Food Guy Montreal’s 10 Questions With: Le Mechant Mangeur- Na’eem Adam

August 30, 2011 · 1 comment

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Welcome to the third edition of “Food Guy Montreal’s 10 Questions” featuring Na’eem Adam, also known as Le Mechant Mangeur. When he’s not writing or making videos for Van Houtte’s blog, you can find him tweeting and blogging about his two passions: hockey and food. When there’s a Habs game on, Na’eem is glued to a TV witnessing our beloved team compete. This “mean eater”, who I’ve met through the Montreal blog scene, is one of the coolest guys around and always fun to be with. Thanks so much Na’eem for doing this. Here are his answers:

1. What are your 3 all time favorite restaurants in the world? (No particular order)

For me it’s not only about food, it’s about the experience as well, so I have to say this is personal.

Tashas in South Africa. It reminds me of brunch with my cousins in South Africa during the World Cup.

Temple Spice Crabs was some market-dive in Kowloon, Hong Kong that my cousin and I would chow at late at night. Everything was beyond awesome.

The Bell Center, not the best food, but eating and watching the game live in Montreal is just phenomenal.

2. What would be your last meal?

P&J baby! The smooth, the sweet, the bread, the jam…Reminds me of a simple time. Life should be simple and sweet!

3. If you were hosting a dinner party, which one guest would you invite? Dead-or- alive.

My grandmother on my mother’s side. She was an amazing cook. She started the foodie trend in our family. Her chutney is legendary. It would be a ‘potluck’.

4. What is your signature dish?

Anything on the braai. Fire and meat is my thing. I’ve recently been into grilled seafood.

5. What is your favorite junk food?

Frozen Swiss Rolls

6. What single food do you or would you go out of your way to have?

A burger! But I do plan to visit Mozambique to eat and have some of their fresh braai. Some say it’s a world secret when it comes to brilliant food.

7. If you could eliminate one food from the world, what would it be and why?

I don’t think endangered animals should be food. But if I had to save one, I would save the Elephant, because with him we can save the others.

8. Single best childhood food memory.

This is hard, especially with P&J and Swiss Rolls in the mix. Probably mangos. I use to really enjoy eating sweet mango off the seed (or as I use to call it, bone). My mother would save it to the side for me.

9. Describe the kitchen you grew up in.

The kitchen I grew up in was a family room, it’s where you can find us all at anytime. It would smell of amazing Indian cuisines and fusion foods, as my mother would start exploring with different ingredients. Love aside; she’s probably the best cook I know. You’ll find spices and herbs from all over the world. When in full gear, the kitchen would look like a market place in India.

10. What is your go-to comfort food?

I don’t think I have one really. I don’t seek comfort from food. A protein shake or an amazing cup of coffee does make me feel good though…

Bonus: 11. What food would you like to try but haven’t yet? 

Isaw Manok from the Philippines. Had a chance when I was there, but ‘chickened-out’!

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Oana from dishchronicles September 5, 2011 at 9:45 am

Well, I have come to two conclusions here today. One, Braai is my next cultural food to explore. I had never heard the term before. Two, I may have to stalk Na’eem for his grandmother’s chutney recipe. Well done.


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