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Frozen delights… and flavors!
To create his flavor mixes, ice cream master Mario Gauthier, trained in the art of ice cream at the North Carolina campus of the University of carpyani ice cream, is inspired by the science of aromatic molecules developed by François Chartier. In this way, he creates mixtures that are as surprising as they are delicious, such as avocado-basil or lychee-coconut-raspberry, all from fresh ingredients and homemade preparations, such as salted caramel or vegan brownies. Well known to the inhabitants of Old Lachine, he opened the first Quai des glaces branch there in 2015 and has just opened a counter at the CF Marché des Promenades, in Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville. On site or online, you can order their quality products, all delicious, from fruit sorbet to ice cream, with several vegan options. Our favorite: the irresistible Keys Lime Ice Cream Pie!
No artificial flavors
$12.75 for a 530ml jar, $25 for the frozen cake, items available online or in stores, delivery possible with Skip the Dishes
runway iced coffee
We are starting to have a lot of options when it comes to canned iced coffee. We especially like the Pista thanks to its balance. It has no unpleasant bitterness, just enough acidity and a slightly fruity flavor. Dare we say it’s refreshing…for coffee! As it tends towards citrus, in its aromatic profile it would be well “cut” with lemonade, to refresh even more. It is even possible to make a multitude of cocktails with a few milliliters of frozen Pista, as it has shown us Waiters they were experimenting with the product when it launched in June. A caffeinated Negroni? Why not ! A 250ml can contains no less than 150mg of caffeine, which is slightly more than the equivalent of a “normal” filter. To be consumed in moderation, then!
$17.95 for 4 x 250 mL cans, available online or in store
In 2015, the first Smoke Show product was launched in Montreal, Hot Jalapeño Sauce. An idea of brothers Dave and Nick Rose created from peppers put in a smokehouse. Quickly, this sauce was a huge hit. Since then the range has expanded to a dozen products, including spice mixes, all made here from mainly local ingredients and cooked in small batches for maximum freshness. Our favorite is hands down the Jalapeno Aioli, a delicious hot sauce with a slightly smoky flavor that can enhance a burger, serve as a dip, or replace mayonnaise in a salad.
$12 for 250ml, available online and at retail locations
Spice blends don’t change the world, except… Montreal company Kanel’s might as well revolutionize your meals, no less. As soon as we open the five blends that make up the Endless Summer box, we are delighted with the powerful gourmet aromas of the products. We all immediately wanted to try them. While Butcher’s Block and Organic Louisiana Fried Chicken are more classic blends, Caramelized Coffee Rub surprises with its subtle dark drink flavor that soaks up grilled meats. Special mention also for fresh salted pepper, amazing peppercorns that are eaten whole to give a spicy touch to dishes. In fact, it would be a mistake to limit the use of these high-end “perfect for grilling” spice blends to meats cooked on the grill. These also go great with vegetables, tofu, or salads. During a large family gathering at the chalet, one guest inspired by the produce even went so far as to drizzle the mixtures over slices of watermelon. Verdict of all the guests? A real pleasure!
Price: $59 for the box of Endless Summer, available online and at select retailers