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by Sweet Willie
Des Plaines, Illinois
September 7, 2003
We window shopped various menus, but one stood out to us, Jardin. Our delicious dining experience led me to believe that perhaps the Montreal focus is on French inspired food maybe a bit too much.
After dinner we continued to stroll down Chinatown looking for what I assumed would be the ubiquitous tourist post card shop, but there were none that I saw. We did have a delicious little snack called Dragon’s Beard candy. There was an open storefront window where they were being made and sold. Dragon’s Beard candy is spun sugar (the beard) folded around a chewy center of peanuts, sesame seeds and other nuts. Quite delicious.
I noticed a few Vietnamese places that had predominantly Asian diners in it; the Asian food in Montreal can’t be that bad could/can it?
From journal Montreal
November 8, 2000
Some of the Chinatown landmarks are being restored. There are many small stores and restaurants (Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Thai, etc), but none stand out enough to mention.
Of all things, my wife asked at one shop about where she could buy the lace curtain/valance material they had in the shop window. They gave (lengthy) directions to a fabric shop. I knew neither of us could find it, so I figured that was the end of it. Days later, we stumbled upon the place downtown without even trying, and we brought home several meters of fabric!
If you are walking to Old Montreal (see Journal entry) from the west side of downtown, Chinatown is worth a look.
From journal Downtown Montreal