In the words of Fergie, “a little party never killed nobody…” and the Migration Week party brought to Montreal by Grey Goose Vodka was quite THE party of 2016. Montreal’s best were wining (or vodka-ing) and dining at Scena in the Old Port. Think French Riviera party meet Montreal city life! We stepped into a bakery in the French Riviera without ever leaving the Old Port, how absolutely fabulous!
Crispy fresh baguette was sliced before us, little orange and lemon jams were handed out and the gorgeous blue of Grey Goose Vodka was everywhere. This was one fabulous party, the Grey Goose vodka cocktails were marvellous, made with different flavoured vodkas like pear and cherry vodka. Not too sweet, Grey Goose makes some serious flavoured vodka.
Our favourite cocktail of the night was the Grey Goose negroni. Forget gin, the Grey Goose negroni is made with vodka, sweet vermouth and that bittersweet orange peel. Served at the party in a heavy bottom glass, with a stainless steel Grey Goose stir stick for an extra dash of class, we couldn’t get enough. With tons of barmaids working hard, Grey Goose took open bar to the next level; we were all feeling good and boozy in no time.
The venue was gorgeous, decorated to the nines, and we were soon running into old friends, making new ones and wishing that our life was like this every day. Good food and cocktails truly make for the perfect evening. But let’s talk about the food because if you know the Divas, you know that as much as we love getting boozy and a good party, we love food too!
Smoked salmon macarons gave you that sweet n’ salty satisfaction, as did little bites of watermelon with feta and basil. We ate way too many beef wellington canapés that were served in a mushroom cap, bruschetta went by on those delicious crispy baguette slices, and tons of salmon tartare with avocado. A tried, tested and true combination!
Cost didn’t seem to be a factor as canapés of fig and prosciutto went by on slices of focaccia. We ate well, we drank well and we partied even better. The DJ set the tone with ambient lounge music, everyone was dressed to be seen, and Montreal’s best were enjoying the party and the gorgeous warm night. We couldn’t ask for more.
Even the boat-like couch was reminiscent of the French Riviera, and trust us when we say that we made ourselves at home. Diva #1, Sweet Pea and Peaches were much classier than P’tit Soeur, as Diva #1 and Cruella the Dog Snatcher lay strewn across the couches enjoying the party and the sunset over the water. Montreal is one fabulous city and parties like this make summer in Montreal absolutely fantastic. We only wish that we could have taken a dip in the surrounding water, French Rivera-style!
If one fabulous evening was not enough, the next evening we attended an exclusive dinner prepared by renowned Canadian Chef Jamie Kennedy. Grey Goose Canada Party part II took on a different edge but we loved it just the same! This four course dinner was served with Grey Goose flavoured cocktails which were incorporated into each course.
This was a light way to start our meal yet decadent at the same time. Light, crispy waffle fries were piled high and topped with crème fraiche and caviar. A simple presentation and yet it was full of flavour. We started our classy meal by eating with our hands, which was a lot of fun! Being a lady is very tiring… especially for us 😉
The next dish was phenomenal. Ruby red smoked salmon was silky and paired with a strawberry “sweet and sour” mix. While it’s not the usual smoked salmon and cheese combination, it is definitely one that needs to be enjoyed more often. The natural sweetness and tartness of the strawberries paired very well with the meaty and salty salmon.
The main dish was substantial, hangar steak cooked perfectly to a medium rare that was served with a variety of vegetables and a dollop of pesto. The meat was tender and the pesto added earthiness, almost working as a chimichurri sauce. The vegetables were hearty and still had some crunch to them, just the way we like them.
After a beautiful meal that started with decadence, it only makes sense to end on another decadent note. Dessert was a dark chocolate cake with a layer of dark chocolate mousse on an almond crust. For any chocolate lover, each bite was pure bliss. The crust held up to all the chocolate and the cake was almost brownie like in consistency. The layer of chocolate mousse was smooth and rich and we loved every bite.
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