Saturday, May 5, 2012

Montreal or Bust... (Day THREE)

So Saturday morning was here and it was time to check out from our hotel.  Outside it was a rainy rainy day so we filled the cooler with ice and hit up the Marche Jean Talon in our car and stocked up on some more great products.  We also wanted to hit up a few spots for lunch so we shared two meals so we could fit more madness into our vacation.  First up after the trip to the market was Schwartz's for there famous smoked meat sandwich. They have been doing this for over 80 years and are known as one of the top stops for tourist and locals alike.  In fact there is usually a large line out front but since it was only 12:30 we got a table right away and proceeded to order one sandwich to split.  6 bucks for this pile of smoked meat with mustard on fresh bread.  Pretty damn tasty if I do say so myself....

 after part one of lunch we made a pit stop at a lil bottle shop in between Schwarz's and Canards... they had a great selection of Canadian brews and we selected a handful to bring back to the states.
Then it was a short walk up to Canards du Lac Brome, the all things duck store that is a modern artisanal shop where you can shop for things like foie gras jelly, duck prosciutto, duck salami, duck sausage, whole duck, duck confit.... well you get the idea anything duck you can imagine.  But before selecting some great items for the cooler we had to order some food from the deli
 the counter people were hip and we decided we couldn't leave Montreal without eating a lil poutine so we ordered their classic duck poutine.  French fries fried in duck fat, foie gras gravy, cheese curds and duck confit. Damn this was so good on a rainy raw day... I want some NOW !
We washed it down with this interesting maple beer... so tasty !
and the trip to Montreal had come to a close just like that... we headed out of town mid afternoon en route to a few beer stops in Vermont !  Till next time Montreal...

The Vacation Goodies...

 More on a visit to Hill Farmstead Brewery in Vermont in my next post.. Stay Tuned !

So many great items from the whole trip including some choice brews and cheese from Vermont !
(Organic Charcuterie, Foie Gras, Whole Duck, Pickled Quail Eggs, Wild Leeks, Day Lily Shoots, Wild Ginger Root, Foraged Mushroom Mustard, Pickled Wild Ginger, Jasper Hill Cheeses, Wild Bluefoot and Woodear mushrooms, Duck salami, Wild Herb Vinaigrette, Fresh Porcini Raviolis , Canadian brews, Heady Toppers, Hill Farmstead Brews etc....)

Here is what we did with them when we got back to our kitchen :

 Mmmmm a gorgeous meal made with all fresh ingredients from Montreal
 Porcini Raviolis with sauteed wild mushrooms and day lily shoots.
Paired beautifully with this full round
 Sans Liege Cotes du Coast 

A truly elegant bottle of wine.

Rich luscious full body white that had great balance.
Aromas of rustic oak, lavender and orange blossoms lead the senses.... the flavors were packed full of rich wildflower honey, ginger, nutmeg which get balanced with a slight citrus, ocean air acidity that falls into a beeswax floral herbaceousness in the finish ! A little too much heat and petrol in the finish but overall a pretty solid California wine made in a Rhone style.

1 comment:

  1. Thank You for that beautiful and inspiring food journey. Your blog is a great guide for me when I plan my long weekend in Montreal. Can't wait!


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