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How to make the world’s best two-ingredient burger

Cityline | posted Saturday, May 24th, 2014

Does this sunny weather have you craving burgers on the BBQ? Claire Tansey shows us how to make the most simple and delicious burger of all time.

Two-ingredient burger


  • 750 g medium ground beef
  • 1  1/2 tsp coarse salt


Preheat barbecue to medium.

Shape beef into 6 patties, each about 1/2 inch thick. Press a shallow depression in centre of each patty to help keep its shape while cooking. Sprinkle both sides with salt. Season with fresh pepper.

Oil grill and barbecue burgers with lid closed for 5 to 7 min. Flip burgers, then continue grilling, with lid closed, until burgers are cooked, 6 more min. Let burgers rest 5 min before serving on toasted buns with your favourite toppings.

Prep 5 min | Total 15 min
Serves 6 | Per serving 415 calories, 18g protein, 38g fat, 665 mg sodium.

Tips to make the BEST burger:

  • Start with medium ground beef (instead of lean or extra-lean). It has a lot more flavour, and most of the fat drips away while it’s cooking.
  • Mix the meat with your hands (instead of using utensils). This will ensure you don’t over-mix the meat, and it creates a nice texture.
  • To make patties, take a handful of ground beef  and shape it into a ball, then flatten it out. Don’t make the patties too thick — half  an inch to an inch thick is  the perfect size.
  • Prevent burgers from puffing up into balls by taking your thumb and making a little indent in the middle of each patty.
  • The grill should be hot before you add the patties — this will ensure they don’t stick, and they’ll achieve that caramelized exterior.
  • Don’t flip them too many times. And never, ever press down on the patties with your spatula (that will make all the flavour escape!).
  • Use grated cheese (instead of sliced)  for extra oomph.
  • Hollow out the lid  of your bun to make more room for toppings.
  • Our favourite condiment is sriracha mayo — just stir some of the hot sauce into mayo and slather it on!

Courtesy Claire Tansey




Six tips to help you stay on top of your email

Chatelaine | posted Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Sabrina Geremia is manager, integrated solutions, for Google and heads up its initiative to bring talented girls from around the globe into the tech industry.

1. Separate business and pleasure

I have three different email accounts: Work, personal Gmail for friends and a third I share with my husband (it’s where we keep our family calendar to manage appointments and travel plans). Without having different inboxes I’d find it hard to keep track of who I’ve responded to and who I haven’t.

2. Try face time

If an email thread becomes too long, includes too many people or is delivering bad news, it’s probably not the right medium. This is the moment to get up from your desk or pick up the phone and actually have a conversation.

3. Weed out the clutter

I get over 100 emails a day so I have to have a system. When my inbox is full of unread messages, the first thing I do is delete or archive the ones I don’t need to read — I can usually tell from the subject line. The second step is to prioritize (star or label) the most important ones, then deal with them.

4. Email etiquette

Emails should be short and punchy, not essays. I often use bullets, or I bold key messages to make it clear what the purpose of the email is. Also, I don’t care how short it is — that’s no excuse for sloppy grammar, spelling, salutations or language.

5. Stop the deluge!

I regularly take a few moments to unsubscribe from unwanted emails. Simple, I know, but it really makes a difference. I’ve also found that the less email I send the less I receive.

6. Schedule screen time

Every Friday I sit down with my assistant to look at the week ahead and prioritize my time. Then we slot in blocks of work time. I use it to catch up on my emails. When I’m with my family I make sure I spend real time with my children instead of being distracted by my phone. The same goes for my team. We’ve developed a culture of not sending work-related emails on weekends unless it’s incredibly urgent.

The latest and greatest gear for your workout

Cityline | posted Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

For most, spring is the time to ditch the winter sweaters and squeeze in some time to work out — because bikini season is among us, after all. Now if that sends shivers down your spine, you are not alone!

We’re sure we can all agree that the first “outside run” of the New Year is a rough one indeed. But fear not, as we have just the motivation you need. From a trendy bracelet that doubles as a safe sun exposure app, the latest sports bra technology, and all the way to brightly coloured runners, Karine Ewart has everything you’ll need to look great and feel great while working out.

Dumping Microsoft Word

eliasmakos | posted Monday, Mar 17th, 2014

With Microsoft still dragging its heels on releasing Office for the iPad, many people are looking for cross-platform alternatives. Here are three great options, all of them free. They might make you reconsider ever buying Office again, or paying for a yearly subscription for Microsoft’s latest offerings. Here are the three options I highlighted today:


The startup is making waves, with some businesses dropping Microsoft’s Word entirely for it. Quip’s apps work on iPhone, iPad,  & Android, or on PC/Mac via its website. In my testing, it’s ridiculously fast. It lacks many features (There’s only one type face and three headers available) but if you want speed and shareability, Quip is superb. www.quip.com

Google Drive

Google’s online productivity suite is robust, adding features on a regular basis and with enough options to satisfy 98% of Microsoft Word users. It’s apps could use some improvement, but you simply can’t beat it’s features and collaboration tools for working with others. Plus it’s free! www.drive.google.com/

Apple’s Pages, Numbers, and Keynote

Apple productivity apps don’t cost a thing – but only if you’ve bought a new iPhone, iPad, or Mac recently. And Apple has finally brought these apps to the Windows world, as they’re now are available in a desktop browser via the iCloud website. If you want beautiful documents, not quick & dirty ones, this is a great choice. www.icloud.com

School Closures: March 13th, 2014

BT Montreal | posted Thursday, Mar 13th, 2014

All schools are closed for the following school boards:

  • Commission Marie Victorin
  • Riverside School Board
  • New Frontiers School Board
  • Eastern Townships School Board
  • Commission Scolaire des Grandes Seigneuries
  • Commission Scolaire de Saint-Hyacinthe
  •  Commission scolaire des Patriotes
  • Elementary school and high school for the Collège Français de Longueuil
  • Commission scolaire des Patriotes.
  • Commission scolaire de La Vallée Des Tisserands

Also Closed:

  • Montreal Oral School for the deaf
  • Maimonides Geriatric Day Center Hospital in Côte-St-Luc

Social Stream: Entertainment City at the GRAMMYs

Winston Sih | posted Wednesday, Feb 5th, 2014

Breakfast TelevisionEntertainment CityCityline, and CityNews are live from the GRAMMY Awards with coverage from the red carpet in Los Angeles all week long.

City will be the exclusive Canadian broadcaster of music’s biggest night, and BT will have wall-to-wall coverage of the show with correspondents reporting on location.

For behind-the-scenes updates and more, check out our Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Vine postings using the hashtags #CityGRAMMYs and #GRAMMYs, as well as in the social stream below.

Go to Citytv.com/GRAMMYs for the latest news, interviews, and interactive content. Plus, we have a full recap of the night’s highs and lows.

SCHOOL CLOSINGS- January 6th, 2014

BT Montreal | posted Monday, Jan 6th, 2014


• College de Montreal
• Saint-Edmond High School in Greenfield Park closed due to flooding. Staff must go into work however.


• College Francais Primaire et Secondaire de Longueuil


• Rotiwennakehte/Aronhiatekha elementary
• Ratihen:te High School


• Arundel Elementary School
• Laurentia Elementary School
• Grenville Elementary School
• Ste- Agathe Academy
• Ste-Adele Elementary School
• Laurentian Elementary School
• Morin Heights Elementary School
• Laurentian Regional High School
• Mountainview High School
• CDC Lachute


• Rawdon Elementary School
• Joliette Elementary School
• Joliette High School

Lower Laurentians:

• Rosemere High School
• McCaig Elementary School
• Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau Elementary School
• Franklin Hill Elementary School
• Pinewood Elementary School
• Mountainview Elementary School
• Lake of Two Mountains High School
• St-Jude Elementary School

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