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What to expect when you visit Montréal for the first time

For years you’ve heard that Montréal is a cool city. Perhaps someone has described it to you as the love child of Paris and New York. Maybe you had a friend gush about how the city is both exotic and affordable. Or perchance you saw this tweet from Kevin Hart or heard that Kelly Rippa always comes to Montréal for her honeymoon (well she did, until she kept getting pregnant). Whatever the reason, now you’re ready to visit. However, you’re still wondering what to expect on the ground? We’re here to help. Let’s explore some normal reactions to visiting Montréal. When you finally buy your ticket to Montréal. When you’re riding the city’s 747 airport express bus into the city. When you check into your hotel. When you go for dinner and realize that most everyone in Montréal is able to speak English. When you start strolling through Old Montréal. When you see your first Montréal hottie. When you’re promenading through Parc Mont-Royal (the city’s biggest park). When you’re having a fine beverage on Crescent Street. When you taste Montréal poutine. When you’re dancing at an outdoor festival When you realize you have to go home again. When you decide… / Read More →

Vegetarian poutines to try in Montreal

The poutine is no longer simply French fries, topped with cheese curds and covered in gravy.  Variations of this indulgent dish include toppings that offend traditionalists but delight and tantalize foodies. If you’re going to succumb to temptation and completely derail from your post-holiday diet, then do so on an iconic Montreal food; poutine.  But not with just a regular poutine, put your conscience at ease and squeeze in a serving of good-for-you vegetables with these delectable vegetarian poutines. La Banquise – 993 Rachel street east A foodie landmark for 48 years, this institution is one of the go-to places for our unofficial-official national dish, poutine. Open 24 hours, this place is the ideal stop for the late night crowd to chow down and warm up after a long night enjoying our city after dark. “La Rachel” features a pile of golden hand-cut French fries with a mound of sautéed green peppers, mushrooms and onions. Poutineville – multiple locations Poutineville lets you take charge in deciding what goes into your poutine.  They offer a checklist of ingredients and toppings to create your own personalized poutine. Choose from 20 different kinds of vegetables, like roasted red peppers, marinated eggplant, green peas,… / Read More →

Where to eat a classic Montréal poutine

Montrealers love poutine – we have a weeklong festival that celebrates it. A plate of French fries topped with squeaky cheese curds and brown gravy are mainstays on many local restaurant menus. Renditions and interpretations of this humble dish by some of the city’s favourite restaurants have become synonymous with the poutine scene in the city. If you want a classic Montréal poutine experience, here are some great places to try. Le Garde-Manger – 408 Saint-François-Xavier Street Located in a historical building in picturesque old Montréal, Le Garde-Manger is one of the city’s most happening places where reservations are made often weeks in advance. This hip and trendy eatery (where celebrity chef Chuck Hughes helms the kitchen) is popular amongst locals and visitors alike. One of Le Garde-Manger’s claims to fame is their lobster poutine. Fries, Québec cheese curds and brown gravy topped with large chunks of tender lobster delivered the knockout punch over Chef Bobby Flay when Chuck competed and won on Iron Chef America. Au Pied de Cochon – 536 Duluth Avenue East Chef Martin Picard’s Au Pied de Cochon has been a fixture of French cuisine in Plateau Mont-Royal for years. His affinity for excess and over-the-top… / Read More →

Meet a Montrealer: Lesley Chesterman

Montréal is famous for its great restaurants, and Montrealer Lesley Chesterman is renowned as one of the city’s premiere fine-dining critics and food columnists. The widely-respected Montréal Gazette food critic and author – whom you can also listen to on CHOM 97.7 FM and on the ICI Radio-Canada radio program Médium Large – is fearless and sometimes controversial, but always honest. “I was with a big New York restaurant critic last week and he thinks the restaurant scene in Montréal is the best in North America, including San Francisco,” says Chesterman. In addition to her own reviews in The Gazette, Chesterman recommends reading Eater.com’s Montréal page. “I agree with about 36 reviews on their Eater 38 for Montreal – that list is very strong,” says Chesterman. “We’re the only Canadian city to have an Eater’s page – they gave up on Vancouver and Toronto. Montréal is really that good. Toronto and Vancouver get all competitive with us, but a lot of the chefs still look to us to set a trend. You are really looking at cuisine here that is based on Quebecers. There was a time when we looked to the French, but the Quiet Revolution in dining –… / Read More →

Preview of La Poutine Week 2016 in Montréal

It’s that time of year again. That time when people reconsider the feasibility of their New Year’s resolutions and throw their arms in the air in ravenous abandon to indulge in a weeklong cheat meal from their new diet regimens to celebrate the fourth annual “La Poutine Week.” From February 1 to 7, over 40 restaurants in Montréal celebrate our unofficial-official national dish, the poutine, concocting signature dishes with adventurous ingredients to top the humble dish of French fries, cheese curds and gravy to create one of a kind poutines. For the first time ever, the 2016 edition of La Poutine Week will introduce “La Passe Poutine” a variable “frequent eater” pass (bracelet) that, when purchased, will entitle the wearer to a 15% discount on La Poutine Week specialties at selected participating restaurants. The kicker is that it may be used an unlimited amount of times throughout the week-long festival! La Passe Poutine will be available for purchase online or at the following locations: Miss Prêt à Manger (1104 Bleury Street), Chez Boris (5151 Parc Avenue), and People Mover Technologies Headquarters (485 McGill Street, suite 400). This homegrown phenomenon has grown into an international love of poutine, and “poutine week”… / Read More →

#MTLMOMENTS: Romantic Couples Night in Montreal

As part of our #MTLMOMENTS F1 Nightlife stunt , we picked a lovely couple from Toronto and brought them to Montreal for a wild weekend of nightlife. After leaving their hotel room at the Chateau Versailles arm in arm, they headed down to popular hangout Burgundy Lion for a few pre-dinner drinks. After they went to the Old Port to eat an incredible Portuguese meal at Helena, tore up the dance floor together at New City Gas, shared a poutine at La Banquise, and then retired to their hotel for some much needed sleep. Book your own wild weekend in Montreal at www.montrealoffer.com; and when you get here, don’t forget to share your Montreal Moments using the #MTLMOMENTS tag on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Make the most of your trip to Montreal with this exclusive Sweet Deal coupon booklet with special offers valued at $450!

#MTLMOMENTS: Guys’ Nightlife Weekend in Montreal

As part of our #MTLMOMENTS F1 Nightlife stunt, we found two great guys from Toronto and brought them to Montreal for a wild weekend of dinner, drinks, and dancing. In their room at the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel, Christopher and Christopher put on their best button-ups, grabbed their wallets and hotel key, then went down to hotel bar Les Voyageurs for a pre-drink. After they headed to Buonanotte on le Main for a meal, partied at New City Gas, and finished the night scarfing down a poutine at La Banquise with some new friends. Book your own wild weekend in Montreal at www.montrealoffer.com; and when you get here, don’t forget to share your Montreal Moments using the #MTLMOMENTS tag on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter!

Things to Do in Montreal: February 7-13

Sunny days light up snowy Montreal this week, inviting everyone to play – and dance and skate – outdoors while celebrating an abundance of international art, culture and music inside the city’s best venues…

Things to Do in Montreal: January 31 to February 6

Stay warm and entertained this week with quintessential winter activities, world-class music, film, dance, theatre and art – and comfort food to match! Not only is it Poutine Week, but Montreal’s food trucks make a winter appearance too…

Montreal’s Poutine Week takes over town in 2014

Forget the polar vortex, residents of Quebec and Ontario are now bracing themselves for mass hysteria of a different kind… a delicious kind… Montreal’s second annual Poutine Week!!!