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Food

The Virtual Panier - Lettuce

Posted by Cat / June 27, 2007

20070627_two-lettuces.jpgLettuce. We've got lettuce. We've got heads and heads of lettuce. Thanks to my friendly CSA farm, I could even choose to nap on my very own bed of lettuce, I'm so inundated with the stuff these days. One of the earliest fresh local greens available to us Montrealers, some may view lettuce as something simply to be endured until the more exciting, substantial green veg come into our lives. But lettuce is more than just filler. Available in such an ethereal array of verdant hues, it deserves a starring role based on looks alone. Treated reverently, you may even be surprised to discover that these leaves have flavour, and complex flavours at that. I believe lettuce once made its way into a dessert on Iron Chef, but in the spirit of The Virtual Panier, we'll keep it simple.

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Food

The Virtual Panier - Strawberries!

Posted by Cat / June 20, 2007

20070618_strawberry-boxes.jpgProbably one of the most anticipated moments of the local growing season here in Montreal (and likely anywhere across the country, really) strawberry season is finally here! I say finally, but it's actually a little early this year, helped along by the mid-spring rains followed by this hot spell we've been having. Be sure to check out the strawberry celebrations happening at the city's markets on June 30th and July 1st!

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News

HumpDay Headlines - June 20, 2007

Posted by Cat / June 20, 2007

20070620_migrant-workers.jpgMornin', mornin'. Here's you're humpday round-up of all the news that's new and approved:

Montreal police have thwarted an alleged plot to kidnapp a local couple who recently won $27 million in the Quebec lottery. Police arrested a man who had tracked down the couple through the phone book, and who was supposedly planning to force them to withdraw as much as $10 million, and then kill them.

A Montreal filmmaker has taken refuge in the French Embassy in Iran. Mehrnoushe Solouki, a student at UQAM, has been accused by the government of Iran of making a propaganda film. Solouki was born in Iran, is a French citizen, and has permanent residency status in Canada. Iranian police have confiscated her passport, but because she is not a Canadian citizen, Ottawa cannot help her.

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Music

He's a Rockin' Contradiction - Fred Eaglesmith at Petit Campus, June 17/07

Posted by Cat / June 19, 2007

20070618_Fred-at-Campus.jpgWhat can be said about Fred Eaglesmith that hasn't already been said? Well, plenty. Go to a Fred show again and again and you'll never see the same show twice. In part because he puts out so many darn albums. Also in part because he has truckloads of stories, opinions, and observations, plus, he doesn't mind pulling your leg on occasion. There is a different sermon to be heard at every show, and high-calibre roots-rock and country music in between recitations from the Gospel According to Fred.

So in addition to singer/songwriter/comedian/painter, one really oughta add preacher to Fred's roster of talents. And let's not forget poet, as well. In pulling from that proud tradition of haiku penned south of the Mason-Dixon line, Fred treated the audience to the following gem:

Dang! In that tube top it sure is hard to remember you're my cousin.

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Music

Nihilist Spasm Band, Jerusalem in My Heart + Karl Lemieux - June 16/07 at Sala Rossa

Posted by Cat / June 17, 2007

20070617_NSB-Sala-1.jpgI knew it would be a show like no other when I first stuck my head in the hall of Sala Rossa last night. On the floor in front of the stage, an industrial faerie-ring of drums, keyboards, and laptop computers glowed beneath Sala's chandeliers. I was lucky enough to bump into Steve Guimond, Sala's head honcho and music guru, who informed me that we were in for a real treat. Jerusalem in My Heart, fronted by project leader Radwan Moumneh and sometimes consisting of Radwan and Radwan alone, was going to be a full-on eight-piece powertrip-of-a-soundscape tonight. "They sounded amazing in soundcheck. This is gonna be a great show," assured Steve.

And if the reassurances of M. Guimond were not enough, the imposing array of 16mm film projectors, balanced on top of a stack of tables at the back of the hall, further implied that this would be a very different sort of show. A very Suoni sort of show....

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Food

I Scream, You Scream - Plus Que Parfait

Posted by Cat / June 17, 2007

20070617_PQPcounter.jpgWell, the temperature in the city has become more suffocating than an Italian grandmother. Thankfully, the plethora of fabulous ice cream and gelato shops in this town will help you keep your cool.

Today I paid my first visit to Plus Que Parfait, a gelateria-and-then-some, located on Fairmount in Mile End. The cheery exterior and triple set of french doors, flung wide open, gave a breezy and welcoming air to the place. Delicious relief from the heat was within my grasp; I could sense it.

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