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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.

SOFITEL MONTREAL : A CLASS ACT

Seriously.  There’s absolutely no gimmick in that “five stars” rating. Everything at the Sofitel hits you as being top of the line.  Starting with the service. Four clés d’or concierges  (one of them being the actual vice-president of the international union) make sure every single customer gets what they want, when they want it.  The decorum adopted by the staff speaks for itself: the moment you step in, the staff makes you feel like royalty.

FLICKR PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Can you guess what’s the unique delicacy in this photo? If you said gremlin barf, you’re totally wrong! It’s poutine, silly! And it is a local delicacy here in Montreal! (And for the record we resent you comparing our cuisine to the regurgitation of a monster.) “Poutine is a delicious mixture of fries, sauce and cheese. The classic Quebec poutine uses a very specific pepper sauce and fromage beaucronne (like a cheddar cheese curds).” And since your curiosity is now peeked, there are a couple of late-night options for you to sample poutine. It’s always more delicious before hitting the sack, after a night of partying. Thanks Flickr prodogy beingmimosa for the yummy photo! —————————————————————————————————————— Submit your Montréal pictures to our MONTRÉAL BUZZ FLICKR GROUP. And see our previous PHOTOS OF THE WEEK.

5 ROMANTIC RESTAURANTS IN MONTREAL

An important part of any perfect weekend getaway is dining on great food in cozy bistros. And there is nothing quite divine as sharing the experience with your main squeeze. Whether a fresh new flame or a partner of 50 years, a romantic meal is a helpful pit stop in the ol’ relationship race. Okay, maybe not the best metaphor I’ve ever written. Our criteria for a winning romantic restaurant include a couple of variables: uniqueness, ambience and deliciousness. Each of these five restaurants will provide an idealistic backdrop for a lovely evening with your sweetheart. Bon Appétit!

BUSINESS BLACKBOOK: WHERE TO EAT YOUR NEXT POWER LUNCH

Toqué is arguably Montreal’s most revered restaurant. It is a white tablecloth institution that has long been known for its fabulous service, contemporary décor, and extraordinary tasting menus. I’ve celebrated some special occasions here, including a very romantic Valentine’s Day dinner. (Note to any gentlemen readers: My date got bonus points for having superb taste in venues.)

MONTREAL’S BEST SANDWICHES

  I love sandwiches, I know sandwiches, I eat sandwiches. But so does almost everyone else. So, when putting together a list of Montreal’s best sandwiches I knew I shouldn’t try to serve up some hubris on wry without consulting outside sources. I therefore took to Facebook for a little groupthink on the subject…

10 REASONS WHY MONTREAL IS A GREAT FOODIE DESTINATION

Foodie [foo-dee] –noun Slang . a person having an enthusiastic interest in the preparation and consumption of good food. Montrealers love to eat. A large slice of local Montreal culture is gathering around a table, uncorking a bottle of wine, animatedly chatting about life and savoring the smells and tastes of artfully prepared food. If you also enjoy eating as much as we do, we’ve got ten great reasons why foodies should flock to Montreal.

10 DELICIOUS FRENCH RESTAURANTS IN MONTREAL

  Montreal has emerged as an ultimate foodie destination (check out these foodie tours) in North America, and that romantic French flair has much to do with a certain epicurean notoriety. We’ve nabbed a reputation as the “Paris” of North America and, travelers come to Montreal with certain expectations of cultural and culinary offerings dancing in their heads. There are a couple hundred French Bistros in Montreal; they vary in price, location, design, and of course, approach to food. Here are ten of our French restaurant choices for 2010. Bon appétit!

FRIDAY NOCTURNES: THE MARVELOUS MARRIAGE OF MUSIC AND MUSEUM

Music and art go together like… well… John and Yoko. Where the cadence of a chord progression ends, the visual stimulus of a painting begins. On the first Friday of each month the Montreal Contemporary Art Museum hosts an event called Friday Nocturnes. They invite a trendy band or musician to perform, while giving visitors the opportunity to engage with contemporary art.