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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!!!

Best traditional Quebecois Cuisine in Montreal

Montreal has always been considered the crossroads of the old and new world, a place where tradition meets avant-garde in all aspects of culture, joie de vivre and, most importantly, food. Scattered around the city are a handful of restaurants that not only focus on local terroir cuisine, but offer a nod to the province’s culinary heritage…

Late Night Eats in Montreal

Montreal’s nightlife is bustling no matter what time of year; from cold weather activities to summer festivals, it seems like there is always something going on in the city.

Punk and Poutine at Pouzza Fest 2013

Montreal is no stranger to music festivals, widely known as the place to be in June and July for all things jazz and Francophone and early August for Osheaga’s indie-rock, yet more niche in its May music festivals: all manner of electronic music at Mutek and Elektra, the refined sounds of the chamber music festival, and the pop-punk, Pabst-soaked, poutine-fueled extravaganza that is Pouzza Fest…