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Shaughnessy Café

It took me some time to find the best coffee shops around my neighbourhood. When I heard about Shaughnessy Café, back in February, I made a point of finding it early one morning with Dapper. The friendly barista, Julien served me my macchiato that day and I've gone back a few times for the minimalist decor, great ...

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Cafe Pacefika

For the third coffee shop in my Coffee and Couture series, I changed! Still wearing a beautiful Leinad Beaudet dress, but this one is more casual. I love a great shirt dress. And, I love a great coffee. At Cafe Pacefika, on Lambert-Closse just below de Maisonneuve, I met one of the owners, Rachid who ...

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Cafe Myriade at Club Monaco

I think the most Instagramable cafe downtown is Café Myriade in the Club Monaco at Dorchester Square. I went during my Coffee and Couture crawl for an espresso macchiato and a savoury scone. It's definitely one of Montreal's prettier cafes with its blue leather bench, immense old-apothecary-inspired mirror behind the counter and the most photogenic floor tiles. It's a bit ...

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Gourmet learning at the Nespresso Academy

Following Paris, on April 6th, my favourite coffee brand opened its first learning centre in North America, right here in Montreal. That day, along with other journalists, I spent the afternoon learning how coffee is made, how to taste it (even at its green stage) and how to appreciate it paired with pastries. It was ...

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Leaves Cafe and Leinad Beaudet

For awhile now, I've been meaning to share my favourite neighbourhood coffee shops, but I wanted to do it in a chic way! This is the first of a series I call "Coffee and Couture". On Monday, I borrowed four dresses from Montreal designer Leinad Beaudet and went to all my downtown coffee haunts with ...

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Simple tips for hosting a fancy Easter brunch

When Nespresso asked me to plan an Easter brunch featuring the Limited Edition SELECTION VINTAGE 2014 coffee, I pictured colourful tulips and white rabbits decorating a table laden with French toast made from my homemade bread and topped with mascarpone cream and caramelized peaches . Alas, like the white rabbit in Alice in Wonderland, it was all ...

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