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Pica Pica: Spanish Tapas in the Gay Village

There is no shortage of great food options in Montréal. You could easily spend a full weekend eating your way through the Gay Village. No pun intended. My friend Ahmar and I headed to Pica Pica the other night for girl talk and tapas. We tucked ourselves into one of the booths, and enjoyed some friendly service and saliva-inducing dishes. You too can have this lovely experience. Whether you visit with a friend or in a big group, when it comes to tapas, it’s all about sharing. For two people I recommend getting four of the “Nuestras Tapas.” And don’t forget your veggies! This is what we ate: Ceviche – Tomate y aguacate Tomato and avocado salad Esparagos gratiné Asparagus with Parmesan gratin Pollo con queso de cabra alla pimienta Julienned chicken in a white wine, lemon, and peppered goat cheese sauce Gambas bravas Shrimp in a cream sauce Trosos de autun al sofrito Cubed red tuna in an island spice sauce Again, as I mentioned in my previous article about Pulled Pork Sandwiches at Dépanneur le Pick Up, I am certainly not a food critic. That being said, both Ahmar and I agreed that the ‘Gambas Bravas’ (shrimp in… / Read More →

Food Allergies? No problem at Zero8 restaurant!

For people who are allergic to certain foods, choosing a restaurant can be a real problem. Considering some allergies can be severe, even fatal, especially for those who are allergic to peanuts and seafood, Zero8 just might be their last hope if they want to eat out at a restaurant.

Behind the scenes with Normand Laprise at Toqué!

In a previous post, I visited a farm with talented chef, Normand Laprise, from Toqué! — one of Montreal’s top restaurants. After our field trip, Normand kindly invited to visit his kitchen! So, as a good Insider, I wanted to give you a behind-the-scenes glimpse into one of Montreal’s most famous gastronomic institutions. Now you can see his culinary innovation first-hand as he continues to promote farm-fresh products in his restaurants.

Robin des Bois: socially conscious+ volunteer-run

“We’re an epicurean community centre,” explains Robin des bois (Robin Hood) founder, Judy Servay, with a grin. Like the famous philanthropist the restaurant was named after, not only are they staffed by volunteers, but they give their profits to people in need, and proceeds go to local women’s shelters and youth groups. If you’re strolling around the Plateau area in Montreal and want to grab a bite, drop by Robin des Bois and make a difference in someone’s life at the same time.

Montreal Gay Village Culinary Tour

Montreal is known for its hot n’ happening gay life, as well as its European approach to delicious dining. So it’s only logical that gayness and deliciousness converge in the Montreal Gay Village. With my friend and colleague in tow, the darling Katerine Rollet, I hopped around the Montreal gayborhood to highlight some of the best spots to explore your “epi-queer-ean” fantasies. —————————————————————————————————————— Here’s a list of our stops: La Mie Matinale | Mouth-watering muffins, coffee… plus Dalida! 1371 St. Catherine East Kilo | Chillaxin’ café with decadent desserts! 1495 St. Catherine East Tutti Frutti | Corner grocery store (baguette, cheese, beer, etc) 1251 Maisonneuve East O’Thym | Delicious French Bistro, Apportez Votre Vin 1112 Maisonneve East Mozza | Cozy Italian Resto, Apportez Votre Vin 1208 St. Catherine East Le Saloon | Funky Lounge, Martinis, DJs 1333 St. Catherine East Le Resto Du Village | 24-hour Greasy Spoon 1310 Wolfe —————————————————————————————————————— If you have any questions, feel free to write inquires in the comment section!

Romantic dinner at the Montreal XO restaurant

Of all the elegant restaurants in Montreal, the XO Restaurant is probably the most opulent and the most romantic. Newly renovated, it retains the all the majestic charm of turn-of-the century British architecture. Even though the restaurant is literally steeped in history, the cuisine is quite contemporary.

Sipping Vino with Vaynerchuk

America’s hottest sommelier, GARY VAYNERCHUK, was in Montreal last week for the launch of his inspiring, best-selling book, CRUSH IT!

Montreal’s best new restaurant – Salle à manger

Every year, EnRoute, Air Canada’s in-flight magazine publishes their exclusive list of Canada’s 10 Best New Restaurants. All new restaurateurs wait with baited breath to see if they make the grade. This year, the only restaurant in Montreal to make the top ten this year is Salle à manger. Since I’d never been there, I thought this was a great excuse to go and check it out. Like many other people out there looking for their soul mates on the Internet, one of my friends often meets her dates at the bar at the Salle à manger. I had to go see for myself if the ambiance could really lead to some interesting encounters.

Montreal Italian restaurant: Euro Deli

Euro Deli is one of those special places in Montreal that is packed with customers from 9 in the morning ‘til midnight. This cafeteria-style Italian restaurant on St. Laurent is one of the hippest places on the lower main. It’s a really chill atmosphere, with a cool mixed crowd of loyal customers devoted the science of the perfect slice and serious espresso.

Le Saloon: Delicious Martinis (and Tasty Servers)

Whether you are a visitor searching for a stylish parlor or you’re a local queer with an appetite for ambience, Le Saloon is often the first choice for dining and drinks in Montreal’s gay village. But why is that?