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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


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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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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Join us this Thursday for the launch of Bienvenue / Welcome issue 2 at Nouveau Palais!
DJ Cadence Weapon will be spinning some beats, and of course there will be some real good eats.
In this issue:
* Robert Lepage and Didi Ohri in conversation about growing up in Monteal’s working class neighborhood, Ho-Ma, in the 1950s  
* Chloé Roubert on traditional Quebecoise cuisine and it’s influences from US, First Nations, French and British ingredients
* A cartoon featuring a steamy diner encounter by Vincent Giard
* Illustrations by Connor Willumsen

Join us this Thursday for the launch of Bienvenue / Welcome issue 2 at Nouveau Palais!

DJ Cadence Weapon will be spinning some beats, and of course there will be some real good eats.

In this issue:

* Robert Lepage and Didi Ohri in conversation about growing up in Monteal’s working class neighborhood, Ho-Ma, in the 1950s  

* Chloé Roubert on traditional Quebecoise cuisine and it’s influences from US, First Nations, French and British ingredients

* A cartoon featuring a steamy diner encounter by Vincent Giard

* Illustrations by Connor Willumsen

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#Montreal  #Launch  #publication  #Nouveau Palais  #Cadence Weapon  #Diners  #placemats 
Bienvenues around town. This one downtown at Restaurant “Bar-B-Barn” (depuis 1967!) with it’s iconic yellow and brown striped exterior and faded food photography. According to their site, their special recipe “quickly won over the taste buds of everyone who tasted them” and is now an essential part of Quebecoise cuisine. 

Bienvenues around town. This one downtown at Restaurant “Bar-B-Barn” (depuis 1967!) with it’s iconic yellow and brown striped exterior and faded food photography. According to their site, their special recipe “quickly won over the taste buds of everyone who tasted them” and is now an essential part of Quebecoise cuisine. 

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Read Brigitte Schuster's account of her meeting with Claude Dolbec, sign painter extraordinaire, who is responsible for most of the hand painted signage around Montreal’s Plateau / Mile-end neighborhoods. Claude also created the header for BIENVENUE / WELCOME issue 1. 

Read Brigitte Schuster's account of her meeting with Claude Dolbec, sign painter extraordinaire, who is responsible for most of the hand painted signage around Montreal’s Plateau / Mile-end neighborhoods. Claude also created the header for BIENVENUE / WELCOME issue 1. 

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Green Spot: Saint Henri’s greasy spoon.

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#montreal  #St. Henri  #casse-crôute 
"Le café est le deuxième bien d’exportation dans le monde après le pétrole, en plus d’être la troisième boisson la plus consommée, précédée par l’eau et le thé. Plusieurs légendes entourent les origines du café. La plus connue est celle du berger Kaldi dont les chèvres se mirent à danser après avoir mangé les cerises du caféier. Ce sont les graines de ces cerises qui donnent le goût au café, après leur torréfaction"

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 Mario Cappadocia, professeur à l’Institut de recherche en biologie végétale de l’Université de Montréal, retracera l’histoire rocambolesque du café aux Belles Soirées les 21 et 28 novembre 2011.

Montreal, Canada

(Source: youtube.com, via neighborhoodr-montreal)

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