Provence En Boîte in Brooklyn, NY- A French Bistro with Average Food 

I was stuck on this post for more than one week, partly due to laziness but partly because there just isn’t that much to say. This feels like blasphemy for Provence En Boîte owned by chef Jean-Jacques Bernat. This is a small French bistro known for the chef and its desserts.


Escargots: snails, “beurre persille” Decent – almost as good as that of my ex French mother-in-law. This is proof that one doesn’t need to be a chef or own a restaurant to make good escargots.


Potato and Leek Soup: this is one of my favorite soup and this dish tonight was satisfying and authentic.

Burger and Fries: this was mine. I was in the mood for red meat and unfortunately it was just ok. It was technically proficient but not highly engaging for me.

Merguez Sandwich: merguez is one of my favorites – no, it is my most favorite sausage. But this merguez is not spicy nor terribly tasty. In fact, this was not the first time I had the merguez at this restaurant. The last time I was there, my ex husband argued with the chef on how this merguez is not authentically Algerian. Of course, the chef thought he knew better.  See what a good merguez sandwich really should be like, click here.


No name fish with ratatouille – this meal happened in the beginning of May and I didn’t take notes. Sorry!

Overall, this meal was average. I would return if I lived in the neighborhood or have a function to attend. Otherwise, it is not worth the trip.

This experience took place at

Provence En Boîte
263 Smith St,
Brooklyn, NY 11231
(718) 797-0707

Meat, Meat, and More Meat: Boucherie Al-Khair at Marché Jean-Talon in Montreal

This is part two of Butcher Al-Khair in the Jean-Talon Market in #Montreal. Part one was about teas, spices and cheese and today is all about meat!  My favorite merguez sausage sandwich get the sausage from this butcher.  Let’s examine all the various meat available at this wonderful place.  All the #sausages are made on site and smell fresh.

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We got there around 4pm and the showcase already looked empty. From left to right, there is Merguez made from beef (less spicy); Merguez made from beef (more spicy); lamb Merguez.

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From left to right, chicken shish kabob with fine herbs, citrus and spinach; chicken shish kabob BBQ style with tandoori.

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This one is simple: Italian sausage and chicken sausage.

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From left to right: marinated beef chops; lamb chops; marinated lamb brochette; beef brochette; shawarma.

I wish I lived in Montreal and could shop here frequently.  Highly recommended.

This experience took place at

Boucherie Al-Khair
300, Rue Jean Talon E, Montreal, H2R 1T1
+514-277-3778