Summer Solstice, sunset in “lac des Deux Montagnes”, at 8:47
I love the way we, mostly in North American cities, try to make the most of summer by skipping the whole Spring season and calling it “summer” as soon as the temperature raises to 18 C . After a bitter cold and painfully long winter we have all reasons to rush into summer –especially as the rumor has is we have a short one here in Montreal this year. Well, already boots are out (thanks heaven!) sleeveless out; lots of color out on the streets, shops, gardens, parks, lots of warmth inside and out; And of course a lot of moments to be captured! Have a fun and eventful summer! (See More Pictures Below!)
How do you like buying a plate of salad and smoked meat sausage for $8.00 off a food truck right outside your workplace in downtown? What if you have to line up for it for an hour or so, and what if the sausage is not made on the spot? Would you still consider it “street food”? The way some of us have come to know taco trucks, pizza trucks, falafel and whoopee pies carts in New York, Seattle, and recently in Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary?
Well, sometime in April 2013, Montreal’s Mayor announced that starting this summer, the 66-year ban on street food will be removed, allowing Montrealers to buy food off the street. …
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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.
Anyhow, The summer market started early June and will be going on till the end Oct, with each weak being allocated to one theme – two weeks ago, the market was named “the wonders of honey”; today, August 18th was “the garlic festival” and next week will be “tomato day” on and so forth. Being a garlic lover, I attended the market today and spend a good two hours hanging around, smelling fresh garlic, buying some honey and herbal soaps (yes, honey and soaps, because, garlic I produce in my garden, but the latter products I do not – yet!) The weather was gorgeous, the harbor and market crowded, and the food delicious. Here is my photo report:
Read here about Montreal’s Tam Tam Festival and see pictures I took one Sunday last year. And right here, pictures of today’s Tam Tam under rain 🙂
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:)