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MONTREAL’S BEST TONKINESE (PHO) SOUP

Tokinese soup, or better known as “Pho”, is a beef bone soup that’s been tended to for hours, mixed with a blend of ingredients like ginger, onions, clove, and cinnamon. Most common, it’s served with noodles, tender slices of beef, garnished with fresh bean sprouts, Thai basil and a blast of limejuice; it’s a warm hug in a bowl from your Vietnamese mother.

NEW TOQUÉ! COOKBOOK CHRONICLES QUEBEC GASTRONOMY

It took chef Normand Laprise close to 20 years to decide to write a cookbook and 3 years to put the finishing touches on the Toqué! book, which is coming out in English on November 28th. The most famous of Quebec chefs didn’t take the easy way out by writing a straightforward cookbook. The Toqué! Creators of a new Quebec gastronomy book is first and foremost, an ode to all the artisans who have contributed on a daily basis in making Toqué! the best restaurant in Quebec for the past 20 years.

THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL: NOVEMBER 23-29

Several music legends grace Montreal this week: Neil Young, Patti Smith, Leonard Cohen, Gilberto Gil, and well, more recent legend Justin Bieber. Whether you’re in town to see any of them or simply here to take in the plentiful sights, sounds and good food, there’s also plenty of entertainment for all ages at holiday fairs, on stage and screen, and out in the streets…

CHEF DEREK DAMMANN OPENS MONTREAL GASTROPUB MAISON PUBLIQUE

Probably the last thing chef Derek Damman would like to hear about his new restaurant Maison Publique, in the Plateau neighbourhood, is that it’s co-owned by British celeb-chef Jamie Oliver. Rightly so: the welcoming pub-like décor and the highly delicious and hearty dishes are all Damman’s doing. Oliver, his ex-boss and good friend, is a mere financial backer, who only visitted the place – and Montreal itself! – for the first time last Saturday.

SAT’S FOODLAB CELEBRATES ITS FIRST ANNIVERSARY

This past Saturday, FoodLab celebrated its first anniversary with a bang. There was a special festive menu, family, fans and colleagues, pretty lights, a ping-pong table and birthday cake.

THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL: NOVEMBER 9-15

Even as the days get shorter and the nights colder, Montreal knows how to keep everyone warm, cozy and happy, starting with good food, of course, as this week’s TASTE MTL proves. But feasts for the eyes and ears abound too with two film festivals, three music festivals, opera, theatre, circus, dance, immersive and innovative art experiences, and lots of live music…

MONTREAL RESTAURANT PROFILE: LALOUX

Francis Archambault, manager of the renowned “Montreal Bistro” Laloux, spoke to us about the wonderful effect that respected pastry chef Patrice Demers has on the menu that chef Jonathan Lapierre-Réhayem creates every day. See for yourself during Taste MTL – Montreal’s Restaurant Week, November 1-11, 2012.

TASTE MTL REVIEW: BISTRO LE MONTREALAIS

Taste MTL-Montreal’s Restaurant Week -started yesterday. So we went out to catch some of the action. The best thing about an event like a Restaurant Week is that in a lot of ways, it’s made for locals: It should inspire you to get out and eat more of the city where you live.

TASTE MTL REVIEW: FERREIRA CAFé

Imagine how awesome it would be if someone told you that you’re most favorite thing in the world has an entire week dedicated to it. Although Shark Week already exists, you can imagine my excitement when I heard about Montreal’s first ever Restaurant Week.