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Mayssam Samaha is a food and travel writer and blogger. She travels the world in search of the next culinary discovery. From Iceland to South Africa, she’s already visited over 30 countries and there’s nothing she enjoys more than wandering around a farmers’ market in a foreign city.

 

Sugaring off in and around Montréal

Urban sugar shacks have become more popular in Montreal in the past few years. That’s geat news for all maple loves who are looking for a taste of the traditional spring treat without having to drive out to the country. Below is a list of some of our favourite cabanes in Montréal. Un chef à l’érable with Laurent Godbout (March 10 to April 16) Chef Laurent Godbout returns for the fourth installment of “Un chef à l’érable” at the Scena in the heart of the Old Port. Get ready for a sugar shack experience set in a modern space with a flamboyant rustic chic décor that changes every year. For $65 plus taxes ($25 + taxes for children), you will be treated to a five-course dinner service (or Sunday brunch) with inventive dishes inspired by le temps des sucres such as sweetbread vol-au-vent, beef and maple jerky or turkey and ricotta meatballs. Spring brunch at La Bête à pain (Weekends of March and April) La Bête à pain restaurant and adjacent bakery on Fleury serve one of the best brunches in Montréal and their maple-inspired spring brunch is no exception. For $22, enjoy a 5-course spread of maple-doused crêpes, smoked salmon with… / Read More →

New Montréal restaurants to visit

It may seem like it’s hard to keep up with Montréal’s ever growing restaurant scene but this roundup of new spots to visit will help you decide which ones to visit first. Downtown: Tiradito – 1076 Rue De Bleury Chef Marcel Larrea is at the helm of this new restaurant specializing in Nikkei, the Peruvian Japanese fusion cuisine that’s popular in Peru. No need to ask for a seat at the bar since the entire restaurant is basically a bar behind which chefs and bartenders work their magic. Start with a Pisco Sour, Peru’s most famous cocktail, and don’t skip on the ceviche, the chaufa or the butifarra. Venez prendre une pause chez Libertine! Nous sommes ouvert les lundis! 🙂 // Stop by and take a break at Libertine! We’re open on Mondays! 🙂 Une publication partagée par Libertine Bakehouse (@libertinebakehouse) le 19 Déc. 2016 à 9h39 PST Southwest: Libertine Bakehouse – 806 Atwater Avenue Patrice Pâtissier alumn Nick Kemball has branched out on his own with Libertine Bakehouse, a new pastry shop with an edge. Libertine’s logo is a stylized mash-up of a skull head and a cupcake and an aqua green skeleton is the mascot of the cute… / Read More →

Montréal’s best chocolate shops

Chocolate is everybody’s favourite treat. Whether you’re a fan of dark, milk or white chocolate, the sweet treat always manages to put a smile on everyone’s face. Les mains pleines de cacao ❤️ par @jeannecasto #chocolat #cgg #mtl #healtyliving #shoplocal #vscocam #vscofood Une photo publiée par Chocolats Geneviève Grandbois (@chocolatsgg) le 30 Janv. 2015 à 12h01 PST Montréal is a city filled with skillful food artisans and chocolate makers are no exception. We have our fair share of exceptional chocolate shops spread through the city. We’ve listed some of our favourites below by neighbourhood, so you can head to the one closest to you when a chocolate craving hits or when you need an exquisite chocolate gift. Each one of these is run by a passionate artisan who excels at his art. We have no doubt that you’ll find a favourite among their many creations from molded crispy bars, to rich, decadent truffles or luscious, stuffed bonbons. Thank The Lord for raspberry and chocolate combos #chocolate #divinechocolaterie #montreal #100happybees Une photo publiée par Bronwyn ‘Dharana’ Lefebvre (@bronwynle5) le 31 Août 2014 à 17h00 PDT Downtown: Divine Chocolatier: For over 22 years, chocolatier Richard Zwierzynski has specialized in the time-honoured traditions… / Read More →

Your 2016 MTLàTABLE survival guide

We all know that eleven days of outstanding restaurant dining and great gastronomic events during MTLàTABLE necessitates some preparation. This year’s edition is presented in collaboration with Les vins du Languedoc and is filled to the brim with exciting and delicious experiences. We’ve put together this survival guide that will help you secure seats at your favourite restaurants and spots at your preferred events. Time to shop for some stretchy pants and get ready for the best food-centric week of the year! Event The 5th edition of MTLàTABLE, November 3-13, 2016, with 150 participating restaurants offering a 3-course, $21, $31 and $41 set price evening menu. Some restaurants will also offer a 21 late night menu while some others will be serving a $15 brunch. What you’re getting into Eleven days of delicious menus to be enjoyed at restaurants all across the city as well as a great collection of food and beverage related events such as guided gastronomic tours, wine events, and tastings of chocolate desserts and cheese-focused dishes. Making reservations When making a restaurant reservation for MTLàTABLE, you have access to several filters that will make your booking process easier and faster. Starting from the top, the first… / Read More →

MTLàTABLE special events

Several gastronomic events take place every year during Montréal’s restautant week, MTLàTABLE. This year is no different and includes guided gourmet tours, wine and spirits gatherings, a Relais & Châteaux experience, cultural activities and some delicious cheese and chocolate competitions. Here is a quick look at what’s on the menu from November 3 to 13. Guided tours Discover some of Montréal’s best gourmet neighbourhoods during MTLàTABLE by taking one of the several guided culinary tours offered. The Old Montréal food tour, presented by Local Montréal Tours This three-hour guided walking tour by Local Montréal Food Tours brings you on a culinary voyage through Montréal’s most historical district. You can expect a history lesson of significant landmarks as well as several food tastings, including local craft beer and Québec cheeses. Happy hour in Little Burgundy / Saint-Henri presented by VDM Global Little Burgundy and Saint-Henri are two adjacent neighbourhoods in Montréal’s Southwest borough that are buzzing with exciting culinary innovations and the latest restaurant openings. Your tour includes a glass of Languedoc wine with an appetizer and a surprise tasting from a neighbourhood eatery. Happy hour in the Quartier des spectacles presented by VDM Global Tour Montréal’s Quartiers des spectacles, home… / Read More →

9 great Indian restaurants in Montréal

Indian cuisine is one of the most complex in the world. Filled with heady spices and wonderful aromas, it varies from region to region and is equally delicious everywhere. Indian food never leaves anyone indifferent; people either love it or hate it. If you’re in the “love it” camp, below are some of our favourite Indian restaurants in Montréal. Indian food ☑️ Une photo publiée par v. (@valeriyak18) le 21 Janv. 2015 à 10h28 PST Star of India Located in the heart of downtown Montréal, Star of India serves what is possibly the best butter chicken and naan bread in town in a friendly atmosphere with great service. On doit vous parler du restaurant indien Bombay Mahal sur Jean-Talon. C’est tellement bon. On vous promet que vous allez sortir de là satisfaits (et la gorge un peu en feu) 🌬🔥 Le midi, vous pouvez avoir des plats spéciaux à des prix géniaux! Nos plats du menu midi: Thali poulet au beurre et assiette de poulet Tikka 🇮🇳 Bon appétit! #sooogood #foodiesparc Une photo publiée par Foodies Parc (@foodiesparc) le 4 Mars 2016 à 8h13 PST Bombay Mahal A favourite among locals, Bombay Mahal offers a great span of Indian cuisine… / Read More →

Preview of the 2016 Edition of MTLàTABLE – Montréal’s Restaurant Week

This year marks the fifth edition of MTLàTABLE – Montréal’s Restaurant Week – which will be taking place November 3-13, 2016. This year’s edition is presented in collaboration with Les vins du Languedoc and will see 150 participating restaurants, offering a 3-course, $21, $31 and $41 set price evening menu. As for all you night owls out there, late night $21 menus are also back at some of the participating restaurants. This is a tasty opportunity for all food-lovers to go on a delicious discovery of several Montréal restaurants or revisit favourites at an affordable price. Whether you’re feeling romantic, want to revisit your favourite spot, need to book a family restaurant or organize an outing with friends, MTLàTABLE’s participating restaurants will have something to offer everyone. Brunches are back! Montrealers’ favourite weekend activity–brunch!– is back as an integral part of the MTLàTABLE programme for the second year. Participating restaurants will offer a $15 brunch menu giving you the chance to ease into the weekend with tasty egg Benedicts or a stack of crispy waffles.  A few restaurants that don’t normally offer weekend brunches will be doing so for MTLàTABLE so you’ll also have the opportunity to taste some unique… / Read More →

Where to enjoy natural wines in Montréal

For the past few years, the term “natural wine” has carved itself a larger spot in our daily vernacular as well as on restaurants’ menus. The natural wine phenomenon is nothing new but its “rebirth” and its newfound popularity is. This latest buzzword designates wines that have been grown and processed with minimal intervention and no added chemicals. Instead of trying to control nature, natural wine producers embrace and work with it. This produces wines that are a true representation of their unique terroir. The natural wave hit Montréal a few years ago and the city has since become one of the best in the world to enjoy these funky wines. Several restaurants in town boast a great carte de vins natures that are fun to explore. Pastaga is one of the first restaurants in Montréal to popularize natural wines since it’s opening in 2011. The opening of its sister restaurant and wine shop Cul Sec located around the corner, has consolidated the natural wine love affair these two spots have going. Vin Papillon’s sommelière Vanya Filipovic’s passion for great wines and fantastic winemakers is evident in the care and research that goes in the creation of the restaurant’s outstanding… / Read More →

Festival YUL EAT is back in Montréal this labour day weekend

The third edition of Festival YUL EAT is coming back to Quai de l’Horloge in Old Montréal on Labour Day weekend (September 3, 4 and 5). After last year’s very successful edition, this year’s chapter promises to be even better and more delicious. Free admission tickets will give festivalgoers access to the main site at the Old Port’s Clock Tower Quay where many food trucks will be parked to feed the hungry crowds. The full schedule hasn’t been revealed yet, so keep checking the YULEAT website for details. The YULEAT Festival will also include several other experiences, which we’ve detailed here below. YUL EAT Experience Festivalgoers who purchase tickets to the YUL EAT Experience will have access to a private zone where talented chefs and industry experts, winemakers and local artisans will be presiding over workshops and demos, food stands and wine and spirit tastings. Many industry experts such as chef and TV star Martin Juneau, pastry chef extraordinaire Patrice Demers, chefs Marc-André Jetté, Danny St-Pierre, oyster connoisseur Daniel Notkins and many more will be participants in this portion of the festival. Festivalgoers will also be able to attend some roundtables on some interesting topics pertaining to the culinary industry,… / Read More →

Great Greek restaurants in Montréal

If breaking plates were allowed as seen in movies, Greek restaurants would be the most fun spots in town! Vandalism aside, Greek cuisine, although simple, is one of the tastiest, especially in summer when one can leisurely sample a variety of cold and warm mezzes (Greek tapas) and a few grilled specialties. Below are some of our favourite Greek restaurants in Montréal. Milos –  5357 Du Parc Avenue New York, Athens, Miami, Vegas and London, the Milos empire reaches far and wide but the original one where it all started is on the famous Du Parc Avenue in Montréal. Freshness and authenticity are what made Estiatorio Milos one of the best fine dining establishments in Montréal. The fish is imported daily from the Mediterranean, the olive oil is Milos’ own private label, the vegetables are locally sourced and everything else, including the service, is tended to with much care and professionalism. The Milos Special, a mountain of thinly sliced, battered and deep fried crispy zucchini and eggplants served with tzatziki are a must, as are any of the fish on display. Fresh Grilled #Shrimp and Warm Weather – This Is Turning Out To Be A #Beautiful September 👌😉 #yum#yummy#igers#igersmontreal#livemontreal#igdaily#instafood#instagood#instalike#instalove#DDO#food#foodie#foodpic#foodgasm#Greek#Grecque#Fresh#delicious#greekfood#Laval#Montreal#montrealfood#mtlfood#photooftheday Une… / Read More →