I love that when I go out in Montreal I can get Mad Men fancy and dress up to the nines (look for my earlier post “Get dolled up at Bleu Blow Dry and Rouge Nail Bar”) – or just tie my hair up in a ponytail, dress down, and nevertheless go out and have a good time. When I feel like doing the latter, which is most of the time, there are two new spots on my radar.
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What a good idea! Montreal’s Westin Hotel has a massive covered driveway – perfect for arriving in a bit of snow or rain. The area is totally closed in, so the hair, the gowns and the stilettos stay perfect. You are protected by a four-storey high roof and glass closed-in indoor-outdoor ‘room’. There, valets whisk your car away as you enter Montreal’s newest hotel.
Source: smashingmagazine.com What could be more ‘Quebec’ than maple syrup! A little trivia for visitors to Montreal. Maple syrup, part of Montreal’s cuisine-culture, was discovered by Amerindians centuries ago. Every spring they would make a ‘’V’’-shaped cut into the side of maple trees and insert pieces of bark to collect the sap. Boiled down, this sweet liquid became a nutritious beverage. In those days, maple sugar production was an important source of pure sugar. When the first French settlers arrived, the Indians traded maple sugar with them and taught them the secrets of the maple sugaring process Today the maple industry in Quebec is greatly refined. The delectable product is in demand all over the world. In fact, 71 % of the world’s maple sirup is made in Québec.
In a small-ish such as Montreal, it’s huge news when two famous chefs decide to open restaurants within weeks of each other.
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Last Thursday the Antonopoulos family celebrated the tenth anniversary of their Hotel Place d’Armes with an all-out bash. Boxing circa 1930 was the evening’s colourful theme, so lucky invite-only guests (like me) were entertained by some live fist fighting in a miniature ring, “cigarette girls” (serving sushi) dressed in feathers and flapper dresses, an oyster bar, drinks aplenty, a slick jazz band, and guest of honour Lucian Bute , the Montrealer who recently defended his super-middleweight title after a spectacular knockout match with Jesse Brinkley on Oct. 15 at Montreal’s Bell Centre.
So What makes a gal happier than shopping for clothes and jewellery? Well, for me, it’s shopping for clothes and jewellery on sale! Twice a year, thousands of like-minded fashion hounds block their calendars to hunt for amazing deals at La Grande Braderie de Mode Québécoise held at the Marché Bonsecours in the Old Montreal.
Astute followers of our Montreal Street Profile series may notice that there is something different between today’s instalment and those about Bleury, Parc, Maisonneuve, Saint-Paul and Saint-Zotique. Yes, Square Victoria is not a street but it is surrounded by them and has enough stuff going on that it deserves its moment in the sun…
Get ready for the witching hour! Take a Ghost Walk in Old Montreal. Follow the guide over cobbled stones and hear about gruesome crimes committed in Montreal’s centuries-old river-side area.
Well folks, it’s officially autumn now. And you know what? This is actually our favorite time of year in Montreal — the leaves changing colors, the markets brimming with produce from the harvest and the chance to sport our most stylish scarves. Montrealers LOVE autumn. But, for the sake of sentimentality, let’s take one last look back at summer. And what an adorable look back this is. Meandering through the Old Port, these two lovers epitomize the casual and romantic spirit of Montreal. After this little jaunt, we bet they had an amorous dinner along St. Paul Street, where they gazed lovingly into each others eyes over a bottle of shiraz. And then they grabbed maple ice cream and strolled through the antique cobblestone streets with arms sensuously holding another. Back at their dreamy boutique hotel suite, between steamy kisses, they slowly undressed each other, and then… in the heat of passion… immediately got on the internet and booked their next trip to Montreal. We’d just like to clarify that this is normal behavior for Montreal travelers. —————————————————————————————————————— Thanks to Annette Baesel for this charming picture! Check out her other stellar Montreal shots. Submit your Montréal pictures to our MONTRÉAL BUZZ… / Read More →