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From kimchi to kalbi: authentic Korean restaurants in Montréal

Montréal has a happening Asian food scene and Korean cuisine is represented well. From family-style restaurants to do-it-yourself barbecue and casual student-centric eateries, the choices are vast. Korean food has a reputation for being one of the few Asian cuisines that have been adapted or “westernized” the least, so it’s safe to say that you’re getting the authentic Korean food experience no matter where you go. But where do you go? Here’s the best of the best Korean restaurants in Montréal. 🍛🍴🍲 Une photo publiée par @zoechabot le 12 Déc. 2015 à 15h40 PST Chez Hwang – 5545 Upper Lachine Road This is a no-frills, to-the-point type of restaurant. A large open space with minimal decor is in no way reflective of the kind of food you’re going to get at Chez Hwang. Home-style-cooked Korean comfort food that sticks to your ribs is what’s in store for you. Speaking of ribs, get the kalbi, deliciously grilled Korean short ribs served with rice and delectable banchan (side dishes). The jokbal (braised pork shank), which feeds an army, is popular, so try to get in on it before they sell out. As the name suggests, dining at Chez Hwang feels like you’re… / Read More →

Your 2016 POP Montréal survival guide

For five days in September, the city rocks out and sings along to the music of POP Montréal, encompassing indie rock, electro, hip hop, punk, classic R&B and new music that defies genre let alone “pop” – plus films, talks, kids activities, star-studded basketball and more. From September 21 to 25 the POP tradition continues in its 15th year as venues big and small welcome over 350 artists, from The Kills to John Cale. Event The 15th edition of POP Montréal , September 21 to 25, 2016, with performances and events from daytime to late-night. What you’re getting into With show venues city-wide and strong connections to many of Montréal’s music scenes, POP Montréal doubles as a great way to see both major sites and lesser-known parts of the city – from a church on Rachel Street to Mile End’s Ukrainian Federation and Rialto Theatre to downtown’s Métropolis and Musée d’art contemporain. The proceedings Some shows sell out fast, so get your tickets well ahead of time. Or take advantage of POP’s pass options: go for the full-festival deal with the Super Pass or one-night POP-hopper pass. Add POP’s Tourist Package and get some pretty sweet store and restaurant discounts plus a tour of the Mile-Ex… / Read More →

Where to enjoy natural wines in Montréal

For the past few years, the term “natural wine” has carved itself a larger spot in our daily vernacular as well as on restaurants’ menus. The natural wine phenomenon is nothing new but its “rebirth” and its newfound popularity is. This latest buzzword designates wines that have been grown and processed with minimal intervention and no added chemicals. Instead of trying to control nature, natural wine producers embrace and work with it. This produces wines that are a true representation of their unique terroir. The natural wave hit Montréal a few years ago and the city has since become one of the best in the world to enjoy these funky wines. Several restaurants in town boast a great carte de vins natures that are fun to explore. Pastaga is one of the first restaurants in Montréal to popularize natural wines since it’s opening in 2011. The opening of its sister restaurant and wine shop Cul Sec located around the corner, has consolidated the natural wine love affair these two spots have going. Vin Papillon’s sommelière Vanya Filipovic’s passion for great wines and fantastic winemakers is evident in the care and research that goes in the creation of the restaurant’s outstanding… / Read More →

Latex jetset fly in for 2016 Montréal Fetish Weekend

Passion, fashion and kink-themed late-night parties are the order of the day when fetish lovers from around the world jet in for the Montréal Fetish Weekend, a throwback to the revelry of Montréal’s Sin City golden era. This year’s 12th annual Montréal Fetish Weekend has workshops, kink expos, fashion shows and all kinds of fantasy adventures programmed over six days, from Aug. 31 to Sept. 5. Here are some highlights from this year’s Montréal Fetish Weekend: Attendees come from as far away as Japan and Germany, and the hugely popular Welcome Dinner and Cocktail on Sept. 1 from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Hotel Gouverneurs is one of the best ways to meet new friends and renew old friendships. The ambiance is casual to all-out fetish. A fetish-fantasy, goth-glamour dress code is suggested. The annual KABARET KINK takes place Sept. 1 at Montréal’s iconic Café Cléopatra, a showbar since 1893 and the last hold-out from Montréal’s fabled Sin City-era red-light district. Cleo’s classic cabaret space is on the second floor, above their first-floor strip joint. Featuring seating for 100+ guests—with décor, lighting and disco balls straight out of the 1970s—this year’s theme is “Burlesque Elegance.” The floorshow will feature many sexy and exciting… / Read More →

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 →