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Bad placement of ads on chow.com

Hi Pat. I guess there is nothing you can do about these "weird old trick" ads that are fradulent or misleading as well as often downright disgusting.

http://www.slate.com/articles/busines...

And of course personalization is also geolocalization, and I don't see the same ads here in Montréal as even people in Toronto or upstate New York.

Food-centric, perhaps holiday-related as well... But no "weird tricks", okay?

17 minutes ago
lagatta in Site Talk

Lobster festival?

Thanks to both of you. Fine foodie, for the answer to the mystery of no "Festival du homard", and Mr F for his excellent suggestion. While these friends actually could afford it, I doubt they are "foodie" enough to spend so much. However, this is extremely useful information for those who are.

about 1 hour ago
lagatta in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Clean/wash up while cooking ?

I'm not rich enough to have a dishwasher! (also no room) But my bathroom is so close to my kitchen that I do the hand washing there.

about 7 hours ago
lagatta in Not About Food

Lobster festival?

Does this still exist? This morning, I scouted around rue Duluth, and the few byow restaurants still existing there no longer announce it, and those I visited didn,t have it. Since it didn't require special culinary skill, it was something those places did well.

I'm asking on behalf of some nostalgic friends.

about 7 hours ago
lagatta in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

What's your favorite vegetarian pasta recipe?

Most pasta other than egg pasta (and of course pasta with squid ink) is vegan.

I've bought Felicetti farro and kamut pasta and it cooked up beautifully. Always watch it closely and test to see that it is al dente. The time on the package is only a rough indicator. http://www.felicetti.it/en/pasta-feli...

about 11 hours ago
lagatta in Vegetarian & Vegan

What's your favorite vegetarian pasta recipe?

Has anyone mentioned the simplest and best of all: "aglio, olio e peperoncino"?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spaghet... This is just aglio e olio, but adding little red peppers isn't too hard, eh? You could even use Asian sambal oelek.

Though some chopped flatleaf parsley is not gilding the lily.

By the way, while wholegrain pasta is not traditional, this is one of the best recipes for wholegrain spelt, durum wheat or other pàsta, provided it is a pasta that can cook up al dente. I've certainly enjoyed it served using wholegrain pasta in Italy.

I do sprinkle a bit of pecorino, but the vegans will be pleased to learn that cheese is actually NOT traditional in this recipe.

I use quite a bit of garlic if I know that all those eating partake in the cult of the stinking rose.

about 17 hours ago
lagatta in Vegetarian & Vegan
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Openings & Closings: April, May and June 2015

At least the new and greatly expanded (at the expense of our consumer taxes) SAQ at Jean-Talon is set to be open in a couple of weeks (according to the staff at the current location) and with summer arriving, we can invent our own wine bars for the next few months in local parks including Place Shamrock (I don't know its legal status, but nobody is bothering people who enjoy some wine or beer with their Market victuals, and I also haven't seen anyone abusing that, but I don't often stay up into the wee hours any more.

A wine bar will become very enticing as autumn closes in, but please, ditch the quétaine mural and decor!

Clean/wash up while cooking ?

While I do the cleaning WHILE I'm cooking, meals should be peaceful, and I would find anyone hovering over me while I'm eating to take my plate or glass extremely aggressive. I'd also say so.

1 day ago
lagatta in Not About Food

Clean/wash up while cooking ?

It is "mise en place", and if google translate is to be trusted, the French term is used in Italian and Spanish as well. It is certainly used in English.

1 day ago
lagatta in Not About Food

Openings & Closings: April, May and June 2015

That mural is even uglier and tackier than the worst of the "pizzeria Porto di Napoli" school.

Cul sec on Beaubien looks much nicer.

Bad placement of ads on chow.com

Dear patsully,

I have exactly the same ad - something that looks like disgusting body parts in necrosis or afflicted with mushroom growth - as I logged on today, more than once.

I know sites need ads, as if not, we'd have to pay, and it isn't practical for all of us, for a variety of reasons. But ads that are utterly counter to the content of a site are not a good thing, to put it mildly. Surely there are food-related advertisers?

May 24, 2015
lagatta in Site Talk

Itinerary advice: June 9-16

True, though it is actually very easy by the orange line.

Residual sugar levels now on SAQ website

Congratulations to Gazette wine writer Bill Zacharkiw for his efforts in getting the SAQ to list residual sugar levels on their website, as the LCBO has done for years.

One has to look under the "detailed information" at each wine's fiche though, unlike LCBO which lists it right under the alc.vol. But every wine I checked had it. No surprise that those fruit-flavoured concoctions they are pushing this season range up to 56gL...

Sunday dinner res for group (of 8)

I checked; Le Petit Alep is closed on Sundays. I knew they were closed on Mondays, but alas, also on Sundays! So that can only be an option if Saturday is possible for you.

Sunday dinner res for group (of 8)

You can order the fancier Resto Alep dishes at Petit Alep. One thing I really like about it, other than the tasty food, is the fact that you can get anything from a salad or (pressed pita) sandwich to a full meal. Good wine list as well, many by the glass, and very good tea.

I'd say Toronto is better for Mexican food; we are better for Maghrebi and Levantine food. They probably have an edge for Persian cuisine though, as there is a larger community from Iran and other Persian-cultural places.

And we also have BYOW Halal South Asian restaurants...

Sunday dinner res for group (of 8)

Also on Beaubien, Mogador, a nice small Moroccan restaurant. http://www.mogador.ca/

I wouldn't do El Rey del Taco for supper - perhaps for lunch if you are at Jean-Talon Market. The food is ok, but it is a bit too "family-style" greasy-spoonish for an evening out. There really aren't a lot of good Mexican restaurants here. The nicest one, Itacate, closed a while back.

Le Petit Alep (Syrian) is always good for a group, and you need not have a full meal. It is just across Jean-Talon from the market. petitalep.com/ The only problem is that I think they still don't take evening reservations. They do take lunch reservations (see site).

Jean Talon Market and vicinity (updates) 2015

People have definitely been using Place Shamrock since the snow melted. Fewer yesterday, as it was so cold, so shoppers were huddled indoors at the new picnic tables. I had to by some herbs for my coop, and the sellers looked positively blue. Discovered that "Jacques et Diane" do provide receipts, which I needed.

I didn't happen to pass in front of the new SAQ (I stopped by the Petite Italie branch) but I'll keep my eyes peeled for the opening.

I know there is supposed to be a recycling centre in the new building; that already belongs to the market. Also wonder what the former SAQ will become. Will Hamel expand further?

Alas the new lift at Jean-Talon métro still isn't operating...

Jean Talon Market and vicinity (updates) 2015

Plant selling in full swing now, also local asparagus at last. Also wanted to point out that they have finally changed the picnic tables in the centre of the covered area. There are eight tables now (in addition to the high stools and tables closer to Henri-Julien) and they are far easier for people of all ages to sit at. The new bagel place in the lane north of rue Alma also has a long bench by the wooden fence and bistro tables and chairs, and of course there is also seating at Place Shamrock, the parklet just west of the market on Shamrock by the fire station.

I had written to the market about the picnic tables and will write again to congratulate them on the improvement.

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

Should I have spoken in the changes at Il Bazzali (as of June 3rd, byob, evening openings) in the current thread as well?

trip report Montreal may2-4th

Thank you for taking the time to do a trip report!

Fun, lively restaurant with good food Montreal?

That was a great write-up. I confess I'm a bit frightened of nearby Bethlehem XXX because I'm more than a bit claustrophobic.

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

I passed by Il Bazzali and asked one of the fellows if they knew when they would be getting their byow permit and serving evening meals. He said everything should be ready on the 3rd of June.

Critique our meal plans, please

Le Valois is on Ontario (at "Place Simon-Valois) not far from Parc Olympique, and it isn't a greasy spoon: http://www.levalois.ca/

Single best restaurant in Montreal

We really need a few more clues. Good as they are (I've only eaten at APDC, invited) APDC and Joe Beef seem too meat-heavy for me and doubtless for other people. There is rarely "one best restaurant" in major cities. And that is a good thing, because many different tastes are catered to.

So Insatiable and Madame Insatiable, what do you crave?

Smoked Meat w/non-meat eating husband

Schwartz's smoked chickens are very good, but pricy (as takeaway, whole). I don't know whether other places to find smoked chickens in Mtl would warrant a new thread?

Openings & Closings: April, May and June 2015

I don't know if the closing of Bistro Apollo Concept has been mentioned, but there is a big "À LOUER" sign in the window as one turns the corner from Beaubien to St-Laurent. That is the Apollo at 6422, boul. St-Laurent.
http://www.restomontreal.ca/fr/2841/B...

Shabbat and 2 weeks in Italy -- any Kosher advice?

If you are in Florence, do try to make a visit to Pitigliano, also in Tuscany. That little town also produces kosher wine! http://jipitaly.org/

May 14, 2015
lagatta in Kosher

Montreal kitchen supply store in Little Italy | Quincaillerie Dante

Much closer for me than Empire Crockery, and smaller, Norten is now a branch of équipements de restaurants de l'est:

http://www.ere-equipement.com/

These places are useful, but not everything is appropriate for a small, home kitchen cooking for one or a few people.

Openings & Closings: April, May and June 2015

I guess all the Vittorio regulars have died off. I like the name; it would be nice if they keep it.

Openings & Closings: April, May and June 2015

Oh, not just Montrealers. My computer is a work tool; I'm really not into that stuff.