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CHEFS MELISSA CRAIG AND LAURENT GODBOUT AT CHEZ L’ÉPICIER

I’ve eaten a lot of High Lights meals in this town, but I can safely say that none have been quite as close to perfect as Melissa Craig’s two-night stand at famed Montreal chef Laurent Godbout’s Old Montreal restaurant, Chez L’Epicier…

CHEFS ANNE-SOPHIE PIC AND NORMAND LAPRISE AT TOQUE!

Chef Normand Laprise and the High Lights Festival’s Honorary President, Chef Anne-Sophie Pic, together welcomed press to the opening day of the festival. Pic, whose own kitchen is in the Beau Rivage Palace in Lausanne, is the only female chef in the world to have been awarded three Michelin stars…

TOP 5 MONTREAL HIGH LIGHTS FOOD EVENTS

I`ve been covering the Montreal High Lights food festival (known now as the Wine and Dine Experience) since it first started a decade ago. That first year, we ate our faces off and the guest chef was the father of contemporary French cuisine, Paul Bocuse. I went to his cooking class at the ITHQ and we made poached lobster. And that`s about all I remember, after all the wine pairings…

SHOPPING ON LAURIER WEST

Having already taken you shopping down on Saint-Paul, it seemed like the time to take you uptown. Laurier Avenue West dissects two Montreal neighbourhoods: Outremont (west of Parc Avenue) and Le Plateau (to the east). Constantly evolving, this little stretch of retail therapy just north of Mount Royal is as sophisticated as it is decidedly French in feel…

3 WAISTLINE-FRIENDLY MENUS IN MONTREAL

The Sofitel Montreal Golden Mile Hotel will soon be serving a low-calorie “De-Light” menu. If you’ve heard of Thalassa Sea & Spa in Europe, the new gastronomy is inspired from their philosophy, that is, balanced nutrition and no added fat, sugar or additives…

THIS WEEKEND IN MONTREAL (FEBRUARY 10-13)

Love is in the air this weekend as the Valentine’s Day vibe heats up every corner of Montreal, from pop flamenco to modern dance, high-comedy theatre to low-tech shopping and more – it all might not melt the snow, but it’ll warm more than a few hearts…

LOVE ON THE MAIN

Montreal’s main drag, Boulevard St-Laurent (also known as The Main) is a feast for the senses in any season; but with snow sparkling under the streetlights and the soft glow of restaurants, bars, cafes and music venues spilling out into the winter night, winter might be the most romantic season of all…

HIGH LIGHTS FESTIVAL FOCUSES ON PORTUGUESE CUISINE

Portus Calle, a Portuguese restaurant on St-Laurent, is hosting several delicious events during the Montreal High Lights Festival. We got a sneak peak (a sneak eat?) at what they’ll be serving up…

MONTREAL HIGH LIGHTS FESTIVAL CELEBRATES WOMEN

Now more than ever, a woman’s place is in the kitchen—as the driving force of this year’s Montreal High Lights Festival. Every year since its inception a decade ago, the festival’s Wine and Dine Experience has organized itself around a theme, and this year the festival is honouring women in the culinary arts—from chefs to winemakers to cheesemongers…

SAY CHEESE AT THE MONTREAL HIGH LIGHTS FESTIVAL

How good are Quebec cheeses? Well, the lovely ‘Cinderella’ cheese, Cendrillon, was voted Best in the World in 2009. The ash-covered soft goat cheese, with a taste that becomes stronger with age, was the first cheese in the country to receive this prestigious award. You can try Cendrillon and other Quebec cheeses, for free, at the Festival of Quebec Cheeses in Montreal…