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  1. You sir are correct. If it was my intention to only produce this quantity, then I would be doomed. However, it depends on who the market is. If I were to be going after the large chains, then this quantity is insanely small. However, my intention is to build sales in a very vertical market, and once I have established whether there is true market acceptance, then I would consider building the volume. Remember, this project is for sport at this point in time. I am not considering making a living doing this. However, if the demand for the product is reasonable, then I will get more serious about the product. I started producing these sausages as a concept, and the demand from my staff, friends and family, has been to market them. My current run of 10 kg at a time goes like water in the Sahara. I don't mind taking a swing at it. You know... nothing ventured, nothing gained....
  2. Federal and Local food laws restrict the production of house manufactured meat products to the stores owned by the producer. Any meat product, such as charcuterie, sausages or prepared meals, that is to be sold through broad distribution must be produced in a certified licensed facility, that is HACCP certified. As such, any small producer looking to sell into a broad market legally must engage the services of a licensed facility, or build and certify one them selves. I am looking for a production facility that can handle small production runs of approximately an initial run cycle of about 200kg. per weekly run, with the capacity to grow this to larger weekly volumes. Any guidance is appreciated.
  3. If you have ever been witness to this but..... On the corner of St. Laurent and Roy there is a herring importer who has a loading dock on the north East corner opening on to Roy. Every time their shipments come in, you can see them unloading barrels of herring straight off the trucks into the loading dock. I don't think you can find much fresher (in Montreal) than what they were importing. I just looked up the company and it is: National Herring Importer 3805 St. Lawrence Blvd. 842-4633 Now, I do not know their product lines, but I am sure that if they do not import Matjes they could tell you where to go.... Good luck, and please post back if you do find fresh Matjes. I find most too sweet. BTW the ADAR line of Herring sold at Ikea is considered on of the best bottled products on the market.
  4. Can anyone make a suggestion as to where to buy jicama in Montreal? Certainly, You will frequently find Jicama in Asian grocery stores, as well as, some of the Latin American stores. Look for firm Jicama with no dark dimples. The Jicama should be as hard as a rock if it is fresh. Try to find a grocer that has good product turn over so that you have a better chance of getting Jicama in good condition. Places that I frequently find fresh Jicama would be Marche Hawaii on Marcel Laurin, The Asian grocers on Van Horne and Victoria, The Asian grocers on St. Denis near Jean Talon, or in China Town try Heng Heng, Kien Xoung or the large joint next to Cristal of Saigon. Happy hunting.
  5. Funny that you mention that, BLM and I were discussing this the other day. There are many similarities between the M:Brgr patty and the Mr. Steer. Both have a nice crisp exterior, and both are done on a grill. Comparing M:brgr to Mr. Steer makes more sense than comparing M:Brgr to La Paryse. M:brgr definitely has the decor and the high end toppings, but Mr. Steer does produce a burger worth eating. I could live without Mr. Steers iceberg salad with the French dressing though, and I prefer the fries at M:Brgr or La Paryse.
  6. Let's clarify the difference between M:bgr and La Paryse. These are clearly 2 distinctly different products here, yet, both are called Hamburgers, and like Tourtiere in our fair province, there are extreme variations, all of which can be legitimately called hamburgers. We all agree, that the burgers at La Paryse are very very good. Although they are a very different burger from most others. Served on a Kaiser roll, the burger is griddle cooked. So, this is not the same type of grilled burger we get at Mister Steer, the Queue or at m:bgr… La Paryse’s strength is in their accompaniments, whereas, the M:Bgr burger can be served with little more than the slice of tomato, and the onions and be really really good. Considering my favorite, 'the Special' which comes with Mushrooms, cream cheese, pickle Tomato onion and bacon. You could almost pull the meat out and not miss it. A La Paryse burger without toppings is …..well… a bit plat. Likewise La Paryse's Fries are textbook perfect, and their cakes are excellent, if you have room. I do find the La Paryse drink prices a bit high.
  7. I totally forgot about Paul's Finest. Great response... When first starting my collection of knives, I found that a good quality #3 Chinese cleaver to be oe of hte most versatile tools I owned. As long as you keep your knives sharp, and handle them properly, they will work as you require for most tasks. The problems start with ANY knife when you let your edges dull. If you can track down a gentleman named Roger Grenier, he had been present at the Salon Metier d'Arts selling mostly hunting and fantasy knives, but he makes some very good custom kitchen knives to order. i am not sure if he is still in the business, but I still have the knives he made to my specs and they work and look as good as the day he made them. When buying Japanese knives, be aware of the composition of the material used in the composition of the knife. Many of these are not well suited to use with acidic foods, and will leave oxidation on the onion, or tomato you are cutting if you are not careful. Also never, let anyone not familiar with sharpening these knives near them. I had a well meaning friend hand one to one of the roaming knife sharpener guys, who proceeded to bevel an edge on both sides of the blade... Doh... It took me a week of honing to work out the damage. Miyamoto on Victoria has a selection of these, the prices are lower than what they had sold them for years ago, but I suspect that if you shop arround you will find better prices. Certainly Paul's finest would be a good place to look.
  8. Clearly I am at fault for not calling in a reservation before arriving, and I was willing to accept these consequences. Likewise, I do not question the skill of t he kitchen. What I do take issue with is being told that there are no tables available in an empty restaurant, and then seeing first hand (upon my later return) that the supposed reserved tables actually in fact had not ultimate patron. There are loads of restaurants that would love to have a filled seat. If the hostess is attempting to create an illusion of high demand by turning away walk in clients where tables are available, she is doing her employer or the prospective patron a true disservice. Life is dynamic, sometimes we act on a whim, reservations sometimes don't happen, and one takes their chances. Had I been turned away, only to find a packed restaurant later, I would not have been so bitter. C'est la vie...
  9. Tempted by the postings about brunch at Bazaar Anise I decided to check it out and headed for brunch this a.m. Big Mistake….. We showed up for Brunch at 12:40 and were told that we could not have a table without a reservation, despite the place being ¼ full . The hostess told us that the reason there were so many places was due to the fact that they were awaiting their 1:00 seating. So we went to Lemiac …… After we finished at 1:45 I went back to Bazaar Anise to see how full they were, and there were only 6 people dining. I confronted the hostess, and asked her why she turned us away from an empty restaurant. The hostess told me the patrons were coming. We could have been in and out by then... I told her I would never darken their doorway again.
  10. Forget all the supermarkets and boutique nut vendors. Go where most of the Middle Eastern clients go........ There are a number of nut roasters up near marche Centrale. My favorite is Cananut on Mazurette. The selection of Pistachios is pretty good and you should be able to find Iranian, Turkish, California, in a variety of sizes and seasoning. Unlike the en Vrac places, you are welcome to sample the nuts before making your selection. Most importantly, their volume is good, so the product is fresh, and the process are so insanely low it makes you wonder how they make $$. Trust me, once you check it out, you will be a convert. They also have tons of other nuts, grains, dried beans, and a bunch of different regional Zataar's. Arkhavan is good, but the selection and price at Cananut are worth the trip. BTW the Iranian Dried Apricots at Arkhavan are unbelievable. Try them spread with their thick Yoghurt.
  11. Final Chapter....The confit was eaten.....And it was the best darn confit I have ever made. Using the same process as I always use, with little more than a bay leaf and a few pepper corns in the fat, I could swear that the duck had a slight sweetness to it. Although I am highly skeptical that this is directly related to the maple in the ducks diet, I will have to run this test once again using both maple fed and non-maple fed ducks to verify whether this is a candidate for the journal of irreproducible results. It would be interesting to verify whether maple fed ducks actually do not digest all the sugars, and if any of these excess sugars are in fact present in their muscle or fat. Unfortunately, I am less then well equipped to measure such subtle levels of sugar, as I only have a simple bulb saccharometer for brewing. So... I guess I will have to make multiple batches of Confit and rely on my palate. oh darn... This calls for an NRC grant application to be submitted.
  12. The original joint was pretty much bare white walls and good food. The place on CDN had more elaborate decor, with a brown carpet and tan walls. They were trying to make the place a grade above the usual hole in the wall. We have been going to the place on Victoria near Edouard Monpetit. I forget the name, but you can not miss it. It is on Victoria on a south East corner with a big green sign. The Vietnamese pancake with shrimp and beansprouts is laced with coconut, and really good. I also order the platters of grilled rolled meat accompanied with the rice paper wrappers and mass of bean sprouts and veggies. My wife usually orders the sand pot filled chicken and bamboo shoots on rice. Not your usual pho joint, but the food is good.
  13. Checked it out for lunch today.... and this place serves a GOOD burger. The AAA comes with Tomato Onion and a pickle slice. i added the grilled onion and the smoked gouda. My lunch partner had it with the house smoked Bacon (apple smoked). The Burger - Well seasoned meat in a thick patty. Not as big as Mechant Boeuf (too big). The meat was moist, and not greasy, The grill was hot enough to get a good sear / char on the outside, without being burnt, while the interior was cooked through. i normally eat my burgers pink, as cooked through is usually dry, but these were cooked through and i did not miss the pink. Clearly someone studies the right temperature to getthe desired results. The Bun - Simple corn meal crusted white roll. Worked perfectly. Garnish - The selections are very varied and creative. Yes the Truffle Mayo is one of the choices, but then again so are fresh sliced Black or white truffles, about 8 cheeses (including torta marscapone), and a myriad of veggies including grilled or caramelized onions etc. The fries - Sweet potato were cooked crisp, unlike most SP fries, which are limp and greasy. The standard issue fries are very good as well crisp and hot, medium brown on the outside. Worthy of being served with the burger. After ordering a beer, I noticed the large selection of floats. Damn, I would have ordered a root beer float... The dessert menu looked interesting with such choices as a chocolate covered Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich, and a Fresh baked chocolate cookie (for $10, go figure). The basic AAA burger at lunch along with an order of reglar fries and a soft drink will run you just under $13, so the pricing is not so bad. However, each condiment other than the standard issue onion, tomato, and pickle will cost you $1 each and up. I do have to say, that in the case of the M:Bgr, less is better. Don't over do it with the toppings. The burger stands out on its own. The truffle mayo sounds good though. I would go back, even though it is minus 12 and 8 blocks from my office. They will do well.
  14. Chez Mai, later moved to Cote De Neige across from the Cote de Neige mall. It was run by Mai and her husband Dick, who later divorced. Mai ran the place for a few years following but the quality of the food declined, and in an attempt to revive her dwindling clientèle she nailed the coffin shut by adding Karaoke and she ultimately closed... Might this be the place you were thinking about?? The food was some of the better Vietnamese in the city in its day.
  15. Just by the fact that everything added on the burger has a price tag, should have made it clear that this was Moishe's spawn... Like Moishe's, where you order a steak, and if you want even the parsley garnish would have a price on it. This is the sequel to the Moishe's hot dog that was selling Costco a while back. I have to check this out. But considering the prices, and the upscale positioning of the product, they clearly are in a different market than La Paryse. La Paryse is the peoples burger. Affordable, consistent quality, and the reference standard for a good burger. I am guessing that this will land in the range of high end market product, along the lines of Mechant Boeuf.
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