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A SUGAR SHACK CHEZ HOTEL NELLIGAN

Hotel Nelligan is one of Montreal’s most elegant addresses – so it’s an unexpected  and welcome surprise to find out that their rooftop patio sugar-shack is utterly salt-of-the-earth…

CHEF MARTIN JUNEAU TAKES OVER MONTREAL’S URBAN SUGAR SHACK

The early spring tradition of the sugar shack (or “cabane à sucre”) is a given in Quebec, which, for city folk like us, used to mean piling into a car for a chilly ride up to some rustic cabin. Last year saw an ingenious innovation to the tradition: The urban-chic sugar shack of La Cabane, in the Old Port…

CHEF MARTIN PICARD’S CABANE A SUCRE AU PIED DE COCHON

Celebrity chef Martin Picard recently launched his second book, Sugar Shack Au Pied de Cochon, at his own sugar shack (or “Cabane à Sucre”), located an hour away from his wonderfully indulgent Montreal restaurant Au Pied du Cochon. The new artsy tome celebrates one of Picard’s favourite ingredients – maple syrup. In between fattening nibbles and sugary drinks, I got to chat with the Wild Chef, as he’s known on his TV show of the same name, about some of the more risqué aspects of this atypical cookbook, such as “squirrel sushi”, pole-dancing (sort-of) and, oh yeah, 100 recipes that include that gooey, golden, liquid ingredient. The Cabane à Sucre PDC 2012 season is sold out, but you can put yourself on the waiting list for next year

A BEARY FUN WEEKEND: SUGARBEAR

With spring in the air, bears are being roused from their deep hibernation and are in search of something sticky and sweet. No, not honey. These bears are coming to Montreal for something sexier to tickle their taste buds…Maple Syrup!