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Tuesday
Nov272012

Ramen-Ya

I wouldn’t dare string the words authentic, ramen and Montreal in one sentence to gush about anything we’ve got going on here, right now. But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t places in the city where I can lick a bowl of ramen dry and like it. I’m good as long as the broth is tasty without the side effects of an MSG overload, the noodles aren’t mush and the pork is marbled with fat.

I’ve been taking my business to Hakata Ramen and Sumo Ramen this past year, completely disregarding Ramen-Ya in the Plateau for no reason. 

But that’s about to change.

 

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Wednesday
Nov212012

Blackstrap BBQ

Dishing up Memphis-style BBQ with a focus on dry rubs, Blackstrap BBQ is the latest of the Southern food wave to hit Montreal.

I’m just going to say it. My first experience didn’t live up to the hype. It was so far off.

Fans of Blackstrap BBQ, if you’re reading this, I know you’re shaking your heads disapprovingly, sneering, “This girl doesn’t know shit.”

I’ll be honest with you. I’ve never had Memphis-style BBQ so I have nothing to compare it to. “Yeah, this girl definitely doesn’t know shit.”

But I can tell you whether I liked it or not.  

It’s really as simple as that.

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Monday
Nov122012

Trip de Bouffe

Living in Montreal where shish taouk (technically, chicken shawarma) joints are in excess, there’s no way you aren’t already familiar with this cheap, delicious wrap boasting a spectrum of flavors. It’s what exposed us non-Middle Easterners to Lebanese food, no matter how minor the introduction. When something is that good, not only do I abuse it, but I also get worked up wondering about the cuisine it’s a part of and what else I can treat my taste buds to. And if you can relate – ready to take on more than shish taouks – I’ve got three words for you: Trip de Bouffe.

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Tuesday
Nov062012

Léché

Doughnuts are the new cupcakes. I can think of three businesses that popped up over the last few months, all of them focused on restoring the magic of doughnuts to Montreal. Open to the public as of two weeks ago, the newest of the three is Léché in the St-Henri neighborhood. Owned and led by pastry chef Josie Weitzenbauer, Montreal’s first artisanal doughnut boutique boasts comfort-meets-gourmet goods that could shake up everything you know about doughnuts…

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Monday
Oct292012

M4 Burritos

Mind-blowing Mexican food in Montreal doesn’t exist. Hell, we barely have decent Mexican restaurants. Instead of dwelling on why, I hope for when. When I heard of M4 Burritos' arrival, I thought maybe, just maybe, this could be the one to turn things around.

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Monday
Oct222012

Pâtisserie Au Kouign-Amann 

The first thing that comes to mind when I think of my beloved Pâtisserie Au Kouign-Amann is butter – a shh load of butter. Your first impression will be nothing less, and that’s before you actually sink your teeth into one of their glorious pastries. Mouthwatering whiffs of bubbling butter escape and stretch far out the humble shop, putting you deep into a trance as you inch closer and closer to the entrance. As soon as you swing the door open, your nostrils flare, sparking your eyes to roll and your head to tilt back in pleasure. Watch the F-bombs, it’s a tiny place with all customers within an earshot. Awkward but totally understandable if you let one out, especially after getting physical with the goods.

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