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Shopping and eating out with Anne-Marie Withenshaw

amw.jpgAnne-Marie Withenshaw is hosting a new series called "Our Canadiens" about the personal lives of the Montreal Canadiens. It will be broadcast on V and RDS in French (Nos Canadiens) and in English on TSN2. The series will also be available starting Saturday for Bell Mobility subscribers with smart phones.


Withenshaw is a well-known media personality and producer in both English and French in Quebec. Homerun Web journalist Tanya Birkbeck asked her a few questions.


You do a blog for Loulou magazine. Who is your favourite designer?


I'm a cheap/chic type person. I like to mix high and low. I admire designers for what they do but I'm the kind of person who likes to throw an outfit together. But I do like Max Azria who designs for BCBG. I like Hervé Léger. I got to meet Jean Paul Gauthier a few weeks ago. I was flipping out with joy. When I was a teenager he was someone I could identify with, because he wore ripped jeans.  I admire Alber Elbaz [designer of Lanvin]


Ah, so did you go to H&M for the Lanvin event last weekend?


No. In fact I made a decision to boycott it. I don't like the idea of fighting other women for clothes.


When it comes to low-end shopping, where do you like to go?


Joe Fresh at Maxi. I sneak it on TV all the time. One time I was in front of Joe Mimran and I said what do you think about my outfit. Even he didn't know it was 80 per cent Joe Fresh.


Today on the show we were talking to George Laraque. He's defending a book on this year's edition of Canada Reads. What's the last good book you read? 


A Cook's Tour by Anthony Bourdain.


[Editors note: Anne-Marie Withenshaw defended "The Fat Lady Next Door is Pregnant" by Michel Tremblay in the 2009 Edition of Canada Reads.]


You host Guide Restos VOIR on Evasion and co-produce Chuck's Day Off on the Food Network. What is your favourite place to eat in Montreal?


So many for so many different reasons. My favourite pizza is Prato on St. Laurent. I love that place. My all time fav is Garde Manger, where we shoot the show Chuck's Day Off. My favourite go to place across the street from the CBC is Kitchenette. They have the best lobster roll. And the best place for brunch is Holder.


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