A little bit of heaven


We've just returned from a fantastic time in Montreal. We used to live there and it still remains one of my favourite cities (I'm lying actually - it is my favourite). Kid #1 and Kids #2 were fantastic. We were so proud of our kids this weekend. Well behaved and easy going... exactly what a parent needs when you take kids on a vacation.

We stayed in a couple of different places and saw a lot of people and they were great. They got some nice treats for their efforts though. I got some nice treats for my efforts too.

The best things about being in Montreal. Let's see... old friends, great clothes shopping, beautifully walkable city, GREAT FOOD...

Where to start: Bagels. The Best. Bar None. I don't even buy bagels in Toronto because they are, in a word, Gross! Either too gooey or too bready/cakey. Blech. Montreal has fab bagels. The best known bagel makers are at Fairmont or St Viateur and they've pretty much set the bar. Having a Montreal bagel with lox and cream cheese... well, there really is nothing better. It has something to do with the cooking/baking process. The bagel dough is first shaped and then boiled. After boiling they are dipped in the seed of choice (poppy seed or - my fav - sesame) and baked in a wood oven. Terrible places to work in the summer. Anyway, I'm convinced that it must have something to do with the dough itself though. It can't just be the baking. Either way, we came home with 2 dozen to put in our freezer and enjoy for a little while here in T.O.

We also visited our favourite pizza joint with our great friend Celine! We didn't get a shot of the pizza unfortunately because we ate it too fast. However, I highly recommend their 5 cheese pizza, the vegetarian and the hawaiian - you won't be disappointed, especially if you love gooey cheese pizza.

I finally managed to squeeze in a visit to my favourite bakery - patisserie- Duc de Lorraine where I could finally introduce the rest of my family to the infamous 'macaron'. We bought a box of assorted flavours and they were fantastic. My favourite was the Moka and the Citron (lemon).

We did some sight seeing,


went to a friends wedding (congrats you two!),


and saw some old friends and family (thanks so much) ... Generally we just had a great time!


2 comments:

Melissa Strutt said...

The show Glutton for Punishment did a fantastic piece on St. Viateur, I believe...and it made me think of you. They also kind of gave away their bagel recipe. These are beautiful and remind me so much of visiting you!

Wanda Thorne said...

Thanks for the link! I loved it. I love St Viateur (it's my favourite - Derek loves Fairmont). It must be the sugar that makes it so good - plus the lack of additive crap I'm sure. Either way, with cream cheese and smoked salmon - life doesn't get much better
xoxo

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