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Sep 28, 2011 07:12 PM

Food to Bring Home to US from Mtl

So, I am extremely jealous that my spouse is going to Mtl for a conference in a few weeks w/o me. I have taken the high road and made reservations for him to hold a few business dinners at CCP, Garde Manger and DNA while I sit at home with my little bowl of pasta. To add insult to injury, it is also my birthday. :( Therefore, I have ordered DH to visit Atwater Market on the day that he drives home to stock up on delicious goodies for me. I need help with my list! So far, I have the following: baguettes and choc brioche from Premiere Moisson, sausages from William Walter, cheese from the shop on the ground floor with the cheese counter in the back (but, suggestions for what type of cheese? I have my favorite brebis on my list, but also looking for something really runny and pungent); tourtiere (where is the best tourtiere at Atwater?), cheese curds (I love to make poutine at home), foie gras, and.....?? Is there anything else I should add? Thanks!

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  1. biere epinette? I also saw birch beer and root beer (sodas) from Marco @ Atwater
    frozen (to survive the ride and be boiled at home) patte de cochon from Capri a few blocks away:
    not runny or pungent, but howsabout some mimolette cheese?
    Fin De La Monde beer in quarts .
    While @ Premiere Moisson, pick up a small blueberry cheese maroon cake.
    If you have a hankering, a few meat markets have fois gras....
    Make sure he has a cooler in the car!

    Premiere Moisson
    3025 Rue Saint-Ambroise, Montreal, QC H3J, CA

    1. cheese for the poutine. If he makes it home in less than 6 hours there's nothing like a fresh batch of
      Cheese Curds. This is the real cheese to use with poutine because it doesn't melt. I just love it by itself when fresh!

      1. Before spending a pocket full of coin on some yummies, you might want to check out the customs and border laws concerning importing foodstuffs from our fair land. Some fromages are definitely on the watch list for their raw milk goodness.

        Edit: a few rules for the foods

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        1. re: chickenbruiser

          I commend your honest sensibilities but one of the main reasons I visit Montreal several times a year is to stock up on foodstuffs that are either too expensive,too hard to find or just not available in the states. Unpasteurized cheeses,whole hams,country bacon, Pates,Mangosteens before it was available in America.I don't even hide them and among the list of questions asked at the border, not once was I asked if I was bringing in anything other that alcohol or tobacco.
          I've even brought in 4 cases of wine before the limits were adjusted and as long as you're bringing in quantities for your own consumption, in my experience, they pretty much don't hassle you.
          Now Please..I visit several times a year and have been participating in the NEXUS expedited border crossing program for a number of years so my crossing is not typical but certainly possible to anyone.

          1. re: Duppie

            I was just puttin' it out there so they not be disappointed or at least be prepared. I would think an American crossing US customs would have less problem than a Canadian and it always depends on the customs guard. My appearance generally makes me a target thus I usually get the full treatment at airports and land crossings. An orange that was lovingly grown in Florida then shipped north to the fruitless in Quebec cannot return to its birthplace as an orange.

            1. re: chickenbruiser

              Yes, that's sort-of like the citrus version of the Icelandic pony.

              US Customs will allow raw milk cheeses so long as they are from Quebec (actually Canada, but few if any raw-milk ROC cheeses are available at Atwater Market). They are on the lookout for cheeses from France. Canadian wines okay. Bread and baked goods okay. Meats, raw fruit and vegetables not okay. Dried herbs and spices iffy.

              From Kat's original list, she CAN'T have sausages from William Walter, tourtiere and foie gras unless her husband elects to "decline declaring said items at the border".

              1. re: wattacetti

                Confirmed. I travel over the border with some frequency as well, and the poster above probably has less hassle with a Nexus pass. You should be able to bring just about anything other than fruits/veggies and raw meats (packaged meats like hotdogs, pretty much anything with a barcode is OK)- if they ask if you're carrying those items, they'll take them away from you.

                You can certainly try to bring it all over the border if you don't mind maybe losing a few bucks worth of goodies, the worst they will do is take them away. Maybe you'll get lucky and it won't be an issue, you just never know what types of questions you'll be asked at the border.

                1. re: Erica2125

                  For an American citizen (which by the way is better to be born than naturalized), they'll just take it away from you and possibly hassle you on subsequent crossings.

                  For a Canadian (or any other foreign national), that is the very least and the very worst is being barred from entry (am not sure but I think the lifelong ban is still an available option for border guards to enact).

          2. re: chickenbruiser

            Are pates (from Montreal) ok to bring into the US? I looked at that list as well as the Customs website, but it only says that you can't bring meat products from "most" foreign countries to the US... it isn't specific as to whether Canada is included in "most."

            1. re: autumnmist

              I would venture to say yes,but, and It's a big but, it would depend on the customs agent... In my experience the skill set,knowledge and general disposition varies greatly in their ranks and I suspect that they draw straws before the duty rotation to determine who get to play Bad Cop that day. I have no proof but after years and scores of crossings I've noticed the the script changes from day to day even with the same official. so either forgo the Pate or go for it....

              1. re: autumnmist

                As far as I know, you can't bring pâté over the border but as Duppie says it can be very dependent on who you get as an customs officer and if he/she actually asks if you have any food stuff.

                1. re: chickenbruiser

                  AFAIK, if it's in a can, you can bring it - if it's just slices, then perhaps not. They sell lovely little tins of foie gras at places like Boucherie du Tours at Atwater Market, which we have brought to the US as gifts before, with no problem.

                  1. re: cherylmtl

                    I'm going to have DH go for the tinned foie gras!

                    1. re: Kat

                      FYI, canned foie gras is not exactly great value. It's made from emulsified foie gras scraps and sold at prices that often exceed that of fresh or frozen whole foie. On top of that, all the product I've seen here is imported from France. I would check prices where you are before having it brought in from Canada.

            2. Runny and pungent says Riopelle, Mi-Carême and 14Arpents to me. Secret de Maurice is runny but not too pungent. Have him get whole ones for easier transport.

              Zacharie Cloutier and Tomme d'Elle for firm cheese, Grey Owl for goat cheese.

              I've already commented on the meat (you can't legally have any).

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              1. re: wattacetti

                I would also ask spouse to bring back some cidre de pomme (alcholized apple cider) and some Pomme de glace (apple iced wine) if he visits an SAQ. I'm sure cidres are available at Atwater. These are very good with the right cheeses so nice to have around.

                  1. re: porker

                    And the larger commercial SAQ next to Super C.

                    1. re: Duppie

                      I'd be careful with that particular SAQ; apart from the stock that moves quickly because of the restaurant trade, I've had more than an average percentage of defective bottles coming from that outlet.

                      1. re: wattacetti

                        I never had a problem returning a bottle at SAQ (wine and liquor store in Quebec) if it wasn't good. Always had good service with them.

                        1. re: maj54us

                          Returns aren't the issue; it's that this specific SAQ seems (to me) to have a higher incidence of flawed bottles than others.

                        2. re: wattacetti

                          That location has been my stock up SAQ stop before heading home for perhaps 10 years now and honestly I really can't remember having 1 corked bottle in all that time.Is there any particular type of wines or price range?I don't go for the pricy stuff that may hang around a while, mostly the $18 to $30 selections and ports.

                          1. re: Duppie

                            Mid-range champagnes, prosecco, some Cali reds were the last defective ones I purchased before stopping to go.

                1. How about Chocolate covered Blueberries at Chocolaterie Genvieve de Grandbois at the top of the main stairs to the food hall.Very Quebecois..very good !!

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                  1. re: finefoodie55

                    I am heading west for thanksgiving with bags of quebec products of bio dried cranberries, wild blueberry jam, chocolate tartinade from juliette & chocolat or premiere moisson(they have more varieties), marzipan animals, quebec ice wine and the chocolate fortune cookies from suite 88

                    I have tried some of the new chocolate products and hot chocolate from genevieve de Grandbois but the dark chocolate used is too bitter for my taste but I do like tasting the individual chocolates.

                    1. re: wilmagrace

                      I brought back several bottles of Premiere Moisson blueberry jam and unfiltered honey for Christmas presents, also found nice chanterelle mushrooms and luscious leeks this time around at Jean Talon.

                      Premiere Moisson
                      3025 Rue Saint-Ambroise, Montreal, QC H3J, CA

                    2. re: finefoodie55

                      Alas, I think the season for blueberries covered in chocolate is now over--unless the Chocolaterie you mention has some for sale frozen? Let me know, as I missed the season this year...