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St-Henri restaurant serves up delicious decor


Does food taste better in a beautiful atmosphere?

Interior designer Jean De Lessard thinks so.

De Lessard says he has often eaten in Indian restaurants while visiting London, England.

He says he enjoyed colourful, fragrant and tasty meals, but found that the decor was not as pleasant as what he found on his plate.

So when Rex Patel, the owner a new Indian restaurant in St-Henri called him, De Lessard knew he wanted to design a eating space that was worthy of the food that would be served.

The result is Le Rasoï, a restaurant that blends contemporary design with Indian tradition.

See a photo album of Le Rasoï on our Facebook page.  

The design has caught the attention of many, including the editors of South Korean design magazine bob, who put an image of the restaurant's hand-painted ceiling on the cover.

Listen to a clip from Jeanette Kelly's interview with Jean De Lessard.

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(Photo: Tanya Birkbeck/CBC)

Why creative young people are turning to DIY culture

DIYmontage.jpgDIY - do it yourself - is a growing cultural movement.

We're talking about everything from crafters selling handmade dolls to "zines" published in basement apartments, from artisanal bakeries to indy record labels.

There's also a booming online presence, with sites like Etsy giving an at-home crafters the opportunity to sell their designs around the world.

But what's driving this generation of creative young people to eschew more formal employment?

For some, it's a desire to avoid corporate and consumer culture. But for others, it may not even be a choice due to an increasingly unstable job market. 

 "I think creative labour is attractive to people in sometimes dangerous ways," says Miranda Campbell is an English professor at Dawson College and the author of "Out of the Basement: Youth Cultural Production in Practice and in Policy." 

 "People see it as glamourous. That it is outside of dull-seeming traditional employment. It has that appeal that you can have autonomy and do thing on your own, but I think it can be very challenging to make a living."

Listen to Jeanette's interview with Miranda Campbell and with Tessa Smith, the director of Puce Pop, a market for Montreal's designers, crafters and artists started by Pop Montreal. 

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(Bread photo: Julie Van Rosendaal/CBC)

A Sensorial Storm in Sherbrooke with Danny St-Pierre

945735_515985611788186_71317917_n.jpgWelcome to the world of chef, restaurateur, and media sweet-heart Danny St-Pierre!

As the co-owner of Auguste and Chez Augustine, he certainly has his finger on the pulse in his city in the hills, Sherbrooke.

Cinq à Six producer Tanya Birkbeck and intern Emily Murphy woke up at the crack of dawn to arrive in Sherbrooke for their morning coffee at Auguste. 

A market, a microbrewery, a fine arts museum, and two restaurants - just a few of the stops and topics covered by Danny, our sensory tour guide.

Listen below to the tour and check out our Facebook page for the album!

We love to get your feedback - Where should we go next? What is your favourite restaurant? How about a microbrewery? Let us know!

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