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Fresh Tofu Market

How I miss moh, and Sam Fujisaka. I guess the fact that their posts still inspire us is a kind of immortality, in the literary sense.

1 day ago
lagatta in Quebec (inc. Montreal)
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Openings & Closings July, August & September 2014

Well, I certainly hope there is some, for you (and I'm not being facetious - it is a Chicago dish that is old enough to be called traditional, and based on a certain type of Italian pizza; I could look it up in my old Italian (language) cookbooks.

But I'm really past the age where I can eat such a beast and be happy. Sort of like the "merguez-frites" sandwich, which I loved when in Paris, in my 20s...

1 day ago
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Question about ambiance at some Mtl establishments

Oh, perhaps not flip-flops, but I'd think leather sandals of a more "covering" type would be fine in all but the most traditional, or "suit" business oriented (as opposed to "creative" business oriented) places.

1 day ago
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Awesome Supermarkets (and why)

That's too bad. I haven't had the scanning problem at the new location (and I watch the monitor like a hawk); I did a couple of times at the old one.

One thing that I do like about them is that they have unannounced specials and odd markdowns. At the fish counter they had the halibut pieces (from the neck) that are too irregular to make large steaks. About $8kg. There were a few bones, but it was mostly meat (I boned the pieces as the bones will go in a court-bouillon). Have a couple of small, but thick fillets for tonight with rice and vegetables, and I have plenty to make a fish stew or meal soup tomorrow, for a couple more suppers.

Their produce looked a bit sad today, but in the summer I buy almost all produce at JTM.

1 day ago
lagatta in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Le Mal Nécessaire report (long)

You can also find Cherry Heering at the LCBO:

Heering Cherry Liqueur
Producer
Peter F. Heering A.S.
Denmark, Region Not Specified
$ 37.54 for a 750 mL bottle
LCBO No. 227140

1 day ago
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Jazzfest

I suspect that was the reason. There are several festivals each summer, and food and beverage installations are worked out between the festival organizers, Le Quartier des Spectacles, and various municipal authorities.

2 days ago
lagatta in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

What foods unavailable in US not to miss in France?

Goldemi, Lyon has some notable hills, so you can keep working off the yummy food just by walking up Fourvière and la Croix Rousse.

Jul 20, 2014
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French food - boring? Yes, according to the Daily Telegraph

Yes, both those Celtic peoples were conquered, and both suffered cultural and other losses thus, but from a culinary standpoint, it was better to have been conquered by the French (or their forebears). Cornish is the Celtic language most closely related to Breton. http://www.cornwallinfocus.co.uk/lang...

Jul 20, 2014
lagatta in France

French food - boring? Yes, according to the Daily Telegraph

Yes, it was a ludicrous article, and one that could be written without setting foot in any restaurants in London, Paris, or any other British or French villages, towns or cities.

Jul 20, 2014
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French food - boring? Yes, according to the Daily Telegraph

Yes, I agree with you, although in general I prefer central Italian and southern French food to that found "above the Loire", but that is a question of the taste profile and ingredients that appeal to me most.

One thing I found disappointing when studying in Italy was the quality of most bread. Although there is crap American bread here too, it is very easy to find proper baguettes in Montréal.

American friends, I don't want to insinuate that all bread in the US, or North America in general, is crap! I'm sure you know what I'm referring to - Henry Miller famously described it decades ago.

Jul 20, 2014
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T&T Tacos and Tortas

Well, personally I find Montréal "truly great" as it is, but yes, cheap and good tacos and other international "street food" are always a plus, and a little place like that can be accessible in any weather. (It is just one short corner down from metro Jean-Talon, which serves two lines).

Jul 20, 2014
lagatta in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Openings & Closings July, August & September 2014

Why does "pannizza" have 2 ns?

Jul 20, 2014
lagatta in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Jean-Talon Market & area 2014

Thanks, Glaff, I didn't think to post about it. Great stand!

Jul 19, 2014
lagatta in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Awesome Supermarkets (and why)

Funny how people are - I have friends who live close to the old PA on Parc, and they don't like the new one at all. I find it has a much better selection - and it remains just as chaotic as before! Yesterday I picked up some "halibut scraps" - which sounds like something I'd feed my cat, but they were just smaller pieces that could not be sold as steaks. Cheap and delicious! And a 300g tube of fresh goat cheese for $4.

In terms of lists, I'd never forget the southeast Asian supermarkets either, and not only for Asian foods. Near me, marché Oriental, but also Kim Phat and Hawaï.

Jul 19, 2014
lagatta in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

T&T Tacos and Tortas

How do these two taco places compare?

Jul 18, 2014
lagatta in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Openings & Closings July, August & September 2014

The "Bari" looks good: http://instagram.com/p/qhUZ-9v_PP/

Funny, I don't like broccoli on pizza - guess it reminds me of a poor-quality veg pizza - but the rapini looks fine.

Jul 17, 2014
lagatta in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Openings & Closings July, August & September 2014

Yes, I happened to pass by there twice today (pass by there a lot, as both restaurants are on the St-Dominique bicycle path) and they certainly didn't seem ready to open right now.

Jul 17, 2014
lagatta in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Quebecois Cuisine in Montreal, Quebec City

Yes, that does sound more promising.

Jul 17, 2014
lagatta in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Montreal Specifics

There was a report on the nude breakfast place a while back, and it mostly sounded sad and far from the "classiest" strip joints.

I've been to Petit Alep many times, but not this year (just didn't happen to go). It is a more casual place where one can order anything from a sandwich or small salad to a daily special or a more elaborate meal, as it shares a kitchen with the fanier Restaurant Alep next door. Due to the type of cuisine, it is friendly for vegetarians and hardcore meateaters. As was said before, there is a good wine list, fairly reasonably priced by local standards, It is just across from Jean-Talon Market, so if you are parked at the market, you don't have to look for another spot (because of the market, many streets have resident parking vignettes).
You can get good frozen tourtières at le Marché des Saveurs at the market, if you have a way of getting those back home (or just want to let it thaw slowly in an isothermic bag, and have it once back in NYC). They usually have a caribou tourtière, or a venison tourtière, and there is also a vegetarian tourte with mushrooms.

Le Filet would also be a lighter alternative to APDC.

Jul 17, 2014
lagatta in Quebec (inc. Montreal)
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Openings & Closings July, August & September 2014

The new place was noisier too. I know some people like that, but some of us find noisy restaurants unpleasant. Yes, I'm sorry, because I like the family running the place, and their food.

Jul 17, 2014
lagatta in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Openings & Closings July, August & September 2014

A video of Michele, Stefano and their pizzaiolo (and some pizzas, of course) at GEMA: http://montreal.ctvnews.ca/video?clip...

Il nonno di Michele, in his grape arbour: http://instagram.com/p/qiP3cTP_DT/

Jul 17, 2014
lagatta in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Quebecois Cuisine in Montreal, Quebec City

Yes, I'm like that too; whole working life carfree. I spent some months working there some years, er decades, ago, and I was staying in Saint-Jean-Baptiste, the old upper town just outside the walls, and working between the Centre de congrès and locations near Charest down the hill. I just walked. Downtown encompasses the main drag of the Old City (where Simons and the City Hall are located) and some streets below the hill such as Charest, but a lot of economic activity had already fled to Sainte-Foy.

I certainly remember meals with colleagues at Le Continental. It was very vieille Europe in service, and Italian as much as French. http://www.magazineprestige.com/news/...

Jul 17, 2014
lagatta in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Quebecois Cuisine in Montreal, Quebec City

There is a similar restaurant in Québec City, Aux Anciens Canadiens, http://www.auxancienscanadiens.qc.ca/
but the recent reviews I've read weren't all stellar.

http://www.tripadvisor.ca/Restaurant_...

A relative of mine, who is an excellent cook and likes his food, went there many years ago and liked it for old homestyle cooking. It might well be worthy if one orders carefully.

Their daily special extends until 6 pm, and it is the kind of place one could have what used to be called a "Sunday Dinner". I have no knowledge about the quality of their cooking nowadays.

Many commenters say the lunch or early dinner is a great bargain. Some might like that, and then just have a quality snack in your hotel room or rental later on, some cheese, pâté, prepared green salad etc.
It is in a very cute old house.

I find that kind of food too heavy on a daily basis for modern urban lives. Of course I make tourtière, but I serve it with a mixed salad or sautéed greens. Peasants in cold countries needed a lot of calories. Urbanites with central heating who work on computers all day don't.

Jul 16, 2014
lagatta in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Interesting things to do around Jean Talon Market?

Yes, Buckland makes, and sells at least two types of goat cheese, a soft, uncured one and another that is aged somewhat. They make more than those two types, but don't always have the others at JTM:

http://cassisetmelisse.com/fr/lait-et...

They also have a gîte rurale (farmstay). http://cassisetmelisse.com/

Jul 16, 2014
lagatta in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Montreal Specifics

There is also a sale on some wines at the SAQ through next week. A wine adviser I trust heartily suggested that I buy a bottle or two of a white wine from southwestern France called Les Vignes retrouvées Saint Mont, which has $2 off during the sale, and I also had coupons for another $1.50 reduction. I agreed and found it very good.

Yes, there are some decent grocery store wines, but for the same amount of money, you are better off at the SAQ. If you are staying near Promenade Masson (in old Rosemont) there is also a decent SAQ in that neighbourhood. It is in the same borough as Little Italy, so probably closer to your other locations than Hochelaga-Maisonneuve is, though of course there are other factors in choosing a rental or b+b.

There are some "dépanneurs" that actually specialize in beers (and ciders) and have a very good selection of those, mostly local products.

Jul 16, 2014
lagatta in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Montreal Specifics

Bienvenue à Montréal, JungMann!

Are you staying downtown (business district) or in Mile-End - Pleateau?

Trip de bouffe's pitas are also excellent. A great picnic source. By the way, are you driving here or flying? (Alas, rail is very slow). If you are driving you might want to bring a couple of bottles of wine, as it is more expensive here. For good wines, there is a government monopoly (like in Pennsylvania, I believe?) Some outlets are much better than others. In the area where you will be, Beaubien-St-André near Little Italy (there is a shop right in Little Italy with some good wines, but a limited selection, as it is small); border of Mile-End and Outremont, Laurier just west of Avenue du Parc.

At Jean-Talon Market, there is also le Marché des Saveurs: http://www.lemarchedessaveurs.com/fr/ which sells only Québec products, including many cheeses and other treats. They also have local wines, ciders and beers. Personally, I don't think Qc wines are worth their price yet (it will take a bit more global warming; they are much better than they were a couple of decades ago) but the ciders and beers are interesting.

I've never had any problems picnicking on Mont-Royal on the grass. We bring a tablecloth so it looks "picnicky". There can always be an annoying cop, but in general, the by-law is there to deal with itinerants and rowdy (very) young crowds. Remember that our legal age is 18.

Jul 16, 2014
lagatta in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Openings & Closings July, August & September 2014

I'll try to get down there this weekend (it is very close by; I've just been very busy). There is an outdoor market in Mile-End, it is usually at Parc Lahaie (St-Laurent between St-Joseph and Laurier) but that park is being renovated so it is temporarily moved to the parking behind the church.

Jul 15, 2014
lagatta in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Openings & Closings July, August & September 2014

That is unfortunate, though I liked their last incarnaton less than the previous locale. They did feature quality and healthful Mexican food. Too bad.

Jul 15, 2014
lagatta in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

How A Major American Travel Magazine--Conde Nast Traveler--Gets Paris Food Shopping Hilariously Wrong!

It is one of the many silly clickbait "articles", though some of these foods may be more common in France than in the US.

The best thing to do is simply explore a good quality French supermarket. I always tell travelling friends that supermarkets are worth a foray, great as street markets are. They give you a better idea of what people actually eat (at least in industrialized countries) and always have "staples" that are rare at home.

Jul 14, 2014
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Traditional foods for la fête nationale française?

The problem this year is that the 13th was also the final of the World Cup!

Jul 14, 2014
lagatta in France