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**Avoid** Les Fermes Saint Vincent in Atwater and Jean Talon markets

This week (ends tomorrow, Wednesday) Rachelle-Béry has Voltigeur organic chickens for 8,80kg. Mentioning this because the special price is recurrent, repeated fairly often.

Breaded Veal Sandwiches

Funny that nowhere here in la Piccola Italia has them - indeed as Jerk Pork said in another thread, they are definitely found in establishments in the Toronto Little Italy. I've also had the vegetarian version - breaded eggplant sandwiches!

about 15 hours ago
lagatta in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Openings & Closings October, November & December 2014

I had to look it up; it seems like a variation on the hot type of submarine (which can have thin slices of steak in other places). They are not really very well known here; for example, there is no French version of the wikipedia entry.

about 21 hours ago
lagatta in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Openings & Closings October, November & December 2014

I confess I had the same reaction. Also miss the bookshop, but it has moved up to Villeray, the same distance from my place in the opposite direction.

I have the feeling that a lot of the new food businesses in Mile-End will get sorted out in a while, perhaps changing their vocation, if not, changing management.

about 22 hours ago
lagatta in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Openings & Closings October, November & December 2014

Don't you think it is a rather odd concept to bring here?

about 22 hours ago
lagatta in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

How to Quickly Cook Pasta in a Frying Pan

For some reason I can't view the video. I live in Québec: can this only be viewed within the US? Never happened to me before with a CHOW video. I have done this: it works fine.

1 day ago
lagatta in Features

Paris in January

Perhaps you could tell us where you are staying? Are you travelling alone, a couple, two friends, a family?

I would suggest that you read over recent threads on this board. Almost all the links are in English: I know I asked for French links as well (since I'm from Montréal) but there certainly is not a sea of those where you'll get lost.

There might be a few restaurants closed until Epiphany, but I've been to Paris several times during "les Fêtes" and never had any problem eating in or out. Unfortunately not in recent years; last time I was in Paris (briefly) was 2006, and it was in the summer.

2 days ago
lagatta in France

Souvlaki Bar

I thought perhaps you lived in Laval. Good choices could certainly be useful for souvlakiphilic Lavallois. My closest authentic places would probably be in nearby Parc-Ex.

Souvlaki Bar sounds dreadful.

Announcement Thread: October 2014 COTM "The Book of Jewish Food"

Thank you very much for the Rhodes community site. I knew there was an important Jewish community in Rhodes, but was more familiar with the Jewish communities around Salonika, and in Italy of course (where there were and are Sephardim, Askenazim and "Italikim" who had been in Italy since the Roman empire).

Ms Roden is an important cultural and social historian. I have a 1968 copy of her "Book of Middle Eastern Food"; the year it was published; I have no idea whether it is technically a first edition. I bought it for $2 (hardbound, with dust cover) at a charity shop.

And Shana Tova to all the Jewish chowhounds reading this thread!

2 days ago
lagatta in Home Cooking
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Souvlaki Bar

That sounds utterly ghastly. With the very large Greek population in Laval, surely there are places with better souvlaki, where one can also enjoy a beer?

Openings & Closings July, August & September 2014

Bit early still. I do NOT want to think of December and s-n-o-w yet, not after last winter.

Openings & Closings July, August & September 2014

I wonder who is going to start up the next quarterly thread...

Portuguese Chicken - which is currently the best?

I've never heard much about it (I live nearby) so I'm a bit suspicious. Perhaps unfairly, but I do tend to think that if it were outstanding, there would be queues outside its door, so close to the market and métro station. I'd love to have someone prove my suspicions wrong.

Silky Smooth Macaroni and Cheese - need Sodium Citrate.

Captain Crunch, aged gouda at PA, 19,99$ kg. Dunno if they still have it. I go to the Parc PA, but there is also a branch in Laval and between Guy and Atwater, avenue du Fort.

Looking for dinner recommendations

Yes indeed, as I travel to Ottawa-Gatineau fairly often, but almost all the Ontario topics are about the GTA. Of course, it is the same thing here (all the more because there are fewer commenters who are comfortable writing in English in Québec, Trois-Rivières, Saguenay etc, and I haven't found a similar board in French.

I travel to Toronto just to work at conferences, and if I have any time at all for an offsite meal, it is with old friends there, not really my choices.

Le Paris is also close to the métro... Centre Forum Pepsi is the closest SAQ Sélection outlet. Do hope they learn to cook their vegetables a bit less, though.

10 Reasons Why Whole Foods Is Annoying

Yes, that was very offensive. Of course, it is great to keep fit, including watching your weight. But judgeing people who probably earn the minimum wage or close to it by petit-bourgeois LuluLemon standards is nothing but classist bigotry.

Sep 22, 2014
lagatta in Features

Chicken Empanadas

If you add too much filling they won't hold together though. It takes a few times to get the hang of them. I also often use local "tapas" (dough rounds) to save time, though I do know how to make the tapas. These will make your friends very happy. There are also vegetarian recipes, or you could make some with fake ground meat (such as Yves Veggie "Chick'n") if you have any vegetarian friends.

They are on the grilling menu as they are a common starter for grilling parties in the Southern Cone countries. I could never eat so much meat!

Sep 22, 2014
lagatta in Recipes

Looking for dinner recommendations

Hello ottawaoperadiva,

So venerable resto Le Paris really has become a byow? I'd read that sometime back - hadn't been there in 20 years. That would be an idea for family dinners - some of them live in Ottawa and Gatineau. Guess overcooked veg is part of the retro package.

Do tell us (on the Ontario board, unless you are discussing the Qc side of the river) about any pleasant discoveries in the National Capital region. I'm not a dessert person either, but there's always cheese!

First trip to Montreal

Yes, I don't think North American whisky is very popular here. Whisky aficionados are into single-malt scotch.

And in general, people in Québec drink mostly beer, wine (and local cider). Not a lot of "hard stuff".

Openings & Closings July, August & September 2014

Petros of course is a common Greek name, which simply means stone or rock. Peter and Pierre are among the many variations. Petroleum means "oil from stone" (as opposed to olive or other plant oils, or animal fats).

But I can see the problem if doing a Google search, as I did Petros restaurant Notre-Dame Montréal and got Petro-Canada stations. Once they have a website, it should be sorted out.

Perhaps we have reached "peak yoga"?

Isle de Garde, Restaurant and Brewpub in Petite-Patrie

Very interesting. Bistro Unique was much loved in its day; perhaps it became a bit tired?

(This is pretty much opposite the SAQ Sélection Beaubien - just a bit east of it).

I'm not a beer aficionada but see that they also have some ciders on tap. Probably a good place to go with beer-loving friends, with a but more food choice than Vices et Versa... Thanks.

I'd much rather eat scallops than boudin, but to each his or her own. But they'll have to deal with the noise level for me to be a happy cat there.

Food Events 2014

Thanks! That's too bad; I've sent in my request (I live in the neighbourhood). But who knows, there is a good chance that they are already full up.

I make fairly decent homemade pizza, but don't have access to a real, hot oven (one can dream!)

Bottega has the potato and rosemary pizza I've enjoyed so much in Italy.

A formula for avoiding sitting next to those pesky fellow Yankees who whoop it up and disturb your meal in Paris and finding good food in “secret places.”.

That sounds great. Original, but not too "innovative for the sake of it". And I love fish.
I have friends in the 13th, but they live about 20 minutes' walk from there.

Sep 19, 2014
lagatta in France

Openings & Closings July, August & September 2014

Do you mean they are no more in Mile End? Or a new shop?

Lunch at Jean Talon market

They've been closed on Sundays and Mondays for years.

How 9/11 Changed America's Food

I agree, as the staff at the restaurant at the top of the WTC were all killed, as far as I know. They had no chance of escape, and there is no trace of some of them.

Sep 16, 2014
lagatta in Features

Lunch at Jean Talon market

It always seems full when I walk by, and looking at their site, they are ALREADY taking group reservations for Christmas parties! http://petitalep.com

Signs of a NOT Authentic Chinese Restaurant

Did they arrive from the neighbouring Netherlands? Extremely common there, former coloniser and all.

Sep 15, 2014
lagatta in General Topics
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Canola Oil: Why all the hate?

I somehow doubt he was advocating the North Korean model.

Sep 15, 2014
lagatta in General Topics

Best Souvlaki in Montreal???

Still on their menu, but indeed they told us we couldn't order just a pita. Annoying indeed as there are also hearty eaters in our gang; they weren't losing money on the table.

I really liked their chicken pita...