Month: May 2013

Luxury cantaloupe melons fetch $16,000 at auction in Japan

May 27, 2013 No Comments

The season for locally-grown cantaloupe melon has just started in Japan. A pair of 3.7 kg Yubari melons sold at auction last Friday for 1.6 million yen (about $16,000), one of the highest prices ever paid for the coveted orange-fleshed fruit. In a country where a single apple can cost more than $5 and a […]

The importance of court-bouillon

May 25, 2013 No Comments

Poaching fish in a court-bouillon is ideal for enhancing its delicate flavor. This is a vegetable broth, flavored with fresh herbs and vinegar or wine, which must be made in advance and then cooled. Court (French word for “short”) means that it is neither long in its preparation time nor too rich in taste. Fish […]

Tap water is safe in Montreal

May 24, 2013 No Comments

After 36 hours of stocking up on bottled water during what was the biggest boil water advisory in Montreal’s history, residents can once again drink from their faucets. All tests turned up no harmful bacteria is present in the city’s drinking water source.

Taste of the Food Terminal on May 25th

May 23, 2013 No Comments

The Ontario Food Terminal is opening its doors to the public for one day only on Saturday May 25th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Did you know that this fresh produce wholesale market is the third largest in North America? For just one day you can visit its facilities and actually see where produce […]

Boil-water advisory in Montreal

May 22, 2013 No Comments

The city on Montreal has issued a warning affecting some 750,000 Montrealers. The residents of the following areas are warned to boil the somewhat brownish water flowing out of their taps or use bottled water until further notice: Verdun, Point-St-Charles, St-Henri, Côte-St-Paul, Ville-Émard, Westmount, Côte-St-Luc, Hampstead, Town-of-Mount-Royal, Anjou, Montreal East and the off-island town of […]

“Himalayan Viagra” empties schools

May 20, 2013 No Comments

Have you ever heard of yarsagumba, the “Himalayan Viagra”? This strange fungus, called “Cordyceps sinensis” by scientists, contains many benefits for the human body, in terms of health as well as sexual performance. In fact this plant comes from a fungus that infected a caterpillar to feed itself and eventually kill it. When the snow […]

Celebrate the “Veggie Pride”

May 18, 2013 No Comments

Originally published in the Journal de Montréal on May 18, 2013. The first ever International “Veggie Pride” is taking place today in Geneva, Switzerland, bringing together vegetarians and vegans from around the world. The goal of such event is to raise social awareness about the real possibility of eating without meat.

Ambitious buy-local food policy unveiled in Quebec

May 17, 2013 No Comments

Quebec government announced yesterday its goal is to boost Quebec’s food self-sufficiency to 50 per cent. Schools, hospitals, day-care centres and other government-financed institutions across the province will be enlisted to help reach this ambitious goal. Currently only 33 per cent of food is grown locally. Consumers will be enrolled too, via an awareness campaign, […]

Fourchettes avec des légumes, forks with vegetables

Vegetarian menus to celebrate ‘Veggie Pride’

May 15, 2013 No Comments

The Veggie pride is a demonstration that started in France in 2001 and it has been held each year since then in several cities around the world to raise social awareness about the real possibility of eating without meat. For the first time this year, the 2013 edition will be on an international scale: It will […]

Peru: Kingdoms of the Sun and the Moon

May 14, 2013 No Comments

If you are in Montreal , make sure not to miss the current exhibition of the Museum of the Fine Arts: Peru: Kingdoms of the Sun and the Moon, which runs until June 14th. You will admire some 370 works of art (paintings, sculptures, ornaments, pottery, photograph, textiles, etc) from public and private collections, from Peru, […]

A traceable lobster for your mom

May 11, 2013 No Comments

The season for lobsters, earlier considered to be a “poor man’s food”, is now in full swing. As the fishing season in Quebec lasts from end-April till July, we can make the most of it for our parties, right from Mother’s Day up until Canada Day.

Bixi rolls into New York, but … not for the plump

May 10, 2013 No Comments

So it’s really true, the New York “Bixi” has finally been launched after two years of delay. With around 330 docking stations and 600 bikes that will cover half of Manhattan and a part of Brooklyn, the Citi Bike will be the largest bike sharing system in North America. The launch was delayed several times, first […]

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