Montreal Alert

Montreal Alert
February 2009

Lovin’ It! K, so flowers, candy and sappy greeting cards aren’t your thing. No need to go curling up on the couch with a pint of Rocky Road. Instead, seize the (V) day with the one you heart most—be it your BF or your bestie—and spread the love. Xoxo
Janna Zittrer


UNDER STATEMENTS Things are bound to get haute and heavy with Marie Antoinette-inspired lingerie from Madame Jo. The latest collection from Montreal designer Jöelle Eugénie smolders in sexy silk mesh, boudoir-approved bows and hassle-free magnetic garter belts. Whether they’re to get his heart racing or for your eyes only, what’s not to love?
Photo: Carrie MacPherson at the Zurbaines


PAMPER PERFECT If you’re seeking a sexy way to spend V-Day, look no further than Spa Orange. The holistic haven, perched atop downtown’s Hotel Europa, will put you and your man in the mood with The Aphrodisiac for Two package. Start off right with a glass complimentary champagne, followed by a refreshing facial, chocolate body wrap and Sabai stone massage. Should the two of you move into “Get a room” territory, you’ll be glad there’s one you can book mere steps away. 1240 rue Drummond


PRECIOUS METAL We say we like our boys mysterious, but nothing peeves us more than another baffling “Where is this going?” conversation. Fortunately Tilly Dóro‘s latest collection of handmade gems helps us find beauty in the bewildering. The Montreal-raised, NYC-based designer weaves together a mélange of metals with coloured charms to create an “organized jungle of elegant chaos.” Still confused? Toss the boy; keep the bauble.


FRENCH CONNECTION Popping over to Paris for a romantic rendezvous not an option? Pas de problème! This year’s Montreal High Lights Festival (February 19-March 1) pays tribute to the city of lights and love, allowing you to sample gastronomic delights from some of Paris’s hottest chefs, including Alain Passard of the three-Michelin-star L’Arpège. Ooh-la-la!


TOUT DE SWEET If your green thumb is more like a mean thumb (of the plant-killing variety), tell him to spare those long-stem roses and pick up a bouquet of chocolate flowers from Cocoa Delices Chocolaterie instead. Flying solo? Reach for the shop’s Quebec-made gourmet goodies, including white chocolate with rose petal oil and dark-chocolate ganache infused with sweet rose peppercorn. Theyll have you leaving that pint of Rocky Road in the freezer aisle where it belongs. 123 ave. Laurier O.