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.
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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!
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.
An important part of traveling is the sampling of local cuisine. Not only does it gives us the opportunity to literally taste a country, but also to participate in the traditions and customs that are inseparably paired with eating. But, perhaps ironically, some of the most memorable culinary experiences that I’ve had were in dining establishments that contrasted local cuisine, such as a Moroccan meal in Paris, Indian food in Christchurch (NZ) or an Argentinean BBQ in Costa Rica. Part of the charm is in the juxtaposition. Montreal is a North American foodie heaven. And a major factor in this epicurean positioning is the multitude of ethnicities that have chosen to establish new lives and enterprises in the city. Local gourmands rejoice on the abundance of diversity. Here are 10 ways to savor the international offerings…
Travelers are becoming increasingly aware of their environmental impact. We’ve got ten ideas for you to make your Montréal trip greener. From an award winning hotel to an organic spa to a couple of delicious dining options, these suggestions will help you travel in style and on budget, while limiting your ecological impact.
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.
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.
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!
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 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…