Fall 2012

Your paella primer

Here is a paella primer – a few simple secrets to making perfect paella that I learned from chefs Meritxell Sabaté in Barcelona and Luis Leon in Montreal, and from Ben Franco, whose family owns Librairie Espagnole on St. Laurent Blvd., and Gabriel Garcia, owner of Movida Spanish restaurant. Use...

Adapt recipe to what’s fresh

Straight from Barcelona, here is chef Meritxell Sabaté’s recipe for an eye-catching and festive paella de marisco, or seafood paella. She uses whatever seafood is freshest at the market. It can be any combination of shrimp or prawns, cuttlefish or squid, clams or mussels. She prepares her own fish stock...

My Montreal: Marc-André Grondin

Marc-André Grondin is a Montrealer bornand- raised who has joined a growing number of talented Quebec actors who finds work not only here, but around the world. When we talked, the 28-year-old had just wrapped up the lead role in L’Affaire Dumont, which is set to hit local theatres this...

The road to success

While there are many good wineries in Quebec, if you asked sommeliers and wine critics I bet most would put Les Pervenches in Farnham at the top. the husband-and-wife team of Michael Marler and Véronique Hupin push the limits in every aspect from defying conventional wisdom by growing chardonnay in...

The perfect paella

Meritxell sabaté elbows her way through the maze of fruit and vegetable stands, butcher shops and spice stalls in Barcelona’s hyperactive Mercat La Boqueria. The chef is on a mission to find the choicest shrimps, cuttlefish and mussels for her paella de marisco. “A paella is always a family feast,...

The new pub food

When Kazuo Akutsu began to plan his own restaurant in Montreal, he had already put in 15 years as a chef in Japan, where it’s not uncommon to serve up to 20 dishes at a meal. He had also worked at some of this city’s best restaurants, like Cavalli, Bice...

Mountains of culture

Splendid castles. Astounding arts. the patrician New England town of Lenox, Mass., in the picturesque region of the Berkshire Mountains, is steeped in both. Lenox is a hub for culture, surrounded by historic villages renowned for their world-class music, dance, museums and literary landmarks that are deeply rooted in Americana....

Savouring Sweden

While enjoying the sights in Järntorget, or Iron Square, we stopped for a sandwich of brie and salami on a dark bun, served with fresh salad, then crumb cake and coffee. Delicious, this was simple fare compared to a few other dining spots we encountered in Stockholm, which boasts five...

Sparkling Stockholm

Stockholm, a glittering jewel on the edge of the Baltic sea, resembles our Canadian city in the following way: Bordered by water and mired in winter for much of the year, it claims its other three Silky styling in viagra for men thicker the We only the generic pharmacy online...

art+fashion intersection

She loves art and fashion. Here, she loves them at the new home of fashion in Montreal, The Arsenal. Naturally, she’s got a soft spot for designers chez nous – Denis Gagnon, Duy, Renata Morales, Travis Taddeo and Marie Saint Pierre to name a few. TheArsenal, built in 1846 as...