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Top 10 Patios in Montreal

(Club Chasse et Pêche) After our long chilly winters, Montrealers just can’t wait to get out and enjoy some nice weather. Which is why we flock to restaurant patios (locally known as terraces) as soon as the snow melts. The result is that Montreal city streets are lined with outdoor patios all summer long, with locals lingering with coffees and croissants by day, and cocktails and tapas in the evening. Visitors tell me it adds some je ne sais quoi to the city vibe, but I personally enjoy patios for the people-watching opportunities.

Schwartz’s Restaurant: it’s all about smoked meat

Montreal is the land of smoked meat. And locals will tell you that the place to get it is Schwartz’s, a classic Hebrew deli where the feisty staff have been serving up the good stuff for the last 80 years. Just be ready to answer one question: “How would you like it sliced?”

A new location for Bouchonné

Move over, trendy St-Laurent restaurants. The Main is welcoming the Bouchonné wine bar in its new, bigger location. This is the place to be for wine lovers in the mood for some tasty tidbits…

Hotel Nelligan: Great hotel, amazing food

Hotel Nelligan stands alone as the only Montrealer that made the National Geographic Travelers’ Stay List 2009. Not too shabby, huh?  Makes me wish I were a tourist! But anyway, what’s cool about this hotel is that it also has two very good restaurants. Named after famous Québec poet Émile Nelligan, I’m told this four-star hotel has amazing boutique-style accommodations, but is also a dream for foodies like me, because they offer two different styles of cuisine.

Take a tour of Portugal with chef Héléna Loureiro

“Can I take you on a tour of Portugal with tapas? A little bit of everything?” asked chef Héléna Loureiro when I sat down at Portus Calle, in the heart of Montréal’s Portuguese neighborhood. I don’t know about you, but I’m all for culinary tours…

Montreal Restaurant: Hidden Market

“Have you heard about Hidden Market? It’s a secret restaurant that’s actually hidden somewhere in Montréal.” These words, which came to me by email, were… Frankly, intriguing! They called to my passion for secrets and, of course, food.

Toqué! Unveils New Website

Normand Laprise, the well-known chef at Toqué!, one of Montréal’s finest restaurants, has decided to serve up a feast for the eyes as well as the mouth! For him, the first bite is always a visual one, teasing your taste buds and making you long for more. That’s the logic behind his scrumptious new website, which will have you  booking your plane ticket right away!

Montreal’s Europea restaurant: A table with a view

OK, so I don’t just eat with my eyes, but I do enjoy a little culinary voyeurism from time to time… And Europea restaurant, one of my favourite fine dining establishments in downtown Montreal, offers the perfect spot for it: a table that looks right into their kitchen, where the famed Jérôme Ferrer still stands at the oven. And this privileged perch doesn’t cost you a penny more… You just have to reserve it in advance!

MONTRÉAL HIGH LIGHTS FESTIVAL AND FERREIRA CAFÉ

Montreal is known for hosting a lot of festivals — there are over 85 different ones throughout the year! My personal favourite is the Montreal High Lights Festival, which showcases live performances, outdoor activities and fine dining. The featured country this year is Portugal, the city is New Orleans and the region is the Eastern Townships — all amazing places for high quality food and talented chefs.

Exploring L’Inconnu

You just finished a long day of sightseeing. You’re hungry. And tonight, you feel like dinning out like a Montrealer: in a casual venue that serves sophisticated signature dishes made with the freshest ingredients. Then you notice a lovely French bistro. You approach, stomach growling, and check out the menu. This is the scenario that played out for me this week, as I walked through the door of L’Inconnu with dinner on my mind. As I took a seat, I watched tasty dishes being served to other patrons. I was in for a treat.