The Best Thing I Drank at the Sparkling Wine Salon…Was Cognac


Sparkling wines from around the world (mostly Europe) was this year's theme at La Grande Dégustation, Montreal's largest wine salon that takes over the Palais des Congrès in early November. The other two themes (because one should never lack for themes) were Grenache and … [Read more...]

Top 3 Picks for Restaurant Day Montreal


It's once again Montreal Restaurant Day, the day when anyone can open a restaurant and sell whatever the heck they want. It takes around the world (no, we didn't invent it) but our safe city makes for a great day of wandering from stranger's house to stranger's house in search of … [Read more...]

Blueberry Wine Chicken with Arugula


I love things bittersweet. The same way The English Patient pulls your heartstrings is how I feel about Aperol, or dark chocolate, or this recipe for sweet blueberry wine and bitter herbs. I think of it as balance. Because without the bitterness, how would you know what was … [Read more...]

Crispy Roasted Chicken Breasts with Fennel, Carrots and White Wine

roasted chicken supreme with fennel, carrots and beans

This is one of those "looks fancy, but isn't" recipes. You roast a bunch of fennel and carrots with some white wine and then throw some marinated chicken breasts on top, letting their juices soak into the vegetables. If you feel ambitious, you add some beans and peas. Yup, … [Read more...]