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Banh mi sandwiches - where to go?

They also have a Facebook page: http://fr-fr.facebook.com/pages/Sandw...

Is there still a Vietnamese grocery store nearby? A friend of mine used to live nearby, and those were lifesavers in what was mostly a food desert, except for an IGA that wasn't very good back then, and Wawel.

about 5 hours ago
lagatta in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Openings & Closings July, August & September 2014

I'm trying to picture how people will mill about on Saint-Dominique and Dante...

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

Openings & Closings July, August & September 2014

YUM! I'll excuse the naff baseball cap for that. Though I suppose there will be a crowd...

about 20 hours ago
lagatta in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Montreal on a Budget

That is really ghastly, amageddlan. I suppose they will take the "picnic table area" quite literally. Yep, the cop shop is just around the corner, right next to Ma Poule mouillée.

Where do we complain about this? I don't like drunken rowdy people who smash beer (or other) bottles and make life miserable for others, but this is very unfriendly to visitors to our city who are behaving themselves and simply enjoying a picnic with a beer or a bottle of wine.

2 days ago
lagatta in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Awesome Supermarkets (and why)

Yes, if I lived in your area I'd go to Akhavan. It is simply too far from here (and poor public transport connections) unless I need specific ingredients for Persian food. It has a good turnover.

2 days ago
lagatta in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Awesome Supermarkets (and why)

The problem is that I don't think the métro goes there yet. I have clients and work meetings near métro Montmorency and I'm there faster than downtown, but as soon as one gets farther away from the métro stations, it is a much longer trip.

When the lift is open at Jean-Talon station, except in the depth of winter, it will be far easier to cycle to many other Laval detinations. (I have large Dutch bicycle bags).

As for Mayrand, it is easily doable from chez moi (Petite Italie) by bicycle, and the google itinerary sorts out the dodgy stretch near the destination.

Do note that they are also open very early in the morning!
http://www.mayrand.ca/

Jul 09, 2014
lagatta in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Montreal on a Budget

Since it is the summer, and you are on a slender budget, don't forget urban picnics! Yes, Romados, to take up to our so-called "Mountain", or Ma Poule Mouillée, to take even closer by to Parc Lafontaine. There are also a lot of stretches to buy good food (both groceries and takeaways) near parks. Just north of Mont-Royal, PA Supermarket is also a good source of reasonably priced groceries, including a decent selection of cheeses.

If you are farther north, you can also hit Jean-Talon Market and surrounding areas (Little Italy, and the knot of Southeast Asian shops around the corner of Jean-Talon and Saint-Denis) and walk north a bit to Jarry Park.

On the West side of that park, you are in "Little India" in Park=Extension, with many South Asian eateries, including ones that are at once Halal and bring your own wine (or beer).
This is a quick rundown, do a site search on Jean Talon Market, Plateau Mont-Royal, Little India and other likely places. And above all, enjoy yourselves!

It is legal to take wine or beer to a picnic in a park, in principle, if there are picnic tables, but at least make sure you have "a meal" as well. No definition of "a meal", but more than a bag of chips.

Jul 09, 2014
lagatta in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Countertop/Mini oven recommendation please

Actually, for recipes, look here at chowhound on the "home cooking" board.

Also google cooking for one or two, for downscaled recipes.

Jul 09, 2014
lagatta in Cookware

Lasagna for Cow Milk Allergy

President's Choice (Loblaws brand) makes goat milk mozzarella - this is in Canada; I'm sure there must be goat milk mozzarella or similar mild goat cheeses in the US.

All goat cheese is not what you call "chèvre" in English - that is a crumbly, fresh cheese (of course in French, le chèvre simply means goat cheese, and la chèvre is the nanny goat). There is goat mozza, and mild goat cheeses similar to cheddar. Not to mention the wealth of ewe' milk cheeses.

Jul 09, 2014
lagatta in Home Cooking

Why is hummus expensive?

Can't it be frozen, in small containers? I see no reason it couldn't be.

Jul 08, 2014
lagatta in General Topics

Basic Pizza Dough

And in my opinion, it should be unbleached. I also like a mix of semolina and high-protein Canadian bread flour, but I know some cooks prefer as softer flour.

Jul 08, 2014
lagatta in Recipes

Moving abroad soon. Should I bring my all-clad frying pan with me?

Because sometimes, it would be the only reason I'd bother with a checked bag. However, if I do that, I also bring a sharp knife or two in the checked bag.

Jul 08, 2014
lagatta in Cookware

Openings & Closings July, August & September 2014

That is very interesting. Pizza al taglio is more Roman, and not as "pared down" as the Neopolitan classics. I didn't like the sweet biscuits and creme-filled croissants that are common breakfast foods in Italy, and much preferred something like a portion of pizza al taglio with finely-sliced potato, olive oil and rosemary.

Good pizza al taglio is something I really miss. Sadly, while Capitol have some authentic toppings, I don't like their crust.

Jul 08, 2014
lagatta in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

New and fun options for office catering?

Somehow I doubt they'd agree with that idea...

Jul 08, 2014
lagatta in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

I'm so over...

I dunno. I was at a wedding when I was three, and emptied quite a few glasses. Think they were orange juice and vodka, or white rum.

Jul 07, 2014
lagatta in General Topics

Moving abroad soon. Should I bring my all-clad frying pan with me?

I was behind a guy who had bought a Laguiole knife in a fine wood, with a corkscrew.

Confess that I'm very annoyed not to be able to carry a corkscrew. I really couldn't kill someone with it. I suppose there are people who could, but there are also people who can kill someone with their bare hands.

Jul 07, 2014
lagatta in Cookware
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Openings & Closings July, August & September 2014

Yes, I asked him about that a while back. He was selling not only cheese, milk and yoghourt, but also a few meat products. Not that I'm vegan, I just thought it strange and misleading.

Jul 07, 2014
lagatta in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Moving abroad soon. Should I bring my all-clad frying pan with me?

I'd definitely take my favourite things. Of course you have to be ruthless, but something you use almost every day is part of your life.

Jul 06, 2014
lagatta in Cookware
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Patterns for everyday and china dinnerware

I deliberately bought dishes that left a relatively small serving space. Eating alone, I only use the lunch plates any more, not the dinner ones.

Those are beautiful and elegant. I like the two bowls.

Jul 06, 2014
lagatta in Cookware

Openings & Closings July, August & September 2014

Les Aliments Spicy Nut, the fruiterie and natural foods shop at the corner of St-Dominique and Beaubien, has closed. Sadly, I'm not surprised. They started off with good produce and good prices, doubtless at a start-up loss. but the quality of the produce declined and there were no more good deals. It did close rather abruptly.

Jul 06, 2014
lagatta in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Old Montreal - Sunday lunch

And the view is spectacular. I haven't been there in a couple of years, but it was a very pleasant experience.

Indeed, the kind of place one goes mostly if one has out-of-town guests or a business lunch in the area.

Jul 05, 2014
lagatta in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Openings & Closings July, August & September 2014

That old Mexican restaurant was closed every time I wanted to check it out...

Jul 05, 2014
lagatta in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Montreal: Poutine and Shish Taouk and Couscous and....

Well, everything is far out of the way for some of us. Is there nothing in your neighbourhood?

Jul 05, 2014
lagatta in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

I'm so over...

You just eat it sensously. No more is required.

Jul 04, 2014
lagatta in General Topics

I'm so over...

I have a terrible intolerance for cow's milk (severe, life-threatening allergy when I was a small child).

I LOVE cheese. It does not necessarily mean dislike. Fortunately I can digest goat's and ewe's milk cheeses and even a bit of cow's milk chese if I take Lactaid.

I can't really drink milk from any mammal.

Jul 04, 2014
lagatta in General Topics

I'm so over...

kale and quinoa are simply two nutritious foodstuffs. They aren't responsible for the fads.

Oh, your muscle meat is somehow less gross?

Jul 04, 2014
lagatta in General Topics

I'm so over...

I'm glad you said "type", as there is no Whole Foods shop in Montréal.

As usual, the problem is misuse. I do know a few people who have coeliac or are otherwise (medically diagnosed) gluten intolerant or sensitive. They are NOT happy about having to refrain from good bread.

But at the same time, I'm glad there are GF foods available for them.

Jul 04, 2014
lagatta in General Topics

I'm so over...

No, it isn't. There are rules of organic agriculture.

Jul 04, 2014
lagatta in General Topics
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Patterns for everyday and china dinnerware

Yes, that is the one I googled. I think I didn't notice that you had a link.

I've had Johnson Brothers Athena white Ironstone for many ... decades. I don't know whether it is still produced; it may not be, but it was very common here (in Canada) so it always turns up at flea markets, charity shops, yard sales...

I've never had room for two sets of dishes.
I know someone living in a small apartment for seniors - her apartment is very nice, but she has the formal set her late mother owns, and never uses it. Leaving little room for her own dishes. And she is almost 70!

I don't want to be like that!

Jul 04, 2014
lagatta in Cookware

Dinner with friends - should they show up empty handed?

Yes, in terms of formal etiquette, guests need bring nothing, except perhaps a small gift for the hosts. But in some social circles - certainly in mine, by custom those of us who drink bring a bottle of wine or some beer, and those who eat dessert bring one (usually agreed upon in advance).

Not everyone can afford to host a meal and buy all the wine (note that wine is expensive in Québec - I'd have no problem buying the libations for a group if I were still in Italy).

Jul 04, 2014
lagatta in Not About Food