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Delicious salads to savour in Montréal

With farmer’s markets in Montréal such as the Jean Talon and Atwater, there’s no excuse for not filling our plates and packing our summer meals with local and seasonal good-for-you veggies that are bright and vibrant at the peak of the season. I was challenged to find some of the city’s tastiest salads and, when the mercury topped 33 degrees and I dared not fire up the BBQ, I gladly accepted. Mandy’s Mandy’s Salads first started as a modest lunch counter and has now expanded to three locations across the island.  Owned and operated by two sisters with a certain passion for salads, this spot satisfies the salad cravings and guilty consciences of everyone.  They have 15 signature salads like the “Smoked Meat Salad”, the “Man Salad” and the “Wolfe Bol” – aptly named after the sisters – of mixed greens, arugula, brown rice, kale, cherry tomatoes, toasted walnuts, avocado, shaved parmesan, carrots and sesame seeds in their own tamari dressing.  Mandy’s also offers a “create your own salad” where you can pick and choose from a list of ingredients to order a personalize creation. Mandy’s 5033 Sherbrooke West, 2067 Crescent Street, 201 Laurier Avenue West Deville Dinerbar The “Neptune… / Read More →

Great Middle-Eastern restaurants in Montréal

I am of Lebanese origin and when I crave a taste of home, I turn to any of these Middle Eastern restaurants for a trip down my culinary memory lane. Kazamaza I really can’t pick a favourite dish at this Mile End address. Set in a funky yet simple decor complete with brick wall, Kazamaza is a vibrant restaurant serving traditional mezes as well as mains and grilled meats. Try their cherry kebabs and the delicious omelette with kawarma (lamb confit) served at brunch. Damas Damas on Park Avenue was ravaged by a devastating fire a few months but it’s rising from its ashes in a brand new location on Van Horne Avenue. This has to be one of my favourite spot for Middle Eastern food, specifically Syrian in this case. All the mezza are fresh and delicious but try some of the house specialties like the eggplant fatteh or the moloukhiya. BarBounya and Restaurant Su Both these restaurants are helmed by Turkish chef Fisun Ercan. Su serves traditional Turkish food including mezes and main dishes. BarBounya is a mezes bar with emphasis on small Mediterranean-inspired dishes that are meant to be shared. They also both serve one of the… / Read More →

The 2014 edition of the Omnivore World Tour Food Festival in Montreal

Montreal has a huge food culture and with the Omnivore World Tour Festival visiting for a third year, the city is solidifying its place on the world culinary map. From August 21st to 25th, Montreal will be abuzz with delicious events. Take in a demo, enjoy a dinner like no other or join the party, just don’t miss out on this great gastronomic celebration.

Great moments from the 2013 Omnivore Food Festival in Montreal

Once again and for the second year in a row, the Omnivore World Tour food festival has just ended its 6-day stint in Montreal. Food demos, Damn Dinners and the Omnivorious party were all met with huge enthusiasm by Montrealers and visitors alike. I attended a few of the festivities and was happy to see a lot of happy people present at these remarkable and unique activities…

Things to Do in Montreal: August 16–22

Montreal’s buzz word this week is “fun,” whether it comes in the form of live reggae, rock and classical music, gourmet food, films under the stars, dancing the tango or the electric slide, or a wild and colourful Pride Parade…

10 Delicious Montreal Food Experiences

Fresh ingredients, cozy eateries, late nights and good company are all part of Montreal’s culinary culture. Try these local favorites to please your taste buds and feed your joie de vivre. Warning, the names might not roll off your tongue…

The Omnivore World Tour Food Festival returns to Montreal

When the Omnivore World Tour left Montreal last year, the festival’s founder Luc Dubanchet promised to be back this summer. A man of his word, the international traveling event that celebrates young chefs and culinary innovation will be back in our fair city, August 14-19…


If you’re an adventurous eater who will be in Montreal from August 17 to 20, you’ll want to secure a table at one of the special dinners taking place in town on those nights. They’ll be the highlight of the 3-day Omnivore Festival, when forward-thinking chefs from abroad join forces with some of the local talent in kitchens around town and at food presentations at the Societé des Arts Technologiques…