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Signs of a NOT Authentic Chinese Restaurant

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

about 9 hours ago
lagatta in General Topics

Canola Oil: Why all the hate?

I somehow doubt he was advocating the North Korean model.

about 14 hours ago
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...

Best Souvlaki in Montreal???

Terrasse Lafayette has gone more "upscale". Positive is cleaner and more pleasant toilets. Negative is having to order a full meal. They will no longer let you eat just a souvlaki or chicken pita. This is annoying when some friends in a group want a full meal, but others don't.

I believe you can still get souvlakia to takeaway. Don't remember whether or not they deliver.

Openings & Closings July, August & September 2014

Williej, I do think Monkland is one of the more prosperous parts of NDG (which is huge, and has many lower-income areas). They aren't "upper class", though many might have professional jobs.

There are a hell of a lot of struggling people in the Plateau as well, despite its yuppie reputation.

I have friends in the Monkland area, but am not familiar enough with the area to have an analysis of why the area might not be as "foodie" as others with a similar income or educational profile.

Arhoma

It is an upscale area, and also a bit isolated from public markets. I confess I've been there perhaps once or twice in my life. I live closer to JTM and Milano (Italian supermarket) than to the IGA on St-Zotique, but it is the closest chain supermarket to my house.

I can easily walk to it, Metro Bourdon (Jean-Talon just east of the métro station), the former Loblaws at Parc and Jean-Talon, and in the other direction, Supermarché PA in Mile-End), in approximate order of distance. So it is less interesting for my IGA to bring in that kind of products, as people here will go to JTM.

Bravo to Ile-des-soeurs IGA for backing local products!

Arhoma

I've also seen some of their breads at C'est la Vie marché bio
5329, av. du Parc

Don't think it is all IGA supermarkets. I haven't looked closely (I buy my bread elsewhere) but I don't think my local IGA on St-Zotique just east of Plaza St-Hubert carries these breads.

Openings & Closings July, August & September 2014

Vélo Burrito has opened at Notre-Dame-des-Quilles (NDQ). You can eat them at the bar, pick them up there to take away, or have them delivered by bicycle in Petite-Patrie, all of the Plateau/Mile-End if I read the map right, and a fair chunk of Rosemont (to St-Michel). Oddly, they go far down to Sherbrooke, but not at all up to Villeray, though it is close. Guess it depends on current demand. (It is a hell of a lot easier to get to Villeray by bicycle than to navigate the hellish work on the viaduct between Bernard and Bellechasse).

Here is their Facebook page, with their menu, delivery zone etc:

And here is an Eater Mtl article:
https://www.facebook.com/veloburrito
http://montreal.eater.com/archives/20...

I walked by NDQ the other day and saw a "Vélo Burrito" sign and had no idea what it was referring to. I think all items there are vegetarian and many vegan; many (except for wheat burritos) are gluten free. But it is good and decadent, in a bar with a (small) bowling alley.

Montreal dinner for two nights

All those places seem to be meat-heavy, as I recall. A school reunion can certainly involve both meat-eaters and vegetarians, and while you aren't very old, there could be some health concerns. That is an argument for a place such as Jardin de Panos.

I'm not sure everyone would warm to (putting it mildly), the EXTREMELY casual atmosphere at Icehouse.

What? No Chicken Parm!! [moved from Italy board]

I'm going to look that one up, as I love duck giblets. The texture of poultry giblets is very different from the muscular flesh; it seems more adapted to sauces.

While most Italian migration to the US was from the Mezzogiorno, a significant number of northern Italians migrated to California. This pattern echoes Italian migration to Argentina and Uruguay (countries that have a huge percentage of Italians among their populations).

These meant somewhat different food (and wine grape) contributions to the host regions and countries.

http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/collecti...

Sep 09, 2014
lagatta in Food Media & News

French Kids Don't Get Fat: Why?

Of course it varies, but "huge" also refers to population. In 2012, France had a population of 65,7 million. Texas had a population of 26,06 million in the same year. Canada is of course larger than the US, but our population is many times smaller.

Germany has a larger population than France: 81,89 million (also in 2012), and a smaller land area.

Obesity rates would also vary between French regions and cities.

Sep 09, 2014
lagatta in France
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Montreal dinner for two nights

You'll be sad to learn that even the venerable Mazurka has closed. On the other hand, Carré Saint-Louis has been nicely restored. Sadly, there are already graffiti on some of the new wooden benches.

The closest byow place I can think of is Ruby Burma, on St-Laurent just a bit north of Prince-Arthur. You can do searches for it at this site.

Ruby Burma
3685 boul. St-Laurent
514.985.9559
There is a SAQ outlet just across the street.

A wine counsellor I know at the SAQ Sélection Beaubien recommends a small Vietnamese restaurant on Duluth, just a bit farther north:

Restaurant L'Harmonie D'Asie
65 Avenue Duluth Est Montréal, QC H2W 1G8
(514) 289-9972
This is just a bit east of St-Laurent.

There is a French byow on Prince-Arthur, Le Square
Has anyone eaten there, or have ideas about it?
http://www.restaurantlesquare.com/

It is too bad about the street, as it could become a charming place again, with its location convenient to Sherbrooke métro, the 55 bus and of course Carré Saint-Louis.

Openings & Closings July, August & September 2014

That looks lovely. Swatow Plaza is located at 998 boul St-Laurent. I don't think there is a 77 boul. St-Laurent, if so it would be at the foot of the Old City. I can't find a phone number or opening hours yet.

French Kids Don't Get Fat: Why?

It is very strange, given that the Italian diet is not very different from the southern French diet. Perhaps because there is more car dependency in Italy?

Sep 08, 2014
lagatta in France

Two unrelated questions -- grammar and photos

There is a compelling reason to do so if your editor or client takes you to task about it!

I find I've had to "retrain" many times over the decades.

Sep 08, 2014
lagatta in Site Talk

Two unrelated questions -- grammar and photos

I made the shift from Selectric to an early Mac, in the 1980s. I was working at a communications department. So I had to learn to shift over.

There are also differences in spacing between different languages; nowadays if you set your work to the language you are writing in, it is fairly automatic.

I also check for errant double-spaces using "find and replace".

Sep 08, 2014
lagatta in Site Talk

Restaurants for Fat People

And he was only 29 :-(

Sep 08, 2014
lagatta in Features

Restaurants for Fat People

That is terribly sad. Heart Attack Grill "enabled" his demise, in the language of 12-step-groups. (Usually I'm very critical of that parlance, but here it applies fully).

Sep 08, 2014
lagatta in Features

Restaurants for Fat People

Yes, this is also important for people with minor handicaps, or simply elderly, who can't clamber up on high stools.

I was "generously endowed" even when I had a 20-inch-waist, so I experienced a lot of embarassing situations when I was a lass.

Sep 08, 2014
lagatta in Features

Restaurants for Fat People

Paula Deen gives me the creeps too, but not because of her girth (which was never especially huge). Because of her extremely offensive views about another specific group of people, and because of her nasty, unhealthy food.

Sep 08, 2014
lagatta in Features

Restaurants for Fat People

Not to mention all the BACON!

Sep 08, 2014
lagatta in Features

What? No Chicken Parm!! [moved from Italy board]

Please, I recently had a gastro...

Sep 07, 2014
lagatta in Food Media & News

What? No Chicken Parm!! [moved from Italy board]

There is most certainly chicken roasted on a spit. Depends what you mean by bbq.

Sep 07, 2014
lagatta in Food Media & News

French Kids Don't Get Fat: Why?

I looked at that and am now looking at the menus in the 19th, which is generally a poorer arrondissement, but also for two other reasons: I have Canadian friends who live there and whose daughter is in a public school there, and also because there are a lot of people from North Africa in the area, of both Muslim and Jewish backgrounds.

The dad in this little family was born in Toronto but his parents are from Tamil Nadu (South India) and the mum is from Mexico city.

They do have a pizza (on organic crust) one day, but it is a pizza au thon, which is a popular treat in many Mediterranean countries. And the one day there is "jambon de porc", there is also "jambon de dinde".

Mmm, there's a "colombo d'agneau".

Sep 07, 2014
lagatta in France
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French Kids Don't Get Fat: Why?

Brussels, not so much. There are several Belgian (mostly Flemish) cities with very high cycling rates, but provision for cycling is generally worse in Brussels than in Paris, to say nothing of Amsterdam or other Dutch cities.

Sep 07, 2014
lagatta in France

What do dirt-poor French people eat?

On rue Poulet (!) in the Château rouge are (the northern part of Barbès which is mostly West African) I also saw a lot of teens at a KFC - though their mums make yummy yassas and other stews.

Sep 07, 2014
lagatta in France

What do dirt-poor French people eat?

Only among homeless and extremely marginalized people. As elsewhere, there are people, often with mental health problems, for whom it is hard to organize proper meals, and people with no cooking facilities whatsoever.

Impoverishment in the sense of semi-starvation is far more widespread in Haiti than in Cuba. There was hunger in Cuba during the so-called "special period".

Usually extremely poor people in France can access good healthcare (though the system is far more complicated than the British or Canadian model), and there are a lot of charities such as les Restaurants du Coeur that provide decent meals to itinerants and marginalized people.

Sep 07, 2014
lagatta in France

French Kids Don't Get Fat: Why?

Yes, but there is great food in Italy too, and no, it isn't all pasta.

Sep 07, 2014
lagatta in France

French Kids Don't Get Fat: Why?

They aren't as systematic in France, but there are definitely overprocessed "croquettes" and other school dinner foods that is far from healthy.

And there are overweight French kids; in particular among some poor and often immigrant populations.

What shocked me in that tableau was the child obesity rate in Italy.

Sep 07, 2014
lagatta in France

Paris trip report & thoughts for those going next

I'm glad to read that she has a tofu choice. I'm not vegetarian, but a few years ago I did quite a bit of research for a friend who is, who was attending an academic conference there. I heartily suggested that he should rent a self-catering flat and he was glad he did.

Sep 02, 2014
lagatta in France