Sourcing Supplies & Ingredients in Montreal
Posted 04 July 2004 - 11:54 AM
Posted 04 July 2004 - 11:58 AM
Earlier in the week, I found another long sought-after product at Exofruits, the Côte-des-Neiges green grocer: Fura Austrian roasted pumpkin seed oil for $13.99 (ouch) a 250-ml bottle.
Posted 05 July 2004 - 09:11 AM
One of my detour findings are the (now out of stock) white almond stuffed green olives from Petit Milos, out of this world in your month and on your wallet...
This is a good thread, it is currently down time for many local produces. Cold root veggies are still available and quite sweet from the aging process in cold rooms, personnaly, I'm holding off until the cold weather comes back again. It has been a slow spring for many crops. However, it is the time for the best lettuce, I have made mesclun from micro yellow beats, red italian dandelion, micro pack choi and red rustic frisée. Black radish and string thin french haricot making their way also. Be aware than many growers still sell supernatural american strawberries on their counters...cocktail onions, Rapinni heads (which had one the best cold starter year). Garlic flower (that twisted cone shaped bud is delicious and subtle, simply rasp it down). An excellent spring production of spinach also.
Posted 05 July 2004 - 12:16 PM
Posted 06 July 2004 - 10:19 AM
Carswell: are you referring to the label LA CHINATA? At Douceurs I have seen both the Sweet Smoked & Hot paprika under the La Chinata packaging. The sweet smoked is awesome but at $7.99 very overpriced. About a month or so I picked some up at Maitre Boucher on Monkland at $4.99!! and when I told the guys at Douceurs what I paid, they said they were going to speak with their supplier.
And Les Douceurs du Marché had something I've been wanting to try for ages: Pimentón de la Vera, the smoked bittersweet paprika from Spain ($7.99 for a 4.5-oz./125-g tin).
Posted 07 July 2004 - 05:41 AM
Posted 07 July 2004 - 05:48 PM
ID, Milos's almond-stuffed olives are addictive, aren't they? Another recent olive find of mine was at Milano: large, firm, preternaturally green olives with a mild, almost buttery taste that sends olive-lovers into ecstasy and has even managed to make believers out of olive-haters. Don't know what they're called but they're at the bulk olive counter. Not expensive, either.
Poutine, yep, it's La Chinata, though the label says bittersweet, not sweet. Amazing the price difference. Would never have thought of looking at Maître Boucher; neither Gourmet Laurier nor Les petits plaisirs d'Andéra has it. Still haven't opened my tin. I've got a leg o' lamb recipe where it's a major ingredient of the rub and a NYT recipe for razor clams and hominy with a pimenton and sherry vinegar butter sauce and I've heard of spinkling it on cod before roasting and on potatoes while sautéeing. How do you use it?
Posted 07 July 2004 - 06:26 PM
BTW, I was very pleasantly surprised to find it at Maitre Boucher & I stand corrected - $3.85 is the price on the "seal" across the top. Cheers!
Posted 07 July 2004 - 06:51 PM
Posted 08 July 2004 - 05:20 AM
Pickled daisy buds (Bourgeons de marguerites (?)) are available again at Les Saveurs du Marché.... A nice caper-like, caper alternative with an interesting... mmmm .. caper-like flavour.
I am now salitvating for olives.
Posted 09 July 2004 - 05:46 AM
I have tons of them in the backyard but I'd rather let them flower.
Posted 16 July 2004 - 01:29 PM
Edited by carswell, 16 July 2004 - 01:30 PM.
Posted 21 July 2004 - 05:36 PM
Posted 22 July 2004 - 06:32 AM
Based on your description, it may be L'Amandier (1479 Laurier East corner Fabre, 514 523-1501). Have never set foot in the shop but glean the following from the 2004 Quartiers Gourmands:
I wish I could remember the name of this bakery! [...] Does anyone know this place?
- Run by Christophe Morel
- Much of M. Morel's work is chocolate-based
- The chocolate is never very sweet, always finely fashioned
- In 2003, he was awarded both the Grand Prix canadien de la chocolaterie and the Prix du public at the Montreal High Lights festival
- Keep an eye peeled for his lavender, verbena and basil filled chocolates; pastries including the Métis, mousse choco noir, crème brûlée vanille à l'intérieur; macaroons; fresh danishes and other "breakfast" pastries (viennoiseries)
- He makes his own sherbets (mango, morello cherry, lychee and coconut) and a trippy Szechuan pepper and gingerbread ice cream
Sounds like a visit is in order!
Edited by carswell, 22 July 2004 - 07:15 AM.
Posted 26 July 2004 - 10:24 AM
Posted 27 July 2004 - 08:27 AM
At the Marché des Saveurs, I got my first taste of D'Iberville, the artisanal tome-like raw/organic/cow's milk cheese from the St-Jean-sur-Richelieu area. It blew me away. Definite tome taste but a creamier texture than any French tome I've tried. This has got to be one of Quebec's top cheeses.
Chez Louis had bouquets of local agastache, which I believe is hyssop. The slightly hairy leaves had an anise-like flavour. The Larousse Gastro suggests using the young leaves as a stuffing for oily fishes and to flavour sausages and fruit compots. I found it made a tasty addition to an herb salad.
Posted 07 August 2004 - 01:47 PM
Also Pilibon Melons still available at Chez Louis - now at $6 per. Flown in from France each week.
Posted 08 August 2004 - 03:17 PM
Posted 09 August 2004 - 10:16 AM
It's high corn season, of course. Unfortunately, I didn't see any old-fashioned yellow corn. Ended up chosing what looked freshest, a white and yellow non-supersweet variety called Tentation. It was good but awfully mild. Is anyone selling yellow corn anymore?
Oh, and Poissonerie Shamrock had an outdoor fryer set up, filling the air with deep-fried squid aromas. Lots of takers. What with the fish fry, the crepes, the merguez sandwiches and the occasional méchoui, Jean-Talon Market is turning into the city's prime street food destination. This trend should continue; it's an obvious draw. Dare we hope someone starts selling roasted chestnuts in the fall?
Edited by carswell, 09 August 2004 - 10:42 AM.
Posted 09 August 2004 - 01:08 PM
Posted 09 August 2004 - 06:51 PM
That reminds me! I just returned from visiting family in New Mexico where purslane grows wild everywhere. It's really a weed down there. I tried to convince my brother in law that even the finest Montreal restaurants served it ...but when I served it, slighly wilted atop sauteed halibut, he pushed at aside and scoffed at the thought of eating weeds.
On Sunday, Chez Louis had a few bunches of wild arugula, subtler and more complex in flavour than your run-of-the-mill rocket and shaped more like a small dandelion leaf. At the cash, they had plastic boxes of cultivated pourpier, which I believe is purslane. I combined the two and mounded them — along with ricotta salata shavings and pickled daisy buds (thanks, skunkbunny!) — atop a beet and orange carpaccio: a pretty (and pretty tasty) first course.
It's great stuff.
Posted 18 August 2004 - 03:51 PM
The real find, though, was lobster mushrooms at Chez Nino and Chez Louis, the first I've seen in Montreal stores. Chez Louis calls them champignons crabe, a new one on me. Francophone mycologists I know refer to them as lactaires parasités or rusulles parasitées, depending on the species involved. Have also heard the surprising term dermatose des rusulles used, though I'm unsure whether it refers to the lobster mushroom per se or to the parasitic fungus that lobsters the host.
I also hit every stall at the market in search of yellow (as opposed to white and yellow) sweet corn but not a single ear was to be found.
Edited by carswell, 18 August 2004 - 06:17 PM.
Posted 18 August 2004 - 11:19 PM
Posted 19 August 2004 - 09:01 AM
Another exceptional find at Chez Louis is their olive oil. Not sure where it's from but I think they bottle it themselves (there's no label on the bottle) & they sell it by the litre for $19.99 + $3 deposit on the bottle.
The fish store Shamrock always has a line up of people eating fried calamar, but the strong deep fried fishy smell makes me steer clear. I've seen people sitting & eating & have heard complaints about "too chewy", "too overcooked". Has anyone tried it?
Just around the corner on Mozart East corner St. Dominique is Jos & Basile & apart from the different types & cuts of meat, pork & poultry & speciality items, they offer some very affordable pizza & specials of the day. They also have an outside bbq fired up on weekends. The woman behind the pizza counter or behind the bbq is a hoot - she can look at you & will offer you a plate of her choosing. I find their pizza to be quite good - as far as pizza in Montreal goes!
Posted 19 August 2004 - 10:48 AM
It's good, the calamari is very tender.
It comes with an undefinable "hot sauce" you squeeze from a bottle and a small tub of Kraft (!) Tartare Sauce. You grab a "napkin" from the roll of paper towels.
It's street food - calamari, lighlty breaded dumpted in oil, served up right there - honest as can be. From what I can tell usually all their tables are taken by muching customers - no complaints. Try it.
I also noticed that the Italian deli next door (Capitol?) now has a stand serving sausages.
Posted 23 August 2004 - 02:21 PM
this is the first time i have seen such a thing,please has any1 ele seen this.
Posted 23 August 2004 - 03:01 PM
Posted 23 August 2004 - 09:36 PM
Last Saturday I took some pictures at Jean Talon - to pine over come winter I guess - including the purple heads.
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