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GREAT COMFORT FOOD WARMS UP WINTER IN MONTREAL

If you’re not a winter person like I am, then you’ll know that the best thing to do when the temperature dips below freezing and white stuff starts to pile up, is to find the closest hearty meal, sleep it off and hope things are different when you wake up. Unfortunately, science and common sense dictates that no matter how hard we try to make the earth spin faster, winter is coming and we have to brace for it.

THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL: DECEMBER 7-13

Montreal is in full festive mode this week, with Christmas lights twinkling throughout the city, not to mention fireworks shows, a candle-lit parade, and illuminated outdoor artwork. There’s also plenty of good food, family friendly entertainment, great arty shopping, holiday music and let-loose rock n’ roll.

A MADE IN MONTREAL HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

We all have that one person on our holiday shopping list that is extremely frustrating to by for. If you’re in town during this winter season and want to take a gift back home for that special someone, support local artisans and give a gift with true “Montrealais” attitude…

MONTREAL RESTAURANT PROFILE: TASSO BAR à MEZZE

Constant Mentzas, chef and co-owner of Tasso bar à Mezze, spoke to us about his modern Greek cuisine while preparing some grilled octopus and artichoke with mint pesto. See for yourself during Taste MTL – Montreal’s Restaurant Week, November 1-11, 2012.

FIVE MONTREAL HARVEST PLATES

It’s harvest time again in Montreal, the maple leaves have turned and leaf peepers crown the country roads on weekends, mixing with the trucks that bring the produce in to stock the cold rooms of the city’s top artisans. This is perhaps the season when our culinary uniqueness is the most obvious. The thing is, we have the same crops here as do many cities in our latitude – mushrooms, greens, tomatoes, squash – and yet our chefs always find new and ever more appealing ways to showcase the season’s bounty.

BLACKSTRAP BBQ: MEMPHIS COMES TO MONTREAL

New to the Wellington strip in Montreal’s Verdun neighborhood, sits the greenhorn, Blackstrap BBQ – offering the lucky residents and destination restaurant diners authentic Memphis style, southern barbecue.

TASTE MTL, MONTREAL’S RESTAURANT WEEK: NOVEMBER 1-11

Yes, I know – it does seem incredible that until this year, a food-filled city like Montreal doesn’t have a Restaurant Week. Until, now, that is. The good news is that this November, Tourisme Montreal will launch TASTE Montreal presented by the SAQ (the liquor commission) and several other major sponsors, will be hosting the first annual Taste Montreal – Restaurant Week.

LESBIAN MONTREAL 101

Montreal is blessed to have such a vibrant cultural fabric. It weaves together people from different walks of life, who speak different languages and do different things, yet when you step back you see one stunning tapestry of a city. When I step back and look at the best coffee shops, amazing restaurants, best bars and best party nights, it becomes obvious who is responsible for making these places awesome… LESBIANS!

THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL (SEPTEMBER 30 TO OCTOBER 6)

Summer is over but Montreal’s busy fall season is about to leave all that fun and sun in its wake. As the days grow shorter this week, the nights light up here: in bars and restaurants – and for outside dining too, in theatres and music venues, in art galleries and cinemas. The weekend starts with an arts and culture bang with Les Journées de la Culture, three days of free entertainment around town and around the whole province…