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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La Fête des Vins du Québec

La Fête des Vins du Québec: 10 years is worth celebrating! A must-see urban event from 27 to 29 November 2015!

La Fête des Vins proudly celebrates its 10th “vintage” this year and there is much to celebrate! This urban event showcases the talent of Quebec winemakers and sommeliers, as well as the richness and uniqueness of the terroir, and promises a renewed festive experience! This year’s spokesperson is sommelier Philippe Lapeyrie.

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From November 27 to 29, 2015, meet winemakers and learn all about the wines and cheeses of Québec, from the production process through appellations and origins and wine-and-cheese pairing.

Admission:
10 $ (includes a INAO tasting wine)
Tasting coupon are available on site for $1. Costs for tastings vary by winery
MARCHÉ BONSECOURS: 350 Saint-Paul Street East, Montreal, QC, H2Y 1H2

Let’s raise our glasses to all the wine lovers that ventured on one or many of our five local wine touring regions: Cantons-de-l’Est, Basses-Laurentides, Lanaudière, Montérégie, Est-du-Québec.

The Chocolate Academy Montreal Turns One

It seems like it was just a few weeks ago that I attended the grand opening of the Montreal head quarter of The Chocolate Academy ™. But a year has gone by already and The Chocolate Academy™ has become the ultimate place to learn everything about chocolate.

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The The Chocolate Academy ™ offers a whole slew of courses aimed at professionals and hobbyists. Here is a just a small sampling of the 2015-2016 course program.

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Savor Peruvian cuisine at Mochica for MTL à TABLE

MTL à TABLE has arrived in Montreal! You can now sample 150+ restaurants at very fair set prices. And this particular culinary trip takes us to Peru at Mochica.

Let’s face it, November is a depressing month. The cold weather slowly sets in, the sky is grey and trees look sad and naked without leaves. You almost wish for a snowfall to cover the brown landscape.

Thankfully, for the past four years now, a ray of foodie sunlight has brought warmth and joy to the month of November in Montréal, Québec. Happiness envelops Montréal when MTL à TABLE arrives.

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Restaurant Mochica: fine Peruvian dining

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LABARAKE, Doca and Bleu Lavande

I am taking a week off from regular posting this week. It’s summer vacation time and I am on a trip I have been dreaming off for years. Silly enough I am not even that far from home, about 12 hours away. We are 2 friends on a road trip heading to the east coast of Canada: Atlantic Canada, also know as the Maritimes.

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Lunenburg NS, source andrewmuhlbach.com

Nova Scotia and New Brunswick are on this trip’s menu, as are bucket loads of seafood like lobster, the cities of Halifax and Saint-John, coastal fishing villages like Lunenberg, Maritimes whales, the highest tides in the world at Fundy Bay, and as this post publishes we will be exploring the Cabot trail, one of the worlds most scenic drives!

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Cabot Trail NS, source usask.ca

If you just cannot wait for my return then I invite you to head over to Citynet Magazine and check out my latest outings at a lavender filed and 2 of the HOTTEST new restaurants in Montreal:

  • the 1 year anniversary of LABARAKE located in Historic Angus Shops

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  • Escape to the Perfumed Fields of Lavender at Bleu Lavande Just South of Montreal

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  • Doca, a Mediterranean swanky spot in Griffintown

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I will be back on August 4th with #twelveloaves!

The Montreal Bagel

Yes you can make the iconic smaller, sweeter and denser real Montreal bagel with a larger hole at home.

This is a very exciting day for me as it is the first time I am participating in a group called Twelve Loaves. I really enjoy being a member of various cooking clubs but I need to feel like I am learning something. I felt I needed a new challenging club in my monthly groups rotation and when I came across Twelve Loaves I knew it was ‘the one’.

Baking bread is so perfect. I keep saying I need to bake more bread and I am always intimidated at the though so I keep putting off. No more as I will be popping one out of the oven every month from now on. Each month there is a chosen ingredient or theme. For July we were asked to make a Jewish bread and there was not even a doubt in my mind what I would make: a Montreal Bagel!

Montreal bagel poppy and sesame

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