September 21st, 2011
We may not be regulars at the local nudie bars, but we don’t mind a little nakedness on stage. All in the name of art, of course.
Daniel Radcliffe (aka Harry Potter) stripped down for the London Stage version of Equus, the story of psychiatric patient Alan Strang, receiving treatment in lieu of prison time after blinding horses. The Segal Centre’s version (with ballet-dancing horses!) stars Dan Jeannotte as Alan and Jean Marchand as the doctor who treats him in this exploration of sex, passion, religion and modern psychiatry. —Jennifer Nachshen
Tickets from $34, until October 2, The Segal Centre, 5170 Ch.Côte-Ste-Catherine, Montreal, 514-739-7944, www.segalcentre.org
August 31st, 2011
Montreal will experience a Russian Dance Dance Revolution when the The Alexandrov Red Army Choir and Ensemble takes to the Place des Arts stage from September 1 to 4.
They’ll perform rousing songs and energetic dances with their travelling team of 125 musicians and performers, soloists, a male choir, dancers and a full orchestra. Playing both traditional Russian instruments, including the balalaïka, the domra and the bayan along with the more familiar double bass, woodwinds, brass and percussion instruments, you won’t need to know the words in Russian to sing along.
Our recommendations for after? Pour everyone a shot of vodka and shout na zda-rov’-ye! —Jenn Nachshen
Tickets range from $87.90 to $97.90 and are available online.
August 30th, 2011
We remember when we followed The Official Preppy Handbook right down to the letterman jacket.
Then '80s prep made way for '90s grunge and the popped collar went from iconic to ironic. But the croc is rocking fashion once again with Montreal playing host to Lacoste’s first concept boutique in Canada. With two levels and over 2260 square feet of space, including a dedicated POLO Room, where you can find the entire range of polo shirts, including our fave featuring a cute slightly puffed sleeve ($95). Lest you fear the brand is stuck in the 80s, we located a pair of white harem pants ($225) and a graphic tee stating “The Crocodile Loves You” ($195) from the recent Lacoste and Malandrino collaboration ($225).
We’re heading to the Hamptons in style. —Jennifer Nachshen
Lacoste Boutique, 1011 Ste.-Catherine W., Montreal, www.lacoste.com
June 29th, 2011
We love to indulge in gourmet fare, but plates piled with mounds of foie gras, cream, and red meat often leave us feeling stuffed—and not very chic.
We found delicious indulgence in perfect moderation at the tasteful Bouillon Bilk, a restaurant designed with female customers in mind. We started with a light crudo of red snapper ($12) with plums and marinated red cabbage, featuring just a touch of rich crème fraiche and wasabi for added punch. Pillowy pan-fried scallops ($26) were a perfect bite, paired with a spicy citrus-scented broth, edamame beans and kimchi dumplings. We finished off with a refreshing grapefruit gelée topped with a dollop of white chocolate cream ($8), offering the perfect balance between light and sweet. But don’t worry, the menu offers man-friendly meals like duck pastrami and braised pork.
So you can have your beefcake and eat healthy too.
Bouillon Bilk, 1595 St. Laurent Blvd., Montreal, 514-845-1595, www.bouillonbilk.com
April 29th, 2011
With reading no longer requiring actual books and phones so tiny you could lose them in your jeggings pocket, we’re pretty sure the future has arrived. We’re just relieved that it still includes hamburgers.
At new downtown eatery iBurger, we ordered delicious burger combos off a Jetson-esque interactive table menu. We ploughed into the juicy lamb burger with blue cheese ($16.50), which was so delicious we almost crashed our hovercraft. For those of you who see meat as a thing of the past, there’s a fresh salmon sushi burger topped with mango and avocado and piled into a rice cake “bun” ($19.99) and an organic quinoa patty with mushrooms, spinach and goat cheese wrapped in crisp phyllo pastry that practically made us teleport right out of our seats.
What’s next? Robot waiters?—JN
iBurger, 1237 Metcalfe St., Montreal, 514-903-5799, www.iburger.net
April 15th, 2011
We know that sushi is good for our healthy diet, but we’re not sure how all that white rice factors in to our efforts to go low-carb.
We loved Fu.Shi’s less-rice-more-fish dictum fusing European and Japanese cuisine for a deliciously diverse dining experience. We started with the melt-n-your-mouth miso-marinated pan seared foie gras ($15), followed by a delicate duo of salmon and tuna tartare ($22). We delighted in the artistic maki platter, which included including our first-ever taste of a sushi crèpe, while our raw-reluctant pals opted for an angus filet mignon in blue miso sauce ($36). A delicious green tea ice cream sushi with caramelized fruit ($14) proved the perfect ending to our marine meal.
I guess we’re not that strict on our diet, after all. —JN
Fu.Shi, 1112 Sherbrooke St. W., Montreal, 514-687-4222, www.fushi.ca
March 4th, 2011
When we heard that chef Michele Forgione was taking over the kitchen at Koko Restaurant in the Opus hotel, we wondered how his expertise in Italian cuisine would fuse with the restaurant’s traditionally Asian feel.
There’s still sushi on the menu, but why bother when you can feast on Forgione’s signature Italian fare? We started with a plate of silky porchetta di testa ($9) and perfectly charred grilled octopus ($16). We’d been strongly advised to order the pillowy homemade ricotta gnocchi with a satisfying short rib ragout ($18) and boy were we glad we did. We also loved the Sicilian rabbit with green olives, pistachios and raisins ($26) and the flaky, herb-sauced sea bass with winter panzanella salad ($24).
After finishing off with a plate of hot churros with hot chocolate dipping sauce, we knew we were entirely over the old Koko.
Out with the old, in with the gnocchi! —JN
Koko, 8 Sherbrooke St. W., Montreal, 514-657-5656, www.kokomontreal.com
March 1st, 2011
It seems like women have two choices when it comes to looking sexy: fancy lingerie that doesn’t do anything for the figure, and sizable scuba suits that only look good under clothes.
And if you’ve ever suffered the indignity of trying to remove a pair of figure-fixing undergarments in mixed company, you’ve probably wished for a lighter option.
We found balance in Body Wrap’s Sheer Iridesscent Collection, blending bodyshaping technology with pretty prints and styles. We’re replacing our boring beige briefs with pin-up worthy polka dots and florals in sweet styles like the Lift & Hide Cami ($54.40) and the Sculpt & Shape Bodysuit ($64.40).
With skivvies this cute, it’s almost a shame to cover them up with clothes. —JN
At www.bodywrap-shapewear.com and Simons, 977 Sainte Catherine St. W., Montreal, 514-282-1840.
February 23rd, 2011
This year’s Highlights Festival is all about celebrating female talent. We’ve sampled dishes from fabulous female chefs, and now we’re ready to find out what’s cooking on stage.
We’re heading to the sixth edition of the Wawa (We Are Women Artists) show to catch a talented line-up of ladies, with soul-pop singer Amanda Mabro, Cirque du Soleil singer Mirjana Milovanovic and the harmonious The Good Lovelies. The show will also feature designs by Katrin Leblond, photography by Andree Anne Handfield and circus artists, Krin Haglund and Andreane Leclerc, as hosts.
Talk about the greatest show on earth!
Wawa Show, February 26, 8 p.m., Gesù — Centre de créativité, 1200 Bleury St., Montreal, www.thewawashow.com
Tickets ($25) at www.admission.com
January 26th, 2011
If you missed Robyn’s re-invention from ‘90s teen-pop star (remember “Show me Love”?) to independent record-label owning electro-diva, you’ve got some catching up to do.
Luckily you can catch the Swedish songstress at Metropolis tomorrow night, performing the bittersweet “Be Mine,” the fist-pounding “Dancing on my Own” and the sexy-sweet “Hang with Me” in what we’re betting will be one of the last of her small venue tours.
Catch her if you can.
Tickets $32.05 at www.admission.com