Violetta Safarova explores the art of the homemade 

Violetta Safarova bought a house situated on Grande Allée Street, in St Hubert, about ten years ago, with the goal of eventually turning it into an art gallery café.  She renovated the place herself, with the help of some friends, and five years ago, Café Vandart was open to the inhabitants of the South Shore of Montreal, where another place like it simply does not exist.  The two places for remotely social gatherings that are in proximity to Café Vandart are a Tim Hortons and a gaz station.  Not only does Safarova welcome visitors to home-made desserts, Belgian chocolate (Léonidas), and her own coffee, she has also made the house a lieu of exhibition for young sculptors, painters, and musicians.  The second floor of the house is an art gallery, while on the first floor people can sit and mingle.  Safarova regularly invites musicians, and the concerts take place on the first floor of Café Vandart as well. She has no reservations as to what kinds of art are displayed at the café.  Recently she welcomed an Armenian music ensemble,who were on tour around Quebec. And a couple of weeks ago, the café received an amateur choir who performed Christmas songs. The café owes its fame to word of mouth, thus making it a special little place visited not only by people on the South Shore, but from the island of Montreal and Laval as well.  So if you want first-hand experience of what hot chocolate really tastes like (literally hot chocolate, and not watered down Nesquik), come on over to Café Vandart. Your taste buds will thank you later.

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By Radina Papukchieva
Photos by: Radina Papukchieva
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About Radina Papukchieva

Radina Papukchieva came to live in, be consumed by, and love Montreal in 2003 from Bulgaria, with her mother and little sister. She is still a semester away from graduating from Concordia University, where she is doing a double major in journalism and communication and cultural studies, as well as a minor in film studies. Her interests include film, TV, and popular culture. And Woody Allen. She is a film writer for CultMontreal.com and co-creator of The Cafe Phenomenon. Her list of inspirational people includes Tina Fey, primarily. Among her other interests are music, art, literature, and of course, food. Her film reviews have appeared in The Concordian and The Mirror.

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