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Best lunch specials?

Either start a new one or update the longstanding one. I do want to point out that other than Mazurka whose closure is confirmed - and a kick in the teeth for me, although I hadn't been there for years - it was a huge aspect of my young adult life, the "Once Upon a Time, there was a Tavern"- that Justine Bar à Vin is closed, as far as I know.

about 10 hours ago
lagatta in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Street Fair Stalls

Late-summer street sale on Mont-Royal starting tomorrow the 28th, but alas I don't know of any worthwhile food stands there.

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

Typical American breakfast foods you don't enjoy at breakfast?

Even lowfat varieties such as turkey or chicken sausage? I don't eat a big breakfast, but I crave protein (not necessarily animal) in the morning. I loved living in Italy and France, but I would make sure I had some cheese, some sliced turkey or chicken, or some other protein (but not too fatty) food in the morning. If not, I get a headache.

1 day ago
lagatta in General Topics

Typical American breakfast foods you don't enjoy at breakfast?

It is! And such wonderful hearty bread!

I know some people here don't like pancakes, but I make pancakes/crêpes with chickpea flour and other nutritious non-gluten flours (or with leftover quinoa) for non-gluten-eating friends, and do them on a supposedly non-toxic ceramic non-stick pan.

1 day ago
lagatta in General Topics

Typical American breakfast foods you don't enjoy at breakfast?

What on earth do you like?

Typical American breakfast foods you don't enjoy at breakfast?

Oatmeal porridge should be savoury, at least if you are a Scot. It can be a lovely food if combined with savoury ingredients.

Or fresh fruit, if you do like a bit sweet.

Porridge can be made with a lot of other grains added to oats or in lieu of them.

And yes, you can add a bit of heat.

1 day ago
lagatta in General Topics

Typical American breakfast foods you don't enjoy at breakfast?

Good health, I know you can't eat gluten, but do you like pancakes made with chickpea flour? Can you digest buckwheat crêpes?

1 day ago
lagatta in General Topics

Typical American breakfast foods you don't enjoy at breakfast?

As I've said higher up, not all pancakes are sweet. I make crêpes and other pancakes with no sugar whatsoever. In some kinds, I like adding in some chickpea/garbanzo flour. And aromatic (not hot) spices.

1 day ago
lagatta in General Topics

Typical American breakfast foods you don't enjoy at breakfast?

There are things I wouldn't drink then...

1 day ago
lagatta in General Topics

Typical American breakfast foods you don't enjoy at breakfast?

Eggs, yes. Coffee, no.

1 day ago
lagatta in General Topics

What I Learned After Taking a Homeless Mother Grocery Shopping

I didn't mean individual. Surely there are places that sell half-dozens?

Aug 25, 2014
lagatta in Food Media & News

What I Learned After Taking a Homeless Mother Grocery Shopping

Yes, in French one uses the term SDF (sans domicile fixe - without permanent abode). This includes the stereotype of the homeless tramp (as they were once called) who lives in some abandoned place and cooks, if he does (and he is usually a he) on a barrel fire or bonfire. But also people in rooms, cheap hotels that have become temporary housing and other dwellings.

Aug 24, 2014
lagatta in Food Media & News

What I Learned After Taking a Homeless Mother Grocery Shopping

Of course, if you are truly homeless. But there is a large category of people between those who have a proper house or apartment and those who are actually living in the streets or a night shelter. I've worked in associations dealing with housing issues.

Relevant poem by local poet:

http://readalittlepoetry.wordpress.co...

Aug 24, 2014
lagatta in Food Media & News

What I Learned After Taking a Homeless Mother Grocery Shopping

No, actually I agree with chowrin about that (my graduate degree is in history of migrations). It did sound like "poor bashing", but I really don't think it was.

There are many kinds of disadvantages. On the other side, there are many workers with limited formal education, who did their jobs very well and made very good salaries in industry, who find it very hard to get another because of their limited education and computer knowledge.

One of the worst of clienteles of the "cuisine communautaire" was single men (often separated, divorced or widowed) who lived in little studio apartments on a certain street where there were many of those. I want to make it clear that this is NOT a negative stereotype about men; it is a certain type and a certain cohort of men. They really didn't know how to cook for themselves, though they certainly had a small fridge and some kind of stove or rangetop.

Some really got into cooking, though!

And then, some of us are overeducated and underemployed. Ageism is really a factor. But it is very important to eat good and nutritious food. and to have meals with friends!

Aug 24, 2014
lagatta in Food Media & News
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Where to source Banh Mi Buns in Toronto?

Well, I'm sure there are many other "saucy" things. Much harder to clean out than dry crumbs.

What I Learned After Taking a Homeless Mother Grocery Shopping

Many people throughout the world just keep eggs on the shelf. Ideally, buying only a few at a time. There are shelf-stable fats, and of course oil.

Aug 24, 2014
lagatta in Food Media & News

Hollandaise sauce made with olive oil...... why?

Haven't seen the film.

Lactose intolerance?

mcsheridan, some people can't eat certain traditional recipes, due to allergies or intolerances.

Aug 23, 2014
lagatta in Home Cooking

Dark green tops of leeks- Can they be used in stock?

I do the same! Dark green leek segments make great stock. I also freeze parsley stems. They are rather bitter, so don't add them at first.

Aug 23, 2014
lagatta in Home Cooking

Lay's Do us a Flavour - any good?

One of my favourite chip lines is the Irresistibles "Old Fashioned - à l'ancienne" by Metro brands. They are the so-called Kettle type. The plain ones have only three ingredients: potatoes, sunflower oil and sea salt. I think I prefer those - ideally WITH Tzatziki - but I also like the parmesan + garlic and the cheddar cheese + onion, which are sort of variations on sour cream and onion.

I don't know if they are available outside Québec and Ontario.

I also miss the paprika and provençal flavours. However, I no longer like the salt and vinegar, as I find the white vinegar taste too harsh. If I recall, I've had British chips with a softer malt vinegar taste...

Montreal / Quebec City - 5 days - several questions

Yes, there is also a fishmonger's that prepares fishy things, Jef Poissonerie, on St-Joseph not far from L'Affaire (which has never appealed to me somehow).

http://jefpoissonnerie.com/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/JEF-Po...

St-Roch used to be a dodgy neighbourhood, but it really isn't any more, since the restoration of St-Joseph Street, the arrival of the new municipal library and a MEC.

Here is a site listing businesses on St-Joseph: http://local.fiatlux.tk/quebec/rue-sa...

See that there is also a Cambodian restaurant - that wouldn't have much cheese or cream! Indeed "cheap ethnic" offerings are limited; certainly many Vietnamese byow places (some better than others). Seems to be mostly former French colonies - "French Indochina", North and West Africa... Often former Laval Uni students.

Montreal / Quebec City - 5 days - several questions

Thanks for that! Actually, I'm certain that the route could be designed better for all road users. It is a lovely destination, in particular for foodies.

Montreal / Quebec City - 5 days - several questions

Plateaumaman, when you speak of "the old city", do you mean just "Le Vieux Québec (the walled city) or also St-Jean-Baptiste (upper town, just outside the walls) Saint-Roch and Saint-Sauveur? (Lower town, very poor neighbourhoods not very long ago, somewhat gentrified with some interesting Québécois and immigrant restauransts). And how about Limoilou?

I don't drive, so the rest is out of the question, unless I can cycle or get a tour bus round Ile d'Orléans.

Openings & Closings July, August & September 2014

Sarah Musgrave has a review of Caféden, a "Vietnamese brasserie" which has recently opened - oddly, I've never noticed it, though I live in the area:

Caféden (514) 419-1589 6576 boul. St-Laurent, Montréal, H2S3C6

It seems to be in the former "Moneytel" (cheque changing place) which had been empty for a long time, and far from attractive.

http://www.montrealgazette.com/life/f...

Do note that there are no vegetarian dishes, and that all the seating is on high stools.

Jardin Tiki, the review you've all been waiting for!!!

More "Asian kitsch" than Tiki, though there are similarities. They don't seem to have their year-round Christmas lights any more.

Two Buck Chuck? No Thanks

Oh, I heartily agree, and at least it isn't sweet!

I've never drunk Boone's farm either, but I shudder at the horror.

Aug 20, 2014
lagatta in Wine

Two Buck Chuck? No Thanks

Why not? Perhaps they are poor. Many well-educated, cultivated people have limited incomes for various reasons. I earned more thirty years now than I do now. Many highly-educated people have very precarious incomes nowadays.

We don't have "two buck chuck" here in Québec, due to taxation (if it all went to healthcare and education, that would be fine). But I am certainly knowledgeable about wine and food, and enjoy things I can rarely afford to buy.

I'm not saying that to complain about my life. I'm not homeless or on social assistance, and the work I do is rewarding - it is just very irregular now.

I admit I've never drunk the stuff, and I very much doubt I would if I visited the US, as a wine three times as expensive seems cheap to me, and I'm sure I'd find better ones.

I'm more worried about more upscale New World wines (not only the Americas) that contain far too much residual sugar.

Aug 20, 2014
lagatta in Wine

Berri/UQAM area - 2014

Yes, it is easy to find in South American shops.

Berri/UQAM area - 2014

Or more precisely still, a Quebec take on cottage pie, as it is usually made with beef, not lamb, though nowadays there are many variations with different meats or even vegetarian ones.

A specific feature of "pâté chinois" is the layer of corn, often hominy corn.

I've also eaten it and made it with layered, finely-sliced potatoes rather than mash.

Berri/UQAM area - 2014

I certainly do! I sit on the board of a community group nearby, and banh mi are a common perk, as are those yummy savoury treats from chez Apo.

Berri/UQAM area - 2014

Well, it is very convenient for me, and I'm heading over to a house just behind it (on St-Vallier) right now to feed some friends' cats.

Unfortunately I don't eat as many Banh Mi as I'd like either, but that is just lower caloric requirement as one gets on in age...