Gnocchi Della Nonna / DROGHERIA FINE #MTL

23.4.17




You know when you are walking down the street and you suddenly feel like eating something home-cooked, warm, and nostalgic?  But you also don't want to get saddled into an hour long meal just for that kind of experience?  Franco Grattuso knows exactly what you're talking about.  With only 10 products for sale -- including his secret "Salsa Della Nonna" -- this tiny little food outlet on Mile End's trendy Rue Fairmount let's you line up for mere seconds for the chance to enjoy his family recipe for tomato sauce.  Drizzled over home-made gnocchi with fresh parmesan presented in a Chinese take-out paper box, it will make your knees buckle. Ti lo promesso.

DROGHERIA FINE
8 Fairmount Street West
Montreal, QC
T. 514-588-7477








OBSESSED / Tesk Goals

MONTREAL / Atwater Cocktail Club

15.4.17



You won't find this place on many 'best of' lists (at least, not yet) -- or even just by simply walking down the street.  That's because the Atwater Cocktail Club doesn't want to be found.  The force behind Foiegwa has made sure of this by tucking it away at the end of a graffiti-covered alley that is poorly lit, even during the day.

As we were being whisked down the alley after a superb meal at Foiegwa, we were feeling apprehensive, at best.  Why isn't there a sign above the door?  What's with the large black door?  Why is there a bouncer outside?  Why hasn't someone mentioned this to us -- other than the peeps from Foiegwa?  All of these questions were running through our minds as we entered the low-lit cavernous speak-easy that was full to the brim even on a Tuesday night.  D'oh.  So silly, we had been.

The interior is a throw-back to the days of Al Capone with red tufted leather banquettes and everything else either black, shiny or mirrored.  Designed by the Gaulay Brothers, you can't help but immediately want to sit down and order a drink.  And drink, we did, thanks to an original cocktail list and impressive cave selection.

ATWATER COCKTAIL CLUB
512 Avenue Atwater, Montréal
T. (438) 387-4252
atwatercocktailclub.com







OBSESSED / Super Sequin Booties by MARGIELA

13.4.17







It's always ok to wear sequins.  Just looking at these super-sequined booties by MAISON MARIGELA puts a smile on my face.  The perspex block heel make we want them more.

PAILLETTE BOOTIES by MAISON MARGIELA
$2,290
Heel 3 inches
Silver textured-leather

 Made in Italy
Available at net-a-porter.com


 



MONTREAL / Foiegwa

12.4.17



I took my better half for his birthday dinner to Foiegwa this week after seeing much a doo about it on social media.  I will admit that the name was initially the most appealing element -- I always appreciate humor and food, especially when mixed together.  Turns out it was just one of many appealing shit.  When we entered the cozy French diner, we were (pleasantly) surprised by how compact it is.  I mean, there are likely no more than 30 tables.   Parfait.

Depite its name (that mocks English--speaking Canadians' inability to pronounce foiegras), Foiegwa only offers 1 true dish with foiegras (there is an appetizer with chicken liver pate, but this is, well, not foiegras).  Oh and there is also foiegras as an option on one or two burgers.  But who cares.  All of these food is instatiable.  We ordered frogs legs and mussles with clams and our mouths slaivate even today as I write this.

We bonded with our server of the evening (who is also one of the partners, Gabriel, such as sweetie).  He was informative, friendly, and opinionated.  Just how we like them.  And maybe we were just how he liked us?  Because after dinner, they whisked us away to their new and yet little known sister venue, the Atwater Cocktail Club.  Now that is what I call 'service.'

Foiegwa
3001 Notre-Dame St W
Montreal, QC 
foiegwa.com