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Things to do this Thanksgiving Weekend in Montreal

As Canadian Thanksgiving weekend approaches, Montreal remains thankful for an abundance of autumnal activities and entertainment, along with rather summery temperatures even as the leaves change colour…

Cruise ship tours: Montreal in three hours or three days

The island of Montreal offers the contemporary cruise ship passenger innumerable possibilities for their own three-hour stopover tour of the city. Or make it a three-day tour, depending on how long you’re docked…

Jean-Talon Market: Seven new tastes for Spring

In the spring and summer months, Montreal’s Jean-Talon market is the largest open-air farmers’ market in North America. It’s a great place to get close to what makes Montreal’s food scene great: The farmers and the foods that come from our earth, our land (what we call “terroir”)…

EAT YOUR WAY THROUGH JEAN-TALON MARKET

The Jean-Talon market is the Mecca of all things delicious in Montreal. Chefs, foodies and amateur gourmets flock to this culinary Disneyland to satisfy all their food needs. In this “largest open air market in North America” you will find fishmongers, butchers, local cheese artisans, Quebec farmers and foragers, duck, turkey and quail eggs, flowers and fresh herbs as well as more exotic fare like Moroccan pastries, Eastern European-style sausages and even a taco “king”…

MONTREAL’S BEST HOT CHOCOLATE

The chill is in the air, and with that comes the desire for hot chocolate. It’s primal. Luckily, Montreal’s old-world/new world vibe makes it a great place to sip on choco – you get all the tradition of a Belgian or Swiss cup of cocoa goodness, with rock-and-roll elements such as salty caramel or chile for the adventurous palate. Here are some of our favourite places to stop off for a rich, unguent cup of chocolat chaud…

FALL HARVEST TIME AT MONTREAL’S MARKETS

There was a time when autumn in Montreal was my favourite season – the crisp air and quickened pace, dappled sunlight on red and yellow leaves in Mont-Royal Park, everyone stylish in their new fall-season fashions. Idyllic really. Yet at some point in the past five years, I became a summer person, happiest in its heat, whether urban frenzy or country calm. High summer is also when I discovered that I really like vegetable farming (in small doses), though a visit to any of Montreal’s markets proves that both farming and farm-fresh bounties continue well into September and October…

SUMMER AT JEAN-TALON MARKET

Locals know that a summer stroll around Montreal’s markets is not only a chance to connect local farms to your table, it’s also a chance for us to check each other out in the long-awaited sunshine…

MAPLE SYRUP PRODUCTS IN MONTREAL

We’ve recently posted some very hip ways to get a fresh take on maple syrup products, from a clubby cocktail hour to an elegant sit-down tasting menu, But sometimes it’s just as fun to take your maple to go. Sometimes a quick shop-stop for a maple-flavoured chocolate or sausage are all you need to get sugared off…

FOOD SHOPPING FOR FERREIRA CAFÉ WITH CHEF ROBERTA SUDBRACK

What’s the first thing famous chefs want to do when they visit a city? Check out the markets, of course. And with top-rated Brazilian chef Roberta Sudbrack, in Montreal to cook at Ferreira Café, it was no different…

TOP 5 MONTREAL HIGH LIGHTS FOOD EVENTS

I`ve been covering the Montreal High Lights food festival (known now as the Wine and Dine Experience) since it first started a decade ago. That first year, we ate our faces off and the guest chef was the father of contemporary French cuisine, Paul Bocuse. I went to his cooking class at the ITHQ and we made poached lobster. And that`s about all I remember, after all the wine pairings…