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Heading to Jean Talon Mrkt this weekend

FrenchPeach May 31, 2007 12:17 PM

Please tell me which shops should be an absolute 'NOT MISS'' for a foodie like me.
Thanks in advance!!

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  1. SnackHappy RE: FrenchPeach May 31, 2007 12:39 PM

    Havre-Aux-Glaces is an absolute must. The finest ice cream in town.

    1. RhondaB RE: FrenchPeach May 31, 2007 12:42 PM

      The market is small enough for you to cruise both side & walk in & out of ALL the shops in a relatively short period of time - or longer if you like to linger. If you like cheese, you will spend more time in Hamel & Lait qui Cru. Quebec only products are found at the Marche des Saveurs (I think that's the name?). Some of the best ice cream at Havre aux glaces. Definitely stop at the Olive oil & spices shop next to Lait qui Cru. Although not in JTM, a vist to Quincaillerie Dante a block or so away, is warranted. Google Dante hardware to see why. And if you're on Dante, then Pasticceria Alati-Caserta 277, rue Dante, 514 271-3013 a few blocks away, across from the big church for some of the best cannoli in the city.

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        swissfoodie RE: RhondaB May 31, 2007 04:49 PM

        At Alati, don't forget to try their Buoni Brutti cookies - they are amazing. They also serve a lemon granita

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          carswell RE: swissfoodie May 31, 2007 05:11 PM

          Agree on the cookies. On a good day, the lobster tails are special too. First I've heard of the granita though. Worth a detour?

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            swissfoodie RE: carswell Jun 1, 2007 02:42 AM

            Haven't tried it but might consider it on my weekly pilgrimage for those cookies. There is another cookie, the name escapes me, that is also to be considered. It's made of almond paste with a praline/chocolate centre and covered in sliced almonds. Very very nice and not too sweet, like the amaretti

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        galeg RE: FrenchPeach May 31, 2007 12:43 PM

        Ah, but we need to know what a "foodie like me" likes, eh? :^)

        Balkani for things Balkan--they'll be grilling some mici [= cevapcici] sausages. Yum.

        Au lait cru--great cheese shoppe

        etc. --but give us a hint what you're about.


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          FrenchPeach RE: galeg Jun 1, 2007 11:23 AM

          Hey Galeg,
          Half German and half French Canadian so I do have a "european tongue" when it comes to food. Looking forward to visiting Boucherie Atlantique tomorrow as well since I've read that I'll find all kinds of German goodies there.

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            lagatta RE: FrenchPeach Jun 1, 2007 03:50 PM

            Wonderful place (except for one old lady who works there who thought I was a shoplifter - don't worry, that was ironed out after she listened to my earnest attempts at German) but nowhere near the Jean-Talon market. A very quick easy link by public transport though, as Boucherie Atlantique is right next to Côte-des-Neiges métro, on the blue line to de Castelnau or Jean-Talon stations.

            Peach, have you ever been to Alsace? Sure you'd be happy there.

            I may start a thread in the "not about food" board about foodies who look at every ingredient and get accused of shoplifting. Re grrrrrr - I really am an honest person.

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          Campofiorin RE: FrenchPeach May 31, 2007 12:44 PM

          Most of the shops are interesting. Marché des saveurs offers Québec products like beer, wine, cider, cheese and various preserves and such, Hamel and Qui lait cru and great cheese shops. I'd also make a stop at Veau de Charlevoix for great veal and Porc Meilleur for well, pork. Not too far there's also the Iles-de-la-Madeleine stall where they have great pork products and in the same area, there's a new stand that offers nuts, raw and flavored that are all great tasting. Olive et Épices is a great joint for olive oil and spices whereas I like Capitol and Milano (a 5 minute walk to St-Laurent boulevard) for italian products. Don't miss the chocolate shop in front of Marché des saveurs, they're really good. Of course, Hâvre aux glaces is a great recco.

          1. carswell RE: FrenchPeach May 31, 2007 12:58 PM

            Great reccos so far.

            A few others: Chez Nino and especially Chez Louis on the south side for vegetables and fruits, including miniature varieties, seen on the plates of the city's top restaurants (with prices to match, alas). La Boucherie du Marché (next door to Chez Louis) is a fine French butcher, Capitol a good Italian butcher (though I prefer Milano) and Fermes St-Vincent in the new extension has a good selection of excellent organically raised and breathtakingly expensive (e.g. $40 rabbits) meats.

            Qui lait cru also sells Le Fromentier bread.

            But half the fun, especially this time of the year, is just wandering around and seeing what you find. That's how I ended up discovering the superb mesclun (whole leaves plucked individually and presented like a bouquet) and organic asparagus last week at Les Serres Barri (toward the north end of the west side of the aisle running from Chez Nino to the SAQ outlet).

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              lagatta RE: carswell May 31, 2007 01:23 PM

              Chez Louis is very pricy, for his exclusive veg and fruits, but he also has surprisingly good deals. I just got back from the market (er, I go there almost every day...) and he had very, very nice apricots for 1,49$ lb and tasty melons 2 for 5$. Boucherie du Marché was closed for minor renovations and has just opened again today - it is much better organised, with one cash at each front corner - there were always huge queues on Saturdays, though living right by the market I can usually avoid them. I prefer Milano to Capitol as well, though both have things worth trying - remember the Capitol and Milano also have a good selection of cheeses, especially Italian ones of course, and Milano sells a goat's milk ricotta that is a godsend for the lactose-intolerant (me).

              There is a vegetable truck at the southwest corner of the farm stands (near Première Moisson) only there on weekends - the sons of the late Mme Jiminez - she always had a variety of leafy greens grown without pesticides, crooked, really the kind of thing you find on a farm (not certified organic though). They have very nice asparagus now for $1 a bunch.

              There is a branch of the Polish bakery Wawel, for wholegrain rye breads (the very dense kind one slices very thin) if you want something healthy, or very nice Polish doughnuts if you can afford a caloric indulgence.

              Balkani also has excellent dry, hard sausages ... sometimes. They are very good and hard to keep in stock.

              Also don't forget the Maghrebi (North African) foods. L'Olivier has some interesting breads etc but I don't like their meats so much - there is better North African meat at a little shop on the north side of Jean-Talon opposite the market, just west of Henri-Julien, and an even better one a short block north, at the corner of Henri-Julien and rue de Castelnau. Up on rue de Castelnau (this is a very short block) you will also find boulangerie Zaatar, with interesting Levantine savoury baked goods.

              A very nice casual place to eat opposite the market is Le Petit Alep. It shares a kitchen with the fancier Restaurant Alep. Syrian cuisine (similar to Lebanese or other Levantine cuisines), and tasty choices for both vegetarians and carnivores. The little terrace is very popular, but inside is pleasant as well, as it is well-ventilated.

              I could go on for about a year, since I live very close by, but I'll wait for other comments and questions.

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              moh RE: FrenchPeach May 31, 2007 01:05 PM

              If you like lamb, don't miss the middle eastern butcher and grocery store on the South East end of the market, near the Marche des Saveurs. You can't miss the giagntic outdoor spit roaster cooking the meat. Very yummy sandwich.

              Also, there is a grocery store along the strip of stores on the eastern edge (where the porc Meilleur and all the meat shops are). They sometimes fry fresh vegetable Bahji served with tamarind sauce. They are excellent.

              In the same strip, there is a butcher that sells duck bison, etc. They have prepared bison ribs that are delicious and they also do these great thick cut potato chips that you can buy in a small paper bag. Very good.

              And across from the butcher is the fresh fish/crab vendor. The fried fish is fanstastic.

              1. eoj RE: FrenchPeach May 31, 2007 03:21 PM

                I often go over the St-Laurent to Milano's while visiting the market. I like Havre aux Glaces, William J. Walters Saucissier, the lady who makes fresh crepes on the south side with fruit from the market, Hamel fromagerie, and Shamrock poissonerie. Eggs are also a good deal at the market, though I haven't figured out who has the best ones yet.

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                  Campofiorin RE: eoj Jun 1, 2007 06:42 AM

                  My vote goes to Le Capitaine for the eggs. Plus they're really nice people.

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                    lagatta RE: Campofiorin Jun 1, 2007 06:57 AM

                    I couldn't find Le Capitaine yesterday - wandered all around looking for that egg stand. Neither the old guy nor the two somewhat younger fellows who are sometimes there in his stead. They also sell 6 brown eggs (supposedly organic, not certified but definitely good and farm-fresh, with deep yolks) for $1,50, and I can't use more than that). I'll go back today.

                    On another thread that remained an orphan, I asked what people thought of current restos around their, upscale and not, so if anyone has been anywhere memorable (good or bad) around the market/Little Italy/southwest Villeray...

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                      Campofiorin RE: lagatta Jun 1, 2007 01:43 PM

                      Would they be there only during the weekend? During the summer months, they're in "flower alley" towards south not too for from William J Walter.

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                  Maximilien RE: FrenchPeach May 31, 2007 11:15 PM

                  don't forget the Cochon Tout Rond !!! for the ham and saucissons.

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