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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!…

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…

CHUCK HUGHES OPENS NEW RESTAURANT IN MONTREAL: LE BREMNER

It’s true that Montreal’s newest secret favourite restaurant is anything but a secret anymore. But while it’s tempting to relish the speakeasy vibe of Chuck Hughes’ beautiful basement Le Bremner, we really oughta share. Because a night out here spotlights something that makes this city great: Chuck Hughes—but not just his celeb factor, which is a little weird considering the chef-turned-TV-star still works the line in both his restaurants when he’s not off shooting his new TV show. Rather, go for the food and the vibe: Homey and inventive soul food, Montreal-style…

MONTREAL FALL HARVEST MENUS

It’s almost like the farms and markets have been waiting all year to give us the meal we’ve been waiting for. There’s so much bounty in the harvest here, that a great meal can be made from fall in Montreal every day…

THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL (SEPTEMBER 30 TO OCTOBER 6)

Summer is over but Montreal’s busy fall season is about to leave all that fun and sun in its wake. As the days grow shorter this week, the nights light up here: in bars and restaurants – and for outside dining too, in theatres and music venues, in art galleries and cinemas. The weekend starts with an arts and culture bang with Les Journées de la Culture, three days of free entertainment around town and around the whole province…

FALL HARVEST TIME AT MONTREAL’S MARKETS

There was a time when autumn in Montreal was my favourite season – the crisp air and quickened pace, dappled sunlight on red and yellow leaves in Mont-Royal Park, everyone stylish in their new fall-season fashions. Idyllic really. Yet at some point in the past five years, I became a summer person, happiest in its heat, whether urban frenzy or country calm. High summer is also when I discovered that I really like vegetable farming (in small doses), though a visit to any of Montreal’s markets proves that both farming and farm-fresh bounties continue well into September and October…

MONTREAL RESTAURANTS IN THE NEWS

I’ve always been impressed by how often Montreal and its food scene popped up in The New York Times and other publications I like to read – but recently things seem to have kicked up a notch. All of a sudden, local chefs and restaurants are being written up seemingly everywhere, so much so that I had to ask myself why…

LA FETE DE LA GASTRONOMIE IN MONTREAL

The Fete de la Gastronomie (or “Gastronomic Party”) is all of a sudden a big deal in France. In a country where pretty much everything is a reason to party, the first annual Fete de la Gastronomie was declared in France this year as a yearly event, to celebrate the inclusion of the traditional French gastronomic meal in UNESCO’s Cultural Heritage of Humanity…

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…

ESCAPE TO QUEBEC’S EASTERN TOWNSHIPS

Quebec’s Eastern Townships (known in French as Les Cantons de l’est) have been a travelers’ refuge for centuries- once a destination for homesteading British Empire loyalists in the 1880s, and again a hub for the 1970s-era peace-and-love crowd from over the border in New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine. An hour outside of Montreal, the area boasts sweeping vistas and rolling grasslands, cooling rivers and sparkling lakes, and is sought-after land for agricultural producers, artists and others that make this historical and gorgeous region a rich destination on its own, and a more-than-ideal spot for travelers to spend a night or two on a cross-border road trip to Montreal…