DON’T PANIC… Happy Clients with Happy Tummies is our business !!

Dear my fave Reader,

Has it happened to you that on a weekday, right when you least expect it, at 11:45 AM, one of your clients unexpectedly walks into your office…And the first question that pops in your head is whether you feel comfortable enough taking your client to your daily restaurant to grab your regular mac’n’cheese ? Well if you’re wondering…DON’T…DON’T TAKE YOUR CLIENT TO YOUR DAILY PLAIN RESTAURANTS! Where you take your client reflects not only your professionalism but a little bit about you! So you tell me, is that the impression you would like to have?

This blog will not enumerate “the 18 reasons why you shouldn’t take your client to your ritual spots”! That’s always up to you but what you will find here though is a list of five restaurants where we suggest that you take your clients to, either for a meeting or simply to keep a good relations, which is always a great idea for all of you, current or future business owners !

1. Tavern Square Dominion. Right in the heart of The Golden Square Mile, this restaurant has survived through many ups and downs of our society. What are the secret ingredients of its success?  A blend of French and Canadian Cuisine with a touch of British culture. Thankfully, in 1988 a law came into force and prohibited the exclusivity of taverns to men, allowing women access to places such as Tavern Square Dominion!!! If you get the chance to take your client there, don’t forget to score points by inviting them to a Bone Marrow Platter followed by the Nutmeg Doughnuts. You’ll thank me in due time for these tips!

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2. Olive & Gourmando. This restaurant always has a lineup as of noon. Is it worth the waiting time? Absolutely. Even if you are impatient, go and wait… trust me on this one ! If you want to get a seat, either go there at 11:30 AM or after 2 PM. Attention: Olive & Gourmando is closed on Mondays, hence plan accordingly and pencil it in your agenda in advance if you can. I made my Californian friend try their food and let me confirm that he was drooling for a while after – you know you did Montreal good when you’ve impressed Californians!

Their soups, their sandwiches, their deserts… you will not have enough of this jewel. Try their roasted Grain-Fed Chicken Breast Rubbed with Cajun Spices, Guacamole, Fresh Tomatoes, and Mango ! Your clients will love you for making them discover this spot.IMG_4630 IMG_3356

3. Dolcetto & co. Where do I start? You will not turn into a sailor at this Bar a vin italien, but you will sure wish you were one, if the food they serve is what sailors get to eat on their trips. As the sizes of their pizzas are just perfect, I highly recommend the foie gras fig sea salt pizza. Yes they have other pizzas to eat too, including a nutella one, but what can I say ? The heart wants to share what the tummy loves to taste.

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4. Titanic. No you are not going to sink, but the restaurant is extremely interesting as it is in the basement of the building! Although there is a lot of traffic there, you will almost always find a spot to sit and enjoy your food. This typical Old Montreal style restaurant is full of laid back professionals during lunch times and the staff is extremely kind and friendly. As for the food, I used to always order their BLT which is mixed with extravaganza vegetables, until I was introduced to their all vegetarian platter followed by their Mac’n’cheese. Needless to say that I personally scored points when I took my vegetarian client to Titanic for their vegetarian Platter.

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5. Cantinho de Lisboa. Recently discovered during a hunt for a new spot to meet potential clients, this place is not only a restaurant! In fact, you can kill a few birds with the one stone:

1 little birdie) Please your client with a healthy platter so she or he will not have to worry confessing to their gym trainer about their calorie intake;

2 little birdies) Impress your client with the chef behind the scenes : Chef Helena Loureiro;

3 little birdies) Buy your fresh foods, hand picked or prepared by this one of a kind chef, just like you would do in a small market!

* Don’t skip their julienned… Crispy… Long… thin… fries!

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Last but not least, when you’re clients are enthusiastically impressed and ask you how you found this place you took them to, make sure to forward them our blog link https://whatzbest.wordpress.com/ as these are just a few suggestions among many more to come in our upcoming blogs that they may need to use one day!!

May your success and appetite be satisfied dear readers! Please don’t forget to send WHATZBEST G.A.L.S. your comments!!!

Bon Appétit !

Your WhatZBest G.A.L.S.

Best Restaurants in Montreal – Special Edition of Mimi la Nuit experience, brought to you by WhatZBest G.A.L.S. !

 

Our Darling Readers,

As the snow is slowly but surely starting to melt, it’s as if new restaurants are flourishing right and left in our city. While getting rid of our winter jackets, boots and gloves, we must start hitting the hottest spots to savour the most Delish dishes of the latest restaurants opening up in town, and who better than WhatZBest to provide you the list of the very best.

We haven’t had the chance to write to you about our latest discovery because we were puzzled about it for a while: how could a musician, an architect and a businessman, among others, run a restaurant, not any, but an exquisite one in demand?!

Let us tell you a quick anecdote to sum it up for you.

Long Story Short … Recently, we discovered Mimi la Nuit and right away, we were amazed by its hip atmosphere, its trendy look, the quality of their food and its fantastic presentation. So good, that we asked to meet the partners.

To our surprise, we met three of them (out of a few) and once we asked a few questions, we wondered about the ingredients of their success. And when we felt like some of the pieces of the puzzle were missing, we digged deeper by asking Edward Zaki, one of the partners of Mimi la Nuit, to describe the source of Mimi la Nuit’s success.

Edward’s modest answer is an overview of what happens behind the scene of their Hit. Just like an octagon that relies on each of its eight pillars, this uproaring spot also has eight pillars that play an enormous role :

1) The ambiance/design/and their deviation from main stream music

2) Jeff Stinco, one of its partners and a member of Simple Plan

3) PM Tremblay … “a super well known bar/restaurant manager” (and I quote Edward in “…”)

4) Sindie Goineau – “one of the most well known sommelière in Montreal”

5) Location – Le 22 Saint-Paul Est, Montréal

6) Amazing waiters

7) The Finger Licking Original Good Food

8) Last but not least, Eloi Dion, a great chef !

Now that we have more information about Mimi la Nuit’s ingredients for success, let’s discover what they serve and where they serve it!

IMG_1616Unlike most restaurants, the kitchen is not isolated in a secluded area behind locked doors. The wine cellar is beautifully organized. The brick walls display the historic feel of the of Old Port. Enough said, I will let you enjoy the pictures:

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What to eat there ?

Poultry: a really tasteful blackened chicken with a unique sauce, perhaps one of the many specialties of Mimi la Nuit, covering a sea of grilled vegetables!

Fruit: a bowl of water melon sliced in cubes and covered with spices, mixed with ricotta cheese, black olives, and tomatoes. I bet you that your taste buds will be impressed by this mix!

Deep fried: no comments, just look at the pictures of these shrimps on a stick!

Vegetable: Brussel Spouts with nuts, Serrano, mixed with apples !!!

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Need I say more to get you in your car and on your way already ?

I think not!

It also has been brought to my attention that some of the partners of Mimi la Nuit also separately own the following restaurants which we will be visiting and writing about soon …

Barbounya; chez Victoire; Mangiafoco; Le Shinji; LaureaLorbeer; Drinkerie

If you have a chance to try this restaurant, we will be glad to read your comments !

Yours very truly,

Yours favourite G.A.L.S.

Single, taken? – Who cares you’re awesome!

Dear awesomeness,

It must have been really hard for everyone to go out there in the city this weekend as it is a hassle to find parking in this snow, among the last minute Valentine’s Day shoppers who are running from one store to another trying to find the perfect gift for their love.grumpy-cat-valentines-day-meme-3

It has been since the day after Christmas that all the shelves in stores bear reminders of this day, every radio commercial constantly reminds us that this weekend will either be a marathon of love songs or break up songs, every single business that has your email is sending you reminders that February 14th is the day to celebrate love.

Hence most singles will attempt to stay away from the streets in hopes of being far far far from every single reminder of love, passion, cheesiness …, but you soon realize that there is no escape. However, the last thing we want is for you to look anything like grumpy cat here!

So we came up with 7 great  things to do to ensure that you don’t get boggled down with all the overwhelming pressure to be in love.

good-friends-good-timeswall-quotes-friends-sayings1. Start with the best first step to happiness – gratitude! Take some time to  Look at everything you have to be thankful for. Start with the simplest things; food, clean water, a roof over your head, warmth, and gradually move to the more complex things; about how your life played out, how the tougher parts of it got you where you are today and made you a better person, and the greater moments that made you happy through ever step. Do it for this weekend, and do it everyday until it’s mastered in your day-to-day routine, before you know it,”Gratitude will start a chain reaction to happiness“.

2. Next up, get together with the best of friends. You know those who make you laugh so hard that you have tears in your eyes, the ones that surprise you every time that you think they couldn’t come up with a funnier unexpected comment or even the one that entertains themselves so much that their laugh is funnier than the funny thing they just did. If you don’t have friends like that, we have other options for you but trust me it’s probably more important to get one or a few of those instead of a valentine!download

3. Do something fun, go to a comedy show at Comedy Nest, jump on trampolines at Isaute, get some coffee while you pet some kitties at Café Chat L’heureux and pick up on their warmth, go skating in the old port. Anything it takes to make the youth shine out of your smile.

images4. You can also go to Pandore, Flyjin, Furco, or any other one of these places where you can dance like nobody is watching, or maybe dance like somebody is watching, whatever shakes your booty!

5. Pamper yourself, go to a spa, get a haircut, shave, make sure you feel at your 100% best. I wouldn’t recommend going to the most common places as they will be swamped with couples, but try somewhere new, somewhere isolated where you can treat yourself in peace!

6. Hit the gym like Rocky, or do some Hot Yoga like a Yogii! Ya I’m sure no one else told you to do that. But what better way to show love – to yourself! Hit the gym, hard and know that no matter what, you’re working on keeping yourself at your best.

7. Lastly, that seat doesn’t need to be for you:10985597_10152540587970670_840132086027102314_n

Stay in, cook a dinner and watch a movie. If you can’t cook for your life, there’s plenty of culinary classes that you can book for this weekend. You can even read a book, play some board games with friends (Taboo rocks our world) or even better leave us some feedback on our WHATZBEST blog and tell us what what you would like to read about!

In short, these are just a few guidelines! Do whatever your heart feels for! Just make sure it’s not something you will look back at with disappointment! It’s a man made holiday, society can be pretty pressuring these days, it’s on you to keep your head up, it’s on us to help!

Now that You’ve heard our best advice, give us your comments and feedback:

1. What did you do?

2. What else would you recommend?

3. What worked for you? What didn’t?

We’re waiting to hear from you!

With lots of love,

G. A. & L. S – oh look at that our initials combined come us as GALS! We some cool GALS 😉

My Top5LadiesBoutiques in MTL ” Let’s go shopping she said… It won’t take long she said! “

Dear best of WHATZBEST,

If you’ve been following our blog with tenacity and dedication (why wouldn’t you right?)…then you’ve been to the 5 best breakfast spots in Montreal, you’ve tasted Poutine G, and you’ve been a yogi for at least a week – making up for all those restaurant indulgences – and well, now you want some hot clothes that accentuate the oh-so-hot you that’s been working on her amazing self.

What’s that? Mainstream Zara, Axara, Aritzia not doing it for you anymore? Feel like everyone has already done it? Well here are some of my Top5FavouriteMontrealBoutiques for that unique hot individualistic look. I know, I know, you’re thinking here comes the bank blower! But rest assured, I’ve got you covered for that too! 

Technically, all you need after reading this blog is: a the following list, a transportation method, some cash, and well.. if you want to make it real fun, bring someone who hates shopping – just for fun sakes!

My Top5FavouriteMontrealBoutiques:

1.2015-02-01_21-05-36 Nouveau Noir Crescent’s little secret shopping gem!

 A boutique opened by three Montreal ladies who wanted to bring something a little unique to Montreal. The interesting thing about Nouveau Noir is that it’s in the middle of some trendy, somewhat pricey boutiques – which may be intimidating for some, if they assume it’s going to be out of their budget range. But walking into Nouveau Noir makes you feel like a personal shopper literally handpicked each “Omg! I love this!!!” item from non-mainstream stores around the world! In love yet?? Well, brace yourselves! There’s more!!! Not only do they go for the look, they’ve considered uniqueness, quality, budgets, comfort… and most importantly customer service!! They’re ready to help you build that look, so don’t be shy to ask – and please, do try their Articles of Society Jeans!!!

– Find it @ http://www.nouveaunoirboutique.com/

2. Tres Chic Styling Ah yes!! The name says is all!! A true Montrealer!

Filled with a wide variety of items from around the world, I would be surprised if you can’t find an item you love! They display everything from jewelry, to coats, jeans, tops, blazers, dresses and even evening gowns!! Trust me when I tell you the store’s name is not an understatement! You will walk out of there feeling like a Tres Chic Stylish Chicka who will never divulge to anyone the bargain she got ;). Although I admit some items might be a little pricey, there’s something for everyone. But, if you’re still not satisfied, sign up to their mailing list to catch their next 50% off sale…Yup…Yeah…I know..

2015-02-01_21-04-50Baby! Très Chic Style moi already huh?!!

– Find it @ http://www.tcstyling.com/

3. 1861 Where shall I start!? I seriously don’t know how the owners of this store get all their purchasing done!!! Two stores in Montreal, with every item beautifully displayed on their website, their stores are always packed, and there is just an unbelievable amount of fashion items – including unique stylish shoes!!

  What’s that.. Cupid just struck?  #Ishoesyou  #wedontjudge!!! –boutique1861

A big fan of elegant, classy items, 1861 never fails to meet my expectations! Not only do they encourage Montreal breakthrough designers like Arti Gogna, their hip, 1861 store concept makes a girl want to delve into the 1861 lady in her! You know, the elegant, sexy, strong confident royal lady!! If you’ve watched Games of Thrones, then you have an idea of what I’m talking about! No matter what the item you buy, you can tell, it’s a trademark built into their purchasing mechanism. Check it out for yourself – my Lady!

– Find it @ http://1861.ca/

4. Denim Kings You’ve been so good to me!!! Although I want to keep you to myself and hide you from the world… I believe they say.. sharing is caring!! That said;

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Shorts, capris, skirts, skinnys, boot-cuts?

Well lucky you! Being a WHATZBEST follower just earned you my well kept secret! Going to Denim kings is like making a trip to the US without having to cross the border and worry about custom limits! – What better way to show your true Canadian side eh? – Hudson’s, Seven Jeans, True Religion, Joe’s, J Brand and so much more, for women (men and toddlers too –  AKA cutie fiesta!) One stop and I guarantee you, your booty will know who’s king at making it look good in denim. And to that I say – You’re welcome! 

– Find it @ http://denimkings.com/ 

5. Unique If you haven’t come across Unique before, then you my reader, haven’t experienced the art of shopping.  unikEntering this store, may make you feel like there’s too much to shop through, but once you actually take the time to decipher the clothing, you’ll learn to appreciate every piece of clothing like a piece of art. They hold a range of brands for women (and men) and you can count on them to have your everyday look at uniquely bargained prices! – Talk about being unique! – Make sure to go all the way upstairs for some shoes and please, by all means, go crazy on  making your unique look fabulous!

– Find it @ Boulevard Saint-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2N 1P6 (514) 381-9964

Now that You know My Top5LadiesBoutiques in MTL, please leave me your comments and feedback:

1. Have You been to all 5 stores?

2. If You have not, did I convince You to go to the ones You have not yet gone to? Please do not forget to send me Your comments once you do go to them.

3. Also, do you have any boutiques you would add to this list? Don’t hesitate to tell me about them, I’ll check them out and write back sometime soon!

If You wish to have my feedback about a specific store, please don’t hesitate to ask for my 2cents in a comment.

Shop away mes chéries! 

– L.S.

I DIDN’T EVEN KNOW I WAS ADDICTED, UNTIL I TRIED TO STOP ! YOU SHOULD GET THIS ADDICTION TOO!

“ADDICTION ISN’T ABOUT SUBSTANCE – YOU AREN’T ADDICTED TO THE SUBSTANCE, YOU ARE ADDICTED TO THE ALTERATION OF MOOD THAT THE SUBSTANCE BRINGS” – Susan Cheever.

Dear Reader,

After two weeks of talking about some of the fab restaurants in town, it’s now time to talk about the best way to burn calories !!!

Keep in mind that this blog is only suggesting the BEST so you will not be encourage to just go out and run in this icebox-north-pole-like-weather. Instead, the alternative solution is to send you to a studio where the climate of India has been brought to you in a room set to be somewhere between 37 to 42 degrees Celsius.

In this studio, like in no other place, you will sweat, detox, tone up and feel great before, during and after the session. Now we must find the answer to the following questions:

Q. WHERE WILL YOU SWEAT SHAMELESSLY ?         

Q. WHERE WILL YOU DETOX EXCESSIVELY ?             

Q. WHERE WILL YOU TONE UP TREMENDOUSLY ?    

Q. WHERE WILL YOU FEEL GREAT IMMEDIATELY ?    

Answer:     HOT YOGA

I started going to Hot Yoga in November 2014. The first month I enjoyed going there twice a week. As of January 2015, I have been going to Hot Yoga 6 times a week, if not 7!

*I am addicted to Hot Yoga.

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  • Feel physically in shape

Hot Yoga makes me feel physically in shape. You will notice that the moment you enter the studio, your body will start absorbing the heat and immediately you will feel relaxed. This heated environment will accelerate your heartbeat and consequently you will be able to do all the yoga positions and get a great full body workout – and an amazing core workout for stronger ABS!

  • Feel balanced

There is more ! Hot Yoga makes me feel balanced. As you lie down on your mat, you will notice that all the responsibilities and burden you have as a mother, father, friend, girlfriend, boyfriend, husband or wife, professional or businessperson, etc. will feel a little distant … allowing you to focus on your workout and your breath for the entire duration of the session. With practice, you will be able to eliminate unwanted thoughts from your mind, enable a peaceful workout and feel balanced.

  • Self-Confidence Booster

No matter the type of bumps you may be encountering in your life right now, you will notice that following Hot Yoga Sessions, you will stand taller, feel stronger and look calmer. As every single muscle of your body gets to work, flush toxins and relax, you will feel like your face muscles allow you to smile bigger while your back and shoulder muscles will improve your posture. These are some of the ingredients to a better self confidence which are all readily available for you during a Hot Yoga Session.

If you are not convinced yet, here are some other reasons for you to try Hot Yoga: to shed pounds, to become more flexible, or to reduce joint or muscle pains, to feel healthier!!!

There are a number of Bikram and Moksha yoga studios around the city – among others – and they usually have offers such as the Moksha West island that offers your first month unlimited for 40 $.

*You will be addicted to Hot Yoga too.

I’m not telling you it will be easy – I’m telling you it will be worth it.

Namaste

G.A.

“POUTINE G” … ONLY AT THIS HIDDEN GEM IN THE OLD PORT OF MONTREAL


My favorite reader,

While drafting my last blog, I had promised myself to share my top 5 supper spots in Montreal with you and ever since Sunday, I have been thinking, evaluating and reevaluating some restaurants that I would consider my top 5. There was, however, a nice turn of events last Tuesday. By pure fluke, my friend and I entered a restaurant in the Old Montreal and we were swept off our feet by their exceptional and noteworthy service, not to mention their extraordinary food and ambiance !!!

The flickering flames of the fireplace, visible to the passengers of McGill Street on a desperately cold day of January, attracted us in what appeared to be a small yet a rustic chic restaurant. Other than a seat at the big wooden bar placed in the middle of this gem, we had the option to choose our seats either in the cozy setting by the window or in the unexpected hidden cozy setting in the back of this restaurants.

As we sat at the bar, we were approached by one of the employees, extremely helpful and friendly. He was patient enough to suggest and make me taste four different types of wines before I picked my favorite one.

Without a doubt, the choices from the menu were the oysters, the salmon tartar, the beef tartar, and… the Poutine G.

Poutine G : mini potatoes, seared foie gras, veal sweetbreads, porcini sauce

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The best formula for losing weight is to breakfast like a king and dine like a pauper!!

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Dear You,

As promised in my first blog ever, I am so excited to announce that I have reviewed my experience at tons of restaurants in Montreal and I am now ready to provide You my Top.5.Brunch.Spots.In.Montreal. You will notice that these restaurants are not named in any particular order. Let’s get to the point.

Ready ?

Set…

GO!

1. Au P’tit Cochon Santé is a charming joint on a quiet part of Notre Dame Street West (also in Rosemère) – where You will be under the impression that You can eat everything they offer and it will do no harm to your body. Their menu promotes the meals to be Healthy & Bio, yet very tasty & they are not off! I had their French toast with pear compote, bananas, pears with fleur de sel caramel on the side, as well as their Omelette with Spinach, tomato confit and oregano feta … Delish – Their Café Mocha…Great. Do I need to say more?  Given its location in a quiet neighbourhood, I doubt that the wait will ever be more than 10 minutes. I highly suggest this spot! http://cochonsante.com

2. Bistro Passé Composé is Plus Que Parfait, if You know what I mean ! Yes You will have to wait for a table most of the time – but who cares during the summer when You are only walking distance from Parc La Fontaine, right? In winter, perhaps what I’m about to say will motivate You to do the line up for a reasonable amount of time before You give up.  I recommend the two dishes I love most on their menu in the following order: start with their Omelette Roll Espana which is a mix of Chorizo, spaghetti squash, baby spinach and goat cheese – YUM – and right after, for dessert (Yes! I said for dessert) you must try their French Toast! You will be forever thankful for doing this & if anyone dares to frown upon your big meal, show them this blog that encourages you or even forces you to do it 🙂  http://bistropassecompose.com 

3. Communion – in old Montreal, this restaurant is a little more upbeat than the other two I just named. Perhaps it’s because of their authentic look and their brief menu ! I love their menu because they don’t give You a zillion options to choose from – they get right to the point by offering 4 options and I highly suggest the second option called Santé. A Santé plate includes: poached eggs, goat cheese, spinach salad, parfait yogurt, blueberry pancakes … as well as a freshly squeezed orange juice, bio coffee, amazing bread and finger-licking-good-home-made-jam !!! The service is great, the vibe is great, the location is great, the food’s quality and quantity : Great! http://www.restaurantcommunion.com

4. Maison Christian Faure is RIGHT next to Communion but these two are worlds apart in terms of what they have to offer. Maison Christian Faure offers delicious pastries – the chefs are M.O.F. : Meilleurs Ouvriers de France – a very prestigious & highly respected title. If You prefer to have a Fresh+Warm+Tasty Croissant for breakfast/brunch, You must go to Maison Christian Faure. The vibe is extremely european, the staff is very polite & helpful, the pastries are very fresh and appealing. Bon Appétit ! http://maisonchristianfaure.ca/en/

5. Last but not least : Le Cartet. Yes You will have to wait a while for a table but once You get a seat, You get to make new friends, by force! I kid You not. Le Cartet is charming because You get to share a table with many people at a time and You can’t help but hear everyone else’s conversation – it’s a fact ! Their menu is a little complicated as there are many things on it but no matter what You choose, You will like it. This restaurant is located in the heart of Old Montreal on McGill Street. If You ever get tired of waiting for a seat, You can try to go to HamBar or Holder, as they both are across the street from Le Cartet. I highly suggest Le Cartet for the experience and the food. http://lecartet.com

Now that You know My Top5BrunchSpots in MTL, please leave me comments and let me know:

1. Have You been to all 5 restaurants?

2. If You have not, did I convince You to try the ones You have not yet tried? Please do note forget to send me Your comments once you do go to the restaurants you have not yet been to.

If You wish to have my feedback about a specific restaurant, please don’t hesitate to ask for my 2cents in a comment.

I can’t wait to read Your comments on my blog!!!!!!

Have a great SundayFunday & I hope to hear that You will go to one of these 5 restaurants today!!!

– G.A.