So we’ve been in Montreal a little over a week and I’ve spent the better part of that time eating. Mom, as always, pulls out all the stops (and ingredients), and I’ve been fairly inundated with culinary delights: homemade pasta, eggplant parmesan, breaded veal cutlets, spicy peppers, roast lamb, cookies, friendship cake. If I’m not eating at home, I’m out with sis, Daisy, and Akemi, immersing myself in the local restaurant scene. To date, we’ve hit Vin Papillon (Akemi’s favorite), Foxy, Tiradito, Chez Sophie, a sushi restaurant I’d rather forget, and Maison Publique (My favorite). We still have another seven meals to go and haven’t even gotten around to Smoke Meat Pete, Hopkins, Damas, and whatever else mom has planned.
A few of the highlights…
The lobster ravioli at Chez Sophie.
The marmite oyster at Maison Publique.
Mom’s pasta e ceci.
Nutella on toasted brioche with whole roasted hazelnuts at La Bete A Pain.
While in town, we also paid a return visit to a condo we’ve had our eye on. This was one of those rather instances where a revisit resulted in Akemi actually liking a property more rather than less. Still, it’s overpriced and I’m thinking of waiting it out to see how both the Montreal and Toronto real estate markets respond to the new regulations that come into effect. Also, might be prudent to find out where I’ll be shooting my next show. If and when it happens, given the projects presently in play, I’d place the various odds at:
Vancouver = 2/1
Toronto = 3/1
Los Angeles = 5/1
Montreal = 10/1
Hawaii = 25/1
Guess which city Akemi would prefer?
I kicked off the New Year by purchasing 25 new books! I’m off to a roarin’ start in 2018!
Dr. Z asks: “Thanks Joe, for your recommendations, will check out some of those. But why stop at 30? I would like to know the other 10 books you left off.”
Thanks, doctor. I’m toying with the idea of doing a weekly Book Recommendations post that will cover the notable titles that just missed the Top 30. Stay tuned!
Hey, it’s been a while since I’ve done a mailbag. Post your burning questions in the comments section and I’ll field them in the next few days!