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

The Temazcal Experience at Spa Le Finlandais

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.

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.

Spa Le Finlandais – Bistro & 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)

Club Soya: New Sushi Restaurant in Montreal

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.

Vegan Poke Bowls – Photo credit: Myriam Frenette

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Montreal Brunch Restaurant L’Avenue Opens In Saint-Henri

L’Avenue Saint-Henri – Photo Credit: Patricia Brochu

It’s official, well known brunch restaurant L’Avenue just opens its second location in Saint-Henri neighborhood on Notre-Dame Street West at walking distance from Lachine Canal and Atwater market.

The new location preserves L’Avenue original signature with a decoration mixed of urban influences designed by Montrealer artist Alex Scaner and vintage furniture style (don’t miss to visit the bathrooms….).

Chef Alexandre Loiseau – Photo Credit: Patricia Brochu

To refresh the menu, Chef Alexandre Loiseau has concocted new dishes inspired by local ingredients which I have been invited to try in exclusivity a week ago. Both fancy and hefty, these new dishes confirm that brunch is a meal where creativity has no limit. And guess what? New vegetarian and gluten free items have been also added!

Yogurt – Photo Credit: Patricia Brochu

Pancakes – Photo Credit: Patricia Brochu

I can’t conclude without mentioning the burning question on everyone’s lips ” what about the waiting line?”…well, all I can say is hurry up guys! First come first served 🙂

L’Avenue

3612 Notre-Dame West

922 Mont-Royal East

Opening hours: 8am to 4pm (Mon – Sun)

New Menu At Crudessence Raw Vegan Restaurant

Beetroot Carpaccio – Photo credit: Sylvie Li

Since its first steps with delivery service of organic lunch boxes to cooking classes, Crudessence celebrates 10 years of healthy food with new raw vegan menu revisited by executive Chef Sarah Karook available in Greater Montreal and Quebec locations (restaurants and counters).

Chef Sarah Karook – Photo credit: Sylvie Li

Chef Sarah Karook is very familiar with vegan cuisine with 15 years of experience in this specific food field. Today, as a proud ambassador of Crudessence, her mission is to democratize vegan cooking and make it more accessible.

The new menu is inspired by foreign cuisine of several countries and reflects the image of people of our beautiful Quebec province. From Italian flavor to vadouvan Indian spices, each meal is highly nutritious, organic and sustainably sourced.

Lasagna – Photo credit: Sylvie Li

Salad and Vandouvan Plate – Photo credit: Sylvie Li

The idea of raw menu is to offer the optimal potential of food for a fully healthy experience. I invite you to visit one of their restaurants or counters at Avril Supermarché Santé and Comptoir la Moisson to try the new menu.