Monthly Archives: October 2008

You know you’re a Montrealer when…

from Facebook group by the same name, linked here. I removed the ones Jon and I weren’t yet familiar with.

  • you pronounce it “Muntreal”, not “Mahntreal”
  • you have ever said anything like “I have to stop at the guichet before we go to the dep.”
  • your only concern about jaywalking is getting a ticket
  • you understand and frequently use terms like “unilingual”, “anglophone”, “francophone”, and “allophone”
  • you agree that Montreal drivers are crazy, but you’re secretly proud of their nerves of steel
  • the most exciting thing about the South Shore is that you can turn right on a red
  • you know that the West Island is not a separate geographical formation
  • in moments of paranoia, you think that there’s no red line on the Metro because red is a federalist colour
  • you have to bring smoked meat from Schwartz’s and bagels from St-Viateur if you’re visiting anyone west of Cornwall
  • you know how to pronounce Pie IX
  • you have an ancient auntie who still says “Saint Dennis”
  • you believe to the depth of your very being that Toronto has no soul – but your high school reunion is held in Toronto because most of your classmates live there now
  • you greet everyone, from lifelong bosom friends to some one you met once a few years ago, with a two-cheek kiss
  • you know what a four-and-a-half is
  • you’re not impressed with hardwood floors
  • you’ve been hearing Celine Dion jokes longer than anyone else
  • you can watch soft-core porn on broadcast TV, and this has been true for at least 25 years
  • you were drinking cafe-au-lait before it was latte
  • Shopper’s Drug Mart is Pharmaprix and Staples is Bureau en Gros, and PFK is finger lickin’ good
  • you really believe Just For Laughs is an international festival
  • for two weeks a year, you are a jazz afficianado
  • you need to be reminded by prominent signage that you should wait for the green light
  • everyone on the street – drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists – think they’re immortal, and that you’ll move first
  • you’re proud that Montreal is the home of Pierre Trudeau, Mordechai Richler, William Shatner, Leonard Cohen and the Great Antonio…
  • and, you consider Donald Sutherland (and by default, Keifer), Guy Lafleur, Charlie Biddle, and Roch Carrier Montrealers, too
  • you’ve seen Brother Andre’s heart

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Thanksgiving in New Hampshire

This past weekend was Thanksgiving here in Canada.  We decided to make a mini-vacation of it and headed down into New Hampshire for a weekend in a cabin.  Surprising to us, this weekend was one of the busiest camping weekends of the season for the region due to the incredible foliage on display.  The trees didn’t disappoint.  The owner’s of the campground we stayed at called the people who come to the region in the fall “Leaf Peepers” and the area was packed with them.

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Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal: Part Deux

I meant to post this last week, but I unfortunately got sick and never got it posted. Here is part 2 of our visit to the Montreal Museum of Fine Art.

In addition to the fun and avant garde Warhol Live exhibit, we also wandered through the wide range of permanent exhibits on display at the museum. Being a bit of a nerd, I’ve got to include some historical background. It was founded in 1860, making it Canada’s oldest art institution. It is also the largest museum in Montreal, and is amongst the most prominent museums in Canada (from Wikipedia, click here).

Thanks to Flickr user gittingsc

Thanks to Flickr user gittingsc

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Inspiration Abounds at Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal

This past Sunday, Jon and I had an incredible time exploring the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal (Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, but it doesn’t sound as good in English), after seeing advertisements for the Warhol Live exhibit featuring the works of the legendary Mr. Andy Warhol.

I found the exhibit to be so inspiring that I tried to talk Jon into stopping by the art supply store on St. Catherine on the walk home, until Jon informed me that they aren’t open on Sunday. Drats, I say! I can’t wait to start creating something though, and I really want to collaborate with Jon. We promise to blog about any art we create, so stay tuned.

If you’re in Montreal, admission costs:

  • Adults: $15
  • Students with ID: $7.50
  • People 65 and over: $10 ($7.50 on Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.)
  • Children under 12 (accompanied by an adult): Free
  • Families: $30 ($15 on Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.).
  • VIP (Friends of the Museum): Free (learn more here)

The museum’s hours are:

  • Tuesday: 11am to 5pm
  • Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday: 11am to 9pm
  • Saturday and Sunday: 10am to 5pm
  • Monday: Closed

Click to read more about our museum visit…

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What we’re eating…

Last night Jen and I tried out a recipe I found for coffee and banana scones.  They turned out pretty good but the recipe could use some tweaking.  I’ll post the recipe once it’s perfected.  Sorry this is a short post.

More to come soon…

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Mythical food of Byblos

Jon and I had the most amazing breakfast at Byblos this past weekend, which I’ve been dying to try since I read some amazing reviews of it from (review here) and MadeinMtl (review and photos here).

Meal at Byblos

Petit Déjuneur #3 at Byblos

It is a Middle Eastern (Moyen Orient in French) restaurant with amazing brunch. Above is a picture of our breakfast, though Jon’s oriental omelet (not a typical North American omelet) is not pictured. On the plate in the top left, the darker orange-tinted jelly is a ginger-pineapple jelly, one of the many homemade jams and jellies that Byblos serves. The lighter brown contents of the other bowl is halvas (a sweet pistachio mixture with sugar and honey, and I’m not sure what else). The ginger-pineapple jelly came with Jon’s meal, and the sweet breads pictured in the top right were for us to share. The halvas was included with my meal, petit déjuneur #3, which can be seen on the plate in the bottom. This included fresh feta (a milder version than Jon and I were used to, but so creamy and delicious), fresh herbs, nuts including walnuts and pistachios. The server suggested combining the ingredients into a sandwich with the bread, so I used the flatbread to do just that. It was AMAZING.

Check out Byblos for yourself, it’s located at:

1499, Laurier Est * Montréal (Québec) H2J 1H8
Tél.: (514) 523-9396

How to get there: Laurier métro. Bus 27. Papineau. Bus 45

Open: Tuesday to Sunday, 9am-11pm. Breakfast served until 2pm.

small photo of the restaurant, from

small photo of the restaurant, from

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