If I told you that I knew I was going to Montreal, and planned it out every detail of the trip before heading to Quebec I would be lying. The truth is my boyfriend is a Sneaky McSneak Sneakster (I plan on trademarking that label so don’t even think about it), and surprised me with a birthday trip approximately 10 hours before we departed. I flew Winnipeg to Toronto (had some birthday creme brûlée at Craque de Creme), and then we drove to Montreal because it is a scientific fact that road trips are more fun. I digress, onto the actual activities…
It started out like… drive, drive drive, Starbucks, drive, drive, arrive in Montreal! First order of business was obviously food, because what else is constantly on my mind but my next meal. Basically, this entire day was a food day. So after a few logistical challenges (Montreal has like zero road lines fyi…and like a lot of one ways) we ended up at Poutineville for some well-deserved carbs. One Poutineville House Speciality and one Hawgs Town later and we left 700 pounds heavier, obviously in search of more food. The house specialty was definitely the favourite and if Skip would deliver from 1,800 kms away I would down another right now. Quick stop at St-Viateur Bagel before we sank into our full food coma. Beware it is cash only (but they’re like 90 cents each so you won’t need to break the bank), but I’d thoroughly recommend going in just for the smell and to watch the bagel maker flip like 12 bagels in one foul swoop in an open oven it was awesome.
After all this hard work a nap and a hot shower was critical, especially with the birthday dinner that Sneaky McSneak Sneakster planned. My mouth is already watering just thinking about the food at Joe Beef. I had the signature lobster spaghetti and my psychotic boyfriend had the horse. Yes, you read that correctly THE HORSE. Apparently it’s a more normal thing in Quebec but that didn’t cease my judgement. Paired with the shrimp appetizer, the 24 layer cake dessert (layer 3 was my favourite), and a Joe Beef house beer and I could die a happy 22 year old. Of course we had to end the day attending a movie, our favourite, seeing A Quiet Place at the downtown theatre.
We set out on day two to see some of Old Montreal and get some culture in us. We walked down to a brunch spot called Bocata, (who’s Head Chef is currently on Top Chef Canada I might add) for some delicious breakfast. Not to mention the decor inside was like being in a Pottery Barn level cute. After eating we walked down to see La Grande Roue Montreal (the large London Eye lookin’ thing) and the Biosphere, and then walked back through the streets to duck into shops and the church Celine Dion was married in, the Notre-Dame Basilica.
I know what you’re probably thinking, “wow it’s been a long time since they ate”. I agree. That’s why we bee-lined for Schwartz Deli for some smoked meat. It was my first smoked meat sandwich and likely my last, because there’s no way I can ever top that. There was also an incredible pickle involved that was bigger than my arm and so talk about a bonus. We needed to head back to the hotel because the main purpose of the trip, and my existence, Justin Timberlake was going to be taking the stage. There are no words to describe how incredible this concert was so just go and then message me so we can debrief.
The very sad day that we had to return home.
Even though this was a short trip I’m pretty sure we crammed in as many quintessential Montreal attraction we could in that time. The cobblestone streets and the fact that everyone kept saying “you need to see it in the summer” makes me think that I’ll be back one day.