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NOA SUSHI LOUNGE: TOKYO ON THE MAIN

Last Wednesday marked the opening of a new, exciting venue on St-Laurent blvd : Noa Sushi Lounge.  For the occasion, cordon-bleu trained creative director Nacim Louali invited two Japanese chefs : Taketsuna Araki (formerly from Kaizen and Soto) and Koichi (from Kioochi Club Hotel & St-Malo Kasukabe in Tokyo) – flown in from Japan for the occasion – to shake up the new sushi kitchen.

AVENUE DU PARC: A MONTREAL STREET PROFILE

Since our last street profile focused on Rue Bleury it makes perfect sense that our next installment touches on Avenue du Parc, the butterfly of an avenue that the Bleury, uh, caterpillar transform into once it crosses Sherbrooke. Heading north from the Sherbrooke intersection, Parc extends all the way up to Jean-Talon, along the way showcasing a ton of great spots

THREE EXOTIC BRING-YOUR-OWN WINE RESTAURANTS

We admit it, Bring Your Own Wine restaurants, a Montréal speciality, can be hit or miss experiences.  Here are three culturally diverse classics that never disappoint. We’ve been going back to them for years with the same pleasure.

FIVE VERY FRENCH THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL

Montreal may be far away from Paris. But sometimes it’s pretty close. Here are four addresses to indulge into the original French lifestyle of Montreal

DRIVE-END AT MONTREAL’S FINE ARTS MUSEUM

Remember drive-in movies? Today, many are abandoned. The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts presents Drive-End, a collection of Martin Beauregard’s photographs, many of which show these mammoth screens sitting silently. No one is watching anymore.

A WALK WITH MARTHA WAINWRIGHT

Martha Wainwright and I took a candid stroll on Montreal’s Plateau district yesterday. She spoke freely about her new album, her family and some of her favourite Montreal haunts.

BEST MONTREAL SUSHI JOINTS: SATA SUSHI IN HOMA

Hochelaga-Maisonneuve (or HoMa) is a Montréal neighborhood that has some major Montréal attractions. The food scene in this district is starting to blossom, and Sata Sushi is a restaurant most definitely leading the movement.

EAT LOCAL IN MONTREAL: AN INTERVIEW WITH SARAH ELTON (THE LOCAVORE)

Eating locally raised and harvested food is an important part of any authentic travel experience. Blogger, journalist and author of “Locavore,” Sarah Elton, shares some tips on how to eat locally in Montréal or wherever your travels might take you.

PAUL MULDOON TALKS POETRY, TRAVEL AND MONTREAL

In a world of Paris-Hilton-twitter-literacy, Paul Muldoon is a true poetic gem. I sat down with this Pulitzer Prize winning poet to chat about how he writes a poem, the link between poetry & travel and his favorite hotel in Montréal.

LE QUARTIER GÉNÉRAL: MONTREAL’S NEWEST ‘BRING YOUR OWN WINE’ BISTRO

The Montréal foodie scene is buzzing with the new arrival of an Apportez Votre Vin (Bring Your Own Wine) Restaurant called Le Quartier Général. Nestled on Gilford Street in the heart of the trendy Plateau, Le Quartier Général is a welcoming French bistro where the locals are rushing for great food, ambiance and conversation.