Month: August 2016

Montreal murals

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travel

Montreal has a surprising number of murals, spread around the city. You can learn more about them here. This is one of my favourites, entitled L’Étoffe des Pionnières, or The Fabric of Pioneers, by artist Annie Hamel. It celebrates the legacy of the King’s Wards (Fillis du Roy), the mural depicting the arrival of the first 36 King’s Wards in New France.  

Favourite ice cream scoop

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kitchen tool

I honestly don’t know how I scooped ice cream before I bought a ZEROLL ice cream scoop. These aluminum scoops have a heat conductive fluid in the handle, which helps cut through the hardest of ice creams (heat from the users hand is transferred to the scoop). It’s also easy to clean, and doesn’t suffer mechanical problems. It’s design also hasn’t really changed since the company was formed in 1935.

Eating in Montreal – La Salle à Manger

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One night in Montreal we ate at La Salle à Manger on Mont Royal Ave. An exceptional local restaurant. If you want to try some good restaurants, you have to leave the tourist areas, and explore the more suburban areas of Montreal, such as the plateau. A fantastic dinner! On the menu? Seared veal liver, sarladaise potatoes lardons, and red cabbage. Veal tart, morel mayo, shaved foie gras, hazelnuts, and toast. Corn & ricotta angelotti, […]

Eating in Montreal – Best pizza place!

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On our recent trip to Montreal, we ate at  at a couple of new restaurants, and a couple of the usual places. The first night we had dinner at a great pizza place in downtown Montreal. Il Focolaio has a wood fired oven, and approximately 75 different pizza options to choose from. To eat? The classic Napoletana (No.1 -): sauce, mozzarella, anchovies, kalamata olives, capers.    

Taking the train to Montreal

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With difficulty in trying to find a flight to Chicago, we decided to take the VIA train to  Montreal. A 4.5 hour trip from Toronto, in business class it is equivalent in cost to flying to Montreal (esp. once you factor in luggage fees, etc). Flying to Montreal is practical, but from a time point-of-view not that much quicker, factoring in the wait time at the airport before the flight, and the 30 minutes into […]

Paletas in TO

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dessert

In Kensington Market there is a wonderful little place called Wrestlers, that serves South American paletas. These “popsicles” are made with real fruit and/or milk. There are 20-odd flavours that are always changing, from fruit-based paletas like lime, pineapple or pina colada, to more indulgent milk-based flavours like banana-Nutella, pistachio, or rice pudding. They also serve Churros, and a bunch of drinks including cold-brew coffee, and Horchata Cafe. I tried a Nutella paleta, which was *exceptional*.