Montreal - DINING & NIGHTLIFE
November 28th, 2008
Flat soufflés, rock hard filet mignon, gooey dinner rolls…our culinary skills haven’t exactly reached Michelin star status.
But we do know that proper seasoning can do wonders for the dullest of meals, so we’re throwing salt on the problem. Blended with a bouquet of edible flowers including chamomile, violet, and rose petal, Terre Exotique’s Diamant de Sel aux Fleurs ($12.99) makes our salads pop and our sauces palatable. Just pour the 100 per cent natural salt rock crystals into a mill and grind at will.
That’s one star, anyway.
Available at Marche Jean-Talon’s Boucherie du Marche, 224 Place du Marche du Nord, 514-270-7732, www.terreexotique.fr
November 27th, 2008
This certified life coach, psychic expert and Six Sensory Practitioner helps people get inspired by getting in touch with their intuitive side. With professional clients all over the world, sessions can take place by phone or in person.
While Cusmariu won’t predict the future, she will “empower people to do what’s in their heart.” Our own 45-minute session started with some deep breathing exercises followed by a soothing discussion about our stuck-in-a-rut conundrums. Did she read our mind? Not exactly, but we emerged mellow, clear-headed and ready to tackle the world.
Sessions range from $75-$200, 514-849-5761,www.juliecusmariu.com
November 21st, 2008
November’s grey, rainy weather is no excuse to be a downer.
Take a cue from the English and brighten your spirits with a serving of bona fide pub grub at the Burgundy Lion. While we were tempted by old-school favourites like the Sunday Roast dinner ($20) and Bangers & Mash ($13), we ordered the Little Burgundy Fish & Chips ($16). We swooned over the crispy batter, the generous portions and the side order of mushy peas. It’s definitely worthy of a newspaper wrap.
Burgundy Lion Pub, 2496 Notre Dame W., 514-934-0888, www.burgundylion.com
November 14th, 2008
We love wandering the stalls at Jean-Talon Market but who has time to take all that fresh produce home and actually cook it?
Luckily, Milliner Créativité Gourmande will do it for us. This mouth-watering boutique uses seasonal ingredients to create frozen dishes (many gluten-free) that beg to be taken home and heated-up. Choose from Milanese Osso Buco ($16.25), grilled grain-fed chicken with homemade ratatouille ($10.25) or a lamb tagine with vegetables and fruity couscous ($10.25). They’ll even prepare and deliver four-course gourmet lunches straight to your door.
Now if only they did laundry….
Milliner Créativité Gourmande, Marché Jean-Talon, 7010 Henri-Julien, 514-270-0004, www.milliner.ca
November 8th, 2008
They say it’s what’s on the inside that counts, but sometimes we can’t help falling for appearances.
It was love at first sight when our eyes met Duval-Delroy new Cuvée Design Paris bottle of bubbly ($73).
This beautifully decorated champagne bottle features original gold silk-screened print by American artist Leroy Neiman and holds delicious bubbly with notes of ginger, honeysuckle and hazelnut that will have you seeing la vie en rose in no time.
Available at the SAQ.
October 31st, 2008
Tonight, while the kids are eating stale candy corn, we’ll be indulging in gourmet goodies from Cocoa Delices.
This chic new spot serves up to-die-for “statement” chocolates in over 60 flavors. Inspired by their travels across Europe, the chocoholic owners produce only 1kg of each kind so freshness is preserved.
Our favorites include the Rose Rouge with red rose oil and raspberry, the Sesame-Dipped Truffle, and the heavenly Sel et Poivre made from salted caramel and peppered dark chocolate ganache.
Isn’t being a grown-up great?
Cocoa Delices Chocolaterie, $10/100g, 123 Laurier St. W., 514-223-8897, www.cocoadelices.com
October 24th, 2008
Your boss is getting on your last nerve and you’re ready to tear your hair out.
Spare your locks and blow off that nine-to-five steam with a post-work drink at the Lab Cocktail Counter. Sidle up to the gorgeous 23-foot bar and spill your woes to the Labtender (dapperly dressed in silk tie and black vest).
He’ll gladly whip up a five-star concoction made from fresh ingredients like basil leaves and mango puree. Whether you indulge in the tangy Balsamic Berry Martini ($8.50) or fall for the Love Potion ($7.50) blended with lavender syrup, these cocktails will definitely put the smile back on your face.
Lab Cocktail Counter, 1351 Rachel St. East, 514-544-1333.
October 17th, 2008
The Dow is down and so are hemlines—in the spirit of fiscal restraint, we’re cutting back on lavish lunches.
Opened by former Brontë sous chefs, Provisions is a new midday spot offering affordable twists on lunch time standards. Our picks include the homemade ham and cheese sandwich with meaux mustard and vine-ripe tomatoes ($6.95), apple fennel slaw ($3), and bread pudding for dessert ($4.95).
Even the design of the space inspires classy frugality—white washed walls, a bar built out of reclaimed wood and stainless steel bathroom sinks made from Ikea salad bowls.
Economizing has never been quite this grand.
Provisions, 1595 St-Laurent, Montreal, 514-844-9656.
October 10th, 2008
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October 4th, 2008
Mentioning the word cafeteria conjures up images of burnt toast, powdered eggs and teenaged angst. But mention La Cantine and you enter a whole new culinary world.
We’re stopping into this funky retro bistro on weekday mornings for a quick grilled cheese sandwich with aged cheddar, nut bread and fresh apple slices ($6). On the weekends, we prefer to lounge over the Ultra Chocolat. A sweet-tooth’s dream, this dish features French Toast-style chocolate croissant filled with slices of banana and topped with dark chocolate syrup, whipped cream and fresh fruit ($12.95).
It’s always nice to start your day on a (sugar) high.
La Cantine, 212 Mont-Royal Ave. E., Montreal, 514-750-9800, www.lacantine.ca