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Romance for all in Montréal

Beautiful views, European charm, award-winning dining, entertainment that never sleeps… Montréal has got all the markers of a winning romantic weekend for any type of couple. This Valentine’s Day, whether you like things sporty, luxurious or classic (because long-stem roses never go out of style), here are five getaway ideas from us to you – with love. A classic kind of love Wining and dining is a sure way to pretty much anyone’s heart. With hotel specials like the Valentine’s Day package at the beautiful Le Germain in Old Montréal, you’re already half way there. After picking up some chocolates at Maison Christian Faure and some flowers at the stand in Square Victoria, grab a horse-drawn carriage tour of Old Montréal across the street from Notre-Dame Basilica, where Céline Dion got married (it’ll set the mood). Next, book a tête-à-tête to sample the special V Day offerings at 400 Coups (a five-course meal featuring crab ravioli and foie gras mousse), Le Quindici (short ribs braised in wine, anyone?) or the warm, European flavoured Branzino. If you can’t choose, how about one on Friday, one on Saturday and the other on Sunday? Then stroll up from Old Montréal to downtown for… / Read More →

Glitzy girls’ weekend in Montréal

For the best kind of girls’ getaway, you need a simple yet essential list of ingredients: 1) No men; 2) Lots of pampering; 3) Great spots to gab (and laugh like idiots); 4) Amazing food and drinks; and 5) Chocolate. Lots of chocolate. You’re in luck: Montréal has got it all, against the backdrop of an incredibly culture-rich city you’ll fall in love with for all kinds of other reasons too. SATURDAY Brunching There’s nothing better to get the weekend rolling than brunch, and Montréal knows brunch. Choose from a sophisticated menu (tipples included) at Le Comptoir on St-Laurent or a heartier eggs-n-bacon style selection at Fabergé (try the breakfast poutine!) in Mile End – and did we mention the gazillion options downtown? If you’re in Old Montreal, let the gabbing begin at Le Cartet, a beautiful space on McGill Avenue that serves punchy coffee, delicious mimosas and a dish that involves crêpes topped with fruit coulis and nut-and-maple French with apple butter and blueberries, plus a bowl of homemade granola. Whaaa? Yes. Learning Oh, chocolate, how we love thee. One of the funnest things to do in Montréal is learn stuff – you really know a trip will stay… / Read More →

Top 7 vegan treats in Montréal

Wise ones know that eating vegan doesn’t mean eating boring hippie fare – to the contrary, some of Montréal’s most sinful goodies are vegan. After weeks of testing (can anyone say best job in the world?), we’ve rounded up the treats that prove tasting good and doing good can be one and the same… with a cherry on top. Almond and Dulce de Leche Cupcake Sophie Sucrée (167 Avenue des Pins E., near Hôtel-de-Ville) The cupcakes at Sophie Sucrée at a sight to behold, but they’re just one of the dozens of tempting treats. What a feeling to walk into an emporium like this and know that everything is vegan! From the chocolate chip cookies to the red velvet cake to the pies and tarts and brownies, it’s all sweet heaven here. But the almond and dulce de leche cupcakes, oh Lordy – mellow, caramelly goodness in a box. Lime and Coconut Pie Crudessence (various locations) Crudessence in an all-raw, all-vegan local restaurant chain that’s an amazing success, with cooking classes, a line of kombucha, a line of macaroons and a bunch of desserts distributed in supermarkets too. This pie is the best of their many sweets though, and the… / Read More →

Montreal’s Best Thai Food

For Montrealers experiencing cabin fever and waiting anxiously for the winter thaw, there’s a relevant ancient Chinese proverb which states, “Eat where you want to be, and not where you are.” Ok, I lied, I just made that up. But there are a handful of restaurants around the city that definitely help me imagine that I’m on an exotic south-east Asian beach on the coast of Thailand sipping on fruity cocktails and grubbing on fiery delights…