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Sep 23, 2011 03:43 PM

Help me feed a crunchy BC hippie relative...PLEASE!

My sister is coming from BC to stay for a couple of weeks. She is a raw/organic/free range/picked by virgins by the light of the full moon type eater. She has sent a list of items she needs to have, because she won't be eating out, or eating what I'm eating. My question is, is there a single destination in Montreal where I can pick all of this up? Or, 2 destinations (I am thinking maybe fresh meat and fish might not be available at the same place the packaged stuff is...)?

List includes (assume EVERYTHING on this list is at the very least organic): (dried?) Asian mushrooms (maitake, shiitake, others I cant remember), chicken breasts, wild salmon, eggs, seaweed/sea vegetables, produce (greens etc.), avocados, nuts (raw, esp walntus and almonds), shrimp, wild rice, canned beans. She is particularly keen on finding seaweed - nori, dulse, wakame.

The closer to the Plateau, the better.

Any tips? I am kinda dreading this shopping trip because I dont want to spend a day trekking around to various locations, and also feel certain it is going to be pricey. She betta appreciate. :)

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  1. Send her to Jean-Talon Market.

    She'll find everything and more, except maybe seaweed stuff, but I think there are some asian stores nearby; or go to chinatown for those.

    Jean-Talon Market
    7075 Avenue Casgrain, Montreal, QC H2S, CA

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    1. re: Maximilien

      Atwater market also has seaweed. you might also take her to Aux Vivres and Crudessence

    2. Club Organic on the Plateau, Frontenac street near Marie-Anne

      1. Nice description! Rachelle-Bery and Tau are pretty close together and will have a lot of that, the organic chicken breasts being frozen, not sure about salmon. Not too far away you can find the best prices for organic groceries at Segal's Market and there's the bulk food health food store (name escapes me) where you can get the raw almonds etc. very nearby. Also Sakari's on St-Laurent is a quick walk from there and you can get nori and other Asian groceries, although Rachelle-Bery will have organic seaweed products. Good luck! I hope she cooks for you because that could be pretty delicious.

        Oh, and the mushrooms can be found at Mycoboutique on Rachel.

        1. Well... Tau on St-Denis and Rachelle-Bery on Rachel for most of this stuff.

          There's also Crudessence on Rachel for raw food... mostly a place to eat, but they sell nuts and some other things too.

          Then on thursday and sunday, the Marché Fermier du Mile-End on St-Dominique. She'll probably like the girl selling mushrooms and other produits sauvages...

          1. Wow, this is good information. Will be hitting Rachelle Bery and Tau tomorrow, possibly a couple of others. I *will* send her to JTM, but I'm looking for a grocery store type place because a lot of what she eats is canned or packaged somehow.

            And no, she won't be cooking for me. This girl went straight from living on instant noodles to this current eating plan. Toast is about as complicated as it gets. And she can't make that anymore because it has gluten in it. She is also gluten and dairy free, I don't think I mentioned that. She's lucky she's charming and funny, I'll just say that. :/

            Thanks for the restaurant recs, too, I think she'll want to try Crudessence.

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            1. re: montrealeater

              Oh, if she's avoiding gluten a nice restaurant to try is Zero8 - it's allergy-free, avoids the top 8 allergy producing items. I go there with my brother as he follows a blood group diet with various complex rules. And we buy him kamut or spelt bread at Co'Pains d'Abord - that's nearly gluten-free and delicious. Good luck!

              1. re: Plateaumaman

                Just a warning but my sister has celiac disease and I took her to Zero8 and she was utterly disgusted. The food was terrible, service was worse, and it was just a serious ripoff.

                I personally HATE Bonny's on Notre-Damne but sounds like your granola loving hippie friend would feel right at home. It's all tasteless bio-organic gluten/dairy-free vege slop. I was dragged out recently by my mom and ordered a daal soup. I guess the people in the kitchen have never been to an Indian restaurant before. More like watery lentil. I ordered some kind of black bean mush burger too which tasted like nothing and came with unsalted cardboard tortillas and some kind of salsa that resembled tomato paste. It's frequented by health conscious yuppies and lulu lemon yoga moms in the neihgborhood. I'm sure she'll love it!

                1. re: OliverB

                  Don't see why he would want to go there when he have Aux Vivres, Chu Chai, Fushia and Crudessence in his neighborhood... and La Panthère Verte not too far away.

                  Aux Vivres
                  4631 Boul Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC H2T1R2, CA

                  Chu Chai
                  4088 Rue Saint-Denis, Montreal, QC H2W2M5, CA

                  1. re: Glaff

                    I don't love Crudessence and Chu Chai has a lot of seitan (i.e. gluten). I enjoyed the smoked duck poutine at Zero8 but admittedly I've only been there once.

                    Chu Chai
                    4088 Rue Saint-Denis, Montreal, QC H2W2M5, CA

                    1. re: Glaff

                      That's only 4 restaurants... just sayin' it's an option since the entire menu fits her restrictions. Don't care for it myself, but wouldn't want to eat at the same 3-4 restaurants if visiting a new city for a few weeks.

                      1. re: OliverB

                        Just got back from shopping again here:
                        in the Plateau on rue Gilford corner Resther.

                        Checked out their organic/free range meat section. Definitely have wild sockeye salmon and organic/free range chicken breast, plus some of the other items you'll need. Prices more than standard grocery but still reasonable. Meat section varied, as well as good organic fruit and veg.