By-election Blitz, part II

Aug 24, 2008

I continue my review of my by-election food aventure.

Here is what my second week looked like –
Sunday, August 17 2008:

Lunch: Nothing fancy, I went to St-Hubert for a chicken breast.  I love St-Hubert.  I could drink the sauce.  Eeer.  I do, most times.  The fries were quite tasty, fairly crispy, and the chicken was succulent.  Their coleslaw wasn’t as vinegary as it should have been, though.  I love St-Hubert.

Dinner: I enjoyed some Jazz at Les Jardins Nelson in Montreal with my friend Marika.  We shared their breaded calamari strips, which they bake.  They were golden and crispy, nicely done. Not a greasy ball of breading, as we often see.  We followed with Pizza, Si Si Si – I picked the Gambari, she went for La Charcutière.  They were fine, but nothing exceptionnal.  Nancy Martinez was the guest star for the night, and she clearly loves singing.  Too bad the crowd was barely noticing her and her band.

Monday, August 18 2008:

Breakfast: Had breakfast with Richard Marois and Jean-Claude Rocheleau, NDP candidate in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, at Le Petit Québec.  It was huge, the scrambled eggs were not overcooked, and there was tons of meat.

Lunch: I had lunch with a prominent Montreal columnist at Les Belles Soeurs on Le Plateau. I had not been there in years. He had an omelette, but I couldn’t resist going for the Belles Soeurs burger, with their excellent fries.  Although I was reasonable and had only half a serving, the other half was a salad.

Dinner: I ordered some pizza from Jacques Cartier in Longueil, a meat lovers and an all-dressed.  It was 2 for 1, so no choice.  The meat wasn’t overcooked, the bacon not too salty.  Not too bad.  However, it took them over an hour to deliver.  At 10 pm on a Monday night, that is uncalled for.

Tuesday, August 19 2008:

Lunch: The NDP Leader was in St-Lambert for a Transit announcement and we had a working lunch at Les Cigales with members of the Chamber of Commerce.  Their fish soup was excellent, classic.  I followed it with a very nice bavette de boeuf, I just love that french cut.  I wish the schedule hadn’t been as tight in order to really enjoy the great french cuisine.

Dinner: Left over pizza.

Wednesday, August 20 2008:

Lunch: Grabbed some fruits and nuts at the campaign office.

Dinner: Went to La Piazetta in St.Lambert with a Radio-Canada reporter.  I enjoyed their cannelloni al’emiliana as an appetizer and then went for La Diabola pizza. The cannelloni were a bit flat, probably because there was so much – too much – cheese on top.  La Diabola was good, but could have been spicier.

Thursday, August 21 2008:

Lunch: A very late lunch at Le Claremont after a successfull press conference in Westmount where Jack Layton and Anne Lagacé Dowson received the support of Charles Taylor, Julius Grey and other prominents Montrealers. I picked the quesadillas, I added some hot sauce to hit.  Their salsa was home made, but too young. The mango inside the tortillas gave it a nice twist.  My co-worker went for a salad, which looked very fresh.  It is a trendy Westmount bistro with a friendly and tatooed service.

Dinner: Left over pizza. Ya, I know.

Friday, August 22 2008

Lunch: ND and I grabbed a Club Sandwich to go from St-Hubert.  Did I ever mention that I love St-Hubert?  The sandwich was succulent.  But the fries do not travel as well as the meat and were a bit soggy, which is often the case with fries when you don’t eat in!

Dinner: Hot Dogs at Richard Marois’ campaign office!  We had a nice bbq going, I ended up on the grill.  We served six dozen nicely grilled sausages in crispy buns.  A big hit!

Saturday, August 23 2008

Dinner: Nice view of the river and the South Shore from the Verses Sky rooftop patio in Old Montreal.  Ordered a vodka-tonic upon arrial.  There was a bunch of us, and we all enjoyed a very nice meal.  I went for the Grilled Tuna, which was a tad small but nicely cooked, and served with crispy vegetables, which were actually the same for most of the entrees folks ordered.  the atmosphere was great, the weather perfect.

Sunday, August 24 2008

Lunch: Grabbed a junior cheeseburger at Burger King. Had to get back to Ottawa and was in a bit of a rush.  No time to sit down, had it in the car.

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