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Bowled over: the food bowl trend hits Montréal

Looks like 2016 is the year the plate gets pushed aside to make room for the bowl. From power bowls to bibimbap, poke to acai and even porridge, the food bowl trend is picking up traction. What’s not to love? They’re healthy, low in calories, energizing and of course, Instragram-friendly. Here are our picks of the best Montréal food bowls to round out your culinary experiences. Maybe one of the cutest resto in the Old Port of Montreal 😍❤️ @venicemtl #venicemtl #resto #california #californiastyle #healthyfood #glutenfree #vegan #ondejeune #mtlmoments #mtlblog #mtlblogger #nightlife #levieuxmontreal #summer #love #❤️ Une photo publiée par VENICE RESTAURANT (@venicemtl) le 16 Août 2016 à 6h10 PDT THE POKE This typical Hawaiian salad is made of raw fish cubes or seafood, often seasoned with soya sauce, sesame oil, seaweed, sesame seeds and diced jalapeño and avocado. And Venice MTL smack in the middle of Old Montréal is totally on-trend, with its California vibe and healthy summery meals. The tuna poke with rice, edamame, mango, gingered tobiko, shoyu and spiced mayonnaise is not only divine, it’s addictive. Hawaii #powerbowl @lepokebar. Élu plat de l’été. Une photo publiée par Une parisienne à Montréal (@laurejuil) le 26 Juil. 2016 à… / Read More →

Things to do during the Labour Day Weekend, September 2 to 5

A slew of exhibitions, world-class auteur film, a mind-blowing art performance, a giant round-up of food trucks, a food fest that shines the spotlight on Québec cuisine, activities for families and hot party evenings: it’s going to be one mighty fine long weekend in the city! Exhibitions Montréal’s museums and art galleries are teeming with excellent exhibitions. On September 2, the MAC opens the doors to its popular Nocturne from 5 p.m. to 2 in the morning. Take advantage of your visit to see Edmund Alleyn. In my studio, I am many, Jean-Pierre Gauthier and Ryoji Ikeda. Orchestrated, Liz Magor. Habitude and Lizzie Fitch/Ryan Trecartin. Priority Innfield while you’re there. At the MMFA don’t miss the last days of the POMPEII until September 5 and take part in a musical experience that combines urban art and play structures with the sweet 21 balançoires (21 swings) on the Promenade des Artistes at the Quartier des spectacles. Starting August 31, you can see the World Press Photo at Bonsecours Market, which showcases the winning photographs of this prestigious professional world competition. On September 4, take the family to see the Harvest Festival at Maison Saint-Gabriel for a day of fun and market-fresh abundance that… / Read More →

Festival YUL EAT is back in Montréal this labour day weekend

The third edition of Festival YUL EAT is coming back to Quai de l’Horloge in Old Montréal on Labour Day weekend (September 3, 4 and 5). After last year’s very successful edition, this year’s chapter promises to be even better and more delicious. Free admission tickets will give festivalgoers access to the main site at the Old Port’s Clock Tower Quay where many food trucks will be parked to feed the hungry crowds. The full schedule hasn’t been revealed yet, so keep checking the YULEAT website for details. The YULEAT Festival will also include several other experiences, which we’ve detailed here below. YUL EAT Experience Festivalgoers who purchase tickets to the YUL EAT Experience will have access to a private zone where talented chefs and industry experts, winemakers and local artisans will be presiding over workshops and demos, food stands and wine and spirit tastings. Many industry experts such as chef and TV star Martin Juneau, pastry chef extraordinaire Patrice Demers, chefs Marc-André Jetté, Danny St-Pierre, oyster connoisseur Daniel Notkins and many more will be participants in this portion of the festival. Festivalgoers will also be able to attend some roundtables on some interesting topics pertaining to the culinary industry,… / Read More →

Eaton Centre: Your starting place in the underground city

One of Montréal’s most famous treasures is the “Underground City, an underground pedestrian network right under the heart of the city that links metro stations to shopping plazas for over 32 kilometres (about 20 miles). It’s a lifesaver when you want to stroll, shop and eat away from the hot blazing sun or the freezing snow, but it’s also a go-to destination for the whole family anytime because of the world of entertainment it opens up. Your stating point? The Montréal Eaton Centre, a glittering multistory shopping centre uniting 175 shops and restaurants on Sainte-Catherine Street, connected directly to McGill metro station. Souvenir central If you’re looking for goodies to remember your trip by, Eaton Centre has got the made-in-Montréal shops for you: Rudsak leather goods, Squish gourmet artisanal candies, DavidsTea and Caroline Néron’s Swarovsky-enhanced jewellery are all great for gifts, whether they’re for yourself or your lucky loved ones. Sports fans will find everything they want in terms of Montréal sports teams regalia at Édition Limitée, while shoe fiends will want to check out L’intervalle, a Montréal-based women’s footwear label, or the Montréal-based, internationally famous ALDO shoes. Head-to-toe style Looking for a new look? Create your own extreme makeover at… / Read More →

Montréal Country Festival brings toe-tapping fun to the Old Port

Montréal’s sunny Old Port is revealing its wild-west side on the weekend of August 19 to 21, with the Montréal Country Festival. Now’s your chance to get in some amazing country shows and to learn new skills – including when to hold ‘em, and when to fold ‘em! Right on the banks of the beautiful St. Lawrence River, at the Clock Tower Pier two steps from the beach, the festival kicks off every evening at 5 or 5:30 pm with a line dancing class – nearly as much fun to watch as it is to learn. Then comes the music: on Friday, the French Canadian country stylings of Serge Massé and Guylaine Tanguay (which you can take in for free) will be followed by an homage to the Great Garth by Steve Surprenant, in the big top at 10 pm, dubbed Garth Brooks Fever. After that comes the Shania Twain Forever homage, performed by Véronique Labbé. Loud woots guaranteed. On Saturday, the line dancing makes way to free shows by the dulcet-voiced Amélie Hall, followed by Robby Johnson, before the big show at 10 pm by life-of-the-party band Rodeo Drive. Then on Sunday, Syldan plays after the line dancin g… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal August 19 to 25

Montréal feels lively and carefree this week as the sun shines on family-friendly outdoor sports event Jackalope, the Fashion & Design Festival, the St-Laurent street fair, pretty parks and open-air bars, all with music and food to keep us going. Soak up summer Skateboarding, motocross, fixed gear biking, bouldering and a massive watergun fight await at JACKALOPE at Olympic Park, Aug. 19-21– but the family-friendly festival (kids 10 years and under get in free! And there’s a babysitting service!) isn’t only about extreme sports: chill out in a hammock, do some yoga, listen to live music from High Klassified, The Posterz and more artists, and eat great food from food trucks – later on, go to official after parties in Mile End. HOT AIR BALLOON SUNSET🎈#bucketlist #7yearani Une photo publiée par @sallysaleh le 15 Août 2016 à 17h23 PDT Slow down by swinging to the sound of musical art installation 21 Swings outside Place des Arts, or cruising along the Saint-Lawrence River on a laid-back brunch, afternoon or gourmet dinner cruise with Croisières AML. Or float above the city and countryside: hot air balloon and music festival International des Montgolfières Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu runs to Aug. 21 in nearby Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu. Play time Watch the final three days of the Rio 2016… / Read More →

Meet a Montrealer: Street artists MissMe, Zek One and Dodo_ose

Street art in Montréal not only brightens the urban core and surrounding neighbourhoods but reflects the spirit and culture of the city, whether in a colourful two-storey mural downtown for Mural Festival, live group painting at Under Pressure or a wheatpaste print in a side-street alley. Tourisme Montréal recently talked to three of the city’s most intriguing street artists: the mysterious “artful vandal” MissMe – known best for her Portrait of a Vandal print series of a naked woman wearing a Mickey Mouse-eared balaclava – and A’shop crew artists Zek One and Dodo_ose, the creative minds and deft hands behind several prominent murals in Montréal and other major cities. How has Montréal influenced your style? MissMe: Montréal has allowed me to explore and to evolve. I work alone, but I end up meeting and knowing other artists because ours is still a small community even though it’s recently grown so much. Montréal is so special because of the vibe of this city, the people, there’s something very human and organic about it – the art in the street reflects that. It may seem messy for some, but it gives the city more personality. Zek One: Back in ‘93, I started… / Read More →

Your guide to Omnivore 2016

The Omnivore food festival takes place September 16 to 19 in association with the Society for Arts and Technology [SAT]. 2016 marks the fifth year this traveling celebration of gastronomy hits Montréal. This year’s theme highlights “young cuisine”, as noted by founder Luc Dubanchet. In an editorial on the official site, Dubanchet acknowledges the culinary landscape in Montréal forged by the likes of Normand Laprise, Au Pied de Cochon and the guys of Joe Beef. However, this year’s festival focuses on the new generation of culinary talent whose prowess is fortified year after year—as exemplified by some of their popular establishments. Masterclasses The Masterclasses are one of the most highly anticipated events of the festival. They showcase cooking demonstrations and lectures by some of the most creative culinary minds, both locally and internationally. Some of this year’s masterclass hosts will be Leigh Roper (Foxy), John Winter Russell (Candide), Johnathan Rassi (400 Coups), Juan Lopez & Samuel Pinard (Farine), Patrice Demers (Patrice Pâtissier), Aaron Langille (Le Diplomate) as well as international guests such as Pedro de Artagao (Irajà), Daniel Burns (Luksus) and Daniel Eddy (Rebelle). Tickets for the Masterclass demonstrations are free, but they sell out fast. Reserve here. Extra Dinners… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: August 12 to 18

Relax the way Montrealers do in August with outdoor classical music concerts and film screenings, set your kids free at family-focused events, or party like a Montrealer at Montréal Pride and the Fashion & Design Festival. And definitely eat like a Montrealer – we’ve got recommendations. Music for all ages Classical music enthusiasts of all ages will love the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal Couche-Tarde Classical Spree, August 10-13: 30 affordable concerts at Place des Arts starting with Kent Nagano conducting the OSM in Chariots of Fire, plus matinée shows for kids, free activities and two free outdoor concerts: Mozart’s Magic Flute opera on Aug. 12 at 7 pm, and four orchestras performing in Spotlight on Youth on Aug. 13 at 10:30 am. Make your own music just by swinging: outdoor art installation 21 Swings is back until Sept. 5 outside Place des Arts. The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts transforms a side street into Toulouse-Lautrec’s Belle Époque on Aug. 13 at noon, featuring Cancan dancers and music by the Alex Francoeur jazz trio. La Tohu circus centre hosts FALLA, a free event of world music, circus acts and kids activities, Aug. 11-13. And the Olympic Park hosts kids event Carnaval estival on Aug. 13. Montréal Pride… / Read More →

Great Greek restaurants in Montréal

If breaking plates were allowed as seen in movies, Greek restaurants would be the most fun spots in town! Vandalism aside, Greek cuisine, although simple, is one of the tastiest, especially in summer when one can leisurely sample a variety of cold and warm mezzes (Greek tapas) and a few grilled specialties. Below are some of our favourite Greek restaurants in Montréal. Milos –  5357 Du Parc Avenue New York, Athens, Miami, Vegas and London, the Milos empire reaches far and wide but the original one where it all started is on the famous Du Parc Avenue in Montréal. Freshness and authenticity are what made Estiatorio Milos one of the best fine dining establishments in Montréal. The fish is imported daily from the Mediterranean, the olive oil is Milos’ own private label, the vegetables are locally sourced and everything else, including the service, is tended to with much care and professionalism. The Milos Special, a mountain of thinly sliced, battered and deep fried crispy zucchini and eggplants served with tzatziki are a must, as are any of the fish on display. Fresh Grilled #Shrimp and Warm Weather – This Is Turning Out To Be A #Beautiful September 👌😉 #yum#yummy#igers#igersmontreal#livemontreal#igdaily#instafood#instagood#instalike#instalove#DDO#food#foodie#foodpic#foodgasm#Greek#Grecque#Fresh#delicious#greekfood#Laval#Montreal#montrealfood#mtlfood#photooftheday Une… / Read More →