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Island flavours in Montréal: Caribbean restaurants to try

Montréal’s Caribbean food scene has been modest for years. With several go-to spots around town, getting a taste of island cuisine used to be limited to only a handful of restaurants. Luckily for us, the options for Caribbean dining have blossomed over the years. From Jamaican to Cuban to Haitian, Montréal has established a solid roster of restaurants to get a taste of tropical island fare. Jerk Chicken Une photo publiée par [骏] (@dxbjin) le 30 Mai 2016 à 17h55 PDT Caribbean Curry House – 6892 Victoria Avenue This renowned Caribbean classic has been slinging their famous roti and stew plates for over 35 years! Goat, mutton or chicken, find an excuse to order them all. #lovelentils with this delicious #slowcooker #coconut #lentil #curry and brown basmati rice! Super easy dinner and freezes well for #yummy quick meals. #mealprep #iifym #vegan #glutenfree #fiber #eatclean #80twentyrule #foodie #nutrition #dietitian #iyp2016 Une photo publiée par Christy Brissette MSc RD (@80twentyrule) le 26 Mai 2016 à 10h56 PDT Boulangerie Spicee – 6889 Victoria Avenue This Caribbean street food gem has been a favourite of locals for 40 years! Your go-to spot for spicy Jamaican beef patties, or fluffy and messy Trinidadian “chana doubles”… / Read More →

Where to eat around the Rogers Cup

The 2016 edition of the Rogers Cup presented by National Bank has descended once again upon Montréal. From July 22 to 31, the best female tennis players will be competing at Uniprix Stadium. Crowds of tennis lovers will be heading to Villeray to watch the games and since you might want to know where to fuel up while you’re in this trendy part of town, below is a list of some of our favourite restaurants and watering holes. Parfaite soirée @huisclosvilleray ✨👌🏼 #huisclosvilleray #mtl #montreal #mtlblog #somontreal #yul #livemontreal #montrealmoments #decouvrezvilleray #villeray #tartare #food #foodie #colorfull #summer #sundayfunday Une photo publiée par Caroline Robert (@ca_rockab) le 24 Juil. 2016 à 19h42 PDT Huis Clos: If you’re an oyster lover, then this is the spot for you. Huit Clos also serves classic fare that go well with their extensive beer, cocktail and wine menus. Impasto is one of the best authentic Italian restaurants in Montréal and it just happens to be a few blocks away from the tennis courts. Indulge in luscious pasta dishes and delectable homemade salumi as well as great desserts. It’s open for lunch on Thursdays and Fridays. Bistro L’Enchanteur has become somewhat of a neighbourhood institution for… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: July 22 to 28

Montréal turns the fun dial all the way up this week for comedy fest Just For Laughs, games fest Mondial des Jeux, two nights of fireworks, numerous outdoor activities and sports in the sun, new films and live music – we’ve even got Pokémon GO covered! Mike Ward, scène @videotron 🎉 // 16 juillet Une photo publiée par Juste pour rire (@juste_pour_rire) le 17 Juil. 2016 à 14h02 PDT Comedy gold Laugh out loud for days during comedy festival Just For Laughs, bringing headliners Nathan Lane, Sarah Silverman, Jeff Goldblum, Aziz Ansari, Julie Louis-Dreyfus, Russell Peters, Hannibal Buress and more comedy stars to Montréal until August 1. JFL’s free street festival outside Place des Arts entertains day and night – don’t miss the Twins Parade on July 23 and the Vintage Car exhibition on July 24, kid-focused V8energy labyrinth, puppeteer Jacques Boutin and dancer-clown Fifi Bric-à-Brac, nightly musical Jukebox and an array of food trucks. See new editions of The Ethnic Show hosted by Rachid Badouri and The Nasty Show, a seriously dirty good time hosted by Mike Ward. JFL’s “underground” program OFF-JFL features Janeane Garofalo, Tom Green, Scott Thompson, The Lucas Bros and more. Add to all that Zoofest, dedicated to wild indie humour and a… / Read More →

Your 2016 Osheaga survival guide

No one goes to the Osheaga Music and Arts Festival to get away from it all. They go to have it all: the spectacular sights, the tantalizing wealth of tastes and smells (most of them anyway), the feel of summer on your skin. And, of course, the many, many amazing musical sounds. It’s an immersive sensory bath that is designed to overwhelm, albeit in a good way. Consider the following tips and helpful hints your guide to maximizing your time at Canada’s most unique outdoor concert event. Event The 11th edition of Osheaga, July 29 to 31. Doors open at 11 am and performances begin at 1 pm. Performances end at 11 pm. What you’re getting into A bucolic music and arts festival in beautiful Parc Jean-Drapeau, across the St. Lawrence from downtown Montréal, Osheaga unites some of the world’s best acts at an open-air site. From July 29 to 31, get ready to party to live performances by Brit-rock royalty Radiohead, hip-hop pioneers Cypress Hill, hometown indie-rock phenomenon Half Moon Run, the inexplicably popular Lumineers, funk-rock icons Red Hot Chili Peppers, original indie hipsters Death Cab For Cutie, the very deservedly much-loved Lana Del Ray – and sooo muuuuch… / Read More →

What’s happening during Montréal’s Italian Week

Montréal will be honouring the beauty and diversity of Italy through music, culture, food and folklore at Italian Week, held August 5 to 14. The agenda includes an outdoor opera, a star-lit fashion show, classical and popular music concerts, a Fiat 500 car exhibit, a dessert contest and much more. Now boarding for la dolce vita! Food You can’t even mention Italy without thinking about the country’s cuisine. At 2 p.m. on August 14, Saint-Laurent Boulevard’s Shamrock Stage will turn into a buttery battlefield with the official Best Coda d’Aragosta Contest. Before your very eyes, master pastry chefs will be going head to head to impress a handpicked jury of discerning eaters. Rest assured that once the deliberations are over, the flaky creations will be available for you to sample! But if it leaves you still feeling hungry, try one of these fantastic pizzerias or authentic Italian restaurants. Meanwhile, the Ateliers & Saveurs culinary school in the Old Port will be offering several cooking classes and wine tastings inspired by the flavours of Italy. Treat your taste buds while feasting your eyes on their fantastic heritage space! Culture If there’s an exhibit you should check out this week, it’s Pompeii. Running… / Read More →

Portuguese chicken in Montréal

Unlike the little villages that pepper Montréal where one can find an abundance of local ethnic specialties – dragon’s beard candy and dim sum in Chinatown and fresh cannoli and pizza in little Italy, you can smell the grilling of Portuguese chicken from almost any corner of town. Half Chicken Combo @ Rotisserie Romados // Half Grilled Chicken with Salad, French Fries and a Portuguese Roll with a side of Piri Piri Sauce. Sometimes the reality lives up to the hype. The chicken was excellent. Moist, smokey and spicy from the Piri Piri sauce. The fries were also very good, not greasy, crisp and seasoned with salt and pepper. The salad seemed like a throw away, but the acidity helped balance the chicken and fries. Wish we had fast food of this caliber back in New York. #rotisserieromados #portuguese #rotisserie #chicken #frenchfries #salad #roll #plateau #montroyal #montreal Une photo publiée par Stephen Rose (@the_degustasian) le 28 Mai 2015 à 20h24 PDT There are certain things that we Montrealers like to call our own; bagels, smoked meat, potholes, our European sophistication and now added to the list, Portuguese chicken. The greatest thing about Montréal’s Portuguese chicken is that you can find… / Read More →

Montréal’s best hotel restaurants

With thousands of options, getting a taste of Montreal’s restaurant scene can take some precise logistical planning. Luckily if you’re visiting Montreal, your gastronomic journey’s starting point can start closer than you realize. Some of Montreal’s great chefs helm the kitchens of the city’s finest luxury and boutique hotels. These restaurants highlight some of city’s creative culinary teams and are  frequented and appreciated by visitors and locals alike. E.A.T (Être Avec Toi) Located in the trendy W Hotel (also home to Plateau Lounge and Wunderbar) E.A.T is amalgamation of restaurant and art gallery. Edgy murals and commissioned canvas pieces by local artists adorn the walls of the space. Headed by Executive Chef Sébastien Giannini, the menu is heavy on seafood that features, multi-tiered seafood towers, shellfish on ice, catch of the day specialties as well as local and seasonal dishes. W Hotel – 901 Square-Victoria (514 395-3180) Laurie Raphaël Discover the wonders of Quebec terroir cuisine at Laurie Raphaël brought to you by Chef Daniel Vézina. Chef Vézina (radio and television host, author, and philanthropist) and team executes his contemporary style of cuisine characterized by an emphasis on local products and regional flavours. Hotel Le Germain – 2050 Mansfield Street… / Read More →

The most Instagrammed spots in Montréal [part 2]

If you saw part 1 of our round-up of the most Instagrammed spots in Montréal and wondered why some of your favourite places were not on the list, fear not: part 2 of our series serves up ten more photogenic spots for capturing amazing #MTLmoments. Do you have a place to recommend? Drop us a line. Biosphere Hotspot: There are lots of great views of the Biosphere from Chemin Tour-de-l’Isle on Île Sainte-Hélène. Just hop the metro to the Parc Jean-Drapeau station and start strolling along the paths for a vantage point that sparks your inspiration. The Biosphere is a geodesic dome designed by architect Buckminster Fuller as the pavilion of the United States for the 1967 World Fair, Expo 67, and is now the only environment museum in North America. Parc Jean-Drapeau – Biosphère ♻️🐝 #montreal #biosphere A photo posted by Armelle G. (@armelle18) on Jun 15, 2016 at 11:02am PDT Nearby: Once you are at Parc Jean-Drapeau there are tons of things to see and do nearby: the aquatic complex, Jean-Doré Beach, the Casino de Montréal the former French Pavillion, plus, if your timing is right, you can take in music festivals and happenings like Piknic Électronik, Osheaga and Heavy… / Read More →

Game! Set! Match! Top women tennis players head to Montréal for Rogers Cup

The very best tennis players in the world are coming to Montreal for the 2016 Rogers Cup presented by National Bank. World No. 1 player Serena Williams will attempt to win her fourth Rogers Cup crown in a field that features 30 of the Top 35 WTA players and nine of the Top 10. The matches will be held at Uniprix Stadium where festive daily off-court activities, a variety of dining options, retail shopping, games, performances and promotions create a festival-like atmosphere at the tournament. “We have an excellent player field this year, showing that Rogers Cup continues to be an important stop on the tour for the top women in the world,” says tournament director Eugene Lapierre. “We are one of the biggest women’s events across the globe.” Past tournament winners returning include Agnieszka Radwanska (2014), Petra Kvitova (2012) and Caroline Wozniacki (2010). Tennis Canada, the non-profit national sport association which runs the Rogers Cup, has announced 20 players ranked inside the Top 75 will battle for the twelve remaining places in the main draw. Included on this list is 2016 Wimbledon semifinalist Elena Vesnina, expected to be the top seed for qualifying in Montreal. The qualifying sessions (July 23-24)… / Read More →

Comedy, concerts, shows, evenings… the fun continues summer long at the Casino!

During festival season, the Casino de Montréal is even sparklier than ever. An awesome go-to to cap off your party evenings, it has tons going on during Montréal’s legendary festivals! Move to the beat at the Casino This summer, Parc Jean-Drapeau turns into a giant open-air concert hall with the super-charged festivals of Osheaga, Île Soniq and Heavy Montréal. Pre- or post-evening, you can quench your thirst at the new Jardin bar-terrasse with Shaydakiss on July 28 and Dragonette on July 29. At the Valet de carreau bar, sate your electronic music cravings with DJ Seibaz, Pierce Fulton and Michael Sparks on August 5. Wrap it up with a dash back to the 90s in the company of Sebastian Bach on August 6. Photos and autograph signing, of course! Mode et Design at the Casino August 18 and 19, during the Festival Mode et Design, take part in a bingo and high heels night, win gift certificates and let loose during a double bill DJ and comedy evening! The party keeps going at the Casino Thought of tucking in already? The night’s still young! World-class DJs, winners of the DJ Red Bull Thre3style competition, will be cranking up the heat… / Read More →