I’ve been neglecting my blog. But don’t be offended. I’ve been busy and sick (yes… again) and all those other things that just plain get in the way.
Last week I was in Montreal on training for work. It was a great week. The training was good, the food was good, and I got a new tattoo (yeah!! … details to come). The weather was quite muggy and hot for walking around but that’s better than rain, right?
Currently my favorite place to eat in Montreal is ‘Le Commensal’. It’s an all-vegetarian all-buffet restaurant where you basically load your plate, sit it on a scale, and pay based on weight. It’s perfect! You take what you think you can eat and that’s it. There is much less waste and much less over-eating. They actually have other products now too… frozen dinners, etc. Good stuff although a bit on the expensive side.
Is that chicken pieces or artichoke? Forget about it! Hmm … I wonder if that is bacon bits or bits of red pepper? Forget about it! An all-vegetarian buffet is a vegetarian’s dream! Well, a lacto ovo vegetarian’s dream at least… I shouldn’t forget my more hardcore compadres. Normally I have to pick out the two, maybe three, things that are okay; it is rare that I step up to a buffet and actually have to decide on what I’m going to eat.
“Gee… I wonder what Le Commensal actually translates to?”. Why, I am so glad you asked. In English, “commensal” is an adjective of the word commensalism:
Main Entry: com·men·sal·ism
: a relation between two kinds of organisms in which one obtains food or other benefits from the other without damaging or benefiting it
While all of you meat eaters out there are gagging, I will say “well isn’t that neat?!”. Another definition says it means “eating together at the same table”. Just as neat, I suppose.
If you are in Montreal or Toronto, check it out.
On the reverse side of that, the other place I like to head is Peel Pub on Peel street. While there is nothing fancy about this particular sports bar, I seem to like the atmosphere there. Even though it is typical pub food and I am, true to usual form, limited to a few menu items, I seem to enjoy it. I do notice that they are working on a ‘Peel Pub Live’ section of their website… Hmm. Interesting. (While there are many places I could take this, I think I will just leave it at that 🙂 ).