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Posted : September 29, 2014

Tours during MTL à TABLE 2014

From October 30th to November 9th, Montréal’s third annual restaurant week features savoury set menus in more than 135 restaurants city-wide. It's the perfect opportunity to explore Montreal's culinary scene. Start your evening out a little bit earlier with one of our specially designed cocktail-hour tours. These short, social tours are the ideal way to get a taste for the neighborhood's history and local restaurant scene.

Enjoy!

 

AN EVENING STROLL IN OLD MONTREAL

This tour is the best way to kick off your evening in the most romantic and picturesque part of town; Old Montreal. Your evening will start off naturally with a glass of French wine! We’ll then stroll through the neighborhood’s narrow cobble stone streets while your guide brings you back to the foundation of the city through anecdotes and interesting historical facts. You’ll certainly enjoy the cultural and culinary importance of Old Montréal!

 

AN EVENING WALK IN THE MILE-END 

The Italians, the Greek, the Eastern European descendants and our new generations of Montrealers share a local ground, the Mile-End. During this tour, you will notice the presence of these different cultures and heritages. You’ll especially become aware of two completely different worlds living in parallel; the traditional Jewish culture as well as the marginal presence of young hipsters. Walk along the neighborhood with a professional tour guide while you learn about how these cultures diverge and how they tend to come together, often through our different cuisines. 

 

HAPPY HOUR IN LITTLE BURGUNDY / ST-HENRI

This happy hour will take you into two distinct neighborhoods that are both experiencing an exciting buzz: Little Burgundy and St-Henri. Although they are facing each other, the east side is receiving praise for its upscale culinary institutions whereas the west side is being recognized for the audacity of the multiple underground trials and errors. Starting through the East side, Little Burgundy, we’ll explore our way through some of the trendy restaurants and boutiques.

Further on, crossing Atwater, we’ll welcome you into St-Henri. Visually, you’ll notice St-Henri’ outline of raw concrete, graffiti and the eclectic mix of habitants. Walking down the streets you’ll notice hints of what this district was in the past years and what it’s becoming…  Now the neighborhood is the ideal spot for young entrepreneurs looking for a curious crowd. At the moment, St-Henri can certainly be considered as Montreal’s cradle for culinary innovation.

 

A TOAST TO UPPER CLASS TRADITIONS IN THE GOLDEN SQUARE MILE

At the turn of the century, the Golden Square Mile was an extremely wealthy neighbourhood graced by Montréal’s most notable residents. Settled on the slopes of Mount Royal, the beautifully elaborate mansions where ideally located overlooking the city and the St-Lawrence. At the time, this small community, mostly English, owned 70% of Canada’s wealth. This tour will evoke many of the strong traditions that are still incorporated into our modern ways around the table.

We will return into the 19th century starting with a delightful glass of French bubbly inside the upscale jewellery store, Birks. Cheers!


Christiane Gingras



Posted : July 28, 2014

FINA World Masters in Town -Tours open to ALL!

 

From July 27th to August 10th, Montreal welcomes athletes, families and friends of the FINA World Masters competition. The international swimming federation expects more than 12 000 participants. On this special occasion, VDM Global, the official tour operator for the event, has put together an impressive selection of tours, adventures and special events in order to help share Montreal and Québec Cities “joie-de-vivre” and history.

Throughout the two weeks of this sporting event, VDM offers tours of all kinds. Walking tours of historical Montreal feature City Hall, the old food markets, and several architectural gems. Food tours, a local and foodie favorite, cover our culinary history and include a variety of tastings. Bus tours are also offered and cover many of the city’s landmarks including the Notre-Dame Basilica, the downtown core, several cultural and performance arts institutions, and the opportunity to see a magnificent panoramic view at the summit of Mount Royal.

Québec City day tours will bring you to the capital of the province of Quebec where you will be immersed in the first permanent European settlement of La Nouvelle France. In this day tour, you will charmed by the French language and by the many local sites including the National Assembly, the Citadelle, the Montmorency Falls and the world renowned Château Frontenac.

VDM Global also proposes several other tours which include a sociable Bar Hopping in Old Montreal and a thrilling activity on the water, Jet Boating in the Lachine Rapids. Additionally, a magnificent dinner cruise on the St-Lawrence River will allow you experience Montréal from a unique vantage point aboard “Le Cavalier Maxim.” Aboard the elegant riverboat, our captain will chart a course along the St-Lawrence River that offers a breathtaking view of Montreal and its sky-line.

For your comfort and peace of mind, know that every VDM Global tour is accompanied by professional, certified and passionate guides.

VDM Global has pulled out the red carpet and is ready to welcome FINA & aquatics enthusiasts to Montreal’s mixture of European and North American charm. A full round of tours are specially designed to get a taste for the city through actual food tastings, history and interesting factoids. We know and love our city, its people, its culture and its charms. We’d love to share our expertise and make every stay memorable.

Visit http://tours.vdmglobal.com for a complete list of tours during the FINA Masters Championship 2014.


Christiane Gingras



Posted : April 23, 2014

Discover Little Italy, its artisanal know-how and its deliciousness

During the D!SEGNO festival, come discover some treasures of Little Italy, the artisanal know-how and the design that enhances the fashion, jewelry, design and art stores of the district. A unique chance to participate in exclusive workshops with different expertises. Every tour will also give you a chance to taste some culinary delights! The tours will be bilingual.  

 

Friday, May 9th 2014, from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Saturday, May 10th 2014, from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm 

 

The 2014 rate for this activity is:               $25.00 per person (minimum 6 persons)              

This rate includes:

  • A 3h walking tour with a professional guide
  • Visits and demonstrations in local shops
  • Tastings
  • All taxes

This rate doesn’t include:

  • Gratuities to the guide

 


Christiane Gingras



Posted : December 27, 2013

A BRAND NEW TOUR! -A WALK DOWN INTO THE BELLY OF MONTREAL-

Montreal has been built up following a simple grid of parallel and perpendicular streets. It’s relatively easy to find your way…. until you step down into the underground city. The walkways and tunnels that connect us to the city are like roots, they swerve and cross diagonally in a way that even Montrealers get disoriented. Explore the network with us and you’ll experience the hustle and bustle that lies beneath the city. You’ll enjoy a few tastings “on the go” and you’ll hear stories about art projects, Expo ’67 and the current commercial impacts that this network has had on the development of a downtown core that is truly affected by the winter cold.  You’ll see how this “underground” city has brought vitality above ground!

This tour includes:

  • A 2.5 hr visit with a professional foodie guide
  • 4 tasting stops along the way
  • Taxes


Christiane Gingras



Posted : December 14, 2013

The simple things in life: family, friends and of course the joy of cooking at home!

After a year of creative city tours, magical evenings and surprising activities, we are more than happy to wish you the best for the Holidays! Make sure to take the time to appreciate the simple things in life: family, friends and of course the joy of cooking at home!  

This year, we thought we would share one of Europea’s signature recipes. This lobster ‘cappuccino’ is sure to impress your guests with its warmth and sophisticated flavor pallet.

 LOBSTER CREAM CAPPUCCINO With truffle oil

  For 4 portions
  Preparation time: 25 minutes
  Cooking time: 55 minutes

1 liter (4 cups.) water
1 onion, sliced into quarters
1 carrot, sliced into rounds
1 sprig of thyme
1 bay leaf

1 lobster 675 g (1 ½ lb)
1 onion, chopped
3 tomatoes, sliced into quarters
60 ml (1/4 cup.) cognac
125 ml (1/2 cup.) white wine
1 litre (4 cups)  15% cream
500 ml (2 cups) milk
15 ml (1 tbsp) truffle oil
15 ml (1 tbsp) 35% cream, whipped
Fleur de sel and freshly grounded pepper

In a large casserole, bring the water to a boil. Add in the onion, carrot, thyme and the bay leaf. Reduce heat to a minimum and poach the lobster in the short stock for 10 minutes. Remove the lobster and let cool.

Shuck the lobster tail and claws and put aside for another preparation, as they are not needed in this recipe. The coral and shells will be used in preparing the soup.

In a large casserole, sauté the onion and the tomatoes. When the onion starts to brown, add the coral and roughly chopped lobster shells. Simmer for about 3 minutes at low heat. 

Pour in the cognac and white wine and let reduce at low heat for 10 minutes. After a slight evaporation of the alcohol, incorporate the cream and milk. Continue cooking over low heat and let reduce for 30 minutes.

Pour into a blender, mix and filter the preparation in order to remove the residual shell.

For an original presentation, pour into a cappuccino cup. Using a teaspoon, deposit a few drops of truffle oil on the surface of the preparation for a subtle and surprising aroma. For a final touch, add a teaspoon of whipped cream or foamed milk. 

Enjoy and Happy Holidays!
         - The VDM Global Team

Recipe by:


Christiane Gingras



Posted : October 07, 2013

5 à 7 avec DANNY ST-PIERRE (Activity offered in French only)

Please note that this activity will only be offered in French.

Rendez-vous le 28 novembre 2013 dès 17h00 à la mezzanine du Marché Jean-Talon

 

Une agréable occasion de déguster des bouchées réalisées par Danny St-Pierre en savourant un verre de vin et de repartir avec une copie signée de son tout nouveau livre:

« Dans la cuisine de Danny St-Pierre »

Ce jeune chef copropriétaire du restaurant Auguste et du café-traiteur Augustine à Sherbrooke, nous offre son tout premier livre de recettes.

À l’image de son auteur, son livre est intense et original. Laissez-vous contaminer par son dynamisme légendaire couplé à une simplicité désarmante.

 

75.00$ incluant dégustations, verre de vin et copie signée

40.00$ incluant dégustations, verre de vin

 

 


Christiane Gingras



Posted : October 04, 2013

TASTE MTL - November 1st to November 11th 2013

 

AN EVENING STROLL IN OLD MONTREAL(Saturday November 2nd, Friday November 8th, Saturday November 9th)

A DRINK DOWN IN THE RED LIGHT DISTRICT & INTO THE BELLY OF MONTREAL (Friday November 1st, Thursday November 7th)

HAPPY HOUR IN THE UNDERGROUND WORLD OF ST-HENRI (Friday November 1st,  Thursday November 7th)

AN EVENING WALK IN THE MILE END  (Saturday November 2nd, Friday November 8th)

 

This tour is the best way to kick off your evening in the most romantic and picturesque part of town; Old Montreal. Your stroll will start off down the fortifications lane where your guide will lead you through the narrow cobble stone streets while entertaining you with facts and anecdotes about the history of this fascinating and trendy neighborhood. Your guide will then invite you to have a drink and enjoy an appetizer prepared by the chef.

(Saturday November 2nd, Friday November 8th, Saturday November 9th)

 

Welcome into the belly of Montreal!  Here, tourists, locals, professionals and foodies all share this common neighborhood. We are downtown where the “Quartier des Spectacles”, the city’s festival hub, hosts some very exciting large scale events. Night after night, crowds are greeted by the beat of the drum. Back in the day, these streets were the home of many subcultures and marginal clubs. The days of the Red Light District, were also exciting, but just in a different way!

This part of town is also where day after day more the 500 000 people circulate to go to work or to stroll the shopping malls. During this walk down into the belly of Montreal, you will explore part of this underground system where fast-food restaurants, trendy coffee shops and high end boutiques share a whirlwind of daily passers-by.

(Friday November 1st, Thursday November 7th)

 

Welcome to St-Henri. This currently trendy neighborhood, just at a stone’s throw away from the chic Westmount, has quite an interesting story to tell. Very distinct from Westmount, St-Henri is outlined by raw concrete, graffiti, social lodging and an eclectic mix of habitants. Walking down the streets you’ll notice hints of what this district was back in the day, what it has been in the past years and also what it’s becoming…  This eclectic neighborhood is now the ideal spot for young entrepreneurs, looking for a curious crowd where they can develop their talents and their cuisine. No wonder this is the hot spot were the team that brought back food trucks in Montreal, Grumman 78, chose to establish their head quarters. St-Henri can certainly be considered as Montreal’s cradle for culinary innovation.

(Friday November 1st,  Thursday November 7th)

 

The Italians, the Greek, the Eastern European descendants and our new generations of Montrealers share a local ground, the Mile-End. During this tour, you will notice the presence of these different cultures and heritages. You’ll especially become aware of two completely different worlds living in parallel; the traditional Jewish culture as well as the marginal presence of young hipsters. Walk along the neighborhood with a professional tour guide while you learn about how these cultures diverge and how they tend to come together, often through our different cuisines. 

(Saturday November 2nd, Friday November 8th)

 

 


Christiane Gingras



Posted : April 24, 2013

NEW TOUR: BAR HOPPING IN OLD MONTREAL

We are excited! We have a completely new tour!

Every week, we invite Montrealers and tourists to explore Old Montreal and Little Italy through our beloved food tours. These tours have been running really well throughout the years. So, this year, we decided to offer you something different. No worries, the classics will remain. This tour will be an addition to our regular “hop on” departures that are offered every week from May to October.

Registration has started. Tours run every Friday from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm…

 

BAR HOPPING IN OLD MONTREAL

This cocktail hour tour is the best way to have a great time with friends, meet people and discover 3 great locations in Old Montreal.

Walk through the narrow cobblestone streets of this vibrant neighborhood as your guide will entertain you with juicy anecdotes about the local food scene. You will visit bars and restaurants while enjoying tapas and signature drinks that will awaken your senses and truly open your appetite for the evening! Cheers!

 


Christiane Gingras



Posted : February 12, 2013

TRY A FOOD TOUR DURING MONTREAL'S HIGHLIGHTS FESTIVAL!


The Montreal Highlights Festival is one of the largest winter festivals in the world, an annual celebration drawing 900,000 fans to experience the joy of Montréal wintertime through a unique program combining performing arts, gastronomy, free outdoor family activities, and a full night of exquisitely original discoveries!

Every year, the VDM Global team draws up a few interesting tours to add to the festival’s program. This year, we wanted to try something different! In addition to our classic and beloved food tours, we’re also offering cocktail-hour tours. That’s right! You spend two hours with a tour guide strolling in a neighborhood while stopping here and there for appetizers and a drink. It’s a great way to see the city in another light.

To learn more, check out the scheduled tours: http://www.montrealenlumiere.com/packages/culinary-tours.aspx

Cheers!


Christiane Gingras



Posted : December 12, 2012

SMELLS LIKE THE HOLIDAYS!

After a year of creative city tours, magical evenings and surprising activities, we are more than happy to wish you the best for the Holidays! Make sure to take the time to appreciate the simple things in life:
familly, friends and of course the wonderful smell of home baked cookies!

We would like to share with you our love for cooking with this simple, yet heart warming recipe! These cookies dipped in a sweet hot chocolate or a chai latte will make your home smell and feel like the Holidays! 

Enjoy and Happy Holidays!
         - The VDM Global Team
 

GINGERBREAD COOKIES

1 cup molasses
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 tbs of cinnamon powder
1 tbs of powdered ginger
1/2 tsp clove powder
3/4 tbs baking soda
1 cup unsalted and softened butter
2 eggs
5 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

 

Instructions

  1. In a double boiler, combine molasses, sugar and spices. Cook over medium heat stirring occasionally until the sugar is dissolved.
  2. Remove from heat and incorporate the baking soda. Let cool down by removing the pan from the water bath.
  3. In a large bowl, beat the butter into a creamy texture using an electric mixer.
  4. Incorporate the molasses and mix.
  5. Add the eggs one by one and mix.
  6. Incorporate the flour 1 cup at a time using the electric beater. Use the electric beater up to the 4th cup of flour. For the last 1 ½ cups, use a wooden spoon and finish with your hands.
  7. Form 2 discs, wrap them in wax paper and store in the refrigerator for minimum 1 hour and maximum 2 hours.  
  8. Roll the dough, one disc at a time, about 1/4 inch thick on a floured surface so it does not stick. Sprinkle flour on the rolling pin as well.
  9. Cut the cookies with a cookie cutter. Bake at 350 ° F for 12 to 15 minutes. Cool cookies before decorating.
  10. Frosting: In a bowl, foam the egg whites with the electric mixer. Stir in icing sugar while mixing. Using a spoon, put the icing in a bag with a round tip. Decorate.

Christiane Gingras



Posted : October 01, 2012

Have a drink with us during the 1st edition of TASTE MTL

Montreal’s very fist restaurant week will be held from November 1st to the 11th of 2012. Almost a hundred restos around town will be offering a fixed menus at either 19$, 29$ or 39$.

So, pick a restaurant and join us for a drink! The foodie guides from Montreal Food Tours will be offering a completely new type of food tour presented to you as a cocktail hour.

 

VISIT MONTREAL AND ITS NEIGHBORHOODS

 

Here are a few delicious tours that offer quite a unique experience! Make your restaurant selection during TASTE MTL and combine it with a food tour. We would like to offer you 1.5 hours of stories, anecdotes and a few tastings that will awaken your senses and truly put you into appetite for the rest of your evening! On the menu: experienced culinary guides, small and tasty tapas and a few spicy details about the neighborhood, the locals and the local food scene.

 

A Cocktail Hour in Old Montreal

   

We will start our tour making our way down McGill, a historically commercial street that has become the spot for trendy restaurants. We will then walk you through the narrow cobblestone streets, the origins of Montreal. Along the way, you will find beautiful boutique hotels and restaurants hidden behind these ancient walls. We will end the tour just in front of the Marché Bonsecours, what was once one of Quebec’s most important indoor markets.

 

*** SOLD OUT *** A Cocktail Hour following the drums of the Tam-Tams

 

Following the drumming sound of the Tam-Tams, Montrealers walk along Mont-Royal every Sunday during summer. Along the way, you will notice the restaurants and boutiques that make this avenue into a trendy meeting point. Your professional guide will introduce you to a classic from the 40’s, a trendy bar and a local pretzelleria. At the end of your walk, you will be on the corner of St-Laurent, in the heart of the Plateau Mont-Royal.

 

A Trendy Cocktail Hour in the Mile-End

  

Start your evening with a tasty bite from one of the city’s trendiest boutiques, home of a television show by the same name. We will then invite you for a stroll through the cultures and culinary traditions that have made the Mile-End of today. All we need is to think of Mordichai Richler, the renowned author that has magnificently depicted the history of this neighborhood. We will also go through the traces of the Italiens, the Greeks, the immigrant descendants from Eastern Europe and all the new generations of Montrealers that kindly welcome us in their hip part of town.

 

A Cocktail Hour on St-Catherine West – Out to discover its culinary renaissance

                     

Starting at the mythical location of Montreal’s sports history, we open the doors to the Saint-Catherine Street of the 21st century. Come along for a walk where you will see, hear and come into contact with the revival of this part of the street. The local descendants, the Asian community and the students from around the world meet and influence the restaurants and bars of St-Catherine West. On this street, we can eat Turkish, we can drink Mexican flavored hot chocolate and we can even be served by blind waiters. At the end of this journey, we invite you inside the home restaurant of Chef Jerôme Ferrer, Europea, distinguished in 2012 in the top 10 restaurants worldwide.

 

A Cocktail Hour in the Quartier des Spectacles

 

District known for its internationally acclaimed festivals, The Quartier des Spectacles has been revamped throughout the years. What was the Red Light District is now a meeting point due to the wide variety of boutiques, restaurants and shows. Walking up and down the streets of this ever changing neighborhood, your professional guide will turn your attention to the clues reminding us of its colorful past.

 

 

 


Christiane Gingras



Posted : April 03, 2012

35 ANS DE TOURS ET BIENTÔT 10 ANS DE TOURS & ACTIVITÉS CULINAIRES!

Notre aventure dans le tourisme culinaire débuta en 2003, année où nous fûment mandatés par Tourisme Montreal pour concevoir des visites spécialisées sur le thème « Expériences authentiques à la Montréal ».  Étant deux passionnés de cuisine, Ronald Poiré, et moi-même avons alors élaboré et expérimenté des tours originaux jamais faits auparavant portant sur la diversité culinaire à Montréal.

Neuf ans plus tard, VDM Global (ex-Visites de Montréal) se retrouve avec une équipe de plus de 20 guides Foodies, spécialisés dans l'histoire de la cuisine québécoise. Plusieurs activités touristiques culinaires sont maintenant offertes à nos groupes corporatifs et voyages d'agrément ainsi qu'à une clientèle individuelle à travers nos parcours pédestres du samedi.  Nous sommes fiers d'avoir accueilli en 2011 près de 3000 participants à nos circuits Saveurs et Arômes du Vieux Montréal et Savourez la Petite Italie. 

Ronald Poiré, connu maintenant comme le « Guru » des guides Foodies, a guidé de nombreux touristes et Montréalais et les a enchantés avec ses histoires et ses anecdotes au sujet de la bouffe, la cuisine, les Chefs, les restaurants etc. Sa notoriété l'a amené à participer à des programmes de télévision comme Les Touilleurs , Des Kiwis et des Hommes ainsi qu'à rencontrer des médias internationaux lors de leurs visites à Montréal.

Aujourd'hui, nous laissons la place à nos guides! Ce nouveau blogue culinaire et touristique sera créé par nos guides et quelques Foodies passionnés.

Merci de nous suivre !


Christiane Gingras



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RECENTS POSTS
September 29, 2014
Posted by Christiane Gingras
Tours during MTL à TABLE 2014
July 28, 2014
Posted by Christiane Gingras
FINA World Masters in Town -Tours open to ALL!
April 23, 2014
Posted by Christiane Gingras
Discover Little Italy, its artisanal know-how and its deliciousness
December 27, 2013
Posted by Christiane Gingras
A BRAND NEW TOUR! -A WALK DOWN INTO THE BELLY OF MONTREAL-
December 14, 2013
Posted by Christiane Gingras
The simple things in life: family, friends and of course the joy of cooking at home!
October 07, 2013
Posted by Christiane Gingras
5 à 7 avec DANNY ST-PIERRE (Activity offered in French only)
October 04, 2013
Posted by Christiane Gingras
TASTE MTL - November 1st to November 11th 2013
April 24, 2013
Posted by Christiane Gingras
NEW TOUR: BAR HOPPING IN OLD MONTREAL
February 12, 2013
Posted by Christiane Gingras
TRY A FOOD TOUR DURING MONTREAL'S HIGHLIGHTS FESTIVAL!
December 12, 2012
Posted by Christiane Gingras
SMELLS LIKE THE HOLIDAYS!
October 01, 2012
Posted by Christiane Gingras
Have a drink with us during the 1st edition of TASTE MTL
April 03, 2012
Posted by Christiane Gingras
35 ANS DE TOURS ET BIENTÔT 10 ANS DE TOURS & ACTIVITÉS CULINAIRES!
 

 

 


 

 
 

 

 
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