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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Golden Square Mile Restaurant Week

I’m still getting to know my neighbourhood and all of the wonderful things that it has to offer. This week, I discovered that the Golden Square Mile association launched its first restaurant week with eight restaurants offering a fixed menu at a very nice price. Tuesday, I had lunch at the Beaux-Arts restaurant in the ...

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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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Mira Sadi Jewels Pop-Up at Boutique JoshuaDavid

Three years ago, I discovered Mira Sadi’s jewellery during a pop-up of her collections at the boutique JoshuaDAVID in Westmount. I chose this gorgeous double-aquamarine ring and have been wearing it proudly ever since. Mira is back in Montreal this week and is hosting another pop-up at JoshuaDAVID today through April 19th. Today only, from 1-7pm, ...

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Two great hotels on the same street in Quebec City

Last month, I was invited to try two very different hotels on the same street in Quebec City. Le Saint Pierre and Hotel 71 are located in the heart of the old part of the city and are side by side. I had a great stay at both hotels, but I preferred one over the ...

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Local designers collaborate with eBay for a good cause

Last week, I discovered a few of Montreal's talented designers and their creations during a media presentation with eBay for their Spring Designer Collaboration. Throughout the month of April, these designer objects will be available on eBay as a special collaboration and all proceeds go to Evergreen - a non-profit organization that encourages Canadian cities ...

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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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