The second half of my summer adventures picked up pretty quickly from the previous blog post. Now in the month of August, I continued to enjoy the fruits of my labour and took a few more trips to some familiar places.
Montreal – August 10-12
One of my all time favourite cities to visit is Montreal, Quebec. It is roughly a six hour drive and me and my friends like to go there for a number reasons. Primarily we love to go there for the food, the fashion and all the cultural elements that make the 514 unique. It was my 11th time visiting and it never disappoints.
We rented this Airbnb loft that could sleep our crew of 11 in Old Port. It was a very nice place, formerly situated in a business building with very modern touches inside the place. What was pretty cool about the location was that it was within walking distance of the historic Notre-Dame Basilica. This cathedral has been around since the 17th century! I was able to wake up early on the Sunday morning I was there and attend 8 am mass. The architecture indoors is immaculate, so well crafted and visually astonishing. Heck, I only knew of the place because Celine Dion famously wed there in 1994 lol. It was my first time going there and even if you are not a roman catholic, I recommend you stop by and explore this magnificent church.
I also had a chance to take in the fine dining that Old Port has to offer. The first night we dined at the Vieux-Port Steakhouse and surprisingly to my friends , I elected not to order a steak (you’ll find out why later in the blog post). Instead I had lobster linguine and it was ok, nothing special but nothing bad either.
The next night, four of us attended a chef sampler dinner at Le Bremner, operated by chef, tv personality and restaurateur Chuck Hughes. It was my first time experiencing a chef sampler dinner and it was nothing short of amazing. All of the food presented to our table was fresh with the menu being unique for that particular day.
The portions were not grand, but there was more than enough food to feed our group. After attending this dinner, you learn to have a greater appreciation for culinary chefs and the reasons why they use certain seasonings and ingredients in their cooking. You can literally taste it in your mouth! Click here to view my full Montreal gallery.