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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 […]

Restaurant review: Thanjai
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Restaurant review: Thanjai

There are dozens of Indian restaurants in Montreal offering a mainly North Indian menu, but few with a South Indian cuisine featuring a huge choice of dosas­—savory crepes—and other regional delights. We’re talking about Thanjai, which we visited last month at its bright and airy location on Van Horne, just […]

Flavour Guy: The bread and butter of rebranding with the Blonchkys
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Flavour Guy: The bread and butter of rebranding with the Blonchkys

The kitchen needs rebranding. We had done the essential renovations. The 30-year-old gas stove, which was leaking just a little, sometimes, was replaced by a shiny new range. Stores do not sell plain stoves any more, we found—they sell gas convection slide in ranges, the price increasing by the syllable. […]

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Upscale Bistro on the Avenue serves mains with flair

Bistro on the Avenue, a classy eatery on Greene Ave., is a home away from home since 1991 for loyal customers who live in Westmount and adjacent. Behind the glass storefront is an elongated and high-ceilinged room, with a long bar on the left, booths and tables on the right […]

Flavour Guy: My mother’s cookbooks — archives of her life, and mine
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Flavour Guy: My mother’s cookbooks — archives of her life, and mine

I have photos of my mother, keepsakes from her mantle, memories, of course. But what I enjoy most are a handful of her cookbooks. We have hundreds of books on cooking stuffed onto shelves. I keep planning a cull, maybe a basic 100. That would make sense, but that will […]

Flavour Guy: The hallmarks of a refrigerator chef
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Flavour Guy: The hallmarks of a refrigerator chef

So, a man walks into a bar and says … (and at this point, dear reader, you can supply a favourite story). Actually, a man opens a refrigerator and says: “What can I make for dinner?” This is different from a woman opening the refrigerator and asking: “What are we […]

The wrong cheese for manicotti. No raisins for the bran muffins­—and did anyone add the bran? (Photo by Melani Litwack)
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Potboilers collective kitchen specializes in friendship

It’s 9:30 on a Wednesday morning and I’m standing, somewhat bleary-eyed, outside a big kitchen as five women prepare for a very busy morning. By noon there will be a huge pot of orange-carrot soup, pans of manicotti, containers of bran muffin batter and two huge apple crisps cooling on […]