So a friend and I are heading to Montréal in February, and while I previously started a thread asking for cheap eats for students, it looks as though I will have quite a bit more spending money than previously thought (FYI, if you know someone whose birthday falls within a week of christmas, combination presents are, in fact, acceptable, when in the form of a round-trip plane ticket).
I have been gleaning as much info as possible from the boards for the past few weeks, and I've amassed quite a collection (I've made a map on Google to make it easier for us: http://maps.google.ca/maps/ms?ie=UTF8...). We don't plan to patronize all of these places, obviously, but I was looking for a good mix of places that we might like to try, depending on where we are and what we feel like. If you do take a look, and find that there's something not worth our time (we have 5 days), please feel free to let me know!
Anyway, to the point - I'd like to bring plenty back to share with the ticket-buyers, things that are hard to find here (Edmonton). They don't have to be products unique to or even produced in Québec, but I would like to support local purveyors as much as possible. I'm thinking maple syrup, duck confit (or foie gras - we don't get a ton of duck products here), caramel-beurre-salé spread (or any kind of caramel spread that truly tastes of burnt sugar), fleur de sel, truffle oil, spreads of all kinds, maybe some alcohol of some kind? I would love to bring back some cheese, but I've no idea where to start - I'm a big fan of runny, smelly, raw milk cheeses.
Any products/vendors that you would recommend for these things? Bouchées Gourmandes seemed like a great place, but I believe it's closed now? I will likely be visiting Jean-Talon Market, La Vieille Europe, and Marché des Saveurs - anything that I shouldn't miss at these places? And please, please, please feel free to offer up any suggestions you may have, or recommendations for other purchases. Thanks so much!