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PASTAGA: BIG TASTE ON SMALL PLATES

The new restaurant Pastaga, which puts the spotlight on Quebec ingredients, has been garnering lots of buzz and media accolades for the creative small-plate cuisine of chef-owners Martin Juneau and Louis-Philippe Breton and the interesting selection of organic wines on offer…

GAY & LESBIAN MONTREAL: MARCH

Montreal’s LGBT events in March are about as diverse as they come: dancing at an all-night rave, seeing leather daddies, taking in some world-class art and women on four-wheeled skates, all topped off with some maple sugary sweets!

TRUFFLE CRAZY IN MONTREAL

Black truffle freaks will know this, of course, but here’s a word of warning to the uninitiated: the season is ending soon. Some restaurants in town still have them available – XO, Le St Urbain and Venti, for example – but only for a few more days…

MONTREAL EN LUMIERE’S NUIT BLANCHE

On February 25, 2012, Montreal once again hosted Nuit Blanche as part of the Montreal en Lumiere Festival. From the heart of the Quartiers des Spectacles to the Plateau, Old Montreal to Parc Olympique, Montreal Buzz videographer Guillaume Langlois and I set off into the Nuit Blanche with no idea of the wacky nocturnal adventure we’d get into: a Bran Van 3000 show, a glowing urban slide, some luminothérapie, the world’s tallest inclined tower, owls, ice skating under the stars, and last, but absolutely not least, penguins.

TIFFANY & CO. OPENS IN MONTREAL

Good things come in little packages, and that’s especially true if it comes in a little blue box from Tiffany’s brand new flagship store in Montreal. As you enter under the store’s crisp blue awnings, it’s immediately clear why shopping at Tiffany & Co. is a special experience…

BELGIAN GUEST CHEF DELIGHTS TOQUE! DINERS

Montreal’s High Lights Festival centers heavily on food, as dozens of guest chefs descend on the city to show off their skills at different host restaurants. This year, Belgium has been chosen as the main theme and the chef representing his countrymen as the festival’s honorary president is Yves Mattagne, who owns the two-Michelin-star Seagrill, in Brussels, among other restaurants…

MONTREAL EN LUMIERE & NUIT BLANCHE

And then they said LET THERE BE LIGHT! And light will be everywhere at the 13th edition of the Montréal en Lumière (Montreal High Lights) Festival and its shining star, Nuit Blanche, from February 16 to 26. Read on to find out all the highlights of Montréal en Lumière and where to go on Nuit Blanche!

VALENTINE’S DAY IN MONTREAL

Oh Saint Valentine’s Day. Intimate candle-lit dinners, slow and seductive gazes over the rim of a wine glass, the smoldering glow of a crackling fireplace, the delicate smell of rose petals as snow slowly falls in love with the ground… Montreal has always been a hopeless romantic, here’s how to make the most of it on February 14…