Articles written by: Melani Litwack

The wrong cheese for manicotti. No raisins for the bran muffins­—and did anyone add the bran? (Photo by Melani Litwack)
Features / Food

Potboilers collective kitchen specializes in friendship

It’s 9:30 on a Wednesday morning and I’m standing, somewhat bleary-eyed, outside a big kitchen as five women prepare for a very busy morning. By noon there will be a huge pot of orange-carrot soup, pans of manicotti, containers of bran muffin batter and two huge apple crisps cooling on […]

A full moon rises over the Chaos Theatre at the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium. (Photo by Hayley Juhl)

Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium goes to infinity … and beyond

Forty-seven years ago this month, the Dow Planetarium opened to the public. It closed its doors in October 2011 and the future of the heritage site is still being debated although the city hopes it will become a hub of the new Quartier de l’innovation downtown. The just-opened Rio Tinto […]

At Montreal’s Botanical Garden, Butterflies Go Free, Monarch is king

At Montreal’s Botanical Garden, Butterflies Go Free, Monarch is king

The monarch is king at this year’s Butterflies Go Free exhibit, hosted by the Montreal Botanical Garden. The distinctive orange and black pattern of the monarch’s wings and white, black and green stripes of the caterpillar are featured prominently in the décor and living versions abound. Although the monarch stands […] screen grab.

Knitters have a yarn to tell on

Looking to knit or crochet booties for a new baby? A hat for your cat? A sweater for the dog? Chances are good that you can find the perfect pattern on You have to sign up for a free membership before you can use the site, but trust me, […]

Photos: Melani Litwack

Five ecosystems, 250 animal species, one stop: the Biôdome

BY: MELANI LITWACK The Biodôme is not a zoo. It is an immersive exploration of five ecosystems—three of which are distinctly Canadian. In 1989, a feasibility study was conducted on Montreal’s former Olympic Velodrome and three years later it was repurposed as the Biodôme—a zoological marvel unlike anything Montrealers had […]