With the natural beauty of Lake Tahoe displaying its quiet splendor mere blocks away, the artifice and forced glamor of the casinos just on the Nevada side of the border are set in stronger contrast than I’ve ever seen elsewhere. At least in Las Vegas, you’re so surrounded by casinos and flashing lights that it’s […]
Anyone who’s visited Montreal knows that it is one of North America’s culinary hotspots, known for exquisite cuisine. On this trip I also learned that Montreal has more restaurants per capita than any other Canadian city, which means it’s home to a lot of restaurants. While wedding festivities precluded an extensive sampling of these restaurants, we did get to hit a couple of new ones of note.
This started with lunch at the Stash Cafe, on Rue Saint Paul, which specializes in traditional Polish dishes. Having been to Poland, I am pleased to report that the cafe was true to its word, and I thoroughly enjoyed the Polish beet consommé and and pierogis. Everyone else’s order looked and smelled like traditional polish fare, and all were exceptionally pleased with their selections. In fact, one local in our party noted that she was going to make the restaurant one of her new regular lunch spots.
A few blocks down Rue Saint Paul, we enjoyed a fabulous dinner at Marche De La Villette. While set up as a “European Deli,” everything about the bread, prepared meats, cheeses, and salads tasted gourmet. We basically just ordered a wide variety of deli-like items and shared them around the table. Most memorable was the restaurant’s foie gras, truffle chips, crepes and the croque-madamme, which is a lovely baked ham and brie cheese sandwich. It was all topped off with a wonderful selection of red and white wines as recommended by our server, and then concluded with a dessert of chocolate fondue, with the chocolate to die for. Would have given any French restaurant back in France or anywhere in Europe a run for its money.