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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…

LIVING THE HIGH LIGHTS LIFE

I’m all for cosying up by the fire on a cold winter’s day, but when the High Lights Festival (Le Festival Montréal en Lumière), now in its 12th year, rolls into town, I’m out and about. Dubbed a party for the senses, there are really three parties wrapped into one…

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…

CHRISTMAS SHOPPING IN MONTREAL: 5 GIFT IDEAS FOR YOUR FOODIE FRIENDS

Planning to come to Montreal before Christmas? Friends and family back home are into food and restaurants? You’re in luck: this city is a veritable treasure trove of gifts for the seen-it-all-tasted-it-all foodie.  Champagne? T.V. chef cookbooks? So déja vu! Here are a few presents that would make any food-lover happy:

STREET PROFILE: RUE ST-DENIS

  We’d already worn our several pairs of virtual walking shoes by the time the Montreal Street Profile series hiked down Bleury, up Parc and across Maisonneuve. But, entertained by the sights, sounds, shops and smells, we hit Saint-Paul, Saint-Zotique, Crescent, Greene Avenue and went shopping on Sainte-Catherine. We decided we deserved a good time, so we headed next to Saint-Denis…

MONTREAL’S CANADIAN MAPLE DELIGHTS

Source: smashingmagazine.com What could be more ‘Quebec’ than maple syrup! A little trivia for visitors to Montreal.  Maple syrup, part of Montreal’s cuisine-culture, was discovered by Amerindians centuries ago.  Every spring they would make a ‘’V’’-shaped cut into the side of maple trees and insert pieces of bark to collect the sap.  Boiled down, this sweet liquid became a nutritious beverage.  In those days, maple sugar production was an important source of pure sugar. When the first French settlers arrived, the Indians traded maple sugar with them and taught them the secrets of the maple sugaring process  Today the maple industry in Quebec is greatly refined.  The delectable product is in demand all over the world. In fact, 71 % of the world’s maple sirup is made in Québec.

CHICAGO’S TOP CHEF CHARLIE TROTTER IN MONTREAL TO HONOUR NORMAND LAPRISE

It seems to be the thing, these days, to see celebrities flying in, making a splash, and flying out. Jean Paul Gaultier, überchef Gordon Ramsay – who’s opening a restaurant in town in February! – and also…. Charlie Trotter, who’s a veritable culinary legend in Chicago, where his restaurant Charlie Trotter’s has been among the highest-rated for as long as there have been reputable restaurant guides. And yes, we spoke to him, too.