The sun has come out in Montreal, and as if in hot pursuit, so have the cyclists. The warmth of the metro can be a welcome refuge on a snowy, freezing day in winter when the roads and pavements are too treacherous for even the bravest to contemplate on a bike. In the spring, summer and fall, however, for those who want to avoid the stifling heat underground, want some wind in their hair and sun on their skin, the bike is arguably the best way to get around town.
So you’ve decided that cheap, scenic transport with some free exercise thrown in sounds good to you – but how do you start?
Step 1: Get yourself some wheels.
Step 2: Find your way around
In the last few weeks, as part of our International Food Festival, we’ve tested our French and English skills, and our palates in a wide array of different restaurants and food markets in Montreal. The French cultural influence and the influence of various immigrant groups to the city mean Montreal has a wealth of flavours available to the food lover.
So far on our culinary tour, we’ve had some local specialties like Poutine, at La Banquise:
Beaver tails (Queues de Castor), smothered in Nutella, maple butter or cinnamon and sugar, in the Old Port:
An Iranian brunch at Byblos, complete with omelets, a choice of breads and jams and strong Arabic coffee and Iranian tea:
We sampled fruit, fresh local apple juice, still-warm chocolate bread, cheeses and Italian coffee on our tour of Petite-Italie and Marche Jean-Talon:
We’ve shared food with friends, had explosions of flavours in our mouths, had continents pass over our tongues, and yet…it still feels like we’ve barely skimmed the surface of what Montreal has to offer! We’ll be back with more impressions of culinary Montreal soon.
This is one artist’s rendition of what Montreal might be:
What is Montreal to the language students at Point 3? We are starting a series of blog entries – in different languages – that reveal our impressions of Montreal as we explore the city.
Friday/vendredi – 3pm/15.00, tour of Petite-Italie and dinner (with Anna)
Saturday/Samedi – 12pm, free visit to McCord museum (with Daria)
Sunday/Dimanche – 11 am, Middle Eastern brunch at Byblos followed by drumming in Parc du Mont-Royal (with Anna)
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