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Spotlight on new Québec cuisine: five excellent picks

The first time you set foot in Québec, the clichés about its cuisine abound. Montréal, mecca of poutine, beaver tails and pâté chinois. A paradise where rich dishes and heaping plates help protect you from the cold? Perhaps. But this description feels a little overcooked. And ever since Toqué—the restaurant that redefined Québec cuisine—opened its doors, the culinary scene continues to chart daring and creative new territory, so much so that the Omnivore food festival has been firing up Foodlab for the past three years now. Who are the chefs to watch? The restaurants not to miss during your next visit to Montréal? Our recommendations: Manitoba Manitoba is situated smack dab in the middle of the Mile Ex industrial district, in an up-and-coming neighbourhood that’s very popular among Montrealers. This delightful rustic-chic restaurant, which takes a walk on wild side, boasts a menu entirely dedicated to Québec terroir cuisine and feels entirely one-of-a-kind. The restaurant, created by the design firm La Firme, ushers the flora and fauna of Québec to its open kitchen past a slender dark wood bar and an intricate cedar ceiling. It’s pleasing to the eye, friendly and accessible. The menu changes according to product availability. Go… / Read More →

Things to Do in Montreal: April 11-17

Montreal celebrates spring this week with outdoor art and activities, from big-screen film art to a tailgate party, and an array of fabulous food, affordable fashion and entertainment to suit all styles…

Things to Do in Montreal: January 17-23

Enjoy Montreal’s winter traditions this week, from tobogganing to warming comfort foods, and find yourself transported by all manner of entertainment: electronic dance music, Chinese dance, Russian ballet, high-tech French film, inventive art, and more…

Great moments from the 2013 Omnivore Food Festival in Montreal

Once again and for the second year in a row, the Omnivore World Tour food festival has just ended its 6-day stint in Montreal. Food demos, Damn Dinners and the Omnivorious party were all met with huge enthusiasm by Montrealers and visitors alike. I attended a few of the festivities and was happy to see a lot of happy people present at these remarkable and unique activities…

SAT’S FOODLAB CELEBRATES ITS FIRST ANNIVERSARY

This past Saturday, FoodLab celebrated its first anniversary with a bang. There was a special festive menu, family, fans and colleagues, pretty lights, a ping-pong table and birthday cake.

FIVE MONTREAL HARVEST PLATES

It’s harvest time again in Montreal, the maple leaves have turned and leaf peepers crown the country roads on weekends, mixing with the trucks that bring the produce in to stock the cold rooms of the city’s top artisans. This is perhaps the season when our culinary uniqueness is the most obvious. The thing is, we have the same crops here as do many cities in our latitude – mushrooms, greens, tomatoes, squash – and yet our chefs always find new and ever more appealing ways to showcase the season’s bounty.