Tony Medeiros and his wife have a quiet dinner at Restaurant Bellissimo

My wife and I were looking for a quaint and cozy private restaurant for our first outing together since the lifting of Covid restrictions. We took a leap of faith and broke away from take-out mode.  We were generously invited to do a review of Restaurant Bellissimo in Dorval.  The restaurant is in a bustling section of Lakeshore Drive with a few shops encompassed by residential homes.  If you live in the area, Restaurant Bellissimo is within walking distance of the Dorval City Hall. Well, centralized, Restaurant Bellissimo has a steady flow of local customers.  There is a parking lot in the vicinity that offers plenty of free parking in the area. Hassle-free, no need to circle around to find a spot.

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Tony Medeiros and his daughter have a magical time at Juliette & Chocolat

Juliette & Chocolat is more than chocolate, it’s a festival for the senses.  My daughter and I were invited to the grand opening of their new location on the west island.  We were greeted with an overflowing chocolate fountain of delight.  I felt like I was on a Willy Wonka factory tour with my inner child.  This was not going to be a regular review of the norm.  There were kids with plastic bib aprons ready to get messy with their chocolate treats.  Yes, get ready to get messy with your chocolate food. This was a perfect opportunity to spend some quality father-daughter time at Juliette & Chocolat.  This is the place where your sweet tooth gets re-activated. Everything in the restaurant looks so chocolicious! That should be a word.

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Tony Medeiros and his family try out the new BeaverTails in Vaudreuil-Dorion

BeaverTails evokes wonder for many people. I always get excited when I see a food truck at our local grocery store on the West Island. When you have a guest over, there is nothing great but to offer them a BeaverTail.  The company has come a long way from its original concept in 1978.  They now offer 12 different varieties of Beavertails.  Besides Tim Hortons, there is nothing more Canadian than BeaverTails. Dignitaries from around the globe have tasted Canada’s most famous indulgence. The brand is so popular that it reaches out to six other countries.

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Tony Medeiros’ family celebrates Earth Day by getting take-out at Quesada

My wife and I had some take-out from Quesada Burritos & Tacos. For the past two years, I have strictly ordered through take-out. I can honestly say some of the apps out there are frustrating. Some are hard to navigate. Some just take away from the experience of ordering. Quesada makes it so easy to order. It was such a pleasure using their interface. It was so easy to use. Just enter your location and presto you are ready to order. Pick a time when you want to pick it up. You can easily customize your burritos. Select your burrito combo and pay. That simple. No hassles. The user-friendly app makes it a pleasure to order from Quesada. If you are not into apps, you can call or pick-up yourself.

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For the first time ever, a new Tim Hortons trading cards collection features women’s hockey stars: Introducing Tim Hortons Team Canada Trading Cards with past and present Hockey Canada heroes

Available starting Jan. 5, 2022, the 180-card Tim Hortons Team Canada Trading Cards collection features some of the best players to ever don a Hockey Canada jersey, including from the men’s game, Martin Brodeur, Paul Coffey, Sidney Crosby, Phil Esposito, Grant Fuhr, Wayne Gretzky, Bobby Hull, Guy Lafleur, Mario Lemieux, Eric Lindros, Nathan MacKinnon, Connor McDavid, Mark Messier, Carey Price, Jonathan Toews and Steve Yzerman.

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Mike Cohen and Tony Medeiros wax nostalgic at Cattlemans Retro via the Q-ZN ghost kitchen

Q-ZN, as it is cleverly called, recently opened in the industrial sector of St. Laurent. When Dan and his partners, Jason Nishmas, Jason Martin and Steve Merling, were putting the concept together and approaching restaurants he began waxing nostalgic about Cattlemans. Before you could say “pepperoni,” a plan was in place. He approached the owners of Quebec Pizzeria in Laval (order.quebecpizzeria.ca) and with the blessing of the Blutman family, he gave them the Cattleman’s (now reborn without the apostrophe to please the language police and known as Cattlemans Retro) pizza recipe.  The Papa family from Quebec Pizzeria nailed it.

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Benny&Co. products available exclusively in IGA grocery stores

Benny&Co. is proud to announce the launch of its products available exclusively in the 296 IGA grocery stores across Quebec.

Many consumers live in the age of convenience. For some families going to a restaurant can be a tall order. Sometimes restaurants such as Benny&Co. are not located close to their homes. Quebec is the rotisserie chicken capital for food lovers. Benny&Co. a family-run business is expanding to meet demand the appetite for chicken. Culturally, chicken is a safe food for many ethnic groups. The chicken business is growing stronger in the past year in the USA as well as in the Quebec market. There are many cooking options with chicken. The chicken line is great economically. There are many supper ideas and time-saving recipes that will keep everybody happy.

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Tony Medeiros Interviews Sara Bilodeau From 49th Parallel Café

Coffee connoisseurs rejoice, Montreal is about to get a new café from British Columbia. 49th Parallel Coffee Roasters has chosen to expand outside BC and picked Montreal as the first café expansion. MtlRestoRap’s Tony Medeiros had the opportunity to interview Sara Bilodeau the Café Director for 49th Parallel Coffee Roasters Quebec. She is very excited about the new location in Old Montreal this summer. 49th Parallel is going to be a very popular destination for coffee lovers. In addition to their coffee, the brand is bringing with them their oh-so-delicious Lucky’s Doughnuts (Beignes Lucky’s)! With mouthwatering doughnuts and irresistible coffee, Montreal’s first-ever 49th Parallel Café is set to become Old Port’s new go-to café this summer!

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Tony Medeiros and Carmelo Borgognone have lunch at up and coming Gabrielle café in Old-Montreal

Gabrielle café is a quaint compact gem. It is nestled on the outskirts of Old Montreal west and knocks at the doorstep of trendy Griffintown. The surrounding area is not what it was a few years ago. Many abandoned dilapidated buildings resided without city intervention for years. The rejuvenation of the area is a bonus for the café. Adorned by new condos and businesses, it is sure to be a great hub to feed hungry mouths on the move in the area.

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Tony Medeiros and Carmelo Borgognone are inspired by NELLi Café + Vin Nature: A never-before-seen contemporary classic coffee counter and wine bar

It is not every day I get to walk the cobbled streets of Old Montréal. There is a magical sound as your footsteps echo through the time-preserved buildings. I had the pleasure of reviewing a new restaurant named after Quebec’s own enfant terrible, Émile Nelligan and fittingly called NELLi Café + Vin Nature. Émile came into prominence at the age of 16, emulating Paris’ Arthur Rimbaud with his prose. Émile wrote 170 poems, sonnets, rondels, songs and prose poems. The melancholy poet is highly regarded in Quebec culture. That is why you will see his name extolled all over the Québec landscape.

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