Saturday, April 19, 2014

Restaurant L'Express


L'Express restaurant on Saint Denis was a consistently recommended choice by all of our "in the know" sources on dining in Montreal, including our guidebooks, our hosts and even our men's clothing salesman, JP.  We weren't disappointed.

For many years this restaurant has maintained the standard of everything good to be expected of a Parisian-style bistro.

Mike tried his first Pot au Feu (French style stew) here, and, I'm delighted to say; has fallen in love with it.

This is dining as it should be...  A totally delightful experience.




What Happens at McGill U on a Quiet Day



McGill U is Canada's most international university, "located in vibrant multicultural Montreal, in the francophone province of Quebec."



It is also "1st in Canada among medical-doctoral universities (Maclean's), 21st in the world (QS World University Rankings)," as well as being CLOSED on Good Friday!


Oh well, if we weren't going to be witnessing the hustle and bustle of everyday student life the guidebooks had promised, we were at least going to take advantage of an excellent men's clothing shop we found!

Not TOO much damage done, between the two of us, but doesn't everyone deserve a little wardrobe refreshening from time to time?

When in Montreal...


One must take in some of the local culture, non?


Or as Mike would say, "that was one big Madonna!", (to the tune of "Vogue" in the background).

Friday, April 18, 2014

A Side Trip to Belgium

We found rue Saint Denis to be a bit more upscale than Saint Laurent, with the emphasis more on clothing boutiques and day spas, with not a single Jewish deli, Portuguese bakery or Syrian restaurant in sight.


But what we did find that was much to our liking was a great, sunny outdoor spot to take in the remains of the sunlit day.


Aupres De Ma Blonde was like a side trip to Belgium, with its Belgian "pression" (draft beer), it's mountain of garlic and white wine mussels and perfectly prepared frites.

We declare our first meal in Montreal an unequivocal success!


Thursday, April 17, 2014

A Plan to Eat Our Way through Montreal


Our 5.5 hour trip to Montreal was an easy one, with the major surprise being the amount of snow still lingering in the upper reaches of New Hampshire and Vermont.

Upon arrival, we decided to stretch our legs with a tour of our neighborhood "The Plateau", and proceeded to its major thoroughfare of ethnic and gastronomical delights: Saint Laurent Street.


Almost immediately, we stumbled into this incredible shop where our taste buds got an early workout: look at that glorious selection of cheese!


And chocolate!

Not too much damage was done as we managed to get out of there with (only) a killer ham and cheese sandwich, a baguette, a delightful whiskey marmalade jam I was dying to try and - of course - a chunk of cheese to sample at breakfast the next day.

We're off to a good start!


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A Sweeping Wind in Boston

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Maybe this is a good metaphor as I'm finally prepared to start blogging again, one year after Erik and I toured Southeast Asia together.

The specific occasion?

Mike and I are taking an extended Easter weekend trip to Montreal!

More to come...

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Happy Birthday, Buddha! And a Plea...

From Wiki: "May 24, 2013,  is a holy day observed by Buddhists in Thailand. 

Sometimes informally called 'Buddha's Birthday', it actually commemorates the birth, enlightenment (nirvāna), and death (Parinirvāna) of Gautama Buddha."

There are multiple traditions associated with this day of observation, but one I particularly like is the release of birds, insects and animals by the thousands, in a "symbolic act of liberation".

So, in the spirit of a symbolic act of liberation, Erik and I would like to propose the return, to their factories of origin,  of all outstanding versions of "tacky Buddha (TB)," SE of which have been presented here in this post.  


TB is something that Erik and I have observed in far too many places throughout SE Asia...  


TB is also something we thought we were the sole individuals to have observed and named.  


So imagine our surprise when I stumbled, via a Google search, not only on the name "Tacky Buddha",  but also upon a YouTube video specifically "recognizing" TB, making a similar plea to our's, and watched some 500 times!