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Signs that someone is a GOOD cook

Both have noodles.

about 4 hours ago
lagatta in General Topics

Signs that someone is a GOOD cook

That is wonderful, karlin. And I'm sure his military cooking training was a great help. A similar training would be working as the cook at a lumber or mining camp, with lots of hungry workers.

People in harsh situations, whether they are down or out or are working at tough jobs in the elements, care very much about the food they get; it can be a high point in their day.

about 4 hours ago
lagatta in General Topics

Basic Garlicky Spaghetti

It strikes me as too much. I pour the pasta water off into a bowl, and might add in a small ladle-spoon of water. If you only add a little, it makes an emulsion, not watery pasta.

about 5 hours ago
lagatta in Recipes

The New & Improved Openings & Closings January, February and March 2015

Spicy Nuts wasn't too bad at the outset, but quickly went downhill, and then the owner seemed miffed that we would go there and walk out again without buying anything. But they were carrying stale produce...

No grilled-cheese so far, just coffee. Their shallots are very good, and they sell smaller packages of herbs than Milano does, for 75 cents. I've bought several vegetables from them, and they are all flavourful.

Yesterday, they were having a tasting of hot sauces from Gus. They weren't cheap - $9 a bottle, but were very, very good and would make a fine gift.

On the other hand, Rachelle-Béry is STILL not open.

Where to get Dried Apricot from California in Montreal?

David is also from California.

Best Chinese restaurants in Montreal (not sure we had this kind of post before, anyway, it's my version)

Sarah Musgrave really liked Aunt Dai (by the way, it is a byow), but as I recall, Jason of "Shut up and eat" didn't like it very much. Oh well. http://www.montrealgazette.com/life/S...

I haven't been there yet - hard to convince the gang to cross the mountain, though it is simple from my neighbourhood via the blue métro line to Côte-des-Neiges métro...

The New & Improved Openings & Closings January, February and March 2015

Have you been there? For the moment, I find they have an outstanding array of good quality, local root vegetables at very good prices.

Their prices for other foodstuffs are also very reasonable overall, though there are some things that I get cheaper elsewhere.

Also in the neighbourhood, boucherie Al Khair on Jean-Talon has new breads from Basma. Their barley breads are small, individual ones, just a bit heftier than bagels (no hole) and 100% barley flour and meal, made with olive oil and no preservatives. $2.50 for a bag of eight.

"Impurities" in bone broth

clarky, being lagatta I'm terribly sad about your dear little cat. My Renzo is almost 19. I have a friend who lost her cat to the same disease as your baby's.

Yes, some good broth is easy to digest, it can also settle the tummy.

When I make broth, Renzo always gets some.

Jan 23, 2015
lagatta in Home Cooking

BYOB with private room

La Colombe would work; it is fairly conventionally French with local (Québec products) touches. I haven't been there in years but I have friends (a couple) who return there every year as they first met there, at a meal with mutual friends, and are always happy.

Yes, one must take Yelp reviews with several grains of salt, but the comments here resemble my friends'. http://fr.yelp.ca/biz/restaurant-la-c...

This is both byob and has a private room. My only hesitation was that it is not very vegetarian-friendly, if there were any vegetarians in your group. Thanjai is EXTREMELY vegetarian-friendly, but one must like Indian food, and theirs is mostly South Indian, which is less familiar to many Westerners.

The New & Improved Openings & Closings January, February and March 2015

I phoned the restaurant on St-Hubert and a guy answered, saying it was L'Espadon but that they had moved to boulevard St-Laurent and would be opening next week. So the one on St-Hubert has closed.

Kind of sad for that stretch of St-Hubert north of Jean-Talon. I liked that former chain outlet (was it a Harvey's? a KFC?) repurposed as a local family restaurant.

The New & Improved Openings & Closings January, February and March 2015

They actually opened late in the afternoon; I looked around. Space much more open cuter than when it was "Spicy Nuts"; mix of ordinary greengroceries, staples and some more high-end items. Bread from Arhoma. Very good root vegetables and some others; I just bought one of those very large carrots to make a julienne, and some good échalottes rouges.

They have "Run de Lait" milk and buffalo-milk yoghourt. I didn't notice any cheese, but I was in and out very quickly in this frigid weather.

BYOB with private room

http://lacolomberestaurant.com/

According to the Voir restaurant guide, they do have a private room upstairs, for groups. Of course you should check and reserve as soon as possible.

They are on Duluth, southern Plateau, not far from downtown, easy access via the métro (orange line) or by taxi.

are there any GREAT cheesecakes in Montreal?

They carry both parve and dairy items. I checked kosher sites to be sure: http://everydaykosher.blogspot.ca/201...

are there any GREAT cheesecakes in Montreal?

I'd say la Cornetteria, but that is because I only like the ricotta kind, and certainly not too sweet:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/916324

The NYC cheesecake is such a local speciality that I'd hardly be surprised if they do it better than other places in the world; but remember, we do make better bagels.

The New & Improved Openings & Closings January, February and March 2015

Supermarché PA is announcing the opening of "PA Nature" (organic and natural foods) at its former avenue du Parc location between Laurier and St-Joseph, 29th January.

Although the Petite-Italie Rachelle-Béry (on St-Laurent, between Shamrock and Mozart) and Le Petit Coin at the corner of Beaubien and St-Dominique, look ready to open, neither was open when I walked by earlier today. Both had people at work setting up.

Where to buy good quality goat's milk in Montreal?

The last time I bought goat's milk at Mondiana, they had Hewitt's organic from Ontario, not the Beurrerie du patrimoine. I thought it was tasty; it came in a glass bottle with a deposit.

BYOB with private room

Couldn't you also reserve all the places at a small byob? There are many listed on this board

Any specific type of cuisine? Neighbourhood?

Five Parisian questions

Breakfast takeaway in Paris would be a croissant or some good bread, but also some protein as I crave protein in the morning. I simply go to a supermarket (even a small "superette") and buy a few slices of cold meat, sliced cheese, or a plain (no sugar) yoghourt. I don't eat big full English or American breakfasts, but without a bit of protein, I get a sick headache.

Jan 18, 2015
lagatta in France

In response to avoiding "Pesky Americans!" (Yankees)

That's odd, in some respects I feel more in common with (francophone) Belgians than with many "Français de France". For one thing,the rhythm of speech (débit). I have no problem whatsoever understanding rapid-fire Parisian French, but Belgians have a slower rhythm, as we do in Québec.

We also share shitty weather, though not quite the same kind of shitty weather.

Jan 18, 2015
lagatta in France

The New & Improved Openings & Closings January, February and March 2015

Eastwoods is a very odd name for an Italian bistro at the corner of St-Zotique and Boulevard d'Anjou. Perché non in italiano? Well, who knows whether it will be a decent place - lots of people there, hope so.

And isn't there a good-quality café (veritas?) there near the Palais de Justice, or has it folded?

Place to buy Yellow Eyed Beans in Montreal?

According to Termium Plus, they are haricots à oeil jaune or haricots à hile jaune in French, if that is any help. http://www.btb.termiumplus.gc.ca/tpv2...

Hile is "Hilum" in English; the scar where a bean or seed was attached.

Bulk Barn has an entry for them, in English and in French, but their closest location to me (near JTM) is at Blue Bonnets shopping centre, nowhere near here.

Most used cookware? Any surprises?

No, but you were assuming "the garage". I was simply thinking of alternatives for urban-dwellers.

Jan 13, 2015
lagatta in Cookware

Foods Without Enemies

I don't think I could ever achieve that level of tolerance. Brava.

Jan 13, 2015
lagatta in General Topics
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Most used cookware? Any surprises?

I'd have NO room for such a thing. No garage, one-bedroom flat (with the living-room used as my office) on the top floor of a typical Montréal triplex.

I've seen a community café in Paris that rents out such things for urbanites. Like tool rental places.

Jan 13, 2015
lagatta in Cookware

Foods Without Enemies

Yes, those are the kind I'm referring to, popular in Asian shops (as they are also julienning them, and chopping them up into various shapes).

I believe you are referring to the harried home "non-cook", which is fine. Not everyone wants to cook.

Jan 13, 2015
lagatta in General Topics

How long have you been a vegetarian ? And why did you become one ?

I'm about the same. Trying to eat a lot of plant foods, and that is why I post here. I don't define myself as vegetarian, but I certainly don't eat a meat-heavy North American (or South of South American) or Northern European diet.

I have a hard time digesting legumes.

Jan 12, 2015
lagatta in Vegetarian & Vegan

How long have you been a vegetarian ? And why did you become one ?

Love forks over knives.

Hate PETA, which espouses other oppressive tropes.

Jan 12, 2015
lagatta in Vegetarian & Vegan

Foods Without Enemies

I never understood why those caught on. Suppose they were a way of maximizing something? I'm inclined to buy big carrots, as in Asian shops, as I julienne them with a "carrot tool".

Actual tiny new carrots are exquisite, I buy them at Jean-Talon market in season.

Jan 12, 2015
lagatta in General Topics

Foods Without Enemies

Even thin crêpes or blintzes? I detest fluffy pancakes but like the former.

Jan 12, 2015
lagatta in General Topics

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 like a lovely lunch. You have a good bladder for an old guy (note, I'm some years younger than you but I'm a boomer, not a young'un) if you can drink a good bit of wine before setting off on a huge march where Gord knows where you can have a whizz...

Quite large marches in solidarity here in Québec as well. And at least it wasn't as horribly cold as the day of the initial massacre, which was the coldest day this winter or this year so far in Montréal. A surprisingly large crowd showed up just the same after work that day.

Sadly, since that day other people were murdered: the young policewoman from Martinique, and the people at the kosher superette.

While those plates look lovely, I'm not terribly fond of "deconstructed" dishes. Though I love confit potatoes... Were they in olive oil, or duck/goose fat?

Jan 11, 2015
lagatta in France