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What’s your favorite foodie city? So many to choose from, so little time. Montreal, Quebec City, and New Orleans are recent highlights for me. Not long ago, I flew to Montreal — on American Airlines, of course. This was my first visit to the Quebec province (I know, what took me so long?), and I was thrilled to find a vibrant city overflowing with fine food and wine. I stayed in the heart of the city at Le St-Martin Hôtel Particulier, a lovely boutique property set in an ideal location, caught some of the Montreal’s magnificent international jazz festival, and had dinner at Daniel Boulud’s stylish new restaurant, Maison Boulud at the Ritz-Carlton Montréal.

Montreal has some incredibly unique foodie finds, like famous Schwartz’s meat, St-Viateur Bagel shop, Milano grocery, Caffé Italia, Hamel cheese shops, and SoupeSoup. And oh, the farmers markets! Jean-Talon Market was heavenly, with amazing colors and flavors at every turn. Sample the ice wine, ice cider, and some of the reddest, richest strawberries you’ll ever taste.

To further my culinary reconnoitering, I boarded a VIA Rail Canada train (highly recommend it for traveling between cities — premium class, of course!) and headed for Quebec City, where you can spend days exploring Old Quebec’s cobblestone streets lined with fine restaurants. For an out-of-town journey, the luxurious Charlevoix train is absolutely magical and a must-do, whether staying in the flavorful region for a few hours or a few days. I adored Quebec City, and share some of its great restaurants on page 38.

I hadn’t been to New Orleans in a while, and was delighted to return. The city was clean and happy and sophisticated. If you ever get a chance to meet chef John Folse, don’t pass it up. He can’t hide his love of food and will discuss his new Restaurant R’evolution at the Royal Sonesta with a gleam in his eye. I was impressed with New Orleans and all it has to offer. See for yourself: Celebrated Living is partnering with Royal Sonesta to offer a fabulous VIP vacation getaway to New Orleans. One very lucky winner will enjoy 50,000 American Airlines AAdvantage miles and a three-night stay for two on the concierge floor of the exclusive Royal Sonesta Hotel New Orleans (including daily breakfast, evening cocktails, and hors d’oeuvres), plus dinner at the amazing new Restaurant R’evolution and another evening at Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse, with cocktails and appetizers at a reserved VIP table. Visit celebratedliving.com/promotions to enter! See more on Quebec City, New Orleans, and several other gourmet cities in our feature story “A World of Flavor.”

Another thrill this issue is having Richard Gere grace our cover and “dish” about his movie Arbitrage (see the trailer at celebratedliving.com!) and his other leading role as innkeeper and restaurant owner at the beautiful Bedford Post. World-renowned photographer Nigel Parry took the original images of Gere on location at Bedford Post, and we think you’ll agree they’re incredible (and with a subject like that, you’d expect no less!).

We hope you savor and enjoy each page of CL’s Fall Food and Wine Issue. Bon appetit and bon voyage!

 Signature of Janet Thomas
Editor in Chief
Celebrated Living