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A FUN TOUR OF MONTREAL CHINATOWN

Walking through Montreal’s Chinatown, you’ll hear French, English, Mandarin, Cantonese and Vietnamese. You’ll also be drooling like a little puppy over the smell of dumplings, fried shrimp, Peking Duck, Crispy Chicken and Lobster dishes. Not to mention, you’ll be tempted by the Gods of Shopping thanks to superb gift ideas including silky soft kimonos, lingerie, crafts, tea pots, china and much much more. Take a look at the video and allow me to take you on a little tour. You’ll see… Montreal’s Chinatown is a very pleasant place to be and it clearly deserves putting aside an hour or two of your time in the city.

FOOD NETWORK STAR, CHUCK HUGHES, CATERS TO BANDS AT OSHEAGA FESTIVAL

The New York Times recently praised the celestial food served to bands such as Arcade Fire, the National, K’naan and Snoop Dogg at Montreal’s Osheaga Festival. The catering, orchestred by Chuck Hughes, the chef at Montreal’s popular Garde-Manger restaurant and host of the Food Network’s “Chuck’s Day Off“, is one to go down in the history books. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at the feast’s epicness.

THIS (LONG) WEEKEND IN MONTREAL (SEPT 3 to 6)

Everyone loves a long weekend! And if you are going to be joining us in Montreal this weekend, you are in for some sunny days and plenty of activities to keep you in trouble… err… occupied. Here are some of our recommendations!

NOA SUSHI LOUNGE: TOKYO ON THE MAIN

Last Wednesday marked the opening of a new, exciting venue on St-Laurent blvd : Noa Sushi Lounge.  For the occasion, cordon-bleu trained creative director Nacim Louali invited two Japanese chefs : Taketsuna Araki (formerly from Kaizen and Soto) and Koichi (from Kioochi Club Hotel & St-Malo Kasukabe in Tokyo) – flown in from Japan for the occasion – to shake up the new sushi kitchen.

MONTREAL’S ITALIAN WEEK

Montreal’s Italian Week takes place this week, until August 15th, which the more observant of you will notice is actually more than a week. But given the range of activities it boasts- art exhibits, food, music, cars, bocce tournaments and much more- it’s pretty evident that a week would not have been enough…

SOUL FOOD @ KITCHENETTE

Kitchenette is one of those Montreal restaurants that is exists quietly in the hearts of Montrealers who know where to find good food. Located directly across the street from Montreal’s CBC building on René Lévesque Boulevard, the bistro is the premiere lunch destination for the buzzingly busy broadcast crowd. When the sun sets, however, Kitchenette takes on a relaxed evening atmosphere, as local residents escape the bustling terraces of the Montreal gay village and wander the one block south to install themselves for a calm evening meal.

YOAV ON MONTREAL, SOCIAL MEDIA AND LIVING LIFE GYPSY STYLE

Yoav is a one-man, music phenomenon. His music is based primarily on his own vocals, his guitar and his trusted foot-pedal mixer (that he affectionately calls “The Beast” – photo below). After touring the world for the past couple of years, his diligence is paying off with a #1 iTunes album and an ever-increasing fan base.

DINNER IN THE SKY!

Dinner in the sky : the art of having dinner strapped to a chair, which is attached to a table, which is suspended to a crane,  which is floating 150 feet in the sky. Fun? You bet!

HAITI EN FOLIE: MONTREAL FESTIVAL CELEBRATES HAITIAN CULTURE!

From July 21 to July 25, the heart of Montreal will beat to the pulse of Haitian rhythms as Haiti en Folie, the biggest multidisciplinary Haitian festival outside of Haiti, kicks off for a 4th edition of infectious grooves and bewitching energy! Retro Haitian music, jazz, gospel, vaudou and reggae are on the menu for these 5 days of celebration, but so are theatre, dance, cinema, litterature and gastronomy! Chances are you might perceive Haiti as a place characterized by post-earthquake tragedy, but thankfully, Haiti en Folie is here to pay tribute to Haiti’s incredibly rich heritage and remind us why the Pearl of the Antilles got its name in the first place. Here are a some festival recommendations!

THE CREPE MAKER: LA CRÊPERIE DU MARCHÉ

Yesterday I was doing my weekly grocery shop in the beloved Jean Talon Market when my tummy started a’rumblin’. It said to me, “Daniel, please feed me something delicious and nutritious!” It’s understandable that I might get hungry in the midst of a myriad of culinary choices that the market offers. But with all those options to chose from, one can get overwhelmed. Luckily I remembered a recommendation of a friend, Canadian foodie Sarah Elton.