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Gay pride parade

This week is really Gay week in Montréal. There was a big conference on gay rights followed by the “Outgames” with their opening ceremony, a closing one and, in between, the gay pride parade. Now, I was not going to pay money to attend the opening ceremony, but the parade was free and I had […]

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Two shows

This week I attended two events that are impossible to photograph and even hard to describe. The first one was a show with french actor Fabrice Luchini. He started his career in film but has since made a name for himself on stage. I saw him in Paris a few years back and jumped at […]

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False pretences

The label on the seedlings said: “Beefsteak tomatoes”…the biggest and the juiciest  

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Chez l’épicier

Yesterday I went back to a restaurant I had enjoyed the first and only time I had eaten there. It is called Chez l’épicier (at the grocers) and is located in old Montréal, right across from the Marché Bonsecours. The chef owner is Laurent Godbout. He has recently opened a second restaurant a few doors […]

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International Flora Montreal 2006

Talk of photo opportunities! I took hundreds and am having a hard time choosing which ones to put up. This is an outdoor exhibit of gardens. Each garden was conceived by a designer and has a concept, a theme and all sorts of explanations attached to every detail. I read most of them as I […]

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La Marée

This was my Old Montréal weekend and I tried another restaurant that “USED” to be good, way back when. It is La Marée, a fish and seafood restaurant located on Place Jacques Cartier right in the middle of tourist territory. There are 2 others of the same generation close by: Le St Amable and Chez […]

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Just for laughs…again

I went back one more time to the Just for laughs festival and caught the Sau’rus parade. Giant prehistoric creatures, moving throught the crowd, making strange noises, apparently controlled by a “mistress”… They were fascinating!   We got to see a few shows, such as some awesome breakdancers, a fun sketch about the anatomy of […]

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A travel agent’s worst nightmare

This morning when I got in the office, I saw the red light on my phone blinking. I don’t usually get calls that early so I was curious. I picked up apprehensively and my curiosity soon turned into disbelief. Here was the client for whom I spent weeks planning a family vacation in Europe, to […]

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It is fun to hit the mighty in the shins…

I got an Email from a friend asking for my comments on something he saw on a food forum he watches regularly. It was a discussion over the words “amuse bouche” and “amuse gueule”. I could not help but add my 2 cents worth as the moderator in all her glory was flat wrong. Here […]

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Just for laughs festival 2006

My favourite festival is on! They have moved it from St Denis street to De Maisonneuve boulevard. The street is wider so there is more room to move but there are no restaurants, bars or terraces to sit at to watch the show pass by. Nonetheless I have been twice and plan on going again […]