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Raw food at Crudessence

Last Sunday, I rode a whopping 52 km at the Montréal Bike Fest! After a mega-achievement like that I really needed some fuel, but I didn’t want to fill up on anything unhealthy (lest that virtuous feeling slip away all too quickly). So, I stopped in at Crudessence, a Montréal’s only raw food vegan restaurant and I ordered a burger… A raw burger, that is. A couple of years ago, I read about the raw food movement and I jumped right into it. For two whole weeks. You see, it’s not easy to eat raw food all the time. You need lots of special utensils to prepare your meals with, and to tell you the truth, all those nuts ended up driving me bananas. I found it a little monotonous. But I must admit I had much more energy.

Müvbox: A Great Restaurant Concept from Montréal

An innovative mobile restaurant called Muvbox has just sailed in to Montréal. But judging by its technological features, you might think it had just beamed in from the future. Made from an old shipping container, this restaurant unfolds with the smooth ease of a spaceship in a mere 90 seconds – and apparently, with just the push of a button. In the words of the restaurant’s owner, Daniel Noiseux, “You have to see it to believe it.”

Exciting desserts at Newtown Full disclosure: I never go to Crescent Street to eat. This Mecca of flash and glamour is beloved by tourists and some locals, but I rarely find myself headed that way for a meal. I made an exception last night to go to Newtown, former restaurant of Formula 1 driver Jacques Villeneuve. My motivation? It’s now run by two new chefs, Marc-André Jetté and Patrice Demers, who used to work at Laloux, my favorite French bistro. I’ve been following Jetté and Demers for six years, from restaurant to restaurant, with delicious results. The members of this under-thirty duo had a lot of potential from the start. So now, I was curious to see what they would bring to Newtown. We started the meal with a rabbit terrine, served on Cipollini onions and figs. It was light and airy, with the locally-raised rabbit meat rich in subtle flavours. Lovely Côte-Nord scallops followed, served with sugar snap peas, oranges and a delightful hint of tarragon.

Lobster, lobster, lobster

This just in from the coast: On Tuesdays and Wednesdays this month, get all-you-can eat lobster for $40 at the Chesterfield wine bar!

An Appetite for Books

When I enter a cooking-themed bookstore, I feel like a kid in a candy store: so many ingredients to explore, so many mouth-watering recipes to try, so many chefs to discover! Montréal has one of the sweetest: Appetite for Books.

Top 10 Patios in Montreal

(Club Chasse et Pêche) After our long chilly winters, Montrealers just can’t wait to get out and enjoy some nice weather. Which is why we flock to restaurant patios (locally known as terraces) as soon as the snow melts. The result is that Montreal city streets are lined with outdoor patios all summer long, with locals lingering with coffees and croissants by day, and cocktails and tapas in the evening. Visitors tell me it adds some je ne sais quoi to the city vibe, but I personally enjoy patios for the people-watching opportunities.

Schwartz’s Restaurant: it’s all about smoked meat

Montreal is the land of smoked meat. And locals will tell you that the place to get it is Schwartz’s, a classic Hebrew deli where the feisty staff have been serving up the good stuff for the last 80 years. Just be ready to answer one question: “How would you like it sliced?”

Hotel Nelligan: Great hotel, amazing food

Hotel Nelligan stands alone as the only Montrealer that made the National Geographic Travelers’ Stay List 2009. Not too shabby, huh?  Makes me wish I were a tourist! But anyway, what’s cool about this hotel is that it also has two very good restaurants. Named after famous Québec poet Émile Nelligan, I’m told this four-star hotel has amazing boutique-style accommodations, but is also a dream for foodies like me, because they offer two different styles of cuisine.

Blackcurrant liquor and the French Paradox

We often hear about the French Paradox and how drinking a glass of red wine a day is supposed to be good for you. But did you know that blackcurrant brings the same anti-inflammatory and antioxydant benefits that grapes do? Plus Vitamin C! Yes, so why not mix things up with some currant liquor?

St Laurent Montreal: top 5 restaurants

Montreal’s St Laurent Blvd. is teeming with restaurants, odd buildings, grocery stores and cozy cafés. In fact, if there’s one place to eat in this city, it’s Saint Laurent. Running north-south, this street (aka “The Main”) starts in Old Montreal, goes through Chinatown, passes the “jet-set” corner of Sherbrooke Street, goes through the Portuguese neighbourhood, the trendy Plateau and Mile-End areas and all the way up into Little Italy. Yep, a ride on the 55 bus (the one that goes up St-Laurent) is a trip unto itself!