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Books

The Great Not-So-South: Dixie by William S. Messier

Posted by Caitlin / December 15, 2013

dixie.jpgDixie, William S. Messier's third novel published by Marchand de feuilles, is at once hard to read and completely engrossing. Messier moves between gory descriptions of decaying dead animals and the tragic melancholy of the ghosts that haunt the isolated land of the author's childhood: the Eastern Townships. As this also being where I grew up, I can say that the juxtaposition of poetics and grit the author constructs creates a surreal yet surprisingly resonant portrait of the area.

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Restaurants, Food

Eat Your Heart Out, Montreal: It's Burger Week

Posted by Caitlin / September 4, 2013

burger special-04-09-2013.jpgAs I "sit" here at my computer, happy to live in a city that just isn't ready to come down from it's festival high, I have to remain in a semi-reclining position. "Bad back?" you may ask. And the answer is no: it's burger week in Montreal. And I ain't scared of taking part in the festivities.


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Food

Always New: Brunch at Nouveau Palais

Posted by Caitlin / April 26, 2013

mimosa 26-04-2012.jpgNow I know Nouveau Palais was written about on this fine blog a few years back, but not like this. While we do love their night menu, events and connection to the Grumman' 78 taco truck, this Mile End classic also has something else that Midnight Poutine loves: brunch.

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Books

"Conspiration autour d'une chanson d'amour": Book Review

Posted by Caitlin / April 5, 2013

conspirations-05-04-2013.jpg"Conspiration autour d'une chanson d'amour" is Montreal author Émilie Andrewes' fourth novel published in French by local publishers XYZ. The first thing that seems relevant to say about this book is that it feels almost like a collection of everything. Because that is an inherently impossible fact, I will say that it is a meeting point and at times a collision point between genres, eras, tones and seasons.

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Books

Spaces Between: "Espaces" by Olivia Tapiero

Posted by Caitlin / February 15, 2013

espaces-cover-2013-02-15.jpgEspaces is Olivia Tapiero's second novel. That simple sentence puts all of us writers to shame in that this author was born in 1990. She also won the Robert-Cliche Prize in 2009. I can't speak for anyone else but I know that when I was 20 years old, not only was I not publishing books and winning prizes, but I certainly wasn't writing anything this beautiful and deeply unsettling.

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Food

Poutine Week Poutines on at Maamm Bolduc

Posted by Caitlin / February 6, 2013

maam-bolduc-06-02-2013.jpgAs this week in poutine has brought out many outrageous, albeit delicious, poutine concoctions, I wanted to remind readers of our old-timey favourites. While foie gras, lobster and filet mignon on poutine might be some of the smartest decisions of the 21st century, my eternal love for poutine is built on a solid (and god do I mean that literally) foundation of fries, cheese curds and gravy.

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