Saturday, December 31, 2011
Before we begin this post we would like to take a moment to thank all of our readers and supporters for your continued interest in Foodie Date Night. We began this blog as a way to keep in touch with a trade we fell in love with and it has become larger than we could ever have imagined in less than a year's time. We've eaten many amazing things and met plenty of wonderful people this year, all of which we can be thankful to this project for. Initially we were uncertain how much we would like the documenting aspect of having a blog as compared to the obviously enjoyable eating part, but in the process have come to learn that we've gained a surprisingly profound fondness for photography and writing as well. So thank you all for your friendships, kind words and constructive criticisms, it all helps us grow and improve at our new found hobby, our appreciation is immeasurable. We wish you all a happy and healthy new year. And now back to the food...
In preparing for this post we compiled two lists, one of our favorite meals and another of our favorite dishes of the year. We felt that we could cover more ground, so to speak, with a list of our favorite dishes so that's the one we decided to follow through with. So, here you have it. The following is a list of our 10 favorite dishes of 2011 in no particular order, Enjoy!
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Finding a sushi spot in Montreal is no difficult task. They seem to be everywhere you look, like pigeons and bike couriers. Finding a good sushi restaurant on the other hand, can be challenging. Contenders range from the trendy variety, where people go to see and be seen more so than focus on the overpriced and underwhelming food they're ordering, to the all-you-can-eat sort where you find yourself willingly overlooking things you're relatively certain are health code violations. Somewhere in the gray area in-between the two lie the places that offer good quality, creative sushi at a reasonable price; in our opinion Tri Express is at the top of this category.
Friday, December 16, 2011
Over the past few months we've heard quite a few people speak fondly of the brunch service at Griffintown Cafe on Saturday and Sunday mornings. We dropped by a couple of weeks ago to see what we thought for ourselves but unfortunately the dining room was packed and the hostess who greeted us let us know that there was an hour wait for a table. We were too hungry to wait that long so we went with plan B. We returned the following week to make another attempt at getting a table, but alas were told again that the waiting list was superior to an hour. Griffintown Cafe employs a first-come-first-serve policy for their brunch service so the obvious solution of reservations was out of the question. They do however, allow walk-ins to leave their cellular phone numbers to be called back when their table becomes available. It has occurred to us that the idea of leaving your name, phone number and amount of seats that you require with the hostess is in fact the definition of a reservation, but you must actually physically present yourself to be put on the list. It's not the first brunch place that we've been to that uses this system, it seems to have actually become pretty popular, but it does strike us as being somewhat contradictory. Our personal quandary with the reservation policy aside, our curiosity had peaked. We had now returned on more than one occasion to find plenty of people who for themselves, had determined that the food here was worth the wait and we were determined to find out what the big deal was.
Friday, December 9, 2011
Growing up as white kids in Canada we don't think we're too different from most others who's only exposure to ramen had always been those packages of dried noodles that you can find in supermarkets and even dollar stores at 10 for 10$ under the brand names "Top Ramen" or "Mr Noodles". They've long existed in the same realm as canned Chef Boyardee products in the minds of many as the type of food intended for hot plates, college dorms and cheap eats in your first apartment while broke and learning how to live on a budget. You would tear open the package, add the powdered flavoring in that silver astronaut pouch that basically tasted like crushed overwhelmingly sodium laden bouillon cubes into a pot of water; bring it to a boil and then add the brick of dried wavy noodles stirring until you had something that vaguely resembled food. It wasn't anywhere close to mom's home-cooked meals but it sure broke up the monotony of cereal or peanut butter & jelly sandwiches for dinner.
Friday, December 2, 2011
Recently, James Beard award winning cookbook author Jennifer McLagan was in Montreal on a promotional tour for "Odd Bits" the third installment of a trilogy of fantastic books, following its 2 predecessors "Bones" and "Fat". Odd Bits focuses on making an effort to alleviate some of the unwarranted stigma around cooking offal (organ meat) and other unreasonably less desirable cuts of meat from animals that are raised for human consumption. It's preposterous that when an animal is taken to slaughter, so many of the perfectly good and tasty parts that were once considered delicacies go to waste simply due to lack of consumer demand. An animal that has given it's life for food at very least deserves the respect of not being wasted. Odd Bits aims at helping to create more of a demand for these parts, teaching how to cook them and raising awareness of not only the ethical reasons for drawing attention to this issue but also on educating the public on how delicious these parts can be when handled and prepared with a deft hand, or simply by someone who has done a little bit of homework. We own a copy of all three of Jennifer McLagan's books and would whole heartedly recommend any one of them for the culinary enthusiast in your life, go by Appetite for Books or your local bookstore and pick one up.