Every year just as winter begins to ease up, the sap starts flowing and people begin heading out to get their maple fix at various cabane a sucres/sugar shacks outside of the city. Back in the day, the only way people would get their maple syrup addiction fed was to head out of town and hit up a sugar shack. Normally people would associate sugar shacks with very simple/traditional meals. The standard lineup at most sugar shacks include baked beans, eggs, mini sausages, potatoes, pork rinds, beets, and loads of maple syrup, in almost every dish. Pretty much basic dishes that haven’t changed or evolved in years. Things started to change when Martin Picard’s Pied de Cochon cabane a sucre made waves by taking these traditional dishes and making them fancy, combining them with modern dishes while keeping you full and having a steady supply of maple. They did such a good job that people started getting inspired and lots of places started looking at bringing this cabane a sucre experience into the city and having fun with these traditional dishes. (more…)
Every year, Le Festival en Lumiere offers us a glimmer of hope in winter where restaurants throughout the city serve up some incredible meals and for us the big bonus is that some who normally never do brunch offer a brunch menu. This year was no different and we got a chance to check out the legendary Toque. If you aren’t familiar with Toque, it is the restaurant of world famous chef and godfather of Montreal cuisine, Normand Laprise. This is the guy who put Montreal and ultimately Quebec on the culinary food map. A meal here is usually outside of most people’s casual dining budget. Their wine list is impressive; and, their meals are a roller coaster ride for your taste buds. The only issue is that they don’t do brunch. So, when we saw that they were offering up brunch this year we made sure to book a table.
Over the last year, I have befriended and helped out the Montreal Food Divas, 2 Montreal bloggers who make my life incredibly difficult and are responsible for some newly found grey hair. Just before the Christmas holidays, they wanted to meet for brunch. Diva #1 wanted eggs Benedict, I wanted somewhere new – so I picked somewhere new. We chose Café Barcola because it is very new and I wanted to go in blind since almost no one had started writing about it at the time. (more…)
February is a cruel, angry month. There are few things in it that are worth looking forward to unless you are one of those people who loves snow and cold. That is until you remember that it is the beginning of the Pied de Cochon Cabane a Sucre season. This year the season at the cabane goes on from February 14th until May 10th. We were fortunate enough to get an early spot and like every year people came down from as far as Toronto for this event. (more…)