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10 REASONS WHY MONTREAL IS A GREAT FOODIE DESTINATION

Foodie [foo-dee] –noun Slang . a person having an enthusiastic interest in the preparation and consumption of good food. Montrealers love to eat. A large slice of local Montreal culture is gathering around a table, uncorking a bottle of wine, animatedly chatting about life and savoring the smells and tastes of artfully prepared food. If you also enjoy eating as much as we do, we’ve got ten great reasons why foodies should flock to Montreal.

BLACK & BLUE: INTERVIEW WITH DJ PAULETTE

This weekend’s Black & Blue party will celebrate 20 years of incredible electronic music. Headlining the “House” room is the divine, award-winning, Paris-based DJ Paulette. We caught up with DJ Paulette to chat about house music, Montreal and the projects she is working on.

THE CHARMING HOTEL: AUBERGE DE LA FONTAINE

As they say in real estate, the same is true for hotels — it’s all about “location, location, location.” And as far as locations go in Montreal, the artsy and picturesque “Plateau Mont-Royal” is among the most touted by gushing travelers. The Auberge de la Fontaine is a charming accommodation option in the heart of the Plateau. With many of the rooms overlooking Parc Lafontaine, the guesthouse offers twenty one rooms in a beautiful setting. Plus, there’s a certain “homey” feeling that is difficult to find in the big name hotels. If you’re looking for something personable, with easy accessible to restaurants, cafes and shops, this might be your best bet.

THIS WEEKEND IN MONTREAL (OCTOBER 8 to 11)

It’s Thanksgiving this weekend in Canadaland! While some people in Montreal will fill their bellies with delicious turkey dinners, many others will opt to shake their bootays to the best electronic music at the most successful all-night dance party on the planet – Black & Blue. If you’re looking for more than stuffed birds or sexy dance parties, we’ve also got some contemporary breakdancing, Canadian theatre, some princesses dancing on frozen water and plenty more.

FLICKR PHOTO OF THE WEEK

“Les 40 portes d’Alfonso Gaglian” is a lovely collage of Montreal door photos by Antoine. Check out his stunning set of Montreal images, he has some truly stunning work. —————————————————————————————————————— Submit your Montréal pictures to our MONTRÉAL BUZZ FLICKR GROUP. And see our previous PHOTOS OF THE WEEK.

MONTREAL GAY LIST: OCTOBER

Each month THE MONTRÉAL BUZZ features five gay or gay-friendly things to do or see around the city. Recommendations range from parties to bistros to festivals to boutiques to cultural events. Here are our suggestions for the month of October.

5 BEAUTIFUL AUTUMN WALKS IN MONTREAL

Montrealers love autumn. As the days get a bit shorter and the air becomes crisp, there is a certain romanticism that infiltrates the city. Folks bring out their beautiful fall fashion items, the leaves provide a pleasant palette to the eyes and the markets burst with the harvest. It is rather delightful. We encourage you to capture the spirit of the fall season. Here are 5 walks to get you outside to witness the beauty of autumn in Montreal.

10 DELICIOUS FRENCH RESTAURANTS IN MONTREAL

  Montreal has emerged as an ultimate foodie destination (check out these foodie tours) in North America, and that romantic French flair has much to do with a certain epicurean notoriety. We’ve nabbed a reputation as the “Paris” of North America and, travelers come to Montreal with certain expectations of cultural and culinary offerings dancing in their heads. There are a couple hundred French Bistros in Montreal; they vary in price, location, design, and of course, approach to food. Here are ten of our French restaurant choices for 2010. Bon appétit!

THIS WEEKEND IN MONTREAL (OCTOBER 1 to 3)

This weekend in Montreal will be bustling with activity. The city’s favorite indie music festival, Pop Montreal, will be rocking locals and visitors with the hippest of chord progressions. And if you’re into dance, photography, art, food or getting yourself pampered (who isn’t?), we’ve got something for you!

FRIDAY NOCTURNES: THE MARVELOUS MARRIAGE OF MUSIC AND MUSEUM

Music and art go together like… well… John and Yoko. Where the cadence of a chord progression ends, the visual stimulus of a painting begins. On the first Friday of each month the Montreal Contemporary Art Museum hosts an event called Friday Nocturnes. They invite a trendy band or musician to perform, while giving visitors the opportunity to engage with contemporary art.