Centaur Theatre: Bed and Breakfast

Bed and Breakfast: Brett (Mark Crawford) and Drew (Paul Dunn) – Photo credit: Andrée Lanthier

Centaur Theatre’s season ends with the Quebec premiere of Bed and Breakfast written by Mark Crawford. The 2015 world premiere at the Thousand Islands Playhouse was an instant critical and box office success.

Moving out from urban Toronto to a quiet tourist town, Brett and Drew decide to convert a recently inherited family residence into a bed and breakfast. With dozens of caricatured characters all portrayed by the two actors, Bed and Breakfast is a touching comedy about “being out” in the country and the importance of finding a place to call home.

“Seeing Bed and Breakfast was a revelation. Not only is it funny, it’s deeply moving and full of surprises. (…) It’s a sweet story whit important messages about diversity and acceptance, illustrating that harmony can exist despite prejudice and people’s preconceptions can expand. (…)” said Centaur’s outgoing Artistic and Executive Director, Roy Surette.

Next shows: Matinées (1:00 pm & 2:00 pm) and Evenings (8:00 pm) until May 21th.

Centaur Theatre Company

453 St. François-Xavier, Montreal

Invasion Cocktail: Celebrate the Art of Mixology

Photo Credit: Karel Chladek

Invasion Cocktail, the Montreal and Quebec City cocktail festival, will be back for its 4th edition from May 10th to 16th with a busy schedule. More than 35 participating bars, 250 exclusive cocktails, 6 days of festival to discover the cocktail scene of Quebec!

Presented by MadeWithLove, the most extravagant mixology competition in Canada, Invasion Cocktail is a unique opportunity to discover exclusive cocktail creations that will be presented only in an ephemeral way throughout the week.

Photo Credit: Karel Chladek

There are many new features for this 4th edition, do not miss…

  • Opening night at Phi Centre on May 10th: signature cocktails, music and good vibes only!
  • New edition of Brunch Festif at Pied de Cochon Sugar Shack on May 14th presented by French brand Liqueur St-Germain.
  • MadeWithLove National Final on May 16th at TRH-bar: the 16 finalist bartenders from across Canada will face a panel of judges in hopes of winning the title of Best Barchef MadeWithLove 2017.

Visit Invasion Cocktail website to download your free pass and to find more info about the festival schedule.

Lotus Aroma Body and Massage Oils

Lotus Aroma Body and Massage Oil – Bergamot & Ylang Ylang (120 ml, 12.99$)

With their melting and fluid texture, Lotus Aroma Body and Massage oils provide unique moments of relaxation by delivering the highest concentration of 100% pure essential oils without leaving a greasy film. Quickly absorbed, they are a must for both sensual and therapeutic massages.

Lotus Aroma Body and Massage oils are declined in six synergies: Bergamot & Ylang Ylang, Eucalyptus Globulus, Lavandin Grosso & Grapefruit, Peppermint & Eucalyptus Globulus, Indian Rose & Géranium, Orange & Mandarin and Odorless.

To learn more about the benefits of each essential oil, I invite you to visit Aroma Zone which lists very detailed technical data sheets about most common used essential oils. Currently, my favorite scent is Lavandin Grosso & Grapefruit which is very helpful to relax my muscles after workout session.

Lotus Aroma Body and Massage Oils

Moreover, those vegan eco-friendly oils are proudly manufactured in Quebec and tested under the most rigorous pharmaceutical standards and do not contained ingredients such as petrolatum, mineral oils, silicone, paraben, or dyes.

If you are looking for a massage therapist and you don’t know where to start, visit Académie de Massage Scientifique which is a school where massage therapists are trained. You could book an appointment directly at school and a massage therapist advanced student will take care of you for half price (30$/hour).

Lotus Aroma Body and Massage oils are available in pharmacy such as Pharmaprix or Jean-Coutu starting at 12.99$.

Sprunch: Spa and Brunch at Le Saint-Jude Montreal

Le Saint-Jude Gym & Spa

Located in a beautiful, newly renovated church, Le Saint-Jude is a unique concept combining gym training and the benefits of a Nordic spa in a relaxed atmosphere. Nordic bath and sunken hot tubs are on the rooftop terrace while dry and wet saunas are accessible by the indoor relaxation lounge at the same floor.

For those who want to reach a higher level of well-being, a dedicated team of massotherapists will take care of every inch of your body!

Sprunch À La Française – Les Brunchs de Mathieu

To offer wellness and gourmet pleasures all in one, Le Saint-Jude launches Le Sprunch (Spa + Brunch) featuring Les Brunchs de Mathieu. How it works? You enjoy the benefits of the spa then you choose between À la Française or Santé au St-Jude brunch box.

During the launch event last week, I opted for À la Française brunch box which is vegetarian. The box is composed of 1 fresh orange juice, 1 vegetables Quiche (a must try!!), 1 pastry (croissant or chocolatine) and 2 choices of sweet treats (Kinder Tiramisu, French Tatin pie, 2 Crêpes with sugar or 3 Madeleines). And guess what? Pastries are made by Croissant Croissant one of the best bakery in town!

I was really impressed by how fresh each items contained in the box were. Most of them are prepared the same day by Chef Mathieu right before delivery. Note that Le Sprunch is offered only on weekends at the launch price of 99$ until April 30th (regular price: 126$), hurry up!

Le Saint-Jude Gym & Spa

3988 Saint-Denis, Montreal

Centaur Theatre: Clybourne Park

Lisa Bronwyn Moore, Kwasi Songui and Liana Montoro – Photo Credit: Andrée Lanthier

Centaur Theatre Company presents the Pulitzer Prize for Drama-winning play, Clybourne Park, written by American playwright, Bruce Norris, until April 30th. A biting satire about property, privilege and provocation… What happens when the dream explodes?

Eleanor Noble, Matthew Gagnon, Marcel Jeannin, Lisa Bronwyn Moore, Harry Standjofski- Photo Credit: Andrée Lanthier

Travel back in time to Chicago, 1959, to an all-white, middle class neighborhood. Bev and Russ have sold their house to a black family, upsetting the ‘social order’ and creating havoc among their friends.

Lisa Bronwyn Moore, Eleanor Noble, Marcel Jeannin, Liana Montoro, Kwasi Songui and Matthew Gagnon – Photo Credit: Andrée Lanthier

Act Two fast-forwards to 2009 where the tables are turned as a white couple attempts to buy and tear down the very same house to erect a more pretentious home, now in an all-black community, triggering identical issues fifty years later.

Clybourne Park looks at prejudice, property, and political correctness, then and now, in a blisteringly funny and timely satire.

Next shows: Matinées (1:00 pm & 2:00 pm) and Evenings (8:00 pm) until April 30th.

Centaur Theatre Company

453 St. François-Xavier, Montreal

New Brunch Menu at Les Enfants Terribles

Les Enfants Terribles (Ile-des-Soeurs) – Photo Credit: Patricia Brochu

Inspired by both classic and modern dishes, chefs Oussama Ben Tanfous and Simon Laborde launch a new brunch menu available at all Les Enfants Terribles restaurant locations. At this occasion, I had the pleasure of tasting the dishes added to the brunch menu last week at Ile-des-Soeurs location in the presence of founder Francine Brûlé.

Chefs well understand that food habits are changing and this is the reason why they decided to adapt the brunch menu to this new reality. “We cook with the best products, fresh and local, and a small rebellious sideOur dishes represent what we are: Les Enfants Terribles, a Montrealer Brasserie “said Ben and Simon.

Among the new dishes, we have choice of diverse flavor such as crab BLT, merguez Chakchouka, duck toast and various vegetarian plates. Here is my top 3…

1. Blueberry Donuts

As revealed on my instagram account, my favorite from this new brunch menu is Blueberry Donuts! If you want to add a sweet note to your brunch, Blueberry Donuts are perfect for sharing. Donuts are flavored with ginger and topped with blueberries sauce, vanilla ice cream, Chantilly and mint.

Blueberry Donuts – Photo Credit: Patricia Brochu

2. Orange Chocolate French Toast

Looking for “revisited” French toast? Orange Chocolate French Toast is waiting for you! This French toast is made with Hallah bread and topped with chocolate milk sauce, spices Chantilly, pecans, fresh and candied oranges.

Orange Chocolate French Toast – Photo Credit: Patricia Brochu

3. Super Healthy

If you plan to hit the gym right after brunch, opt for Super Healthy made with 2% plain greek yogurt, fruits, granola and Quebec’s wild honey. It’s light and full of energy with a dose of protein for your muscles!

Super Healthy – Photo Credit: Patricia Brochu

Brunch is served on Saturdays and Sundays (including certain public holidays) from 10 am to 3 pm, reserve your seat(s) online at Les Enfants Terribles. Also, note that the restaurant will open its 5th location in May at Magog in the heart of innovation district.

What’s New At Estée Lauder?

Because skin care rituals are essential to preserve the natural beauty of your skin, Estée Lauder continues to innovate with remarkable products! Right after launching Advanced Night Repair Concentrated Recovery Eye Mask, the brand now introduces Advanced Night Repair Recovery Mask-In-Oil working as a high-performance complement to Estée Lauder’s number one repair serum, Advanced Night Repair.

This specially formulated “repair lock” helps seal in the benefits of an evening skincare regimen while protecting and preparing skin for the day ahead. With concentrated mask strength, the product delivers a specialized blend of skin strengthening active ingredients during nighttime recovery cycle to support its natural repair.

Advanced Night Repair Recovery Mask-In-Oil (30 ml, 100$)

How to use?

Apply PM after your Advanced Night Repair Serum or as the last step of your beauty routine.

Ideal for?
  • Strengthening skin
  • Supporting skin’s natural recovery
  • Loss of radiance

The Mattifier (30 ml, 44$)

After a good night of sleep, meet your partner in “prime” to prep your skin for makeup! Enriched with technologically advanced formulas and skin perfecting ingredients, The Mattifier Perfect Primer creates a silky-smooth canvas for makeup application by controlling oil and reducing shine for a healthy-looking finish. The Mattifier is my favorite  because it is specially designed for oily skin and it can be used as a mid-day refresh when you are on-the-go.

How to use?

Apply over clean, moisturized skin. Smooth evenly all over face. Wear alone, underneath makeup or to touch up as desired.

Where to buy?

The Mattifier Perfect Primer and Advanced Night Repair Recovery Mask-In-Oil are available at Hudson’s Bay, Shopper’s Drug Mart, Murale, Nordstrom, Estée Lauder online store and retail beauty shops.