Wednesday, 20 August 2008

Bon Appetit

Enough of the sight seeing, these are the must-eats of Montreal:
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Smoked Meat Sandwiches
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What can I say? They're better than they look.
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Schwartz's is a must-experience as well as a must-eat -- beginning with lining up outside the restaurant until a table for 7 opens up. Or a table for 2, or any number in your party. It's a popular place! You're going to wait outside for a little while.
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Here we've got Blake, Natalie, Kevin, Barb, Jaclyn, and Ken. But someone's missing . . .
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Here she is! We couldn't quite see Whitney in that last picture. Whitney makes seven.
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Schwartz's has a menu, but just get the smoked-meat sandwich, that's what you came for. I would recommend ordering the 'lean' meat, maybe that's just me. While you're at it get a pickle and french fries. Come on, you're on vacation! (Don't let it bother you that you saw the whole roasts of smoked meat sitting in the front window; smoked meat will keep at room temperature for 2 days.)
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Bagels
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Natalie and I sped over to Fairmount Bagels after our dinner at Schwartz's to pick up some fresh hand-thrown bagels for breakfast the next morning.
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It turned out we didn't need to hurry, Fairmount is open 24 hours producing bagels to deliver to grocery stores all over the city. (Sesame is the signature flavor.)
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Sugar Pie
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You might need a sweet tooth to enjoy the French-Canadian Tarte au Sucre. It is a sweet carmel tasting pie made from maple syrup. I think I've found a winning recipe for it here. It's so good, Natalie named her blog for it.
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Natalie knows what she's talking about when it comes to good food. The food made in her home during our visit was exquisite. We had a Greek feast one night, another Greek-inspired recipe another night, and some wonderfully mild, yet flavorful smoked salmon quesidillas for another amazing dinner. To say nothing of crepes and Eggs Benedict for breakfast. Kevin is a lucky man.
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Natalie, mind if I share one of your recipes?
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Smoked Salmon Quesidillas
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Smoked Salmon
Capers
Finely diced jalapenos
Shredded Monteray Jack cheese
Fresh mozzarella
cilantro
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Assemble the above ingredients to taste in a flour tortilla. We grilled them on the BBQ, which gave them a smokey element - wonderful!
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Serve with sour cream and fresh fruit salsa.
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Fresh Fruit Salsa
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grapes
green apple
cantaloupe
pineapple
honeydew
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Natalie diced her fruit very fine in her mini-chopper, I don't think you'd want it chunky. The fruit compliments the smoked salmon beautifully.
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(Now that I'm home it's all cottage cheese and fruit and jogging, but hey, I was on vacation!)

3 comments:

Amanda L. said...

food is central to any vacation.

adding these places to my list for our trip to montreal some day in the future.

Laurie said...

The salmon + fruit salsa sound like such a perfect summer dinner! Thanks for posting the details.

Hilary said...

yum! The sandwich looks so good and your recipes sounds divine... Sugar Pie??