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Mayssam Samaha is the Montreal-based food and travel writer behind Will Travel for Food. She was born and raised in Lebanon and lived in New York City before finally settling on Montreal as her home. She travels the world in search of her next culinary discovery, from Michelin-starred restaurants across the planet to the latest hole-in-the-wall down the street. Her blog, Will Travel for Food, has been a finalist in the Culinary Travel category of Saveur Magazine's Best Blog Awards for the past two years. Mayssam is a contributor to the Tourisme Montréal blog and is an expert in all things food in Montreal. She lives two blocks away from Montreal's Jean-Talon market – aka her "corner store" – and loves to peruse its many colorful stalls and specialized food shops.
Justin Bur chose to live in Montreal 30 years ago to benefit from its vibrant mix of cultures, finding life much more interesting in two languages than just one. His lifelong fascination with the workings of cities and their transportation systems led him to obtain a master's degree in urban planning from Université de Montréal in 1994. Since then, he has further explored numerous topics in the history of Montreal's urban development, including the 200 years of evolution of the Mile End neighborhood; Saint-Laurent Boulevard, from country houses to a lively multicultural microcosm of the city; and the development of Montreal's road, rail and public transit networks. He has been active since 2007 with two local historical societies, the <a href="http://amisboulevardstlaurent.com/?lang=en">Friends of Saint-Laurent Boulevard</a> and <a href="http://memoire.mile-end.qc.ca/?lang=en/?lang=en">Mile End Memories</a>, for which he has led numerous walking tours and lectured and written on neighborhood history. His goal has always been to understand the present state of the city through an exploration of its past – combining approaches from history, geography, and urban planning – in order to tell true stories about the evolution of his favorite places.
Marcella De Vincenzo is a freelance food writer and cooking instructor born and raised in Montreal. She has reviewed many restaurants, writes about Montreal, and is currently co-authoring a cookbook based on the Jean Talon Market, which she describes as being 'literally in her backyard'. The market vendors now know her by name, it doesn’t hurt that she bakes them cookies. Her insight and knowledge in cooking Italian dishes stem from the hours she spent in the kitchen with her grandmother and aunts. One of her biggest passions is teaching kids how to cook ‘real food’; so much so, that she is one of Jamie Oliver Food Revolution Ambassadors for Montreal. Marcella is a graduate of Concordia University with a degree in Human Resources, a specialization that helps her when working with zealous farmers and chefs!
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