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Laura PourMeADrink

(42,770 posts)
Fri Sep 22, 2023, 08:57 PM Sep 2023

If you're a foodie - go to Montreal!!

Just got home from a three day trip. So beautiful and so cosmopolitan

Food is so great

Polish dinner at Stash Cafe

Italian Barolo wine

Flavor explosion Kimchee & Ramen at Korean restaurant - Seoul in Mile End neighborhood.

Dinner at Canadian Farm to table -L'Original. Canadian oysters!

British Breakfast at proper Bar George

Montreal is a stunning place. The Notre Dame cathedral is awesome. Go there before it gets cold

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If you're a foodie - go to Montreal!! (Original Post) Laura PourMeADrink Sep 2023 OP
When I was there in the 70's, they had heated sidewalks to melt the snow! AND you could get fierywoman Sep 2023 #1
Why does it seem like there is so much innovation outside US? Laura PourMeADrink Sep 2023 #9
Last time I was there... 2naSalit Sep 2023 #2
It was either there or NYC and beautiful hotels 1/2 the cost Laura PourMeADrink Sep 2023 #7
Proably should. 2naSalit Sep 2023 #13
I hear ya. Been the same way thru these Covid years. And Laura PourMeADrink Sep 2023 #14
Over in the west... 2naSalit Sep 2023 #15
Just moved back to CT. Others here know so much more about Laura PourMeADrink Sep 2023 #17
Late teens. 2naSalit Sep 2023 #18
Small world - I used to work in Dorchester. Maybe Laura PourMeADrink Sep 2023 #20
There are things I miss... 2naSalit Sep 2023 #21
Montreal is amazingly beautiful... Enter stage left Sep 2023 #3
Thanks!! Three people told us Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal Laura PourMeADrink Sep 2023 #5
Montreal in winter is also magic. erronis Sep 2023 #4
Can only imagine! So many shops with the most stunning Laura PourMeADrink Sep 2023 #6
Great place to drink underage in the 80's bottomofthehill Sep 2023 #8
That sounds so fun!!! Something so free about that Laura PourMeADrink Sep 2023 #11
Drivers license, no passport, not even sure the car was insured. bottomofthehill Sep 2023 #16
I think I'll pass. I had a few "not so nice" experiences there in the past. mitch96 Sep 2023 #10
Hmmm... Quebec City is beautiful but stern and boring Laura PourMeADrink Sep 2023 #12
"Do tell - what happened in Montreal " Lets just say it had to do with not speaking the local mitch96 Sep 2023 #22
Restaurants in Montreal are up there. I lived there twice applegrove Sep 2023 #19
 

Laura PourMeADrink

(42,770 posts)
9. Why does it seem like there is so much innovation outside US?
Fri Sep 22, 2023, 10:01 PM
Sep 2023

You reminded me of somewhere, think Olympics, where another country installed walkways where the people walking generated energy to light up the path.

2naSalit

(87,303 posts)
2. Last time I was there...
Fri Sep 22, 2023, 09:14 PM
Sep 2023

Early 80s, didn't have even close to enough time to enjoy much. But the food was amazing. Glad to hear it still is. Maybe I need to travel a little.

Good you had a nice trip!

 

Laura PourMeADrink

(42,770 posts)
7. It was either there or NYC and beautiful hotels 1/2 the cost
Fri Sep 22, 2023, 09:58 PM
Sep 2023

of a closet in NY...

Yes ! Go somewhere you've never been. This is the first time I didn't plan and research everything we just went. So much better that way.

2naSalit

(87,303 posts)
13. Proably should.
Fri Sep 22, 2023, 10:29 PM
Sep 2023

I never go anywhere anymore, I don't even go out around here and it's not for a lack of good entertainment. Thanks for the suggestion, though, It has me thinking about it.

 

Laura PourMeADrink

(42,770 posts)
14. I hear ya. Been the same way thru these Covid years. And
Fri Sep 22, 2023, 10:43 PM
Sep 2023

flying anywhere is usually such a time-consuming burden. So much easier to cozy up at home!

What part of the country do you live in? We just moved back to New England and there are so many places to go within driving distance. Or even bus tours to everywhere with other people.

Still a Covid-paranoid. If we don't get it from the woman constantly coughing in the greasy spoon on the way it will be a miracle.

2naSalit

(87,303 posts)
15. Over in the west...
Fri Sep 22, 2023, 10:47 PM
Sep 2023

Not far from Jellystone.

What part of NE are you in? I have been, for years now, been toying with returning after decades away. I grew up along the northern end of Casco Bay and the shore of West Barnstable on Cape Cod.

 

Laura PourMeADrink

(42,770 posts)
17. Just moved back to CT. Others here know so much more about
Sat Sep 23, 2023, 12:14 AM
Sep 2023

the Cape I do know there something so great to being near the ocean tho I really think the salt air has great healing & refreshing powers. How old were you when you moved away?

2naSalit

(87,303 posts)
18. Late teens.
Sat Sep 23, 2023, 12:26 AM
Sep 2023

I worked in Mass, south of Boston, for about a year but it was a drag so I went back to the west where it was less of a hassle for what my profession was at the time.

Now I'm retired and I wonder if I should stay out here as life is getting harder for older people who aren't wealthy.

 

Laura PourMeADrink

(42,770 posts)
20. Small world - I used to work in Dorchester. Maybe
Sat Sep 23, 2023, 07:24 AM
Sep 2023

You could plan a trip to just see it all again and get a feel for it? Just one I found with quick search



We moved from Texas. Just only my opinion - think there are positives to both. The wide open spaces of the West and lack of rules. But there's nothing better to me than being among like minded people.

While growing up thinking, ugh NE never changes much, I now appreciate that so much. The quality of life. Little things like the fact that the big local library is too small so they are expanding. How you can still go for ice cream at the same place you went as a kid. And just how much society in general seems to care for those less fortunate.




2naSalit

(87,303 posts)
21. There are things I miss...
Sat Sep 23, 2023, 08:02 AM
Sep 2023

Even after all these years. I guess that's why that crusty old Southie and I hit it off, it's almost a joke but we miss certain parts of the place that our current location can never provide. But the eastern world doesn't have the wilderness and wildlife, it's a hard choice. I spent 25 years getting here and now, decades of living here have me wondering if I'm just too old for it now. Not that I plan to live in a city if I did go back there, not interested in being in one. Nearby but not in.

My grandparents and their parents had an estate near Hyannis, gone now but once quite grand, spent many summers there. My dad was military so we were all over the place but mostly New England, mostly in Maine which I am thankful for as it was a great place to be a kid then.

I think I might take my next long trip to Maine and maybe take a few excursions while there, look around, go to the beach. Maybe next spring.

Enter stage left

(3,419 posts)
3. Montreal is amazingly beautiful...
Fri Sep 22, 2023, 09:16 PM
Sep 2023

and so too is "The Notre-Dame 'Basilica'".

Not to diss you, because I've made the same mistake.

 

Laura PourMeADrink

(42,770 posts)
5. Thanks!! Three people told us Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal
Fri Sep 22, 2023, 09:47 PM
Sep 2023

was a bigger draw. It would be great just to have a couple of days to visit churches!

erronis

(15,656 posts)
4. Montreal in winter is also magic.
Fri Sep 22, 2023, 09:26 PM
Sep 2023

Skating on Mont Royal, sledding down the slopes of the park, bundling up to hurry to the next bistro.

Food and drink taste so much better when you've braved the weather and temps and made it into the next warm place.

 

Laura PourMeADrink

(42,770 posts)
6. Can only imagine! So many shops with the most stunning
Fri Sep 22, 2023, 09:52 PM
Sep 2023

winter attire! And talk about cozying up to fireplaces in 200 year old bars/restaurants and sipping hot drinks and dogs wearing snow shoes. Love it.

So many different cultures all getting along peacefully!

bottomofthehill

(8,378 posts)
8. Great place to drink underage in the 80's
Fri Sep 22, 2023, 09:58 PM
Sep 2023

We would ski Stowe. Montreal was about 2.5 hours away so often we would drive to Montreal, get plastered drinking Molson Bradors and Labatt’s. We are whatever was cheep. But the drinking age was 16 and we had a lot of fun.

 

Laura PourMeADrink

(42,770 posts)
11. That sounds so fun!!! Something so free about that
Fri Sep 22, 2023, 10:16 PM
Sep 2023

time. We were talking about that.. how did we even know? Long before internet. Guess we just figured it out. Like you heard it was 16 and someone said "let's go!" And never a worry about where you'd go or sleep. And bet border guy was just a guy waving Bonjour! Lol

bottomofthehill

(8,378 posts)
16. Drivers license, no passport, not even sure the car was insured.
Fri Sep 22, 2023, 10:58 PM
Sep 2023

Just fun.
On a side note. Toronto is a great city to visit too. Clean, good food, great place to catch a show and if the Red Sox or Yankees are in, fun place to catch a ball game. I love flying into the airport on the island in the city. Little Air Canada plane and a great weekend of fun.

mitch96

(13,974 posts)
10. I think I'll pass. I had a few "not so nice" experiences there in the past.
Fri Sep 22, 2023, 10:12 PM
Sep 2023

Quebec City a shot though.. I'll have to brush up on my French so as not to piss off the locals.
Oui?
m

 

Laura PourMeADrink

(42,770 posts)
12. Hmmm... Quebec City is beautiful but stern and boring
Fri Sep 22, 2023, 10:19 PM
Sep 2023

Just to us I am sure!!!. Went there for millennium and the place was dark and no celebration whatsoever.

Do tell - what happened in Montreal

mitch96

(13,974 posts)
22. "Do tell - what happened in Montreal " Lets just say it had to do with not speaking the local
Sat Sep 23, 2023, 10:51 AM
Sep 2023

language, poor service at hotels and restaurants. Using US dollars and not local currency. I'll just leave it at that. Outside of the city I never had a problem.
Then again that was years ago. We all have our " politique, oui?"
I've ridden from the Atlantic side to the Pacific side. Canada is a Beautiful country.
m

applegrove

(119,216 posts)
19. Restaurants in Montreal are up there. I lived there twice
Sat Sep 23, 2023, 01:53 AM
Sep 2023

in my life and the second time I'd eat out at local places in Lachine. Loved a Mexican place I could bike to. And loved getting on the subway and people watch. Young lovers. Folk descended from every culture in the world. If you didn't have to speak and write perfect French to live there, every young Canadian would move there. So much culture.

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