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encouraging partial vegetarianism & veganism

Yes, I agree that it should also go in General Topics or Home Cooking. I doubt I'll ever be vegan, or fully vegetarian (not any big roasts, or red meat in general, but I do make stock from poultry bones for a calcium etc boost). But I try to eat more and more meatless meals, and cut down on cheese (I can't consume cow's milk so that already limits it quite a bit).

Indeed everyone should get into eating much more fruit and vegetables; that would be a great help with public health in all the industrialized societies, and for example in the South American countries where meat is a status symbol...

It is great if people can get children gardening. There is a community centre near me that does that; they are quite amazed at what can come out of a little plot of reclaimed land!

about 2 hours ago
lagatta in Vegetarian & Vegan

Trahana..how to use..

Take them to a Greek shop. These days, you might even have some luck with google translate. Just type in sour trahana or sweet trahana - perhaps you'll get it in Greek script if you set your target language to Greek.

One thing I notice is that it expands a lot more than normal pasta (I bought the sour kind). I've just been cooking it in homemade chicken stock, and adding onions, other vegetables, olive oil and feta. I really like it as a sort of comfort food, and it is supposed to be very good for the health, though I'm sure too much of it would be fattening.

about 2 hours ago
lagatta in Home Cooking

Bulk corn tortillas: best Montreal source?

There is this address on Bélanger a few blocks east of JTM that makes them on the spot.
Aliments Montréal Maya 1259, rue Bélanger, Montréal QC H2S 1J1
514-274-2515 On google, it still comes up as Maya, but I recall it as something like Tortilleria Montréal and that is what the streetview indicates. I believe Maya products are produced in a larger facility farther east.

Once again, they are fairly cheap; you probably could get some discount for a larger quantity.

Day 1 in Montreal in the books...day 2?

Well, also this winter has been so horrific that even slightly less freezing gets people out. I ran into a lot of friends and my neighbourhood councillor. No sneakers though; I wore pretty leather ankle boots that I couldn't wear during the "real" winter. And certainly a lighter coat than I wore at -20°C. Boucherie du Marché had good reductions on grana padano, and I needed one of their chicken carcass packages for soup.

Boy wonder, when spring (finally) comes, they put out more tables where people can eat the prepared foods on sale at the market. I'm afraid I'm really not a brunch fan; if I meet friends in the morning, it is usually just for an espresso and croissant at a café; often San Simeon on Dante. Though the croissants are better at Le Pain dans les Voiles on Castelnau (a short block north of Jean-Talon).

For brunch suggestions, just type in "brunch" at the search function on this board. Though the most recent seem to be from 2014. Just about all the places listed on this one http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9971... (Mile-End or near Jean-Talon) seem to be open. La Récolte has local, organic food: http://la-recolte.ca/menu-brunch/

Carded in our Mid 50s!

I don't always carry my passport around with me. I do have my healthcare card, but don't know if that is valid ID outside Québec. I don't really have a lot of "official" identification. (I always keep my passport valid for that reason).

I've never been carded here in my life.

Mar 27, 2015
lagatta in Not About Food

Carded in our Mid 50s!

Oh gawd.

Mar 27, 2015
lagatta in Not About Food

Carded in our Mid 50s!

I have never been asked for ID in Germany if I wanted a drink with dinner.

Mar 27, 2015
lagatta in Not About Food

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

More news about Il Bazzali from Eater Mtl:

http://montreal.eater.com/2015/3/26/8...

As soon as they get the permit, it will be a BYOW with dinner service. At the corner of Henri-Julien, they are a few minutes' walk from the SAQ Sélection at Beaubien and St-André.

Favorite Italian Beach Towns

Forte dei Marmi sounds lovely for a relaxing holiday - especially the bicycles. I've been reading over the Italian wiki article; far more detailed than the French or English versions.

I don't drive, and I see that it has some rail service. I'll be looking at accommodations; if it is a very family-friendly destination there are probably places where one can stay with a kitchenette for self-catering.

You've probably mentioned local food specialities and sagre in your earlier post. Must look it up!

I love Lucca (also cycling-friendly) so that is a strong point in its favour!

ciao e grazie

lagatta di Montréal

Mar 26, 2015
lagatta in Italy

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

It doesn't show up on the "closest to your postal code" yet, as Complexe Desjardins is a hell of a lot closer than 25km from chez lagatta.

Has anyone been there? If they are decent, having one there would be very handy, not only for provincial and federal (Guy Favreau) civil servants, but also people working at or attending events at neighbouring Place des Festivals.

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

I am VERY happy with Le Petit Coin. The young staff are very friendly and nice, and their produce is good quality. I love being able to buy just a bit at a time; living alone I easily waste food no matter how careful I am, and I hate that. They also sell small quantities of herbs (Milano always has a good deal on flatleaf parsley but it is hard to use it all up, unless one is making tabouleh). Now they are making grilled cheese and espresso, capuccino etc. They have butter from Run de lait as well.

I bought some local hothouse tomatoes. $1,79 lb - not cheaper than cheap, but the first tomatoes I've tasted since the local season that actually had a tomato taste, and were worth making a sandwich with.

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

I cycled past and they were open (even had a sign saying open) but I was in a hurry and didn't stop to look in.

Heading to Montreal by way of NYC next weekend and feeling overwhelmed and under-prepared!

That, or pack a romantic lunch with a bottle of wine and enjoy your arrival in your hotel room!

Heading to Montreal by way of NYC next weekend and feeling overwhelmed and under-prepared!

I remember Caravelle that actually seemed to be an independent Vietnamese business with a few locations in food courts. It was certainly popular among Vietnamese and other Asian students back when.

Heading to Montreal by way of NYC next weekend and feeling overwhelmed and under-prepared!

Oh, it certainly can be done; I've done it, easily, and I'm not young or especially athletic. I'd prefer to suggest a walk up St-Laurent or St-Denis. Or back down from the JTM area to their hotel, though it is more pleasant when shops and cafés are open and there are people around. When the weather is nicer, a walk up to the top of Mont-Royal, a picnic and back. With food you've found on St-Laurent and Parc.

Heading to Montreal by way of NYC next weekend and feeling overwhelmed and under-prepared!

Bravo. It is really better to walk, take public transport or taxis if you'll be drinking with dinner. You don't have to be "drunk" to have slower reaction time.

What you might enjoy doing is have a drive around to see things, or perhaps to go up to JTM early in the morning. I haven't observed a backlog of people trying to get spaces at the underground parking there, though there are fewer spaces than normal, as outdoor spaces have been eliminated in order to construct a new building, and the equivalent new parking spaces beneath aren't open yet. But people who drive there on weekends might have.

A walk from Liverpool House to JTM is also uphill... The Atwater hill is long and steep.

Mar 24, 2015
lagatta in Quebec (inc. Montreal)
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The New & Improved Openings & Closings January, February and March 2015

Yes, there has been a lot of neglect for many decades. When they dug up my street in Petite-Italie, the water pipes (for clean, dirty and storm water) were ancient. But there also have been problems in somewhat newer areas, such as Jean-Talon and Pie-IX, and Rosemont near boulevard de l'Assomption.

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

There have been several such floods due to broken pipes recently - another one at the very busy corner of Jean-Talon and Pie IX soon after that one. And several others... Let's just hope there are no more...

Looking for a location to host a private casual reception for 50 people near Palais des Congress

I was at a reception there a few years ago. Very attractive space.

problems digesting many legumes

Ha! I live alone - except for my elderly cat who likes scents - and work mostly at home (wouldn't think of eating beans if I'll be working at a conference the next day, except for "safe" things like falafel or hummus) but the digestive distress is far more than passing wind from both ends. "Tear you apart" as you said is a more accurate descriptor. And, of course, I love black beans, and have friends from Brazil and other black bean countries.

I'm making chile with small red beans (Eden, cooked with kombu). There will also be fresh ginger. Hope it goes well, if not, friends will get a lovely home-cooked present, adorned with fresh coriander.

Mar 21, 2015
lagatta in Vegetarian & Vegan
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The New & Improved Openings & Closings January, February and March 2015

I haven't passed by there in a couple of months. That would make business sense, to close that one if they can find another location nearby which is at a better restaurant destination. The Bélanger location is a short distance due east from the St-Laurent and Mozart one (Mozart becomes Bélanger at Drolet).

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

Yes, it is good and not expensive. Moreover, the main terrasse at that location is on the Mozart side, around the corner from St-Laurent, so not as much street noise, but still with a good view of street life. While the Bélanger location is really close by, it is not as appealing to place to sit, especially in the summertime.

Eater Montreal; Veal vs. Pork

I have no idea. Whatever one thinks of veal vs pork, it is a misleading practice. I think there is a rule on this board about not making specific accusations (libel chill), but I see no reason not to speak out against this widespread practice in general. Like including meat ingredients in food items that claim to be vegetarian.

And of course I have no insight into Ian Harrison's choices. Why not ask him?

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

Interesting. They have a restaurant just a bit east of here, 1224 Rue Belanger, Montreal H2S (near Christophe-Colomb, an easy walk east). There is of course a large population from different Latin American countries around here, but that doesn't guarantee anything. Being generally not very expensive should help.

Lunch - Jean Talon Market

Also Nhu Y just a few minutes' walk west of the market. The authentic Vietnamese dishes are on the back page. It is also a byow, but I don't suppose that is relevant for a quick lunch.

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

One of the waiters at Bottega told me not before April; he recognized me as I had the pleasure of taking part in their pizza workshop during Pizza Week. It is obvious that extensive work is ongoing, as they've installed a wooden hoarding around their front window with the famous photo of Totò and Peppino al caffè:

http://www.miniposter.it/la%20banda%2...

At the same time, you want some "old school" businesses in an environment (think the Lower Main and its Central European butcher shops), as long as they can stay current.

Openings & Closings: April, May and June 2015

Starting this up now, but please don't post about any end of March openings or closings. And wishing all Montréal chowhounders and friends from near and far a happy Spring!

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

If you mean Casa Napoli, it was already kitsch at the time of the their last major reno (in 1980s or 90s). Roma (the bakery) was run by a very elderly couple, still living upstairs. I believe that Signore died a few years ago and la Signora kept on with it, but I suspect that it will pass or change when she can't work any more.

There used to be a very good cheese shop along there, but the owner retired many years ago. I have no idea what Milano intends to do with the new space (just north of their greengrocery section) but it was definitely theres, with an internal doorway, and a big display of panettoni and Christmas fruit and fine food baskets. I have no idea what they intend to do with ité but they'll find something. No shortage of clients there.

As for Gigi, until yesterday, every time I walk by, and that is very often, it has always been closed and I actually pushed the door; it was locked. Not that I have any interest in it; I make better pizza myself, and I don't have a professional oven.

San Gennaro was supposed to be open by now, but they certainly won't be open until April at the earliest. We'll have to start a new thread, and hope for better weather!

Can Dried Beans Go Bad?

I'm glad you beat me to that one. Don't throw them out; use them instead of the metal "beans" sold for this purpose. Then put them in the compost.

Mar 16, 2015
lagatta in General Topics

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

Thanks! It's a bit confusing as I view it.