Lesley Chesterman

@lesleychestrman

Fine-dining critic and columnist for @mtlgazette. Originator of the expressions Bad Anglo and Pastagate (yeah, really).

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Met German winemaker Frank Schönleber of Emrich-Schönleber today. 41. Makes killer Riesling. Looks like Tom Cruise

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Advantage to being married to a pastry chef: all the plates come out looking like this.

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Third Balnea dish, WowWee bento box from Mikado

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Second Balnea dish, smoked lobster salad with tomato water from chef Audrey Dufresne of Les 3 Petits Bouchons.

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Tasted 3 dishes fr Balnea spa competition tonight. Beautiful food! 1st up octopus fr chef Alonso Ortiz at Pintxo

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These are, without a doubt, the BEST hot dogs I have ever tasted. From

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The famous mocha cake that remains on the menu, probably until the end of time.

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Sea of dishes on display at the press conference this morning.

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at giving a roast chicken demo

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The "terroir" in Ferme-Neuve Quebec (neat Mt-Laurier) where the bees live that produce this amazing honey .

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His honey

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My new idol, beekeeper/honey maker Anicet Desrochers, 32, super cool and smart. Makes gorgeous organic honey!

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Aahhh....yes!

First course: head-on shrimp boiled in Molson X

Dinner tonight at Icehouse. Incredibly happy about that.

And finally , this WowWee pistachio and chocolate marjolaine

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After the rain came down, dessert of soft serve rum ice cream profiteroles

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And the fantasy plate of greens from the surrounding garden

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And then there was the smoked scallops with the first summer corn

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Absolutely beautiful, pitch-perfect dinner last night in the heat & rain. For example, aioli plate.

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