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West Island Deli serves up smoked meat with no preservatives!

West Island Deli
Janice and I had a hard time deciding so she took the club roll and I took the smoked me and we each had half. Good Choice
West Island Deli, also known as WID, is a modern deli with traditional fare. Long time smoked meat connoisseur Abie Haim has teamed up with new Partners in opening a new venture in the Blue Haven shopping centre. Decor and food are both happening.

WID offers its customers only the best – the all natural no preservatives preparation reflects decades of experience and expertise in producing Montreal’s finest smoked meat. Meats are bathed in a house-mixed spice rub and cured for 12 days and then smoked to perfection.

West Island Deli
Take out, eat in or catering. West Island Deli has it all.
“We eliminate the need for preservatives by curing the meat in our own spice rub mixture,” Abie told The West Island Blog in an interview. This process results in traditional Montreal style smoked meat made famous decades ago by Montreal institutions like Schwartz’s where Abie, and his father before him, worked for many years and honed their craft.
The menu is varied, my partner in crime, Janice ordered the club roll that she adored. I could not break tradition and ordered the smoked meat lunch special including fries, pickle and drink for under $15. For those who prefer a less meaty lunch I noticed a tuna melt go by that is worth a try. 
Abie also pointed out that they are serving breakfast on the weekends now as well.
The decor is fun, comfortable and family friendly. There are four big screens perfectly placed to enjoy any game. I loved my booth which somehow goes with the smoked meat. You know what I mean?

West Island Deli is open seven days a week, eat in, take out or catering are all part of the service.

Stop by for a delicious meal or to pick up at 3689 Boul Saint-Jean, Dollard-des-Ormeaux, QC H9G 1X2

Phone : 514-624-3354

West Island Deli
West Island Deli serves traditional smoked meat but the decor is very current

Beacon Hill Elementary is celebrating it’s 50th anniversary!

Beacon Hill Elementary is celebrating it's 50th anniversary! Rhonda Massad, West Island Blog, WIB, Beaconsfield
Beacon Hill Elementary is celebrating it's 50th anniversary!

Join us for a meaningful evening to remember and celebrate at a gala on Saturday, April 23rd from 7-11 pm. There will be music, prizes, a cash bar, fundraising, and raffles. For info and tickets, go to

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Duke and Devine’s – Opens in Beaconsfield – nice addition!!!

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By Rhonda Massad

Is it possible I have too many good things to say about this little gem that just opened in my hood?  I have decided a slide show (above) is the only way to take you on the journey through some really great food.  Did I mention it was really close to home in the Beaurepaire Village?  What????

So happy to have met two out of the three partners yesterday, Cary and Phil.  Nice guys whose philosophy is one of value given will bring the customer back,  will have every patron of their second location (there is one in Vaudreuil) happy to become a regular.

The inside of the familiar location on Beaconsfield Boulevard has been extensively renovated and is very warm and inviting.  They have added many seats upstairs but I suggest a reservation to avoid disappointment.

I ordered a hamburger called “The Big Mick”  as did my friend Caroline.  I loved it.  It was tasty with a sauce that  made me smile. Fries are fantastic.

Next time I will be ordering the fish of the day.  That looked terrific as did the filet mignon tartar.  The selection is varied and extensive so there is something for everyone.

The desserts were also delightful.  I ordered the apple pie that was served in a ramekin cup drizzled with hot caramel sauce.  Crust was really flaky just the way I like it.  I recommend it.

As we were getting ready to leave Phil brought out their Mars bar dessert.  OMG I could not resist eating the whole thing.  Hot fried Mars bars.  Unbelievable. I am dreaming of them right now!! Cary do you serve those babies at breakfast???

This place also has a breakfast on the weekends only.  I will keep you posted because I am a breakfast girl and will certainly be going back……

Duke and Devine’s
479 Boul. Beaconsfield in Beaconsfield.


Specialty Shop Brings Food That Feeds the Soul To The Pointe Claire Village

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by Heather Boyd

Lucie Hamel is on a mission. She believes food is not just something that sustains our body, but feeds our spirit. With her recent launch of La Mie Bio Boulangerie Artisanale in the Pointe Claire Village she aims to bring healthy organic food to individuals and families on the west island. La Mie Bio Boulangerie Artisanale,Heather Boyd, Rhonda Massad, West Island Blog

La Mie Bio offers organic breads and baked goods from Le Fromentier in the Plateau Mont Royal. There is an array of classic pastries and specialty items such as spelt croissants for the health conscious and maple ones for the sweet tooth! They also offer a line of raw vegan items from Crudessence. 

The ready-to-eat counter has a wide selection of nitrate-free charcuterie, quiches, spreads and soups. There is non-pasteurized yogurt from a local farm that respects the environment and is pesticide-free. There are many gluten-free and lactose-free products and new items will be added depending on customer needs. Lucie will be adding her own home-made treats and is available for catering.

There is an extensive fresh sandwich menu made with organic local ingredients. Look forward to picnic boxes that will be available soon. Perfect for a picnic by the water. 

La Mie Bio is located in a quaint house on Lakeshore Road just west of Cartier. Lucie is delighted to provide a family environment that encourages children to discover delicious, healthy food. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming. There is a view towards of lake and plenty of parking in the back. There will be terrace seating in front when the weather permits.

La Mie Bio Boulangerie Artisanale

256 Lakeshore Road

Pointe Claire Village

(438) 323-1918

Open: Tuesday to Sunday 8am to 6pm

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Crab cakes – Fun and easy – Just yum

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I love crab cakes.  I just do.  So when I saw this recipe on Chowhound, with all its pictures I had to try.  What a wonderful treat.  Enjoy!!  Rhonda Massad

Make-ahead note: You can prepare these crab cakes ahead of time and reheat just before serving. To freeze, cook as instructed, cool completely, then freeze uncovered until firm. Wrap the frozen cakes well, seal in zipper-top freezer bags, and return them to the freezer. To reheat, set the frozen crab cakes on a baking sheet in a 350°F oven and cook until heated through.


For the aioli:

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • Finely grated zest of 1 medium lemon (or 1 teaspoon packed)
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped cilantro
  • 1 medium garlic clove, minced
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

For the crab cakes:

  • 1/3 cup finely diced celery
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh chives
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped cilantro
  • 1 pound lump crabmeat, picked over for shells, pulled into bite-size pieces, excess water squeezed out (do not rinse)
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups panko
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • 1 medium lemon, cut into wedges, for serving


For the aioli:

  1. 1Mix all the measured ingredients in a small bowl until combined. Season to taste with salt and pepper; set aside.

For the crab cakes:

1Place 1/4 cup of the aioli, the celery, chives, and cilantro in a medium bowl and stir to combine.

Fold in the crabmeat and season with salt and pepper as desired.Using a 1/4-cup measuring cup, scoop 10 portions of the crabmeat mixture and place on a large plate or baking sheet. Wet your hands with warm water and gently pack each portion into 3/4-inch-thick disks (about 2 1/2 inches in diameter).

Place the flour, eggs, and panko in 3 separate shallow bowls for dredging the cakes. (Keep in mind that without a binder, the cakes will fall apart as you work with them. But don’t worry; do your best to re-form them as you go.) First coat the cakes in flour, shaking off any excess. Next coat them with egg, and finally coat them with panko, placing each back on the baking sheet as it is dredged.

Line a plate with paper towels; set aside. Heat a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add enough oil to just coat the bottom of the pan. Place half of the cakes in the pan and cook until golden brown and crisp, about 2 to 3 minutes per side.

Transfer to the prepared plate. Repeat with the remaining cakes, adding more oil to the pan as needed.

Place 1 or 2 cakes on a plate and top with a spoonful of the remaining aioli. Serve immediately with a lemon wedge.

Zoning changes in any municipality in the end are up to an active few to decide

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by Rhonda Massad

In the wake of another registry process that had citizens successfully invoking their rights to block development at the former ESSO Station lot on Beaurepaire and Prarie Drive, Councillor Wade Staddon is encouraging residents to speak out on the process itself.

In recent months cities like Dorval, Kirkland, NDG and Beaconsfield have all seen projects presented that have not suited some residents and have been shot down at the democratic registry process. 

According to both Beaconsfield Councillor Wade Staddon and Beaconsfield resident Janice Meisner the legal process is flawed and does not provide enough flexibility for discussion to occur between any city and it’s residents.

“My feedback to the city would be that I would like the citizens to be consulted prior to the decisions being made when it comes to developing a project,” Meisner explained at a recent land use discussion meeting in Beaconsfield. “I came to the consultation on the zoning change for the former ESSO location and I got my neighbours to come. I was told  the project a done deal when I got there.”

Meisner would have liked to have been able to feed into the decision making process. 

“All we were left with was the registry.  The process is flawed. We should be part of the decision making process,” she said. “If you get the buy in from the citizens before, we won’t vote the project down at the registry part of the process.”

The way a zoning change process works is that residents only become aware of a project once the city receives a request for a zoning change by a developer who makes an overture to change the zone to suit the project. The developer must present a specific project to the city first before the city starts the process of changing the zone.  Council is then forced, by law, to present the request to the residents through a resolution at a public meeting. 

At the next two public monthly meetings council then votes on the same resolution.  It is through voting that council itself expresses their support for a project not by instigating the resolution for a zoning change in the first resolution.  

If the residents are unhappy with the outcome of the final vote three months after the resolution is initiated then they need to gather enough signatures to block the zoning change.

According to Staddon the legal zoning process is flawed and he was happy that someone spoke out on the issue and encouraged Meisner to write down her concerns in an email making them official.

“I have an issue with how the law requires us to treat zoning changes,” Staddon shared. “It all becomes about winning not about the discussion. There has to be a better way to have that dialogue with residents but the law makes it difficult.”

Rhonda’s Best of the West as seen on Global TV – April 2016

Rhonda's Best of the West

by Rhonda Massad


April is fun filled!!! It was tough to choose my top picks for things to do in the West this month.  I presented them on Global TV for the first time on April 7.  Click  Global TV to watch the segment.  You can expect to see West Island Blog on Global the first Wednesday of every month to get caught up on the best events on the West Island.


  1. Light  a Dream Spaghetti Fundraiser

    Thursday, April 14 at 11:30 AM – 8 PM

    two seatings 11:30 to 1:30 and again between 4:30 and 8 pm

    Students and Alumni will be on-hand to make your dining experience an enjoyable one.There will be raffles, entertainment , and a Light a Dream product table full of super specials. Tickets- $10

    location: Excellent Ice Kirkland- NTR

    2950 Edmond Street Kirkland Quebec, Montreal, Quebec H9H 5J5

  2. The Wellness Fair  hosted by WICWC

    Saturday April 9, 2016

    9 am – 5 pm

    Holiday Inn & Suites Pointe-Claire

    This is a full day event. Guests will be able to attend free of charge. All attendees will have the opportunity to walk around the fair and visit up to 40 tables of local vendors showcasing products & services related to Health & Wellness.

    Attendees will also be able to participate in workshops & conferences (for a small fee) throughout the day.

    Speakers will speak on various health topics such as how to spring clean your life.   Yoga therapy combined with health therapy, Therapeutic Touch table for guests to try.

    For more information contact Maggie Costa 514 695-9355 or

  3. Frog Call night at the Eco Museum in St. Annes 

    Listen to the wildest choir in town! Each spring, Mother Nature offers us the opportunity to hear the most beautiful melodies in unison. It is the only time of year where you can hear a chorus of male frogs calling females to the pond, as Spring Peepers breed in early spring.Rhonda's Best of the West on Global TV - April 2016

    During the event all your senses will be heightened! At dusk, you will leave in the company of a zoologist to discover our marsh frogs. Bring boots and flashlights to find as many frogs as possible and allow our expert zoologists to help you identify your discoveries.

    April 24 or April 29 in English, French dates available cost  20.00 for  non-members $16 for members –  minimum 3 yrs old

    It is  an activity you won’t soon forget! Check it out at the Eco Museum

    I need to mention that Breakfast with the Bears is also a great activity that should not be missed but is sold out in april.  Its time to register for the May Breakfast with the bears right now.

  4. Annual Benefit Breakfast for West Island Palliative Care

     Start your morning off with a FREE buffet breakfast when you give a donation at the door to the

    West Island Palliative Care Residence.

    Friday, April 29, 2016

    6:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

    Table 09

    9 Place Frontenac, Pointe-Claire (Intersection of St-Jean Blvd & Brunswick Blvd.)

     Information: Jessica Newey 514 693-1718, ext. 227 or

  5. Shopping from the heart

    This is the 6th year of SFTH! My, how time flies!

    Just before Mother’s Day!! Get your gifts for the mamas in your life!

    Women in business will showcase their goods and services, raffle prizes all night long, an incredible silent auction, sweet table and coffee & a few surprises!

    All proceeds go to the three hospital foundations for children and women.

    Thursday, April 28 at 7 PM – 10 PMShopping from the Heart, Julia aka Ask Mama Moe, Rhonda Massad, Global TV

    Holiday Inn & Suites Pointe-Claire Montréal Aéroport

    6700, route Transcanadienne, Pointe-Claire, Quebec H9R 1C2

    hosted by Julia aka ask Mama moe

    For more details, visit

    All proceeds will be going to the following charities:

    The Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation

    The Lakeshore Hospital Foundation, Maternity Ward 

    The Royal Victoria Foundation, NICU

    $10 entrance fee gives you 5 raffle tickets

  6. AJOI Talent Show Action Jeunesse de l’Ouest de L’Ile                                                                  This coming April 9th, AJOI is organizing their annual fundraiser at the College Beaubois theatre.AJOI brings about the 4th edition of their fundraising campaign called “Tonight we rock, we dance!”.For this occasion, Public Security Minister, Martin Coiteux, and  Pierrefonds-Roxboro borough Mayor, Jim Beis, will help our youth by lending their voices and by plucking  the strings of their guitars.Also, singer and songwriter Tina-Ève Provost will be performing for you.
    The welcome cocktail will start at 6:45 pm.
    For tickets information to  “Tonight we rock, we dance! at 
     AJOI’s objective is to provide support and much needed help to the West Island youth community. In the last year, AJOI created more than 4,300 interventions and has supported over 9,500 free participations to diversified sport events near the youth residences. Our main goal is to raise $10,000 in order to build free recreational areas on the West Island territory for the kids and teenagers to enjoy freely and securely.

Watch the segment by clicking here

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Concept72 can change your outdoor living experience

Outdoor living lighting landscape

Spring has arrived and it’s time to plan your outdoor living space. Gone are the days when we sat in the backyard at a patio table surrounded by grass and nothing else. Today the possibilities are endless. No matter your budget, Steph Tanguay from Concept72 can take your patch of grass and turn it into a slice of heaven. 

“With the unique way we see the outdoor living space of our clients’ homes, we are able to enhance the existing area, or create a completely new vision,” Tanguay explained. “In all our projects it is important to maximize the usage and enjoyment of the outdoor living experience that we create.”Steph Tanguay, Concept72, Rhonda Massad, West Island Blog, WIB   

“We are always thinking of the feelings our clients will experience when spending time in the spaces we create together. This means integrating specialty items so the home owner can use the space from early spring to late fall and keep warm, cool and sheltered in our unpredictable climate.”

Concept72 can integrate outdoor TVs, sound systems and kitchens into your property’s outdoor experience. Steph loves working architectural lighting into his designs to amplify the beauty of outdoors and keep his clients out at night.  

After 35 years of learning, teaching, maintaining and creating outdoor living along with all standard landscaping projects Steph Tanguay has created Concept72 to design and execute Outdoor Living areas with precision.

Contact: Steph Tanguay at 514-400-7000 or

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The 17th Seniors’ Spring Luncheon in Pointe Claire – Save the Date

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The 17th Seniors’ Spring Luncheon will be held on April 20 and 21, under a marquee tent in the Bob Birnie Arena parking lot at 58 Maywood Avenue in Pointe Claire.

“Year after year, our seniors really enjoy this friendly event,” says Mayor Trudeau. “The Spring Luncheon is an opportunity to meet, share a meal in good company, and remember good times in a festive and enjoyable atmosphere.”.

More than 500 seniors are expected to attend the luncheon, jointly organized with the Pointe-Claire Oldtimers Hockey Club. In addition to the meal, participants will enjoy a musical show, perform on the dance floor and maybe win a door prize.

“Once again this year, people are invited to come celebrate with friends and family and make this a memorable edition of the Spring Luncheon,” says the mayor.

Tickets are on sale for $11 at 94 Douglas-Shand Avenue. For more information, contact the Recreation Department at 514-630-1214.

Future land development in Beaconsfield up for discussion

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By Rhonda Massad

Beaconsfield is known for it’s active citizen participation and with land development on the block for discussion this is no exception. 

Angell Woods has always been a sensitive issue in Beaconsfield for more than 30 years, but with that piece of land permanently protected as conservation and nature park by the city of Montreal in 2015 there are still a few locations that can bring citizens out to make sure development suits their tastes.  Up for discussion are the future of spots like the former ESSO station, that was recently up for a zoning change that was refused by residents during a registry, Elm Plaza and The Lord Reading Yacht Club location whose lease with the city of Beaconsfield will end in 2018.

A committee was formed in the new year consisting of residents, council and staff to hear what residents have to say.  On April 4, the Herb Linder Annex was crowded with people who wanted to express their desires for the future of their city.  There were several stations set up manned by resident committee members taking notes on what people said.  Next Monday, April 11, a more formal session will take place at City Hall where businesses, organizations and residents will have the opportunity to formally express their visions for land development in the city.

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Committee Chair, Councillor Wade Staddon

“This is first meeting I have attended,” resident Danielle Dubord said. “I am happy with the process, citizens that have something to say are being given a chance to do so.  The committee is made of different people so different views are represented.  I wish the Lord reading would go back to the citizens.  We do not have much access to the water front and I would like to see that accessible.”

According to the President of the Beaconsfield Citizen’s Association and committee member, Al Gardner he is also pleased with the process.

“Next week we hear from the residents in a more formal fashion,” Gardner explained.  “We tried to contact as many people as possible, we used the Contact, various email lists and some online media like the West Island Blog.  The electronic signs were used as well for the last few weeks.”