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Harvest with Labonté de la pomme

Autumn is a very special time of year in Québec. As the days get cooler and the nights grow longer, there’s nothing that epitomizes the season like spending time at an apple orchard or a working farm that warms you up on a crisp autumn day. Une superbe journée s’annonce☀️venez au verger, nous avons de bons produits et des cerises🍒 à cueillir! #verger #oka #quoifaire #autocueillettedecerises #Basseslaurentides #juillet #cherries #cerises #july #orchard #agrotourisme #agritourism #terroir #terroiretsaveurs #ferme #farm Une photo publiée par Labonté de la Pomme – Oka (@labontedelapomme) le 11 Juil. 2016 à 6h18 PDT Labonté de la pomme is an award-winning, family-run orchard about an hour from downtown Montréal where you can not only celebrate the autumn harvest, but also revel in the picturesque scenery of rural Québec. The Labonté and Defresne family have been farming for over a century in Oka, Saint-Placide and Saint-Benoît, Québec. It was founded by Napoléon Dufresne, who arrived in Oka as a colonist around the end of the nineteenth century. He cleared 135 acres of land and established the family estate where they cultivated crops and raised dairy cattle. They were the first to sell their fresh produce to the Trappist monks—famous… / Read More →

From kimchi to kalbi: authentic Korean restaurants in Montréal

Montréal has a happening Asian food scene and Korean cuisine is represented well. From family-style restaurants to do-it-yourself barbecue and casual student-centric eateries, the choices are vast. Korean food has a reputation for being one of the few Asian cuisines that have been adapted or “westernized” the least, so it’s safe to say that you’re getting the authentic Korean food experience no matter where you go. But where do you go? Here’s the best of the best Korean restaurants in Montréal. 🍛🍴🍲 Une photo publiée par @zoechabot le 12 Déc. 2015 à 15h40 PST Chez Hwang – 5545 Upper Lachine Road This is a no-frills, to-the-point type of restaurant. A large open space with minimal decor is in no way reflective of the kind of food you’re going to get at Chez Hwang. Home-style-cooked Korean comfort food that sticks to your ribs is what’s in store for you. Speaking of ribs, get the kalbi, deliciously grilled Korean short ribs served with rice and delectable banchan (side dishes). The jokbal (braised pork shank), which feeds an army, is popular, so try to get in on it before they sell out. As the name suggests, dining at Chez Hwang feels like you’re… / Read More →

Montréal Burger Week 2016 Preview

It’s that time of year again, when Montrealers and burger lovers prepare their bodies for one of the most anticipated food festivals of the year: Le Burger Week!  From September 1 to 7, Le Burger Week returns for a fifth edition of this week-long celebration of the burger. If you like it crispy! Only for #LeBurgerWeek from @valliermtl! #Montreal Une photo publiée par Le Burger Week (@leburgerweek) le 22 Août 2016 à 18h51 PDT If you’ve never heard of Le Burger Week, here’s everything you need to know. Thirty restaurants around Montréal create a signature burger for a week that reflects the cuisine and concept of the restaurant. Their burgers will be offered at a discounted “burger price”, an incentive for burger lovers to visit as many restaurants as possible during the festival. Diners will be asked to vote on their favourite burgers at www.leburgerweek.com where awards will be given out in the following categories at the end of the week: the “Burger of The Year”, the “Judge’s Choice”, the “Creative Award”, “ the “Tallest Burger” and the “Healthiest Burger”. Debuting in 2012, Le Burger Week has grown impressively over the past four years, from 30 local (Montréal) restaurants and… / Read More →

Your guide to Omnivore 2016

The Omnivore food festival takes place September 16 to 19 in association with the Society for Arts and Technology [SAT]. 2016 marks the fifth year this traveling celebration of gastronomy hits Montréal. This year’s theme highlights “young cuisine”, as noted by founder Luc Dubanchet. In an editorial on the official site, Dubanchet acknowledges the culinary landscape in Montréal forged by the likes of Normand Laprise, Au Pied de Cochon and the guys of Joe Beef. However, this year’s festival focuses on the new generation of culinary talent whose prowess is fortified year after year—as exemplified by some of their popular establishments. Masterclasses The Masterclasses are one of the most highly anticipated events of the festival. They showcase cooking demonstrations and lectures by some of the most creative culinary minds, both locally and internationally. Some of this year’s masterclass hosts will be Leigh Roper (Foxy), John Winter Russell (Candide), Johnathan Rassi (400 Coups), Juan Lopez & Samuel Pinard (Farine), Patrice Demers (Patrice Pâtissier), Aaron Langille (Le Diplomate) as well as international guests such as Pedro de Artagao (Irajà), Daniel Burns (Luksus) and Daniel Eddy (Rebelle). Tickets for the Masterclass demonstrations are free, but they sell out fast. Reserve here. Extra Dinners… / Read More →

Where to eat smoked meat in Montréal

When traveling to a new city – especially Montréal, extensive research is usually done to find great attractions, local museums, shows and or shopping.  In such a metropolitan city the things to do are endless, but what lures most travelers to Montréal is the food. Deemed as a “foodie destination”, certain Montréal restaurants have an appeal that boarder on a cult like following – and by far the tastiest cult is that of Montréal smoked meat. With a few major players in the smoked meat game, people who pledge alliance to a particular restaurant will argue and fight without shame with anyone who opposes their discerning palate.  One of these institutions is without a doubt, Schwartz’s Hebrew Delicatessen (3895 Saint Laurent Boulevard.) This landmark on St. Laurent Boulevard has been slicing up smoke meat and satiating Montréaler’s smoked brisket void since 1928.  This deli boasts a 10-day brine to their meat, which in tandem with their spice mix, produces the signature taste exclusive to Schwartz’s. You can order your meat on a scale of “lean” to “fat”, and locals usually order “medium-fat”; the sweet-spot at which die-hard smoked meat aficionados swear the stars align and magic happens. Directly across the… / Read More →

Brazilian food and drinks in Montréal

On August 5, the Olympic flame arrives in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to kick off the 2016 Summer Olympics, a.k.a. the Games of the XXXI Olympiad. Having hosted the Olympics, Montrealers have a special place in their hearts for the Games. In fact, we are celebrating the 40th anniversary of the 1976 Summer Olympic Games in Montréal this year. To get you into the spirit of the Olympics, here are some great places around town to get a taste of Brazil. #Montreal #oldTown #Quebec Une photo publiée par caiodorio (@caiodorio) le 24 Mai 2015 à 4h33 PDT Rodízio Brasil — 160 Notre-Dame Street East Located in the heart of Old Montréal, Rodizio Brasil specializes in churrasco (grilled meats or “Brazilian barbecue”).  The house specialty is “rodizio”, which is an all-you-can-eat meal service. This menu features 10 different types of meats cooked over fire, served table side and sliced right onto your plate. Don’t forget about the accompanying all-you-can-eat salad bar or the delectable à la carte menu, which includes fish, seafood and chicken. Hang out by the “Boteco” bar for Brazilian-inspired cocktails and live entertainment. The authentic taste of jerked meat Brazilian style and manioc in our special dish: “Escondidinho”!… / Read More →

Mission style to Tex-Mex – Montréal’s favourite burritos

What’s better than a burrito? Two burritos. A burrito is the perfect food. It encompasses all the major food groups, grains, meat, vegetables, dairy and guacamole. Wrapped up into a warm and tender tortilla, this hand-held meal is ideal for any situation, if you’re on the go or dining in. From Mission style to Tex-Mex, Montréal has a great selection of burrito shops to curb your cravings. Burrito Shop — 3686-B Saint-Laurent Boulevard) Located on the Main, Burrito Shop offers five different kinds of meat for your burrito. Order burritos served wrapped in a tortilla, in a bowl or piled high on a salad with all the fixins’. Notre burrito > ton sandwich ce midi #hochelaga #sainthenri #montreal #mtl Une photo publiée par Burrito Revolucion (@burritorevolucion) le 4 Juin 2016 à 7h01 PDT Burrito Revolucion — multiple locations This Hochelaga burrito haven recently opened up its second location in the trendy Griffintown. They offer classic options to satiate your hunger for burritos. Tejano BBQ Burrito — 511 De Courcelle Street This local Tex-Mex burrito shop is owned and operated by pitmaster Dylan Kier of Blackstrap BBQ. Get your next burrito all dressed with the ancho cumin BBQ beef, robust in… / Read More →

Island flavours in Montréal: Caribbean restaurants to try

Montréal’s Caribbean food scene has been modest for years. With several go-to spots around town, getting a taste of island cuisine used to be limited to only a handful of restaurants. Luckily for us, the options for Caribbean dining have blossomed over the years. From Jamaican to Cuban to Haitian, Montréal has established a solid roster of restaurants to get a taste of tropical island fare. Jerk Chicken Une photo publiée par [骏] (@dxbjin) le 30 Mai 2016 à 17h55 PDT Caribbean Curry House – 6892 Victoria Avenue This renowned Caribbean classic has been slinging their famous roti and stew plates for over 35 years! Goat, mutton or chicken, find an excuse to order them all. #lovelentils with this delicious #slowcooker #coconut #lentil #curry and brown basmati rice! Super easy dinner and freezes well for #yummy quick meals. #mealprep #iifym #vegan #glutenfree #fiber #eatclean #80twentyrule #foodie #nutrition #dietitian #iyp2016 Une photo publiée par Christy Brissette MSc RD (@80twentyrule) le 26 Mai 2016 à 10h56 PDT Boulangerie Spicee – 6889 Victoria Avenue This Caribbean street food gem has been a favourite of locals for 40 years! Your go-to spot for spicy Jamaican beef patties, or fluffy and messy Trinidadian “chana doubles”… / Read More →

Portuguese chicken in Montréal

Unlike the little villages that pepper Montréal where one can find an abundance of local ethnic specialties – dragon’s beard candy and dim sum in Chinatown and fresh cannoli and pizza in little Italy, you can smell the grilling of Portuguese chicken from almost any corner of town. Half Chicken Combo @ Rotisserie Romados // Half Grilled Chicken with Salad, French Fries and a Portuguese Roll with a side of Piri Piri Sauce. Sometimes the reality lives up to the hype. The chicken was excellent. Moist, smokey and spicy from the Piri Piri sauce. The fries were also very good, not greasy, crisp and seasoned with salt and pepper. The salad seemed like a throw away, but the acidity helped balance the chicken and fries. Wish we had fast food of this caliber back in New York. #rotisserieromados #portuguese #rotisserie #chicken #frenchfries #salad #roll #plateau #montroyal #montreal Une photo publiée par Stephen Rose (@the_degustasian) le 28 Mai 2015 à 20h24 PDT There are certain things that we Montrealers like to call our own; bagels, smoked meat, potholes, our European sophistication and now added to the list, Portuguese chicken. The greatest thing about Montréal’s Portuguese chicken is that you can find… / Read More →

Montréal’s best hotel restaurants

With thousands of options, getting a taste of Montreal’s restaurant scene can take some precise logistical planning. Luckily if you’re visiting Montreal, your gastronomic journey’s starting point can start closer than you realize. Some of Montreal’s great chefs helm the kitchens of the city’s finest luxury and boutique hotels. These restaurants highlight some of city’s creative culinary teams and are  frequented and appreciated by visitors and locals alike. E.A.T (Être Avec Toi) Located in the trendy W Hotel (also home to Plateau Lounge and Wunderbar) E.A.T is amalgamation of restaurant and art gallery. Edgy murals and commissioned canvas pieces by local artists adorn the walls of the space. Headed by Executive Chef Sébastien Giannini, the menu is heavy on seafood that features, multi-tiered seafood towers, shellfish on ice, catch of the day specialties as well as local and seasonal dishes. W Hotel – 901 Square-Victoria (514 395-3180) Laurie Raphaël Discover the wonders of Quebec terroir cuisine at Laurie Raphaël brought to you by Chef Daniel Vézina. Chef Vézina (radio and television host, author, and philanthropist) and team executes his contemporary style of cuisine characterized by an emphasis on local products and regional flavours. Hotel Le Germain – 2050 Mansfield Street… / Read More →