May 21, 2015

WANDER | Montreal Guide #1

Mont Royal Lookout Point

Having moved to Montreal recently for a footwear design internship, its been quite the change from comfortable and homey Ottawa. I secured a place downtown, right off of St. Catherine-Ouest and the ever bustling city is filled with chatter and car noises.

Over the past few weeks the sound of french has become comforting and is bringing back the many hours spent in french immersion during high school, which I still firmly believe I did not learn anything in regards to being bilingual (though I have a certificate that says otherwise). Everything is so new, not knowing anyone in the city but thankfully I have some amazing friends who visit me from Ottawa and over the long weekend we got up to a lot of shenanigans exploring the city together. Never have I walked so much, biked until the pain of the potholes still linger and eat such delicious food.

Kazu: Eggplant appetizer shrimp cakes, chicken meat balls and salmon/tuna salad bowls

Some things to check out for sure next time you're in Montreal:
  1. Kazu: rated a high 91% on Urbanspoon with over 3000 likes, you know this place HAS to be good. Granted the line up can be off-putting, you can always opt for take out. Kazu is a Japanese Restaurant serving an Izakaya style of food, don't go in expecting sushi, you won't be getting any but their Salmon and Tuna Salad Bowl with crispy noodles is quite delicious (definitely recommend!). Homemade ice cream with special toppings also available and definitely worth trying something outside the box, unusual but yummy flavors such as ginger and black tea were equally delicious and has me wondering what plum would taste like. Reasonably priced and delicious, I'd definitely go back...but maybe for takeout, lines are just not my thing. (4.5/5)
  2. Mont Royal Park: The mountain as its called, located about a 20min walk north of downtown is your escape to nature. Tonnes of pathways and trails to hike and explore, also a fantastic look out point, quite the hike but hey, fitness is good for you! Tamtams is also something that happens every Sunday in the park where drums fill the air with a constant rolling beat and people chill. It seems overwhelming and weird at first but after walking around, you notice unique activities people partake in and it makes you want to return and join in on the massive chill-fest. (5/5)
  3. Bixi: Montreal is a fairly small city and with the amount of traffic and aggression on the road, I'd say leave the car at home. If walking isn't your thing definitely grab a Bixi to explore the city, with its many bike lanes and trails its actually faster to travel around the city by bike than any other means. $5 for 24hr use, you can't beat that price! Just remember to dock the bike every 30mins and everything will be just dandy! Bixi also has a handy app which allows you to find the nearest docking stations and where bikes are available. Happy biking :) (4/5)
  4. Nos Thes: Okay don't kill me, but.....their bubble tea might be better than my favourite Chatime. A great atmosphere to catch a quick drink with friends, supposedly good food as well; I'll have to get back to you on that one. Bubble Tea is a guilty pleasure of mine, its those damn tapioca pearls, love the chewy texture and sweetness. It's my go to for dessert if I'm in the mood for something refreshing yet sweet. My usual is a Black Milk Tea BBT with tapicoa pearls and aloe. Really been digging the aloe recently... use to be grass jelly (both are good!) (5/5)
  5. Seoul Chako: Korean BBQ, all you can eat, get ready for a massive food coma! Delicious KBBQ but I gotta say the real star of the show was their sushi. Weird right? But definitely worth it. Top picks from their menu: A mango/smoked salmon roll, marinated lamb special, clams, pork belly and kamikaze roll. (3.5/5)
UPCOMING: SIDIM - May 21 to 23, Free museum day - May 24, Picnik Electronique - May 17 till September


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