for May, 2011
Being directly on Mont-Royal street, Pizzédelic‘s terrasse is perfect for people watching. Taking advantage of the last few rays of sunlight we could catch after work, we ordered a pitcher of white wine sangria with frozen raspberries and orange slices. Even with the frozen fruit, it tasted light and fresh, like it was supposed to.
Often times, the best and most authentic restaurants are found off the beaten path – no matter where you are. Asie Moderne is a little gem tucked away on Poirier street in Ville St-Laurent offering a mix of Cambodian and Thai food. Don’t be put off by the location or the outer condition of the place – the quality and price of the food, not to mention the service is more than enough to make up for the trip out there. The service is reliably quick as the food reaches your table less than five minutes after you order, and the food consistently delivers the same great taste.
Last night, we ate according to the weather. Cool and grey, the humid spring temperature brought the black flies and the mosquitos out of hiding and out into the open, forcing us to abandon any hope of staying outdoors. Scampering inside to avoid the pestering swarm, we contented ourselves with making a delicious home-cooked country meal.
The leek and potato soup required we ‘sweat’ the vegetables (carrots, celery, leeks and onions) in order to extract the flavor for the soup base. Thickening it with cream and potatoes, we finished the dish with salt and pepper and served it with a dash of cayenne pepper for a hint of spicy flavor.
For the salad, we used a spring mix with arugula and added orange slices, sliced avocado, chopped red onions and dried cranberries. The dressing was half a lemon’s worth of juice, olive oil, salt and pepper. Simple yet tasty!
The main meal had us sautéing the onions, carrots with added spices of cardamom, cumin, smoked paprika and cayenne pepper. The chicken slices were done in a similar way with raisins, plums and oranges, later baked in the oven for 60 minutes. The Israeli couscous was boiled and mixed in with the chicken and vegetables. All in all, a great meal! For the next time, I would serve smaller portions of the soup and the main as they are both heavier dishes. The Israeli couscous must be boiled for at least fifteen minutes (don’t treat it like regular couscous – that takes around ten minutes) otherwise the grain comes out a little tougher than most people like.
Good luck and enjoy!
Known as a kosher friendly bistro, Tiffany’s offers breakfast (served until 4 p.m.), lunch, and dinner in the mid-town area of Montreal. Many of the diners that were there during my meal seemed to be regulars, giving the atmosphere a comfortable and worn in feel despite the size of the place. The big leather booths, metal railings, and the style of the uniformed waiters and waitresses bring to mind the decor and ambiance of Baton Rouge which can be a good or a bad thing, depending on what you like.
This is quite possibly the only way to recover from the unforgivable sin of buying pre-mixed sangria. We were skeptical at first, but our hosts fervently insisted. Then the Pabst Blue Ribbon came out. Against all odds, this batch of Beer Sangria turned out surprisingly tasty. We used slices of orange for flavor and garnish. Recommendations for next time include:
– Using a different beer – Something extremely blonde or unfiltered (Cheval Blanc, Griffon Blonde)
– Using a flavored beer – Locally brewed St Ambroise Apricot Wheat Ale or seasonal Raspberry Ale
– Different fruit – Probably staying with citrus. Lemons floating in summer beers are already a common sight
Things to avoid:
– White wine – Send in pictures if you can prove me wrong, but I don’t think this can work
– Skipping the wine – Beer and juice without wine will taste like beer mixed with juice
– Pre-mixed Sangria
Fast, tasty and cheap, Arouch is an Armenian pizzeria located inside Concordia University’s John Molson building. Offering an impossibly good deal – six pizzas for $6 – it is doubtless as to why Arouch is so popular amongst lovers of inexpensive meals (Nilufar on St. Catherine is a close second). Three pizzas are usually enough to fill an empty stomach, so you’re basically getting two meals for a handful of change. The lahmajoun is the original version of the Armenian pizza – drizzle some lemon juice on top and you’re good to go!
Close to Concordia University, La Panthère Verte offers fresh and organic food, a healthy alternative to the multitude of fast food restaurants close by. Firmly entrenched in promoting a green lifestyle, the Panthère not only supports locally grown produce but also offers the city’s first ever organic meals-on-(bike)wheels service.
Dominion Square Tavern is a popular meeting place young professionals, older professionals, university students and those who work in the downtown area. Getting a table during the week during 5 a 7 is nearly impossible – reservations are highly recommended, especially for larger parties.
I first encountered a version of this recipe at Trident which is an independent cafe & bookstore in Boston. Trident was named Best Neighborhood Restaurant, Back Bay by Boston Magazine and for good reason. Their version used thick sliced Challah bread which was stuffed with lemon ricotta filling while our creation on the left had the same filling sandwiched between two slices of cinnamon raisin bread. This is closer to a recipe posted on Always With Butter but we added wild berries. We used more then the recommended teaspoon of lemon zest in an effort to get a bold taste and came close to overdoing it. Overall it was great with or without maple syrup and was pretty easy to make.
Conveniently located in the Montreal core, Kazu montreal is a small Japanese eatery with a flair for the authentic. Wait lines are not uncommon – eager foodies show up a half an hour early to secure a spot. After reading so many good reviews about the place, I decided to check it out last week for the first time with a friend. We arrived at 5:15 and managed to get in on the first seating, but just barely. I would suggest lining up between 5:00 – 5:10 if you want to get in for the early dinner set. After the first seating, you can expect to wait around 45 minutes to get in. Also, the prices are very reasonable – the most expensive item on the menu is $15!