I’m a Montreal-based freelance food and travel writer. I throw my whole heart into local, sustainable and organic food when possible. And I’m always looking for the perfect ingredient or flavour that Montreal can provide.
I’ve written for EnRoute (Air Canada), MSN.ca, the Montreal Gazette, Alive Magazine, Fine Dining Lovers, Nightlife, CultMTL, and I was the food editor at Montreal blog Midnight Poutine for 4 years. I currently co-host an indie music podcast at RadioCannon.ca and I co-hosted the Friday morning show at CKUT Radio from 7-9am every week for two years. Those were very early mornings, but I got to interview everyone from the spokesperson of my favourite food festival, Montreal en Lumière, to the chair of Slow Food Montreal, to comedians, musicians, and the host of my favourite food podcast, Deconstructing Dinner.
While completing a masters in percussion performance in 2007, I started writing a food blog. My first entry was on a dairy-free chocolate mousse cake from Alice Medrich’s “Chocolate and the Art of Low Fat Desserts.” I don’t eat gluten or much caffeinated-anything anymore, but that was one heck of a cake. And I hope lots of people find that now out-of-print cookbook.
I’ve raced around Montreal, Seattle, Toronto, St. John’s, and Lima, Peru looking for the best ____, from ceviche to poutine to patios (we call them “terrasses” here in La Belle Province). And now I even sometimes get asked to join panels on eating with food intolerances or food entrepreneurship, or cook at farmers markets.
I teach canning or sustainable sushi classes, sometimes I cater and sometimes I cover vegan food competitions and whole lamb butchering throwdowns. I particularly love wine salons and once spent an afternoon spitting out zero dosage Champagnes and feeling very guilty, but very lucky (and hoping many people would get to enjoy—or at least read about—and maybe save the names of the bubbles I wrote about for a special occasion in the future).
Last year I worked part-time as a freelancer for various magazines and part-time as a researcher for a new food and travel television show. I spent days delving into the menus and reviews of up-and-coming restaurants in US food capitals. Now I’m back in school full-time and I’ll complete my Graduate Diploma in Journalism in May, 2015.
Like-minded fellow food bloggers: Please contact me for recipe cross-posts, link exchanges, and to share food ideas.
I love (in order of importance):
1. Farmers markets
3. Sustainable vanilla-apple Arctic char from Becky Selengut’s cookbook, “Good Fish”
4. Writing/cooking/eating/my garden
7. The Australian food show, Poh’s Kitchen (Season 1, not 2)
I don’t love:
1. Pesticides, antibiotics, gas-guzzlers
2. Low quality pork
4. MasterChef/Top Chef/Iron Chef
Thanks for checking out my site! It’s nice to know that there are other people into good food, healthy living and passion-led travel. As a Montreal woman told me as my local blueberries tumbled down the subway stairs, it’s all une expérience de la vie – an experience of life.
watson (dot) amie (at) gmail (dot) com
or on twitter: @MissWattson