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La Banquise

La Banquise Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
I was visiting Montreal so I couldn’t just pass through without trying out some poutine! So I decided to check out La Banquise as it had good reviews and a huge selections on the variety of poutine.

I was ready to line up as I heard it was super popular, but I was super lucky and got a seat right away inside. There was a line up for take out though. The place was lively with an energetic atmosphere and colourful decor. The music was loud and the voices of the customers were loud. If you’ve been following my blog, you’d know that I’m not a fan of loud restaurants, especially if I’m chatting with other people. I didn’t have anyone to talk to, as I was doing a solo backpacking trip across the East, but still, I like my peace and quiet while I eat.

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I ordered the La Classique regular size – that’s it, but it took along time for it to come out. 22 min is a long time to sit around with no one to talk to, nor have any reception on my phone.

Yes, it’s definitely not healthy. It was super salty, the fries were brown (like it was fried in bad oil), so it was crispy. I expected the cheese curds to be melted more. It was meh. But people just keep coming in!! Before I even got half way through, I was so full! After 5 min of eating, I was ready to leave. There was no AC, so it got pretty hot in the middle of summer and with so many people. Maybe sitting out in the patio would have been better.

By the time I left there was a huge lineup. So great timing for me!

The service was friendly, but the food didn’t wow me, or even come to a ‘good’ level. Not sure what the hype is… maybe the wide selection?

Tio Pepe

Tio Pepe's Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - ZomatoWe were walking up and down for a place to grab a bite when we came upon this place. The sandwich board promoting their Burrito Special $9.95 which included a large burrito, salad and pop drew us in.

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When we walked in, there was nobody inside except for what seemed like the manager. Sheepie asked if the restaurant was even open as all the lights were off, and it was a bit dark, despite sunlight coming in from the window. The fans mounted on the walls weren’t on, so the place was pretty warm. For Sheepie, he was dying from the heat.

idearabbit_tiopepe2The table’s surface had tiles, and there was a small bouque of flowers in a bottle.

 

idearabbit_tiopepe3He ordered the Burrito Special, and I ordered the Chips and Guacamole $4.95. The chips were super crispy, and the guacamole seemed fresh. Sheepie commented that neither was salted, but that was perfectly fine with me. Less sodium!

idearabbit_tiopepe4Sheepie got his wish for more salt. The burrito was extremely salty. The sauce on the top was pretty much red, ketchupy salt on top. Sheepie scraped that off. One end of the burrito where he started which had cheese and beans were salty. When I had a few bites from the other end, it just had dry tasteless chicken. I could say it’s one of the worst burrito we’ve tried. Might as well go for Taco Time instead for better and cheaper burritos.

idearabbit_tiopepe5 The salad had a lot of chopped up leaf that were brown (some even black) on the edges. Blah.

Can’t go wrong with the diet coke…came from a can.

Service was ok.

Not sure if us sitting at the table by the window draw more customers in, but by the end of our meal, there were about 3 other tables occupied.

Will I return? Likely not.

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INSPIRED TO TASTE CANADA HOSTED BY HBC: VANCOUVER

Taste-Canada_Pre-Event-Sign_VAN-EN-v2-page-smallAn exciting event is taking place tomorrow, Saturday, June 17th 12PM – 3PM at Hudson’s Bay Vancouver DTN Pacific Centre!

Hosted by Hudson’s Bay, there will be an evening of food, fun and your favourite Canadian cookbook authors – Meeru Dhalwala, co-author of Vij’s Indian: Our Stories, Spices and Cherished Recipes, published by Penguin Canada, and Denise Marchessault of British Columbia from Scratch: Recipes for Every Season, published by Whitecap Books.

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They will be at the Hudson’s Bay store in downtown Vancouver, sharing their best culinary tips and treats. As a bonus, with a minimum $75 purchase from Hudson’s Bay kitchen and cookware department at the event, guests will receive one of the featured Inspired to Taste Canada cookbooks – your choice! Come meet the authors, enjoy cooking demonstrations, taste samples and get your cookbook signed. Not to mention attendees can enter into a draw for a $500 Bay gift card. And the best part – this is a free event!  Don’t miss your chance to participate in this unique opportunity to meet and learn from some of Canada’s best culinary writers!

I’ve been informed just today that Vikram Vij, co-author with Meeru Dhalwala of Vij’s Indian, will be making a guest appearance and doing a demonstration at the event as well!

Jordan Junck imageRSVP today at http://www2.thebay.com/giftregistry/taste-canada-event/

Hope to see you all there! :D

Can’t be there in person? Follow along on social media: #HBxTasteCanada or through my Instagram @idearabbit

With thanks to our sponsors Canola Eat Well, Cuisinart Canada, De’Longhi, Grosche, Turmeric Teas and Hudson’s Bay for their support of great culinary writing in Canada.

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