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.

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How to make a good La Résolution

Do you make resolutions? I do and making the resolution to drink La Résolution from Unibroue for the rest of the year just might be my best decision yet!

I am so proud of this Greater Montreal (Chambly) brewery ! Let me introduce you to La Résolution, a dark ale with spicy character inspired by a recipe our brewmaster Jerry Vietz created for his friends. At 10% alcohol, its spicy caramel aroma evolves on the palate into pleasant and complex notes of toffee with reminiscence of a tasty gingerbread. The perfect balance between spicy, caramel and roasted malt flavours is complemented by a nice roundness and persistent finish.

What should I serve with it? Spicy Thai style dishes, an excellent complement for cheese fondue to adjust the liquid’s consistency and also perfect with gingerbread or carrot cake.

Check out this fun video filmed at the Todd English Pub in Las Vegas:

Did you not love how that brownie recipe sounded? Well here is the recipe below!

La Résolution brownies

Photo credit lecoupdegrace.ca

Yields Serves 15

Chocolate Caramel Brownies à la Résolution

20 minPrep Time

40 minCook Time

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Ingredients

  • 8 ounces 70% dark chocolate (8 big pieces), chopped
  • 3/4 cup caramel / toffee bits
  • 6 tbsp melted butter
  • 1 cup unbleached flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp instant coffee
  • 1 generous pinch of salt
  • 4 large eggs (room temp.)
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup La Résolution beer (shelf temp.)
  • 1/4 cup pecan nuts, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Fleur de sel

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F or 190ºC.
  2. Melt the chocolate, the caramel and the butter in a bain-marie. Mix well. Keep warm.
  3. In the meantime, pour the flour, cocoa, coffee, and salt in a big bowl and mix well. Set aside.
  4. Mix the eggs and sugar at high speed with an electric mixer for about 2-3 minutes, until you get a light and foamy texture.
  5. Pour the chocolate mixture into the egg mixture and mix at medium speed until homogenous. Then, add the flour mixture, the beer and nuts and continue to mix until homogenous.
  6. Cover a 9x13 edged baking pan with parchment paper. Pour in the mixture and sprinkle it with chocolate chips. Add Fleur de sel to your liking.
  7. Oven bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  8. Let it cool completely. Cut and enjoy!

Notes

Photo and recipe: www.lecoupdegrace.ca

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La Résolution by Unibroue is now available as a seasonal release in the United States, while quantities last, in 750mL bottles and on tap in various bars and restaurants. It is also available in their newly released Sommelier Selection 6 x 12 oz. bottle mix pack.

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