DIY: MONTREAL CHRISTMAS TOUR

Posted on December 17th, 2010 by .

Montreal’s public farmers’ markets are not only places to do your grocery shopping, but also gathering places for the community. The market is also an ideal place to seek out the ingredients for a traditional or modern holiday feats—Foie Gras half-baked in a terrine is a traditional Christmas treat from the Old Country, and these days, chefs around town like to sass it up with maple syrup, ginger and ice wine.

While the markets are brimming over with fresh produce during harvest season, I like visiting the markets at Christmastime.

Jean-Talon  market was dressed up for the holidays last week with all the flavours and colours of the holidays—from Emo-blue poinsettias to the conifers grown on Quebec soil, local producers reminding us that tress are also Terroir.

Montreal’s public farmers’ markets are not only places to do your grocery shopping, but also gathering places for the community. The market is also an ideal place to seek out the ingredients for a traditional or modern holiday feats—Foie Gras half-baked in a terrine is a traditional Christmas treat from the Old Country, and these days, chefs around town like to sass it up with maple syrup, ginger and ice wine.

Even something so simple as a garland of pepper and fresh, rosy oranges add to the holiday feel…I picked up a pocketful of chestnuts to roast and glaze

Hint: There are several places in the markets to get fancy, high-end Hot chocolate, and having sampled them all, the Insider chooses the Havre-aux-Glaces variety—hot chocolate at an Ice-cream shop can’t steer you wrong.

Aroound the corner at Chocolats Privilege, an army of chocolate Santas weagerly wait to come home with you—or, you can pick up supplies like couverture chocolate and tools to make your own…

Guest blogger: Melora Koepke

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