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Montreal Cooking: Classes at La Guilde Culinaire

Let’s face it, food is one of the best aspects of almost any vacation. And what better way to discover local foods than taking a cooking class? It’s a little more original than a bus tour! You learn something new, meet people and jump straight into the local food culture. Plus, you get new recipes to bring home.

Montreal Food Fair: Saveurs & Tentations

Visiting and local foodies are in luck: from August 12-16 Montreal is hosting an all-new trade show dedicated to local food. It’s called Saveurs & Tentations, which is French for “Flavours and Temptations,” so you can’t say you haven’t been warned. It promises to be one delicious event. Plus, it’s free.

Marché du Vieux – Quebec products to take home

Food is the best souvenir you can bring back from your trip to Montreal. I mean, I might be biased, but I honestly think that everyone, including you, will enjoy Quebec goodies more than, say, postcards. Right? For your one-stop souvenir shopping, plus a little lunch and conversation, I recommend the Marché du Vieux restaurant and boutique in Old Montreal. This specialty grocery store is stocked with a wide variety of local products (95% of the inventory comes from Quebec). Delicious fruit jams, tea cookies, sauces, and of course maple syrup for your morning pancakes… My favourite is the maple jelly. I use it to sweeten my yogurt. Next to the boutique is a restaurant area serving up local favourites like bagels with smoked salmon and the best smoked meat in Old Montreal. They’ve also got Italian gelato, great pizzas, sandwiches and salads. While you’re there, take two minutes to chat with Pierre Morin, the co-owner. As a well-travelled foodie, he loves to talk with tourists and share his passion for Quebec gastronomy. In fact, if you get him on a roll, he might just keep the restaurant open later to make the conversation last! Marché du Vieux 8 St-Paul… / Read More →

Eat like the locals at Tây Dô

Duluth Street has several Vietnamese Bring Your Own Wine (BYOW) restaurants. My favourite? Tây dô. You won’t find framed tiger posters and potted plastic plants here – this place has style! Plus, the service is excellent and you can get a full set meal for $14. And did I mention that you can bring your own wine? Yes, I believe I did.

Montreal’s La Coupole Restaurant: No menu required

Located in downtown Montreal at the Hotel Crystal, La Coupole is a French brasserie with sophisticated food and…clairvoyant servers. I kid you not. “Yes, we have a menu, but it’s almost just for show,” jokes Gino Mourin, food and beverage director of La Coupole. Ok, that’s unusual. I’m intrigued.

Olive & Gourmando: Where Hollywood stars eat

Because of our diverse architecture and four distinct seasons, Montreal is a go-to destination for Hollywood film productions. And since most of the big movie stars stay in Old Montreal during shoots, so don’t be surprised if you see one chomping on a huge sandwich at Olive & Gourmando, a fantastic local bakery and café. On any given day, you’ll find Olive & Gourmando chock full of business people, tourists and locals, all happily munching on their pastries or signature sandwiches. Try the Cuban, which is filled with pork, cheese and chipotle mayo, or the chicken sandwich with mango, tomato and avocado. The bread is baked in-house, so everything is really fresh and flavourful. If you go for lunch and want to eat on-site, arrive early – the place gets packed in no time.  But most people choose the take-out route and eat their sandwiches on the bench outside the restaurant or near the waterfront, which is just a block away. On weekends, people even drive down from the suburbs to have a croissant or Valrhona chocolate brioche for breakfast. As for tourists, a number have told me that a trip to Olive & Gourmando quickly becomes a morning… / Read More →

Tre Marie restaurant: Montreal, Italian-style

  Montreal has a large Italian community and that means one thing: great Italian food! And with Montreal Italian Week going on until August 16th, I recommend heading to Little Italy for a taste of la dolce vita at Tre Marie. The Fabrizio family opened Tre Marie more than 40 years ago. It started off as a teeny-tiny pasta diner, where they actually served wine in beer mugs. Those were the days! Much has changed since then – they’ve expanded and purchased real wine glasses – but the homemade pasta and sauces and family atmosphere remain the same. Not surprising when you consider that the family matriarch nona Rosina Fabrizo still works in the kitchen! Personally, I grew up going to Tre Marie, and still go there for family birthdays. Just last weekend, my family and I went in honour of my aunt’s 50th, and despite the fact that their menu changes daily, I found myself ordering the same thing as always: the pasta trio, which includes my favourite, ravioli with rosé sauce. Creamy, flavourful, and so very comforting! Everything about the experience remains unchanged with time, except one. I now know why I wasn’t allowed to order the tiramisu… / Read More →

Hot ’N Saucy in Montreal: Poutine at La Banquise

Ask a Montrealer about local cuisine, and poutine is probably the first thing that will come up. And according to the twittosphere, La Banquise is the best place in Montreal to try this classic Quebec dish.

Lunch to go from Europea Espace Boutique

On a sunny day in Old Montreal, it can feel like a crime eating lunch indoors. But in a gastronomic paradise like Montreal, it’s even more of a crime to pick up crappy fast food to eat by the waterfront. Luckily, Europea Espace Boutique has the solution for you, ready to go in a cute little lunch box.