Food

Montreal Soup for the Cold Soul

Step aside, pumpkin spice lattes. These soups rival three-course meals, offer a taste of a variety of cultures and warm from the inside out. Vegetable bean soup, Carveli The chefs guarantee the bean soup is vegan, but with a hickory-smoke aftertaste, it’s hard to believe the famous secret recipe contains nothing...

Restaurant Lea Opens in Westmount

West-end residents, you no longer need to venture to Griffintown for trendy dining options. Lea, the new addition to Grinder and Hachoir, will open its doors to the public on Monday, Oct. 20, at noon. Judging by my tour of the three-level dining room equipped with smooth wood paneling, nostalgic...

Training in the Sweet Arts at the New Chocolate Academy 

Chocoholics on the island of Montreal can rejoice: the Chocolate Academy has set up shop in Montreal. With 16 training centres worldwide, including one in St-Hyacinthe, the school’s new branch will further establish Montreal’s confectionary expertise on the global stage. Geared toward professionals and epicureans alike, the academy may be...

Wine Glasses Are Not All Created Equal

Wine glasses come in a multitude of shapes and sizes, and can vary in price from dollar-store specials to over a hundred dollars for a single glass. So what’s the difference, and why should you make your glassware a priority? To understand why, you must understand that how we taste –...

Where to Drink Hot Chocolate in Montreal

Forget cappuccino and café au lait. It’s the time of year when you need a steaming cup of something sweet, rich and dark to warm you from the inside. Hot chocolate isn’t just for kids. And it’s not just for snowy weekends. It’s for breakfast with a toasted, buttered piece...

How to Carafe Older Bottles of Wine

Last week I basically dumped a bottle of wine in a mason jar. That was a young wine, under five years of age. The goal was to oxygenate the wine. But when dealing with older bottles, whether it be a red wine or a vintage Port, you have to be...

Ritz-Carlton Christens New Dom Pérignon Bar

On Sept. 30, vintage Champagne house Dom Pérignon and the Montreal Ritz-Carlton joined forces and inaugurated the first Dom Pérignon bar in Canada. Situated in the Palm Court lobby of the luxury hotel chain, the new sleek, black bar looked right at home in its opulent surroundings. As the bubbles...

Café Chat L’Heureux Opens on the Plateau

Cat lovers abound in Montreal, if the crowd at Café Chat L’Heureux this past Monday evening is any indication. The second cat café to open in our city over the last few weeks, the café and restaurant has been officially welcoming visitors since Saturday. Although the concept is not new—cat cafés...

Keurig’s New 2.0 Coffee Machine

Single-serve coffee machine is a bit of a misnomer for the new Keurig 2.0 brewing system. Now available in Canada, it makes single cups of coffee but also a carafe of up to four cups, tea and other beverages like hot chocolate. The medium-sized machine doesn’t take up too much...

Oxygenate Your Young Wines (with Video)

Simply allowing a wine “to breathe” will make your drinking experience that much better. Here’s the video on why and how: By following a few simple steps, no matter what wine you choose or how much you pay, it will taste better. And this does not require any real investment...
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