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OLD MONTREAL’S HAPPENING GOURMAND WEEK

Brace yourselves and your belts but not your wallets because Montreal is following in the foot steps of Toronto and New York with our very own version of the popular “restaurant week” and it storms through the bellies of Old Montreal in January. In typical Montreal fashion, it’s not just a week, it’s actually a 21 day celebration of some of the best restaurants this city has to offer…

MONTREAL’S BEST BUCHE DE NOEL

The splendid Bûche de Noël (literally translated: Christmas Log) is a French pastry tradition; a festive and decadent dessert that is meant to look like the type of firelog that you might saw down in the mighty Canadian woods for a holiday hearth. Served at holiday parties and Christmas dinner, they’re so much a part of our holiday tradition that they warrant the lede in this article about Christmas in Montreal from the New York Times. Read on to find out where you’ll find Montreal’s Best Buches…

SAT’S FOODLAB REMIXES THE RESTAURANT

The usual formula for food service in a restaurant is being turned on its head by some of the city’s most exciting young food innovators, who are turning out insanely delicious dishes on the top floor of the SAT (Société des arts technologique), the Main’s most avant-garde music and arts venue. Not only will the small plates blow your mind, but, because the SAT is funded from the public purse and the concept is a “not-for-profit” restaurant, they won’t blow your wallet. Which means you get some of the best food in town, in a stylish environment with a great view (the summer patio is going to be epic) and cozy, festival atmosphere at rock-bottom prices…

SPEND A WEEKEND IN MONTREAL’S GAY VILLAGE

So you need to get away for a few days. Maybe you’re looking for a mini-adventure, a small repose or a three day party. Look no further than Montreal and its dramatic Gay Village! Montreal lies within spitting distance of huge urban centres like New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, Toronto and Ottawa. It’s easy and affordably accessible for a quick and fun weekend getaway…

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…

HOLIDAY SHOPPING FOR FOODIES IN MONTREAL

Montreal is a haven for the food-obsessed and this doesn’t only apply to our restaurant scene and ample farmers’ markets: we also have an awesome collection of retail stops on our cook’s tour. Here are some of those favourite stops for Santa when he’s got kitchen habitués and food lovers on his list…

MONTREAL’S BEST CHARCUTERIE

Charcuterie. The word is music to the ears of any meat-lover. It comes from Chair-Cuite, the French term for “cooked meat”, and is used to refer to any kind of preserved meat: sausages, pates, terrines, bacons, you name it. Most often, in France, charcuterie refers to pork products, but not solely, and in Montreal, the most famous form of charcuterie is our peppered beef brisket, otherwise known as Montreal Smoked Meat…

MONTREAL’S BEST HOT CHOCOLATE

The chill is in the air, and with that comes the desire for hot chocolate. It’s primal. Luckily, Montreal’s old-world/new world vibe makes it a great place to sip on choco – you get all the tradition of a Belgian or Swiss cup of cocoa goodness, with rock-and-roll elements such as salty caramel or chile for the adventurous palate. Here are some of our favourite places to stop off for a rich, unguent cup of chocolat chaud…

SLEEK WINTER CHIC IN MONTREAL’S SNOW VILLAGE

Starting January 6, Montreal’s Parc Jean Drapeau will be blessed with a magically stylish winter wonderland known as the Snow Village. For our friends from warmer climates: yes, stylish winter wonderlands are possible. Montreal is, after all, a city that holds one of its coolest festivals, Igloofest, in January. And since this village boasts a hotel, restaurant and bar among many other icy delights, I’d strongly consider cancelling that trip south and booking a ticket to come get down up north…

3 MONTREAL RESTAURANTS NAMED BEST IN CANADA

Canadian foodies look forward to the day every year when enRoute Magazine’s Top 10 list of Canada’s Best New Restaurants comes out. This list, put together from an exhaustive cross-Canada trip by Montreal Gazette food critic Sarah Musgrave in consultation with the country’s savvy food experts, is considered the last word on dining in Canada- and to our delight but not surprise- the list is again stacked with Montreal restaurants that represent the cutting edge of our city’s dining scene. Here is a cook’s tour of Montreal’s three best new restos!…