Thursday, December 18, 2014

iGo Electric FatBike

iGo Electric FatBike

Hi guys!

If you're a biking fanatic, or even if you've never ridden a bike before, I urge you to click the link below and watch this video. These days, almost everything is outsourced. To find a well-made, and high quality product both designed and built in Canada is rare. I am all about shopping local when it comes to smaller items like groceries, and clothing, so why not do the same when it comes to bigger ticket items like an awesome electric FatBike.

Two brothers (Montreal-born and raised) have taken it upon themselves to bring us top notch electric bicycles. There is nothing I love more than home-grown talent and entrepreneurial spirit. To learn more about the product and to see how you could help get it launched in Canada, see the Kickstarter link below.  In case you didn't know, Kickstarter is a way to get the consumer involved from the product design stage, to product launch, and when you support the products you love, you don't leave empty-handed, so please check it out and share with all of your friends! 


I love to support friends in their business ventures, but it's even easier when they are super talented and designing first class products for consumers like me. Plus, imagine riding this bike up Mont Royal. WOAH.


Montreal Entrepreneurs Matt and Zach Richman

Mind, Taste, Love.


Sunday, December 14, 2014

Ryu

Chef Kei takes the lead.


288 Laurier O, Montreal, QC, H2V 2K2



Ryu is like my favourite white tee. No matter how long its around, it can't be replaced. Ryu has been on the scene for a while now, but I have yet to get tired of it. With classics like their Ryu Tartare and spicy tuna crispy rice, they give Montrealers a taste of contemporary Japanese cuisine. Ryu definitely filled a gap when they entered the Montreal market a few years back and have been providing us with the most delicious tartares, makis, and Japanese-inspired dishes ever since.

So why am I talking about Ryu now you might ask?

With new head chef Kei at the helm, Ryu has blossomed into much more than just my favourite white tee. With a new focus on fresh nigiri, innovative maki rolls, and a creative cocktail list, their refreshed menu is just what this resto needed to take it to the next level. Don't fret, the classics are still their, but you will absolutely love the latest additions.

If you're looking for your next date night, they also offer a "dinner-for-two" option served in an elegant way. A great idea for a birthday celebration, anniversary, or just 'cause!

Delicious food, atmosphere, and location are just some of the reasons that Ryu will always be a favourite of mine. If you haven't been in a while, I urge you to go see for yourself what Chef Kei has in store.

Feast your eyes on what we ordered below!

First Row {Left to Right}: Edamame, Hamachi Jalapeño, Spicy Lobster on Crispy Rice, Crispy Brussels Sprouts

Second Row {Left to Right}: Spicy Tuna Crispy Rice, Maki, Nigiri, Chocolate Lava Cake

Third Row {Left to Right}: Lemon Cheesecake with Pear, Lava Cake


Mind, Taste, Love.








Ryu on Urbanspoon

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Restaurant Review: Nini Meatball House

Nini Meatball House


Not your grandmother's meatballs.


1752 Rue Notre Dame West


When I heard of Nini Meatball House I thought, how could this restaurant have a menu built mainly around meatballs? Now that I've paid them a visit, I totally understand. Their menu is small, but full of cozy comfort foods. Meatball variations range from classic beef with tomato sauce and parmesan to salmon ginger wasabi sesame and soy. These are definitely not your grandmothers meatballs, but they are just as warm and comforting!

The best part is that you don't actually have to eat meat to try these. There are beef, chicken, shrimp, pork, vegetarian, and fish options-  something for everyone. If you're in the mood for something a little more filling, you could order your meatballs as a sandwich on a brioche bun, or ciabatta with a slice of mozzarella. We started with a delicious kale and spinach caesar salad, followed by a bunch of meatballs, and finished with a homemade ice cream sandwich (white chocolate cookie filled with caramel ice cream). Everything was delicious! My only note would be that the ice cream sandwiches' cookies could have been a little softer, but the caramel ice cream was HEAVENLY. When I go back I will definitely try the pumpkin cheesecake, or rosemary apple crumble.


Kale and Spinach Caesar Salad

Veggie Balls with Coconut and Curry Sauce

Shrimp Pork Thai Peanut Sauce, Veggie, Beef cheddar bacon & smoked BBQ sauce, Beef classic tomato sauce parmesan 

White Chocolate Cookies with Caramel Ice Cream


The space itself is lovely. It is all white-  from the walls, to the chairs, and tables. The décor and addition of fresh flowers and candles to each table keeps it warm and cozy (just like the food). Add a glass of wine, or one of their yummy-sounding cocktails, and you've managed to escape the cold!


For a night out of healthy comfort food, vino, and a place to escape Montreal's harsh winters, definitely try warming up at Nini Meatball House!

Reservations: Yes.
Date night: Absolutely.
What I wore: Jeans, beige sweater, chunky scarf, booties.
The damage: $$
Stay in the know: Closed on Sundays and they now do take-out!

Mind, Taste, Love.









Nini Meatball House on Urbanspoon

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Montreal Events: Vicolo Restaurant & Bar Opening Event

Vicolo Restaurant & Bar Grand Launch Event


Though trendy restaurants line the streets of the Plateau and Old Montreal, they are harder to come by in the heart of downtown Montreal. Not to say there are not tons of delicious places to pick-up food, or grab a bite downtown, but it is difficult to find a place with both delicious food AND atmosphere.

Enter Vicolo.

Situated smack in the middle of downtown, right near the Bell Center, Vicolo Restaurant & Bar is here to cater to our need for a chic restaurant that also delivers in the food department. "Vicolo" literally translates to "Back Alley", and has done a good job at creating a space that transports you right to modern Italy.

The launch party was really well organized and showcased all this place has to offer-  from the food and the cocktails, to the young and trendy vibe. The night started off with a spread of cheeses, dried fruits, nuts, charcuterie, olives, and bread (made even more perfect with a glass of wine in hand). Mini prosciutto and mushroom risottos were passed around along with some burrata crostini, duck confit ravioli, and fried calamari. Later on we also got to savour their pizza and succulent meat.










With DJ Abeille playing the perfect tunes, cocktails, food, and wine galore, and a good-looking group of Montrealers in attendance, I'd say this was a successful night. I will definitely be back to try some of Vicolo's menu staples such as their Roasted Cornish Hen, and Linguine Alla Vongole.


Take a break from the hustle and bustle of downtown and step into this cool urban back alley.

Best of luck to the Vicolo team and thank you for having us! What a great event!

Mind, Taste, Love.











Vicolo Restaurant & Bar on Urbanspoon

Monday, December 1, 2014

Restaurant Review: Taverne Square Dominion

Taverne Square Dominion


Classy Night Out.


1243 Metcalfe, Montreal, Quebec, H3B 2V5



Fancy a date at a charming 'taverne'? A place to grab a refreshing Pimms Cup with friends? Or what about a Sunday roast?

Thinking you're going to need to take a flight to the UK to experience one of the above? Wrong.


Brought to you by the same group who brings you Baldwin's and Whisky Café, I can assure you that you will find something to love about Taverne Square Dominion. The people who frequent this place can't get enough. I am frankly obsessed and would go as far as to call this one of my favourite spots in the city. If this is the first you're hearing of it-  fear not, it's located right in the heart of downtown Montreal on Metcalfe...So you have no excuse to skip out on this one!

If not for the food and cocktails (all crafted with a British-flair), then come for the ambience. There is nothing like it. It is visually stunning and brings you back to the roaring twenties. Grab a seat at the bar, or make a reservation for dinner. The dimly lit space is both romantic and fun and if I haven't made it clear enough already-  you need to go.

Pimms Cup (right)

What you'll find on the menu:

We started with a scotch egg:


Followed by some 'Moules au Cidre & Bacon':


The special was a Bavette Steak atop a Turnip Puree (perfection):


And for a sweet ending to a delicious meal, an Apple Crumble with Alcohol-Infused (I think bourbon) Ice Cream:



Reservations: They take reservations for dinner, but not if you're coming just for drinks.
Date night: My #1 recommended date spot in the city.
What I wore: My primmest blouse and trousers.
The damage: $$$$
Stay in the know: The restaurant is 18+.
Bonus: Sunday roasts on Sunday evenings!


Mind, Taste, Love.









Taverne Square Dominion on Urbanspoon

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Restaurant Review: La Belle et La Boeuf

La Belle et La Boeuf (+ Putting Edge)


A night out in........Laval?


Centropolis



I don't typically venture out to Laval, but recently I heard about La Belle et La Boeuf and their burger with a "mac and cheese" bun. I must admit, I was intrigued. They also have a location downtown, but I figured I would try the one in Laval where parking is in abundance (plus its really not as far as we think it is).

I was so impressed with Centropolis. It has been built-up so much in the past few years and boasts an impressive number of restaurants and activities- one of them being Putting Edge. So we decided to have a pre-dinner game of glow-in-the-dark mini-golf to start our night right! Give me a pink golf ball and glow-in-the-dark bracelet and I'm good to go! I am quite easy to please. I could, however, get a little competitive. All I wanted was to beat the boys, and I did. So, mission accomplished.

Putting Edge

Next up- BURGERS and these are not your ordinary burgers. With an inventive menu full of unique and eccentric toppings, choosing a burger at La Belle et La Boeuf is a challenge. One is topped with peanut butter and banana, one with fried mac and cheese as the bun, and some other more conventional options (but still creative nonetheless). If that's not decadent enough, try their mac and cheese, or why not a poutine? CLEARLY not the place to go on a diet. We got a pitcher of sangria and iced tea, and were there on a game night! Lots of fun. Highly recommended.

I ordered the "Mad Greek"- a burger with cherry tomatoes, cucumber, onion, red pepper, olives, feta cheese, tzatziki, and best of all, watermelon. We also ordered "The Beauty", which comes with arugula, brie cheese, fig jam, and caramelized onions. Others ordered some pretty wild meals including the "Pac Mac" (burger with a mac and cheese bun), and the "Mac Buffalo Chicken" (mac and cheese with buffalo chicken, blue cheese crumbles, and toasted Ringolos (YUP...). Check out the pictures below!



Poutine

Pac Mac


Pac Mac
Pac Mac

Mac Buffalo Chicken


Mad Greek

For those looking for a healthier alternative, you could choose to order your burger in lettuce, a multigrain bun, or on gluten free bread!

To sum it up- Centropolis had lots in store for us! From a game of mini-golf, to watching the game accompanied by some crazy burgers, poutines, and mac and cheese. If this sounds like your kind of night, make your way to Putting Edge, and to one of La Belle et La Boeuf's locations! I love hearing from you guys, so comment below!

Reservations: Definitely. The place was packed.
Date night: If you like your dates loud, calorific, and messy.
What I wore: Leggings, loose tee with an unbuttoned jean shirt, long chain, and booties
The damage: $$
Stay in the know: The restaurant is 18+.
Bonus: Good place to watch a hockey game!


Mind, Taste, Love.










La Belle et la Boeuf Burger Bar on Urbanspoon