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Whenever I think of patties, I think of Jamaican patties, like the ones found between coco bread. But thanks to my favourite Haitian, Henri, I have now experienced Haitian Patties. Imported all the way in a box from Laval near Montreal (Henri’s yet to find them in Toronto), these little gems were brought as an appetizer to a holiday pot-luck dinner party.
Back in the day, taking to the friendly skies and belonging to the elusive Mile High Club meant one very specific thing. Nowadays, “getting lucky” in the air means receiving a bag of sesame snacks or pretzels. Since some airlines offer absolutely nothing in terms of complimentary food, the snack box provided by Porter Airlines during a recent Toronto to Montreal flight was more than a pleasant surprise.
We’ve done a lot of investigating on Toronto’s poutine — from the delightful bowl at Pantry to the bio-degradable deep container at Poutini’s — but sometimes you gotta go right to the source. Poutine was born in the province of Quebec so while in Montreal we made sure to hit up two spots known for this signature dish. Our first stop was the hilariously named Frite Alors!
When it comes to Steak Frites, everyone I know agrees there’s one place that always gets it right: L’Express in Montreal (3927 St.-Denis Rue). We’ve previously sang the praises of this French bistro, but this time we give it the carnivore treatment.
There are few meals that I’d consider life changing, and this one was declared on first bite. The Smoked Meat Sandwich ($5.50) at Schwartz’s in Montreal is an experience I can only describe as a foodie high. It’s something you’ll always remember and a something you’ll never be able to shake. I went back for my second fix recently and it was just as good as my first hit.