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Montreal is known as a food city. New restaurants are opening all the time and somehow there is always room for more. Granted, many of these restaurants struggle to make it, while the rest seem to become overnight hot spots. One such Chef who has seen success with both his restaurants, he did sell one of them though, is Chef Nick Hodge of the former Kitchenette and his trendy casual hot spot, Icehouse.

Burritos, tacos, nachos really anything TexMex or Mexican is a must eat in my book. When you add seafood and Chef Nick’s skills to the mix, a new level of flavour is created. Icehouse is a small casual almost “Casse-Croute” style restaurant in the heart of the Plateau that serves up some of the best TexMex dishes in the city. I have to admit that I am in love with this place.

The restaurant was crowded when we arrived, as always, but we managed to grab two seats at the bar. The blackboard menu can be slightly overwhelming, but after a few minutes our waitress came by to help us ou…

Restaurant Cho

A few weeks ago I bumped into an old friend standing in line at Wal-Mart. He mentioned to me that his brother had closed his restaurant and opened a new one with a few friends and suggested I check it out. I promised I would and we said our goodbyes as we both headed to different cashiers. Forgetting the name of the new restaurant, my best friend and I decided we had to check out Restaurant Cho. I called, booked a table for Saturday at 8pm and calmly waited for Saturday to arrive.

All week I couldn’t wait to try Cho as I kept hearing how amazing the food was and seeing all kinds of delicious pictures on Instagram. We parked across the street; parking is very easy on Notre-Dame, and trekked through the snowy street to enter the packed small and stylish restaurant. We were seated by one of the owners who turned out to be our waiter as well. I knew immediately that he was my friend’s brother and that we were in for a real treat.

Three of us sat reading the menu while waiting for t…

SoBe - My Miami Culinary Tour Tale

A few months ago I received an email inviting me to the Miami Culinary tour. I had heard of these tours before and always wanted to go on the SoBe (south beach) tour but never had a chance. Living in Montreal, I only get to Miami for a couple of weeks a year so planning a culinary tour always takes a back seat – not anymore!

I graciously accepted the invitation and informed them that I would be in Sobe for the holidays. We set a date and on December 31, 2013.  I met Grace and the rest of my tour on 7th and Washington. Geared up for a fun day filled with food, we set out down the block to our first stop.

The Angler hotel is on Washington between 6th and 7th, set behind some trees and a beautiful garden. Grace my tour guide, informed us that Hemmingway used to frequent the bar at this boutique Sobe hotel. We all sat in the lounge/bar area and introduced ourselves. Before setting off on our tour, we all enjoyed a simple amuse-bouche of dates stuffed with blue cheese, wrapped in pros…