Saturday, May 25, 2013

Memorable/Memorial Visit to Montreal

We had a delightful day in Montreal yesterday, despite the yucky weather. We started by checking out the Quartier Dix30, this huge shopping mall and "lifestyle center" in Brossard, a suburb south of Montreal. We found these depressing products at a fancy meat shop (boucherie) there. If you can't make it out, that's camel, kangaroo, and horse meat. OH, THE HUMANITY!

I was thrilled to learn that our favorite Middle Eastern/Mediterranean market, Marché Adonis, now has a location in the Dix30 Quarter. My biggest and best score there? The omg-sized vat of pepperoncini for $8.99! Also, a sampler of little baklava-type pastries that are so delectable, their lusciousness defies description.

After the Dix30 Quarter, we headed into Old Montreal for a late lunch at a café called Olive et Gourmando. We shared a Cubano sandwich and a cup of homemade lentil and pork soup, with a glass of housemade raspberry lemonade. For dessert, we had what may be the best almond croissant in the city. YUM! (We have to go back sometime, because they were out of their famed truffled macaroni and cheese that we were dying to try.)

After hitting a up a couple more bakeries--Premiere Moisson and Mamie Clafoutis--for round one of the new game I invented ("Who Has the Best Croissants in Montreal?"), we headed north to meet our dear friends, Jaymie and Audrey for a long, laughter-filled dinner at a Mexican restaurant called Itacate, that was recommended to me by two of my best "foodie" friends, Domenica and (a different) Jaime. There we enjoyed a veritable mountain of their signature guacamole, various delectable entrees, including Cyd's duck leg with a rich housemade mole and my burrito with shredded pork in a chipotle sauce (pictured below).  And the piece de resistance was their house specialty, the tamarind margarita. I won't even tell you how many of them the four of us drank! AY-YI-YI!

So it may be near freezing here with the wind chill factor, but we won't let that spoil our fun over this Memorial Weekend!

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