Does Anybody Care?

I get around a large part of the city and it is irritating to see so many people of all ages who don’t seem to find it important to follow the rules during the current pandemic. They won’t wear a mask, and they won’t stay a safe distance from their friends. Whether it’s outside of Baskin Robbins on CSL Road or on a terrace in Little Italy where dozens of people are crammed together drinking beer and carrying on like there was no real problem. What doesn’t help is the irresponsibility of the bar owners who allow more people than the law permits in public places. A recent example was in a bar on the South Shore where many patrons were infected at a birthday party. Another problem is that the police and public security do nothing to enforce the laws that cover the use of masks and the need for social distancing. If we continue on the path we are on many more people will become infected and many more will die. If we are going to ignore people endangering lives but issue tickets for illegal parking somebody is giving the wrong commands.

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Elio Pizza Revisited

Elio Pizzeria Restaurant revisited

Elio Pizzeria Restaurant – Cuisine Italienne Rosemont …

Elio Pizzeria – Rosemont-Petite-Patrie Restaurant, (514) 276-5341, 351, rue

Bellechasse, Montréal

It’s been way too long since we visited Elio’s or anywhere else since the Covid pandemic struck in March of 2020. We sat on the outdoor terrace and there was absolutely no threat to our wellbeing. The staff wore masks or shields, there were lots of stations to wash hands with sanitizer, and there was single file entry and responsible spacing between tables.

And now, on to the food.  Shirley had a combo Caesar Salad and Spaghetti with meat sauce. She commented that it was one of the best salads she has ever eaten and she has eaten in many fine dining restaurants internationally. I had a combo of thin crust pizza with pepperoni and anchovies and spaghetti with garlic and olive oil. As always, it was delicious. The service was exceptional thanks to the attention from Peter who waited on our table and tolerated my sense of humour. The combos come with free dessert, and that dessert was Dulce de Leche, a cake that words cannot describe. We finished our meal with a cup of coffee.

One last note, Elio has acquired a parking lot directly across the street.

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Snowdon Deli

Snowdon Deli

5265 Decarie Blvd.

Montreal, QC

In these trying times things we took for granted have now become part of the new normal. It is difficult to put into words how good it felt this morning when I phoned to inquire whether or not we could eat in the restaurant and the answer was in the affirmative. I wasted no time in getting there for Brunch.

 Everything has been done to make the place safe from the moment you enter the premises and sanitizing liquid is available and compulsory before being seated. The distance between tables is within the guidelines of social distancing, the tables are separated by Plexiglas panels, and all the staff is wearing full face plastic masks. There are instructions posted at the entrance that wandering from the table is not allowed except to use the washroom. There is no entering the take-out section without first leaving from the door you came in through or vice versa. The service was impeccable and served by Alexa, who has been a familiar face here for the past seven years.

Shirley thoroughly enjoyed a Smoked Meat sandwich with delicious Coleslaw and I had Corn Beef Hash topped with 2 eggs, black bread with butter, and two cups of coffee. We were glad to see some things don’t change. Snowdon Deli quality is another example. See you there.

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Au Vieux Duluth

Au Vieux Duluth

1997 boul. Marcil-Laurin

Ville St. Laurent, QC.

Living the new normal

First time since the pandemic began four months ago, we were able to go into a restaurant to enjoy a meal at a table without fear of contamination. The staff is all wearing protective shields, the customers sanitize their hands at the entrance and the tables are all set for two people and far enough away from the next couple. We also noticed as quickly as we left, our table was being sanitized in preparation of the next couple. It was a pleasure to see the hostess and the owner once again.

As is always the case, the service was impeccable and the food was cooked to perfection. Shirley had giant Butterfly Shrimp served with garlic sauce accompanied by a delicious salad, nicely flavoured rice, and oven roasted potatoes. I had my usual Filet of Dore with the same side dishes as Shirley’s. The portions were such that you didn’t leave hungry.

I recommend this restaurant on all points. And you can bring your own wine. Cheers.

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PA Supermarket

Super Marché PA /PA Supermarket

4600 BLVD Samson

Laval, QC.

This Supermarket chain, offering groceries, produce, meat and fish, together with other staples has been around for a long time mainly because of their good prices, right locations, and easy parking.

Today I had occasion to shop at the Laval location. I noticed the presence at the entrance of an employee with a dispenser of hand cleanser that would make certain anyone entering would have sanitized hands. Unfortunately, from this point on the lack of cooperation from the public was obvious.

Management had been very diligent in protecting the employees, and in particular the cashiers and the wrappers. They had arrows on the floor of each aisle showing shoppers which way to go without disrupting social distancing. But they did not practice crowd control which resulted in way too many people in the store at the same time. It was also not compulsory to wear a mask so the staff did but many of the shoppers did not.

Insofar as their current pricing, there were several “deals” or as they are known in retail, “loss leaders” but also, the occasional grocery item that was borderline price gouging.

On a scale of 1 to 10 considering the times we now call normal today’s visit still rates a 9.

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Star Noodles

Star Noodles

1871 Saint Catherine Street W.

Montreal, QC

I have been eating at or taking out from this amazing restaurant for at least 50 years. The General Tao chicken was one of my favourite dishes in the 70’s and has not changed to this day.

Last night we picked up supper consisting of Spring Rolls, Peanut Butter Dumplings, General Tao Chicken with steamed rice for me, and Giant Shrimp with mixed vegetables and Noodles for Shirley. I needn’t tell you about the portions, but we had enough left over for tonight and there was still food left over that could have fed a third person. This fabulous meal cost $34.00 taxes included. Although you still cannot eat there because of the covid problem the takeout is speedy and a cool air-conditioned waiting room is provided while you wait. If you have never enjoyed the Star Noodles experience, now is a good time to do so. The traffic downtown is not a problem.

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The Worst President That Never Was

Just when we thought he had been told by his aides and others that his comments were causing violence and demonstrations and perhaps he ought to have speeches prepared by others and read directly from the Teleprompters, the Great One broke all previous limits of bad taste.  First he called out the Secret Service to line up in front of the White House to keep demonstrators away from the property. Then he called in truckloads of National Guards in full Military Gear prepared to fight not a foreign power, but fellow Americans. The speech contained not a word about racism, the needless murder of George Floyd by Police, or the need to remain calm as we rebuild the economy. Instead he decided to become recognized as a “law and order” President. He would protect our laws from everyone including Antifa, who he earlier had called a terrorist organization. That should probably result in a car bomb explosion somewhere in the U.S. soon. The President closed his speech by saying that he was on his way to pay respects at a special place.

That special place turned out to be the Church a stone’s throw from the White House where he posed for a picture holding a bible. That explained why moments earlier he ordered the Military to attack the protestors with tear gas and rubber bullets to clear the area. The protestors incidentally were doing nothing unruly. It was a peaceful march to that point. All this military power was used to clear the area for a photo-op. A much greater solution would have been to set up large screens to televise the speech to reassure the protestors and call for calm.

The President is a disgrace and ought to have been impeached and now we are left with the danger that he will be re-elected for a second term.

Makes me kind of glad to be Canadian.

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Solly the Caterer One More Time

Once again I can only rave about the supper Shirley and I just enjoyed. It was the second time around for Shirley to devour half of the order of Stuffed Cabbage (with sides) $9.00. The second half will be lunch tomorrow or the following day after spending overnight in the fridge. I had Beef Brisket (with Sides) $9.00. The meals are consistently good and always plentiful. The Chopped Liver has become a staple as an appetizer or the occasional snack.

Speaking of snacks I highly recommend the mini Hamantashen w/prunes from Solly’s.

Tomorrow will be my last time ordering for the week, in order to eat some of the delicious food that Shirley has prepared and stashed in the freezer.

I seem to remember reading somewhere but can’t remember where, that Solly’s staff prepare 1100 meals each day for schools, daycares, and seniors homes to make sure that nobody in the community goes hungry. Great corporate citizens

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Solly the Caterer

Over the years I often stopped off at Solly’s for a portion of chopped liver, or perhaps a cake, or a jar of soup. For a long time, I heard the bachelorhood at Cavendish Mall discussing the meals they were having delivered from Solly’s.  I, being the lucky one who has a partner who is a fabulous cook never needed to avail myself of that service. However, with the arrival of the pandemic and the need to stay home as much as possible Shirley spent much of her time cooking in our tiny kitchen. So I decided to order our supper from Solly’s. Not being a guru on the computer I was fortunate enough to be prompted by the lovely and talented Elyssa on how to order via email, pay via E transfer, and pick up my order at suppertime from a table outside of the door.

My order was Pineapple Chicken, Yangtze Egg Roll, and Vegetable Fried Rice ($9.00) unlike some neighbourhood restaurants where Pineapple Chicken was mostly breading and a touch of chicken, this was the opposite. There was lots of white chicken in a light batter and a generous portion.

Shirley had stuffed cabbage ($9.00) she kept telling me how delicious it was and it came with vegetables and potatoes. It was a big enough portion to save half for the next day’s lunch.

Fast forward three days to Monday. I ordered General Tao Chicken ($9.00) usual sides and Shirley had Beef and Broccoli ($9.00) usual sides

It was deliciously prepared and plentiful.

Sometimes great discoveries come from the strangest circumstances.

Try it. You’ll be glad you did.

BTW Delivery is available on larger orders.

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Counter Offense

Counter Offence

By Rahul Varma

Directed by Arianna Bardesono

Segal Centre for Performing Arts

March 11-29 2020

If plays are to be judged on a scale of one to ten this one is a fifteen. The script is topical, easy to follow, and performed flawlessly by each member of the cast not always attainable on opening night. The story is right out of today’s headlines and holds the interest of the audience for the entire ninety minutes. The message is loud and clear.

Although I won’t take time to describe each cast member, I can only say they gel and complement each other. However, my highest praise for Elyse Quesnel- Stage Manager and Zoe Roux- Lighting and Set Designer for the simplicity of the set design allowing the audience a view of a courtroom trial, a murder, and a jail questioning room without a change of scene in a one-act play.

Do not miss seeing it.

The play continues thru March 29

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