November 9th, 2012
Just in time for winter, we’ve found the perfect spot for (finger-licking good!) Southern comfort. Blackstrap serves up Southern style BBQ (think 16-hour smoked meats) like we’ve never tasted – especially not in Montreal! Results? We’re indulging our inner carnivore like never before.
From the savory burnt ends poutine ($10) to the simplicity of delectable pulled pork (with a scene-stealing side of fried mac and cheese balls, please, $10.99), every bite is as good as the last – especially when doused in homemade spicy sauce.
Word to the wise: Quantities are limited, so check Twitter for sell-out advisories before heading down to the deep (Verdun) south. —Christine Laroche
4436 Wellington St., Montreal, 514-507-6772, www.promenadewellington.com
March 18th, 2009
When it comes to home décor are you sitting in the dark?
Shed some light on things with a hanging Maplemap lamp ($250) by designer Frederic Guibrunet. This limited edition piece (only 100 were created) is made from pieces of cotton paper shaped like maple leaves and connected together origami-style.
We also adore his papier maché Mademoiselle and Princesse lamps (from $300, pictured), a creative collaboration with Parisian artist Sophie Mouton-Perrat. These doll-like creatures are handmade with linen paper and sit celestially on the floor or table.
Chic, unique and they don’t come from a big box store. Let there be light!
Atelier Ani+LUMIGrane, 730 Woodland, Verdun, 514-762-4754, www.ani-lumigrane.com
July 26th, 2008
Traditionalists maintain that romance is best served by candlelight.
But since you’re enjoying summer hours, you might as well make the most of your Friday afternoons and enjoy a lingering lunch at Antoine.
Reserve a space on the intimate terrace and feast on owner-chef Antoine Richard’s divine French food. The lunchtime table d’hôte serves a mixture of classics like bavette with green pepper sauce ($15), while Mediterranean delights include Tagliatelles with calamari, pastis and cherry tomatoes ($14). Make sure to leave room for the Pineapple Poutine ($5.95), a glorious mix of pineapple fries, mascarpone cheese and a light caramel sauce.
With a lunch menu that changes each fortnight, this might become your new summer hangout— just don’t forget the sun block!
Antoine, 5013 Wellington, Verdun, 514-303-6642.