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February 27, 2006



Beautiful photo of the snow.

Sigh. (Pelting rain and huge wind here in Santa Cruz.)


Julie, this post was a joy to read! Bravo!

I spent two years in Montreal while in grad school, and you have made me homesick for that beautiful city. Yes, indeed, the food there is quite excellent -- I'm so pleased you got to experience it, plus all that lovely snow!


Whew! What a tremendous post, Julie! I felt like I was with you every step of the way.

I agree with you about the snow. We're just getting our fair share in Toronto after two months of unusually mild weather. Winter just isn't winter without snow.

I'm so glad that you had a wonderful time in Montreal. It's a gem! Not sure if you're into the magazine Gourmet, but if you are, the March issue is all about Montreal.


Oh, Julie, this is so lovely. Lovely, lovely, lovely. I nearly burst into tears at the mention of Eaton's Sugarhouse and the Lebanon co-op. (I want to move into that co-op, actually. A cot and a laptop, that's all I need!)

I'm sure that I can't do justice to Au Kouign Amann's version, but...I do have a recipe for kouignamann, if you're interested in a baking weekend sometime...


Tana -- I know the feeling. We had snow today in NY, but it's quickly disintegrating into sleet and slush...

Tania - I'm glad you enjoyed the post. Wow, two years in Montreal. I think I'd enjoy that, and miss it when I left, as I'm missing it now.

Thanks Ivonne -- I'll definitely check out that issue of Gourmet.

Well, well, well...hmmm. Jen, I'm thinking that the next time we steal a break in Vermont at G's folks house, we may just have to take you and your honey with us. Especially if it's one of those times that the folks are on vacation, and we have the house to ourselves. House party in Vermont! Did I mention that Eaton's Sugarhouse is a mere 15 minutes from our VT home-away-from-home?


This made me homesick for Montreal, too. I went there for a summer when I was in my 20's, and didn't come home for 7 months. I'll be stopping by that chocolatier the next time I go for a visit!

Joe C

Let's face it: The French and their extended culinary civilization have got it going on. What you noted about Montreal and the quality of even the humblest eating places there was also true of New Orleans -- as I know you know.


Gina, thanks so much for talking to me about Montreal, and telling me about the Plateau district, which was everything you described and more.

Bro, you're right, of course. Except that Montreal's cuisine is actually much closer to a French experience than N.O., where the food is heavier, more Southern-influenced and much more highly spiced, of course. Naturally, there's a link, at least to Canada if not to Montreal, since the exiled Acadians eventually became Louisiana's Cajuns...


Thank you Julie for a wonderful comment about the Auberge de La Fontaine. It is great to see it through the eyes of a guest and see the impact we can have on someone's trip. Thanks again from all of our staff at the Auberge. We are looking forward to welcome you again or anyone of your readers that will visit Montreal.


Marie Claude, thanks again to you and the staff for a wonderful stay! We can't wait for our next visit to the Auberge, and we hope that friends and readers will enjoy your wonderful inn as well.

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