Doing Cocktail Hour Turkish style at BarBounya

Looking for a fun new way to enjoy your cocktail hour with friends and colleagues? Head over to Mile-End for a totally different experience at BarBounya.

I clearly remember my first time at BarBounya. It was the restaurant my cousin chose to make to for my birthday. I was so thrilled, it was on my list of great newer Montreal restaurant to visit. And it did not disappoint. The decor is fun, modern, everyone feels like they are eating at the bar. And the food was amazing! What you will find here is sophisticated and modern spin on Turkish dishes, some fusion, mostly prepared with fresh and local ingredients.

BarBounya apéro à la turque

photo credit: Vadim Daniel

And now you can enjoy refreshing and original drinks with a selection of Turkish mezzes, or small shared appetizer plates. Chef Fisun Ercan is offering just that, every Tuesday to Friday, from 5pm to 7pm. Nothing better than relaxing after work or before a show while exploring a very Mediterranean tradition.

Here is a sampling of the menu, prices ranging between $3 to $5 per mezze:

Head cheese, marinated vegetables, dried tomatoes, olives, Kasseri cheese
Marinated sardines, warm potatoes, herbs
Liver mousse, crackers, roasted hazelnuts
Tarama, lemon confit, fried shallots
Jerusalem artichoke chips, rosemary, garlic
Fried calamari
Spicy nuts

Turkish Eatery BarBounya
234 Laurier Avenue W, Montreal, QC H2T 2N8
Phone:(514) 439-8858

Olivier Piffaudat: a chocolatier like no other!

The chocolatier Olivier Piffaudat is breaking the conventional chocolate mold with with his black garlic chocolate for Saint Valentine’s Day.

Have you ever heard the proverb “Birds of a feather flock together”? When I take a look around at my friends, I realize I truly live by this proverb. Most of my friends are not afraid of the weird, the unknow, the exotic. And one friend who truly brings this to mind is Olivier Piffaudat, a passionate chocolatier who really knows how to think outside the box. Or should I say outside the chocolate shell in his case.

chocolate display

When it comes to creating his flavors, he is a mad genius. You can count on one hand the more traditional flavors in his store. All the rest are very unusual. And I love how Olivier groups them: fruits, vegetables and cocktails. One chocolate is making its debut too, a very special one for Saint-Valentine’s day…one made with black garlic!

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Montreal en Lumiere 2016

We are about half way through winter and here in Montreal that means one thing: the Montreal en Lumiere festival is just around the corner with loads of fun outdoor activities, shows and culinary treats.

Since we live in winter mode for so many months out of the year here in Montreal, we like to celebrate and even have a winter festival named Montreal en Lumiere. You will find all kinds of fun outdoor activities, many free, and lots of paid shows and food related events. But just an evening walking around the site is fun, just get a couple of snacks from the food stands and enjoy the lights! Just dress well to stay warm. Here is what this year’s Montreal en Lumiere has to offer, from February 18 to March 5 2016.

Montreal en Lumiere 2016

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All about Montreal Smoked Meat

Quebec is definitely home to a few endemic foods and dishes. Topping the list is bagels, poutine, tourtières, whippet cookies, some kickass cheeses, and of course Montreal smoked meat.

The classic Montreal smoked meat sandwich has been around ever since the 19th century. It is on top of most tourist must-eat items and Montrealers have the occasional intense craving.

Have you tasted a Montreal smoked meat sandwich? Is it new to you? Today I will tell you all about this delicious deli meat that you can only find in Montreal.

Montreal Smoked Meat

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LeCHOP table d’hôte event

LeCHOP: Montreal’s 4th Annual Prix Fixe Culinary Event Serves up an exclusive experience for dining enthusiasts

Restaurants in Montreal are fired up and ready to serve up fine cuisine at chopped down prices! The 4th annual LeCHOP table d’hôte event takes place January 4, 2016 to February 11, 2016 at five participating restaurants.

L’Atelier d’Argentine Downtown, L’Atelier d’Argentine Vieux-Port, Decca77, Newtown, and Wienstein & Gavino’s will host this celebration of fabulous food combined with a culinary competition of skill and taste. The event offers the perfect opportunity to enjoy a delicious prix fixe 3-course dinner for just $25.00 at all participating restaurants.

LeCHOP

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Happening Gourmand 2016

The 9th annual Happening Gourmand is just around the corner. From January 7 to February 7 2016, enjoy amazingly priced meals in eight restaurants scattered throughout Old Montreal.

Many people in Montreal like to think that winter is meant to hibernate and stay indoors. Well I have never let a little snow or cold stop me from going out and having a good time. And many Montreal establishments try to get the lazy bears out with clever ideas. One of my favorite ones is the annual Happening Gourmand.

A group of restaurants located in Old Montreal offer very reasonably set priced three-course menus for a few weeks right after the holidays. This year’s Happening Gourmand will take place from January 7 to February 7, 2016. See all the deets below or check out the website!

So go out and enjoy a fabulous meal in Old Montreal. Have you ever taken a walk in Old Montreal on a warm winter night after a fresh snowfall? It is simply magical.

Happening Gourmand 2016

La Cure Gourmande: Get your Sweet on

The heavenly shop of confections and sweets, known as La Cure Gourmande, is celebrating the 1st anniversary of its Montreal location!

La Cure Gourmande is known for its savoury and sweet artisanal biscuits, but you will also find here traditional Berlandises (sweets made with fruit pulp), Choupettes (lollipops), chocolates, caramels, calissons, nougat flavoured with strawberry paste or candied orange peel, and chocolate olives (chocolate-covered roasted almonds), madeleines and cakes.

La-Cure-Gourmande-4

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