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QUEBEC WINES AND CIDERS AT THE SAQ

Anyone who has been in Montreal long enough quickly discovers that this is one hell of a foodie town. Amazing oysters. Incredible artisanal cheeses made right outside the city. Organic pork, duck, venison, you name it. And yes, despite the harsh winters, in the lush valleys just south of the city, some very decent wines and ciders are being produced…

GAYDREAMING AT HOLT’S CAFÉ

Holt’s Café, located in the upscale shopping mecca Holt Renfrew, is a chic urban bistro that caters to fashionistas, foodies and the fabulous. Simple and stylish, is this place a gay man’s dream?

SHOPPING FOR KIDS AND TWEENS IN MONTREAL

“What did you get me?” If these are the first words you hear when you get home from travelling, I hope you don’t get caught empty-handed. All that fun you had in Montreal, it’s possible to overlook (not “forget”) the little ones waiting for your return. Instead of grabbing something quick and generic at the airport, here are some shopping ideas to keep the kiddies happy…

FREE STUFF IN MONTREAL FOR LADIES ONLY

This one’s for the ladies. When you’re planning your next girl’s getaway, here are four freebies (personal assistance, make-up application, dinner and drinks) to give you that special VIP feel – and save you a few bucks for shopping spring essentials like a new pair of Marc Jacobs sunglasses or Lanvin flats. Eyes on the prize…

MODE MONTREAL MAPS OUT THE CITY’S FASHION

As the city editor at a fashion magazine, I’m all for supporting local labels. Sometimes it breaks my heart that some of the amazing talent in our city goes unnoticed. So you can imagine my joy when I discovered Mode Montréal, a handy, interactive website that maps out the city’s best designers, boutiques and more…

THIS WEEKEND IN MONTREAL (MARCH 3-6)

With the beginning of March comes the hope of spring – the season does take its time getting here, but when it does, Montrealers are ready. Preparations for spring fever start now, from international dance shows that inspire us to strip off heavy winter wear to synth-pop tunes that seem to make the flowers grow to a festival of puppetry that will no doubt put the spring right back into everyone’s step…

SHOPPING IN MONTREAL’S GAY VILLAGE

Though it’s well-known for its vibrant nightlife, why not take the time to discover the lighter, daytime side of Montreal’s Gay Village with a few eclectic (and sometimes eccentric) boutiques…

FOOD SHOPPING FOR FERREIRA CAFÉ WITH CHEF ROBERTA SUDBRACK

What’s the first thing famous chefs want to do when they visit a city? Check out the markets, of course. And with top-rated Brazilian chef Roberta Sudbrack, in Montreal to cook at Ferreira Café, it was no different…

A STELLAR VIEW AT THE DELTA CENTRE-VILLE

One of the perks of being a Montreal Insider blogger is that I get to discover all the city’s hidden secrets and overlooked treasures. The Delta Centre-Ville is one such gem. The iconic building has always stood at the crossroads of Downtown, Old Montreal and up-and-coming Griffintown, but as a Montrealer I’d somehow never checked it out before…

MEET A MONTREALER: COREY SHAPIRO

Montreal’s Corey Shapiro is the unofficial sunglasses supplier to the stars. He and his Vintage Frames Company have outfitted such celebs as Lady Gaga, Perez Hilton, Diddy, Jay-Z, Rick Ross and many, many more…