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Bienvenue! Welcome! Seat yourself at any diner in Montreal, and chances are this is what the placemat in front of you will read—a cheery invitation to the world of poutine and steamés. This chorus of greeting is also emblematic of the dynamic that makes this city so interesting. Montreal’s historic “two solitudes” are just two parts of the city’s ever expanding spectrum of city-dwellers. Diners, known in Quebec as casse-croûtes, are a quintessentially North-American institution. However, their informality, low prices and long business hours invite hungry people from all walks of life, making them a site of cultural exchange. Bienvenue / Welcome wants to explore the individuals, objects and places that make up Montreal and invites all those who encounter it to explore it as well.

Issue 2 was launched at Nouveau Palais on April 5th to the beats of DJ Cadence Weapon and is now available at Patati Patata, The Main , Casse-Croute du Coin, Green Spot and Mademoiselle Jean Talon . Stop by these fine institutions for a good meal and brief exploration of how food defines culture in Quebec.

MONTREAL, QC


De La Soul Food is a theoretical menu for a rap joint. Filled with food puns on rap and hip-hop artists’ names, it just don’t stop! Diner logo by Anna Pelavin, illustrations by Victor Kerlow, puns by all our pals, design and printing by Welcome Workshop

De La Soul Food is a theoretical menu for a rap joint. Filled with food puns on rap and hip-hop artists’ names, it just don’t stop! Diner logo by Anna Pelavin, illustrations by Victor Kerlow, puns by all our pals, design and printing by Welcome Workshop

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Perfect late Summer duo.
(photo: Pete Halupka)

Perfect late Summer duo.

(photo: Pete Halupka)

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#steamie  #beans  #styrofoam 
madelinecoleman:

Dining options. Old Orchard Beach, Maine, 2012. (There are a lot—really a lot—of Quebecois tourists at OOB, hence the “patate frite.”)

Patate frite à l’americain!

madelinecoleman:

Dining options. Old Orchard Beach, Maine, 2012. (There are a lot—really a lot—of Quebecois tourists at OOB, hence the “patate frite.”)

Patate frite à l’americain!

— 2 years ago with 9 notes
#america  #maine  #patate frite  #quebec  #vacation  #summer 
“Everybody talks at once; everybody orders at once; everybody eats at once; and everybody seems anxious to pay at once” (an observer of the lunch hour scene in New York, 1868)
A neat exhibition at featuring the history of lunch in NYC.

“Everybody talks at once; everybody orders at once; everybody eats at once; and everybody seems anxious to pay at once” (an observer of the lunch hour scene in New York, 1868)

A neat exhibition at featuring the history of lunch in NYC.

— 2 years ago with 3 notes
#New York City  #lunch hour  #exhibition  #New York Public Library 

We have a fondness for old signage and lament its steady disappearance. Gone, perhaps, are the days of carefully hand-painted signs, but this gallery in New York’s downtown, Chinatown area has initiated an interesting project. The Bowery Sign Residency invites artists to create an original work of art in the form of a sign to be hung amongst the others belonging to local businesses. 

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#signage  #New York City 

Attention: there’s a new book on the market on the casse-crôutes of Quebec full of beautiful glossy photographs featuring diners all over the province along with coveted recipes from their owners. This book, along with Sacré dépanneur, are probably the highest on our reading list at the moment. For anyone with an intense interest in both food and the people that inspire it, please get your copy of Moutarde Chou!

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#book  #livre  #moutarde chou  #casse-crôute  #quebec 
A Mile-End legend in TIME magazine. 
(Shot by Alexi Hobbs)
alexihobbs:

outtake from an assignment I shot for TIME about Montreal’s literary sceneWilensky’s sandwich shop is mentioned in Mordecai Richler’s The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitzv and is part of the Montreal Jewish Library’s Walking Tour.

A Mile-End legend in TIME magazine. 

(Shot by Alexi Hobbs)

alexihobbs:

outtake from an assignment I shot for TIME about Montreal’s literary scene

Wilensky’s sandwich shop is mentioned in Mordecai Richler’s The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitzv and is part of the Montreal Jewish Library’s Walking Tour.

— 2 years ago with 121 notes
#mile-end  #diner  #wilensky's 

Mademoiselle Jean-Talon

A favorite.

mrlewburger:

901 Jean-Talon O.
Montreal, Quebec

Train:  Parc
Metro:  Parc, Acadie
Bus:  STM 16, 80, 92, 93, 179, 435, 935

Visit:  March 22, 2012

Say what you want about Parc-Extension, but there’s one thing you can’t really deny, there are a lot of restaurants.  They may range in quality, but you have quite the choice.  It isn’t all just centered in one main style of cuisine, but in many various different types.  For my purposes, I like to find burgers in as many different areas as I can.  This particular stretch of Jean-Talon gave me another meaningful addition to my culinary resume.

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#signage  #casse-croute  #montreal  #jean talon  #review 

Merci / Thank you

to everyone who came out to the launch at Nouveau Palais. A preview of issue 2 is now available here. Diners who will be distributing the placemats will be announced next week. Merci!

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#event  #Montreal  #Nouveau Palais  #Cadence Weapon  #Issue 2