The last time I checked the weather before packing last weekend, the forecast predicted temperatures in the mid 50s (F) with a moderate chance of showers. In reality, the past two days have been in the mid-70s to 80s with abundant sunshine!
Sunday morning immediately following my last post, we walked to Lawrence for brunch. It opened at 10, and we arrived at 9:50 to find a family already waiting for them to open. The parents were so excited when Dan and I mentioned we were visiting from Philadelphia, turns out they lived there for a year in 1976 and loved it. We chatted for a few more minutes until the doors opened. After everyone who had been waiting outside had been seated, the whole place was packed.
My dish didn’t photograph nicely, but Dan’s fared well: poached eggs, salmon and spinach atop a homemade English muffin. Lawrence did not disappoint!
After brunch, we walked past Mont Royal, a large mountain and park in the center if Montreal (also, namesake). There was an outdoor party named Tam Tam starting up. We made our way to Notre Dame Ouest, which is lined with antique and vintage stores.First we passed a place named ta.
I’ve been picking up a few things about Montreal – the drivers are much nicer than Philadelphia ones, though street parking makes absolutely no sense whatsoever, everybody is helpful and approachable, and many of the cafes look like nightclubs.Okay, then we were in Old Montreal, which was so pretty and so touristy.Here I am with a deceivingly miserable face on; I was actually feeling more like this: Went to the Plateau neighborhood for more explorations and dinner. Afterwards, we stumbled into Juliette & Chocolat, which serves every kind of chocolate and chocolate+other tasty thing permutation imaginable. Lots of people were seated and drinking hot chocolate with one another.
By the time we got back to our apartment I was so exhausted that I passed out for an hour. Woke up, rallied, and went to the Royal Phoenix a few blocks away to try their veggie poutine. We hadn’t had any poutine up until this point! Food is such a strong motivator.
It looked like this and it was gone in about 60 seconds. Then we meandered through the neighborhood for some more time, saw more interesting things.