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Raise a glass to the Sheraton Social Hour

What the Anglophone world calls after-work drinks or happy hour, Quebec calls the “5 à 7″. It has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? It acknowledges the necessary transition time between our stressful workaday lives and the downtime we need in the evening. Plus, it implies that a good tipple should take at least two hours. Glad to oblige…

MONTREAL’S SNOW VILLAGE RETURNS WITH NEW YORK THEME

Sure, Montreal in the summer is hot, sunny and jam-packed with festival fun. But the winter is when the city really takes on its unique flavour. Where else can people revel in the streets – nay, in a whole Snow Village! – in a minus 20 degree winter wonderland?

QUEER OF THE YEAR: HOTEL LE GERMAIN

Watch Mikala get everything wrong about the official Queer of the Year hotel. Luckily, she’s got Montreal Buzz insider Alexander Dunphy to school her on the real story behind Hôtel Le Germain. Here’s the story for you…

INTERCONTINENTAL HOTEL WOWS CULINARY CONTEST WINNERS

Sometimes the job of writing about food for Montreal Buzz seems less like a job and more like a lucky break – and this was certainly the case one sunny Saturday this summer when I joined six other lucky people who had won a Facebook contest put on by Montreal’s InterContinental Hotel…

CHEF DANIEL BOULUD BRINGS MAISON BOULUD TO MONTREAL

Blame it on Daniel Boulud’s star power. The New York-based chef’s spanking-new Maison Boulud, at the iconic Ritz-Carlton Hotel, has been buzzing from the moment it opened its doors. The menu is a blend of Boulud hits and dishes that feature some of the Québec ingredients discovered by the chef on recent trips to the province, like excellent suckling pig from the Laurentians and arctic char from the Gaspésie region…

IN-ROOM PAMPERING FROM MONTREAL’S MOBILE SPA

Jetlag or business travel got the better of you? Have you shopped and dropped? If you’re in dire need of a massage and there’s no spa at your hotel, no worries. Here comes Appia Nomadic Spa Community to the rescue…

MONTREAL’S BEST TEAS

Whether you’re looking for a place to learn about tea practices and tea culture while sipping on a rare blend from a remote region in China, or you just want to don some white gloves and have some good old fashioned afternoon tea, these top 5 tea connoisseurs in Montreal will have you covered…

VALENTINE’S DAY IN MONTREAL

Oh Saint Valentine’s Day. Intimate candle-lit dinners, slow and seductive gazes over the rim of a wine glass, the smoldering glow of a crackling fireplace, the delicate smell of rose petals as snow slowly falls in love with the ground… Montreal has always been a hopeless romantic, here’s how to make the most of it on February 14…

MONTREAL’S SNOW VILLAGE TAKES OVER PARC JEAN-DRAPEAU

Until March 31, Parc Jean Drapeau will be home to Montreal’s most wonderfully wintery attraction, the Snow Village. In fact, the Snow Village is an hommage to the city itself, boasting icy reproductions of Montreal’s building and monuments, not to mention a hotel, restaurant, bar, convention centre, chapel and, fittingly, a whole bunch of igloos. An obvious must-see for locals and tourists alike. To make reservations, visit the Snow Village website or call (514) 788-2181.

SLEEK WINTER CHIC IN MONTREAL’S SNOW VILLAGE

Starting January 6, Montreal’s Parc Jean Drapeau will be blessed with a magically stylish winter wonderland known as the Snow Village. For our friends from warmer climates: yes, stylish winter wonderlands are possible. Montreal is, after all, a city that holds one of its coolest festivals, Igloofest, in January. And since this village boasts a hotel, restaurant and bar among many other icy delights, I’d strongly consider cancelling that trip south and booking a ticket to come get down up north…