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twinkie83 Jan 18, 2014 11:45 AM

i'm guessing we have to start a new thread for 2014

there's Le Chop Montreal that's been going since January 6th. ends on February 28th. http://tomnacosgroup.com/lechopmtl/
3 course meals ranging from $19 to $27. the participating restaurants are Decca 77, Newtown, Guido & Angelina, Atelier Argentine and Wienstein & Gavino

January 19: vietnamese têt celebration at pierre charbonneau centre (viau metro station


January 26: vietnamese têt food fair at the vietnamese church, 1420 Bélanger Est in the basement. starts around 10am. the best dishes are always sold out in the first hour or so

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    lagatta Jan 18, 2014 01:06 PM

    I'll have to get to the church one (walking distance...). Thanks!

    Very close by, on the opposite (north) side of Bélanger, there is a shop that makes good corn tortillas. Forget its name...

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      twinkie83 Jan 23, 2014 01:56 PM

      little italy happy hours 5pm to 7pm ($15) every thursday, starts today and ends April 3rd, http://petiteitalie.com/events.html

      23/01/2014 Pizzeria Corneli - 6741, boul. Saint-Laurent Tél. 514.325.1300;

      30/01/2014 Restaurant Impasto - 48, rue Dante Tél. 514.508.6508;

      06/02/2014 Restaurant Inferno – 6850, rue Saint-Dominique Tél. 514.274.0666;

      13/02/2014 Brama Trattoria moderna – 6701, boul. Saint-Laurent Tél. 514.270.6701;

      20/02/2014 Ristorante Pomodoro – 6834, boul. Saint-Laurent Tél. 514.667.3867;

      27/02/2014 Café Via Dante – 251, rue Dante Tél. 514.270.8446;

      06/03/2014 Café Epoca – 6778, boul. Saint-Laurent Tél. 514.276.6569;

      13/03/2014 Restaurant Lucca – 12, rue Dante Tél. 514.278.6502;

      20/03/2014 Nicola Travaglini Aliments Fins – 152, av. Mozart Est Tél. 514.419.8969;

      27/03/2014 Café Conca D'oro - 184, rue Dante Tél. 514.495.0134;

      03/04/2014 Café Internazionale – 6714, Boul. St. Laurent Tél. 514.495.0067;

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        alinemramos Jan 28, 2014 01:02 PM

        Poutine week starts soon (February 1st). This year, it looks like there are many more options than in previous years. TBD if that's a good thing.

        The list of participating restaurants/diners and their poutines can be found here: http://www.mtlblog.com/2014/01/montre...

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        1. re: alinemramos
          SnackHappy Jan 28, 2014 04:48 PM

          Yeesh! Googling merguez and red-eye gravy would have saved him some embarrassment.

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            Fintastic Jan 29, 2014 04:43 PM

            Similarly, the Gazette claiming that the donut poutine at Chez Boris is being served in Old Montreal (presumably they figure that it and Boris Bistro were one and the same?).

            1. re: SnackHappy
              Shattered Jan 30, 2014 12:30 PM

              SnackHappy: Whose poutine do you refer to? There's a couple merguez poutines, neither mention red-eye gravy.

              1. re: Shattered
                EaterBob Jan 30, 2014 01:43 PM

                He was referring to the article on mtlblog, where they say that merguez is a Spanish sausage and they don't know that red-eye gravy is made with coffee.

            2. re: alinemramos
              twinkie83 Jan 29, 2014 04:12 PM

              la banquise is part of the participating restaurants, nice. the donut poutine is intriguing and disgusting at the same time

              1. re: alinemramos
                alinemramos Feb 3, 2014 06:43 PM

                I've just tried the poutine at SuWu, on St. Laurent. It was the one with rosemary fries, Sortilège and maple sauce with bacon slices and bits, fried cheese curds. It was a pretty decent-sized portion for $10. Definitely worth it, but I found it too sweet, probably because the sauce was too heavy on maple syrup.

                If anyone is planning on going, though, I recommend you make a reservation. It was packed tonight (I had to sit at the bar, but it was fine) and I assume it'll be even more crowded later in the week.

                1. re: alinemramos
                  alinemramos Feb 6, 2014 09:07 AM

                  It looks like no one else has been in poutine mood, so here are my latest remarks:

                  - Imadake: their poutine is something in between an okonomiyaki and a poutine. It's interesting, but it sort of has an identity crisis. A lot of sauces going on and a bit too salty for my taste. It features squid and shrimp, but a vegetarian option is also available.

                  - Poutineville: just "meh". I think they have better poutines in their regular menu. The gravy was delicious but the meat was just ok, and there was just too much onion (more than potatoes, actually).

                  1. re: alinemramos
                    twinkie83 Feb 6, 2014 03:59 PM

                    i only want to try the donut poutine but every time i get there, it's sold out so i just stop bothering. i'll make my own donut poutine instead

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                      alinemramos Feb 7, 2014 07:57 AM

                      Oh, really? I really wanted to try that one, too. It just never worked out for me. Maybe it was for the best, since I would've been pretty pissed off if I went all the way across town to find it sold out...

                      I did try the poutine at Pub Quartier Latin last night though and I was quite surprised: it was very good. It was way smaller than the other ones (I guess if you're using more expensive ingredients you have to compensate in the quantity), but it was the best among the ones I've tasted this week.

                      1. re: alinemramos
                        twinkie83 Feb 8, 2014 04:16 PM

                        yeah, they sold out by 2pm.. thing is i don't want to eat a poutine at 9am when i'm in the neighborhood. anyway, i've been packing holidays weight so good thing i wasn't able to try some

                2. re: alinemramos
                  Vmazrou Feb 12, 2014 05:45 AM

                  Check this out: http://nudabite.com/2014/02/05/sept-p...

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                  twinkie83 Feb 8, 2014 04:22 PM

                  sugar shack at Les Éclusiers par Apollo in old montreal, http://www.lacabane.ca/menu.html

                  for their 5 year, they have the 5 previous chefs, Danny St-Pierre, Marc-André Jetté, Patrice Demers, Martin Juneau and Helena Loureiro

                  March 6 to April 20th
                  $59 for the 5 course meal service, wine extra $29, beer extra $17 (all pre-tax, tips, etc)

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                    lagatta Feb 12, 2014 05:53 AM

                    Haiti in the spotlight at Montréal en lumière this year: http://www.montrealgazette.com/life/f...

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                      ylsf Feb 23, 2014 08:39 PM

                      La Cuvee is happening again this year:


                      I went last year and I enjoyed it. I am going to Montreal again next weekend for Nuit Blanche. Any other food events related to or seperated from Nuit Blanche/En Lumiere this weekend? I heard something about a cheese tasting session somewhere but I need to look that up to see if that is still happening.

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                      1. re: ylsf
                        Shattered Feb 23, 2014 10:36 PM

                        Sorry to report you just missed it. But it'll be on next year, too. http://www.montrealenlumiere.com/gast...

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                          ylsf Feb 24, 2014 01:41 PM

                          ok thanks.. Unfortunately, I think it is always the weekend before Nuit Blanche so I will probably always miss it :( The first year I did Nuit Blanche they had a great food sampling thing going on in one of the buildings but they haven't done it since.

                      2. geminigirl Feb 24, 2014 05:14 PM

                        This is great info, next year I want to check out poutine week! Is there a thread similar to this for Quebec? Hoping to get up there this summer with friends and would love to time it with a festival. Thanks.

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                          kpaxonite Mar 6, 2014 04:26 PM

                          O plaisir gourmand is celebrating their 2nd anniversary today... they had a sign that said to come celebrate with them at 630 pm... maybe its going on.....

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                          1. re: kpaxonite
                            williej Mar 6, 2014 05:59 PM

                            On Sherbrooke downtown? I thought there was something on Openings and Closings this year that they had closed?

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                              kpaxonite Mar 7, 2014 04:24 AM

                              Someone posted that but it definitely is not true

                              1. re: kpaxonite
                                Shattered Mar 7, 2014 12:34 PM

                                People need to stop posting closings just 'cause they noticed paper on a window while they drove by. There's almost always something posted on the window, whether it's a hand-written notice it's closed, a reno/repair, or "A louer". Just take the time to read it before reporting it.

                                And if there's no sign, it's a very quick repair or it *just* closed, so what's the rush? Sometimes its like a contest to report closings asap here - I've seen ppl speculate that something, a long-opened biz, was closed when it only opened a bit late one day! Use some common sense.

                                NB: not directed at you, kpaxonite, and probably wrong thread, but whatever.

                                1. re: Shattered
                                  Glaff Mar 7, 2014 12:54 PM

                                  Yeah and wrong closing too. Just go read why I posted about Ô Plaisirs Gourmands supposed closing in the original thread.

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                                    williej Mar 7, 2014 07:27 PM

                                    Yes, if I remember correctly someone read it in an online journal.. Please that someone, go to the place and verify if you read it somewhere. Saying it is closed because you read it an online journal doesn't mean it has closed unless you verify!

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                                      Fintastic Mar 7, 2014 10:48 PM

                                      I think fault was with the journal in that instance. Not only was it reporting months-old news, but it also completely mangled the story.

                                      1. re: williej
                                        SnackHappy Mar 8, 2014 09:26 AM

                                        Oh please... Quartiers Gourmands is a normally trustworthy source. They're the ones who screwed up not the poster.

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                                          williej Mar 9, 2014 07:57 AM

                                          If you reread the original post, it stated that OPG had closed, not that X journal reported it had closed (this information was added after someone corrected the information in the OP). So clarity as to where one gets the information on closure (much like people share facebook links on openings) is important.

                                          1. re: williej
                                            SnackHappy Mar 9, 2014 09:34 AM

                                            Well, you're not asking the poster, in this case Glaff, to cite their sources, which is something I strongly believe everyone should do. You're telling us not to trust online articles and check for ourselves. I don't find that reasonable. There are many trustworthy online ressources and we depend on many of them for what we do here.

                                            1. re: SnackHappy
                                              williej Mar 9, 2014 10:38 AM

                                              I was asking the OP to cite his sources. But also to say that the note about closing didn't come from actually seeing a closing sign.

                                              Spreading a rumour can hurt a business. Saying in the original post that they got the rumour from an online source is the least someone can do. The best they can do is not state 'x' is closing unless they have seen it on a door or window or heard it from the owner.

                            2. hala Mar 7, 2014 02:21 PM

                              The menu for Wellington Erabliere or whatever they're calling the sugaring off festival this year is out, and it looks good:


                              Hopefully they will close off a bigger stretch of Wellington street because last year was way too crowded.

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                                finefoodie55 Mar 17, 2014 02:04 PM

                                Let's not forget Table of Hope Montreal's biggest foodfest. Where Montreal's best Restos come out and serve their best dishes to help stop childhood hunger here in Montreal. This year it will be on May 26th at 6:30 pm at Windsor Station on Lagauchetiere St one block West of Peel.Over 50 restos beer and wine companies and great desserts. A great Montreal Event.

                                1. SnackHappy Mar 19, 2014 11:17 AM

                                  Promenades Hochelaga-Maisonneuve is doing a sugaring off event not unlike the one on Wellington in Verdun. It's on the afternoon of 12 April.


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                                  1. re: SnackHappy
                                    SnackHappy Apr 13, 2014 11:54 AM

                                    The Complètement sucre event was a great success. So much so that they ran out of food at 4pm. I went around 12:30pm. There was a long queue, but it moved rather quickly. We only waited a few minutes to get out tickets and start eating. The stalls were set up in a marquee. I think they intended for people to come in at one end and come out the other, but people moved around, checking out the different bites on offer. There were tables where you could eat standing up, but hardly anyone used them.

                                    The food was delicious. I tried all but one of the bites and there were no duds. The beef tataki from État-major was great (I had seconds) as was the foie gras ganache (Le Chasseur, I think). Honourable mention to Chez Bouffe and Valois for their maple cone and maple pineapple mousse.

                                    It was a great event on a beautiful day. Well worth the $2 per bite since quality was high and portions were pretty decent. Things seemed very well organized, especially since this is their first time doing this.

                                    My only complaint would be how crowded it was inside the marquee. It made things a bit unpleasant in there and we felt rushed. So we basically ate on the run and were done in less than half and hour. Hopefully, they'll improve on this for the next edition.

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                                    Maximilien Mar 27, 2014 01:19 PM

                                    Just heard about this...

                                    The first Montreal Cocktail week.

                                    Invasion Cocktail http://invasioncocktail.com/

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                                      alinemramos Mar 28, 2014 08:22 AM

                                      "Cibo di Strada": http://www.myica.ca/cibo-di-strada-03...

                                      This is a one-night only event (tonight) in the Little Italy. Does anyone know anything about it, besides what they say on the webpage?

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                                      1. re: alinemramos
                                        EaterBob Mar 28, 2014 08:38 AM


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                                          lagatta Mar 28, 2014 09:35 AM

                                          Oh, that sounds so nice. Not expensive either. Unfortunately I'm busy this evening. It is also an opportunity to see the renovated Casa d'Italia.

                                          I suppose the organisers had originally planned to hold this in the street, but with the foul weather this year, Casa d'Italia is a good backup plan. It is a nice hall, but the place was very run down. I'm looking forward to attending events there soon.

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