Kozu: new Asian brasserie in Plateau Mont-Royal

Kozu Asian brasserie

Recently opened in the heart of Plateau Mont-Royal, Kozu is an Asian inspired brasserie located on Rachel East. This 2500 square foot venue has been designed by the young talented Amlyne Phillips (Kampai Garden, Jatoba, Mayfair) based of chic Scandinavian chalet. The design features noble materials such as marble bar, as well as custom lighting and wallpaper.

The restaurant offers a Chinese and Japanese inspired menu elaborated by Chef Olivier Vigneault (Jatoba) who proposes a unique foodie experience. The sharing style menu showcases modern techniques and traditional flavors from Asian cuisine. Moreover, almost 50% of the menu is vegan and gluten free: Gao Choi dumplings, grilled Maitake mushrooms, roasted cauliflower and much more.

Kozu Asian brasserie – Dumplings

Kozu Asian brasserie – Food

Montreal’s leading mixologists Lawrence Picard has created an exotic cocktail list using Asian plants such as wasabi, turmeric and Sichuan pepper. During the media opening night, we were invited to taste the Emperor Mule cocktail made of Hennessy, sake, lime, ginger, coriander and kaffir lime leaves….delicious!

Kozu Asian brasserie – Emperor Mule cocktail

“We hope to fill the void in the Plateau for a quality dining experience that is festive yet refined. We are extremely proud of the beautiful melting pot of all the different talents involved from the chef, design, management and creative direction (…)” said young entrepreneur PJ Goupil (A5 Hospitality).

For reservations, please use OpenTable and feel free to leave a comment after your visit to share your experience.

Kozu

500 Rachel E., Montreal

Le Marché des Éclusiers in Montreal Old Port

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Marché des Éclusiers

For its second edition, Marché des Éclusiers is open everyday thanks to a partnership between restaurant owners environmentally conscious who want to support Quebec products. Located in Old Port on De La Commune West (corner McGill), Marché des Éclusiers is easily accessible by Bixi and public transit.

Every Thursday from 2 PM to 7 PM and Saturday from 9 AM to 2 PM, Marché des Éclusiers welcomes 8 kiosks of local producers who sale their seasonal products such as vegetables, fruits, meat, cheese or bread. Among the local producers, you will meet Vega Delishhh, Les Jardins Carya, la Petite Boulangerie, Tout Cru! and many others.

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Marché des Éclusiers

This year, restaurants located at Marché des Éclusiers are committed to use biodegradable or recyclable dishes. Moreover, you will have the choice between 5 different menus which will be available to take away or to be tasted on the terraces.

Do not miss Velish salad bar who serves a large selection of cold-pressed juices, smoothies and vegan salad at affordable prices. Also, if you are a real coffee lover, stop at Volcanic Organic micro-roaster who buys its green coffee directly from small producers of Guatemala.

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Marché des Éclusiers

Marché des Éclusiers wants to feature the best of local products. The objective is to create a community of producers, retailers and consumers conscious of their food, their ecological footprint and the sustainable development of Quebec products.

Marché des Éclusiers
400 De La Commune W. (corner McGill)

Opening hours: Sun to Wed 8 AM – 11 PM/ Thu to Sat 8 AM – 2 AM

Photo credit: Caroline Thibault

Summer Great Escapes at Aventures Plein Air in Laurentides

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Jeep Tour – Aventures Plein Air

Located in the Laurentides region at Saint-Hippolyte (50-minutes away from Montreal), Aventures Plein Air offers a full range of activities and packages all year long. With over 16 years of expertise, their guides are specialized in various outdoors activities such as water sports, snowmobiling, ATVing, jeep and much more.

In collaboration with 4-star Auberge du Lac Morency, Aventures Plein Air proposes several long and short term packages including meals and accommodations for a full experience. Among the summer great escapes, you have the choice between: Off Road & Spa, Laurentian Living, Corporate and Summer Fever.

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Lake Morency

In partnership with Aventure Écotourisme Québec, I was invited for the weekend to live the adventure Off Road & Spa. This summer great escape is the perfect package to explore the Laurentians area, to take advantage of all the free activities offered by the Auberge (pedal boats, kayak, tennis, etc.)  and to pamper yourself at the Nordik Spa.

The package include a driving lesson, half day of quad or 1h30 of Jeep with guides, accommodations for 2 nights, meals, 60 minutes Swedish massage, access to the Nordik Spa, all equipment for the activities and much more.

 

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Auberge du Lac Morency – Massage Room

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Auberge du Lac Morency – Spa

The Aventures Plein Air weekend getaway was a great experience and I strongly recommend this place to anyone who wants to enjoy amazing outdoor activities this summer. I met a passionate and devoted team who took good care of me.

Moreover, the stay at Auberge du Lac Morency was relaxing and very comfortable. The area offers a stunning view which makes every instant memorable. Also, I had a notable gastronomic experience by choosing the vegetarian menu at the Auberge restaurant. From starter to dessert, each dish was tasty and delicious.

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Auberge du Lac Morency – Pedal boats

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Auberge du Lac Morency – Vegetarian menu

For more informations about the packages and activities please visit aventurespleinair.com.

Aventures Plein Air

42 Chaumine Street, Saint-Hippolyte (QC)

The Lyric Theatre Singers – Hello Broadway

The Lyric Theatre Singers – Hello Broadway

The Lyric Theatre Singers presents Hello Broadway at Concordia University’s DB Clarke Theatre until June 17. Created by Bob Bachelor and Cathy Burns, this new musical theatre revue is an assortment of Broadway’s most memorable moments. On stage, a strong cast of forty performers and five musicians give an outstanding show while interpreting  Broadway’s famous songs.

The Lyric Theatre Singers – Hello Broadway

The play debuts with a mini-musical presentation of Once Upon A Mattress followed by an homage to composer Jule Styne (Funny Girl, Gypsy, Bells Are Ringing) ranks as one of the undisputed architects of the American musical theater. The cast ends the act one with a classic touch by singing Circle of Life composed by Elton John for Disney’s 1994 animated film The Lion King.

In act two, the tribute to Jule Styne continues with titles such as All I Need Is The Girl, Just In Time, Don’t Rain On My Parade and much more. Switching from past to present, the performers brilliantly entertain the audience with vibrant voices and dynamic choreographies from beginning to end.

The Lyric Theatre Singers – Hello Broadway

Hello Broadway is not The Lyric Theatre Singers’ last performance of the year, join them for Candlelight Christmas from December 7 to 10 at Loyola Chapel (Concordia University). Tickets will be available this Fall, for more informations please visit Lyrictheatrecompany.com.

Hello Broadway show dates and times:

Friday June 16 at 8:00 PM

Saturday June 17 at 2:00 & 8:00 PM

DB Clarke Theatre
1455, Maisonneuve W. Blvd

Photo credit: Tam Lan Truong

Skin Treatments at Dermalogica Montreal

Dermalogica Montreal Store

Founded in 1986 by Jane Wurwand, Dermalogica products are free of common irritants and ingredients that could cause breakouts such as mineral oil, artificial colors and fragrances. In addition to Face Mapping at Skin Bar (5 minutes, complimentary),  Dermalogica store located in Montreal Old Port offers 3 treatments: MicroZone Treatments, IonActive Power Treatment and Dermalogica Skin Treatment.

The Dermalogica MicroZone Treatment addresses the top skin concerns in a quick and efficient mode. During the  20 minutes appointment, the skin therapist analyzes your skin, then performs a targeted treatment using exclusive techniques such as the Dermalogica Double Cleanse routine.

The IonActive Power Treatment combines thermal activity and the latest treatment-room technology to optimize product penetration into your skin. This 45 minutes treatment is composed from up to six professional formulas and two gels. Based on an initial Face Mapping, the skin therapist will assess which combination of formulas and gels is ideal for your skin.

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Dermalogica Montreal Store – Private room

One week ago, I experienced for the first time the Dermalogica Skin Treatment. As a new client, I was invited to fill a form about my medical conditions then the appointment has started with a discussion about my skin care routine followed by the Face Mapping to analyze my skin in depth and to design the appropriate treatment.

This 60 minutes treatment is totally customized to your skin’s needs and it’s different every single time depending your skin condition. That being said, each treatment includes Dermalogica Double Cleanse routine, exfoliation, high frequency or Galvanic modalities, extractions, mask, toner and skin protection.

After the treatment, the skin therapist presents and explains the customized skin health prescription. On my Face Mapping, the skin therapist identified dehydrated and hyperpigmented zones. For my concerns, she prescribed the following products: Special Cleansing Gel, Daily Microfoliant and PowerBright TRx (C-12 Pure Bright Serum, Pure Light and Pure Night).

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Dermalogica – Special Cleansing Gel (starting at 15$)

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Dermalogica – Daily Microfoliant (price: 77.50$)

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Dermalogica – PowerBright TRx (starting at 90$)

I’m currently using most of the recommended products and I hope to notice improvements at my next appointment in 6 weeks. For an appointment call 514-871-3003 or email peausaine@dermalogica.com. For more information, visit Dermalogica.ca.

Dermalogica Montreal Store

132 McGill Street, Montreal