Montreal Test Lab: SO Montréal

SO Montréal

Website: www.somontreal.ca Concept: The Songza of activities for Montreal Price: Free Pros: The service is super accessible with a web version, an iPhone app and an Android app You can easily bookmark the activities that you want to attend to find them under “My Favorites” or share them with your friends Adding an event yourself using an existing Facebook event or by filling out a form is quite simple Cons: I don’t anything negative about this new tool for Montreal, it’s a brilliant idea for when you’re looking for something to do! I would love to see some more advanced options with the…

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A VIP look in the Artist World at Osheaga

Osheaga - Seafood Station

Wondering how the artists get treated at Osheaga? Elastoplast opened the doors to the Artist World for an evening right before the festival started so we could live a VIP experience with Chef Chuck Hughes. Pretty funny but also clever collaboration here 😉 First off, I’ve never been to Osheaga in my life. I spent so many years at the Vans Warped Tour as a teenager that I reached my limit of big crowds. But when I heard that I would get to EAT what the artists get over the weekend, I got very excited! A team led under Chuck…

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My first International Startup Festival in Montreal!

StartupFest 2015 in Old Port Montreal

I attended the 2015 edition of the International Startup Festival just a few weeks ago and I had such a great time! The festival features startups from all over the world who want to connect and look for funding. The ticket costs US$799 which can be a bit high if you just want to check it out without being part of a startup but the quality of the festival makes up for it when I compare conferences happening in town that only last 1-2 days. There is also the option of possibly getting free admission for your team with the…

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Startup Fest: 5 Off-Site Lunch Spots Worth Checking Out

Le Cartet

If you’re in the mood for a walk around the beautiful Old Montreal, here’s 5 locations that won’t disappoint for lunch! Le Cartet Located about 2min away from the site, Le Cartet is a beautiful restaurant that offers hot and cold lunch options. They also have a few tables outside. Website Olive & Gourmando Olive & Gourmando is a must in the Old Montreal and is about 8min away. Try the Cubano sandwich or the black truffle mac & cheese if you want to indulge or pick a delicious salad. The iced tea is also worth trying out! It does get…

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4 Terraces To Add To Your Montreal Summer List

Terrasse sur l'Auberge

#1 – Rooftop Terrace at Newtown After going up a flight of stairs, a beautiful and intimate terrace can be found on the rooftop of the restaurant.  The area is loaded with comfortable couches and also an indoor area in case it’s too windy or it rains for a few minutes. For this summer, Newtown is also proposing a Mojito menu and I totally fell in love the me “El Pimms” version based on a Pimm’s Cup. So next time you need a break from the shopping craziness, make a stop at Newtown for a cocktail and a bite! #2 – Les Terrasses Bonsecours If…

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Montreal Test Lab: Montréal Frais

Montréal Frais - My Order

Website: www.montrealfrais.com Concept: Get products delivered to your door from some of the best businesses in Montreal Price: Prices match the price you would pay in person at any shop. However, you must pay $8.85 + taxes for shipping. The shipping price might also go up in the future when they end their beta phase. Pros: The businesses picked so far are all very exciting including Patrice Pâtissier, Dose Juice, La Maison du Rôti and La Fromagerie Hamel. The website is a breeze to use and that’s quite impressive for a first release! The shipping hours only force you to wait for a maximum…

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HÀ - Salmon

Looking to satisfy your vietnamese craving in a gorgeous decor? Restaurant HÀ has been around for about a year now and I have yet to meet one person who disliked their dining experience there. I prefer to try a restaurant for the first time on lunch time as they always offer a better deal which means trying more for less! I chose the spicy papaya salad as an appetizer which came with shrimp chips. The salad was fresh and very generous! Our waitress recommended I try the coconut salmon as a main as it’s the favorite item on Hà’s menu…

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5 Reasons To Visit Zyara

Zyara - The Chef

So, I went all the way to DIX30 for the first time ever in April and I ended up having some of the best lebanese of my life! Other than needing a car to get there, I loved my experience and can’t wait to go back. Here’s 5 reasons to head to Zyara asap: 1 – A Solid Bar The bar is beautiful, large and spacious. I definitely wouldn’t mind having a meal there especially with the professional staff behind it. The wine and cocktail list is pretty wide including a selection of arak which you must try on your visit! 2…

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My Restaurant To-Do List for Summer 2015

Lavanderia

Montreal is one tough city if you’re trying to eat at all the good places. Here’s my to-do list this summer. Hopefully, I will get it done by October! Got any more suggestions? Mile-Ex Photo from Rake&Co. #fancystreetfood #seafood Website Joe Beef Photo from Smith & Ratliff #justbecause #montrealstaple Website Tuck Shop Photo from Tuck Shop #nevergotatable #amazingdailymenu Website Trilogie Photo from Trilogie #dumplings #realchinese Website Lavanderia Photo from Nightlife #argentinianempanadas #bbqdoneright Website   I also really hope I can go back to… Park for the amazing sushi Manitoba for the creative cooking Laurie Raphaël because it’s a birthday tradition

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Planning 2015

Hey guys! I haven’t had the chance to make that many lifestyle posts since I launched the new branding even though it was the main reason for renaming the blog. So here we go! Even if spring has been miserable so far in Montreal, there’s something about the month of April that always re-energizes me about planning the rest of my year. Fleeing next winter This might sound like a weird one but I’m already planning where I will be next January to March because I just can’t stand winters here anymore. I’m simply not a person who enjoys winter so it has…

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