Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge Room Speakeasy

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Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge Room Speakeasy – Montreal

Last month, Grand Marnier invited us to a sensory experience at The Cordon Rouge Room Speakeasy which took place at well-known Scarlet Exclusive Restaurant Bar in Montreal Old Port. The location was kept secret until the last minute and we needed a password to identify ourselves at the entrance. For this special occasion, the Cordon Rouge Room Speakeasy captured a true 1920s style with a dominance of vibrant red colours.

As shown in our Instagram stories, we were transported back in time by the glamour girl of jazz Allyson Briggs with her swinging band Fleur Seule while tasting several cocktails made of Grand Marnier and delightful pastries. Don’t worry, we will feature two cocktail recipes to prepare at home to impress your guests but first let us share 5 things you should know about Grand Marnier!

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Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge Room – Bar

1. The composition

Grand Marnier is a unique combination of 51% of the finest Cognacs and all-natural Caribbean Orange Liqueur, producing a high quality product with an approachable taste profile. Grand Marnier has since been associated with the most famous cocktails and with gastronomy. The recipe, which has not changed since its creation in 1880 by Louis-Alexandre Marnier-Lapostolle, results in a liqueur with powerful and complex aromas and flavours that are unrivalled.

2. The Aromatic Diversity

The aromatic diversity of the House of Grand Marnier cognacs is owed to the grapes which come from the 5 finest crus (growing areas) of the Cognac region’s vineyards in south-western France: Grand Champagne, Petite Champagne, Borderies, Fins Bois, and Bons Bois.

3. The Cellar Master

The Cellar Master ensures that the cognacs he selects are of utmost quality and he blends them with great care. After they are selected, the cognacs are aged in French oak barrels at Château de Bourg-Charente.

4. The Orange Essence

The orange essence used in Grand Marnier liqueur is composed exclusively of handpicked Citrus
Bigaradia oranges found in the Caribbean. They are harvested while their skin is still green because that is when the aromas in the peel are at their most concentrated. The peels are dried according to a natural and artisanal process before they are slowly distilled at Château de Bourg-Charente.

5. The Tasting Notes
  • Visual: Beautiful topaz colour with amber and golden tinges, brilliant and luminous.
  • Nose: Aromas of orange blossoms and candied orange peel underpinned by notes of oak, vanilla and milk caramel, hinting at the liqueur’s oak barrel ageing.
  • Palate: Flavours of bitter orange that are enhanced by the cognac, underscored by nuances of orange marmalade, candied or macerated orange, notes of hazelnut, calisson (a sweet made with ground almonds) and toffee. The finish is long lasting and harmonious.

Now that you know the five essential things about Grand Marnier, here are two easy to do cocktail recipes:  Grand Sidecar by Aaron Male and Watch Over Me by Grant Sceney.

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Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge Room – Cocktail Grand Sidecar


o   1.5oz Grand Marnier

o   pink lemonade tea syrup


Shake and serve up in a coupe glass, garnished with a dehydrated lime wheel.

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Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge Room – Cocktail Watch Over Me


o   ½ oz Grand Marnier

o   ½ oz Wild Turkey

o   ½ oz lemon Juice

o   ½ dashes Bittered Sling Clingstone Peach Bitters

o   2 sosemary sprigs

o   2 oz sparkling water


Add 1 sprig of rosemary and all remaining ingredients to cocktail shaker (omit sparking water). Add ice and shake hard. Gently pour sparkling water in to combine then double strain into a flute glass.

For more information about products and recipes, please visit Grand Marnier website.

Fall Getaway at Esterel Resort Hotel and Spa

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Esterel Resort

Looking for a fall getaway around greater Montreal that matches your definition of relaxation? As temperature slowly drops, it’s the perfect time to escape and enjoy the fall foliage! Let us introduce you to Esterel Resort located in the Laurentians less than an hour away from Montreal city center.

Esterel Resort offers two accommodation experiences both with spacious suites, a Nordic Spa and three restaurants in the heart of nature. The resort is a veritable playground surrounded by two beaches, three navigable lakes and miles of forest. This fall, you will find here a wide range of fun outdoor activities to practice alone, among friends or as a couple.

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Esterel Hotel Evolution

Among the two accommodation experiences offered at Esterel Resort, Hotel Emotion suits best for a romantic getaway with warmth vibes while Hotel Evolution evokes soothing environment that showcases nature.

During our weekend at Esterel Resort, we stayed in a front-lake suite on the 4th floor at Hotel Evolution. The view was breathtaking and allowed us to make a good use of the large balcony overlooking Lake Dupuis! As shown in our Instagram stories, our elegant suite was spacious and equipped with a king-size bed plus a queen-size murphy bed, a fireplace, and a practical kitchenette. If you plan to stay for a long period, you will have enough place to cook in the kitchenette and enjoy your meals in the dining room.

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Esterel Resort Spa

Esterel Resort Nordic Spa features a four-season panoramic pool, steam baths, hot tubs and Finnish sauna. The best way to relax and rejuvenate is to alternate the hot, cold and rest circuit a few times.

If you have never experienced sauna, here are few tips for you: before the sauna, take a shower and then dry off; in the sauna, select a place on the middle or upper bench and lay down on a towel for 10 to 15 minutes (you should spend the last 2 minutes sitting upright); after the sauna, proceed with cold water application by taking a cold water shower or plunging into a cold bath for 10 to 15 seconds, then breathe deeply to fill up with oxygen and have a rest for 10 to 15 minutes. Repeat the circuit as needed and stay hydrated by drinking the beverage of your choice.

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Esterel Resort Sauna

After the Nordic Spa experience, dive into a world of well-being and relaxation at Amerispa’s health and beauty centre. Your body loves being pampered, take time for yourself and complete your Nordic Spa experience with quality massage therapy, skin care and body care treatments.

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Esterel Resort – Bistro à Champlain

Esterel Resort houses three restaurants for fine dining, all with stunning views: Bistro à Champlain, Rok Restaurant, and 260° Restaurant Bar Terrace. Please note that bookings are mandatory for each restaurant, otherwise Esterel Resort is not able to guarantee availability of the restaurant.

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Bistro à Champlain – Vegetarian Menu

We had a reservation at Bistro à Champlain which recently moved at Esterel Resort and were very excited to taste the new four courses vegetarian and vegan menu. As vegan food enthusiasts, it’s always hard to choose items on the menu when we suddenly have plenty of choices. This is the reason why we make sure to choose different items so we are able to share together and taste more dishes.


Bistro à Champlain – Fresh Spring Rolls Creation

We had a great dining experience at Bistro à Champlain, the food was delightful and very well presented. Also, the service was warm and the waitress pleased all our requests. We strongly recommend to taste the fresh spring roll creation, and the chick pea and eggplant brick. Furthermore, the vegetarian menu is available at the three restaurants.


Bistro à Champlain – Chick Pea and Eggplant Brick

We thank Esterel Resort for taking care of us last weekend! Still wondering where to escape this fall? Catch a break from Montreal and taste the quiet life at Esterel Resort. Book your fall getaway for less with their last minute offers currently displayed at Hurry up, it’s for a limited time only!

Oedipus Part One Assembly at Centaur Theatre


Oedipus Part One: Assembly

“Don’t raise the city only to let it drop; restore the state so it never falls.” –Priest

Returning for a fourth Brave New Looks following their award-winning productions of Medea and The BacchaeScapegoat Carnivale Theatre presents Oedipus Part One: Assembly, a new translation of Sophocles’ Oedipus Rexat Centaur Theatre from October 20th to 22nd. Celebrating the company’s 10th anniversary, Oedipus Part One: Assembly, the third in their Greek tragedy trilogy, unites local gifted theatre artists who have performed with the company over the years.

This new translation of Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex, directed by Andreas Apergis, is adapted by Joseph Shragge from a literal translation by Lynn Kozak, with musical direction by David Oppenheim and original composition by Brian Lipson. Both spoken and sung, the stage will be filled with 65 talented Montreal voices coming together for the first creative development stage of this important play. Award-winning cast members, many of whom are no stranger to Centaur audiences, include: Chip Chuipka, Alison Darcy, Gitanjali Jain, Marcel Jeannin, Leni Parker, Mike Payette, France Rolland, Theoharis ‘Harry’ Standjofski, Melissa Trottier, Janet Warrington and Brett Watson.

Coming together onstage to sing the choral odes are three community choirs. The lauded Choeur Maha is an innovative women’s choir with a feminist mandate that has performed across the city since 1991. The Zakynthines Phones choir is an all male Greek Community Choir that sings a repertoire of traditional Greek music. The Montreal Artists Choir is a musical chorus formed from the extended Montreal theatre community especially for this production.

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Oedipus Part One Assembly – Cast

First produced 2,500 years ago in ancient Greece, the story centres on King Oedipus’ quest to rid Thebes of a devastating plague brought on by a mysterious curse. His pursuit of its cause has far-reaching consequences for the city and for himself. The play opens with a group of citizens supplicating at Oedipus’ palace gates, but we quickly learn that these protests are occurring throughout the metropolis. It is against this backdrop of civic collectivity that the truth of Oedipus’ past violence and present taboo-filled turmoil comes to light.

This performance is the first phase of a long-term creative development which will re-centre the play’s civic notion of public assembly, and ask what it means to be part of a large-scale appeal to power. An assembly of Montreal community choirs will come together as the play’s chorus of Theban citizens and sing the choral odes en masse.

This classic piece is more current than ever. People are rallying and protesting for their beliefs in a way that hasn’t been seen in decades. This includes the Occupy Movement, Black Lives Matter, and massive protests against Donald Trump, as well as ongoing civil unrest and protest in Venezuela, Iraq and Russia, to name a few. Oedipus Part One: Assembly moves away from 20th century Freudian readings of the play, instead suggesting it as a lens for examining 21st century participatory culture.

There are only three shows on Friday, Oct. 20 and Saturday, Oct. 21 at 7:30 pm, and on Sunday, Oct. 22 at 1:00 pm (tickets: 15$).

Centaur Theatre

453 St François Xavier, Montreal

3 Korres Priming Moisturizers To Use This Fall

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Korres Priming Moisturizer

We are so lucky to begin fall season with a warm weather this year! This is a good time to slowly adjust your skin care routine and makeup products for a smooth transition.

As long time users of Korres skin care, we always keep an eye on the launches of their new products. For fall season, Korres introduces 3 new priming moisturizers: Korres Wild Rose Smoothie Brightening Priming Moisturizer, Korres Greek Yoghurt Under Eye Priming Moisturizer, and Korres Pomegranate Mattifying Primer.

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Korres Wild Rose Smoothie Brightening Priming Moisturizer (56$)

Korres Wild Rose Smoothie Brightening Priming Moisturizer is an all-in-one perfecting makeup primer, moisturizer and skin brightener. Infused with the brightening power of Wild Rose Oil, pure Vitamin C, Hyaluronic Acid, and Turmeric extract, this weightless moisturizer delivers all-day hydration as well as brightening and priming benefits.

This nourishing solution helps to reduce skin discoloration while eliminating excess shine and decongesting pores thanks to White Willow Bark extract rich in natural salicylic acid and mattifying vegetable powder. Due to its very light texture, Korres Wild Rose Smoothie Brightening Priming Moisturizer is well indicated for this fall season.

How to use? Apply a small amount to the face and neck as the final step in your skincare routine and before makeup by avoiding the eye area.

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Korres Greek Yoghurt Under Eye Priming Moisturizer (42$)

To take care of the eye area, Korres Greek Yoghurt Under Eye Priming Moisturizer is a priming and shooting solution for sensitive eyes, dark circles, puffiness and dry skin. This instant cooling eye cream moisturizes, nourishes and primes the eye area for makeup application, leaving skin soft, smooth and evenly textured.

Korres Greek Yoghurt Eye Priming advanced nourishing eye cream is formulated with yoghurt, a centuries-old Greek skin soothing solution, and Myrtle and Rhodiola Rosea extracts to reduce the appearance of dark circles and to help calm puffiness. Designed with a ceramic applicator for instant cooling to the skin, Korres Greek Yoghurt Eye Priming is adequate for sensitive or allergy-prone eyes, delivering a youthful and fully refreshed look.

How to use? Gently squeeze the tube to dispense a small amount of product and apply around the eyes by using the cool ceramic tip to massage the area and by avoiding the upper eyelid area.

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Korres Pomegranate Mattifying Primer (43$)

Korres Pomegranate Mattifying Primer is a nude primer blends to an invisible matte finish while minimizing the appearance of pores, balancing skin tone and texture, and preparing skin for smooth makeup application and long-lasting wear. Korres Pomegranate Mattifying Primer is a water-based non-comedogenic formula so it allows skin to breathe and never clogs pores.

Pomegranate extract is a rich source of tannins, anthocyanins and Vitamins A, C and E. Widely recognized for its anti-oxydant properties, the Pomegranate fruit contains three times the antioxidant powers of red wine or green tea to help fight signs of aging, and has powerful astringent properties. Due to those benefits, Korres Pomegranate Mattifying Primer is well recommended for oily skin.

How to use? Apply a small amount to clean skin and follow with foundation. Korres Pomegranate Mattifying Primer may be used alone or on top of your daily moisturizer.

Korres Wild Rose Smoothie Brightening Priming Moisturizer and Korres Pomegranate Mattifying Primer are both suitable for vegans. Those 3 Korres priming moisturizers are available exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart and

Dior Rouge Liquid Lip Stain And Double Rouge

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Rouge Dior Liquid (price: 43$)

September was a busy month for Christian Dior French luxury house with the presentation of the spring-summer 2018 ready-to-wear collection directed by Maria Grazia Chiuri, house’s first-ever female director, at Paris Fashion Week two days ago and the launch of two new Rouge Dior innovations that once again demonstrate the expertise of Dior as a “colour creator”.

Since its creation in 1953, Rouge Dior has never stopped moving, accompanying women, fashions, and society, with a single abiding feature: the pleasure and power of colour. Last year, the famous lipstick embraced feel-good femininity and coupled its cosmetic innovation with an extraordinary chromatic revolution. Today, Rouge Dior is reinventing itself again, exploring new techniques with two ways to play with your smile: Dior Rouge Liquid Lip Stain and Double Rouge.

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Rouge Dior Liquid Lip Stain (price: 43$)

Rouge Dior Liquid Lip Stain is a long-wear liquid lipstick with an innovative single-dose applicator wand. This is the first luscious ink with intense couture colour and multiple effects. “It’s a very interesting formula. The texture is so light, it really feels like you’re applying a gloss, but watch out, because the result is powerful! It dresses the lips with a very feminine gesture.” said Peter Philips, Creative and Image Director for Dior Makeup.

Rouge Dior Liquid Lip Stain saturates lips with comfort and coverage, delivering up to 12 hours of wear thanks to a combination of expert blend of mineral wax, moisturizing oils, and setting agents make for a seamless, second-skin finish in one swipe. I’ve been testing Rouge Dior Liquid Lip Stain for one week and I can guaranty that it survives to my breakfast smoothie, lunch salad, snacks and water refreshments throughout the day without the need to apply any retouches.

With a reservoir applicator that takes up and deposits just the right amount of product, its fine tip is the perfect tool for outlining the lips with precision. For bolder colour and longer wear, start by outlining the lips and filling them in with Dior Universal Contour Lipliner as a base. Then apply Rouge Dior Liquid Lip Stain directly on the mouth using the fine and precise applicator. Rouge Dior Liquid Lip Stain comes in three vibrant finishes of matte, metal, and satin that deliver highly pigmented and long-wearing color. My favorite color is Savage Matte 797, this fuchsia pairs well with my skin tone.

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Rouge Dior Double Rouge (price: 43$)

Inspired by professional techniques, Rouge Dior Double Rouge combines two makeup trends: matte and metal. In a single application, Rouge Dior Double Rouge produces an ombré effect with a highly pigmented matte contour and a light catching metal heart. “The hard part was identifying the right combinations of a darker, matte outer ring and a lighter, iridescent metallic core, which highlights the curve of the lip and therefore simulates volume.” explains Peter Philips.

For Rouge Dior Double Rouge, Peter Philips creates 4 colour families: fun and sophisticated reds, cheerful corals, electric purple pinks, and nudes that flatter every style of beauty. For bolder colour, start by applying Fix It 2-in-1 in the center of the lips. Fix It 2-in-1 is both a primer and a concealer (face, eyes, and lips) which is great to create a perfect base and amplify the lipstick effect. Then use Rouge Dior Double Rouge directly on the lips, by first using the contour starting from the corners then to the center of the lips to define them perfectly. For the final touch, use the stick in one stroke to achieve the double matte and metal effect. Rouge Dior Double Rouge is also a long-wear lipstick (at least 6 hours), perfect for a date or afterwork cocktail. Let me tell you that I’m really obsessed by Matte Metal 999, a tone-on-tone true red with a subtle ombré effect.

Rouge Dior Liquid Lip Stain and Rouge Dior Double Rouge are both available at Dior counters at The Bay, Nordstrom, Holt Renfrew, and other retail stores.