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Behind the scenes with Normand Laprise at Toqué!

In a previous post, I visited a farm with talented chef, Normand Laprise, from Toqué! — one of Montreal’s top restaurants. After our field trip, Normand kindly invited to visit his kitchen! So, as a good Insider, I wanted to give you a behind-the-scenes glimpse into one of Montreal’s most famous gastronomic institutions. Now you can see his culinary innovation first-hand as he continues to promote farm-fresh products in his restaurants.

Let’s eat! Exhibit at the Chateau Ramezay Museum

The Chateau Ramezay Museum is a history museum, appropriately located in the heart of Old Montreal, in front of the City Hall. You may ask, why is a foodie writing about history? Well, as soon as I heard they were having an exhibition called, Let’s eat! a retrospective on food and the eating habits of early Quebec settlers, I rushed to check it out.

Chocolate trade fair: Salon passion chocolat

Uh oh. This could be dangerous. Fans of this sinfully sweet, creamy cocoa delight — you’ve been warned. In fact, to avoid tempting you further, perhaps I should just stop right here.

Farm-fresh straight to your table at Toqué!

In Montreal restaurants these days, there is an emphasis on serving food made with local products (vegetables, high-quality meats and cheeses from small local producers). Much of this tendency towards using regional farm products in local restaurants is due in part to Normand Laprise, the chef from Toqué! His restaurant, Toqué! is a Montreal culinary institution, and thanks to Normand Laprise’s relentless determination over the years to cook with locally grown produce, and to use regional suppliers of meat and cheese, he has influenced other restaurants to follow suit.

Culinary Tour of Montreal: Follow the Guide

Walking tours are always a popular activity when visiting a new city. But how about one that revolves around everybody’s favourite topic: food! Visites de Montréal tour called “Flavors and Aromas of Old Montreal” does a great job of avoiding big crowds and cliché destinations. I should know, I tried it myself!

Montreal Food Fair: Saveurs & Tentations

Visiting and local foodies are in luck: from August 12-16 Montreal is hosting an all-new trade show dedicated to local food. It’s called Saveurs & Tentations, which is French for “Flavours and Temptations,” so you can’t say you haven’t been warned. It promises to be one delicious event. Plus, it’s free.

French Music In Montreal

With the Quebec Folk Festival (the Internationale de Musique Folk de Quebec) in full swing and culminating with some great shows this weekend, this seems as good a time as any to tell you where to find traditional Quebecois music in Montreal…

How to Spend a day like a Princess in Montreal!

Warning: The following article will either make you very jealous or inspire you to book the next flight to Montreal. Every woman deserves at least one day a year when she can treat herself like a princess. You work hard, clean, cook, are a devoted mother, wife, girlfriend, sister, child, friend… The time has come to take some time for yourself and have fun, like royalty!

Olive & Gourmando: Where Hollywood stars eat

Because of our diverse architecture and four distinct seasons, Montreal is a go-to destination for Hollywood film productions. And since most of the big movie stars stay in Old Montreal during shoots, so don’t be surprised if you see one chomping on a huge sandwich at Olive & Gourmando, a fantastic local bakery and café. http://www.youtube.com/v/AExUtm8ihUM&hl=en&fs=1 On any given day, you’ll find Olive & Gourmando chock full of business people, tourists and locals, all happily munching on their pastries or signature sandwiches. Try the Cuban, which is filled with pork, cheese and chipotle mayo, or the chicken sandwich with mango, tomato and avocado. The bread is baked in-house, so everything is really fresh and flavourful. If you go for lunch and want to eat on-site, arrive early – the place gets packed in no time.  But most people choose the take-out route and eat their sandwiches on the bench outside the restaurant or near the waterfront, which is just a block away. On weekends, people even drive down from the suburbs to have a croissant or Valrhona chocolate brioche for breakfast. As for tourists, a number have told me that a trip to Olive & Gourmando quickly becomes a morning… / Read More →

Lunch to go from Europea Espace Boutique

On a sunny day in Old Montreal, it can feel like a crime eating lunch indoors. But in a gastronomic paradise like Montreal, it’s even more of a crime to pick up crappy fast food to eat by the waterfront. Luckily, Europea Espace Boutique has the solution for you, ready to go in a cute little lunch box.