Greg Duncan


Bridges and dumplings

It’s a relief to hear recently that some local mayors question the notion of tolls on our local bridges here. I travel off this island frequently, and not always because it is absolutely necessary. Do you?

I was just thinking about how comforting it is to know that when a winter storm hits that we in the Ile Perrot area can pretty much hunker down without having to travel too far to get our hibernation essentials and that we also have access to everything one needs without crossing any bridges. On the other hand, we are on an island, so bridges are a fact of life and at some point you are going to cross one. If you are an obsessive Foodie like me, then you may often cross simply on a quest for variety.

Good efforts are under way by a local merchants group that would see us have access to businesses that we currently don’t have if they can convince these business to set up shop here. You may recall that I recently blogged about our vacant lots and buildings that could, and should come here and I have my preferences. First, let me provide some personal history as to why and what.

Each February brings with it the arrival of a number of important dates in our household. A wedding anniversary, Valentine’s Day, and the Chinese New Year all come in rapid succession and depending on the year, collision. The Chinese New Year beginning date varies from year to year and coincidentally the timing of some recent foul weather was not ideal for my adventures. My wife and I were married in February some 13 years ago on the Chinese New Year, which then happened to fall on Feb. 5.  Ever since, we sometimes celebrate on that date, or as mutually agreed, we will celebrate on the Chinese New Year beginning day. This year the date arrived on Feb. 10, hence an anniversary and Valentine’s Day in the same week. Shouldn’t be a problem right?  Just when I figured I could wait until last weekend to procure a gift and a card and the necessities for a proper Chinese/ anniversary/ Valentine celebration, the winter storm hit. Uh, oh, where can I get this stuff on the island, I thought with a sudden realization that I wasn’t going to make it to China Town for what I needed. Namely, barbecue pork, duck, red new year’s envelopes and yes, even flowers. Now you understand why I leave the island and cross bridges. We just can’t get those items here. Flowers, yes. Char Sui and Peking ducks, impossible.

I leave the island most often for Asian food of the non-Americanized variety.

No Dim Sum here yet, nor anything that resembles an Asian market. Not since the one on Perrot Blvd. burned out last year. That place was our only go-to local provider for some of these items, including dumplings. The dedicated aisles at our local grocery stores do carry many Asian products that will do in a pinch, but I need the real thing. The burned out market I mentioned continues to sit empty and ugly and my hope is for a spring renewal and signs of life in that ideal location.

There you have it, an Asian market is my number one reason for leaving the island and is now my number one wish for a new business here.  Would you agree?

Gung Hey Fat Choy!



    • By Greg Duncan

      Thanks for the good wishes and your sharing of this location, Julia. I actually have been down there on Sources previously and it is a great market. At one time they were bringing in some bbq ducks, but I haven’t been there for some time so perhaps no longer? Your note has prompted me to venture over immediately! Happy Dumplings!

  1. First off, Happy Anniversary”! You didn’t mention it when your were over the other day… Moving on. If you were to know for a fact that an Asian Market would prosper in Ile Perrot, it might be a good idea if you were friendly to one or two market owners in Chinatown, to approach them with the idea of maybe going down to Ile Perrot and scouting the Island and lots that are available and possibly opening up a smaller version for the people on the Island.

    I know that Ile Perrot only has a population of close to 11,000 people, but I’m sure it would be worth taking the size in consideration for one of the Asian merchants to expand there.

  2. Without crossing any bridges you should try the peanut butter dumplings at Le Balneo
    on Don Quichotte. They are fantastic and satisfy my need for dumplings.

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