Montreal dining (and other activities)

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Montreal dining (and other activities)
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Fri, 05-10-2013 - 6:56pm

In preparation for our trip to Montreal (we leave next Friday) I'm doing some online research. Shirley kindly directed me to a Wikipedia page about Quebec food, so I know I need to try the bagels and the smoked meat. Any suggestions on which deli's are best?

Then I went to Yelp to see what dinner restaurants are recommended. One of the highly rated offerings is called Chez Onoir--you eat in pitch darkness! You order your food before you are led to the dining room and seated, and your food comes cut up into bite size pieces so you just have to figure out how to get it to your mouth--no worry about table manners at this place! Has anybody ever done this? Sounds intriguing but probably not for the thing for us lol.

I'm sure I'll find all kinds of places on the internet, so maybe I can narrow it down a bit by asking you ladies if you have any recommendations, for any type of food? Dh doesn't eat mammals so we would want a place that offers fish, chicken, and vegetarian options. That rules out Tourtiere, and Poutine just sounds kind of gross to me.

Any ideas for things to do? We will be staying in Centerville near the convention center (dh is attending a conference, I'm going along for fun). I've been to Montreal once years ago, we went to St Joseph's Oratory and we drove up to Mont Royal but it was a cloudy day so I don't think we saw much of a view--we may try to do that again but this time we won't have a car.

The weather there seems to be all over the place at this time of year, crossing my fingers that its mild for our visit.

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Registered: 04-29-2000
Tue, 05-14-2013 - 2:17pm

Elspeth, I emailed you my SIL's recommendations for restaurants, perhaps you've seen them already.  Ray has some suggestions too which he will email (unless he asks me to send them on to you).  Anyway the time is coming close to your departure.  How are you feeling?  How is your back?  I hope it's not painful or is on the mend by now. 

Shirley

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Mon, 05-13-2013 - 4:56pm

Lots of places to see in Montréal and a wide selection of restaurants to chose from.You can get whatever you want. There is much more to eat in Montréal than poutine or tourtière but,since your DH will not eat mammals, you will be missing out Montréal smoke meat sandwiches.

Spend some time in Vieux Montréal, lots of restaurants there. Your hotel will have suggestions, And there are the historical sites plus museums, the shopping etc.. Just walking around St-Catherine Street and visiting all the stores can be fun. There is also theCasino,Notre Dame Basilica, Centre d'histoire de Montréal, Pointe à Callière Museum,  Marche Bonsecours, the Biodome, Mccord Museum, Montreal Botanical Garden etc..

There is also Monkland Village, near the Oratory-nice restaurants there.And of course Chinatown and St-Laurent area (just east of downtown). All the sites are accessible by Métro;no need to drive.

Which convention center is the conference being held? Do you mean the Palais des Congrés de Montréal? That's very close to Vieux Montréal, lots to see there.

Where are you staying? Centre ville is downtown in English unless you mean the Delta Centre-Ville on University? That hotel has a roof top revolving resturant.

Have fun.

PS. Temperatures have dropped here. Take sweaters with you

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Mon, 05-13-2013 - 3:31pm
I've had pale orangeish ones that were brought back from Wisc but therefore not 'fresh' - I've heard from people from Wisc that they have to be within a day or so of being made for them to squeak properly - these didn't squeak.
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Mon, 05-13-2013 - 2:10pm
Let's make that 3 places. It's very common here in Ontario esp in the Ottawa Valley. You can buy from grocery store but it's best to get it directly from cheese factory. They used to give curds away when I was a kid. Now it's more expensive than cheese. I love the salty flavour with the squeaky sound. I don't like the orange ones as they don't taste the same. Dee
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Mon, 05-13-2013 - 11:51am

Well, now we both know that at least two places in the world are known for this!  Sue, do you know if the curds are white (not coloured orange as I've seen that before here)?  Have you eaten them? 

Shirley

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Mon, 05-13-2013 - 10:30am
And here I thought cheese curds were just a Wisconsin thing!
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Sun, 05-12-2013 - 5:09pm

Elspeth, I  have emailed my SIL who lives in Montreal to see if she can come up with some recommendations - especially in the way of restaurants.  It has been so long since we've lived in Montreal, that I personally, cannot or would not be able to give you directions to some of the sights and such of Montreal.  Also too, Ray is the driver when we are in Montreal and since I haven't had to navigate the roads and streets myself, I tend to not know all the various ways and routes to get places...though I do know of some that are more familiar to me than others.  Ray mentioned another food from Quebec - cheese curds.  These are mild flavoured cheddar type cheese curds - lumpy (and they should not be coloured orange, but normally is white cheese).  They are best when very fresh - so fresh they 'squeek' when you bite into one!  They are not little itty bitty things that is to say, as you might think i.e. cottage cheese curds, but larger than that. "Finger food" and tasty.  It is a cheese that is not as prevalent in other parts of Canada...not impossible to find but not as nice and fresh as that bought in Montreal at certain grocery stores.  We used to buy some occasionally at the Jean Talon Market in a shop named Fromagerie du Hamel.  But that is not downtown, and you'd need to make your way there by Metro (don't think you'd necessarily need to take a bus as well).  Anyway not sure if it's worth a big trek to, thoujgh the Metro is a fast efficient way to get around.  

We told you about Sugar Pie known as Tarte au Sucre (which you may find on the dessert part of some restaurant menus).  I would hope that the restaurants located in Old Montreal part of downtown would have the kind of menus that feature some of these regional type dishes. 

But I'll let you know if my SIL comes back with some suggestions.  Okay?

Shirley

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Sun, 05-12-2013 - 9:56am

Sorry, haven't been to Montreal in years so can't help you there. But if you like French Fries & gravy then you have to try poutine. It looks awful but tastes so good!

Dee

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