My Montreal

My Montreal: Jeff Finkelstein of Hof Kelsten

Jeff Finkelstein recalls eating danishes, cinnamon rolls and babka as a child at Montreal bakeries like Solly’s, Montreal Kosher and Saint Laurent Bakery. “Saint Laurent was where Moishes got their rye bread, and now they’re getting their bread from me,” says the 36-year-old Montrealer who grew up in Côte Saint-Luc....

My Montreal: Chef Antonio Park of Park Restaurant

Antonio Park is the celebrated chef behind the innovative Park Restaurant, which opened in February 2012 and Park Market, which opened in September 2013, both located on Victoria Ave. in Westmount. His cuisine is both beautiful and delicious, and the dishes are a product of his eclectic background. Park was born...

My Montreal: Ana Maria Ortiz of Pomarosa Gelato

Ana Maria Ortiz is at the helm of new artisanal gelateria Pomarosa on the Plateau’s Saint-Denis St., serving up 24 flavours including the South American likes of creamy, as-decadent-as-you’d-expect avocado. Ortiz has all the credentials to make our favourite cold treat. She is a biologist, food scientist and food microbiologist...

My Montreal: Nick Hamilton, Wine Instructor and Sommelier

Nick Hamilton is the only sommelier in Montreal who teaches wine courses in English. He holds classes of 15 students every September and January at his home on St-Denis St. through his company, Les Conseillers du Vin. His students include wine sales reps, hotel and restaurant staff and anyone else...

MY MONTREAL: GENEVIÈVE EMOND OF BOTA BOTA

Geneviève Emond is no stranger to water. She grew up on the South Shore, vacationed in the Laurentians at the family cottage, and enjoyed camp every summer. Swimming, paddle-boarding, living (and working) adjacent the St-Lawrence River; there’s rarely a moment when Emond, a co-owner of Bota Bota floating spa, isn’t...

My Montreal: Charles Bierbrier of Bierbrier Brewing

“I guess you can say it was in my blood,” said Charles Bierbrier, whose name means “beer brewer” in German. The founder of Bierbrier Brewing started home brewing as a hobby while he was in college. By the time he obtained his MBA from Concordia University in 2003 and started...

My Montreal: Wine Importer Charles Goyer

Charles Goyer vividly remembers his first taste of wine. He was at a restaurant with his parents in Paris where he lived from ages one to four. It was a “drop of wine in my glass of water,” he says. “Baptized.” This marked his official foray into a wine-centric life,...

My Montreal: Fashion Designer Mélissa Bolduc

Festival de Mode & Design (FMD) launches this Wednesday for the first time in the Quartier des spectacles. The 14th edition of the annual celebration will feature the usual mix of fashion shows, shopping, musical performances as well as some new additions, like an outdoor Yoga session to welcome the...

My Montreal: Handbag Designer Annick Levesque

With Montreal Fashion Week on hiatus this year, we’re seeing a number of changes to the 14th edition of the Festival Mode & Design (FMD) to ensure it delivers as the only official fashion festival in Montreal. The event takes place Aug. 20 to 23 in the Quartier des spectacles,...

My Montreal: Nicolas Urli of Flyjin and Hà

Restaurateur Nicolas Urli has become an important part of Montreal’s dining and nightlife scene over the past five years. He’s one of the owners of Flyjin, an izakaya-style restaurant in Old Montreal that just celebrated its one-year anniversary. He’s involved with Velvet Speakeasy at l’Auberge Saint-Gabriel, which he also helped...
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