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Next time you're planning a picnic along the Lachine Canal, consider taking a little stop by Beau Dégât — one of the local depanneurs in the area.

But hold on now. This isn't your average dep. Oh, no-no. This bièrerie has over 700 sorts of local Quebec beers to try, making it a haven for all the beer lovers in the city.

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Start practicing your slurp. A ramen festival will take place across Montreal this fall. From October 11 to 16, Ramen Ramen will see participating restaurants serve up their best noodle and broth concoctions for Montrealers to try.

Customers can then vote for their favourite on the festival's Facebook page. The restaurant with the most votes will win the People's Choice Award. A jury of people who actually know what they're talking about will vote for their favourite too.

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Just when you thought Montreal's culinary scene couldn't get any better, NIKKEI MTL has arrived to bring a sleek, chic restaurant and bar to the Plateau from the team that brought the city Barranco just last year.

Courtesy of NIKKEI MTL

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The clicking heels of your favourite waitress, Marie-Angélique, herald its arrival. She swoops in from behind just as you impatiently turn your head to behold it. A novice's folly. You're blinded by the pungent steam. The aroma stings your eyes. It's a good sting, like the hot prick of divine inspiration. The fog clears. A tear falls. Before you: a tantalizing mound of crispy fries, viscous gravy and cheese curds. "Bienvenue," Marie-Angélique proclaims. Welcome to paradise. You have ordered a classic Quebec poutine.

Most Quebecers may only experience this rapture once (a month). Twice if they're lucky. But for seven joyful days, this was one TikToker's whole life.

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As of Tuesday, June 21, summer is officially here and to celebrate, Starbucks Canada wants you to buy its new drinks. The coffee chain has unveiled two new tropical-themed Refreshers so you can still pretend to take part in the Summer of Revenge Travel even if endless lines at the airport are keeping you from a real Caribbean vacation.

The first new beverage, the Pineapple Passion Fruit Refresher, consists of what Starbucks in a press release describes as "tropical pineapple and passion fruit flavours" hand-shaken with chunks of pineapple. Starbucks patrons can also ask for a dash of lemonade to make it extra sweet.

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From the creators of Sea Salt, Bird Bar, Slice & Soda, and Kali Bistro comes Aqua E Farina, a new Italian restaurant with not one, but two locations in Montreal and a particularly crowd-pleasing concept.

Aqua E Farina, which stands for water and flour in Italian, makes you the artist of your own meal masterpiece... or should we say "pasta-piece." Its menu is a palette of pasta, sauce, protein and topping options, giving you the creative freedom to build a personalized bowl of noodle goodness.

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There are three seasons during which almost every Montrealer loves a good daily iced coffee — and there are probably some hardcore Montrealers who love them in all four. That's why we are eternally grateful for all the Montreal cafés that make them.

Here are some of the best spots around the city that make stellar iced coffees to keep you caffeinated!

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Prepare your appetites. A street food festival/night market is coming to Montreal's Old Port. The second edition of the Festival StreetFood Montréal will take over the Quai de l'Horloge between July 7 and 10. Organizers promise over 100 dishes representing popular fare from Europe, Asia, South America and Quebec.

The festival announced its return on June 3 following an almost three-year hiatus. The inaugural edition of Festival StreetFood Montréal took place on rue Peel in August 2019.

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Summer's finally hit Montreal (at least unofficially). The weather's getting gorgeous, the mosquitoes are out, and the farmers' markets are opening their stalls! It's a myth that you can't get fresh produce if you live in the city.

In addition to the city's biggest public markets, including Jean-Talon, Atwater and Maisonneuve, tons of neighbourhood sites are popping up for the months ahead.

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A new riverside cantina with a massive terrasse and breathtaking view of the Saint Lawrence is opening in Montreal's Old Port. Aire Commune's La Cantine launches on June 17 with gourmet snacks, drinks, and over a dozen wines.

The space will serve seasonal dishes, like lobster rolls from Bas Saint-Laurent ($16) and squid salad ($18), created by the duo behind popular Villeray café Saison des pluies. The menu also features shareable side dishes, including fried cauliflower and pepperoncini ($12), meatballs with tomato sauce ($12), and even salted caramel popcorn ($6). The snacks are meant to pair with the spot's wine list and selection of local beers and cocktails.

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One thing that Montreal has no shortage of is Italian restaurants. From mom-n'-pop shops, casual family-style spots and upscale ristorantes, you're never far from a taste of the Old Country. But one Italian restaurant that's really causing some buzz is Ristorante Donato in Westmount, so I decided to make a visit to the relatively (it opened at the end of 2021) new place in town to experience (and taste!) it for myself.

First order of business: some drinks. We ordered the Negroni Blanco with lots of refreshing citrus flavours and the Donato Old Fashioned with rabarbaro and amarena, a type of cherry.

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Multiple spots in the Montreal area will be giving out free pastries on Friday, June 3, and Saturday, June 4. The abundance of free treats is thanks in part to the happy concurrence of National Dougnut Day and National BeaverTails Day.

Four BeaverTails stores in the Montreal area will have free original flavour desserts available for the company's self-proclaimed holiday on June 3. They're located:

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