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  • Kate 17:39 on 2017/04/14 Permalink | Reply  

    A man dressed as Jesus and a woman in a sort of improvised hijab led the Marché du pardon Friday and a blind man did 15 km in bare feet for some reason.

    • Jack 14:28 on 2017/04/15 Permalink

      That was a hijab.

    • Blork 15:46 on 2017/04/15 Permalink

      Not a hijab; that term specifically refers to the Muslim headscarf.

      This is a Christian headscarf. In the old days, some Christians wore headscarfs for the same reason Muslims did then and some still do now. Nowadays it’s mostly just nuns and brides who keep up the Christian headscarf/veil tradition.

      In this case, with the white robe and the blue scarf it is very specifically Christian, as that’s a specific reference to early Christianity and Easter (although I don’t know the reference). So this is basically a “dress up like a pious Christian from 1000 years ago” costume.

      If there’s a specific name for that kind of headscarf, I don’t know it, although it wouldn’t be 100% wrong to refer to it as a “habit.”

    • dwgs 16:03 on 2017/04/15 Permalink

      Just take a look at the older Greek and Italian women for a more modern version of the headscarf. The Greeks call it a mandili.

    • Kate 17:14 on 2017/04/15 Permalink

      I still see occasional older Italian women with headscarves on.

    • Daisy 17:52 on 2017/04/15 Permalink

      Yeah, that looks like basic biblical era clothing. I’d guess she’s supposed to represent Mary, who is often depicted in blue and white.

    • Kate 18:59 on 2017/04/15 Permalink

      I know, it’s just hey, a bunch of religious types walking through the city, the woman’s in a headscarf, OH NO. But yeah, no.

    • Dimmy 14:50 on 2017/04/16 Permalink

      Muslim women who wear the hijab do it to signal modesty by taking cues from depictions of Mary the mother of Jesus. There is an entire chapter in the Quran called Sura Miriam on the subject of the mother of Jesus exalting her above all women.

  • Kate 15:19 on 2017/04/14 Permalink | Reply  

    Eater has gathered a lot of its local data together into a guide to Montreal, a link which will be a good go-to for tourists posting to local forums looking for restaurant tips.

    Since the hammering and sawing outside is making me tetchy, I have a kvetch about Montreal food. In the early days of the popularization of the internet, early to mid 1990s, one of the samizdat files that made the local rounds was a list of sushi restaurants. It’s hard to believe, but sushi used to be obscure here. Some places were expensive, some weren’t too pricey but were little-known nooks. Then suddenly, there was sushi everywhere, but what sushi.

    I had some errands earlier this afternoon and stopped by a sushi place I’d noticed but never tried, which had good reviews on Google, and chose a $15 prepacked sushi assortment. There was one small salmon nigiri, but the rest were rolls, and they were basically crabstick, cucumber and rice in different proportions. Everything was fresh and perfectly edible, but mostly flavourless. Even the tiny nubbin of wasabi had no bite.

    I don’t think it was much like sushi.

    I suppose by now if you want real actual sushi and sashimi you’re going to have to do some research and be prepared to pay. The stuff called sushi that office people have for lunch may have its place, but too bad it can’t be called something else, and be priced like rice and cucumber and not as if it had actual fish in it.

    • Viviane 15:38 on 2017/04/14 Permalink

      Montreal sushi sounds tasty after spending a while in Latin America. Save for a handful of fairly authentic places, sushi restaurants put cream cheese in pretty much everything, not just the Philadelphia roll (which, of course, is a North-American invention).

    • Kate 16:03 on 2017/04/14 Permalink

      I have strong doubts about mayonnaise in sushi, but none whatever about cream cheese. Cream cheese does not belong in sushi. I hope there were many nicer things to eat in Latin America, Viviane.

    • ste.ph 16:10 on 2017/04/14 Permalink

      After spending time in Vancouver, you don’t bother having sushi in Montreal anymore. A few weeks back, Sushi Crescent served me a side of ketchup; gross.

    • Ephraim 10:33 on 2017/04/15 Permalink

      Kewpie is the Japanese brand of mayonnaise. Neufchatel (aka Philly) isn’t supposed to be in anything other than the Philly roll or a smoked salmon roll. And incidentally, perfectly acceptable to eat sushi with your fingers.


    • Blork 11:39 on 2017/04/15 Permalink

      Not just “acceptable;” eating sushi with the fingers is the preferred way among aficionados in Japan. That’s not to say they all do it that way (many use chopsticks) but according to my research, the higher up the sushi ladder you go, the more likely people will eat it with their fingers.

      Also, when eating nigiri sushi (piece of fish on rice), you should flip it over so the fish hits your tongue first, not the rice. After all, the fish is the showcase, and that’s the bit that depends the most on the sushi being fresh and masterfully made. And if you dip, dip the fish, not the rice.

      Just sayin’ :-)

    • Bill Binns 14:42 on 2017/04/15 Permalink

      I’m sort of queasy over seafood in general and I’m not a fan of authentic sushi but I like the fake stuff for a light work lunch. Those little plastic trays are surely overpriced for what they are but it’s satisfying and I don’t need to have a nap after eating. My wife refers to that stuff as “gas station sushi” regardless of where it is purchased.

      Sort of related: I listened to a piece about Hungarian food on NPR last month while on the road and have been craving it ever since. I thought that surely Montreal being the world food capital it is would have a selection of Hungarian restaurants to choose from. As far as I can tell, there is exactly one. It has very good reviews but it’s more difficult to get a weekend reservation here than it is at PDC during the Grand Prix. So, you could eat poutine at a different place everyday for the rest of your life in this town or have terrible Greek food almost as often but only one Hungarian place. Attempting sous vide Chicken Paprikash with nokedli dumplings at home tonight.

    • Kate 15:21 on 2017/04/15 Permalink

      Bill Binns, we did used to have Hungarian restaurants here. When I was first making money and going out there were still a few around downtown with a sort of faded 1960s hipster glam around them, goulash and wienerschnitzel on the menu but mostly better known for their pastries and coffee. I assumed they had been opened by people who’d fled the 1956 ruckus in Hungary. But the style of food had long since peaked by then, and none of them are around any more.

    • SMD 21:01 on 2017/04/15 Permalink

      @Bill: Try Budapest Roma, on Duluth east of the Main. Cozy, family-run place with live music on Fridays and Saturdays. Hearty and fairly-priced portions.

    • JS 14:24 on 2017/04/17 Permalink

      Does anyone from like TO or NYC really think of Mtl of a resto capital? Toronto has more desi t& Chinese people than Mtl, so they get more South Indian and Hakka Chinese than we do. In the case of Hakka or Indian Chinese food we get ess eff ay. The 2 authentic South Indian places (ie not Sri Lankan) places in town, Thanjai & DosaPointe, are insanely delicious, but whenever I visit my brother in Scarborough I drool coming and going along the main drag to and from the 401.

    • Kate 22:21 on 2017/04/17 Permalink

      Does anyone from like TO or NYC really think of Mtl of a resto capital?

      I doubt it, but why does that matter?

    • Ian 07:35 on 2017/04/18 Permalink

      There’s absolutely no question that for international food in TO & NY are better than Montreal (although try to get a decent falafel pita in Toronto) but c’mon, you’re talking orders of magnitude in population. Even Markham has better Chinese food than Montreal.

      That said, Montreal is known as a foody city but for a totally different kind of fare. Whenever the travel writers wax poetic, the food has a lot to do with it. To some extent it’s exaggerated but I think you would have a hard time arguing that Montrealers don’t care about food or that we don’t have some good restaurants even if we haven’t got any Chinese ethnic Vietnamese food (which I have had in Toronto and it’s darn tasty).

      All that aside, I would kill a man for a decent chicken fried steak in this town, people that eat second-rate sushi get what they deserve. The vast majority of sushi joints are for office people to grab a quick lunch, not for any kind of authentic culinary experience. There are nearly 20 within a ten minute walk from Ubisoft now.

    • Bill Binns 09:52 on 2017/04/18 Permalink

      @SMD – Budhapest Roma was the the lone Hungarian place I was speaking about. The guy on the phone actually chuckled slightly when I tried to get a reservation for Saturday on Wednesday. I’ll get in eventually.

  • Kate 11:50 on 2017/04/14 Permalink | Reply  

    After a long winter the snow is finally gone and I open the back door to get some spring sun, and the first thing I hear…

    …is the neighbour, whose first vernal impulse is to get out the power tools and resume the fitful renovations from last autumn.

    • Daniel 12:14 on 2017/04/14 Permalink

      I am right there with you. Opening our windows has made us realize just how much louder our neighbour’s stereo is. (And we could already feel the vibrations with the windows closed.)

    • Kevin 13:30 on 2017/04/14 Permalink

      Looking to buy?
      My neighbour is giving up and selling. After FOUR YEARS she still does not have a back balcony.
      She has gone through half a dozen contractors who have redone an upper balcony twice, rebuilt an addition, had her back fence accidentally ripped out and rebuilt, and now her ground level balcony still is not finished.
      There are lots of terrible, terrible contractors out there. Beware.

    • mare 18:21 on 2017/04/14 Permalink

      @Kevin I hear horror stories from my clients too, of contractors that promise to take the job “next month, after I’ve finished my current projects” and are never to be seen again, or worse, from contractors that do half the job, ask for a term of the negotiated fee, and then vanish, leaving a partly finished job behind. Finding a contractor that wants to finish the job is nearly impossible. And sometimes things like that happen many times in a row to the same people.

    • Bill Binns 14:48 on 2017/04/15 Permalink

      Jesus. Thanks for the nightmares guys. We are trying to get our front porch and stairs redone as well as an upstairs balcony on top of having central air installed and we know nobody. I wonder if I can bring contractors in from Ontario.

    • dwgs 15:51 on 2017/04/15 Permalink

      Good contractors are busy, you will have a hard time finding a good company to do a job for this summer unless it’s small enough that they can bang it out in a couple of days between bigger jobs if the timing allows. Always get multiple quotes and always get references. Ask to see other jobs that they have done.

  • Kate 10:48 on 2017/04/14 Permalink | Reply  

    Everett-Green writes about the new modern dance building at the Quartier des spectacles.

  • Kate 10:46 on 2017/04/14 Permalink | Reply  

    A building in Rivière-des-Prairies serving as a church for the Haitian community was torched overnight in a fire thought to be arson. No one was hurt.

    Members of the church say they’re puzzled why anyone would do this, as they weren’t aware of any enemies.

  • Kate 01:48 on 2017/04/14 Permalink | Reply  

    Decent photos in this New York Daily News piece on Montreal’s features for the 375th.

  • Kate 01:44 on 2017/04/14 Permalink | Reply  

    Quebec is going to ban various dog breeds generally regarded as dangerous. I was wondering: what about dogs used for security purposes? I see big scary dogs inside industrial yards sometimes, and they are not Yorkies.

    • Clément 06:21 on 2017/04/14 Permalink

      Kate, according to La Presse this morning, there is an exception in the law for security firms, as well as cops and native reserves.

      On a side note, I couldn’t help but notice the complete silence (at least so far on social media) of pitbull’s best friends, Projet Montreal, now that there’s no political gain to be made at the municipal level.

    • Bill Binns 12:12 on 2017/04/14 Permalink

      How did Rottweilers end up on the list? I don’t think I have ever seen a mean one. This has been my problem with BSL since the beginning. Although I despise Pitt Bulls and would be happy to never see another one, it’s way too easy to add more and more breeds to a list until we are stuck with nothing but purse dogs. Huskies which serve as an unofficial symbol of Canada cannot be far down that list. I have met plenty of dangerous Huskies.

    • steph 19:35 on 2017/04/14 Permalink

      I’ve noticed them say ‘banning pit bull-type dogs’ more and more. I suppose it’s a clever loophole to get out of technically making it BSL.

    • dwgs 15:58 on 2017/04/15 Permalink

      The problem is almost always at the other end of the leash. I have know a few nasty Rottweilers back in the 90s when they were the dickhead’s tough dog of choice. They were always named Tyson (as in Mike) and Zeus and such. I’ve also known many sweet rotts, dobermans and even bull terriers, although even as an experienced dog person I’m still careful around a ‘pit’ until I know them. And you’re right, plenty of borderline huskies out there.

    • Kate 17:17 on 2017/04/15 Permalink

      Clément, thanks for noticing the exception mentioned in La Presse. I guess this will shake down to having to have a special permit to own such a dog, and not to keep it as a pet in an ordinary domestic setting either.

  • Kate 01:27 on 2017/04/14 Permalink | Reply  

    Sivaloganathan Thanabalasingham is staying behind bars for the moment, while the question whether he’ll be deported is settled. If not deported, he may yet face trial for the murder of his wife. TVA link plays video.

    In La Presse Friday, Christiane Desjardins looks at the unhappy background story of Thanabalasingham’s marriage to Anuja Baskaran.

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