October 25th, 2011
Sure we're into reducing, reusing and recycling, but not when it comes to our hair.
Until recently gals who wanted to go glam and stay green didn’t have a lot of options in the downtown core. Lucky for our long locks, seasoned stylists Andrea Harrison and Damon Thomas have opened Aveda Concept Salon, Adikt. Now we can sneak out from work for a mid-day cut ($70), blow-out (from $30) or gloss treatment (from $30), complete with an Aveda scalp massage and hot cup of tea, and get back in time for our afternoon meeting without anyone suspecting a thing.
Although our shiny new do might raise a few eyebrows. —Jennifer Nachshen
Salon Adikt, 710B Ste Catherine W., Montreal, 514-878-1888, www.salonadikt.com
October 20th, 2011
We regularly use music as inspiration. A great tune will rev up our run or get us pumped for a party.
Jewellery designer, Morgan Mallett, went further and created an electro-pop playlist to inspire her latest collection of edgy, architectural accessories for Design & Conquer’s new Electro collection. Created using lightweight plastic polymers, each piece is inspired by a specific song from her playlist. We loved the neon pink accents of the Racer earrings ($45), inspired by Summer Heart’s remix of Work Drug’s "Rad Racer," and the Arsonist cuff ($249) inspired by André Obin’s "The Arsonist".
Now that’s some jewellery we can really dance to. —Jennifer Nachshen
September 29th, 2011
When we first heard about Barb Stegeman of The 7 Virtues fragrance line, the entrepreneur/
author had caught the attention of our Vancouver peeps with her philanthropic business scents.
By creating perfumes using ingredients purchased from nations experiencing war and strife, the 7 Virtues perfume line lends a helping hand to flower farmers foster fair trade. Capitalizing on the successes of the Afghanistan Orange Blossom and Noble Rose of Afghanistan perfumes, 7 Virtues has created a new fragrance called Vetiver of Haiti ($70). The soft but not-too-sweet scent, with top notes of Bergamot and lime and a base note of smoky organic Vetiver Oil from Haiti, can be worn by women or men.
It’s the sweet smell of success (and social conscience). —Jennifer Nachshen
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