My Montréal Foodie Experiences

Beaver Tail in Montréal.

My Montréal Foodie Experiences

Not one to shy away from new experiences involving food, I am always up for trying new dishes. Still, there are items that I had for years marked in my mind as off-limits. For some reason, I wasn’t fully ready to experience them, too worried about what I was eating, rather than what it would taste like.

In the past, I have breached my comfort zone in terms of trying new food, but I feel that my Montréal foodie experiences were ones that caused me to really break through to another level.

La Champagnerie

With Mary Anne of Jetset Extra by my side, no food was off limits, and if she offered it up, you can be sure I was trying it. While she may not share my affinity for deep fried oreos, she did turn me on to a few new food groups while we were together in Canada.

The dish: Foie Gras
I have avoided knowing the details behind what foie gras is for most of my life, but when Mary Anne raved about hers at lunch during our bike ride, I knew I wanted to give it a shot. I told her not to tell me what it was until after I ate it, which turned out to be a great idea.

The verdict: While I feel guilty about eating an animal that’s been force fed corn to fatten up its liver, I have to admit that, to my surprise, it was quite good. The texture was something I would have to get used to, but I would give it another try without a doubt.

The dish: Oysters
Yes, I realize that it is a bit strange that for twenty-eight years I have avoided oysters, especially considering everything else I eat. However, the idea of eating something raw and slippery did not quite appeal to me.

The verdict: Absolutely delicious! I was actually disappointed in myself that it’s taken my this long to try them.

Trying oysters for the first time.

The dish: Duck Confit
The idea of eating something cooked in its own fat was never exactly appealing, but considering I do like most dishes that are full of fat, I’m not sure why it has taken me so long to try duck confit. I honestly don’t think it was a dish I had previously been offered, otherwise, I probably would have tried it already.

The verdict: Fat does usually make everything better and this is very true with duck confit. I loved the bite I had off of Mary Anne’s dish, and would gladly order it if given the option.

The dish: Escargot
I will admit that this was the hardest to wrap my head around. The idea of eating snails was not something I was comfortable with. Even while in France a few years back, I refused to try the dish. Still, after trusting Mary Anne in all the rest of my foodie experiences, I was ready to give it a go. It also helped that Lola didn’t shy away from them, and if they both enjoyed the delicacy, how could I turn it down?

The verdict: Luckily, they didn’t come in their little snail shells and were covered in a delicious sauce, so I barely recognized them for what they were. While they were good, I’m not sure if that was due to the sauce and toast they were served on. Still, I’d be willing to give the dish a second chance.

The dish: Beaver Tail
While not exactly a culinary feat compared to the rest of the items on this list, the beaver tail is a popular Canadian treat. All I knew while searching the city for one was that it was a pastry, and all I had in my mind to compare it to was a lobster tail pastry.

The verdict: Sugar and cinnamon on a flat piece of dough, how could you go wrong? The answer is that you can’t. I have a serious sweet tooth and this was the ideal treat to satisfy my deepest sugar craving.

Beaver Tail in Montréal.

Sometimes the best way to explore a city is through the dishes that the destination is known for, especially when you get to discover a few new favorites. Without Mary Anne’s help, I may not have ventured to try all of these new dishes in one weekend, but with such a positive end result, I am so glad I did.

I was a guest of Montréal’s Tourism Board on this trip, however, as always, all opinions are my own.

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Comments (21)

  1. Raul (@ilivetotravel)

    I was relieved to hear the description of beaver tail because for a moment I thought you ate a BEAVER’S TAIL! That would have been too much 🙂

    1. The World Wanderer

      Hahaha! That was a good one for me to through in there huh? Trick everyone! 😉

    2. Natalie @ In Natalie's Shoes

      Bahaha! Raul, I was thinking the same thing! As a fellow foodie, Erin, I couldn’t agree more that the best way to experience a city is through food. You just can’t photograph taste 🙂 I may have to try escargot in Paris..

  2. Lance | Trips By Lance

    I’m familiar with all of it but the beaver tail. Looks really good. And I could tell some Mary Anne stories myself, only they involve her bringing my innocent self to some fascinating bars in Toronto.

    1. The World Wanderer

      Hahaha, with Mary Anne around, there’s never a dull moment! The beaver tail was amazing!

  3. @mrsoaroundworld

    Looks absolutely delicious! Escargots and oysters would be my favourites!

    1. The World Wanderer

      Oysters are my favorite too!! So yummy!

  4. Leah

    I love all of these dishes, but I’ve yet to try the BeaverTail. I passed on one in Toronto, which I lament. I’ve been eating raw oysters since I was a kid and crave them. Escargot is a newer favorite. Good on you for being so open minded.

    1. The World Wanderer

      Oh, the beaver tail is fantastic! I actually had everyone searching the city for them for me, haha. Oysters are my favorite of everything I had – now I crave them too!

  5. Fiona

    Well done for trying them all Erin!

  6. Traveling Ted

    Great that you had Mary Anne as your culinary guide. I never knew Montréal had such distinct foods.

    1. The World Wanderer

      Yes! They have a great food scene and thanks to Mary Anne, I experienced it all! 🙂

  7. Pola (@jettingaround)

    Oh my, this is NOT vegetarian-friendly, haha… I was super happy to find poutine that I could eat in MTL, and of course bagels and coffee at French-style cafe. That was fine with me!

    I can appreciate your adventurous spirit. Sometimes that’s the best way to explore a destination!

    1. The World Wanderer

      Haha, so sorry, Pola! I should have warned people, haha. No not veggie friendly – but so glad you could find poutine that you could eat. I mean that’s the most important Canadian dish…at least in my mind!

  8. lola dimarco

    oh so glad i could help out! 😉 YUM

  9. the lazy travelers

    oook, def thought you ate the tail of an actual beaver, DEF ALMOST THREW UP.

    foie gras is the guiltiest of guilty pleasure though, right??

    1. The World Wanderer

      Haha, tricked ya there, didn’t I? 😉 Ohhh, it truly issssss.

  10. Marie @ Marie Away

    I love Beaver Tails! I’ve only had them a couple of times but it’s always a sugar overload. I’m impressed with the rest of your list–all things I’ve just assumed I would never taste… Maybe someday!

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