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CELEBRITY SPOTTING IN MONTREAL

When celebrities come to Montreal, they’re just like normal tourists. Take Jake Gyllenhaal for example. When he was here filming Source Code, he stayed in a hotel, played with his dog, ate in restaurants and shopped in stores. The only difference is that, when celebs do it, we take detailed mental notes and then blab about them to our friends. Here are some recent Celeb sightings in Montreal…

QUEBEC WINES AND CIDERS AT THE SAQ

Anyone who has been in Montreal long enough quickly discovers that this is one hell of a foodie town. Amazing oysters. Incredible artisanal cheeses made right outside the city. Organic pork, duck, venison, you name it. And yes, despite the harsh winters, in the lush valleys just south of the city, some very decent wines and ciders are being produced…

Drink in Montreal: Cocktails with Francine

What the Hotel Loews Vogue’s L’Opera Bar lacks in size, it makes up for in Francine. You see, Francine has been the bartender there for 20 years (“I started when I was 15” she told me with a mischievous laugh) and legend has it she makes a mean cocktail. It was clear that some serious investigation on my part was required…

ACCORDS, A WINE BAR IN OLD MONTREAL

Accords is a French noun that means, literally, agreements. And true to its name, that’s what Accords Wine Bar in Old Montréal sets out to do: to find the perfect pairing for each dish on its concise menu…

FREE STUFF IN MONTREAL FOR LADIES ONLY

This one’s for the ladies. When you’re planning your next girl’s getaway, here are four freebies (personal assistance, make-up application, dinner and drinks) to give you that special VIP feel – and save you a few bucks for shopping spring essentials like a new pair of Marc Jacobs sunglasses or Lanvin flats. Eyes on the prize…

5 PUBS FOR SAINT PATRICK’S DAY

If you’ve never been to Montreal for St Patrick’s day, you really should consider coming this year. You should also consider keeping your plans fairly light for the morning after…

The InterContinental Montreal

The InterContinental Montreal is truly one of the city’s most unique hotels. Following massive renovations in 2009, it manages to effortlessly combine its rich heritage with a contemporary design motive and the intimate feel of a boutique hotel with the service that only a luxurious Four-Diamond hotel can offer…

COCKTAILS IN THE GAY VILLAGE: WHERE TO START THE PARTY

“Where do I get a good cocktail in Montreal?” – This question is frequently posed as travelers search out the ideal place to get their drink on. Well before I proceed with an answer, I want you to know that you’ve come to the right place. Montrealers love to drink. Late night parties are the norm around here. Bars and nightclubs are open until 3 AM, and then after-hours clubs continue the party to the wee hours of the morning. But when dinner has ended, and the bars aren’t yet hopping, what does a gay do? Well I’ll tell you — a gay goes for a cocktail.

STREET PROFILE : ST-ZOTIQUE

By all accounts, you seem to like reading our Montreal Street Profile series as much as I like writing it. Good for us. We’ve been to Bleury, Parc Avenue, Maisonneuve and, most recently, Saint-Paul. For the next instalment, we’re heading to Saint-Zotique, a street very near to my heart, or more accurately, my stomach….