I was above the 49th recently for a variety of reasons and, yes, I ate. (Above the 49th, you ask? That means: I was in Canada. Thans, by the way, to mapsofworld.com for the picture!) Anyway, I wandered through the Byward Market in Ottawa and purchased some lovely terrines (rabbit with hazelnut -- or was it pistachios?) as well as quail and pork with pear) and cheeses. Yep, cheeses from an international cheese place (as well as from a small place in the Gatineau). I also bought mustard and cornichons, crackers and. . . But I also ate in restaurants both in Ottawa and Montreal. Here are a few comments on some of them:
Domus -- this trip, we almost did not make it to Domus, one of our regular spots, because we were having so many nice adventures in eating and in visiting Ottawa. We were off our usual routine. But, then, at almost the last minute, we decided to stop at Domus for lunch. I was hoping, I confess, for asparagus soup or ramp soup, but the soup of the day was a tomato concoction, something which I never really want to order. So, no soup this time, but very good lentil dal with chorizo. I had my usual 3 truffles for dessert. (For previous mentions of Domus here at Cooking with Ideas, click here or here.)
Black Cat Bistro -- this is a return of an Ottawa favorite of year's ago, where I had never been. The ambience was great, the food delightful, and the service amazing. Indeed, we had the son of the former owner (and now the returned owner. I had a sort of fancy reese's dessert: chocolate and peanut butter. Mmmm. Before that we had venison carpaccio and my fave: local asparagus salad.
Murray Street -- ok, this is one of our newer faves (and not just because they link to a previous review of their food here at Cooking with Ideas). It was cold and rainy, and there was a private party, which meant the only place to eat was out back. Thank god/dess they had a heater; despite the walk down the alley past the trash, not all together appetizing, the meal was worth it. We had: venison terrine, duck liver mousse, elk sausage; two cheeses; and pork belly in some sort of sauce. The pork belly was absolutely great. The duck liver mousse smooth.
Montreal: On a whim, off we went. (Thanks, by way, to genealogyforum.rootsweb.com for the flag!) The concierge sent us off to a restaurant in Old Montreal called Bonaparte where I had sole Meurniere, plated in a beautiful way and served with very nice vegetables as well as a creme caramel. I had a bit of a taste of the duck confit; I agree -- the best duck confit ever. A quiet and traditional setting, the wine I had was only ok (I went with the wine by the glass suggested by the waiter-- a chardonnay, which is not usually my choice). For Fodor's reviews, click here or for some other reviews, click here.