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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.

Graziella Italian Restaurant: Gnocchi with a twist

Gnocchi made out of cheese. Really! I first heard about if from my friend Gerry, who’s the concierge at Montreal’s Intercontinental hotel. I had to try it, so I immediately made dinner reservations at Graziella in Old Montreal. Served in a tomato sauce brimming with fresh cherry tomatoes and asparagus, the gnocchi were A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. Between bites, I found myself wondering how I’d gone for so many years oblivious to the fact that this dish existed.

Montreal’s 5 best ice cream shops

Montreal can be really hot and humid in the summer. Fortunately, you can find deliciously refreshing frozen treats pretty much everywhere. And since there’s no way I could eat it all myself, no matter how hard I try, I thought I’d share my favourite places for ice cream with you.

Bar et boeuf: Seven courses for $59!

There’s a new restaurant in town, and does it ever look promising! Bar et boeuf, which opened on May 6, offers an intriguing menu – duck foie gras terrine with hibiscus, Brussels sprouts with rice krispies, wild sea bass with green peas, wasabi-spaghetti squash – for an even more intriguing price: seven courses for $59 (or $109 with 5 glasses of wine)!

French Kisses ::: 4 Places to Kiss in Montreal

kiss (kis) v. The touching of one person’s lips to another place, which is used as an expression of affection, respect, greeting, farewell, good luck, romantic affection or sexual desire. The word comes from Old English cyssan, “to kiss”, in turn from coss “a kiss.” Find out where the best places are to kiss in Montreal. And get my special invitation…