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Bean Pots.

This is from a wonderful Sunday I spent driving though Quebec with Gerry O specifically to go to La Binerie (beanery) in Kazabazua. La Binerie has been making sand baked beans is the same way for generations… with a new little Haitian twist courtesy of marriage. The bean pots are filled with beans to be…

Running away

Yup, we ran away to Montreal from April 14-19th, 2005. Lots of time meditating, researching Montreal restaurants for cheapeats, hanging out with cousin Sam.  Beer, cheese and new hosteling friends were the theme of the trip… To read the trip in some semblance of order (since blogs read in reverse chronological order – try clicking…

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Happy Pashmina to you!!!!

Yes, finally, the last full day in Montreal and Gerry found the perfect pashmina for Lexa… how spoiled am I? (Wait! Please don’t answer that!) There we were, wandering the streets of Montreal, when we came upon a shop filled with wonderful fabric, and The Pashmina!!!Now, while you might think I am napping, I am…

We found St. Laurent

Today we found St. Laurent Boulevard… only a block or two the other direction… and much more our style than St. Denis.  Which, while lovely is a little too trendy (read pricey) for complete relaxation.  St. Laurent however is filled with food shops… just our speed. As we walked along the street we had to…

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Market Day #2 – Marche Jean-Talon

After significant arm-twisting, nagging and pleading, Sam allowed as how we could come over for dinner Saturday night.  She’d even let us cook. So Gerry planned a baked pasta featuring sausages, peppers and beans… oh so very tasty! I spent the morning working at Cafe Java U on St.Denis where they had wireless.  (30 minutes…

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Dinner with Sam

We arrange to meet with Sam, after work, at Place des Arts at 7pm.  She’ll jump on the bus, we’ll jump on the metro and it’s just 2 stops away from Berri-UQAM.   “No problem” I say confidently, “I know Place des Arts”, and I do… however I took us to Place d’Armes. instead.  Even though…

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Afternoon at the Atwater Market

Gerry is in heaven – Atwater Market Heaven. So many cheese shops, so little time.  Cheeses, beers, cute cheese girls, free samples to charming anglo-men with sparkling blue eyes, how could he not love it? Gerry & The Cute Cheese Girl – Gerry’s New Favourite Cheese Shop. These were full before Gerry arrived and started…

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Auberge Chez Jean

Tucked in between St. Denis and St. Laurent, Rachel and Duluth, on rue Henri-Julien, chez Jean was filled with fascinating people from Mexico, France, Burlington, and Maine.  (though the Maine boys were up for the lowered drinking age) For 3 days we stayed on the middle of the middle floor, in a private room with…

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