Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Salon Deauville

I'll Take You to the BarberShop

4048 Rue Jean-Talon-Ouest, Montréal, QC H4P 1V5

Located centrally on Jean Talon right off the Decarie expressway lies the latest ''IT'' salon in the city. The loyal clientèle flock to this chic location for all of their beauty needs. From haircuts to manis and facials, and even shopping, Salon Deauville truly has it all. This is your one-stop shop before a wedding, event, prom, etc...you will surely leave feeling like the princess that you are!

MEN- don't skip to the next post just yet! Deauville has recently opened a new section dedicated solely to you boys- Deauville au masculin! And I was lucky enough to be there for the grand reveal! The BarberShop is sectioned off from the rest of the salon and feels like its own space completely. As I munched on some appetizers and sipped on a cocktail, I was given a tour of this paradise for men. Get a classic shave, haircut, colour, hand and foot treatment, massage, facial treatments, and waxing all in one place. No need to do a full tour of Montreal to take care of yourself, simply purchase one of Deauville's packages and have it all done right here.Not to mention, the space is modern and beautiful with some rustic touches on the men's side. Deauville BarberShop is also the official flagship store for American Crew products in Canada.
Deauville BarberShop

Deauville BarberShop

Deauville Women's Salon

Wishing a happy 1 year anniversary to Deauville at its new location, and best of luck with the men's salon!

Mind, Taste, Love.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Dita Pilates


5580 Rue Sherbrooke O, Montréal, QC H4A 1W3

Working out and keeping healthy habits is important (especially if you like eating out as much as I do). To keep things fresh and exciting, I often try out new workouts to challenge my body and change things up a bit. Lifting heavy weights and cardio classes aren't for everyone. Luckily, there are great alternatives all over the city. I have already told you about the awesome new Studio X workout and now want to tell you about another way to get fit in Montreal.
Pilates Reformers

Located on Sherbrooke in NDG, Dita Pilates offers a low impact and adaptable workout using pilates reformers. If you have a bad back, or scoliosis (like me), it is a good substitute for lifting weights or running on the treadmill, which will often leave me in more pain than when I started. The reformer is a cool contraption that is used to add resistance to common pilates moves. You really need to give this class a try to understand what it's all about.

The classes are small allowing for extra attention from the experienced and Stott Pilates certified instructors. It was my first time using a reformer and the instructor was very helpful in explaining everything. Other classes offered at Dita Pilates Studio include a Barre Class as well as TRX. I will be back to try those out as well!

Post-workout your body will thank you. I felt amazing and knew right away that it was an hour well-spent. Pricing varies depending on the number of classes purchased. Check out their website below for more info!

If your body feels like it needs a good stretch, tone, and sweat, you should definitely give Dita Pilates a try for yourself!


Mind, Taste, Lifestyle.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Restaurant Doca

A Touch of Purple, A Lot of Style


1059 Rue Wellington, Montréal, QC H3C 2G6

Restaurant Doca had their grand opening last week. The dress code called for "A Touch of Purple" in order to match the décor of the new and stunning space located on Wellington in Griffintown. The team behind the event rolled out the purple carpet for a perfect night of drinking, eating, and socializing with some of Montreal's finest.
The party was extravagant and got me and everyone else in attendance excited to visit the restaurant again (if we hadn't already). Champagne was flowing freely and we were surrounded by a sea of purple, beautiful Montrealers, hors d'oeuvres, and a raw seafood bar. It was evident that a new star had arrived on the Montreal restaurant scene.

Restaurant Doca serves Mediterranean cuisine in a uniquely decorated setting. The décor is post-industrial, without the coldness you might expect. Velvet and purple accents create a warm space that compliments the sophisticated menu. If the food being passed around throughout the night is any indication, we could expect great things from the chefs at Doca. The raw bar was simply spectacular- stocked with scallops, oysters, huge shrimp, crab claws, and seafood salad, now THAT'S how an opening is done.

By the end of the night I felt: glamorous, the euphoric effects of the champagne, and satisfied knowing that a real gem will be adding a touch of purple and a lot of style to one of my favourite neighbourhoods.



Mind, Taste, Lifestyle.

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Le Serpent

An Obscure Treasure

257 Rue Prince, Montréal, QC H3C 2N4

We started off the night by walking right past the restaurant 3 times. Le Serpent is practically unidentifiable from the outside, but visually stunning on the inside. The space feels quite unique in both its shape and décor. The room is long, narrow, and L-shaped and its ceilings are adorned with large industrial lighting fixtures.

As part of the same group as Le Filet and Le Club Chasse et Pêche, it is a given that service will be impeccable. The waiter explained the menu and specials in detail and suggested wine pairings for several dishes. We started with the ''Kit of 3'' - a dish featuring three types of raw fish, each served in a distinct fashion. The salmon and jalapeno combination was my personal favourite, while my date preferred the hamachi.

Foccacia with Mushrooms, Olive Oil, and Garlic
Kit of 3 (We doubled up on the salmon!)
For the next course we went with their famous Lobster Risotto. It was creamy, but still light and had plenty of lobster for a portion of its size.

Lobster Risotto (Whoops! Took a bite pre-photo.)
We ordered the Sea Bream with Mussels, Fennel and Fregola (a tiny round pasta) in a saffron broth. The dish was light and flavourful and the broth perfectly complimented the mussels and pasta.

Lobster Risotto and Sea Bream
You cannot pass up dessert at this establishment- their pastry chef has a reputation for producing some of the best desserts in the city! In terms of both taste and presentation, they hit the nail on the head. The La Scala had multiple layers of cream and hazelnut. It was sweet, crunchy, and smooth and each bite was better than the next.
La Scala - Hazelnut Dessert
I will definitely be returning to Le Serpent to sample the rest of the dishes on the menu. Perfect for an occasion, drinks at the bar, a few small plates, or even just for one of their delectable desserts. I HIGHLY recommend that you make an appearance at this obscure Montreal treasure.

Mind, Taste, Love.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015


Mix It!


There is nothing more exciting than getting to personalize an item. When that item is food, the anticipation is amplified...times 10. I was invited to create my own cereal mix on MixIt.ca and could not WAIT to receive my custom cereal at my doorstep.

Click START on the Mix It website and enter a world of endless cereal and granola combinations. Worried about your granola getting too expensive? A tracker on the right of the screen will keep you in check. Choose from granola, cornflakes, shreddies, bran, gluten free options, or pre-made mixes, then move onto the dried fruits tab. Select from an assortment of dried and freeze-dried fruit that you may not be accustomed to finding in your typical grocery-aisle cereals (papaya, freeze-dried raspberries, and freeze-dried blackberries, just to name a few). The nuts and seeds tab is my personal favourite- I love the crunch and protein that they add to the cereal. Finally there are some Extras to choose from including cinnamon, crushed vanilla, dark chocolate flakes, Matcha almonds, yogurt covered raisins, and the list goes on.

Once you've created your ultimate mix, you can name it and select the packaging (a tube to avoid crushing in shipping)- making this a great gift idea. Your cereal will arrive well-packaged and ready to eat with some milk, or yogurt!

If you haven't found your perfect cereal or granola at the grocery store yet, maybe it's time you try your own mix on MixIt.ca!  

Mind, Taste, Love.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Pointe Nord Media Brunch

Not Your Grandmother's Nuns Island


I got a glimpse of a very different Nuns Island this past Sunday. If I'm being completely honest, I have always pictured Nuns Island as a remote and isolated haven for retirees. I was painted a very different picture by developer of the project, Ilan Gewurz, who spoke to a table of media over brunch at Les Enfants Terribles Nuns Island regarding the future of Pointe Nord. Pointe Nord is actually a "Quartier" or development at the Northern point of the Island with unparallelled views of downtown and Mont Royal. He explained that Pointe Nord is distinct from the rest of Nuns Island due to its proximity to the downtown core and to the extraordinary detail that has gone into its planning and development.  A visit to one of the Evolo condos gave us a feel of the Pointe Nord lifestyle: fully equipped gyms, spacious condos, spectacular views, roof-top pools overlooking the St-Laurent River, and top quality facilities.

Each restaurant, café, salon, or boutique that has, or will be setting-up shop in this area has been selected specifically in order to adhere to the community feel that Gewurz and his team are aiming to build. Mamie Clafoutis was the first bakery and café to open in the area and was designed in a way to create a space that promotes lingering and allows residents to get to know their neighbours.

Les Enfants Terribles is another resident of the neighbourhood. This trendy spot, which already has multiple locations throughout Montreal serves brunch over the weekends, lunch, dinner, and has a full bar. However, at the Nuns Island location, you get a completely different feel. It is right by the water and offers magnificent views, plus the waffles, french toast, and eggs benedict are decadent. Throughout brunch and the rest of the day I felt as if I were up north by a lake. A real oasis only 10 minutes from bustling downtown.

The Quartier's newest occupant is M Salon. M Salon has already become a neighbourhood favourite at their Griffintown location, so it was only natural to open a second location in another community-oriented part of the city. The salon is the perfect place to go for a mani/pedi, or haircut especially if you live in one of the nearby buildings, OR if you happen to work at the Bell head office! We had such a great time at their launch event and look forward to returning for more pampering. I am currently running a contest with M Salon- see below for details!

Pointe Nord has plans to open an outdoor farmers market, other restaurants, the EvoloS waterfront condos, and more. A lovely bike path circumvents the water, and you have the ability to rent kayaks or pedal boats to take out onto the St-Laurent River. If you have not been recently, I urge you to pay Pointe Nord a visit for brunch or dinner by the water at Les Enfants Terribles, a little pampering at M Salon, some adventurous kayaking, or even just a walk, or bike ride. See all that they have to offer and hear about their exciting plans for the future!

Mind, Taste, Love.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Natura Juicery

Best of Both Worlds

212 Avenue du Mont-Royal E, Montréal, QC H2T 1P4

Mont Royal street is one of my favourite stretches of payment in the city. It is the perfect stop to grab a coffee or bite to eat at one of its quaint cafés after a walk on the mountain. Enter the mountain at Peel and exit at Rachel O to take a stroll down the packed promenade.

I was recently made aware of a great spot to quench your thirst and feed your hunger on our very own Mont Royal. Despite its name, Natura Juicery has more than just freshly pressed juices to offer. A full brunch menu, make-your-own salad bar, and lunch menu aim to provide something for everyone.

When we walked in, the space appeared small and was fairly quiet, but I'm pretty sure a yoga class finished next door and filled up the entire place. There are many tables inside as well as a cute wooden terrace for that Montrealer in you. 

I opted for brunch choosing the not-so-nutritious french toast bagel, with eggs, ham, bacon, and sausage, covered in a generous pouring of maple syrup along with a green smoothie (in an attempt to redeem myself). My friend opted for the healthier option- a grilled chicken sandwich with alfalfa sprouts and avocado along with a freshly squeezed OJ.

We grabbed some juices to go! One beet, apple, orange, carrot, grape, and the other a lemonade with agave and chia seeds. Both were refreshing without being TOO sweet. As long as my drink doesn't taste like a vegetable in liquid form, I'm happy. :)

Are you super into the latest juicing craze, but have friends that just want to go for a yummy brunch? Natura Juicery offers the best of both worlds and should definitely be given a try!

Mind, Taste, Love.