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MONTREAL’S BEST CHARCUTERIE

Charcuterie. The word is music to the ears of any meat-lover. It comes from Chair-Cuite, the French term for “cooked meat”, and is used to refer to any kind of preserved meat: sausages, pates, terrines, bacons, you name it. Most often, in France, charcuterie refers to pork products, but not solely, and in Montreal, the most famous form of charcuterie is our peppered beef brisket, otherwise known as Montreal Smoked Meat…

3 MONTREAL RESTAURANTS NAMED BEST IN CANADA

Canadian foodies look forward to the day every year when enRoute Magazine’s Top 10 list of Canada’s Best New Restaurants comes out. This list, put together from an exhaustive cross-Canada trip by Montreal Gazette food critic Sarah Musgrave in consultation with the country’s savvy food experts, is considered the last word on dining in Canada- and to our delight but not surprise- the list is again stacked with Montreal restaurants that represent the cutting edge of our city’s dining scene. Here is a cook’s tour of Montreal’s three best new restos!…

ESCAPE TO QUEBEC’S EASTERN TOWNSHIPS

Quebec’s Eastern Townships (known in French as Les Cantons de l’est) have been a travelers’ refuge for centuries- once a destination for homesteading British Empire loyalists in the 1880s, and again a hub for the 1970s-era peace-and-love crowd from over the border in New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine. An hour outside of Montreal, the area boasts sweeping vistas and rolling grasslands, cooling rivers and sparkling lakes, and is sought-after land for agricultural producers, artists and others that make this historical and gorgeous region a rich destination on its own, and a more-than-ideal spot for travelers to spend a night or two on a cross-border road trip to Montreal…

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.

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…

LE FILET: MONTREAL’S BEST NEW SEAFOOD RESTAURANT

Every town has its share of culinary stars who attract buzz- in New York, it’s Daniel Boulud (Daniel, Bar Boulud, etc.) and David Chang (Momofuku Ko, Ssäm Bar, etc), in Paris, media darling Iñaki Aizpitarte (Le Chateaubriand) gets that honour. In Montreal, the crowd favourites are David McMillan and Fred Morin of Joe Beef fame, and Hubert Marsolais and Claude Pelletier of Club Chasse et Pêche and their much buzzed-about new venture, Le Filet…

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…

ACCORDS, A WINE BAR IN OLD MONTREAL

Accords is a French noun that means, literally, agreements. And true to its name, that’s what Accords Wine Bar in Old Montréal sets out to do: to find the perfect pairing for each dish on its concise menu…

HIGH LIGHTS FESTIVAL FOCUSES ON PORTUGUESE CUISINE

Portus Calle, a Portuguese restaurant on St-Laurent, is hosting several delicious events during the Montreal High Lights Festival. We got a sneak peak (a sneak eat?) at what they’ll be serving up…

MONTREAL HIGH LIGHTS FESTIVAL CELEBRATES WOMEN

Now more than ever, a woman’s place is in the kitchen—as the driving force of this year’s Montreal High Lights Festival. Every year since its inception a decade ago, the festival’s Wine and Dine Experience has organized itself around a theme, and this year the festival is honouring women in the culinary arts—from chefs to winemakers to cheesemongers…