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Word on the street is: Maïs is the sh*t. Fueled by my body’s unfulfilled desire for legit tacos, I dropped by the new Mile End taqueria for lunch to get in on the action. I wasn’t surprised to see it poppin’ with people scoffing down soft-shell tacos like it’s been a success for ages – not only has Maïs been the subject of good press, it’s also run by a group of guys who know a thing or two about the restaurant business. With Dave Schmidt and Peter Popovic (co-owner of Magpie and The Sparrow) taking care of the business angle while juggling Café Sardine (their first venture together) at the same time, chefs William Cody and Gilbert Macnutt are busy in the kitchen making tacos people can’t seem to get enough of.

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If you’re a chronic bruncher who’s constantly on the lookout for something new or different, Prohibition in N.D.G. might have come up in your searches. This day-time neighborhood spot opened last year and has been generating a lot of noise since – most notably for their unique culinary roster. From Mediterranean-inspired dishes to southern food with a twist, the menu is ambitious. Instead of sticking to a certain type of cuisine, each plate is inspired by a different part of the world. The one thing they all have in common: a creative-meets-comforting edge.

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Poutine Week Montreal

Na'eem Adam/Le Méchant Mangeur (image courtesy of Na'eem Adam)“Are you kidding?” questions Na’eem Adam (aka Le Méchant Mangeur) when I asked what inspired him and the Food Week Montreal Inc. group to organize the very first Poutine Week Montreal.

That’s basically the polite equivalent of “Bitch, please.”

Right. Sorry.


Fries. Cheese. Gravy. The holy trinity that is often considered Montreal’s most recognized dish.

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Régine Café 

If you’re one of those people who can leisurely brunch on weekdays, then 1 – people who can’t do so hate you and 2 – there’s a new spot to try out.

Régine Café is the spawn of the late La Cantine. Partners Pierre-Luc Chevalier and Maxim Lepage opened this new morning bistro in the Rosement-La Petite-Patrie neighborhood, providing locals with a weekend-quality brunch available all through the week.

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This is Why We're Fat finally has a logo!

This blog was logo-less for two years. The entire two years I've been blogging. 

I wasn't holding out on you guys. I just didn't know what would best represent this blog. 

You know who did? Sen Wong - a talented branding specialist and founder of ROYALTRI (a Montreal-based company specializing in branding, web & print design and marketing). 

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“Mmm…tastes like China,” said the guy sitting at the table next to mine in between slurps, his face practically buried in his bowl of noodle soup.

Anyone who cares anything about noodles needs to know about Nudo, a new venture by the noodle master who started Yuki Ramen in the Faubourg. If I could have it my way, I would actually live here this winter season. I don’t care that it looks like a gloomy banquet hall or that the weirdest Chinese movies always seem to be playing. Eating these noodles morning, noon and night is my only wish this Christmas.

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