May 27th, 2011
This city suffers from a sad lack of soul food, but now that Icehouse has moved into the Plateau, Montrealers finally have a spot to savour some spicy Southern-style staples.
This casual wood-panelled eatery serves Texas-style fare with an added kick, like their dare-you-to-drink-just-one (we didn’t) Bourbon-spiked fresh-squeezed lemonade and homemade hot sauce. We tried two tasty types of tacos ($8 each), one featuring teriyaki short ribs with green goddess sauce and a jalapeno-daikon slaw, and the other filled with red fish, pineapple salsa and black beans. But the ultimate foodie fantasy presented itself in the luscious lobster burrito with corn, chilli and black beans ($22). Just make sure you take note of the wall-mounted napkin rolls, because things are going to get messy.
Talk about finger lickin’ good. —JN
Icehouse, 51 Roy St. E, Montreal, 514-439-6691.
May 20th, 2011
Moishe’s has been a fixture on the Main since 1938 (the original Moishe was a waiter who won the restaurant from his boss in a poker game).
Moishe’s is moving into modernity with a top-to-bottom makeover, featuring a beautiful new ceiling, exposed brick, modern lighting, and up-to-date art, as well as the new 3 Hours to Midnight menu ($25 for appetizer, main and coffee/tea) served weekends from 9 p.m. to midnight. We stopped in for a pre-party nosh, opting for lush organic salmon tartare, followed by a scrumptious lobster roll that inspired memories of Maine, as well as a borrowed bite from our dining companion’s perfectly pink-in-the-middle petit filet. But don’t fret! You can still fill up on Moishe’s coleslaw, pickles, and famous Monte Carlo potatoes, and finish with a creamy and custardy mille feuille for dessert.
Don’t forget to nicely ask the Maitre D’ for a secret piece of DubbleBubble on your way out. —JN
Moishe’s, 3961 St. Laurent Blvd., Montreal, 514-845-3509, www.moishes.ca
May 18th, 2011
With bell-bottoms reigning supreme as the retro-to-right-now trend of the summer, we’re expecting to see more tie-dyed prints as well.
We’re turning to the textile artistry of Hazel and Hunter for hand-dyed totes, scarves, pillows and clutches made with locally sourced natural and organic fibres. We’ll be '70s-inspired, using the beautiful silk Voodoo scarf ($90) to create an on-trend mock turban whilst toting the pretty Midnight clutch ($30) made with thick organic cotton canvas. And we know more than a few friends who’ll love the striped pillow cover touting “I am very fond of stripes” ($45).
At Boutique Unicorn, 5135 Blvd St. Laurent, Montreal, 514-544-2828 and online.
January 10th, 2011
We tend to enjoy sportsy activities more when they provide us with new options for outfits. But when we can shop in the same location as we sweat? Heaven.
Boutique and studio Yoga-à-Porter offers a wide selection of clothes for the yogic lifestyle. We’ll wear our omgirl ruched tank ($70) and Not Your Daughter’s Jeans bodyshape leggings ($130) to one of their 11 yoga classes offered per week ($18/class). Then we’ll pair our sexy and stretchy Second Yoga Jeans ($135) with a St. Martins jersey cape top ($95) for an evening out.
To our local vegetarian restaurant, of course.
One week introduction: unlimited classes $20 for new students only. Yoga-à-Porter, 100 Laurier Ave. W., Montreal, 438-380-6814, www.yoga-a-porter.com
December 6th, 2010
Our regular yoga sessions have helped lift our asanas to new heights. But sometimes we just want to drop it like it’s hot.
When we’re feeling more Snoop Dogg than downward dog, we dance it out at Urban Body Studio ($10/class, $250/3 months unlimited). We tried the Bodylicious class, which had us mingling hip-hop moves with old school aerobics like video vixens. We’re heading back to the studio for Flirty Girl Fitness, a high-impact circuit mixed with dance moves, and Urban Bootcamp, where we’ll pop and lock our way to a better behind.
Taking our body from om to OMG.
Urban Body, 4523 St. Denis St., Montreal, 514-616-9178, www.urban-body.ca
September 29th, 2010
“It's 1980, you're wearing Armani and you're driving down the Pacific Coast Highway in your Mercedes-Benz 450SL”
That’s how Douglas Chow describes his Montreal electro-funk outfit AXXE, whose '70s/'80s disco pop unabashedly borrows from the Bay City Rollers and 10cc. We love their video for the ¡BORRACHO! remix of Hard Candy made up of deliciously bad '80s fashion and clips from Boogie Nights.
Perfectly suited to fashion runways and Friday night cocktails, its upcoming EP Mainstream includes a kick-ass S.A.T.U.R.D.A.Y. Night Neon Workout remix that can be heard on the Hugo Boss website.
Who said disco was dead?
AXXE EP launch party, from 7 p.m., October 4th, tickets $5, $35 with dinner Restaurant Atma, 3962 St-Laurent Blvd., Montreal, 514-798-8484.
September 28th, 2010
Running from work to yoga to evening soirees, our quick-change artistry puts Wonder Woman to shame.
We’re getting our flexible fashion fix at Atelier Lolë, a new store for ladies on the go. We came for the bunny-soft white Snug jacket ($150), the go-anywhere Noble dress ($100) and sleek Evolution capris ($80). We stayed for the free tea, fitness classes and to update our Facebook status on one of the 15 iPads. After refreshing in one of the in-store showers, we were ready to get back out there and save the world.
If only we could remember where we parked our invisible jet.
4075 St-Denis Street, Montreal, 514-507-3907, www.lolewomen.com
August 24th, 2010
When it comes to décor, we hate being hemmed in.
Home accessories boutique Buk & Nola seamlessly blends bohemian-Brit and Cali-cozy with scandesign and shabby-chic. We spotted nature-inspired Danish wallpapers (from $135/roll) and fern-print linen napkins ($42) beside a high-gloss Queen clock ($55) and Dachshund napkin holders (6/$30). We adored the in-house line of floral hanging lamps (from $40) and earthy pepper mills ($68) made from fallen Ontario tree branches.
Like what you see? Sign up for the personalized budget-conscious décor service that includes an inspiration board of swatches or full makeover of your space.
Buk & Nola, 1593 Laurier Street E., Montreal, 514-357-2680, www.buknola.com
July 26th, 2010
Aveda’s new series of foot treatments have made us hot to trot.
During our 90-minute Signature Pedicure ($85) our toes were slathered in gel then wrapped in hot towels to soften calluses. After being washed with Rosemary Mint cleanser, legs and feet were exfoliated with cooling salts (to boost circulation), slathered in a warm mask (to banish odor), massaged with hot stones and finished with Jojoba cream. After a lovely coat of Essie's Palmetto polish, we were sent off with a prescription for home care and spring in our step.
Our hands are green with envy.
At Aveda Montreal, 3613 St-Laurent Blvd., Montreal, 514-499-9494, www.avedamontreal-lifestyle.com; Spa Crystal, 293 Blvd. Labelle, Rosemere, 450-419-4841; and Calme Spa, 79 Ste-Anne St., Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, 514-674-1384, www.calme.ca
April 16th, 2010
At Le Quartier Général, stylish decor, French bistro dishes and locally sourced ingredients are worthy of our impeccable SAQ selection.
We devoured appetizers like scallops in curried cream sauce and tartare du moment ($9) followed by savory Stanstead rabbit sausages ($29) served tongue-in-cheek with a side of Bugs Bunny carrots. Kalhua cheesecake for dessert?
Le Quartier Général, 1251 Gilford St., Montreal, 514-658-1839.