The Foodie Collective and Friends’ Favourite MTL Coffee Shops

BY AMANDA PIEDIMONTE

I have favourite coffee spots based on neighbourhood, mood, and snack cravings. Being very loyal to my favourite spots, I had to ask for help from friends/café aficionados in order to provide a more comprehensive look at coffee shops around the city.
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Margarita and Taco fiesta!

BY CAMILLE MACNAUGHTON
From the Chocolate Throwdown

Chicken Taco

Trying to beat the winter blues? Here’s how The Foodie Collective does it! Get some good friends together and try your hand at making tacos. Fish, pulled chicken (or any slow cooked meat) and veggie tacos are delicious, reasonably healthy and get everyone making their own to taste. Paired with margaritas and some funky beats, you won’t feel the cold winter chill… mind, you might not feel much of anything after a margarita or two!
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The Food Diaries: New York City

BY KIMBERLY MATURO

Katz

This past weekend, I took myself on a little getaway to New York City. I needed to escape the blistering cold streets of Montreal and enter the beautiful, garbage smelling, architecturally stimulating, food mecca that is The Big Apple. The first reason for my trip was to spend time with my sister for her birthday. However, the weekend quickly became a food extravaganza. We ate delicious snacks as we walked around the city, such as brioches sucrées at Ladurée, the Blue Ribbon sandwich at Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken, avocado toast at Café Gitane and pork buns at Momofuku. Come Sunday night, Emily and I laid on the couch in an intense food coma and ended up snacking on hummus and pita. Can you say food overload?!
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Amanda and Auré’s Favourite Things

BY AMANDA PIEDIMONTE AND AURÉLIE PTITO
From the Chocolate Throwdown

Homemade Ice cream and chocolate brownie

When it comes to food, Amanda and I are the same person. This makes her my favourite restaurant-going buddy, since whenever we go out to eat, all we need is one glance at the menu and, through some weird gluttonous unspoken communication, we already know what we’ll be sharing. This made her the obvious choice as a partner for the Chocolate Throwdown (also, I kind of think she’s awesome). We were inspired by Ben and Jerry’s fanciful ice cream flavours, specifically Jimmy Fallon’s Late Night Snack, which, among other things, features fudge-covered potato chip clusters. And since neither of us has an insane sweet tooth, we decided to balance out the sweetness by adding as many salty components as possible. So, let us now present our favourite things!
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To Brownie or not to Brownie: a question of chocolate

BY EMMANUEL HESSLER
From the Chocolate Throwdown

Meat Brownie
Photo Credit: Emmanuel Hessler

Every so often, ridiculous men put their heads together. From these unstable and unsustainable moments of collaboration, ideas of exquisite beauty and originality take shape. From the primordial ooze of these men’s minds, a recipe is created, bending the rules of physics as we experience them while flouting the epistemological theories we take for truths. This recipe was J-F’s and my way of expressing to the world that chocolate didn’t have to resign itself to just being chocolate. If Vespas are for driving around in summer, surely the brownie is for being reinvented. I give you our take on the classic brownie.
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*Test your Knowledge and Win a Foodie Collective Book*

BY CATHERINE MOREAU

Trivia Night

On February 13th, six of the Foodie Collective’s best and brightest joined forces to test their knowledge at Santropol Roulant’s 4th Trivia Night. Held at Santropol headquarters, participants were asked to contribute 10$ each (60$ per team of six) with all profits going to the Roulant. Beer and wine were available and large bowls of Chex mix abounded on each teams’ table. It was a great turnout, with more than eight teams in total. You could feel the brain cells buzzing!

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Win Your Lover’s Heart with Decadent Double Chocolate Mousse

BY KIM MATURO
From the Chocolate Throwdown
Chocolate Mousse
Photo credit: Emmanuel Hessler

They say the best way to someone’s heart is though their stomach. If this is true, I feel that there are many foodies out there who will be cooking up a romantic dinner for their lover this Valentine’s Day.  I for one always enjoy cooking for a loved one and I pay special attention when planning out my menu to ensure that what I make is going to be delicious.
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Getting to Know Your Olive Oil

BY EMMANUEL HESSLER AND KATHERINE MACNAUGHTON

EVOO event
Photo credit: Emmanuel Hessler

Recently, The Foodie Collective was invited to Montreal’s Académie culinaire for the purpose of attending an event, Flavor Your Life, focused on raising awareness and consumption of high quality European extra virgin olive oil. Part of a larger campaign funded by the European Union, the Italian Department of Agriculture (MIPAAF), and the Italian association for olive growers (Unaprol), the event was as educational (it was presented by the very scholarly Robert Beauchemin, ex food critic at La Presse) as it was entertaining (we got to cook and eat with olive oil while sipping wine). I can think of worse ways to spend a couple of hours in the middle of the workday…

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Loco for Tico Refried Beans

BY EMMANUEL HESSLER
Refried Beans
Photo credit: Emmanuel Hessler

Lucky, lucky, lucky me, lucky son of a gun! I vacationed in Costa Rica for Christmas and had a shit load of fun! The heat hit me the moment I got off the plane. All I could think about were the fresh fruits and vegetables that must grow in this heat. And truly, they were incredible. It would be two weeks of picking through a fruit stand’s ripe mangos, of twisting the tops off of fragrant pineapples, of getting a local vendor to slice off the thick husk of a coconut so that I could sip its generous quantities of coconut water, and then eat the gelatinous coconut skin. I even got to taste a juicy Guanábana (Soursop) fruit we discovered at a small roadside market – I felt like a real Fruit Hunter. Glorious!
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The Foodie Collective Falls for Finkelstein

BY AURÉLIE PTITO AND KIM MATURO

Hof Kelsten
photo credit: Katherine Macnaughton

If you’ve read this blog before, you know there’s just one thing we would brave the cold for. If you said good food, you’d be half right. Good conversation about good food is also definitely worth risking frostbite. So the promise of a chat with Jeff Finkelstein of Hof Kelsten while enjoying one of his nonpareil sandwiches got us out even during the Polar Vortex. And he didn’t disappoint. While Kim got intimate with a deliciously gooey cinnamon bun, Aurélie made nice with a beef on rye sandwich topped with sliced apples, coleslaw and mustard.

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