It’s been almost a year since Maison Christian Faure made its home inside a 300-year old beautifully renovated grey stone building in Old Montréal. The sophisticated and elegant French-style pastry shop has made a name for itself as one of the best sweet spots in Montréal.
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While Montreal’s chocolateries, patisseries and boulangeries are some of the best and most creative in the business all the year long, they truly shine during holiday time, when all their expertise and creativity comes to the forefront as they bake and exhibit their special treats of the season…
September 6, 2012, marked Montreal’s first ever Fashion’s Night Out. Joining forces with over 500 cities around the world, the initiative is the brainchild of Vogue U.S. Editor in Chief Anna Wintour…
Michel Rabagliati is a graphic novelist born and based in Montreal. He has written several semi-autobiographical comic books featuring the life and times of a fellow named Paul. In 1999, his first publication, Paul in the Country, earned him a Harvey Award for Best New Talent. We feel this is pretty darn neat. And we think you should meet Michel.
Source: smashingmagazine.com What could be more ‘Quebec’ than maple syrup! A little trivia for visitors to Montreal. Maple syrup, part of Montreal’s cuisine-culture, was discovered by Amerindians centuries ago. Every spring they would make a ‘’V’’-shaped cut into the side of maple trees and insert pieces of bark to collect the sap. Boiled down, this sweet liquid became a nutritious beverage. In those days, maple sugar production was an important source of pure sugar. When the first French settlers arrived, the Indians traded maple sugar with them and taught them the secrets of the maple sugaring process Today the maple industry in Quebec is greatly refined. The delectable product is in demand all over the world. In fact, 71 % of the world’s maple sirup is made in Québec.
Foodie [foo-dee] –noun Slang . a person having an enthusiastic interest in the preparation and consumption of good food. Montrealers love to eat. A large slice of local Montreal culture is gathering around a table, uncorking a bottle of wine, animatedly chatting about life and savoring the smells and tastes of artfully prepared food. If you also enjoy eating as much as we do, we’ve got ten great reasons why foodies should flock to Montreal.
Montreal may be far away from Paris. But sometimes it’s pretty close. Here are four addresses to indulge into the original French lifestyle of Montreal
Meet Andy Nulman. He’s the brains, and clearly the good looks (see below), behind the massively successful Montréal comedy festival “Just For Laughs.” “In 1985, Andy Nulman joined the festival’s staff and introduced Anglophone events as well; under Nulman’s stewardship, the festival increased to a full month, with French-speaking performers during the first half, and English speakers in the second half. International and non-verbal acts (acrobats, pantomimes, etc.) are scattered throughout the program.” (Wikipedia) The Just For Laughs is the largest festival of its kind in the world. It has brought many comedians to Montréal, such as Jeff Foxworthy, Tim Allen, Jerry Seinfeld, Jon Stewart, Whoopi Goldberg, Russell Peters, Dame Edna Everidge, and Bill Cosby. But enough about those jokers! Let’s meet Mr. Nulman!
Meet Sugar Sammy. He’s that Montrealer of Indian background who makes a living telling jokes in English, French, Hindu and Punjabi (unfortunately, I can only attest of his funniness in the first two languages). Although he’s always on tour somewhere in Canada, the United States or soon in France, Sugar still deeply loves his hometown – Montreal – where he still lives with his parents (!) in the colourful Côte-Des-Neiges neighbourhood. We met him in Jeanne-Mance park to hear about his favourites city spots… and incidentally get a flirting lesson Sugar Sammy Style. You’ll soon understand that this ladies man doesn’t take himself too seriously.
If you’re a thrifty local fashion hunter, an avant-garde shopper, or a glamourous stiletto collector, here are three new ( or newly revamped!) Montréal must-see boutique destinations for you.