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CHEFS ANNE-SOPHIE PIC AND NORMAND LAPRISE AT TOQUE!

Chef Normand Laprise and the High Lights Festival’s Honorary President, Chef Anne-Sophie Pic, together welcomed press to the opening day of the festival. Pic, whose own kitchen is in the Beau Rivage Palace in Lausanne, is the only female chef in the world to have been awarded three Michelin stars…

MEET A MONTREALER: MITCH JOEL

Marketing Magazine called Montreal’s Mitch Joel the “Rock Star of Digital Marketing”. Needless to say, we were very excited to add him to our Meet a Montrealer files…

SHOPPING ON RUE SAINT-PAUL

If you stroll along Saint-Paul Street, it’s not hard to see why many dub the city of Montreal the “Paris of the North.” The narrow cobblestone streets, Old World architecture, French signs and – mais oui! – the fantastic shopping, are all reminiscent of the fabled City of Light…

HIGH LIGHTS FESTIVAL FOCUSES ON PORTUGUESE CUISINE

Portus Calle, a Portuguese restaurant on St-Laurent, is hosting several delicious events during the Montreal High Lights Festival. We got a sneak peak (a sneak eat?) at what they’ll be serving up…

MONTREAL HIGH LIGHTS FESTIVAL CELEBRATES WOMEN

Now more than ever, a woman’s place is in the kitchen—as the driving force of this year’s Montreal High Lights Festival. Every year since its inception a decade ago, the festival’s Wine and Dine Experience has organized itself around a theme, and this year the festival is honouring women in the culinary arts—from chefs to winemakers to cheesemongers…

The InterContinental Montreal

The InterContinental Montreal is truly one of the city’s most unique hotels. Following massive renovations in 2009, it manages to effortlessly combine its rich heritage with a contemporary design motive and the intimate feel of a boutique hotel with the service that only a luxurious Four-Diamond hotel can offer…

OLD MONTREAL GOURMAND À GO-GO

The Happening Gourmand festival is happening right now (it started Jan. 10) and will run until Jan. 31. For any Toronto-folk reading this and scratching their heads, this is sort of like your Winterlicious. For Manhattanites, think New York Restaurant Week, only smaller and wrapped up in Old World charm and ambience.

CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR’S MENUS

Stay and Eat over the holidays in these elegant downtown hotel -restaurants Old Montreal is gussied up to its finest, with snowy streets and twinkling lights and all the romance you could ever want. So hunker down in one of the city’s glam hotels and check out the holiday menus at some of the city’s best restaurants, that you can slip into without weathering the wind outside… If I were coming to Montreal for the holidays, I would want to stay at the Hotel St-James, and I would want to eat Christmas dinner at XO, one of Montreal’s top-rated restaurants. The St-James is old-world elegant at any time of year, but over the holidays, the soaring 19th-century roo is in its element.

OYSTERS ON THE MAIN

Winter is the traditional season for oysters, though Maestro owner and Maitresse d’hotel Ilene Polansky reminds us that the thing about only eating bivalves in months ending in “r” went out when refrigerated transport containers came in. But December reminds us that oysters are delicious, so we satisfied our craving the other night at Ilene’s Montreal classic, Maestro S.V.P.