If you find yourself in downtown Montreal, passing through St. Laurent in Plateau area, make sure you’re hungry. Because right there is located Canada’s oldest Deli, the world famous Schwartz’s, offering the classic, Hebrew tradition smoked meat. And it is offering plenty of it in one single sandwich!
You simply cannot miss the deli, as no what matter what time of the year, there is always a lineup in front of it. If you are willing to settle for a take out, you would be waiting less, but having the meal inside the tiny, crowded space is a part of the tradition if you ask me. Read the rest of this entry »
Starting from Mid August all the way to the end of October, just as you feel the warm weather is giving way to a fresh cool one, when the sky is more blue than ever and when you see the leaves go crazy with colors, as if the tree is set on fire, that’s when you know there is time to go for an apple picking trip anywhere in the province of Quebec.
There are several locations in and around the Island of Montreal with huge orchards, where you could do your apple picking and have a great time doing so. The admission is always free, and apple varieties, including McIntosh, Empire, Melba, Lobo, very affordable. Read the rest of this entry »
On the occasion of change of season, Viva Montreal!
Ste. Anne market is the best place to be on Saturdays if you find yourself in West Island, Montreal anytime between 10 am to 2 pm. The market is located by the Saint Anne-de-Bellevue Canal, where a row of heavenly-smelling restaurants with their balconies open to the St. Laurent River and the passing boats is always filled with visitors even when there is no market to attend. Read the rest of this entry »
Repercution theater is a people’s theater: a much loved tradition in Montreal, which literary brings Shakespeare to about twenty parks through the city over three weeks in late July/early August. As the company’s website reads, the theater’s mission is “[T]o deliver professional, classically based, visually dynamic theater that is accessible to all, regardless of income, culture, language, age or education… reaching new audiences and inspiring in them, a lifelong love of theater.”
Each year one of Shakespeare’s romantic comedies is chosen and played out in makeshift stages and the “back-scene” tents, while players with full customs and makeup sometimes deliberately modify parts of the script and make it even funnier. They also fool around and interact with audience before, during and after the show. Read the rest of this entry »
Montreal’s “juste pour rire” Festivals is the “biggest and best comedy festival in the world” and it is one of the summer events among many that gives people all the more reason to get out and enjoy the warm weather: indoor and outdoor free shows, live music, and beer all on enclosed streets packed with wanderers of all ages and colors.
For 2012, which marks the festival’s 30th anniversary, taking place in the Quartier des Spectacles, in downtown Montreal, from July 12 to 29, a food venue is arranged called “souk”, making the event tastier than ever before! Here is my photo report of the souk opening on July 14. Here is a good article about this year “foodie” part of the event. But first, see my report of it:)