The Grilled Cheese Month at L’Gros Luxe

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L’Gros Luxe Restaurant – The Grilled Cheese Month

The Grilled Cheese month is back at L’Gros Luxe Restaurant until November 30th! It’s not the first edition and it won’t be the last one, the chefs have worked very hard to come up with 28 new recipes to delight your taste buds. We had the pleasure to taste few grilled cheese during the media launch party last week at L’Gros Luxe Sud-Ouest located on Notre-Dame West.

For 4 weeks, you are invited to visit one of the seven L’Gros Luxe restaurants and try the grilled cheese of the week. Each grilled cheese presented on the menu will be available for one week only so don’t miss your chance to grab the one that you melt for!

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L’Gros Luxe Restaurant – The Grilled Cheese Month

During the media launch party, we talked with Alex Bastide, owner of all L’Gros Luxe restaurants, who is very concerned to offer custom-made meals that meet the need of its clients. All L’Gros Luxe restaurants have a vegetarian friendly menu and a fun list of cocktails served in a festive ambiance with a refined touch specific to each neighbourhood’s personality.

If you don’t eat cheese, visit L’Gros Luxe 100% Végé which will offer vegan options for the four grilled cheese featured throughout the month of November.

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L’Gros Luxe 100% Végé

Each grilled cheese will be served with fries or salad. Also, thanks to a partnership with Sleeman, you will be able to order a combo with a beer for 14$. The L’Gros Luxe 100% Végé will propose the following grilled cheese recipes until the end of the month:

  • Week 1: Grilled cheese with fried Havarti cheese, tomato and basil (10$).
  • Week 2: Grilled cheese with Emmental, walnuts, green apples with curry (10$).
  • Week 3: Grilled cheese with Jackfruit “pulled pork” and coleslaw (12$).
  • Week 4: Grilled cheese with oyster mushrooms sautéed in butter, Parmesan, mustard of Meaux (10$).
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L’Gros Luxe Restaurant – Media Launch Party

Wondering if Jackfruit “pulled pork” tastes good? First of all, don’t be fooled by the name! This is not meat but an excellent imitation of the taste and you will be very amazed once you will try it. This ingredient has been used for years all around the world by vegan chefs and recently became extremely trendy. Pulled jackfruit is made from the younger fruit named green jackfruit. Compared to other processed meat substitutes such as seitan or soy-based tofu, jackfruit is all-natural and does not required to be processed to be used in the kitchen. In other words, the grilled cheese with Jackfruit “pulled pork” is a must-try!

Moreover, November will be a very busy month in all L’Gros Luxe restaurants! In fact, in addition to the grilled cheese month, new vegan meals will be added on the menu. As a vegetarian, Alex Bastide really wants to achieve the goal of making L’Gros Luxe a place where everyone could enjoy food regardless of the type of diet you follow. Looking forward to taste all those new vegan meals!

L’Gros Luxe 100% Végé

3807 Saint-André, Montreal

To find a location near you, visit L’Gros Luxe website.

La Grande Dégustation De Montréal 2017

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La Grande Dégustation de Montréal 2017

La Grande Dégustation de Montréal will be held at Place Bonaventure from 3-4 November for the pleasure of your taste buds. This annual event brings together more than 200 wine producers, distillers, and brewers to share their passion for wine, beer, and spirit. La Grande Dégustation de Montréal allows visitors to get up close and personal with producers who come from all around the world while enjoying an outstanding tasting and culinary experience.

This year, La Grande Dégustation de Montréal honours four themes: Champagne, Washington State, Riesling, and cocktails. Those themes fit exactly with the celebrations for the 375th anniversary of Montreal. “Our foremost goal is to offer a highly flavourful experience that promotes closeness, accessibility and pleasure. For this reason, the 2017 programming proposes captivating destinations and encounters with professionals who inspire and exude passion” says Daniel Richard, president of La Grande Dégustation de Montréal.

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Champagne

Did you know that the two co-founders of Montréal, Jeanne Mance and Paul de Chomedey de Maisonneuve, were born in the Champagne region of France? We guess it is not a coincidence if Champagne is honoured this year! Produced from grapes grown in the Champagne region following specific rules and vineyards practices, this sparkling wine offers a mouthful of bubbly and seductive flavour.

This edition of La Grande Dégustation de Montréal is an opportunity to deepen your knowledge and sense new pleasures through the tasting of this high-quality beverage.

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Washington State

Washington State is the second largest premium wine producer in the United States right behind California who produces around 85% of American wines. Washington State offers a wide range of wines that finely balance old world structure with new world fruit in a variety of wines such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Riesling and, Syrah.

By adapting their vineyards to the climate of the northern State, the winemakers of this region capture the very best of their chosen varieties.

White Grapes

Riesling White Grapes

As the most cultivated wine in Germany, the legendary Riesling is popular in cooler regions of France, Austria, Canada, and United States. A wide range of wines cultivated in those regions have a base of Riesling including smooth, refreshing or sweet dry white wines.

In Ontario, Riesling is commonly used for the production of Ice wine especially in Niagara where the climate is particularly quite warm in the summertime which adds a dose of richness in the wines. Thanks to these attributes, Riesling maintains its position in the top three white wine varieties together with Chardonnay and Sauvignon blanc.

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Cocktails

Cocktails have never been so popular with their surprising and delicious tastes! Visitors are invited to attend fun demonstrations and tastings designed to demystify the world of mixology.

La Grand Dégustation de Montréal features entertainment with its famous Petites Dégustations allowing visitors to meet experienced wine producers and mixologists in small groups. The conferences include educational tastings who invite visitors to discover various varieties and regions. For more info check out La Grande Dégustation de Montréal website or download the free app designed to enhance your visitor experience.

Place Bonaventure

800, de la Gauchetière W., Montreal

Opening Hours

Admission: 15$ (+ 1$ per tasting coupon)

La Cuisine de Jean-Philippe – 100 Vegan Recipes

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La Cuisine de Jean-Philippe (price: 29,95 $)

After working as a chef in several restaurants, Jean-Philippe Cyr now lives his passion for cooking from home where he shares simple and tasty vegan recipes online. In its first book, La cuisine de Jean-Philippe – Ses 100 meilleurs recettes véganes, Jean-Philippe uses his expertise to offer healthy and delicious vegan recipes.

On the menu, a variety of vegan dishes that combine simplicity and flavours under the following themes: lunches and brunches, salads and side dishes, soups, main courses, desserts, drinks, toppings, and snacks. We have selected 3 recipes from the book that we want to share with you!

1. Pancakes
pancakes and fruits

La Cuisine de Jean-Philippe – Pancakes

We think it is not a coincidence if the pancakes recipe is the first one in the book! They are so delicious than they could be ate without topping or maple syrup. The preparation itself take less than 10 minutes and you get around 10 to 15 pancakes.

What do you need? 3 cups flour, 2 tbsp sugar, 1 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp salt, 1/4 cup vegetable oil (+ extra for cooking), 1/2 tsp vanilla extract, 3 cups vegan milk, maple syrup, and fruits.

How to proceed? Step 1: in a bowl, mix dry ingredients together then add  vegan milk, vanilla extract and oil. Mix with a whip until you get a homogenous texture. Step 2: in a pan, heat vegetable oil then pour about 60 ml (1/4 cup) of the pancake mixture uniformly. Step 3: cook each pancake for about 2 minutes on each side and add oil as needed. Step 4: Top with maple syrup and fruits.

If you use a non-stick pan, you don’t need to add extra vegetable oil. Moreover, feel free to substitute vegetable oil by coconut oil. If you plan to top your pancakes with maple syrup and fruits, you could also avoid adding the 2 tablespoons of sugar.

2. Pad Thaï
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La Cuisine de Jean-Philippe – Pad Thai

Among our top 10 world favorite cuisine, Thaï food is one of them! The particularity of Thaï food is the harmony of the following flavours: salt, sugar, spicy, and sour. Curious to learn how to do Pad Thaï at home in less than 45 minutes?

What do you need? 5 oz rice noodles; 1/2 block firm tofu cut into cubes; 1/4 cup corn starch; 1/4 cup vegetable oil; 2 shallots, finely chopped; 2 green onions, finely chopped; 2 tsp garlic, finely chopped; 2 carrots, grated; 1 tomato, diced; 1/4 cup soya sauce; 1/4 cup sugar; 1 tsp hot sauce; 2 cup beans sprouts; 1/2 cup peanuts, chopped; 2 tsp rice vinegar; salt and pepper.

How to proceed? Step 1: cook the rice noodles, drain and set aside. Step 2: coat tofu with corn starch. In a wok, fry the tofu in little oil for 6-8 minutes and set aside. Step 3: Use the rest of oil and stir fry shallots, green onions, garlic, carrots and tomato for 5 minutes. Step 4: add soya sauce, sugar and hot sauce. Mix. Step 5: add the rice noodles, beans sprouts, peanuts, fried tofu, and rice vinegar. Continue cooking for 3 minutes while stirring constantly.

If you don’t have a wok, you can use a casserole such as T-Fal Cook N’ Serve, it works too (we used it for this recipe). To get better result, use large rice noodles because medium rice noodles become sticky very quick and are delicate to manage. Additional tip, you can also cook the noodles right before step 3, it takes only 3-4 minutes and the noodles will be ready right on time for step 5.

3. Humus
Humus

La Cuisine de Jean-Philippe – Humus

Humus is very popular in Mediterranean cuisine and it’s very simple to cook. The recipe requires just few ingredients and less than 15 minutes.

What do you need? 1 can of chickpeas, 3 tbsp tahini, 1 garlic clove, 1 tsp cumin, 1/8 tsp Cayenne pepper, 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (+ extra 1 tbsp for topping), 1/3 cup water, 1/2 lemon (extract the juice), salt, and smoked paprika.

How to proceed? Step 1: in the food processor, grind the ingredients together until you get a homogeneous mixture. Step 2: set the humus in a plate, top with olive oil and smoked paprika.

If you don’t want to use canned chickpeas, you can soak dry chickpeas for 24 hours and then cook for 30-40 min. Drain the cooked chickpeas and follow the recipe.

Where to find the book? The book is available online and in store such as Renaud Bray and Chez l’Éditeur Café, please visit La Cuisine de Jean-Philippe blog or his English Facebook page The Buddhist Chef for more info.

5 Restaurants For Vegan Food Lovers In Paris

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Paris – Eiffel Tower

According to recent data found on Happycow, there are approximately more than 100 restaurants offering vegan or vegetarian cuisine in Paris which is two times more compared to Montreal. As foodies, we are always excited to try various places each time we eat out! If you plan to visit Paris this fall, here are 5 restaurants for vegan food lovers to add on your list.

1. Cantine Soya Bio
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Cantine Soya Bio

Happy birthday to Cantine Soya Bio which celebrates its 10th anniversary on October 27th! Located at walking distance from the Canal St. Martin in the 11th district of Paris, Cantine Soya Bio is a trendy place recently renovated and well integrated into the vibe of its neighbourhood.

When you enter at Cantine Soya Bio, you enjoy a world cuisine freely revisited, vegan, and mainly gluten-free (more than 90%) made from labeled organic products. In addition, they have a large choice of delightful vegan pastries and serve a buffet brunch on weekends. We love the freshness of their dishes and each bite is a pleasure!

Cantine Soya Bio

20 rue de la pierre levée, Paris

2. Cloud Cakes
grilled cheese, potatoes, and salad

Cloud Cakes Paris

Cloud Cakes, the name itself is appealing isn’t it? Cloud Cakes is a vegan coffee shop located in Sentier area close to well known Forum des Halles. The idea behind Cloud Cakes came when owners Aelita and Olivier mixed their passion for coffee with vegan pastry.

We visited this cozy coffee shop for brunch and ordered the dish of the day. We ate up a tasty roasted vegetable grilled cheese with well seasoned potatoes. When time came to order desserts we were already full but we will be back very soon to taste one of their delicious pastries!

Cloud Cakes

6 rue Mandar, Paris

3. Tien Hiang
pad thai, nems and soup

Tien Hiang Paris

Opened since 1999, Tien Hiang is located close to Place de la Republique monument in the 10th district of Paris. The restaurant offers a South-East Asian cuisine inspired from Vietnam, Thailand, China, and Malaysia.

Most of the dishes are prepared with a base of textured soy protein which results in a large variety of choices on the menu. Usually we order several dishes and share together. Our favorites include the following: pad thai, nems, and coconut milk soup. We often visit Tien Hiang during lunch time to get a chance to find a table easily. Note that the restaurant does not take reservation so it’s on a first come, first served basis.

Tien Hiang

14 rue Bichat, Paris

4. Brasserie 2EME Art
cesar salad, wine and kebab

Brasserie 2eme Art

Located in the heart of Paris, Brasserie 2eme Art is the second restaurant of the owners of Brasserie Lola. Even if there is no specific mention on the menu that the food is vegan, Brasserie 2eme art does not use animal sourced products.

The restaurant features a comfort food cuisine such as pizza, burger, and pasta. We visited Brasserie 2eme Art several times and were always able to find a seat pretty quickly despite of the crowd. The burger and the kebab are two must-try but if you prefer a healthy choice opt for the Cesar salad!

Brasserie 2eme Art

49 rue Montmartre, Paris

5. Shangri-La
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Shangri-La Hotel Paris -Vegan Afternoon Tea

Let us introduce Shangri-La Hotel Paris located in one of the most upscale district of the city of lights. Can you believe that this 5 stars hotel offers a vegan afternoon tea? Launched in 2016 at La Bauhinia restaurant, the vegan afternoon tea is a logical follow-up to the success of their “100% Green Dinners”.

We don’t know where to start to describe our incredible gourmet experience at Shangri-La Hotel! From the simplicity of a tart to the sophistication of great classics, such as Mont-Blanc and Calisson, the chef respects the essential British tradition by including scones and shortbreads. Each pastry tastes like heaven accompanied by a selection of delightful ethical teas.

Shangri-La Hotel Paris

10 avenue d’Iéna, Paris

Montreal Pizza Week – 3 Places To Eat Vegan

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La Pizza Week

From October 24th to 31st, be part of Montreal’s 1st Annual La Pizza Week Festivities by voting for your favourites pizza across the city. More than 40 pizzerias will compete for the title of best pizza in Montreal in these 9 categories: thin crust, pan, calzone, dessert, Margherita, 5 ingredients or all dressed, gluten free, vegan, and most original. Two prizes will be awarded in each category, the selection of the People Choice Award determined by your vote and Official Judges Panel composed of Amy Blackmore (Fringe Festival), Alexandre Despatie (athlete and animator), Anne-Lovely Étienne (journalist), Jeremy Filosa (journalist), and Nick Depalma (Restaurant Inferno owner).

Moreover, you are invited to share your pizza pictures on social media with the hashtag #LaPizzaWeek. By voting and liking La Pizza Week Facebook page, you are eligible to win one of the following prizes: a trip for 2 to Roma (Italy), a weekend for 2 to Quebec City, Ottawa, or Toronto, a Totarella & Sons gift package (value of 300$) and much more. Let us introduce the 3 restaurants in competition for the best vegan pizza in  Montreal.

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Restaurant Pizza Villa

Opened since 1978, Pizza Villa is an Italian restaurant offering an authentic Italian cuisine. In addition to the regular menu, Pizza Villa has a gluten free menu and also offers a pizza dessert made of cheese, bananas, mixed berries, and chocolate.

For this first edition of La Pizza Week, Pizza Villa features a Focaccia with Swiss Chard and Broccoli Rabe pizza. The restaurant is located in Rosemont-La-Petite-Patrie on Papineau avenue (corner Saint-Zotique).

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Restaurant Chez Ann

Known for serving Ibiza wine and homemade food, Chez Ann Restaurant Café is the second restaurant competing for the vegan pizza category. For the occasion, Dj Jonny Marciano will take care of the music this Thursday for a special pizza techno party.

What about the pizza? Chez Ann presents a NYC style thin crust pizza that is both vegan and gluten free! Featuring a magical yucca crust that you can even fold while you eat, San Marzano tomato sauce, vegan mozzarella, fresh basil and love. Chez Ann is located on Ottawa in Griffintown.

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Vegan Rapide – Credit: Patrick Balyan

As a pioneer in the burgeoning vegan fast food sector in Montreal, Vegan Rapide has a large selection of pizzas, burgers, and sandwichs. Vegan Rapide is well known for offering hand-made pizza all year round. According to co-owner Liza Hatem, the pizzas are not pre-prepared and not frozen but just made using fresh ingredients bought everyday to avoid spoilage and waste.

This week only, Vegan Rapide features the Veggievore pizza made with a bunch of vegetables topped with vegan cheese. Vegan Rapide is located in Notre-Dame-de-Grâce on Sherbrooke West.

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La Pizza Week

Reservations are strongly recommended during La Pizza Week to ensure your spot at any participating restaurants. La Pizza Week is produced by Billy Alfonso and Fabio Brocoli from Perennial Events who are passionate in producing quality events for the whole family for several years in Montreal and Toronto. Visit La Pizza Week website for more info. Bon Appetito!