Lunetterie Générale: First Canadian Luxury Eyewear Brand

Concept Store Lunetterie Générale – Sherbrooke (QC)

Unique in North America, Lunetterie Générale is the first Canadian luxury eyewear brand. Since its beginning in 2013 and after years of development, Lunetterie Générale has just launched its first collection featuring noble materials and modern designs.

The Spring-Summer 2017 collection is the result of a unique collaboration with the best Japanese craftsmen. This limited edition collection is inspired by the art deco movement characterized by order, color and geometry.

Bon Vivant RX Coffee (price: 475$)

We wanted to interpret some retro graphic elements by renewing them and incorporating noble materials and more modern engineering” said co-founder Julien Couture. Lunetterie Générale frames combine Canadian and international wood, acetate and high quality Japanese titanium.

This summer, dare to wear retro touch and colored sunglasses! Whatever your style, here are 3 choices to try…

Bon Vivant Smoked Crystal Green (price: 495$)

Medium Rare Smoked Black (price: 615$)

Le Vault Black Grey Tortoise (price: 615$)

Lunetterie Générale products are available at Alain Assedo Opticien, Vu, Tris Coffin, Boutique Valerie Simon and Globe Vision. For more information and online shopping visit Lunetterie Générale website.

Brunch and Bath Sundays at Strom Spa Nordique

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Strom Spa Nordique – Île-des-Soeurs

Strøm Spa Nordique combine a Nordic spa with urbanity to provide a relaxing and energizing experience. With several locations in the countryside, only minutes away from city, Strøm Spa Nordique offers a wide range of services including massotherapy, beauty treatments, healthy dining and culinary tasting workshops.

I used to visit Île-des-Soeurs location because it’s close from downtown Montreal (less than 15 minutes) and easily accessible even during rush hours. The site has a moderate size compared to other spas that I visited which tends to create a pleasant intimate atmosphere. Moreover, the passionate team of employees is very professional, cares about your well-being and makes your expectations a priority.

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Strom Spa Nordique – Île-des-Soeurs

During Victoria Day long weekend, I was invited to Brunch & Bath Sundays event at Strøm Spa Nordique at Île-des-Soeurs location. This monthly event starts at 9 am and continues until 2 pm where clients enjoy thermal experience, gourmet brunch buffet, glass of mimosa (or fresh juice) and relaxation.

The buffet is served from 9 am to 10:30 am where you have plenty choices of pastries, fresh fruits, cheese, homemade bread, salmon, yogurt and granola including drinks and much more. To enhance your experience, you have the option to book a Swedish massage. Please note that the number of places is limited so it’s highly recommended to book your ticket in advance online or by phone with the customer service.

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B&B Sundays – Strom Spa Nordique

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B&B Sundays – Strom Spa Nordique

In 2018, Strøm Spa Nordique will open a new location at Brown Bassin in Quebec city with unique and innovative experiences such as inside baths with windows overlooking the river. Visit Strøm Spa Nordique website to receive exclusive news and promotions.

Strøm Spa Nordique

Île-des-Soeurs/Mont St-Hilaire/Sherbrooke/Québec

3 Places To Party During Formula 1 Grand Prix in Montreal

Formula 1 Grand Prix Montreal – Photo Credit: Circuit Gilles Villeneuve

Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix celebrates this year its 50th anniversary. For this occasion, vip evenings, food events and outdoor activities will be held from June 8th to June 11th in several places in the city. Fans, foodies and night birds are all invited to join the official Formula 1 Grand Prix festivities. Here are 3 places not to be missed…

1. Dorchester Square

Dorchester Square – Photo credit: Claude Cormier

Dorchester Square will be inaugurated on June 7th at 5:30 pm as the official place of the 50th anniversary of the Canadian Grand Prix (Place du 50e) in presence of Lance Stroll. Visitors will enjoy free activities such as race car simulators presented by D-BOX, Go-kart race proposed by ICAR, Formula 1 Grand Prix live broadcast on big screen and much more.

When?

From June 8th to 11th

Where?

Dorchester Square, Montreal (between Peel St. and Metcalfe St.  corner René-Lévesque W. Boul.)

2. Montreal Cruise Terminal

Montreal Cruise Terminal

The 8th edition of Le Grand Soir presented under the concept “A Garden of Delights” will be held at the new Montreal cruise terminal and marks the official launch of Formula 1 Grand Prix festivities. The evening will feature: red carpet, cocktails, menu concocted by 4 renowned Canadian chefs, musical performances, and much more. This year, Le Grand Soir will be organized in support of the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation.

When?

June 8th at 5:30 pm

Where?

Montreal Cruise Terminal

3. Auberge Saint-Gabriel

Auberge Saint-Gabriel – Photo credit: ABGE

Known as THE place to party during Formula 1 Grand Prix, Auberge Saint-Gabriel has an impressive program to keep you busy during this special weekend. Hurry up to grab your tickets to take part at events such as Paris Mon Amour presented by Club L’Arc Paris and Nightlife.ca on June 9th, Brunch Bagatelle on June 10th and Formula 1 Grand Prix 50th Anniversary Closing Evening on June 11th.

When?

From June 9th to 11th

Where?

Auberge Saint-Gabriel

426 St-Gabriel St., Montreal

Le Blumenthal: new Montreal brasserie in Quartier des Spectacles

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Le Blumenthal

On May 15th, Le Blumenthal opened its doors at the Maison du Festival in the heart of Quartier des spectacles just right on time for summer season. This new Montreal brasserie hot spot is well located for a pre-show drink and meal.

We were invited last week for the opening cocktail to taste a glimpse of the menu headed by chef Rémi Brunelle (Leméac, Albert Bistro) and a selection of wine chosen by sommelier Jean Benoit Hinse. Le Blumenthal is the oasis of Quartier des spectacles and here are three reasons to try it!

1. THE DESIGN

You can’t miss the tree in the center of the dining room and the leaves all around the lounge, it’s so refreshing! This decorative touch where the city meets the countryside has been conceived by the Gauley Brothers, the ones behind places such as Foiegwa and Atwater Cocktail Bar.

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Le Blumenthal – Dining Room

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Le Blumenthal – Lounge

2. THE VIEW

Just steps from the Place des Festivals, the Blumenthal offers a stunning view day and night in the heart of the action. Moreover, during summer, the terrace has a capacity of 150-seat to welcome you!

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Le Blumenthal – Place des Festivals

3. THE MENU

You can enjoy “a cuisine that reflects our values” said chef Rémi Brunelle! In fusion with the green design, the menu includes choices of vegetarian dishes from starter to main course.

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Le Blumenthal – Starter: beets, ricotta and cress

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Le Blumenthal – Main course: Vegetarian Hambourgeois

Countdown to summer time has officially begun, see you on the terrace 🙂

Le Blumenthal

305 Ste Catherine Street West, Montreal

Open everyday from 11 a.m to 11 p.m

Photo credit: Patricia Brochu

Cannes Film Festival: Opening Cocktail at Mouton Cadet Wine Bar in Montreal

Mouton Cadet Wine Bar 2017 – Cannes Film Festival

For this 2017 edition of Cannes Film Festival, Baron Philippe de Rothschild SA opened the doors of Mouton Cadet Wine Bar. Until May 28th, the terrace of the Palais des Festivals will be once again the meeting place for the cinema and also the place to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the festival, in a decor entirely conceived and decorated by the French decorative artist Mathias Kiss.

At this occasion, restaurant Le Richmond located in Montreal Griffintown neighborhood transformed its terrace by using the decor of Mouton Cadet Wine Bar to celebrate the opening of the Cannes Film Festival.

Mouton Cadet Wine Bar – Le Richmond

Mouton Cadet Wine Bar – Le Richmond

Mouton Cadet Wine Bar – Le Richmond

Mouton Cadet Wine Bar 2017 – Le Richmond

We were invited to plunge into the Cannes Film Festival universe while tasting hors d’oeuvres and limited edition of Mouton Cadet wines. Note that Mouton Cadet Red wine 2014 (15,65$) and Mouton Cadet White wine 2016 (14,65$) are both available at SAQ.

Le Richmond

377 Richmond, Montreal

Photo Credit: Myriam Frenette

Tartarefest: Vote For The Best Tartare of Montreal

Tartarefest 2017

Restomania launched the 4th edition of Tartarefest at Rosewood restaurant on May 19th. More than 20 restaurants have created tasty tartares for the occasion, and you are invited to vote for the best tartare of Montreal by May 28th.

Tartarefest offers the chance to enjoy a gourmet fine dining experience at participating restaurants without the hefty bill: a tartare plus drink from 10$. Among the restaurants competing in the Tartarefest, Êat and Caribou Gourmand are innovating this year by offering vegetarian tartares.

Vegetarian Tartar – Caribou Gourmand

Vegetarian Tartar – Caribou Gourmand

At the restaurant Caribou Gourmand, the vegetarian tartare, made of fennel, apples, goat’s cheese, walnut, honey and lemon, comes with a generous portion of homemade French fries. I recommend a glass of Pinot Gris Leon Beyer (2014, France) to accompany the vegetarian tartare. As a foodie, I always have space for starter and dessert: here are my choices…

Quebec Cheese Plate – Caribou Gourmand

Blueberry Crumble – Caribou Gourmand

As you can guess, my vote goes to Caribou Gourmand for this 4th edition of Tartarefest. During the final day on May 27th, the Best Tartare of Montreal 2017 will be announced at the Fish Market La Mer. All the profits of this day will be donated to the Douglas Foundation (Mental Health University Institute). Visit Tartarefest to vote and Restomania to reserve your tickets. Enjoy 🙂

The Temazcal Experience at Spa Le Finlandais

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Spa Le Finlandais

Located in Rosemère, only 30 minutes away from Downtown Montreal, Spa Le Finlandais welcomes you in the heart of the nature in a peaceful atmosphere. Featuring baths (thermal, arctic and steam), saunas, waterfalls, hammam, multi-sensory experiences and relaxation areas, Spa le Finlandais is one of the largest Nordic spas in North America.

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Spa Le Finlandais – Baths and Waterfalls

In addition, a wide range of body and face treatments are available upon appointment to increase the benefits of thermotherapy. Also, you can enjoy healthy meals at Spa le Finlandais Bistro at any time during your visit.

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Spa Le Finlandais – Bistro and Lounge

In order to make your visit unique, Spa le Finlandais now offers the Temazcal Experience. It is an immersion in one of the oldest Aztec ceremonies of purification of body and mind. The ritual is inspired by the 4 elements: water, earth, air and fire.

The Temazcal Experience is a deep moment of relaxation with tribal songs and wall projections that promote meditation. During the session, the center of the room releases heat and steam to allow the body to open the pores and relax muscle tension. Each session lasts 15 minutes and can accommodate a maximum of 12 people. Overall, the Temazcal Experience can be define as a different way to enjoy a sauna with equivalent benefits for the body.

Spa Le Finlandais – Temazcal

During our visit at Spa Le Finlandais, we had an incredible journey into rest and peacefulness. Whatever the season, your body will thank you and give it back to you.

Spa Le Finlandais

124 Labelle Blvd, Rosemère (QC)

Vegan Food: 3 restaurants to try in New York City

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Gallow Green Rooftop Bar (Chelsea, NY)

New York City is one of our favorite destination for a weekend getaway near Montreal (1 hour flight away). We recently spent an amazing journey in the Big Apple and would like to share with you 3 must-eat vegan restaurants.

1. Seasoned Vegan
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Seasoned Vegan (Brunch and Dinner)

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Seasoned Vegan (Raw Appetizers)

Cuisine: Soul Food (organic/gluten free options)

Menu: Brunch and Dinner

Our choices…

Fried Fermented Soy “Chicken” Drumsticks with Old Fashioned Pancakes

Pizza Quesadilla (marinara & vegan mozzarella on a flour tortilla, extra mushrooms)

Stuffed Avocado (sliced, pitted and filled with almond meat and topped with cashew cheese and pico de gallo)

Baked Mac & “Cheese”

Nori Roll (almond meat, tomatoes, avocado, onion and greens wrapped in a nori seaweed roll with side of peanut sauce)

Seasoned Vegan

55 St. Nicholas Av., Harlem (NY)

2. Délice & Sarrasin
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Délice and Sarrasin – Starters

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Délice and Sarrasin – Main Courses

Cuisine: French

Menu: Dinner

Our choices…

Homemade “Foie Gras” (tahini based) with fig jam

“Cheese” (cashew based) Plate served with bread

“Poulet” Basquaise (vegan chicken legs slowly cooked with vegan chorizo, melted peppers, onions & tomatoes served with couscous)

Tagliatelle aux “fruits de mer” (tagliatelle with vegan squid, shrimp & scallops made of tapioca and potato starch with Mediterranean olive oil)

Délice & Sarrasin

20 Christopher St, West Village (NY)

3. Blossom restaurant
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Blossom Restaurant – Country Breakfast

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Blossom Restaurant – Blossom Benedict

Cuisine: International (organic)

Menu: Brunch

Our choices…

Country Breakfast (tofu scramble with onions, mushrooms, spinach, tomato, and bell pepper, served with seitan sausage and mesclun greens)

Blossom Benedict (steamed tofu, soy ham, Hollandaise, whole wheat English muffin, roasted rosemary potatoes, grilled asparagus)

French Toast (strawberries, bananas, maple syrup and tempeh bacon)

Blossom Restaurant

187 Ninth Ave, Chelsea (NY)

Club Soya: New Sushi Restaurant in Montreal

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Club Soya – Photo credit: Myriam Frenette

Club Soya is the newest restaurant in Montreal Quartier des Spectacles inspired by Japanese, Hawaiian and local cuisines. Opened few months ago, Club Soya invited us earlier this week to taste its menu and to celebrate the opening of its terrace.

Elaborated by Chef Geneviève Everell (Sushi à la maison), menu features sushi, maki-burrito, poke bowls and salads. Recipes change with seasons depending ingredients availability at local markets. During the launch event, we chose vegan poke bowls and vegetarian sushi.

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Vegan Poke Bowls – Photo credit: Myriam Frenette

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Vegetarian Sushi – Photo Credit: Myriam Frenette

While waiting to receive its alcohol license, Club Soya offers a menu of mocktails signed by Étienne Bernard (founder of Bar Co) and well harmonized with plates served at the restaurant.

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Mocktail – Credit photo: Myriam Frenette

Club Soya has a small capacity (perfect if you are looking for intimacy) but you can still enjoy the menu by ordering on Foodora  and be delivered right to your door.

Club Soya

225 Sherbrooke West, Montreal

VOLTA by Cirque du Soleil

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VOLTA Cirque du Soleil – Photo credit: Patrice Lamoureux

Volta is the recent show presented by Cirque du Soleil in world premiere under the Big Top in Montreal’s Old Port until July 23rd. Directed by Bastien Alexandre, Volta is a modern story about the freedom to choose and being true to oneself.

Inspired in part by the adventurous spirit of action sports culture, Cirque du Soleil features for the first time acrobatic BMX and Parkour driven by mesmerizing melodies. While celebrating freedom as a movement, Volta delivers strong messages about modern society, acceptance and self love.

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VOLTA Cirque du Soleil – Photo credit: Patrice Lamoureux

I was particularly impressed by the elegance expressed by this young acrobat during her solo performance. In both acts, costumes designed by Zaldy Goco were stunning and colorful in reference of street arts and characters identity. Moreover, performers give an amazing show on stage and bring this magical touch we love about Cirque du Soleil.

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VOLTA lounge – Photo credit: Patricia Brochu

Enhance your experience at Cirque du Soleil with all-inclusive VIP package to plunge into Volta universe and get the best seats for the show. With exclusive access to Volta private lounge, enjoy hors d’oeuvres catered by Agnus Dei and refreshments at open bar. Lounge opens 1 hour prior the show and welcomes you also during the intermission.

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Agnus Dei – Photo credit: Patricia Brochu

Visit Cirque du Soleil website for more details about Volta schedules and to reserve your tickets.

The Big Top

Quai Jacques Cartier, De La Commune East

Montreal, Old Port