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Feasting in Fashion: Joe Beef

Feasting in Fashion: Joe Beef

“Old Montreal restaurant classics in the heart of Little Burgundy; an homage to Charles “Joe-Beef” McKiernan, 19th-century innkeeper and Montreal working-class hero. Just a drunken crawl away from the Historic Atwater market…best not to don’t ask  J  The wait staff are convivial, casually familiar and tattooed…………but who isn’t these days in the culinary industry.  The chalkboard menu was entirely in French and well-beyond my high school textbooks and the milk carton.  Thankfully the staff had an impressive well of knowledge and professionalism as well as patience with us Anglophones.  Fois Gras was King! 

All in all, Joe Beef is intimate, comfortable and welcoming.

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Near and Far: Arriving in Montreal in 1960

The Nielsen Family immigrated to Canada in 1960.  They were heavily guided towards settling in Montreal, Quebec.  They were told that British Columbia wasn’t a good choice for a family as it was full of lumberjacks and wild forests. Ove, Else, Jan (son) and Lene (daughter) arrived by the Polish Liner, MS Batory.  Lars (son) was born Valentine’s Day 1966 in Montreal.

They settled into creating a family life and established their home and business in Dorval (outside Montreal) Quebec.  Eventually, they moved to British Columbia in the late 60’s as the separatist movement hit the province.

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