Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Lilly is looking for a new home - 5 year old black lab mix

I don't normally do this but since I do get quite a bit of Montreal based web traffic on my website, I'm helping a very allergic friend to find a home for Lilly. They've been trying to find a home for her for 5 months now. Can you help?

Lili est une labrador croisée de 5 ans. Elle est super affectueuse, propre, aucune malice. Nous devons la donner car notre bébé est allergique et en plus nous manquons énormément de temps. Nous ne voulons pas l'envoyer n'importe où (chenil, SPCA, famille qui la voudra plus après 2 semaines...), c'est pourquoi nous cherchons depuis 5 mois une nouvelle maison pour elle.

Nous lui cherchons un bon foyer qui saura la ballader chaque jour (ou cour) et en prendra soin autant que nous. Idéal pour un couple sans enfant ou une personne seule puisqu'elle a déjà presque 6 ans et n'a jamais vécu avec de jeunes enfants.

Elle est vaccinée mais pas opérée. C'est vraiment un bon chien. Nous aimerions la revoir quelque fois parce que nous l'aimons beaucoup (style 2-3 fois par an pour voir comment elle va...).
Personnes sérieuses seulement."

If you are interested, please leave a comment in this threat. All comments are moderated so you can leave your contact information and I will delete your reply.

Thank you for helping us find a home for Lilly.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

The Green Door - Great Vegetarian Restaurant in Ottawa

I've been to this place several times now and felt this wonderful little jewel of a restaurant, nestled next to the best silver jewelry shop and health food store, deserved its own review.

The Green Door reminds me of Commensal's buffet by weight formula and offerings of salads, stews, curries, veggies and deserts. The similarities end there. The ambiance is eclectic, low key but dynamic. Cafeteria style dining, a la veg.

They offer a selection of juices, kombusha, healthy soft drinks, wine, sparkling water and the tea and coffee buffet would make anyone blush. They even have a pot of chai on the burner at all times.

My favorite main? The sweet potatoes & spinach, my second choice: the black eyed pea curry
My favorite desert? Hands down, the un-cheese cake made with cashew with berries coulis. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G

If you are in the Ottawa region, go there. You won't regret it!

The Green Door Restaurant
198 Main Street
Ottawa, ON K1S1C6
(613) 234-9597

Monday, August 17, 2009

Fete Bio-Paysanne - The Organic Fair of the Year

Organic produce, dairy and cattle farmers were all present at the Montreal Fete Eco-Bio Paysanne. Having missed last year's edition, I couldn't tell if it was larger than before, but I can say that it's come a long way from its humble beginnings.

Olympic Organic Dairy producers were present and launched a new organic cream cheese, rennet free and full of probiotics. They've also launched new yogurt flavors, green tea and vanilla, and blueberry and acai berry. All were delicious.

There also was a great private composting/green waste management company present: Compost Montreal , and they offer to pick up your green waste at $5 per week. They give you a small or medium size waste collection bucket to collect your table scraps and other compostables. They then return your compost once broken down and ready to use in your garden. I'm seriously pondering converting our condo building to this initiative since the city of Montreal can't get their act together on green waste management.

The Fromagerie L'Ancetre - my favorite cheese monger that doesn't use rennet and has a strict policy on the origin of their organic dairy sources - presented the most amazing 3 year old cheddar cheese. It was simply divine! I stocked up in rennet free and organic cheddar and parmesan.

Other notable exhibitors:
  • Greenpeace - Still campaigning for the clear labeling of GMO ingredients in our products. I firmly believe this needs to be done. Our government needs to wake up and smell the coffee, we have a RIGHT to know!
  • Me to We -Quoted from their website: "By manufacturing our clothing in Canadian factories that pay adult workers a fair wage, we ensure that parents make enough to care for themselves and their children. By using organic cotton, we ensure that toxic chemicals aren't harming people, animals or the earth we share. And by donating 50 per cent of our profits to Free The Children, we ensure that a better life is created for children and their families in rural and impoverished areas across the globe."
  • Tribu-Terre - Vegetarian restaurant with a mission to be a center of creativity and with part of the proceeds going to preserving ancestral heritage. The new place is set to open on the 09/09/09.
  • Clef des Champs - Organic herbal, teas, herbs and spices producer. I personally use quite a bit of their herbs and seasonings in my cooking. I highly recommend them.
  • Equita - The Equita network brings together consumers and small-scale producers to enjoy quality products at a fair price. Great source for chocolates, coffees, teas, rice and sugar.
  • Quebec Organic Products Directory - Handy directory to find organic producers in the province of Quebec. Features maple products, crop, specialized crops, processed foods, licensed organic retail stores and farms selling organic baskets.
Overall, a great event. I'm sorry I missed most of it but it was my brother's wedding on Saturday so I had a good reason. I'll be there with bells on next year.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Foodie events happening in Montreal this weekend

La Fete Eco-Bio Paysanne

For the sixth year in a row, visit the Fête Éco-Bio Paysanne, Canada’s largest FREE organic-environmental fair. For the occasion, La TOHU’s public square is transformed into a festive open-air market with close to one hundred exhibitors.

The two major activities happening side by side are the organic food market and booths showing how we can all live more sustainably. You’ll find a wealth of details on alternatives and the latest green technologies, and you can stock up on tasty, local pesticide-free produce at the same time! Also featured: workshops, tastings, stage shows, face-painting, strolling players, an eco-friendly chalet and a children’s farm.

25,000 people came out in 2008. Come join the party in 2009!

Admission: FREE

Friday August 14, from 12 pm to 8 pm
Saturday August 15, from 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday August 16, from 10 am to 5 pm

La Tohu
2345, Jarry Street East (corner of Iberville)
Montreal (Quebec) H1Z 4P3

Download the flyer for the full event schedule.

Saveurs et Tentations

Discovering Regional and International Flavours

A major festive event promoting the diversity, quality, and creativity of the agri-food industry and local products, from here and abroad. SAVEURS & TENTATIONS’ program will make the world of fine food accessible to the public at large through samplings, encounters, classes, workshops, and interactive activities.

Admission: FREE, $20 for 20 tasting coupons

The SAVEURS ET TENTATIONS event will take place at the Jacques-Cartier Quay in the Old Port of Montreal, in the heart of the historical site of Old Montreal.
Quay map

Wednesday to Friday, August 12 to 14 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 15 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 16 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.


Thursday, August 13, 2009

The economics of eating local

Sure, this may be sponsored by Hellmanns, the message is still potent and should be seen by all.

Hellmann’s - It’s Time for Real from CRUSH on Vimeo.