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!

grilled cheese

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$).
  • Week 4: Grilled cheese with oyster mushrooms sautéed in butter, Parmesan, mustard of Meaux (10$).
a person eating a gilled cheese

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.

5 Restaurants For Vegan Food Lovers In Paris

2 person at Eiffel Tower

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
vegan afternoon tea, pastries and tea

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.

vegetarian pizza

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!

Fall Getaway at Esterel Resort Hotel and Spa

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Esterel Resort

Looking for a fall getaway around greater Montreal that matches your definition of relaxation? As temperature slowly drops, it’s the perfect time to escape and enjoy the fall foliage! Let us introduce you to Esterel Resort located in the Laurentians less than an hour away from Montreal city center.

Esterel Resort offers two accommodation experiences both with spacious suites, a Nordic Spa and three restaurants in the heart of nature. The resort is a veritable playground surrounded by two beaches, three navigable lakes and miles of forest. This fall, you will find here a wide range of fun outdoor activities to practice alone, among friends or as a couple.

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Esterel Hotel Evolution

Among the two accommodation experiences offered at Esterel Resort, Hotel Emotion suits best for a romantic getaway with warmth vibes while Hotel Evolution evokes soothing environment that showcases nature.

During our weekend at Esterel Resort, we stayed in a front-lake suite on the 4th floor at Hotel Evolution. The view was breathtaking and allowed us to make a good use of the large balcony overlooking Lake Dupuis! As shown in our Instagram stories, our elegant suite was spacious and equipped with a king-size bed plus a queen-size murphy bed, a fireplace, and a practical kitchenette. If you plan to stay for a long period, you will have enough place to cook in the kitchenette and enjoy your meals in the dining room.

nature, water and spa

Esterel Resort Spa

Esterel Resort Nordic Spa features a four-season panoramic pool, steam baths, hot tubs and Finnish sauna. The best way to relax and rejuvenate is to alternate the hot, cold and rest circuit a few times.

If you have never experienced sauna, here are few tips for you: before the sauna, take a shower and then dry off; in the sauna, select a place on the middle or upper bench and lay down on a towel for 10 to 15 minutes (you should spend the last 2 minutes sitting upright); after the sauna, proceed with cold water application by taking a cold water shower or plunging into a cold bath for 10 to 15 seconds, then breathe deeply to fill up with oxygen and have a rest for 10 to 15 minutes. Repeat the circuit as needed and stay hydrated by drinking the beverage of your choice.

nature, lake and sauna

Esterel Resort Sauna

After the Nordic Spa experience, dive into a world of well-being and relaxation at Amerispa’s health and beauty centre. Your body loves being pampered, take time for yourself and complete your Nordic Spa experience with quality massage therapy, skin care and body care treatments.

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Esterel Resort – Bistro à Champlain

Esterel Resort houses three restaurants for fine dining, all with stunning views: Bistro à Champlain, Rok Restaurant, and 260° Restaurant Bar Terrace. Please note that bookings are mandatory for each restaurant, otherwise Esterel Resort is not able to guarantee availability of the restaurant.

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Bistro à Champlain – Vegetarian Menu

We had a reservation at Bistro à Champlain which recently moved at Esterel Resort and were very excited to taste the new four courses vegetarian and vegan menu. As vegan food enthusiasts, it’s always hard to choose items on the menu when we suddenly have plenty of choices. This is the reason why we make sure to choose different items so we are able to share together and taste more dishes.

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Bistro à Champlain – Fresh Spring Rolls Creation

We had a great dining experience at Bistro à Champlain, the food was delightful and very well presented. Also, the service was warm and the waitress pleased all our requests. We strongly recommend to taste the fresh spring roll creation, and the chick pea and eggplant brick. Furthermore, the vegetarian menu is available at the three restaurants.

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Bistro à Champlain – Chick Pea and Eggplant Brick

We thank Esterel Resort for taking care of us last weekend! Still wondering where to escape this fall? Catch a break from Montreal and taste the quiet life at Esterel Resort. Book your fall getaway for less with their last minute offers currently displayed at esterel.com. Hurry up, it’s for a limited time only!

Delicieux Veg Fusion Cafe – A New Vegan Restaurant in Mile-End

terrace restaurant Délicieux Veg Fusion Cafe

Delicieux Veg Fusion Cafe

Montreal’s Park avenue is home of some of the coziest restaurant in the city. Here you will find antiques shops, art galleries and numerous terraces. Across from the historic Rialto Theatre, Delicieux Veg Fusion Cafe is the new vegan destination in Mile-End.

While browsing through Instagram, we stumbled upon a picture of a very intriguing pita sandwich. It featured delicious looking farro balls, a blend of peppers, onions, mushrooms, kale, romaine mix garnished with chickpeas, and cashew tzatziki sauce all rolled in a house-made pesto pita bread. We decided to try this new vegan restaurant for dinner and were amazed by the savory dishes prepared for us. Next, we took part of a photo contest launched for the restaurant opening and were the lucky winners of a 25$ gift card. Then, to our delight, Delicieux Veg Fusion Cafe invited us for a special food tasting experience.

plant-based menu

Plant-based Menu – Delicieux Veg Fusion Cafe

From our conversation with Ilyas Butt, the owner, it is clear that he and the staff are passionate about providing customers with only the highest quality organic ingredients. We learned that fresh produce is brought to the restaurant up to three times per day.

Ilyas goes out of his way to gather local ingredients by involving farmers of neighboring areas of Montreal. additionally, he volunteers his own time to help the development of humanitarian projects focused on food allocation.

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The Indian Diva – Delicieux Veg Fusion Cafe

On the menu, each dish offered contains unique combinations of ingredients. Moreover, spices from more than 50 countries are used to season them. At Delicieux Veg Fusion Cafe, you find a different mix of flavors, texture, seasoning and intensity in all the dishes proposed on the menu. On top of sandwiches, burgers, signature bowls, and desserts, Delicieux Veg Fusion Cafe offers creative breakfasts throughout the day.

Ilyas take us on a journey around the world starting with India by offering The Indian Diva signature bowl made of tandoori tofu cubes and potatoes, mixed of tasty vegetables and greens, fresh mango cubes, pumpkin seeds topped with a “kamasutra” dressing. Signature bowls come with a choice of organic soba noodles, tumeric quinoa or brown rice. For each section of the menu, various countries are featured such as South Africa, Thailand, Mexico, and many more.

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Samosa Recipe – Delicieux Veg Fusion Cafe

Among the sides items offered, we were obsessed with the samosas. Ilyas showed us every step of their preparation and admitted that the samosas are the most time-consuming item to prepare in the kitchen. The superfoods and spices used include goji berries, nigella seeds, chia seeds, and coriander. The result is simply delicious.

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Gelato – Delicieux Veg Fusion Cafe

If you’re looking for a lighter dessert, try their house-made gelato. Choose from the classics like blueberry, mango, or passion fruit flavors, or opt for something adventurous such as kale, sweet corn, or tomato-cherry. We loved how refreshing and diversified the selection of ice creams was.

Depending of flavor or thickness, the gelato are made with base of soy or coconut milk, no stabilizer or gelling agents are used. The restaurant strives for limiting waste as much as possible, as a result only the necessary amount of ice cream is prepared daily. The freshness of the fruits and vegetables used for this ice cream makes for one-of-a kind flavor. Moreover, possibilities of flavor are limited by seasonal availability which means new flavors will be featured frequently.

Delicieux Veg Fusion Cafe is the destination to experience international flavor. The quality of the ingredients used are second to none, and are all plant-based. Ilyas assured us new items will be featured regularly on the menu. We won’t tell you more, rather, we invite you to visit this new vegan restaurant.

Delicieux Veg Fusion Cafe

5718 Parc Avenue, Montreal

Opening hours: 8am – 9pm (daily)