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First time in Montreal - what area to explore?

I'd basically agree, though some of the places Maximillien mentions are north of the Plateau/Mile-End in Petite-Italie/Petite-Patrie. All this area is easily walkable, as is nearby (eastern) Outremont.

Remember that Damas has reopened, and is now located in Van Horne in Outremont (but very close to Mile-End and Little Italy).

There are small hotels, and of course rental apartments, in the Plateau area. From there, you could walk up as far as Jean-Talon Market one day, down to Old Mtl and the Old Port the next.

If the weather is nice, you might also enjoy walking up the Olmstead Road (not steep at all) to the top of Mont-Royal and enjoying a picnic. Lots of supplies available nearby on the Main (stretch of boulevard St-Laurent) or avenue du Parc.

about 13 hours ago
lagatta in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Jean Talon Market and vicinity (updates) 2015

Marché des saveurs (local products) carries cotton bags; I don't know whether they are currently in stock.

http://www.lemarchedessaveurs.com/fr/

I believe Fromagerie Hamel does as well.

about 16 hours ago
lagatta in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Jean Talon Market and vicinity (updates) 2015

The croissant was utterly delicious, by the way!

Home Cooking Dish of the Month (July 2015) Voting

They are all lovely ideas; I'm voting for the slaws because I'm also unsure about corn supply in July, here in Montréal. I don't make frozen desserts: I rarely eat dessert and there is excellent gelato nearby.

I guess fresh corn dishes would include succotash, for the Three Sisters.

1 day ago
lagatta in Home Cooking

Jean Talon Market and vicinity (updates) 2015

Thursday to Sunday. I had to run another errand (in the rain) at the Market, and asked Jos la croûte. Also bought a croissant, which looks very nice.

In terms of market improvements, there are two lovely accessible, unisex toilets, beside the new SAQ, with changing tables for babies.

Second Cup on St-Laurent moving, Intermarché expanding

Thanks. I thought it had already closed. A larger and better-organized Intermarché there will be a boon for that particular stretch of the Main. Compare the beautiful Intermarché at the corner of Mont-Royal and Boyer.

Elimination of Ontario Board?

I'm glad you aren't eliminating any boards. Is there enough traffic to create a Greater Toronto Area board and an Ontario (except GTA) Board? I live in Montréal and often travel to Eastern Ontario, especially Ottawa. It is hard to find info on that region on the Ontario board.

I understand that it probably wouldn't be worthwhile to do the same with the Quebec board, simply because there not enough people who are English-speaking or comfortable writing in English outside greater MTL and the area that borders Ottawa.

Niagara on the Lake and wineries

Hi, Marisa!

Obviously, Niagara-on-the-Lake is in Ontario (see Ontario board) http://chowhound.chow.com/boards/23 are you driving through Québec to enjoy restaurants here?

If you are stopping in the New York wineries, such as the Finger Lakes region, then you want the New York State (except NYC) board, here: http://chowhound.chow.com/boards/82 You might also want to ask questions at the Wine board.

Second Cup on St-Laurent moving, Intermarché expanding

Has any work begun on expanding the Intermarché?

Taste of the Caribbean Festival

I'm looking at the vendors, and wondering whether it would be worth it to go to the festival, or simply to note the vendors.

This place looks as if it has very good hot patties:

http://www.islandorganix.com/

And this place near me that makes the Haitian patties, fried plantain and other Haitian dishes. It is a non-profit centre for education and job training: http://www.centrenarive.com/boukan

I went some years ago and was a bit disappointed for reasons stated, but I hope those have been ironed out. The Old Port should be a good location.

Second Cup on St-Laurent moving, Intermarché expanding

Yes, that is true, and good for the chefs. But the food scene changes. It isn't a question of being holier than though, and certainly not about gossip. You know very well what I'm talking about.

Food Events 2015

Thanks!

Was Un goût des Caraïbes/ A Taste of the Caribbean always there? I thought it was stuck on Île-Ste-Hélène.

Suppose I should plan to go to the nearby Night Market.

Rave over kale over?

I really can't stand smoothies, so no thanks!

Jun 24, 2015
lagatta in Vegetarian & Vegan

Rave over kale over?

I'd just described Dutch stamppot, and I know there is a similar dish in northern Germany. I've definitely bought and eaten vegetarian Rookworst (don't know if German Rauchwurst is the same guess it depends on the region). Unox is a big industrial brand that makes it, but there is also an artisan vegetarian "butcher" in the Netherlands: http://www.devegetarischeslager.nl/

Jun 24, 2015
lagatta in Vegetarian & Vegan

Rave over kale over?

You might like black kale, which I find much less bitter - and easier to digest - than the curly kind.

I started eating green kale in the Netherlands, where stamppot is one of the natioinal dishes. It is just a simple veg mash dish like many in British and Irish cooking - kale and potatoes, but there are many additions and improvements now. Typically it is eaten with a large smoked sausage in a U-shape, like Kielbasa, and yes, there are vegetarian versons of that now (as well as kosher and halal ones).

I was rather distraught seeing raw mature kale in salads; don't want to be too graphic, but I knew it would be "challenging". Fortunately some places use tender baby kale for salads.

Of course I ate cavolo nero in Italy, but there is such an array of vegetables in Italy that nothing dominates to the same extent, except perhaps tomatoes in season.

Jun 24, 2015
lagatta in Vegetarian & Vegan

There are "Kosher", "Special Diets", & "Vegetarian & Vegan" boards; why not a "Halal" board?

At and around the Jean-Talon market here in Mtl, there are many good halal food sources. Like kosher food, halal food can be industrially grown or reared - and slaughtered, despite the dietary rules, but the poultry I buy at a local halal shop is all locally sourced and very sound. It is Ramadan now, so they have more prepared foods than usual, including Moroccan pastillas. This shop is Moroccan, so they basically do Maghrebi and some Middle-Eastern foods, and have some staples for West African cuisine.

There are South Asian Muslims in the Mtl area as well, but there is a preponderance of customers from the Maghreb and Middle East, especially Lebanon, where there are many French speakers - and Lebanese and Syrian Christians will shop there too. I imagine that the South Asian communities are a much higher percentage of halal shoppers in Toronto and points west.

In terms of CULTURAL (not scriptural) culinary overlap, there is an increasing interest in Sephardic foods among people of Ashkenazi backgrounds, and of course there is a lot of overlap in such recipes whether the cooks and eaters are of Muslim, Jewish or Orthodox Christian background, but respecting dietary requirements and religious festivals and rituals.

Wishing all halal-keeping Chowhounds an easy fast (at the Summer Solstice for so many - long hours without water!)

Jun 24, 2015
lagatta in Site Talk

Two Recommendations

While I agree with CaptCrunch, it is wonderful if there are worthy places in Old Montréal, especially when taking friends from out of town.

cookinpro: a secondo, secondi (plural). A primo, and primi. Though I have heard "a panini" in English and "un panini" in French... I get the impression that Robin might be a "cantine" for lawyers and other Palais de Justice denizens.

lagatta, un poco incazzata... but not really.

Openings & Closings: July, August and September 2015

I guess the hatter (Votre chapelier de confiance) has finally retired or passed away. That tiny business seemed to have been there since forever...

Food Events 2015

Thanks!

Pity. I eat almost no sweets, and if I make a baked dessert these days, it will be a kind of clafoutis with fruit and a batter similar to those for crêpes. They had very good local artisanal oils last year: there is no reason sunflower oil should necessarily be insipid. I live north of the railway, but actually very close to that market.

There are "Kosher", "Special Diets", & "Vegetarian & Vegan" boards; why not a "Halal" board?

I think there will be, eventually. Doesn't it fundamentally depend on demand? Just look at the Americas section. Since this site started in the US, there are many regional boards, fewer in Canada and only one for Mexico (which has a far larger population than Canada) and only one for all the rest of the continent, including the islands.

There has a lot of development of halal food in the West in recent years, and I have friends of Muslim origins who aren't remotely devout who prefer halal foods (and being heathens, don't hesitate to enjoy a glass of beer or wine with their lovely pastilla from a nearby Moroccan grocery that has very lovely things ... shh, I'm not telling, being every bit as defrocked a Catholic.

Jun 19, 2015
lagatta in Site Talk

Ethnic Recipes category

I do make a variation on succotash, but mostly as a celebration of the Three Sisters, standard in the more Northeastern part of the Americas (northeastern US; southeastern Canada), but beans, maize and squash/gourds were used in many ways, in many parts of the Americas pre-contact.

I've made pulled turkey, not "traditional" but in a sense more American than pulled pork, as that bird developed in the New World. But of course my spicing remains fundamentally Mediterranean.

Jun 19, 2015
lagatta in Site Talk

Ethnic Recipes category

But white rice is of course eaten in many cultures. Rice can be combined with other elements while cooking, or served plain with the other elements.

Jun 19, 2015
lagatta in Site Talk

Ethnic Recipes category

I'd say no, because there are many other countries besides yours with cosmopolitan populations. We'd also have to define "American". Do you mean the US, or all the countries of the Americas, from Ellesmere Island to Tierra del fuego?

Jun 19, 2015
lagatta in Site Talk

Food Events 2015

Thanks! Any website where I can see the days and hours? Yes, the small artisans are the draw there. I've also bought lovely vegetables there, but it is a bit early, after our horrific winter, for anything but greens.

Montreal Mega-Visit In Progress

A picnic might be less appealing alone than with family, sweetheart or friends, but if you are in the Plateau, instead of poutine, why not get some Portuguese grilled chicken and frites/salad at Ma Pouille mouillée on Rachel and eat it in nearby Lafontaine Park? Longest days of the year... long evenings before nightfall. Ma Poulle mouillée was founded by someone from the better-known Romados, prices are good and include taxes. http://mapoulemouillee.ca

To be honest, I've never been a poutine fan - I love good frites, but crisp, and rarely indulge in them, so... But as a boomer, I simply can't digest poutine any more.

Second Cup on St-Laurent moving, Intermarché expanding

That is really a shame about that building. It is really an asset to that stretch. I didn't want to make too nasty a comment about the so-called "supper clubs" - I don't want any people to lose their jobs - but otherwise it really isn't a huge loss and there are sleazy aspects.

Montreal Mega-Visit In Progress

Are you alone, or with a friend or companion?

Don't push yourself.

Openings & Closings: July, August and September 2015

Oh, that's what all those glass doors are for!

Second Cup on St-Laurent moving, Intermarché expanding

There are some culinary holdouts like the Central European place between Prince-Arthur and Pins. Not Vieille Europe; the one farther south. There is also a Wawel, but that is a small chain; I think the Polish goodies might be made in "Mile Ex" nowadays.

Old-School Pizza Question

Yes, Gema is very good. No "travel" perhaps five minutes walk from my place. But finding a moment when it is practical to takeaway. (As friends wait, drinking my wine and eating my salad).

Boasting, but the last pizzas I made at home with nothing like a decent pizza oven were remarkably good, in terms of form and flavour. And the herbs were farmed by a friend. No guarantee of such repeat success.

Must add: some of the success was due to techniques learnt during Pizza Week here last autumn.