Jessica Rosval, who told the Italian publication la Repubblica that she worked at Pointe-Claire's Scarolies Pasta Emporium as a teenager, was recognized for her work at the restaurant Francescana at the Casa Maria Luigia hotel in the city of Modena.
"La Tradition Bomboloni Boss, North America’s first and only chain of high-quality Italian bakery delicacies, is excited to announce its first ever store location opening in the heart of Montreal," read a press release shared with MTL Blog.
The store's donut flavours include "Cannoli, Nutella, Pistachio, Red Velvet, Strawberry Jam, Tiramisu, Lemon, Mango Matcha Cheesecake, Custard and Dulce de Leche." But the press release also suggests that new treats are on the way.
"Chef Nando is continuously working on new products in the kitchen to bring to life the taste of our family heritage," Christina Pomponio, Bomboloni Boss CEO, said.
"Using only pure and high-quality ingredients, La Tradition Bomboloni Boss strives to bring a taste of Italy to each and every one of our clients. A place where friends and family meet to enjoy our pastries, and our coffee."
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Cuisine: Italian pastry shop
Address: 5475, rue des Jockeys, Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: To get a box of those ooey, gooey Italian donuts that chef Nando does so well.
Inspired by his mother, "who used to make buko pie [a Filipino coconut pie] at home as a little side hustle when [he] was younger," the entrepreneurial chef launched the venture last Thanksgiving and it has thrived on social media.
After mastering advanced crust-making techniques from the chef at Dinette Triple Crown ("the secret ingredient really is just butter, lots of butter," he said), Mejia began taking traditional Filipino desserts and reinventing them as pies.
Anyone can order one up over Instagram and he'll make it fresh.
His available pie flavours vary according to the season but include bibingka (a dessert made with rice flour and coconut), buko, Hawaiian-inspired chocolate haupia, Jollibee-inspired ube, banana langka, and peach mango.
The chocolate haupia pie is also available at Le Petit Vibe on chemin Côte-des-Neiges, where Mejia works as a consultant.
Mejia said launching the home-based food business makes sense during the pandemic as "there are no more jobs or positions available at regular restaurants these days and the way that food is going now, it's more quick-serve type restaurants or takeout."
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Cuisine: Filipino-inspired pies
Why You Need To Try It: Original, ultra-decadent desserts to more than satisfy your sweet tooth.
2021 is a fresh start for just about everyone. And for some, that means finally heading to the kitchen and learning how to cook.
Cooking can seem rather overwhelming for certain people, so we decided to reach out to one of the best Montreal chefs, Chef Pamika Sukla, owner of Pamika and Mae Sri, two incredibly popular Thai restaurants in the city, known for authenticity and flavour beyond compare.
Chef Pamika Sukla offers some of her tips and advice to help you get started and make 2021 the tastiest yet.
Answers were edited and condensed for clarity.
Cooking can feel really daunting for those just starting out. What's the best place to start?
The thing that makes it overwhelming for most people is that they often try to take on too much at first.
Whether it's finding the best recipe, going to the grocery store wondering if this particular one has all the ingredients, buying the tools, preparing everything, balancing the flavours, making sure the elements are well cooked - all these tasks can make a person feel like cooking is an insurmountable, time-consuming problem.
But it doesn't have to be. Make it as simple as possible in the beginning. Start with meal kits, detailed online recipes and sauces that provide you with tried and true flavours. Consider these like "training wheels" for cooking. They take out the stress of having to balance the flavours on your own, knowing how much of this to put or how much of that to cook.
You can be confident that if you follow the guidelines, you'll get a decent result and that positive reinforcement of making something delicious will give you the motivation to cook more and more!
With enough repetition, things will start to click and you will get a sense of what a well-seasoned dish tastes like. A good meal kit or sauce with a specific step by step recipe provides you with a structure so that you can focus on mastering the basics first.
More importantly, it allows you to have fun in the process because that's what it's all about!
What is the biggest mistake that people make when they start out cooking?
Underestimating the base of your dish.
A good example in Asian cuisine is rice. It's quite common for people to brush off the importance of knowing how to properly cook their rice. There is an art to washing the rice, choosing the right grain for the dish and adding just the right amount of water so that the texture isn't too mushy or too dry. We tend to focus on the flavours, the seasoning, the fancy presentation, without first mastering the basic elements of the dish.
The basics can seem boring but they are most important! It's like building a house. You wouldn't start decorating a room before establishing the solid foundation first. The same goes for cooking!
Bonus one from Chef Pamika: a lot of people don't taste their dish as they cook it! You have to taste along the way. Every time you cook, you're using different elements.
Different pieces of meat or vegetables were grown in unique ways. They all have their intricacies that might affect the flavour and texture of your dish.
What is something that can seem really intimidating to people that are new to cooking that is not as scary as it looks?
Cooking an authentic Pad Thai! At our restaurants, Pamika and Mae Sri, people always ask me what the key to a delicious Pad Thai is.
The steps I do are hard to explain in words and as a picture is worth a thousand words, we recently made a recipe video that you can watch online to learn and cook my version of Pad Thai: In the video, I use our Pad Thai sauce prepared in-house at the restos. It's made in small batches to make sure the quality and taste are always up to the highest standards and true to Thai traditions.
Just recently, we made them available for everyone to buy! You can order them online and have them delivered to your place!
If you're feeling adventurous and want to explore different flavours, we've knocked out the hardest part, the sauce. By using the basic techniques shown in the video and our sauce you can recreate and enjoy an authentic Pad Thai in your very own home.
It's like having your taste buds travelling to a different continent minus the cost of the flight ticket!