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Where can I find fresh poblano peppers in Montreal?

This time of year, you can find very fresh ones at Jean-Talon Market.

about 8 hours ago
lagatta in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Main-dish succotash?

Several years later, and at the tail end of supper, I made another, with corn, edamame - MacKellar's frozen from Ontario; very good http://mackellarfarms.ca/, organic yellow zucchini - the flattened kind and the normal long kind, a gift from a friend's garden, cubed fresh pelati, oregano from my balcony, and a small Espelette pepper - a subtle warmth, not fiery heat.

Of course I have far too much, but it can be shared or frozen. I didn't add any meat or fish, as at least one vegetarian friend will be eating it, but indeed it is good with little chunks of the ends of prosciutto, and certainly with shrimp.

I don't steam it though, I do sauté everything in a bit of olive oil; yes I know that isn't Amerindian but I don't have access to fats that might have been used. But then, neither is edamame, it is an Old World bean. I did make sure the Three Sisters were involved.

about 9 hours ago
lagatta in Home Cooking
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Openings & Closings July, August & September 2014

No, between that and Grinder, it would have been more evocative of a strip club. ;)

about 9 hours ago
lagatta in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Second Cup on St-Laurent moving, Intermarché expanding

Or if it will still have Intermarché "specials"?

The Intermarché at the corner of Mont-Royal and Boyer is already more "upscale", but still carries all the Intermarché promotions.

Openings & Closings: July, August and September 2015

I can't find a post here for Montréal Plaza, but it has a very good write-up by Ève Dumas in La Presse:

http://www.lapresse.ca/vivre/restaura...

Openings & Closings: July, August and September 2015

Well, they are closed Mondays. Looks like classic Senegalese dishes. I wouldn't be surprised if there is enough food for two people in some of those "plats"... Note that they stay open late!

Anyone ever went to Bistro L'Entrepont (Plateau)?

Same as cheryl. I've had very good meals there, but it was a long time ago. It is a very longstanding bistro.

Help a Canadian out..what on Earth is "American cheese"?

Errr, boursin is practically "processed cheese" and La Vache qui rit is utterly so. Neither of those cheeses would work in that application, but why not a mild, semi-soft cheese such as Havarti, or the very American Monterey Jack?

Aug 25, 2015
lagatta in Cheese

Help a Canadian out..what on Earth is "American cheese"?

Here in Québec, you'd find a "bavette" which is roughly equivalent to those.

Aug 25, 2015
lagatta in Cheese

Help a Canadian out..what on Earth is "American cheese"?

I haven't had that on a burger in decades. My mother thought it was toxic. Nor have I ever eaten a Filet-O-Fish, though I've certainly - happily - eaten breaded fish cakes and fingers. I'm sure I've eaten plenty of other things that are just as déclassé. "Acceptable" textures and flavours in different places and milieux are funny things.

I can see why that French chef would find a Big Mac literally disgusting. Not out of snobbery - I'm sure there are very downmarket foods he has eaten and enjoyed, but I think the particular mix could be very counter to the French culinary canon, high or low. The same would apply to a traditional American chef or many others.

Some years ago, Gourmet (if I recall) did such an experience with a French and a Chinese kitchen brigade.

Aug 25, 2015
lagatta in Cheese

Where to get a carbon steel pan in Montreal (plateau-ish)

That sounds great, and is in the (western) Plateau!

http://www.amazon.com/Lodge-CRS12-Pre...

I presume this is the same pan? Google corrected my search to "CRS".

farinata/faina chickpea flour flatbread

That looks lovely. True vegetarians (which I'm not, but have been eating mostly veg this summer)travelling in the region have to be careful of traditional pissaladière, as it incorporates a purée of small fish (anchovies, sardines) similar to anchovy paste, though it is mostly onion and black olives.

If you want the maritime flavour without fish, you can sprinkle some seaweed; here we'd probably use dulse.

Aug 24, 2015
lagatta in Vegetarian & Vegan

Where to get a carbon steel pan in Montreal (plateau-ish)

This is the new name of what was Norten:

http://www.ere-equipement.com/ at the corner of Beaubien and St-Laurent. I've seen carbon steel pans there. Unfortunately their online listing is useless, they just show a few products.

I've been extremely busy recently, but will try to find time to take a look. I live close to them and to Dante.

I do have an old, heavy carbon steel Paella pan, bought for $1 at a church bazaar (and the work of re-curing it), but that is a stroke of luck.

Wattaceti, it does seem like a bit of a hike, as it isn't very close to Montmorency métro.

Where to get a carbon steel pan in Montreal (plateau-ish)

I like Ace Azores, nice shop.

Could you tell me more specifically what kind of pan you are looking for? I've had a carbon-steel wok bought at Dante for many years. I could check there - more expensive than Azores, usually, but possibly cheaper than Quentin...

I think I might have also seen them at the restaurant supply shop at the corner of St-Laurent and Beaubien.

Openings & Closings: July, August and September 2015

It does sound good: I suspect there is enough food for two people; very economical.

That area is better known for the cuisines of the English-speaking islands.

SAQ Wine and spirits

I do find the residual sugar level rather terrifying though:

taux de sucre 51 g/L

Yes, I know that mead is made from honey, but producing alcoholic bevvies always requires something sweet...

I'd be terrified of getting a killer headache from a glass of that...

Quebec Trip (Montreal & Quebec City)

Yes, that was a nice little article. I'm familiar with some of those arts centres in St-Roch.

I'm surprised to see a food blog in English coming out of Québec. Any QC food blogs in French? Unfortunately, she mostly does desserts, which (mixed metaphor) aren't my cup of tea.

Best prices for cow-free feta in Mtl? (goat, ewe or both)

Bingo! That is probably the cheapest.

Vinegar recommendations for salad dressings?

I was glad to find this recommendation in an old thread, because I had googled "Pastene cider vinegar" as it is on sale this week at a local (Montréal) supermarket.

Aug 17, 2015
lagatta in Home Cooking

Best prices for cow-free feta in Mtl? (goat, ewe or both)

I have bought that cheese - the Greek Orthodox nuns used to have a stand at JTM. It is excellent, but too pricy to use in cooking. Le Marché des saveurs might carry those now, as they have frozen dishes prepared by Le Troupeau bénit. http://www.monastere.org/Virgin_Mary_...

I'm also looking at Mayrand - their website says they carry feta cheeses, but is not more specific. They have a request form, which I will fill out.

Does It Bother You to Be Photographed While Eating?

I agree. If mister offensive actually wants to be useful in remembrance, he'd ask the extended family members about their lives and record that, not humiliate them by photos of the often messy human (and more generally mammalian) act of eating.

I've had to face off with such a jerk, not in a family setting but in a community group I've been involved in for decades.

Aug 16, 2015
lagatta in Not About Food
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Carnivore-pescavore pair in Montreal and QC

Ma Poule mouillée does grilled sardines, squid, octopus and cod; they aren't always on the menu; necessary to check. Under "plats du jour" at their site (which seems to be French only, not English or Portuguese). Their site says to phone ahead. http://mapoulemouillee.ca/#

Le Filet does have meat and poultry choices on their menu, but of course more fish and seafood. http://www.lefilet.ca/ https://www.facebook.com/pages/Restau... Same management as CCP.

Jean Talon Market and vicinity (updates) 2015

The rain had put a damper on things; I noticed that Italian Week was up and running but I was doing something else yesterday evening. I'll check it out later today - the weather will be very hot and it will be strange to have to think about sunscreen (chemical or covering up) this summer!

Not strictly food-related, but Davide Bazzali of ... Bazzali will be singing at 3 p.m. at the Shamrock stage.

http://semaineitalienne.ca/fr/artiste... photo: Davide singing and making pasta. All of this site is trilingual fr/en/it.

I have no idea what is going on with the porchetta crew. It is very strange that they aren't up and running. On the other hand, Bocadillo are, they now have beer and wine at their terrasse at the corner of St-Laurent and Mozart.

On another note, I'm SO happy that there are finally decent field tomatoes and some Sicilian eggplants! There are also Chinese eggplants, which we can get all year at the nearby Southeast Asian shops on St-Denis, but fresh and local are so much better. Not a big choice of peppers yet though.

Best prices for cow-free feta in Mtl? (goat, ewe or both)

Skotidakis definitely carries an all-goat feta. The tubs have different coloured lids, at least the small tubs. The Bulgarian feta I've seen recently at PA is at least part cow. I'm not concerned about slight "contamination" (my intolerance isn't that severe) but have been avoiding any cow's milk products (even the lactose-free ones) and it has really improved my digestion.

I had a life-threatening cow's milk allergy as a child, which was very difficult (for my parents as well) in the postwar years, when allergies were not so recognized and neither non-cow dairy products nor non-dairy "milks" were common.

As I get a bit older, I'm having some problems again. This is not only self-diagnosed; I'm not one who is into "faddish" allergies or intolerances; I love food.

Thanks!

Does It Bother You to Be Photographed While Eating?

Even people with autism have to learn, in so far they are capable, to obey social rules. For their own safety, for one thing.

Quality of fruits and vegetables on the market.

Nino's is excellent but too pricy for me to shop only there. Their very high quality does mitigate the price somewhat, as it means less waste.

PA and PA Nature do have advantages, even in the belle saison. For one thing, it is far easier to buy one pepper or other vegetable if that is all I want. And this week, they have HUGE bunches of Vlita for 99 cents!

Best prices for cow-free feta in Mtl? (goat, ewe or both)

Any ideas about the best prices for goat's and/or ewe's milk feta in Mtl? Can be Greek, other Balkan or even local (which I guess basically means Skotidakis). No more than a 3 kilo container, 1 kilo or bulk would be even better.

Jean Talon Market and vicinity (updates) 2015

A Gazette story about Tomate, a new cookbook about ... tomatoes, what else, by JTM Librairie Gourmande owner Anne Fortin:

http://montrealgazette.com/life/food/...

Nice market shots and recipes!

Does It Bother You to Be Photographed While Eating?

If I had done that at that age... !!!!

Aug 14, 2015
lagatta in Not About Food

Does It Bother You to Be Photographed While Eating?

You made my day with that one. Especially if all the party does that, from at least four generations.

Aug 14, 2015
lagatta in Not About Food
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