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Bonnie Sandler's mom, centred in the far row, enjoys breakfast at McDonald's with her gang
Columnists / Food

Let’s talk about it: Dining out for friendship, security

While there are many organized activity centers, some seniors prefer belonging to less formal social groups. Norm, 93 years young, was my late father’s buddy. He recently wrote to me about the PLAY DO group he belongs to: “People Living Alone And Yearning to Dine Out.” Every three weeks about […]

Flavour Guy: Going the distance so you don’t have to
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Flavour Guy: Going the distance so you don’t have to

I write about food because I could never figure out how to write about politics. Journalists are supposed to be able to write about politics, to speak truth to power, to drill down and decipher the talking points, to explain which stakeholder can separate the wheat from the chaff inside […]

Flavour Guy: Charred chicken vs. suburban BBQ wagons
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Flavour Guy: Charred chicken vs. suburban BBQ wagons

A simple question: why does Montreal have so many places—restaurants and restaurant chains—featuring barbecued chicken? We have St. Hubert BBQ, Chalet BBQ, Côte St Luc BBQ, dozens of Portuguese chicken rotisseries. Scores, and a score of others. Chicken is an easy dish to make at home and there are hundreds […]

Review: Moonshine so good it oughta be illegal
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Review: Moonshine so good it oughta be illegal

Let’s get one thing straight right off the bat: You will get dirty. Your hands will be sticky. There will be barbecue sauce under your fingernails and at the corners of your mouth. I can’t speak to the state of your jeans. Welcome to the Moonshine BBQ. The menu at […]

Flavour Guy: Latkes vs. fruitcakes, and the winner is … me
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Flavour Guy: Latkes vs. fruitcakes, and the winner is … me

Every once in a while Chanukah and Christmas arrive at the same time. This year is not one of those times. Hanuka is early this year, about a month before Christmas. This brings to mind a frayed Jewish joke: When is Hanukah this year? It is the 25th of Kislev; […]

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Your say: Restaurant passions and peeves

Since we boomers are taking over the world, at least in numbers, and more businesses are catering to our needs, here are two of our favourite restaurant features. Dear readers, add yours to our list (you can comment in the box below) and we’ll publish some in our December issue. […]

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Flavour Guy: Our heroes are the architects, builders and teachers of peace

On Remembrance Day, November 11, we recall our heroes. We honour them as exemplars of the virtues that we hope to attain: patriotism, strength, commitment. In the U.S., the same date is called Veterans Day. It celebrates those who have been in military service. Memorial Day south of the border […]

Restaurant review: Le Caveau de Szechuan
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Restaurant review: Le Caveau de Szechuan

I was looking for a chance to relax after a hard day teaching at Dawson when I walked into Le Caveau de Szechuan with Irwin and my daughter Molly. It was about 6:30 on a quiet Wednesday evening and the scene at Le Caveau de Szechuan on Monkland at Hampton […]

Need eggs? Call a neighbour and you might get a few apples in the deal.
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Flavour Guy: CookedIn could help keep us linked in with neighbours

Melanie has new communication skills. George is now doing video production. Sigfried and Dominique have updated their profiles. Sam, Susan and someone from Albania have endorsed my skills – whatever they are. I know all about this, even if I don’t know or even remember who these people are, because […]

Restaurant review: Pâtisserie de Nancy
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Restaurant review: Pâtisserie de Nancy

One of the best things about summer is sitting on a terrace, sipping a latte and something you love to go with it. Monkland is home to several good cafés. My favourite is Pâtisserie de Nancy, a family-owned pâtisserie at the corner of Oxford. Nancy, named for the city in […]