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MONTREAL RESTAURANTS IN THE NEWS

I’ve always been impressed by how often Montreal and its food scene popped up in The New York Times and other publications I like to read – but recently things seem to have kicked up a notch. All of a sudden, local chefs and restaurants are being written up seemingly everywhere, so much so that I had to ask myself why…

MONTREAL OYSTERFEST: SHUCKERS, CHEFS, BANDS AND WINE

Montreal’s not a place you’d associate with premium oysters and seriously good shuckers? Well, think again… and if you’re in town on Sunday, September 11, prepare to be pleasantly suprised at the third annual Montreal Oysterfest. The nearest sea may be hundreds of miles away but this is, after all, a food-crazed town where locals have a special weakness for all things served on crushed ice, from the insanely good snowcrab legs at Garde Manger to the exquisite urchins and mussels sourced locally and served at the Brasserie T! (when in season) – not to mention the top-notch oysters at Joe Beef and L’Orignal…

DELICIOUS DRINKS ON MONTREAL’S WATERFRONT

Nothing beats having a chilled drink by the water and, since Montreal is an island, there’s no shortage of bars, cafés and restaurants overlooking the St. Lawrence river – especially in Old Montreal. The trick is finding the right spot, as the best and most scenic waterside bars are mostly hidden from view. Here are some of my personal favourites…

GRUMMAN 78: MONTREAL’S FAMOUS TACO TRUCK

In my neighbourhood, people really look forward to the weekend these days for yet another reason: Grumman ’78 tacos. Indeed, these tacos, which are now famous thanks to a Bastille day visit from Anthony Bourdain (more on this later), mostly exist as transient foodstuffs, sold out of their picaresque truck during most of the city’s major festivals. Otherwise, you gotta be in the right place at the right time…

MONTREAL GETS THE ROYAL TREATMENT

Will and Kate will continue their royal romance this summer as they travel to Canada in their first official visit as Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Montreal will be rolling out the red carpet on July 2! If you’re ready to get in the royal mood, then you better give yourself the royal treatment by doing what the Royals would do…

MONTREAL’S TOP SOMMELIERES

The quotient of beautiful women in Montreal seems even higher than in my native Brazil. Especially during these warm months, the beauties are everywhere in Montreal: sipping beer on terrasses, biking, walking their dogs and, of course, waitressing at restaurants. It shouldn’t come as a surprise, then, that some of the most qualified sommelières (female sommeliers), aka wine experts, in town also happen to be attractive women.

CHEF DANIEL BOULUD OPENING MAISON BOULUD IN MONTREAL

There isn’t a more powerful restaurateur in New York than Daniel Boulud, the French chef who owns Daniel (boasting three Michelin stars) and several other restaurants ranging from an upscale burger joint (DBGB) to a wine bar dishing out top-notch charcuteries (Bar Boulud). After launching outposts in London, Miami, Beijing and Singapore, Montreal is next on his list: Maison Boulud will open for business this winter at the famed Ritz-Carlton hotel, which is currently undergoing extensive renovations costing a reported $150 million…

BOCATA AND BARROCO IN OLD MONTREAL

In the sweetest spot on the sweetest street down in Old Montreal, Rue Saint-Paul (it’s also the oldest), there sits a sweet set of sister restaurants: Bocata, an atmospheric wine bar, and Barroco, a hip little hideaway that feels Old World in just the right way…

NOTRE-DAME: MONTREAL’S RESTAURANT ROW

It’s summer in Montreal and the nights are perfect for venturing out to dinner on a bike. “What could be nicer?”, I asked myself while speeding down Atwater Avenue. I turned left on Notre-Dame Street, warm wind in my face. The plan was simple: bike all the way down the street just past the beautiful Basilique Notre-Dame church (which does a cool light show, Et la Lumière Fut), to Quattro restaurant, then dig into a restorative plate of pasta…

THE GAYS OF MONTREAL: THEY’RE EVERYWHERE

While Montreal’s Gay Village is an amazing place for gays and lesbians, it’s not the only place we play and live! We call the far stretches of Montreal’s neighbourhoods home and we all have our favourites. So whether you’re in the dramatic Downtown, trendy Plateau, funky Mile-end, or glitzy Old Port: The Gays are everywhere!