Sending happy mid-week vibes to you wherever you are in the world!
I’ve been intrigued with today’s location since I watched Anthony Bourdain cover it (mostly it’s cuisine) on Parts Unknown. Do any of you watch that? If yes, we are kindred spirits.
On this particular episode, he visited Montreal, Quebec and proceeded to make me fall in love -from afar- with Québécois cuisine. Now all that’s missing is the actual food in my mouth.
So, if a boarding pass found its way into my hands right now, the destination would say Montreal.
What I want to do & see: 1) Walk to the top of Mont-Royal because – views. This small mountain in the city of Montreal is surrounded by a lush park, with stunning views of the city from the mountain’s top.
2) Stroll through Vieux Montreal (Old Montreal)
3) Visit the Montreal Botanical Gardens – A garden filled with flowers is my favorite kind of garden. Or one filled with books, except, that wouldn’t be a garden anymore.
4) See the Notre-Dame Basilica – Whoever was responsible for the architecture & design of this place is a genius in my books.
5) Visit Montreal’s Quartier des spectacles – The quartier des spectacles reminds me of Miami’s art and design district. Seems like the perfect place to spend a chill night pretending I can interpret art. I can at least admire it.
What I want to eat: Everything?
Poutine – I’m not going to lie, poutine doesn’t sound appetizing. However, it seems to be at the top of every must-try food list.
Tire sur la Neige – Maple syrup + snow = Maple Taffy. Sign me up.
Charlevoix lamb – You know how you can’t call sparkling wine champagne unless it’s from the Champagne region in France? (if you didn’t know, now you do), the same goes for this Charlevoix lamb. Now, I’m even more intrigued to taste it.
Bagels? – Apparently, the bagels here deserve to be called Montreal bagels as they aren’t like the ones you get at Einstein bros. (my favorite bagel spot) in the United States.
Tourtière – Quebecois version of a meat pie.
Although the foods listed here (except the bagels, who is responsible for bagels?) are considered Québécois, the cultural diversity in Montreal’s food scene is incredible. North African, Chinese, Indian, Haitian and various others are blended to provide what I think will be an amazing culinary experience.
Thanks to Lonely Planetand National Geographic for ideas. I plan to visit Montreal in March 2017. If any of you live or have been there before, please leave me a comment to let me know what else to get up to!
Keep dreaming & thank you for reading!
Stock photos without credit culled from Google Images
same footprints, different sands