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A Weekend In Montreal

May 19, 2014

Well this picture just about sums up my weekend in Montreal: sunshine, hats, peanut butter m&ms and park chills.

IMG_4367We were there for a short 48 hours, but we managed to pack in quite a few activities. Trips to Montreal always involve some old favourites and new additions to our never-ending Montreal bucket list. It’s been exactly 3 years since I graduated from McGill so lots naturally lots of nostalgia was to be had. At the same time it was also reassuring that I’ve accomplished a couple of things since receiving my alumni status.

In addition to recapping the weekend, I figured I would throw in some of my Montreal favs for anyone who might be visiting in the future. No surprise most of them involve food 🙂

After a long train ride I arrived to a very rainy Montreal, which quite literally put a damper on our plans. Although I must admit I was more than happy once I had a glass of wine in hand from Bier Markt(who gets wine at a bier markt?!) and a wild night at the movies seeing Neighbors, which by the way was pee-your-pants hilarious!

The following morning we met up with friends at Lawrence, an absolutely delicious brunch spot. Some of my other favourite brunch spots: Chez Jose, Beauty’s and Bagels Etc.

brunchFollowing brunch we bopped around Montreal watching the Habs get crushed by the Rangers. It was so sad to watch so I drowned my sorrows in Bloody Marys. Other bars that I love: Else’s, Mme Lee, and Big in Japan Bar.

habs gameI was sooooooo hungry for dinner so I went a bit overboard with the tacos at Burritoville, an awesome vegetarian Mexican restaurant. Montreal has it’s fair share of indulgent restaurants but you can also find quite a few healthy and plant-based options. My favourites include: Aux Vivres, Cafe Santropol and Crudessence.

burritovilleYou can’t visit Montreal without visiting the campus of my alma mater, McGill. McGill is unique in that it is a huge university in the heart of a big city but still has the most glorious fields where students can lay out on the grass and chill between classes. That is when it isn’t snowing 8 months of the year…Don’t ask me my other favourite schools, because no others exist.

IMG_4296Did you know that Montreal is actually built on a mountain? In the summer months the park that lines Mont Royal is taken over by hippies and their drums, which is affectionately called “Tamtams”. Even if you aren’t crunchy granola, the rest of Montreal still comes out to play for tamtams. With the glorious weather, there was absolutely no chance I was missing out.

IMG_4364And no visit would be complete without the best sandwich in Montreal, the camembert on an arepa from Bocadillos. I probably just got myself in trouble for saying that since most people would say the Montreal Smoked Meat sandwich from Schwartz’s is pretty epic. It is definitely delicious as are the bagels from Fairmont Bagels. I don’t care what anyone says, nothing compares to Montreal bagels.

camembertAnd now here I am, watching The Avengers with C on the train. I often forget how important it is to set time aside where your attention is fully focused on the ones you love. I’m glad I was able to detach and make the most of our time in a city that will forever have my heart.

Despite all of the fun, I am looking forward to getting home and getting back on track. My body is craving some veggies!

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    Corey
    August 11, 2014 at 4:52 pm

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    Molly @ The Happiness Recipe
    May 28, 2014 at 12:31 am

    You never fail to make me laugh. Your posts are always so informative yet quirky. But seriously, you went to Montreal without Poutine? Or even a beaver tail? 🙂

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    [email protected]
    May 26, 2014 at 10:06 pm

    I love that opening picture of you, eating M&M’s, chilling in the ball cap. I’m also thrilled you had a great weekend in the city you love. Speaking of, The Avengers was filmed in Cleveland and I can’t watch that movie without seeing my city everywhere. It makes me smile.

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    Amy @ Elephant Eats
    May 21, 2014 at 11:55 am

    What a fun trip!!! And also, i’m jealous of your tasty eats…i think I need to go get lunch now.

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    Brittany
    May 20, 2014 at 11:47 pm

    You look like a BAMF in these photos, I dig it. What a blast, I’ve never been to Montreal…..but I wanna go EVERY WHERE so that would be a pit stop. HA.

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    Sarah Pie
    May 20, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    mmmm that arepa looks fabulous! So glad you had a wonderful weekend and a chance to take it easy.

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    Melissa @ Nourish By Melissa
    May 20, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    Looks like a lovely weekend ! 🙂 I live in Montreal! Fairmount bagels is definitely a classic! Love Aux Vivres as well 🙂

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    Jo @ LIVING MINT GREEN
    May 20, 2014 at 11:46 am

    I like your hat, homie. I think hats on girls are so HAWT. I’ve been in Montreal briefly – it was a quick overnight trip before catching a bus to Mont Tremblant but I didn’t have time to do anything fun. 🙁
    I’ve been thinking about what my post-race meal is going to be this weekend and I’m fairly certain it needs to be a Montreal Smoked Meat sandwich.

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    Julie
    May 20, 2014 at 2:26 am

    I’ve always wanted to go to Montreal!

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    Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen
    May 19, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    I haven’t bee to Montreal since the end of 12th grade. I’ve been wanting to go back sometime soon, and this post just made me want to go even more so that I can check out all these places!

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    Suzanne @ hello, veggy!
    May 19, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    AUX VIVRES GET AT ME.

    Mmmmm dragon sauce… 😛

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    Lindsay @ Shiny Love Affair
    May 19, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    Looks like a fun weekend! It makes me want to plan a Montreal trip this summer. And I agree with you. Montreal bagels are definitely the best.

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