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Bakeries with holiday specialties? (Non-Yule logs)

I wanted to point out a deal on what seems to be a fairly decent (all butter) panettone for $6,99 at Milano at their new northern addition - yep, towards Mozart. I was perusing the display and a fellow of my boomer vintage came up to me and asked me in Italian if I needed any advice. I told him I was wondering if these were decent and he said they were very good and that Milano bought a great lot of them. Now, it is evident that we aren't in the same league as the ones we've been discussing (I have a pricy artisanal one) but if they are honest decent panettoni with the proper ingredients and no toxic fats, they can play a role, if only for making pain perdu or simply toasting and slathering with butter.

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

Where can I buy a goose in Montreal?

So you aren't buying a goose? I spotted fresh grain-fed geese at Prince Noir at JTM. They had at least 3 or 4 in the counter, and I passed by there at almost closing time, so if you want one tomorrow you should be able to find it. In any event, have a wonderful festive season.

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

Where can I buy a goose in Montreal?

Here are the coordinates for Zinman (near JTM) and Fernando (on Roy, in the southwestern Plateau).

Zinman Marché De Volailles St Dominique
7010 Rue Saint Dominique Montréal, QC H2S 3B7, Canada
+1 514-277-4302

Volailles Et Gibiers Fernando (Les)
106 Rue Roy Est Montréal, QC H2W 1L9, Canada
+1 514-843-6652

Can't guarantee that they have geese, but worth phoning...

about 18 hours ago
lagatta in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Where can I buy a goose in Montreal?

I looked up "oie Montréal" (fearing I'd only get wild ones) and found that La Maison du Rôti has them "in season" (which would be now). http://www.maisonduroti.com/fr/bouche... Do contact them first.

Here is a goose farm in the Lower St. Lawrence region and their sales points: http://www.lafermequebecoies.com/oies... There are some in central Montreal, southwest, South Shore, Laval etc. I don't think they sell whole geese though. They do have a goose tourtière.

That's all I've found. I haven't seen any at JTM, but I wasn't looking for them. I wonder whether Zinman's or Fernando might have them?

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

if you could live anywhere at any income level, what would you choose?

I think we have to remember that this is supposed to be a light, fun thread. (And should be food-related at least to some exent). I thought it strange indeed that someone started dissing what they assumed to be my accent and vocabulary. I have worked for many clients in France. And on both sides of the pond in English.

if you could live anywhere at any income level, what would you choose?

I was wondering what kind of bee I'd put in your bonnet. I said no such thing.

1 day ago
lagatta in Not About Food

if you could live anywhere at any income level, what would you choose?

I have to speak a universally understandable variety of French - and of English - for my work. I've lived in France.

The railway hub thing is to be able to travel easily; part of the fantasy.

2 days ago
lagatta in Not About Food

if you could live anywhere at any income level, what would you choose?

Well, there is the fact that I'm fluent in French. Of course everyone has to go through the same bureaucracy.

I said nothing about grocery prices. If anything, overall they are probably a bit higher here.

Yes, housing could be as cheap in several other regions, but "ideally" I must be near a major railway hub in order to travel without taking planes or cars.

Dec 18, 2014
lagatta in Not About Food

if you could live anywhere at any income level, what would you choose?

That would bore me to death. I love food shopping.

if you could live anywhere at any income level, what would you choose?

I don't live in the US. And as a Québécoise, I'd probably have an easier time getting a French visa. I'm very familiar with housing prices in rural Northern France. Truly rural is not possible for me as I don't drive, unless there is a railway station nearby.

Yes, British pensioners (who don't need visas) certainly won't find the climate harsh in northern France: it is similar or a bit milder.

Dec 18, 2014
lagatta in Not About Food

if you could live anywhere at any income level, what would you choose?

In a major European city near a railway transport hub. Probably Paris (in an outer arrondissement or even an inner suburb such as Montreuil). Paris is becoming quite cyclable; obviously Amsterdam and Copenhagen are better in that regard, but the winters are harsher. Moreover, I don't speak Dutch fluently, and don't speak Danish at all. Fluent in French, English and Italian, conversational Spanish, some German, bits of Dutch and Portuguese (but of the Brazilian variety).

I dearly love Italy and the climate, but the public transport isn't generally as good (I don't drive). I prefer real Italian food (not just pasta and pizzas) and southern French food to classic French cuisine, but Paris is very cosmopolitan and there is a wide choice of restaurants and food shops. (see the "Ethnic Paris Cookbook"). Paris is an easy TGV trip to southeeastern France and Italy, or Belgium and the UK. The Thalys train goes on to Amsterdam and some northern German cities, and the TGV East to central Germany and Central and soon, Eastern Europe. Remember, we are assuming that I have enough money for groceries, the odd restaurant, and can get a resident visa. Not "luxury", but I'm not really interested in that. Perfectly happy living in a little flat.

Don't get me wrong, I dearly love Montréal and the walkable, cosmopolitan area where I live, near the Jean-Talon Market. But as I get older, unlike breadchick who lives in a very similar climate, I find the winter harder and harder to take. I hate not riding my bicycle for a couple of months when it is too icy or extremely cold (I dislike most winter sport, except snowshoeing in the woods). Of course, there are far worse places to be: I'm a few minutes' walk from 3 métro stations, we have national health care and other benefits and it is an interesting, lively place.

Dec 18, 2014
lagatta in Not About Food

if you could live anywhere at any income level, what would you choose?

This is a fantasy story. We are supposed to assume we have no problem having enough money to live, no visa problems etc.

Dec 18, 2014
lagatta in Not About Food

Openings & Closings October, November & December 2014

It is open now. Jonathan Cohen from France at the helm. https://lautreune.wordpress.com/2011/...

http://www.montrealinfo.com/en/news/2...

Happy Hanukkah, Heureux Hanoucca!

To all our friends here who are celebrating this holiday, hope you have a lovely feast!

Dec 17, 2014
lagatta in Quebec (inc. Montreal)
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No tourtiere at Costco?

I wonder whether TA has any savoury pies or tourtes more similar to local tradition, this time of year? They certainly make lovely savoury pies, but mostly traditional or modern Australia - New Zealand types.

I've never had a Costo tourtière, so can't comment on them. Some Costco offerings are suprisingly good.

It may be off-topic here, but perhaps we need a thread on best "boughten" tourtières and similar beasts, for the festive season.

Openings & Closings October, November & December 2014

Yes, I talked to one of the owners, and it is definitely a place for parents of small children. It is located in the former Bicycle Beaubien (though other bicycle shops have sprung up nearby on Beaubien and St-Zotique as well as Dumoulin on Jean-Talon).

We'll see if there is a niche for it. Lots of young families around here. I fear there are too many restaurants and cafés, and obviously that is not because I don't want good foodcentric options, but the latter should also include various sorts of food shops.

Dutch Store in Montreal or area!

Unox even makes vegetarian Rookworst now. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JknVT... There is also far more artisanal vegetarian rookworst from De vegetarische slager http://devegetarischeslageramsterdam.nl/ Of course, there is also Halal and Kosher Rookworst.

I'd think a smoked Bratwust (Rauchwurst) would be pretty much the same. Last time I made Stammpot, I used a good Polish sausage from Mako, a Polish deli on Querbes in Parc-Ex, not far from Loblaws, pardon, "Provigo le Marché".

I remember a Dutch bakery on St-Laurent in the southwestern Plateau, but alas it has been closed for decades.

Tax on panettone?

That is really not clear about the panettone, because it certainly contains six normal portions as per the croissants. And while it contains sugar, it is not the same thing as candy.

I don't believe I've ever paid tax on a panettone beforehand.

No tourtiere at Costco?

I'd also find the smaller ones (the 1kg are not the regular small ones, which I think are less than half that) would make more attractive slices. I make all my savoury pies in two-section quiche pans (base and enclosure) and gave the larger ones to charity shops. Smaller ones make nicer wedges.

I don't think the 1.8kg one would fit in my countertop convection oven! I didn't replace my old stove when it died - I simply don't cook for large groups at home any more - we do it chez the friends who have larger flats or houses.

Hope you live a reasonable distance from one of the three PAs.

It seems to me that a larger chain also is carrying the 1kg PG tourtières this week, but I could be imagining it.

Pacific natural foods

I've seen the barista blend at Mondiana.

Tax on panettone?

I was at an Intermarché as they had a good special on a decent-quality Italian panettone, and I was shocked when they charged tax on it. I don't think there has ever been tax on those when I've bought one before. I know individual baked goods (such as one croissant) can be taxable, but a cake?

No tourtiere at Costco?

I saw PG (Plaisirs gastronomiques) tourtières of $6.99 at PA, and it is in their flyer so should be at all three supermarkets (Parc, du Fort and Samson - Laval). That works out to about the same or slightly cheaper.

No tourtiere at Costco?

It seems to me that I've seen that large size cheaper (say $10,99) at one of the chain supermarkets, but I checked supermarches.ca and only came up with the (smaller) St-Hubert one. PG is one of the better supermarket tourtières, but much better ones are available.

I always make mine, so I didn't note the best specials. (I make a duck tourtière and a vegetarian tourtière).

Can you be a Vegan or Vegetarian without using Soy products?

That is very interesting. I suppose that in the winter I just have to set the mixture near a heating element, as I do when it is too cold to get dough to rise any other way (I keep my apartment fairly cool and wear layers in the winter - not just for cost; the plants are happier that way).

The tempeh I bought in Amsterdam was very fresh; indeed it doesn't need a lot of seasoning, though I love adding fresh ginger.

I suppose that quinoa could be added to the mix?

Dec 16, 2014
lagatta in Vegetarian & Vegan

Can you be a Vegan or Vegetarian without using Soy products?

There is no whole foods in Montréal. Tant mieux!

And plain tempeh is not so common here. There is some at natural foods shops that is ridiculously overpriced. This is the staple protein that poor (and non-poor) Indonesians and people in neighbouring countries eat. No way it should be more expensive than meat!

Yes, I've found it extremely easy to digest, which is a godsend as there are so many healthy and tasty legumes I simply can't digest. I'm not just talking about "musical fruit" at both ends of my digestive tract, but serious distress. A revelation when Indonesians were cooking it for us in Amsterdam.

I do hope it becomes as readily and cheaply available as tofu.

Dec 15, 2014
lagatta in Vegetarian & Vegan

Can you be a Vegan or Vegetarian without using Soy products?

I find tempeh both very pleasant and very easy to digest; I was glad to discover it in Amsterdam because it has the whole bean and fibre, unlike tofu. I'd seen it here (in Montréal), made in the US, and always full of "flavourings". I'd rather add my own flavourings as I'm cooking. Many of the products had far too much sugar.

Is tempeh without soya common? I've seen tempeh made with other plants, but it all contained soya.

Dec 15, 2014
lagatta in Vegetarian & Vegan

Can you be a Vegan or Vegetarian without using Soy products?

I wouldn't eat that daily either, but it is very good, the best vegan "meat" (as they call it, remember nut meat etc) I've ever had in North America. I've had some very good vegetarian liverwurst and other sausages in the Netherlands and Germany, where there are a lot of vegetarians but the most beloved traditional dishes tend to be "meaty". I made a stamppot of potatoes, kale and other vegetables with Field Roast sausages and all, vegetarian or not, dug in.

I was pleasantly surprised to read an article in a leading Italian daily stating that about 10% of Italians had become vegetarian or vegan. Now, their cuisine was never as meat-heavy as in countries farther north, but it was always a minefield for vegetarians as restaurants would tend to add a little bit of prosciutto to otherwise vegetable dishes to "liven them up". When I returned a few years ago (after studying there a couple of decades before) there was a lot more wholegrain pasta, dishes of farro and other whole grains, and many more vegetarian and gluten free choices.

My vegetable problem is not soya products, but whole legumes, which I often have a hard time digesting, including beloved black beans...

Dec 15, 2014
lagatta in Vegetarian & Vegan

Chowhound's WORST Food Trend of 2014: Vote Today!

I wish the kale choice had been "kale in everything". Kale is a highly nutritious cruciferous vegetable, but I see it being used in very strange applications, such as full-sized kale in salads, where it is utterly indigestible.

Dec 14, 2014
lagatta in Features

V and V what's for dinner, autumnal edition

In much of New England, and certainly New France, it is looking a lot like winter, though that dread word is still a couple of weeks away.

Confession: I just had a frozen, but locally made Stromboli pizza: http://pizzastromboli.ca/en/pizzas/# (caution: there are a few pizzas listed that contain meat). I bought the emmenthal and mushroom, and added more garlic ;-) Usually I hate frozen pizza (I make my own from organic flour) but this was on sale for $3, and it is decent. I've also had the "vegetables" and the "goat cheese").

Dec 13, 2014
lagatta in Vegetarian & Vegan

New Years Eve Dress Code in Paris

Perhaps if you've had far too much to drink.

Dec 13, 2014
lagatta in France