Appreciate the artistry of food. Cooking is a way to share a lifetime’s worth of experiences and values through the simple pleasures of eating. I throw my whole heart into local, sustainable and organic food when possible, but am always looking for the perfect ingredient or flavour that Montreal can provide.
I’m a Montreal-based freelance food and travel writer. 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 worked at CKUT Radio, co-hosting the Friday morning show from 7-9am every week for two years. Those were very early mornings, but I interviewed 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 theobromine (in chocolate) 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. Sometimes I cook at farmers markets, sometimes I do canning or sustainable sushi classes, sometimes I cater out of other people’s homes, and sometimes I cover vegan food competitions and whole lamb butchering throwdowns alike. 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 for a special occasion) whole bottles of those exquisite bubbles in the future.
At the moment I’m working part-time as a freelancer for various magazines and part-time as a researcher for a new food and travel television show. I spend days delving into the menus and reviews of up-and-coming restaurants in US food capitals. The show pilot will be out in July, so I’m looking forward to seeing the fruits (or, in this case, BBQ and frozen custard) of my labour on the not-so-big screen.
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 (though gardening itself would be further down the list sometimes)
5. 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. It’s all “une expérience de la vie” – an experience of life.
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