The New Portus360 Does Not Disappoint

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Chef Helena Loureiro’s Portus Calle was my favorite restaurant when I worked at the corner of Rachel and St-Laurent. Whenever I had a meeting, I would make it happen there because I knew the service would be on point and we would feast without feeling too full. It was sort of sad to hear that they were leaving the Main back in October to move at the junction of Old Montreal and Griffintown. However, since I visited about two weeks ago, I now know it’s for the best and the restaurant’s new view is kind of breathtaking..! Since I’ve only visited Portus…

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A Wine With A Different Story

Toscana Gorgona  - Frescobaldi

The Frescobaldi family organized a very special evening in April to share a project they are quite proud of, and for good reason. I’ll be honest, I had never heard of Marchesi de Frescobaldi wines before last month even though they have been around since 1308! Frescobaldi per Gorgona is a social project that started in 2012 on the island of Gorgona, the last prison island in Italy. The prisoners, about 50 so far who are reaching the end of their sentence, get a special opportunity to learn the techniques of wine making with the help of masters part of the Frescobaldi company. This…

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Where To 5 à 7 In Montreal When You Don’t Really Drink

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Over the past two years, I have found myself drinking less and less. Don’t get me wrong, I can still enjoy a good glass of red wine with a nice meal. But when I meet my friends during happy hours, I simply have no interest in drinking too many cocktails. It makes me remember that last November, I visited a friend in Florida and we ended up trying a trendy pub in Wildwood. To my surprise, they were serving Kombucha on tap and it just made my night! So anyway, now that we’ve established that I’ve become one of those…

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February Food Favorites

February Food Favorites

Isn’t it exciting that today is the last day of February? It just always seems like the worst month of the year winter wise! One highlight though is that I made some great discoveries food wise that are perfect for staying home. Scramble by Cleverfoodies Scramble is totally my new favorite breakfast item! These delicious mixes pack a minimum of 10 ingredients and are low in sugar & fat. Even if I enjoy cooking and even meal prepping, I love the array of ingredients found in each mixes and the time it saves in actually cooking breakfast. I’ve been using each mix daily with my eggs, usually…

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La Cuvée D’Hiver Is Happening This Weekend!

La Cuvée D'Hiver 2016

La Cuvée D’Hiver is going down this weekend [February 25-27th] so you should plan a visit if you enjoy beer or whisky. The event is not necessarily about tasting products that you wouldn’t be able to find in deps but more about the social aspect of it and getting the chance to discuss said products with experts! I had the pleasure of attending the event last year and I had a blast! Compared to other tasting events, La Cuvée brings a more festive vibe with live music and dancing. There is also a bunch of awesome local food booths including some of my…

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The Weekly Celebration of Pancakes at Fabergé

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I visited Fabergé this week after hearing of their Pancake Tuesday concept: every week, a new kind of fabulous pancakes is served all day at the restaurant. The thing is that I never ever order a sweet plate for brunch when I eat out because I feel too bad about not getting the right nutrients in. Yes, I know, I have not been doing brunch right! So for a special occasion, my partner and I made it our mission to go to Fabergé just for the pancakes and it was AMAZING! Of course, we agreed on also ordering a savoury…

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Barbounya Launches Its Turkish Happy Hour!

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Barbounya is all set for your upcoming 5 à 7 this winter! Chef Fisun Ercan prepared an original Turkish menu that is perfect to share while having a cocktail right after work. The Menu Headcheese, marinated vegetables, dried tomatoes, olives, Kasseri cheese – $5 Marinated sardines, warm potatoes, fine herbs – $4 Chicken liver mousse, crackers, roasted hazelnuts – $4 Tarama, pickled lemons, fried shallots – $5 Jerusalem artichoke chips with garlic and rosemary – $3 Fried calamari – $5 Spiced nuts – $5 My favorite items were the chicken liver mousse and the fried calamari. At that price, it’s…

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6 Things To Do In Halifax

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I visited Halifax this past October. My main goal was to eat as much lobster and oysters in a week which went pretty well thanks to events like the Halifax Oyster Festival. Here are additional things you could do in between meals 😉 1 – Go for a boat ride Halifax offers plenty of boat tours for whale watching, nightlife or learning about the history of the area. A really cheap and satisfying option is the ferry that leaves for Darmouth. I believe it costs less than $3 and it takes 12 minutes or 24 minutes roundtrip. The ferry leaves…

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3 Foodie Events To Check Out This Winter Around Montreal

Happening Gourmand

Credit: Jack Lafortune, JED Lab Media Happening Gourmand Celebrating its 9th year, Happening Gourmand started last Thursday and will go on until February 7th! It’s easy to find a restaurant to please everyone and the fixed prices are pretty outstanding for the 3-courses offered. Kyo is a favorite of mine, which I covered previously. Check out the website here > La Face Cachée’ Snow Days Quebec’s most famous cidery opens its doors every weekend this January for an exclusive look at the making of ice cider. The $5 activity includes a visit of the installations (outdoor and indoor) and a…

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Visiting L’Atelier D’Argentine for LeCHOP!

L'Atelier D'Argentine

LeCHOP is a great event that gives you the opportunity to try a 3-course menu at 5 different restaurants for the awesome fixed price of $25. It’s not the first time a concept like this is proposed but this one is a little bit different. Each chef competes weekly for the dish of the week which is also served at their restaurant. You can then head on the website and vote for a chance to win a free meal for two. Check out the YouTube channel here to get tempted by the food! The team behind LeCHOP gave me the opportunity to visit L’Atelier D’Argentine in…

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