Jean-Talon Market: a Photo Essay

Local market is a must on my list of attractions in any new city. Where else will you catch the spirit of local food better? Where else will you blend with locals in search of best deals? Where else will you have so many free samples that you won’t need a dinner after all? Knowing…

50 Shades of Maple: Sweets to Try in Canada

My first encounter with Canadian culture – as weird as it sounds – happened in Brazil where I shared an apartment with a guy from Canada. I remember how we discussed what food each of us, foreigners, missed most of all. Stephen was craving a French toast. Back in 2011 words “French toast” did sound…

Must-try in Montreal: Schwartz’s Smoked Meat Sandwich

When you go to Montreal for the very first time you walk to Schwartz’s Deli and have their smoked meat sandwich. End of discussion.   Somebody might say “Oh, this place is so touristic”, “They have nothing to offer but their fame”, or “There are places that make smoked meat sandwich better”. I say: go there,…

The Best Bagels in Montreal, or One Perfectly Imperfect Breakfast

One early Sunday morning a girl woke up in Montreal dreaming of a beautiful hot breakfast of coffee and bagels. It wasn’t just any bagel she was craving. It was the most famous bagel of Montreal and, probably, Canada. It was her last day in the city and, therefore, the last chance to try the much…