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Organic strawberries near Montreal

Does anyone know of an organic or transitional organic or even chem free (and trustworthy) pick your own berry farm? I would also buy in bulk - doesn't have to be pick your own. I'm also looking for some in the city that I can pick up for this weekend? Any ideas?

Jun 16, 2010
lilley in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Unpretentious food in Picton or Bloomfield

Thank you. It looks great.

Apr 09, 2010
lilley in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Unpretentious food in Picton or Bloomfield

Fifth town? Done! Thank you. Mmmmm...cheese cave - words that inspire joy.

Apr 09, 2010
lilley in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Unpretentious food in Picton or Bloomfield

I'm looking for a relatively upscale but unpretentious restaurant to take my mother next week. I've seen mixed reviews on Harvest but none recently. Has anyone eaten at Blumen? Any thoughts? Does anyone know of a farm restaurant?
We're going to be in PEC for a couple of days. Any particular recommendations for lunch, wineries and farms in the neighbourhood that might be off the beaten track?
Any favourite wines?
We know Black River cheese, Huff, Portabella, Slickers and Buddha Dog already. What am I missing?
Thank you for any ideas.

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Buddha Dog (Picton)
172 Picton Main, Picton, ON K0K2T0, CA

Apr 09, 2010
lilley in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Cabane a Sucre for a toddler - suggestions for tomorrow?

Does anyone have any recommendation for early brunch - around 10 or 11am?
Where I'm from sugaring off involves going to a sugar shack in the morning and eating a few pancakes or a crepe or, in snowier times, simply eating maple poured on snow. We always followed it with a sleigh ride or a visit to stables. Does this exist here? I'm looking for a charming place to take my two year old for a light brunch tomorrow morning, not a full dinner while she naps in the car. (She's a nap-nazi - won't bend an inch. She'll be miserable by 12:30) Any suggestions?

A friend enjoyed cabane oswald but, once again, it's a huge buffet at noon.
Thank you for any suggestions.

Mar 26, 2010
lilley in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

bone marrow

can I serve my daughter leftover braised bone marrow that's been in the fridge for three days?
I'm assuming it keeps like any cooked meat but perhaps there's something about it that I should know.
Anyone?

Dec 02, 2009
lilley in Home Cooking

Organic food boxes and CSA's

Thank you. I put us on the Quinn's waiting list. They seem lovely.

Dec 02, 2009
lilley in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Organic food boxes and CSA's

Thank you. You post was very helpful.
Cheers

Dec 02, 2009
lilley in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Where to by Fuet sausage!

I don't know. I'm having a helluva time finding Morcilla.

It might be worth calling the Cheese boutique for the Fuet. They've had sausage that sort of looks like it there and, even if they don't have it, they might be able to steer you in the right direction.

Nov 30, 2009
lilley in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Organic food boxes and CSA's

perfect. Thank you. I couldn't care less about certification if I can be convinced otherwise. But what's gazoo?

Oct 27, 2009
lilley in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Organic food boxes and CSA's

very cool. I'll check it out. Based on the website, it looks simultaneously promising and irritating - a useful coop that's gone lightweight lefty poser militant (reminds me of the rhetoric of Con U.s QPIRG chapter in the mid-nineties) - but the terms are exactly as a coop's terms should be. Thank you very much.

Oct 27, 2009
lilley in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Organic food boxes and CSA's

We're moving to Mtl in a couple of weeks. Does anyone have any experience with food boxes? The only one I found is Jardin des Anges but they seem a bit pricey to me. Is it worth it?

Also, we're leaving our farmers - feels like breaking up. We've been with the same one's for years. We're looking for a CSA in Montreal for the springtime. Any comments, suggestions etc.

And FINALLY, are there neighbourhood farmer's markets in Mtl? I'm not talking Jean Talon and Atwater etc. I mean little markets that serve only the hood - Almost all farmers and maybe some ready made food, no reselling.

Thanks.

Oct 27, 2009
lilley in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Wankles? What the.....?

My husband just told me bulot WAS the name for periwinkles and what I thought were bulot were those tiny clams - cant remember their name.

Jan 13, 2009
lilley in General Topics

Wankles? What the.....?

AH! PERIWINKLES! We should have guessed. And sure enough, F-I-L doesn't like them; my husband and I love them and have cooked 'em on occasion. Our first night in Paris last year was spent with my uncle and aunt and platter of periwinkles, oysters and bulots....and maybe a salad. I can't remember what they were called at that restaurant but it wasn't winkle. Thank you CC and thanks to dimbulb too. VEry nice of you both to clear that up for us.

Jan 13, 2009
lilley in General Topics

Wankles? What the.....?

Thank you twice, dim bulb. As a teen, I used to wonder about Wankel Rotary Engines but never enough to merit a trip to the reference library. I didn't have Professor google in highschool. Ahhh...the eighties! And re. winkles see my reply to Cheddar Cheese below.

Jan 13, 2009
lilley in General Topics

Wankles? What the.....?

My father-in-law says he had some revolting sea critter in the south of France called wankles which sounds dirty to me and simulaneously reminds me of Monty Python's wankle rotary engine. I can't imagine that's the name but if he hates it, my husband and I want to try it. We diverge from his family tree foodwise. Any ideas what it could be?

Jan 13, 2009
lilley in General Topics

Where to find frozen tempeh

Ditto on that. His tempeh is weirdly good. So's his tofu. I though tempeh was tempeh and that it all depended on how you cook it but his is a cut above. I think the place is called ying ying and he also sells it frozen at Evergreen natural foods on St. Clair.

Sep 27, 2007
lilley in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Blood

What are they like?

Sep 27, 2007
lilley in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Mother's Dumplings: Not just for dumpling cravings!

Oh go! It's wonderful. Take someone to share with and get a beef sandwich roll as well as dumplings.

Sep 27, 2007
lilley in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Blood

I will. Definitely.

Sep 27, 2007
lilley in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Blood

Damn. That sounds good. I've had congealed blood pieces with radish before but it would be great in congee.

Sep 27, 2007
lilley in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Blood

A little something special for Thanksgiving. You ever seen the movie Carrie? Sissy Spasek, John Travolta, the prom?

Not that. I swear. I love morcilla and I've never made any sort of blood pudding before so I thought I'd try it as a starter for one of our two Thanksgiving dinners. A slice of Barbecued Morcilla on a spoonful of carmelized white cabbage or maybe beans.

Sep 27, 2007
lilley in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Blood

Anyone have any leads on pig blood from ethically raised beasts? A small rural butcher or farmer-run abattoir?
I've called the likely suspects: Cumbrae, Healthy Butcher and Butcher by Nature and only Cumbrae said "hmmm...sure but the minimum order is 20 litres" 'cause their butcher would have to change methods.

Apparently abattoirs just let it slip away down the drain. What a waste.

I know frozen blood exists on Spadina but I'd rather go without than support industrial pig farming.

Sep 27, 2007
lilley in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Bringing the inside out

Thank you. i'll check it out. I've walked by it a hundred times and never gone. I suppose it's time I did.

Apr 19, 2007
lilley in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Fun and Fancy?

I want to work where you work.
We get a pint at a pub in December.

Apr 18, 2007
lilley in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Bringing the inside out

My husband and I got married in Spain with little fanfare so my mum is throwing us a party. She appropriately wants Spanish tapas or a nod in that direction but we can't seem to find a tapas place big enough for 80. The few spanish places around are quite small.
Jamie Kennedy Church St. is totally into it and can manage 80 but my husband really wants a place with a patio or courtyard and would rather not have to walk through a full bar.

We really don't want to bother with rental spaces. If needs be, we will, but it would have to have decent outside access and would have to be somewhat laid back. We tend rather more towards shabby than chic and we're not 100% stuck on tapas. We thought about Brassai but it's WAY too slick.

Any ideas?

Plus, has anyone eaten at the oyster resto at the Distillery? Is it any good?

Apr 18, 2007
lilley in Ontario (inc. Toronto)