Since this is just starting, I suggest we introduce ourselves. I just came up with a quick questionnaire that might start things up!
Where are you from?
I am a french canadian born and raised in Montreal. Currently residing in Montreal (Pointe St-Charles, not far from Atwater market).
What defines you as a forum poster/lurker?
Long periods of lurking followed by endless posts. I am very detail oriented and my posts can be very long. Enjoys answering questions and giving directions when I can.
How did you become interested in food?
I come from a family of good cooks. My mother was in charge of daily cooking and my dad had special projects on the weekends where he would wake up extra early to go to Atwater market or Marché Jean-Talon. All the kids are adults now and me, my sisters and my parents split up cooking on holidays. We rarely do the same thing. My dad is a much much better gourmet than me and has a wider palette. I became interested in food when I learned that I was good at it (i.e.: I rarely messed up recipes) and that being it could impress my girlfriends. Later on I developed a reputation as a competent cook among friends and a that guy that brought the desert you had to try at potlucks.
What is your favorite food item or ingredient?
Cheese. Big big fan of cheese. American industrial or Refined french, both works for me.
What is your favorite restaurant?
For everyday low key choice I like the wood oven pizza at Santa Lucia. My best meal was at Le Club Chasse & Pêche. Sentimental favorite is Chez La Mère Michèle (my dad used to be a regular) I have a ton of favorite, it depends on the category,
What elements do look for in a food experience?
Authenticity. Doesn’t have to be new, or “the best” but an authentic experience will always be a thrill for me. I usually ask if there is any “signature dishes” at restaurants.
What is your signature dish?
Must be my baileys cheesecake and its variations. I try not to do the same thing twice but if I had to whip up something quick it might be a cheesecake variant. Simple and good.
What is your signature cocktail/beer/wine?
Cocktail: Old fashioned
Beer: I enjoy lagers so my go to beer is a moosehead on tap
Wine: Favorite wines are German Desert rieslings (especially Auslese)
Name me a popular food item you cannot stand
Organ meat. Nose to tail eating is getting a lot of attention and I can’t stand most internal organs. I know they can be very good (tripes preparations and sweetbreads can be legendary) but I can’t bring myself to enjoy them much. Its all in my head.
Name me an unpopular food item you enjoy
I still occasionally enjoy McDonalds even though I know its crap.