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5 Montréal picnic and park pairings

Montréal summers are a thing to treasure. As the weather warms, our collective thoughts turn to how we can spend the most time outside, and there are few better activities than eating en plein air. To help you capitalize on this favoured summer activity, we’re offering a quick guide on where to buy a picnic, and which nearby green space you can go enjoy it in. All you’ll have to do is BYOB (by which, of course, we mean bring your own blanket). DIY: Atwater Market + the Lachine Canal Running since 1933, Atwater Market is home to a host of businesses ready to help you cobble together your perfect picnic. Start with some cheese at La Fromagerie Hamel to pair with fresh fruit from one of the outdoor vendors. Next stop is Les Cochons Tout Ronds for charcuterie, and finally a baguette from bakery Première Moisson (don’t forget to grab yourself an almond croissant for dessert). Cross over the footbridge right outside the market’s south end to find a bench along the historic Lachine Canal waterfront and delight in your spoils. Gastronomy-on-the-go: Food trucks + Mount Royal Park / Parc Jeanne-Mance Food trucks are still a relatively new thing… / Read More →

The Montréal metro seen through the lens of Chris Forsyth

Chris Forsyth is a Montréal-based architecture photographer who has been creating a photo archive of Montréal’s iconic metro system. The idea of capturing the artistry of the city’s underground architecture developed as Chris rode the metro each day. He realized that many people – especially Montrealers who commute on the subway every day – overlook the beauty of the stations’ design. The Montréal Metro Project is an ongoing photo series that aims to showcase the uniqueness of each station and to encourage Montrealers and visitors alike to see the metro in a new light. SHERBROOKE JEAN-DRAPEAU ASSOMPTION BERRI-UQAM CHARLEVOIX DE L’ÉGLISE DE LA SAVANE JARRY LAURIER LIONEL-GROULX To see more images from the project, visit chrismforsyth.com.

Meet a Montrealer: Julie Gilbert, Owner of Ô Deux Sœurs

Special collaboration with Florence Gagnon, president and founder of Lez Spread the Word Ô Deux Sœurs (which loosely translates as “At the two sisters”) is a restaurant, a caterer and an organic grocery store that has hung out its shingle on Rosemont Boulevard for five years now. Owner Julie Gilbert and her team have made it their mission to continually reinvent the pleasures of eating, adding a philanthropic twist by offering their customers quality food at affordable prices. With its “comfort food” style cuisine using local products, Ô Deux Sœurs also offers vegetarian, organic and gluten-free variations on its menu. On weekdays, you can select from the table d’hôte menu for lunch and dinner. On weekends, the restaurant serves up a sumptuous gourmet brunch. You’ll also find a list of delicious sandwiches, salads, desserts and beverages that are served all day long. As well, their new selection of coffee and a variety of prepared meals are always available on-site. For the past two years, the restaurant has been on a roll – literally – with the Ô Sœurs Volantes food truck, which dishes out equal parts salads in tortillas, meatball dishes and satisfied smiles. Ô Sœurs Volantes hits the road… / Read More →

Things to do this Thanksgiving Weekend in Montreal

As Canadian Thanksgiving weekend approaches, Montreal remains thankful for an abundance of autumnal activities and entertainment, along with rather summery temperatures even as the leaves change colour…

Cruise ship tours: Montreal in three hours or three days

The island of Montreal offers the contemporary cruise ship passenger innumerable possibilities for their own three-hour stopover tour of the city. Or make it a three-day tour, depending on how long you’re docked…

Jean-Talon Market: Seven new tastes for Spring

In the spring and summer months, Montreal’s Jean-Talon market is the largest open-air farmers’ market in North America. It’s a great place to get close to what makes Montreal’s food scene great: The farmers and the foods that come from our earth, our land (what we call “terroir”)…

EAT YOUR WAY THROUGH JEAN-TALON MARKET

The Jean-Talon market is the Mecca of all things delicious in Montreal. Chefs, foodies and amateur gourmets flock to this culinary Disneyland to satisfy all their food needs. In this “largest open air market in North America” you will find fishmongers, butchers, local cheese artisans, Quebec farmers and foragers, duck, turkey and quail eggs, flowers and fresh herbs as well as more exotic fare like Moroccan pastries, Eastern European-style sausages and even a taco “king”…

MONTREAL’S BEST HOT CHOCOLATE

The chill is in the air, and with that comes the desire for hot chocolate. It’s primal. Luckily, Montreal’s old-world/new world vibe makes it a great place to sip on choco – you get all the tradition of a Belgian or Swiss cup of cocoa goodness, with rock-and-roll elements such as salty caramel or chile for the adventurous palate. Here are some of our favourite places to stop off for a rich, unguent cup of chocolat chaud…

FALL HARVEST TIME AT MONTREAL’S MARKETS

There was a time when autumn in Montreal was my favourite season – the crisp air and quickened pace, dappled sunlight on red and yellow leaves in Mont-Royal Park, everyone stylish in their new fall-season fashions. Idyllic really. Yet at some point in the past five years, I became a summer person, happiest in its heat, whether urban frenzy or country calm. High summer is also when I discovered that I really like vegetable farming (in small doses), though a visit to any of Montreal’s markets proves that both farming and farm-fresh bounties continue well into September and October…

SUMMER AT JEAN-TALON MARKET

Locals know that a summer stroll around Montreal’s markets is not only a chance to connect local farms to your table, it’s also a chance for us to check each other out in the long-awaited sunshine…