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Seeing that M. Cheesemonger and I don’t have many friends in Montreal, we thought we’d have a quiet Christmas Eve alone. Not so! Some friends of Chef Stephen very generously opened their doors and their table to us travelers.
We visited the Musee des Beaux Arts during the day, where I found a great still life of Dutch cheeses and a wall of stuffed animals, amongst other gems.
At dinner, how kind everyone we met was! The locals couldn’t really understand why we’d want to visit Montreal in wintertime, when it was cold, snowy, and miserable. What could I say? We were two silly Californians looking for winter. We passed the evening together conversing about dog sledding, Inuit culture, animal abuse legislation in Canada, wine, and travel.
Foodwise, there was a mostly Canadian cheese plate featured early on, with Riopelle (which was in my previous post), French Morbier, the creamy, fruity Cantonnier de Warwick, and two unidentified Canadian cheeses. That on top of local pâtés, charcuterie, heaping bowls of vegetables, and the biggest crown roast I’ve ever seen, we were well nourished. The extensive cave provided everyone with more than enough wine.
A happy Christmas it was, one I will long remember!