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Duc de Lorraine: Mike Cohen gets a small taste of France at the oldest French pastry shop in Montreal

    Every so often I wind up at a culinary establishment where I ask myself the question, “How is it possible that I have never been here before?”

    Such is precisely the case for the iconic Duc de Lorraine, located on Côte des Neiges Road just off Queen Mary. Since 1952, this truly magical spot has served French pastries, seasonal cakes, viennoiseries and macarons, using traditional recipes by great French pastry chefs. Victoria Sørensen became the owner 12 years ago and she clearly has the magic touch for this is a restaurant, catering service, dessert emporium and a pastry shop all rolled into one.

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      Since 2009, B & F restaurants have been rolling out across Quebec and other parts of Canada. In May they will open their 49th location in Beauharnois. They are renowned for perfectly seasoned, diced P.E.I. potatoes that adorn so many of their dishes. With their crispy exterior and their soft chewy interior they are perfectly cooked just like an oven baked potato. Their famous old-fashioned skillets are also a hit.