1. CHEESE FEST. it’s never quite as exciting as it sounds, but it does entail a lot of free cheese. starting tomorrow (feb 16th) and running daily from 11:30am-dinnerishtime until saturday (feb 19th), at the Complexe Desjardins. as per usual, it will probably be the only thing i make it out to during Montréal en Lumière, much i imagine to the chagrin of a friend of mine who visited recently and roundly chastised me for knowing basically nothing about the finer (er..30$+?) dining opportunities of Montréal. his point (“Dude, Just Go For It”) is well taken. do i really need another bottle of scotch or armagnac (or 36 beer) more than i might benefit from a meal that makes a singular impression upon me? i suppose the answer is Yes, Possibly, but it’s not like i’m not going to buy more booze, regardless.
all of which to say, if anyone has any leads on good visiting chefs/culinary events this coming week (it’s a real foodstorm, but clearly one tailored toward an income/personal hygiene bracket somewhat in excess of my own), do word me up. i clean up real nice and make for a lively conversationalist.
2. not part of the festival, but probably more worth your time, my buddy Pierre Hong Minn is organizing his annual Korean Dinner/Haitian Aid get-together. affordable and awesome, and not to be missed, given how hard it is to get good Korean fare in this accursed city. i unfortunately WILL be missing it, because of prior out-of-town engagements. Continue reading