Jazz radio station wbgo-fm sent a team of producers and anchors to the Montreal Jazz festival this year.
Assistant GM Amy Niles discovered that fresh berries, figs, and cheeses attract a wide range of artists to the producer's booth. Giant, sweet Quebec strawberries, blueberries, and other naturally delicious treats work well as bait. But the aisles of the Marche Jean Talon
hold many varieties of poutine, the local favorite...
Did I mention pommes frites? Is it wrong that I make a bee line for the little stand at the market serving just about the most unhealthy food on earth and one of my guilty pleasures- Frites Alors has a number of restaurants around town serving potato perfection- twice cooked, crispy and fresh with a dollop of creamy dipping sauce to add insult to injury. My favorite? The one called Frites Alors sauce. If this incarnation of the fry isnít enough artery clogging activity for you- you must try poutine. A new dish for you? I canít even begin to imagine what the creator of this dish was trying to do to the cardiac health of his or her countrymates. Poutine is a mound of fries covered in cheese ( often cheese curds) and doused in thick gravy.Enough you say? Why stop at that when you can add hot dogs ( yes, I witnessed this one in the press room and because of my respect for the eater, I wonít reveal who he was) or the ultimate version that I have seen at the much lauded Au Pied De Cochon is served with a slab of foie gras. Kill me now. As for me, I will stick to just plain pommes frites.Yummy
Frite Alors has a wide variety of fries and dipping sauces, as well as the beloved poutines. One is even named after a former US president.
L'eau ŗ la Bush - (steak, onions, mushrooms)Frite Alors
The poutine with foie gras is not an inexpensive choice. 24 loonies for the privilege of sharing decadence. I wonder what kind of cheese they use on the concoction?Pied Cochon