Poutine Perfection


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June 13th 2011
Published: September 30th 2017
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Montreal is the perfect place to chill out and just laze around - though it's got dozens of museums and countless festivals during the summertime, Montreal seems to be best enjoyed strolling around and browsing, then stopping for a coffee, drink, or bite to eat. There seem to be countless streets that are packed with bakeries, bars, boutiques, cafes, patios, restaurants ... so many distractions as you walk along, it seems nearly impossible to take more than a few steps before finding a reason to stop, whether it's the sight of pastries in a window or the smell of an espresso that arouses the senses and beckons ...

Monteal is such a walkable city with activity and life in the streets you don't typically see in many Canadian cities. It's got so many character-filled neighbourhoods that blend together seamlessly - from Little Italy to Outremont to Mile End to Mont Royal to the Latin Quarter ... it's tough to know when to stop walking as there is no real end to the fun. Even the main streets like St. Denis and St. Laurent seem to go on and on ... not that it's a bad thing!

For me, Montreal's funky neighbourhoods and cafe culture are the best sight of all - though there was nothing of significance on our itinerary today, we somehow managed to stroll from noon until 8 PM, easily covering over 10 km. Starting out at Marche Jean Talon, we eventually made our way back to our B&B in the Latin Quarter. We didn't seem to do a whole a lot, but it probably ended up being our best day so far, no small statement to make since we were here during Grand Prix weekend!



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Little Cones of Maple Syrup ...Little Cones of Maple Syrup ...
Little Cones of Maple Syrup ...

... popular little snack in Quebec.
Creperie du Marche ...Creperie du Marche ...
Creperie du Marche ...

... ham, cheese, egg and spinach on a crispy crepe.
Snack Time at La Premiere Moisson ...Snack Time at La Premiere Moisson ...
Snack Time at La Premiere Moisson ...

... I think I've spent as much time at this chain of bakeries as I have at the B&B! Choco Framboise - a very chocolatey and rich torte.
Poutine Perfection at La Banquise ...Poutine Perfection at La Banquise ...
Poutine Perfection at La Banquise ...

... this was INCREDIBLE!!! Poutine Elvis, with ground beef, green peppers, and mushrooms. The gravy was SO rich and delicious, and the ground beef was packed with flavour. This wasn't so much a snack, as it was an out of body experience - my heart raced and my entire body tingled ... maybe it was the taste of the poutine, or maybe it was a mild cardiac event brought on by all that grease and sodium ...
The Famous Montreal Smoked Meat ...The Famous Montreal Smoked Meat ...
The Famous Montreal Smoked Meat ...

... different than I expected, but still great. A massive portion of meat that can be had rare, medium rare, or any way you like it, it's so tender that it can't be sliced too thinly. Less intense in flavour than I thought it would be, the mustard provided the meat with just enough bite. Pretty great bread, too.
Gotta Love the Side Dish Here ...Gotta Love the Side Dish Here ...
Gotta Love the Side Dish Here ...

... you order a steak, you get a side of Montreal smoked meat. You order a chicken, you get the same. I'll take that over a side of fries or a salad, any day!


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