions about Jean Talon marche

Merci!

Jamie Oliver wood handled steak knives - feedback

Thanks!

Aug 07, 2014
itryalot in Cookware

Jamie Oliver wood handled steak knives - feedback

I like the look of wood, but would spend more and purchase another set if it's better.

Aug 07, 2014
itryalot in Cookware