The Chins make dragon beard candy daily with their bare hands, and if you’re lucky, you’ll get to witness one of the most incredible things you will ever set eyes on. And no, it doesn’t involve actual dragons they keep in storage or the cutting off of their beards…
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.
But that’s about to change.
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.
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.
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…