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What’s happening in Montreal: The Nutcracker Market, Santropol Roulant holiday craft fair

Holiday shopping is in full swing. Find creative, locally made gifts for your loved ones at the Nutcracker Market or the Santropol Roulant holiday craft fair. 616 more words

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My Montreal: Stefano Faita of Impasto and Pizzeria Gema

Stefano Faita is one of the most upbeat food personalities in the city. Faita, 38, is well-known to many Montrealers. He was 14 when he started working behind the counter at his family’s hardware/kitchenware/ huntingware store, Little Italy’s legendary Quincaillerie Dante. 1,380 more words

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Food: Good libations

Cocktails are not just for summer: Four of Montreal’s best bartenders have each conjured a new drink primed to give you a warm, sophisticated glow during this season of ice and snow. 1,061 more words

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Food: Truffles, from the hunt to the table

I get to visit some interesting places when I travel around visiting wineries. Last February, I was in the Spanish region of Somontano. Nestled in the foothills of the Pyrenees mountains, this remote area produces some very finessed wines with everything from gewürztraminer to garnacha (grenache), with many of these vines planted before the Spanish Civil War. 1,272 more words

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City Life: Perennial panache on Parc Ave.

For a long time, Parc Ave. was the hub for Hellenic life in Montreal. In the 1950s and ’60s, it attracted Greek-born and newly immigrated fishmongers and restaurateurs, pastry chefs and olive-oil importers, who turned an elegant north-south artery into a bustling commercial street. 1,852 more words

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Fashion: This beauty aims for your funny bone

Brianna Barnes has it all: brains, beauty, talent. The model and actress, who grew up in Hawkesbury, Ont., has a natural comic streak and a rubber face – a squint here and she resembles Lauren Hutton; her wide-eyed gaze brings to mind Cameron Diaz. 839 more words

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Fashion: The big chill

There is a concept in fashion of seasonless dressing. But we in the True North know better: A wisp of a dress in November will not cut it without a nice, cosy sweater or wrap. 440 more words

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