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New York Restaurant Guide – Winter 2018

One of the best things about going on holiday is enjoying the chance to indulge in great food and drink.  This trip we mixed long-time favourites with the new and happening, as always the city didn’t disappoint.  

La Mercerie – French

53 Howard St, New York, NY 10013, USA
Phone: +1 212-852-9097

Profiteroles Au Chocolat

L’Amico – Italian

849 6th Ave, New York, NY 10001, USA
Phone: +1 212-201-4065

White Mushroom Pizza
Mushroom Triangoli

Buvette – French

42 Grove St, New York, NY 10014, USA
Phone: +1 212-255-3590

Croque Monsieur

Veselka – Ukrainian

144 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003, USA
Phone: +1 212-228-9682

Ukrainian Borscht

Balthazar – French

80 Spring St, New York, NY 10012, USA
Phone: +1 212-965-1414

The Beekman Hotel – Lounge

123 Nassau St, New York, NY 10038, USA
Phone: +1 212-233-2300

Restoration Hardware – New Manhattan Flagship Visit

Last September, Restoration Hardware opened an exquisite new Manhattan flagship showroom.  This stunning 90,000-square-foot space is spread across an impressive six floors.  RH continues to shake up not only the furniture business but shopping culture overall.  Here are some photos from our visit.

Restoration Hardware
9 9th Ave, New York, NY 10014, USA

A visit to the Audain Art Museum – Whistler, BC

Experiencing the extensive collection housed within the Audain Art Museum.  An unexpected journey into the art of British Columbia. Will definitely be back!


The Path – Emily Carr

Tsonokwa Mask – Beau Dick



Forest Light – Emily Carr

Macleod’s Books, Vancouver – Stan Douglas



Designed by Patkau Architects



Road Trip to Harrison Mills – Rowena’s Inn on the River

We’ve been hearing about Rowena’s Inn on the River for quite some time and hoped to someday drive out for a visit. Last weekend we finally made the trek and were taken back by the sheer beauty of the place. Nestled amidst beautiful mountains and ancient fir trees, this beautifully restored English style manor offers commanding views of the Harrison River. The estate has the atmosphere of understated elegance and rustic luxury, a place filled with BC history. It was well worth the drive out to Harrison Mills for a day of relaxation.


Rowena’s Inn On the River
Address: 14282 Morris Valley Rd, Harrison Mills, BC V0M 1L0






Summer in the City

Just returned from a wonderful week in Montreal!  We were down east finishing off our latest project – a loft in Griffintown.  Once again, we were taken back by the architectural beauty of the city as well as the warmth of the people.  With our friend Anthony (Café Myriade) as our guide, we were able to explore a few new places as well as hit a couple of our old favourites.



Hotel Omni Mont-Royal

1050 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montréal, QC H3A 2R6
Phone: (514) 284-1110

Loved the location, as it was central and easy to access all areas of the city.

Image from Hotel Omni Mont-Royal

Restaurant and Cafe

Le Vin Papillon

2519 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal, QC, H3J 1N4

Sat at a picnic table on the back outdoor patio – the only place to be.  These wings were only a part of an amazing late night dinner.  Teamed with a bottle of organic wine,  it had all the makings of a perfect summer evening.


Hôtel Herman

5171 Boulevard Saint-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2T 1R9
Phone: (514) 278-7000

Great space with delicious food to match.  The lamb tartare is to die for.



5201 Boulevard Saint-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2T 2L9
Phone:(514) 503-1070

The server recommended the burger and it certainly did not disappoint.  Apparently, people come from all parts of the city for just the burger – now I understand why.


Maison Publique

4720 Rue Marquette, Montréal, QC H2J 3Y6
Phone: (514) 507-0555

We had the pleasure of meeting chef/owner Derek Dammann who is a definitely a master at what he does.  Not only was the evening a culinary adventure, his stories and sense of humour added to the night.  Bar counter is the way to go!  

 Derek Dammann (left) and partner Jamie Oliver (right)

Image from eater.com


Café Myriade

1432 Rue Mackay, Montreal, QC H3G 2H7
251 Saint-Viateur O, Montreal, QC  H2V 1Y1

What more needs to be said – the absolute best coffee in town.  The local dairy Société Orignal that supplies the milk for the drinks is deliciously rich and sweet – no sugar needed.  The beans come from 49th Parallel Roasters which is based in Vancouver.  If you haven’t tried their coffee or bought their beans, you don’t know what you’re missing.


Previous blog about Montreal:
             Vive Montreal!

Vive Montreal!

In Montreal this past week to begin work on a loft project for a client in Griffintown.  This area of the city with it’s old factories and converted lofts boarders the beautiful Lachine Canal.  We were fortunate enough to stay at the Hotel Gault in Old Montreal, a former cotton factory from the 1800′s.  The interior design and finishing were completed by yh2 architects, and is a wonderful mix of heritage and modern.  The city has a number of amazing restaurants, and we were lucky enough to be taken on a whirlwind culinary tour that included Chuck Hughes restaurant Le Bremner, as well as a few other local hot spots.  For our daily fix (twice sometimes) we stopped in at Cafe Myriade.  Started by acclaimed barista Anthony Benda – hands down the best coffee in the city.  Loved Montreal – phenomenal food, fantastic shops and great people.  We can’t wait to return and explore further.  Some of our favourites…



Hotel Gault

449 Rue Sainte-Hélène, Montréal, QC H2Y 2K9
(514) 904-1616

The Gault is a boutique hotel housed in a five storey building built in 1871. The hotel sits in the heart of Old Montreal, two steps away from downtown. Contrasting the outside landmark, inside the Gault offers a minimalist design. This contrast brings incomparable communion of old-world comfort and luxury of modern design. Loved the original stone wall that served as the backdrop to the modern designed bed.





Restaurant and Cafe

Le Filet

219, Mont-Royal West Ave. Montreal, QC, H2T 2T2
(514) 360-6060


Check out the review from the New York TImes


Image from The New York TImes


Maison Publique

4720 Rue Marquette, Montréal, QC H2J 3Y6
(514) 507-0555


Check out the review


Café Myriade

1432 Rue Mackay, Montreal, QC H3G 2H7
251 Saint-Viateur O, Montreal, QC  H2V 1Y1





Style Labo

5765 Boulevard Saint-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2T 1S9
(514) 658-9910




5042 Boul Saint-Laurent Montreal, QC H2T
(514) 277-8484