As I walk into my office to begin my shift, I hear one of my colleagues excitedly say, "Well, he 'liked' my status update!" This was in answer to when our fellow colleague asked her whether her date had called her back yet since their date three days ago.

He hadn't.

But this morning, he had hit "like" on her status update and this meant all was well, apparently.

As a woman who started dating prior to social networking, I did not agree that this was a good sign. If anything, I felt her date probably liked her enough but not enough to actually contact her directly. His liking of her status seemed like a lazy way of reminding her of his existence and that he was vaguely interested and if he should decide to actually see her again, she would not be able to say that he hadn't kept in touch. To avoid an angry or hysterical co-worker, I did not make my opinions known but I did (silently) ask the following question: Is this what its come to?

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Emma showcasing some of her popular dishes.

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If there's one thing this city isn't lacking in, it's restaurants. In the last few years, Montreal's roster of trendy and diverse eateries has skyrocketed--traditional, fusion, tapas, comfort food--you name it, we've probably got it. Attracting some of the biggest players in today's culinary scene, Montreal never ceases to bring new and unexpected flavours to the table. However, the thing with trends is that they often die out just as quickly as they spread. Rare are the restaurants that stay open for decades, still delivering the same quality dishes and serving them by the hundreds. Amongst these rare gems is Montreal's famed Italian restaurant, Da Emma.

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Language has long been a contentious subject of debate in Quebec. Since the earliest days of British colonization, French Canadians have fervently resisted assimilation into the anglophone majority, which eventually gave birth to the nation's defining policy of official bilingualism whereby English and French have equal status in Canada. Despite the federal government's efforts to satisfy the linguistic needs of every citizen, the Quebec government saw it necessary to protect the language rights of Quebecers, as well as the integrity of the language itself. One such safeguard was establishing the Office québécois de la langue française which, over the years, has gained notoriety due to its perceived overzealous enforcement of Bill 101. The prevalence of such incidents has led many nowadays to believe that the OQLF has outlived its usefulness and relevance. To determine the reality of this attitude, the factors that gave rise to the Office must be weighed against its present role in Quebec society.

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From the Royal Gardens of Europe to Central Park and our own Mont Royal, architects and city planners have developed parks, gardens, and green spaces for centuries. The importance of green space is not lost on any individual that lives around them, as they increase both public health and happiness. Over the past 30 years, studies have shown that green spaces in urban areas decrease crime and stress, and improve self-esteem and attention.

Montreal's most beloved green space is the Botanical Garden where preserving and educating locals of fauna native to our region is its main goal.

Montreal's Botanical Garden is not just a tourist attraction, but also a place for Montrealers to enjoy and learn about nature, as the garden works its magic and heals them in the process. Located at 4101 Rue Sherbrooke E, the Montreal Botanical Garden spreads accross 75 hecters. It is ranked as one of the top eight most important and amazing gardens in the world and has been one of Canada's heritage sites since 2008.

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Friday June 20th, 2014, could be considered the day that comedy died in the city of Montreal. This was the day when the famed Comedyworks club abruptly closed its doors after being open for over 24 years. With its central location on Bishop Street in Montreal's busy downtown area, this iconic comedy club was a popular hotspot for anyone looking to include laughter in an evening out.

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Being bilingual, Montreal is definitely an interesting specimen of a city when it comes to translation studies. Indeed, the evolvement of this field in Montreal has a most intriguing history to it, featuring some amusing anecdotes pertaining to the evolution of the city`s first "dragomans". It is important to note that being bilingual is not at all equivalent to being a quality translator; nor is it necessarily conducive to it, especially in the context of Montreal. The reason for that is clear as day to those who belong to the field but, most of the time, is not for those who do not.

Put simply, when two languages overlap as much as English and French do in Montreal, there is plenty of room for such insidious things as calques, anglicisms and gallicisms (to name but a few) to creep in and yield negative impact on the quality of a translation. The usage of certain terms is always a bone of contention among language practitioners. For example, some of the first famous French-Canadian translators and interpreters would often "accuse" each other of using random anglicisms! That, however, did not at all mean that some of them were less professional than others; rather, it is testimony to the presence of a continuous anglo-franco fusion dating back to the very dawn of the translation industry in Montreal.

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Montreal is famous for three things: bagels, smoked meat, and construction. While NDG has had the bagels and the smoked meat covered for years, we had not seen a large scale construction project in quite some time. With the exception of seemingly endless road work, NDG's large centennial homes, expansive parks, and independent businesses have helped ensure that our neighbourhood retains much of its heritage and "old world charm"; the construction of the new McGill University Health Center's "superhospital" is the obvious exception to this.

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The first sign of spring is not the increase in temperature, the disappearance of snow, or the first sight of flowers in bloom. The first sign of spring, for Canadians, is the red, yellow, and blue Tim Hortons' coffee cups and the constant reminder to 'Please play again'. Tim Hortons' Roll Up the Rim to Win contest is the true announcement of spring. A new abundance of prizes and chances to win transfix the minds of customers and mask the slow and brutal last leg of winter. From February to May, the contest becomes an addiction for many; henceforth, it straddles the line between good and bad.

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("It is a new art movement of new photography facilitated by this electronic medium." From left to right: @teekolee, @jfsavaria, and @mariaaah19.)

#Letmetakeaselfie: share it with the world, gain a few likes, and gain a few followers. #Wanderlust: document your life and travels. #Goodeats: show everyone what you're eating, where you're eating, and when you're eating it. #Citylandscape: capture the beautiful city that you live in.

#Artistic movement? Instagram can be used to document the user's life through photographs. In many cases the photos are taken with precision and filters are added with tact to create truly beautiful photographs. Can this movement of photographic documentation be considered as art?

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The gaming scene in Montreal is among the liveliest and most relevant in today's global video game industry. In fact, the city boasts over 100 studios currently working on games for PC, consoles, and mobile devices. Why is Montreal such an attractive game development locale? A talented workforce, sound funding program, and multicultural climate make it one of the best places to open up shop for any game-loving entrepreneur.

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Darth Vader waits

Several differently-sized Supermen stand in a line -- even their monumental shared strength is nothing compared to the locked doors of the Palais des Congres. The line-up of superheroes, supervillains, children, and parents alike, have taken the day off in advance just so they could be the first ones in when the doors open at 1 pm. Inside, the staff is anxious, nervous and excited; their days of hard work will finally be appreciated in the next few moments. The sound of doors unlocking is their cue, and faster than speeding bullets, the crowd begins to pour in.

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Visit any of Montreal's bustling markets and you'll hear a rich mix of languages unlike nearly anywhere else in Canada. Citizens of the city often boast bi- and trilingual knowledge, slipping in and out of their languages with ease. For monolingual residents, be they new Anglophone students, immigrants, young Francophones, or otherwise, the multilingual climate can be intimidating.

Though formal classes are offered at schools and centres all over the city, the best way to learn a new language is with hands-on experience. In a multilingual climate like Montreal's, all is not lost for those of us seemingly stuck in our monolingual funk. Learning a second language is an invaluable asset in today's connected world.

There are dozens of groups created for the sole purpose of giving new language learners a chance to practice their skills and stretch their conversational skills. The biggest practice group in Montreal is Le MEETUP de conversation Français-Anglais, boasting more than 6,380 members and over eight years of history.

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Life doesn't happen to you, it happens for you. ―Jim Carrey

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Ah, movies! Whether you're home sick from work, just finished a long day at the office, or simply yearning for a break from your daily shenanigans, movie and TV actors are always there to get you through the day. Whether you're into slapstick comedies, heartfelt dramas, or romantic love stories, you can always count on your favourite actor performances to bring your tiresome day to an enjoyable close. Many of us claim we love actors and have watched all of their films but very few of us know more than what the media feeds us about our celebrities. Very rarely do we stop to think about how our favourite actors and actresses have made it to the status they are today, at the forefront of comedy with Hollywood's biggest film stars and giants.

At the forefront among these giants is Canadian-born comedian Jim Carrey. This feature article aims to expose an unsightly part of Carrey's early life in an effort to demonstrate that with enough perseverance and ambition, we can overcome anything to attain our dreams.

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There's Italian music blaring from above, soccer playing on five TV screens, the sound of constant chatter, the espresso machine sizzling; this must be Café Olimpico. If you've never been, you've probably heard of it. People from all over the Island of Montreal travel to it for a taste of their espresso, and Tourism Canada dubbed it Montreal's most famous café of 2014. Open for 45 years, its reputation as a quaint café have made Café Olimpico a landmark in Montreal for great coffee.

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How to date online effectively

Online dating has become a social norm with the rise of so many different websites to choose from. From eHarmony, which employs matching tactics based on interests to Tindr which is solely based on first impressions, chances are, you know at least a few people who have tried them and have perhaps met girlfriends or boyfriends this way. A decade ago, there was a sort of stigma related to meeting a potential romantic interest off the internet. This has changed dramatically with the rise of social networking and smartphones. The following guidelines might seem general but they are in fact important in order to happily explore the arena of online dating.

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Wine--a combination of richness, depth, balance, textures, flavors and aromas, all of which ever so perfectly appeal to the senses. Since its ancient beginnings, this lavish beverage has been a regular accompaniment to meals all around the world, and with so many varieties available, it's easy to feel overwhelmed when it comes to pairing a meal with just the right wine. Do you ever walk up and down the aisle and stare at the wines not knowing where to start? The minute you step into an SAQ, or any other liquor store, a number of questions come to mind: Red or white? Dry or sweet? Bold or light? While the process may seem daunting at first, it's actually pretty simple.

I've been working at the SAQ for almost five years now, acquiring quite a bit of wine expertise along the way. Needless to say, I've become a sort of go-to person for anything wine-related among my friends. Let's face it, Montrealers love to wine and dine, so I'll regularly get text messages come lunch or dinner time: "We're going to that new Japanese hotspot, will this wine go well with sushi?" or "We're having Mexican tonight, should I go for a white or a red?" All of this got me thinking about the one thing Montreal is guilty of lacking: a simple and easy-to-use guide to food and wine pairing... À la Montréal.

This is where Jonathan Thivierge comes in. Jonathan, 32, eats, sleeps and breathes wine, and has been working at the SAQ since 2003. A co-worker and true wine connoisseur, I chose to recruit his help in order to provide you with memorable wine recommendations that should leave you more than satisfied. If you're looking to purchase some wine and happen to be in Montreal's Plateau Mont-Royal area, look out for the guy with the new corkscrew tattoo on his left forearm!

Montreal, this one's for you. We're taking you on a journey to discover the world's best cuisines, combining all of their particular flavors with those of our wine suggestions--but wait, there's more. We've paired our top picks, all of which are available for under $25, with dishes you'll easily find in some of Montreal's most popular bring your own wine restaurants. Once you've read this guide, all you'll have to do is decide where you're eating and head over to the nearest SAQ before enjoying wine and food combinations that were practically made for each other. Simple, isn't it? Now, let's begin!

Pairing Wine with Mediterranean Cuisine - Montréalités Chefs

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When you think of Mediterranean cuisine, the first thing that comes to mind is a sea of fresh flavors--grilled seafood and meats, vibrant vegetables and melt-in-your-mouth cheeses. Mediterranean dishes are often high in salty, acidic or citrus tastes, which you'll want to balance out with a slightly salty, unwooded white wine such as a Chardonnay. The Mediterranean diet does not include many dairy products, other than cheese and yoghurt. Strong cheeses require bold wines, whereas mild cheeses, such as bocconcini, require light Italian grape varieties including Soave or Trebbiano. Also popular are grilled meats. Although Portugal is not geographically a Mediterranean country, Portuguese cuisine does feature Mediterranean influences, mostly focused on grilling. Due to the great deal of similarity between the two cuisines, red Portuguese wines will inevitably suit Mediterranean-style meat dishes. Exuding spicy, floral and fruity aromas, a red Chaminé is most definitely an interesting candidate.

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Pasta with tomato sauce and basil - You can find a similar dish at Il Piatto Pieno:

Trimbach Pinot Blanc, $17.90 - Fresh and crisp with subtle minerality and light floral aromas.

Zenato Bardolino, $14.05 - Simple, light and velvety. Best served slightly chilled.

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Pizza Mediterranea (fresh tomatoes, olives, onions and feta cheese) - You can find a similar dish at Restaurant Deuxlux.

Tsantali Agioritikos, $16.60 - Fresh with minerality and pear/floral aromas.

Taurino Riserva Salice Salentino, $16.95 - Dry and fruity with refreshing acidity and prune/fig aromas.

TIP: The toppings make all the difference when it comes to pairing pizza with wine. For meatier pizzas, select a dry and fruity red resembling a Chianti Classico. Vegetarian pizzas will pair well with light and fresh white grape varieties, such as Sauvignon Blanc, Muscadet or Trebbiano.

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Boudin maison - You can find a similar dish at Les Canailles.

Chardonnay Campagnola Veneto i.g.t., $13.65 - Dry and unwooded with hints of ripe green apple and pear.

Domaine Langlois-Château St-Florent Saumur, $17.55 - Light and fresh with soft, yet present tannins. Red pepper and red fruit aromas with a subtle spicy note.

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Filet mignon tartar - You can find a similar dish at La Prunelle.

Albis, $12,95 - Very light with low acidity and floral and fruity aromas.

Château Nénine, $19.95 - Slightly woody with fruit and vegetable aromas.

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Souvlaki pita with tzatziki - You can find a similar dish at La Brochetterie Parthenon.

Kourtaki Retsina of Attica, $10.55 - Light, very refreshing and strongly acidic; perfect for tzatziki!

Boutari Naoussa, $15.60 - Light and slightly woody with spicy and fruity aromas. Nice acidity and soft, yet present tannins. Best served slightly chilled.

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Braised lamb shank in a Port wine sauce - You can find a similar dish at Bitoque.

TIP: We do not suggest pairing such a dish with white wine; however, if you really must, choose a rosé or better yet, our suggestion featured below.

Carmen Chardonnay, $13.75 - Dry with pleasant acidity. Fruity, buttery and woody notes.

Barco Negro Douro, $15.95 - Bold with fairly present tannins. Refreshing acidity and fruity aromas.

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The vast continent of Asia is home to several cultures that have over the years each developed their own ethnic cuisine, often characterized as a blend between traditional and contemporary flavors. To the northeast, you'll generally encounter dishes including rice, noodles, seafood, soybeans, vegetables and sushi. Light white wines, such as Mirassou, Kung Fu Girl or any white wine produced in the Alsace region of France, will generally pair well with the dominant flavors of these dishes. However, for sushi, you'll want to select a white wine with a little more acidity. Let's not forget the sake! Sake and food pairing requires a bit of imagination; however, within reason, it's hard to have a total miss. Naturally, there are some foods that will most likely not go well with sake, such as red meats, intensely spicy foods and richly flavored sauces.

TIP: Sake can be enjoyed in a variety of ways; however, it's always best to serve it cold. Heating it can potentially destroy its flavors, leaving you with nothing but the taste of alcohol.

Northeast Asian cuisine also emphasizes the use of sweet, salty and often spicy sauces when cooking--but remember--the sweeter the dish, the sweeter the wine. Who can resist the deliciousness of fried dumplings drenched in peanut butter sauce? If you're in the mood to try something different, don't be afraid to pair this dish with soju, a Korean plum wine made with soju and honey. Spicy food lovers, remember to avoid all wines that are high in alcohol.

Southeast Asian cuisine is all about discrete spices and seasonings, and a delicate balance of cooking methods including stir-frying, steaming and boiling. A classic, unwooded chardonnay is ideal for sipping or with the world-famous pad Thai. Red wine does not typically pair well with Northeast and Southeast Asian cuisine; however, if you really must, select a light red, such as a Pinot Noir or a Barbera d'Asti; served chilled of course.

Finally, Southwest Asian cuisine generally harbors some rather intense flavors brought upon by frequently used spices, such as chili pepper, cardamom, cumin, turmeric, curry etc. It is rather difficult to pair any wine with these flavors; however, beer is definitely a go-to option. A light refreshing beer will compliment the spiciness of your dish without overpowering it.

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Korean seafood pancake - You can find a similar dish at La Maison de Seoul.

Pfaff Gewurztraminer Cuvée Bacchus, $20.20 - Semi-dry with refreshing acidity and notes of honey, lemon and ginger. Very aromatic.

Mirassou Pinot Noir, $15.95 - Semi-dry with jammy fruit aromas, low acidity and soft tannins. Best served slightly chilled.

TIP: If you're feeling a little adventurous, pair this dish with soju or makkoli, a milky rice wine.

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Any type of sushi - You can find a similar dish at Yuukai.

Domaine du Salvard Cheverny, $17.55 - Crisp with lively acidity, citrusy notes and aromas of honey and tropical fruits. Nice minerality.

Domaine Thymiopoulos Jeunes Vignes de Xinomavro Naoussa, $18.60 - Light, fruity and refreshing with hints of minerality. Best served slightly chilled, and perfect with red tuna sushi!

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Butter chicken - You can find a similar dish at Bombay Mahal.

Marcel Cabelier Arbois Chardonnay, $19.70 - Your go-to wine for butter chicken! Almond aroma and buttery notes that will gohand-in-hand with the creaminess of butter chicken.

Domaine Champs Perdrix Bourgogne Pinot Noir, $19.30 - Light and refreshing and pinot noir with soft tannins and strawberry/cherry aromas.

TIP: Beer remains our number one suggestion for butter chicken. Try it with Damm Inedit.

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Caribbean cuisine instantly takes you to sunnier climes--simmering stews, fresh seafood, chicken, and steak--all prepared with the colorful flavors of the islands. Generally very bold and spicy, these dishes involve a fusion of traditional ingredients and seasonings, often influenced by the types of cuisine in the many homelands of this region's population. Pairing wine with Carribean cuisine is no easy task; however, beer is generally a great match. A light refreshing beer will balance out the pronounced tastes of these dishes without overpowering them, and will be perfect for toning down the spicy heat without compromising any flavors. Typical dishes including ingredients, such as white fish, chicken and coco milk, will pair well with a medium-dry white wine from the Alsace region of France. Also popular are sweet additions such as the BBQ guava sauce. For any dish involving papaya, guava, or any other sweet fruit, opt for a fruitier wine like a Viognier. If you choose a red wine, it's best to keep it light. Pairing a bold red with any of these dishes can modify, or potentially destroy, the vibrant flavors brought on by the variety of spices and seasonings.

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Jamaican jerk chicken - You can find a similar dish at Anancy.

Irurtia Gewurztraminer, $14.80 - Dry and refreshing with notes of pear, pineapple and honeydew.

Paolo Conterno Bricco Barbera d'Alba, $19.50 - Dry with soft tannins and spicy, floral and fruity aromas.

TIP: This dish is extremely spicy! We suggest pairing it with a light refreshing beer, such as Red Stripe.

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Ackee & cod - You can find a similar dish at Anancy.

Torres Vina Sol, $12.50 - Dry and refreshing with floral and fruity aromas.

Jean-Paul Brun L'Ancien Beaujolais, $20.40 - Dry, light and fruity with lively acidity. Best served slightly chilled.

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Tortillas, tamales, tacos, fajitas, quesadillas, guacamole, pico de gallo, chimichurri, and some flaming chilli pepper--when you bite into a Latin American dish, you know you're in for a fiesta of fun, delicious flavors. Most Latin American countries fabricate and drink beer, making the latter the perfect option for a perfectly balanced dining experience. However, don't entirely rule out a Gewurztraminer from Uruguay when it comes to finding the ideal match for your fresh guacamole. Served chilled, this white will enhance the richness of the avocado. If you're in the mood for a simple dish like grilled vegetables and chicken with chimichurri sauce, opt for a very light and fresh white wine.

Nothing embodies Latin American cuisine quite like an authentic taco. Tacos generally have a wonderful clash of flavors, so they can be difficult to pair with wine. Let's use the beef taco as an example. In this dish you'll find cheese, peppers, onions, guacamole and sour cream; however, the spicy salsa definitely dominates. You'll want to go with a light red, such as a Pinot Noir, Barbera d'Asti or Beaujolais. Keep in mind that Latin American cuisine is definitely spicy, so you'll want to select light reds and whites in almost any case.

Peruvian

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Seafood ceviche - You can find a similar dish at Madre.

Domaine Gerovassiliou, $19.80 - Refreshing with spicy, floral and fruity aromas. Nice acidity and some minerality.

Les Deux Clochers, $14.70 - Very light red with fresh acidity, soft tannins and floral/fruity aromas. Best served slightly chilled.

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Chicken Burrito - You can find a similar dish at El Amigo.

Rapitala Catarratto/Chardonnay, $13.75 - Dry with low acidity and fruity aromas.

Donnadieu Cuvée Mathieu et Marie, $17.80 - Dry with intense spicy and fruit aromas. Firm but pleasant tannins.

Pairing Wine with Middle Eastern Cuisine - Montréalités Chefs

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So much cultural diversity seeps into Middle Eastern cuisine. Some commonly used spices include cinnamon, cumin, coriander and black pepper. Garlic, parsley and mint are also popular ingredients in many dishes and salads. You'll rarely encounter seafood; instead, you'll find several varieties of meat and vegetable dishes rich in the above-mentioned spices and fruits such as dates or figs. Over the past few years, Lebanese wines have gained much popularity. Now internationally acclaimed, they come in many different styles, each displaying profound and complex character. When it comes to pairing Middle Eastern dishes with just the right wine, you know you can't go wrong with a flavorful red from Lebanon. If you prefer white wine, your best bet would be to go with very a light refreshing grape variety, such as a Saumur, Muscadet, Soave or Trebbiano.

Tunisian

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Couscous - You can find a similar dish at Les Deux Oliviers.

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$14.75 - Delicate with refreshing acidity and floral/fruity aromas.

Massaya Classic, $16.80 - Dry and spicy with refreshing acidity and firm tannins. With 15.5% alcohol, this wine definitely comes with a kick, so it's best served slightly chilled.

Maroccan

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Lamb tajine with dried fruit - You can find a similar dish at L'Olive Noire.

Gerald Et Philibert Talmard Mâcon Uchizy, $20.05 - Dry with refreshing acidity and floral/fruity notes.

Château St-Thomas Les Émirs, $17.95 - Dry with soft tannins and spicy/fruity aromas. A must with lamb!

Lebanese

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Unfortunately, Montreal does not have a bring your own wine Lebanese restaurant; however, if you're planning on enjoying dishes including hummus, tabouleh, falafels etc., the wines below are perfect options.

Bouchard Père & Fils Bourgogne Aligoté, $17.65 - Dry with light floral, fruity and mineral scents. Delicious with hummus or tabouleh!

Clos St-Thomas Les Gourmets, $14.70 - A softer version of its cousin Château St-Thomas Les Émirs. Dry and fruity with refreshing acidity. Great with falafels!

Pairing Wine with Vegetarian Cuisine - Montréalités Chefs

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Traditional vegetarian/vegan dishes are all about freshness and the perfect combination of spices. If you plan on having rice, salad, grilled vegetables, tofu, grilled squash or eggplant, you'll want to go with light and refreshing white grape varieties, such as an unwooded Saumur, a Muscadet or a Trebbiano. Salads come in all shapes and sizes; however, if you're in the mood for a quinoa salad, opt for a classic Carmen Chardonnay, or something a little funkier like a great Robertson Winery Chenin Blanc. Any and all grilled vegetable dishes will pair phenomenally with L'Orpailleur, a delicious Quebec white wine. Grilled Portobello mushrooms, or any mushrooms for that matter, are perfect with a woody white wine. The wild and somewhat woody aromas of the mushrooms will exquisitely complement those of the wine. With all things chili, choose a red Louis Roche Saumur Champigny. The wine's vegetable notes will impeccably reflect the flavors in the chili. Tomato-based dishes, such as bruschetta or again chili, require a light red wine. Go-to options include the Zenato Valpolicella Classico Superiore, the Canti Barbera d'Asti Superiore or the Beni di Batasiolo Langhe. Last but not least, the vege burger. You'll definitely want to go with a chardonnay from France's Burgundy region for this one. Although many varieties exist, the Albert Bichot Chardonnay Vielles Vignes will suit the flavors of the burger to a tee. Unfortunately, Montréal does not have any bring your own wine vegetarian/vegan restaurants, but you can definitely pick up some of these ingredients and stop by an SAQ to test out our suggestions with a home-cooked meal!

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How to Communicate with your Francophone Maintenance Worker: a guide for new anglophones in Quebec*
*by a new anglophone in Quebec So you've decided to leave English Canada and settle down in Quebec. Congratulations! Quebec…
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How to take care of your comic books
So you've gone out and bought yourself a classic comic or two over the years, or maybe you've picked…
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How to Shovel Snow Safely
(Photo Property of AB Couponers) Ah, snow! If you're a Montrealer you either hate it or embrace it, but one…
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Musical Healing
By Laurie Dujardin I have been inspired by the award-winning movie/documentary ALIVE INSIDE. The film was made in 2014 by…
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Being Controversial
The idea here is to explain how to create and promote something controversial or viral for social media and…
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Surviving Winter Running in NDG
Running is a favourite activity of NDG residents and most do not let mother nature slow them down. With a…
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On your Set One, Two, Meghli: A Lebanese Recipe
Hey Montrealers! Do you want to impress some of your Lebanese friends? Do you have a newborn in the…
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Isn't it Kale-tastic?: A Smoothie Recipe
Let's face it, Montrealers, not many of us like eating our vegetables, especially for breakfast. Besides, who even has…
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How to Make Stovetop Espresso Like an Italian
by Amanda Marchese In the modern world of fancy espresso machines and high-tech coffee makers, such as Tassimo and Nespresso,…
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How to Get the Most Out of Your Museum Experience
You have entered a museum, you are going to see artwork done by one of your favorite artists. You…
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How to Survive Starvation on a Student Budget: An Essential Quiche Recipe
As a student, living in an apartment away from home, I can say eating healthy is not always a…
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Lorna's Quest
To really understand my friend Lorna you have to know that she hails from Alberta originally. In the midst…
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Rising Homegrown Talent: An Interview with Chef Alex Lucarino
With restaurants, bars and cafés popping up on almost every street corner, it comes to no surprise that Montreal's vibrant…
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NDG's got MOJO!
A graduate of the John Molson School of Business, Ashkan Karbasfrooshan has worked at three of the most successful…
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Lore Keepers- An Interview About Fans and Creativity
Fiction is an important part of society. Stories have captivated people's imagination for ages, with high emotions that mirror…
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Sweet News for Rooftop Gardening
Mid-November, I attended the two-year anniversary of an ingenious Montreal-based company called Alvéole. At its heart is the goal…
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Secretly Fabulous
A thousand words in one photograph, taken by Anand Roy. At first glance, Anand Roy seems to live up…
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Til Death Do Us Part
Love is in the air, but how did it get there? What was the trigger to a love that's withstood…
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An Interview With a Translator in Her Own Right, Danièle Marcoux
Danièle Marcoux Sessional lecturer Co-ordinator of Undergraduate translation programs, Graduate Diploma in translation and Graduate Certificate in language localization Academic…
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Learning to live together
Diane Proulx is one of those Francophones who have a special relationship with and a deep understanding of the…
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Le Canadian
It comes as no surprise that 56% of Montrealers are bilingual, but it is curious as to how much…
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Writing, Recording, Performing, and Getting Run Over by Buddhists with Brahma Blue
The phone connection was crackled and quiet--but Brahma Blue's voice still boomed through the speaker. Blue is an up-and-coming…
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Curtain Call With Vittorio Rossi
Vittorio Rossi is a very important figure in the world of Montreal theatre and to the Italian community. His…
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My Secret Identity: An Interview with Myles Charon
It was a cold Saturday morning as I began to walk to the entrance to Captaine Quebec. I made…
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In Her Own Words: Jessica Beaudoin
The city of Montreal is a bastion of bilingual culture. It ranks higher than any other Canadian city in…
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A Session with Joel Massinon
Joel Massinon at Marcus Reichenbach's apartment studio recording Noko's album "It Comes, It's Calm, It's Gone," released on October…
on Montréalités Culture
Making Movement: An interview with Compulsion Games' Animator
The city is quiet as I exit the metro at Place St-Henri. I walk a block or two and…
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Dance with Tricia: Musical talent extraordinaire in Montreal
Tricia at the Landmark Showcase Event "Do what makes you happy. Everytime you make a decision, think if it's…
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From the Navy to a Restaurant, Greek-Style
The La Belle Province restaurant sign. A.K. is a Greek Canadian from Montreal, Quebec. Now 50-years old, he has…
on Montréalités Justice
Surviving Cancer: An Interview with Theresa Priolo
(Photo Property of Julia Richard-Priolo) "You'll never know the outcome, but if you have a lot of faith and you're…
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Life According to Scott
It's a beautiful morning in mid-October. My friend, Scott Simcoe, who you may remember from the profile "Meet Scott,"…
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Who Cares, Just Eyeball It!
Just Eyeball It! creator Jonathan Cote Lahue. Photo taken by Olivia Robinson. Having a YouTube channel is not new for…
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Kandle Osborne: On Music, Montreal, and Art
"Before the EP came out I had never even sung at a show before. It was all very new and…
on Montréalités Arts
Fayne Back with Vengeance at Montreal's La Vitrola
After a being on hiatus since 2008, the metal-core quintet Fayne returned to the Canadian metal scene at Montreal,…
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Get your Facts Straight about Meditation with Montreal's Gen Donsang
(Photo Property of NKT-IKBU) "Your age doesn't matter," said the teacher to Gen Donsang once upon a time, "All…
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A Caffè Latte with Laura: An Interview with Caffè Italia
By Amanda Marchese (Photo credit: Mtl Blog) Take a stroll in Little Italy, and you can't miss it. Caffè…
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Montreal's IWS Hardcore: Professional wrestling madness
Mic Patterson, the Man! I must confess I'm no wrestling aficionado. I must also confess that my first International…
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Goran Le Grand
By Laurie Dujardin Goran Bregovic may be the greatest musical genius of our time. His music has crossed more genres,…
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