New Restaurant for Healthy Food Lovers in Montréal

Brand new LOV Restaurant located in Old Port offers organic, local and vegetarian food.

LOV Restaurant - Photo Credit: Patricia Brochu

LOV Restaurant – Photo Credit: Patricia Brochu

Chef Stéphanie Audet, previously part of the Crudessence team, created a vegan menu with vegetarian options (eggs and dairy products). “I want to offer food that is healthy , good for the planet and tasty too!” said Stéphanie.

LOV Restaurant – Chef Stéphanie Audet

LOV Restaurant welcomes you for breakfast, lunch and dinner from Monday through Saturday with choices of smoothie bowls, starters, burgers, salads, tartines and more.

LOV Restaurant - Breakfast

LOV Restaurant – Breakfast

LOV Restaurant - Starter

LOV Restaurant – Starter

LOV Restaurant - Burger

LOV Restaurant – Burger

They also serve fresh cocktails created by Romain Cavelier (Mal Nécessaire, Henry St-Henry, L’Gros Luxe) and natural wines carefully selected by Steve Beauséjour (Rézin) to create an immersive experience.

LOV Restaurant - Cocktails

LOV Restaurant – Cocktails

I had the pleasure to be part of the Grand Opening night last week and as a newly vegetarian I was pleasantly charmed by the delicious tastes and the fresh decor. This place is a must try 🙂

LOV Restaurant

464 McGill Street, Old Port

The Goblin Market by The Dust Palace at Centaur Theatre

For the first time in Montréal, the most important New Zealand circus company is playing at Centaur Theatre. After more than hundred shows presented in Australia and New Zealand, The Dust Palace interprets the iconic poem of Christina Rosetti, The Goblin Market.

The Goblin Market - Photo Credit: Ren Raoult

The Goblin Market – Photo Credit: Ren Raoult

The Goblin Market tells the story of two sisters experiencing sexuality and sisterhood. The show is a well mix of circus and poetry brilliantly staged by the young acrobats. In an intimate atmosphere, the protagonists perform spectacular and magnificent figures for your viewing pleasure.

The Goblin Market - Photo credit: Loork

The Goblin Market – Photo credit: Loork

Last show: November 17th @ 8:00 pm

Centaur Theatre Company

453 St. François-Xavier, Montréal

Don Giovanni by Opéra de Montréal

Opéra de Montréal continues its season with Don Giovanni, the operatic masterpiece by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Don Giovanni (Gordon Bintner) - Photo Credit: Yves Renaud

Don Giovanni (Gordon Bintner) – Photo Credit: Yves Renaud

Don Giovanni, played by Gordon Bintner, is an impenitent seducer who is hungry of affection. He does not shy away from anything, and nothing frightens him, not even death. Despite of his courtesy and his gentleman manners, Don Giovanni displays an inordinate audacity.

Photo credit: Yves Renaud

Photo credit: Yves Renaud

Comedy and drama are the key ingredients of this incredible opera. Moreover, a fresh breeze blows on stage with the talented play of those young actors.

Next shows: November 15, 17 and 19 at 7:30 pm

Wilfrid-Pelletier Hall, Place des Arts

175 Sainte-Catherine Street West, Montréal

My Burberry Black

Looking for a new scent to warm your autumn?

my-burberry-black

My Burberry Black Parfum (50 ml, 102$)

Recently launched by the renowned British luxury brand, My Burberry Black is inspired by the black Burberry Heritage Trench Coat. The fragrance is housed in an amber-coloured glass bottle with a dark horn-finish cap whose overall design reflects the details of the iconic coat.

The Petites by Coton Mouton

Coton Mouton Les Petites Black Doll

Coton Mouton recently launched a new dolls collection in collaboration with local designers such as Denis Gagnon, Helmer, Marie Saint Pierre and many more. The designers were asked to choose their favorite piece for scaling down to doll size.

coton-mouton Les Petites designer doll

Aude Le Dubé, founder of Coton Mouton, decided to design her own line of cloth dolls made in Montreal while trying to find a doll for her two years old niece. After months of work and research, she launched a line of handmade decorative cushions and organic cloth dolls.

coton-mouton-fall-collection

In addition to the designers clothes, a fall collection is also available and embraces the uniqueness of Canadian autumn with specific colors and textures. Visit the official website at cotonmouton.com to view the full collection.

Wild Rose by Korres: Unify your skin tone

Fall season has officially began and days become shorter which means less hours of sun. Depending if you have well protected your skin during summer, you will notice uneven skin tone. Generally, dark skins are more subject to be exposed to discoloration issues due to hyperpigmentation.

Whatever your skin types, Wild Rose helps reduce the appearance of skin discolorations and restores skin tone. Moreover, Wild Rose products are not tested on animals and suitable for vegetarians/vegans.

Wild Rose Korres

Wild Rose 24-hour Moisturizing & Brightening cream (40 ml, 48$) is non-heavy and easily absorbed to repair fine lines and skin discolorations.

How to use? after daily cleansing, apply to the face and neck by avoiding eye area

Bonus points –> 84.6% of natural content! Contains vitamin C, Wild Rose oil, grape seed extract, olive oil, imperata cylindrica and macadamia nut oil.

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Wild Rose Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial (40 ml, 59$) is a weightless soufflé boosted with with vitamin C and hyaluronic acid for softer and more radiant skin by morning.

How to use? after nighttime cleansing, apply to the face and neck by avoiding eye area

Bonus points –> 95% of natural content! Contains vitamin C, Wild Rose oil, aloe jojoba oil and hyaluronic acid.

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Wild Rose Brightening Targeted Tone Corrector (30 ml, 60$) is an intensive facial treatment enriched with targeted actives.

How to use? apply day and night to face and neck where needed by avoiding eye area.

Bonus points –> 90.7% of natural content! Contains vitamin C, Wild Rose oil, hyaluronic acid, pancratium maritimun and rheum rhaponticum extracts.

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Wild Rose Vitamin C Active Brightening Oil (30 ml, 75$) is the first beauty elixir of Korres Herbal Apothecary with Rose petals and wild Rose oil.

How to use? Gently massage a few drops onto cleansed face and neck by avoiding eye area. Use alone or with Wild Rose moisturizer cream for maximum benefits.

Bonus points –> Fast-absorbing, non-greasy and 94.5% of natural content! Contains vitamin C, Wild Rose oil, fatty acids and antioxidants.

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Where to buy? Shop Wild Rose products at Sephora.com and beautyboutique.ca.

Aida by Opéra de Montréal

Opéra de Montréal opens the season with Aida by Giuseppe Verdi at the time of ancient Egypt.

Aida - Picture credit: Yves Renaud

Aida – Picture credit: Yves Renaud

Aida is an Ethiopian slave and serves Amneris the daughter of the king of Egypt. She is facing a terrible dilemma because she has to choose between his love for Radamès, the new commander of the Egyptian army, and his father, the king of Ethiopia, at war with the Egyptians.

Aida (Anna Markarova) and Amneris (Olesya Petrova) - Picture credit: Yves Renaud

Aida (Anna Markarova) and Amneris (Olesya Petrova) – Picture credit: Yves Renaud

Above all that, Amneris is also in love with Radamès and aware that his heart only beats for Aida. Day after day, she pretends to be affectionate with Amneris while she becomes increasingly jealous and angry…

Radamès (Kamen Chanev) and Aida (Anna Markarova) - Picture credit: Yves Renaud

Radamès (Kamen Chanev) and Aida (Anna Markarova) – Picture credit: Yves Renaud

Between all this drama, we hope that love will survive…

Next shows: September 20, 22 and 24 at 7:30 pm

Wilfrid-Pelletier Hall, Place des Arts

175 Sainte-Catherine Street West, Montréal

Cocktail Hour The Keg

The Keg launches the first edition of Cocktail Hour and invites you to enjoy their starters menu and cocktails starting at 5$.

cocktail The Keg sangria

When? Daily on early evening ( from 2 – 5 pm) and late night ( from 9:30/10:30 pm – close)

What? Each day, there is special discount on specific starters and a feature cocktail is offered at 5$. If you have a liking for strawberry come on Tuesday to try Strawberry Fizz cocktail made of Absolut vodka, Aperol, fresh lemon and lime juice with muddled strawberries and soda. It’s my favorite 😉 !!

Where? At the bar of all The Keg locations in Canada and USA. To find the closest place near you, visit the official website at www.kegsteakhouse.com.

hour cocktail the keg

Enjoy Cocktail Hour 🙂 !!

Facial mask: green clay vs charcoal

Fall is around the corner, it’s time to prepare the skin for the upcoming season and to adjust your skin care routine. Considering the powerful effect of facial masks on skin, let me introduce those two products from Lotus Aroma and Dermalogica.

Lotus Aroma, Facial Mask (100 ml) - 16,99$

Lotus Aroma, Facial Mask (100 ml) – 16,99$

This purifying green clay facial mask made with kaolin and pure essential oils absorbs skin impurities and clears pores. Jojoba and Grape Seed oils eliminate excess oil more visible on oily skins. The skin looks lightened, toned and purified.

Bonus points –> vegan, gluten-free and gmo-free. Eco-consciously sourced ingredients (100% botanically-derived active ingredients, 38.5% organic ingredients, 99.5% natural formula) and made in Canada. For normal to oily skins, including highly sensitive.

How to use? After cleansing, apply a thick layer avoiding the eye area and leave on for 10 minutes. Clean with warm water. Pat the skin.

Where to buy? Jean Coutu, Dans Un Jardin, Marché Tau and more.

Dermalogica, Facial Mask (75 ml) - 60$

Dermalogica, Facial Mask (75 ml) – 60$

Dermalogica charcoal rescue masque is an all-in-one treatment used to detoxify, brighten up and invigorate all skin conditions. Activated Binchotan Charcoal absorbs impurities and sulfur promotes cell turnover for brighter skin.

Bonus points –> formulated without artificial fragrances, colors or parabens.

How to use? After cleansing, apply generously to face and throat, avoiding the eye area. After 7 to 10 minutes, lightly massage with very wet hands to enhance exfoliation properties during removal. Rinse thoroughly.

Where to buy? 132 McGill Street (Montreal, QC)

Travel Destination – Sénégal

Never been to West Africa before? Why don’t you start by visiting Sénégal?

Dakar - Park of Remembrance

Dakar – Park of Remembrance

Sénégal is an excellent choice for a first trip in West Africa. You will be able to discover a diversified culture, friendly people and amazing landscapes.

The city of Dakar is well known all over the world as a host place for international exhibitions, conferences and entertainment activities. During our journey, we visited museums and monuments while enjoying relaxing time at the beach. For those who like to enjoy the night life, you will find a vibrant scene out there.

Dakar - IFAN Dakar Museum

Dakar – IFAN Dakar Museum

Dakar - African Renaissance Monument

Dakar – African Renaissance Monument

Dakar - Beach at Hotel Terrou Bi

Dakar – Beach at Hotel Terrou Bi

Dakar - Little Buddha Lounge

Dakar – Little Buddha Lounge

All along the coast, Dakar is board by islands accessible to the public by boat ( cost may vary depending the destination) such as Madeleine National Park, Ngor and Gorée.

Madeleine Island National Park

Madeleine Island National Park

Ngor Island

Ngor Island

Gorée Island

Gorée Island

To visit others cities, the smart choice will be to take a mini-bus ( 12 to 14 people) available at bus station. The bus is the cheaper way but it is very less comfortable. From the station Baux Maraichers, we went to the city of Saint-Louis.

Saint-Louis - Oceanfront

Saint-Louis – Oceanfront

Saint-Louis - Langue de Barbarie National Park

Saint-Louis – Langue de Barbarie National Park

Some destinations are not accessible by public transportation or it could take you too much time to get there. In this case, it is recommended to opt for a private taxi (do not hesitate to negotiate the price). This is how we went to Bandia Nature Park for a safari tour and also enjoy a race in desert at Lac Rose.

Bandia Nature Park

Bandia Nature Park

Lac Rose Desert Race

Lac Rose Desert Race

Lac Rose

Lac Rose

To conclude in a greedy way, my favorite Senegalese dish is the Tiep Bou Dienn with bissap juice ( extract from hibiscus) or corossol juice.

Tiep Bou Dienn

Tiep Bou Dienn and Corossol Juice