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Montreal restaurants: who’s open for the holidays?

If you happen to be in Montreal during the holiday season, it can be difficult to figure out where to go at this time of year, especially when many establishments aren’t open on December 24, 25 or New Year’s Day. I’ve done the legwork for you and have come up with a list of restaurants where you can satisfy your cravings for comfort food or have a gourmet dining experience. I’ve prepared a range of choices that are open on December 24, 25, 31, 2009 and January 1, 2010. December 24, 2009 Cheap comfort food: St. Hubert Normally I would never talk about a chain restaurant in this blog, but if you’re far from home and looking for a little ‘comfort food’ (in the form of roast chicken), then St. Hubert is a fast, easy choice. St. Hubert has been serving up rotisserie chicken, fries and their famous coleslaw to happy diners for over 50 years. They’re all over the island and you can even have it delivered by ordering online or by phone (514 385-5555). One of their many branches is located at the Gare Windsor 1180, de la Gauchetière W. Montreal, QC, H3B 2S2 Foodies’ night out: Club… / Read More →

Montreal Desserts: Rice pudding!

I admit I entered Riz en folie reluctantly. All my life, I’ve found the texture of rice pudding a bit of a turn-off. And to make matters worse, I often find it too sweet.

Laurie Raphael and Le Germain boutique hotel

Foodies on the lookout for a magnificent boutique hotel during the holiday season should head straight to the hotel Le Germain and their restaurant Laurie Raphael, conveniently located in right downtown in Montreal.

Exploring the culinary revival of Hochelaga

Are you heading to the Biodome, the Botanical Gardens or the Olympic Stadium? While you’re in the area, take some time to explore the surrounding neighbourhood of Hochelaga-Maisonneuve! Guidebooks don’t often mention Hochelaga because it didn’t use to have a very good reputation. These days, however, this formerly rundown area of Montreal is experiencing a revival of sorts due to an influx of new, younger residents and a major increase in business development and investment in the infrastructure.

Laura Calder in Montréal

I found out that Laura Calder, the host of French Food at Home on Food Network Canada, was coming to town for the launch of her new book, French Taste. So, I kidnapped her for 30 minutes, took her on a tour of Atwater Market and engaged her in some foodie girl talk.

Gourmet gifts: Christmas gift shopping in Montreal

(knives from L’Émouleur) If you’re like me, a food-obsessed gourmet, nothing would give you more pleasure than receiving a food-related gift this holiday season. Forget about a sweater, or jewellery, or even a night at the theatre — I’d much rather open up a beautiful cookbook full of tantalizing recipes or get wined and dined at a nice restaurant. Even better, I’d love to discover some exciting new kitchenware or delectable gourmet goodies.

My 48-hour Montreal food tour

In November I met up with fellow food blogger, Erin Zimmer, from Serious Eats, who came to Montreal for the weekend to explore the food scene. I took her on my personal foodie tour of Montreal

St. Denis’ new star: restaurant / import wine shop

A new star, Les Cavistes, has recently appeared on St. Denis Street in the past month, with no accompanying fanfare. Quietly making its presence felt among some of the stiffest competition in the city, there are many reasons to sing the praises of this restaurant / import wine shop and you’ll soon find out why.

Food Allergies? No problem at Zero8 restaurant!

For people who are allergic to certain foods, choosing a restaurant can be a real problem. Considering some allergies can be severe, even fatal, especially for those who are allergic to peanuts and seafood, Zero8 just might be their last hope if they want to eat out at a restaurant.

Genevieve Granbois and the Chocolate Factory

When I was a child, one of the first books I ever read by myself was Roald Dahl’s classic, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I used to drool just thinking about visiting this outrageously zany universe of chocolate heaven.