Mythos in Montreal Offers Magnificent Greek Fair

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We recently had the opportunity to share a fine dinner with family at Mythos located at 5318 Avenue Du Parc in Montreal, Quebec. Our waiters, were the brothers, Jimmy (Dimitri) and Peter (Panagioti).

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We had cocktails, that were expertly prepared. My cosmopolitan was just right, as was almost everything else we ordered this fine Montreal evening. They were seasoned professionals, who made sure that the kitchen orders were timed just right.

The Greek salad with fresh tomatoes and feta cheese was delicious.

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TOMATO SALAD

As appetizers we shared deep fried calamari, the grilled octopus platter that came with grilled peppers and a platter of grilled vegetables (yes redundant, but different vegetables).  The calamari were cooked to perfection, not at all rubbery, as sometimes happens. They were cooked in a light batter, spiced with pepper.  I would have liked some marinara sauce to dip them in, but it is a Greek Restaurant and not an Italian one.  Likewise, the grilled octopus was amazing, probably the best we ever had.  It was again, just right, not dry or rubbery.  The kitchen was kind enough to share their recipe with us–check for this below.  The equally splendid grilled vegetable platter came with asparagus, mushrooms, egg plant, red, yellow and green peppers and more, grilled to perfection after being marinated with a nice (balsamic?) vinegar.
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GRILLED OCTOPUS

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GRILLED VEGETABLES

As a main course, my brother had the New Zealand Lamb Chops which were perfectly marinated and grilled to perfection. They came with a potatoe and escarole that had been stir fried with garlic.

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LAMB CHOPS

I had the classic Greek Moussaka.  I have to say that this was likely the best that I ever had.  The bechamel sauce, which was perfectly infused with herbs and flavors, held the egg plant and ground beef together with a creamy and scrumptious texture.

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MOUSSAKA

We ordered the house wine by the glass, it was a Greek wine that tasted like a merlot. For dessert, to accompany the lattes and cappuccino, we all had the baklava.  I was a bit disappointed that it had less honey than I would have liked, it looked like a cake or pie and did not hold together when cut into. It wasn’t your typical few layers of filo dough with pistachios and honey in a square shape.

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BAKLAVA

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Everything at Mythos is big. If you are looking for great tasting classic Greek food with engaging wait staff, pay a visit to Mythos, and you will be delighted.  We give it 4.5 stars out of 5 stars!

So, how do you avoid rubbery octopus?  We visited the kitchen and were surprised that the lead cook was Pakistani, Safraz.  The octopus is defrosted, the tentacles are sliced, and put in a baking pan, marinated with vinegar (I would use balsamic.) Bay leaves are added as are other spices to the marinate.  The marinating octopus is then baked at 400F in the oven for an hour. The octopus is then left to cool and put in the fridge to marinate further until ready to be grilled, on order. Voila a perfect grilled octopus!

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Bifröst-Do you believe that Mythology and History Overlap?

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Bifröst

The god Heimdallr stands before the rainbow bridge while blowing a horn (1905) by Emil Doepler.

In Norse mythology, Bifröst  pronunciation  or sometimes Bilröst, is a burning rainbow bridge that reaches between Midgard (the world) and Asgard, the realm of the gods. The bridge is attested as Bilröst in the Poetic Edda; compiled in the 13th century from earlier traditional sources, and as Bifröst in the Prose Edda; written in the 13th century by Snorri Sturluson, and in the poetry of skalds. Both the Poetic Edda and the Prose Edda alternately refer to the bridge as Asbrú (Old Norse “Æsir’s bridge”).[1]

According to the Prose Edda, the bridge ends in heaven at Himinbjörg, the residence of the god Heimdallr, who guards it from the jötnar. The bridge’s destruction at Ragnarök by the forces of Muspell is foretold. Scholars have proposed that the bridge may have originally represented the Milky Way and have noted parallels between the bridge and another bridge in Norse mythology, Gjallarbrú.

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Source: http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bifröst

Seven Miles Bridge

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The seven miles bridge is located between the Gulf of Mexico and the Florida Strait. It was finished in 1982 at a cost of 45 million dollars. The seven miles bridge connects the city of Marathon in the middle keys of Florida to little duck key in the lower keys of Florida. Sent in by our subscriber, Segun Ayantoyinbo.

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Breathe, Eat, Drink

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One of the coffee chains (or franchising options) that is international is Presse Café with really good coffee, wraps, panini or “presswhiches”. It has coffee shops in Canada, Australia, Cyprus, France, Morocco, and Sénégal. Exotic locations include, Presse Café Dakar.

On the menu is a Mediterranean flair:

Presswiches
Chicken and sun dried tomatoes
Smoked salmon and capers
Grilled vegetables and provolone
Tahini chicken
3 cheese panini
Chicken decker
Sautéed mushrooms and goat cheese
Roastbeef and swiss cheese
Prosciutto and bocconcini
Ham and swiss cheese

If you visit a city with a franchise, give it a try!
http://www.pressecafe.com/en/

A Little Cream With The BlackBerry?!

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It goes without saying that BlackBerry gets negative press from media outlets and analysts, especially in the USA. We have written before on how some of the current state of affairs for the company is due to poor marketing, market research and poor execution.

We’re in Canada to take a first hand look at the upcoming Z30 launch on Tuesday, October 15, 2013. Telus will be offering the phone on a two year contract for $129 and off contract for $650. Are you planning on getting this new phablet from BlackBerry? Leave a comment on what you are doing / thinking about the Z30.

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