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DISHCRAWL MONTREAL: “A PUB CRAWL WITH FOOD”

We all know that special dining experiences are only half about the food – the company is also of utmost importance. The increasingly beloved and buzzed-about Dishcrawl is an ingenious idea that utilizes the genius of social networking and combines it with a real-life pursuit of food happiness…

24 HOURS AT LE GROS JAMBON

Montreal’s Old Port is a magnet for visitors to the city, with its scenic river views, cobblestones, horse-drawn carriages and what have you. But this part of town is also a hub for locals, who work hard and play harder and, until recently, there was a lack of simple, down-to-earth but still utterly interesting and delicious places to eat. Now, there’s Le Gros Jambon…

BEER AND BELGIUM ON THE HIGH LIGHTS FESTIVAL’S MENU

Every February, Montreal’s bellies look forward to the Gastronomical aspects of the midwinter High Lights festival, also known as Montreal en Lumiere. This is the 11th edition and for the last 10 years the festival has treated us to some of the finest tables this city has ever known—and best of all, there are events for every budget, from chef-hosted, multi-course tasting menus to culinary walking tours of various Montreal neighbourhoods and workshops at Jean-Talon market…

MONTREAL’S BEST BUCHE DE NOEL

The splendid Bûche de Noël (literally translated: Christmas Log) is a French pastry tradition; a festive and decadent dessert that is meant to look like the type of firelog that you might saw down in the mighty Canadian woods for a holiday hearth. Served at holiday parties and Christmas dinner, they’re so much a part of our holiday tradition that they warrant the lede in this article about Christmas in Montreal from the New York Times. Read on to find out where you’ll find Montreal’s Best Buches…

SAT’S FOODLAB REMIXES THE RESTAURANT

The usual formula for food service in a restaurant is being turned on its head by some of the city’s most exciting young food innovators, who are turning out insanely delicious dishes on the top floor of the SAT (Société des arts technologique), the Main’s most avant-garde music and arts venue. Not only will the small plates blow your mind, but, because the SAT is funded from the public purse and the concept is a “not-for-profit” restaurant, they won’t blow your wallet. Which means you get some of the best food in town, in a stylish environment with a great view (the summer patio is going to be epic) and cozy, festival atmosphere at rock-bottom prices…

HOLIDAY SHOPPING FOR FOODIES IN MONTREAL

Montreal is a haven for the food-obsessed and this doesn’t only apply to our restaurant scene and ample farmers’ markets: we also have an awesome collection of retail stops on our cook’s tour. Here are some of those favourite stops for Santa when he’s got kitchen habitués and food lovers on his list…

MONTREAL’S BEST CHARCUTERIE

Charcuterie. The word is music to the ears of any meat-lover. It comes from Chair-Cuite, the French term for “cooked meat”, and is used to refer to any kind of preserved meat: sausages, pates, terrines, bacons, you name it. Most often, in France, charcuterie refers to pork products, but not solely, and in Montreal, the most famous form of charcuterie is our peppered beef brisket, otherwise known as Montreal Smoked Meat…

MONTREAL’S BEST HOT CHOCOLATE

The chill is in the air, and with that comes the desire for hot chocolate. It’s primal. Luckily, Montreal’s old-world/new world vibe makes it a great place to sip on choco – you get all the tradition of a Belgian or Swiss cup of cocoa goodness, with rock-and-roll elements such as salty caramel or chile for the adventurous palate. Here are some of our favourite places to stop off for a rich, unguent cup of chocolat chaud…

NEW BOUTIQUE HOTEL/BRASSERIE COMBO IN MONTREAL’S GOLDEN SQUARE MILE

There’s a new boutique hotel/Brasserie combo concept in town—namely, the Le Pois Penché restaurant and adjacent Hotel Chez Swann. Last week, a local hotel guru celebrated the relaunch of a restaurant that could be a new Montreal classic, as well as a new alliance with one of the city’s trendiest hotels…

3 MONTREAL RESTAURANTS NAMED BEST IN CANADA

Canadian foodies look forward to the day every year when enRoute Magazine’s Top 10 list of Canada’s Best New Restaurants comes out. This list, put together from an exhaustive cross-Canada trip by Montreal Gazette food critic Sarah Musgrave in consultation with the country’s savvy food experts, is considered the last word on dining in Canada- and to our delight but not surprise- the list is again stacked with Montreal restaurants that represent the cutting edge of our city’s dining scene. Here is a cook’s tour of Montreal’s three best new restos!…