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What to buy: December

1 Dec

Veggies:

– Dry beans

– Beets

– Cabbage

– Carrots

– Collard greens

– Herbs

– Leeks

– Onions

– Parsnips

– Potatoes

– Winter squash

– Turnips

Fruits:

– Apples & pears until June

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What can I buy in November?

1 Nov

Harvesting is basically over now in Quebec, obvs, but you can still get your hands on this local/Canadian produce:

Beets                                Mustard greens

Broccoli                          Onions

Brussel sprouts             Parsnips

Cabbage                          Potatoes

Carrots                            Pumpkins

Cauliflower                    Winter squash

Celery                              Turnips

Collard greens              Corn (probably)

Cucumbers (probably)

Eggplant                        Garlic

Kale                                 Leeks

Fruit-wise, we’re in the super-low season until May (*cries*): apples & pears, y’all, just apples & pears.

note: My formatting for these lists sucks, I know. I try to keep it alphabetical, but fixing the list when I want to add items is such a pain. So semi-alphabetical it is.

October: What’s in season?

1 Oct

Here we go, your shopping list for seasonal fruits & veggies:

Lima beans                                Brussel sprouts

Snap beans                                Lettuce

Beets                                            Mustard greens

Carrots                                       Onions

Broccoli                                      Peppers

Cabbage                                     Potatos

Cauliflower                               Winter squash

Celery                                         Spinach

Collard greens                         Pumpkins (if we’re lucky)

Corn                                           Turnips

Cucumbers                                Peas

Eggplant                                    Kale

Garlic                                          Leeks

Summer Squash                       Swisschard

Tomatos                                     Turnips

Zucchini                                     Parsnips

& Fruits: Apples, Grapes, Pears, Plums, Raspberries, Watermelon!

What’s in season: September edition

1 Sep

September! Love the whole back-to-school feeling, the warm-but-breezy weather, and the continuingly bursting farmers’ market! Check out what you should be able to buy this month:

Lima beans                                Brussel sprouts

Snap beans                                Lettuce

Beets                                            Mustard greens

Beet greens                                Onions

Broccoli                                      Peppers

Cabbage                                     Potatos

Cauliflower                               Radishes

Celeri                                          Spinach

Collard greens                         Pumpkins (if we’re lucky)

Corn                                           Turnips

Cucumbers                                Peas

Eggplant                                    Kale

Garlic                                          Leeks

Summer Squash                       Swisschard

Tomatos                                     Turnips

Zucchini

& Fruits: Apples, Blackberries, Blueberries, Cantaloupe, Currants, Grapes, Peaches, Pears, Plums, Prunes, Raspberries, Watermelon!

Dinner in the gaybourhood

26 Aug

I finally stopped by Fuzion during a trip to Toronto over the summer. It was better than I expected, but I keep my expectations low when trying new restos. However, it had gotten good reviews from acquaintances and I have to say, they weren’t wrong.

Here’s what I ate!

Yep, that is a huge honkin’ piece of tofu on the left. And it was delicious. Amazing marinade clearly, great seasoning, and crispy on the outside. On the right, rice with black beans served in the outer layer of an onion.

All the flavours were well-developped, great seasoning, there were no unlikely ingredient pairings, and, here’s a biggie for me, there was not too much salt. Overall, a well-thought-out vegan meal (well, vegan as far as I could tell, but I don’t ever grill my waiter on the specifics – boo me if you like).

My friends were equally pleased with their meals – the vegetarian gnocchi and the roasted lamb – and the dessert one of them ordered (raw cheesecake) was delicioso, apparently. The only problem with the whole experience: the cocktail I started off with was not awesome. Heavy on the booze taste, which is fine if that’s what you were aiming for, but I chose a super-girly mega-martini, so I was hoping for sweet & sinful. I didn’t try anything else, so really, that one martini might be their only stinker.

So, whatever, we had fun, our waiter was great, and the patio has a nice decor, is well separated from the sidewalk and faces out across Church towards one of the small parks, so it didn’t feel so much like we were eating on the side of the street.

If you’re in the area, check it out. It’s not a must-eat destination, but it has all the elements required for a great evening.

What’s in Season, numero dos

19 Aug

August! Probably the most bountiful month here in Quebec. I am late with this, but for the next two weeks or so, this is what is definitely in season:

Snap beans                                Lettuce

Beets                                            Mustard greens

Beet greens                                Onions

Broccoli                                      Peppers

Cabbage                                     Potatos

Cauliflower                               Radishes

Celeri                                          Spinach

Collard greens                         Corn

Cucumbers                                Eggplant

Garlic                                         Leeks

Summer Squash                      Swisschard

Tomatos                                    Turnips

Zucchini

& Fruits: Apples, Blackberries, Blueberries, Cantaloupe, Currants, Grapes, Peaches, Pears, Plums, Prunes!

Resto Review: Le Pain Quotidien, Yorkville

4 May

Specials board, main dining room

You don’t go to a bakery hoping for great vegan food, but I was hoping for the best when I cracked open this Belgian chain’s menu. There are a fair number of vegetarian options on offer, but there in the Salads was the lone vegan entree. Mediterranean Tofu Salad. Ok, it comes with three sauces, and maybe they know how to season/cook tofu.

Just to give you an idea of how appetizing this salad was, here is what remained after I ate as much as I could:

You're jealous of the gorgeous tofu I got to eat, I know you are

That’s right. Big, cold slabs of tofu with a few drizzles of mystery sauces, some of which may have contained mayo (!). The tofu was not marinated, or even cooked (as far as I can tell, since it was ice-cold and dry). If I hadn’t been starving, I don’t know if I could have eaten more than one of those guys. The pesto on top of it all was good, I can say that much. I don’t have a pic of the untouched salad, but it was mostly that spring mix of lettuces that is served by basically every restaurant these days.

I hate to give a bad review to a non-veggie restaurant, in this case particularly because everything else on their menu is pretty delicious. Before going totally vegan, I had the pleasure of sampling their veggie tartines and the deadly bread pudding. So good. But certainly a good chef can come up with a meal adequately tasty vegan dish? Just one is all I ask. Maybe Belgians don’t like veggies? 🙂

NV rating: (one heart out of five)

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The NerdyVegan rating system

: Vegan option(s) available, not particularly appetizing

: Vegan options are satisfying, if boring, and not numerous

: Tasty basics at fair prices, more than one vegan option

: Several vegan dishes, varied and satisfying

: Innovative, taste-bud dazzling, plentiful vegan fare