HOME ESSENTIALS

Home sweet home! Except… It’s been almost 5 years now that my hubs & I have been living in our condo and it’s still unfinished. Bare walls, missing light fixtures, random blue wall in the bathroom that doesn’t match anything – you name it, we’re the worst. I blame it partly on laziness, partly on the lack of time, but mostly b/c I’m really picky. I analyze everything at least 100 times before it crosses my doorstep. This year I decided that I will finish the place and make it home-y (challenge accepted)! So far, I’ve accomplished 2 things: got…

BATIMENT B

It’s good for the mind & soul to get away from the hustle & bustle of the city on the weekends sometimes. I would say it’s good to disconnect from technology as well, but I’m glued to my phone, so I won’t lie to you. Last weekend I had the pleasure of venturing out to Terrebonne to try out Batiment B. I love terraces and even more so when they’re located by the water, and that’s exactly what we got :) The atmosphere was peaceful & relaxing as you listened to the current of the St Lawrence river, but fun…

MISSFRESH

Cooking? Who has time for that – am I right?! I mean you need to find a recipe, drive to the grocery store, bring up the groceries to your condo just to realize that you forgot half of the ingredients, drive back to the grocery store and then most likely give up on cooking b/c you’re too exhausted from the day. I think this is the reason I hate cooking – but, eating out all the time is not an option. I’m into clean eating lately and let’s face it, most food out there is not exactly healthy. So, I…

BRUNCH AT IKANOS

You likely know Ikanos as a greek and mediterranean tapas bar located in the heart of the Old Port. But did you know they now serve an “out of this world” brunch?! Whether you’re health conscious or a gourmand (like moi!), whether you prefer sweet or salty, or whether you like things simple or with a cultural spin – there is something here for everyone! The dishes are big, but meant to be shared for the ultimate family & friends experience. Also, let’s face it, when we get to brunch, we have the same dillema: salty or sweet? I say: both! So,…

MANDY’S

Mandy’s seriously changed my outlook on healthy eating. I used to have a love/hate relationship with salads – in the sense that I loved the fact that they were good for me, but I hated eating them. And then I understood something, all my salads were boring: lettuce, tomato & cucumber – WRONG! Then, Mandy’s came along and introduced me to a whole spectrum of ingredients and how well they can blend together! At their new Old Port location, I tried two gourmet half-salads: half Roma salad (Italian inspired ) & half Habibi salad (Lebanese inspired) – both absolutely delicious!…

DOLCE

There is nothing better than getting dressed up for an amazing cause (can I get a holler?!) For the 6th edition of Dolce, an event organized for the benefit of the Montreal Children’s Hospital, the theme was “Chic Shack”  – you guessed it: Glam-up version of a Sugar Shack. Young professionals came out to party to the sounds of DJ Abeille, eat some yummy treats & bet on some amazing silent auction items. The event raised $30K to support the Craniofacial & Clef Surgery Department! I am proud to be covering the event a 3rd year in a row and…

HIP SPOTS TO PARTY

I don’t know about you but after a long work week, I  need a 5@7 &  some alcohol in my system – ideally paired with some good company! So the only Q which remains is which spot to check out? Here are 3 new & hip spots I discovered in the last two months: 1- Atelier Argentine (355 Rue Marguerite d’Youville, Old Montreal): Apart from being a restaurant serving Argentinian food, this spot’s Thursdays’ 5@7 feature a new DJ every time! Have some food, have a drink and dance the night away! Hip, yet intimate athmosphere – perfect to hang…