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AVANT-GARDE MEN’S DESIGNER SAMUEL MERCURE

Michel Brisson is a luxe boutique for men that recently welcomed fashion designer Samuel Mercure into its sartorial fold. At 24, this local boy wonder recently presented his 2012 spring and summer collection at the Laurier Avenue location where it is sold exclusively…

CHEF MARTIN PICARD’S CABANE A SUCRE AU PIED DE COCHON

Celebrity chef Martin Picard recently launched his second book, Sugar Shack Au Pied de Cochon, at his own sugar shack (or “Cabane à Sucre”), located an hour away from his wonderfully indulgent Montreal restaurant Au Pied du Cochon. The new artsy tome celebrates one of Picard’s favourite ingredients – maple syrup. In between fattening nibbles and sugary drinks, I got to chat with the Wild Chef, as he’s known on his TV show of the same name, about some of the more risqué aspects of this atypical cookbook, such as “squirrel sushi”, pole-dancing (sort-of) and, oh yeah, 100 recipes that include that gooey, golden, liquid ingredient. The Cabane à Sucre PDC 2012 season is sold out, but you can put yourself on the waiting list for next year

MONTREAL: A WORLD CLASS CRUISE DESTINATION

Montreal might not be the first metropolis that comes to mind when you think of a swish cruise destination, but it’s definitely a bustling port city – and with all her international festivals, happening food scene and fashion forward style, it only makes sense that passengers love stepping out when their grand ships shimmy up to the port…

THANKSGIVING TURKEY AND BLACK FRIDAY IN MONTREAL

American friends, lend me your ears. On November 24, long after us Canadians, you celebrate Thanksgiving. But here in Montreal, we’re not above feting the holiday twice. Montreal is a quick and easy getaway where you can still enjoy the comforts of home, albeit in a hip Canadian way. Come on up for your traditional dysfunctional family dinner, then work off your turkey coma scoping out some Black Friday sales…

MONTREAL TV CHEF NADIA G ANSWERS FACEBOOK QUESTIONS

Nadia Giosia, a.k.a. Nadia G. is the sassy, rockstar host of Bitchin’ Kitchen. We paid a little visit to the Montreal set of her cooking show to ask her questions straight from her Facebook fans…

MMFA OPENS BEAUTIFUL BOURGIE PAVILION AND CONCERT HALL

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is expanding in bold and beautiful ways. As autumn settles in and winter is trailing not so far behind it, art and music lovers can seek refuge in Montreal’s newest creative space – the Claire and Marc Bourgie Pavilion and Bourgie Concert Hall…

TAVERNE GASPAR: A NEW RESTAURANT IN OLD MONTREAL

I always have my ear to the Montreal pavement, so when I heard there was a new restaurant coming to Old Montreal, I just had to get an exclusive sneak peek. People, allow me to introduce Taverne Gaspar…

DENIS GAGNON FASHION SHOW AT BIRKS

So many things I love under one roof: bubbly, bling and beautiful clothes. My friends, Montreal Fashion Week doesn’t get much better than this. When I heard that fashion designer Denis Gagnon was going to present his Spring and Summer 2012 collection at Birks jewellery store, I couldn’t click send on that RSVP email fast enough…

AFFORDABLY CLASSY TEA SERVICE AT LE RENOIR

Sometimes all one craves is a little nibble. After a day of sight-seeing, city-strolling, shopping, spa-going, or museum-visiting (all in one day if you’re lucky), I need a refuel. A bit of something sweet, a taste of something savoury, plus a hit of caffeine and I’m good to go ‘til dinner. Just recently I discovered the perfect spot to satiate a late afternoon hunger. Here’s the lowdown on high tea service in the heart of downtown…