Rosemont & coffee | Looking around

I am an affirmed coffee lover (more like addict but… shhhh!) and for the second year I got myself the ICP Montreal which give you the opportunity to try a coffee to a total of 30 local coffee places around Montreal. There’s only a month left to us, participants, to try them all! Today, I thought it was a great idea to talk about the ones that you can try in Rosemont simply because I tried almost all of them (missing one that I’m planning on trying soon) in the same week : Café Pista, Café Fixe and Paquebot Café.

 

Café Pista – 500 Beaubien East, Montreal Qc.

It was moving day for my sister – her first apartment by herself! – and when we were done with the boxes and stuff, we went all together to this little hidden gem of a café (at least for me). The ambiance is like the perfect balance between the calm of a library and the excitement of this borough, like it was coming back to life! And like more and more coffee shops, there’s some tables when laptops aren’t welcome. I do think that it’s a great idea to do so in coffee shop. Although, I often ”use” them for working on projects with my laptop (and simply being surrounded by the smell of coffee), I believe they shouldn’t end up looking like a public library where everybody is in his own world and nobody talks to no one. Everybody seemed to enjoy their coffee or drinks and the service was good. They even brought our coffees to us!

 

Café Fixe – 5985 St-Hubert, Montreal Qc.

I actually tried this one the very next day after I went to Café Pista and even though they are close to each other, they are very different. This café looks a lot more like a restaurant and they do say it on their website that they are a combination of a café and a restaurant with a spanish inspired menu. The food was excellent! The coffee was good but the best I’ve tasted so far. I do keep it in mind for future brunch ou lunch with my sister (it’s literally in her backyard… if she had one), other family members and friends!

 

Paquebot Café – 2110 Bélanger St, Montreal Qc.

Although, that day had a rough start (training + delays in the metro), i was able to make it and meet my friend there. she lives in the area and never had the chance to try it. I do insist that this café is not easy to get to unless you have a car or live near by. I live near the Longueuil metro station (no need of a bus to get there) and it took almost 1 hour to get there including a 20 minute walk. But nevermind that, Paquebot Café was worth it! I will probably go again just for their service and the fact the they’ve installed their plugs right under the surface of the table instead of against the wall! I know, right!? It’s like they know we’re in the 21st century… unlike some universities that I won’t mention… *wink wink*

 

Hope it will temp you to try them or at least one.
Talk to you soon! 🙂

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#Food |Looking around

When people look at my Instagram feed they see two things : food and more food! Sometimes, there’s a cat here and there. I thought it would be a good idea to show in more details what I ate and where for the past week. Usually, I don’t go out for food as much in a week but it’s still summer and my man is on vacation this week. 🙂

Poké Bar – 2153 Crescent, Montreal Qc.
Last Wednesday was girls night out with four of my closest friends. We all met back in 2010 when we were studying at Collège Ahunstic in accounting and management. This time, instead of going to the usual italian or fast food, we wanted something more relax and versatile. One of us (not me!) wanted also a place for a good dessert. Another friend find the place for our deserts (see below) and we needed a restaurant not to far from it. That’s when I suggested Poké Bar

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This place is casual with a good ambiance for any get together or any reason that require good food! They also have a terrace on the street when it’s sunny outside. One of the plus of this restaurant is that you can make your own poké bowl – which I did – with the protein and veggies that you want. There’s also a few poké bowl options for those who aren’t inspire at the moment of choosing their plate. This options are great by themselves but what we really loved is that you can go out and still eat healthy (or not!) if you want. We loved it and sure to go back ❤ !

 

Zoe Dessert – 2160 St-Mathieu, Montreal Qc.
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Before our friend mentioned it for our girls night out, I’ve never heard of Zoe Dessert et thé. From what I could find, they seem to be open since May of last year. Plus, the reviews online were extremely positive and the people weren’t wrong about that : It was A-MA-ZING !!!!!!!!!!!!!  They made it look as spacious as possible and the decor is lively and colorful. But, if you don’t like small space, I suggest you order your deserts as take-out and eat outside on their patio.  Whether you a sweet tooth or not, you’ll find a desert for you! I’m also planning on going back to show my husband that great deserts spot that’s been hiding in Montreal.

My choice ended up being an egg-waffle ice cream with mango & matcha ice cream.
It was love until it was over!

 

Pizzeria N°900 –  17 D’Aberdeen St, St-Lambert Qc.
I think it was Sunday that my man and I went for a walk in this sunny afternoon. Usually, when we walk together, we end up stopping at a bar or local spot to take a bit or a drink and then walk back home. So, on Sunday, that’s what we did. It wasn’t the first time we were going to Pizzeria N°900 in St-Lambert. Before I start writing this post, I didn’t even know there was other locations in the province – and even a food truck! – which is great because now I can suggest it to everyone!!

PizzaNo900 01Because it was so beautiful outside with a nice little wind, we sat down outside to eat. My man work in pizzerias when he was a teenager/young adult, he can be critical sometimes of the pizza he receives but at Pizzeria N°900 we’re never deceived. This time was no different with a delicious Margherita pizza for him and a Roasted mushrooms & prosciutto ripieno (looks like a rolled pizza) for me that was also delicious!

This pizzeria is one of a kind and for 23$, we had an amazing service and great food!

 

 

 

Le petit Dep –  179 Saint-Paul St W, Montreal Qc.
Monday was the last day that I could use my ICP Montreal card. if you don’t know what it is, first where have ou been?!, and second, it’s a coffee passport that gives you the opportunity to try 30 independent coffee shops around Montreal. The program is also available in Toronto, Ottawa and 5 cities in the US. (more details on those coffee shops in my next blog).

Unfortunately, I didn’t have the chance to try them all and, like I said, I had one last day to try one last coffee place. At first, I wanted to go to Esquina Bar à café, which located near the Lafontaine Park in Montreal but they announced on their social media that they were on holiday for the week and therefore closed at the moment. So I went to my second choice : Le petit dep. This little coffee shop/convenience store is located in the old port of Montreal on St-Paul street near the Pointe-à-Callière museum. The ambiance is relaxed and joyful. You cannot go there and leave unhappy and that’s for sure. Employee are nice and present for their customer without being too invasive and the prices are right. Even if I didn’t have to pay for my coffee this time, I always look how much I would’ve paid for.

To ”test” this café, I opted for a cold latte with regular milk. I then went out – it was too beautiful to be inside – to the boardwalk of the old port, sat down near some fountains and enjoy my coffee while watching the surroundings and the people (Montrealers and tourists) enjoying this beautiful day just like me.

 

La Tomate Blanche (Quartier DIX30) – 9385 Leduc Blvd #10, Brossard Qc.
Last winter, we went to L’Auroch, a steakhouse also located in Quartier Dix30 that belongs to the same proprietors as La Tomate Blanche, an italian restaurant. Since we were in an ”OMG!!” state after leaving L’Auroch, we tought it would be as great at this restaurant and decided to make a reservation about a month ago to go yesterday (Tuesday). Of course, we knew it wasn’t the same cuisine so we didn’t expect the same food but we did expect the same quality of food and service as well as a certain originality or ingenuity in the menu. I’m sad to tell you that it wasn’t the case. I’m also sad about the money we had to pay for it even if I knew the prices before we went.

We decided to go at the restaurant early (around 6pm) in the evening so it wouldn’t be too busy and give us the chance to go see a movie after if we wanted. If I remember correctly, there was 2 tables already seated when we arrived. So, we find it a little bit weird when the hostess placed us right next to one of the table when you could clearly see the emptiness of the place. In the middle of our supper tho, we realized why she had done that – huge reservation coming in! – and didn’t mind it after all. My second surprise was when the (first) server arrived at our table and mentioned to us that they didn’t have a cocktails menu. We love cocktails and try new cocktails when we have the chance. Let’s say I was caught of guard at that moment and didn’t know what to order. I ended up a mojito that was ok, a standard mojito, and my husband ask for something that he had to search online so he could tell her how to make it. The bartender did good since he ordered a second one after. So people, if you go there and you’re a cocktail person, plan it or take something else.

Our (second) server arrived to ask if we had any questions about the menu. I ask about the variation in the pasta plate size and my man ask about the pizza size. Based on that, we ordered the calamari (our usual) as appetizers to share, the porcini ravioli for my entrée and my man took the Margherita pizza along with the salmon tartare (it’s an appetizer) for his. The calamari was a great discovery for us since we’re used to the classic calamari with marinara sauce. This time it’s was a fresh and lemony sauce with a little salsa on the calamari. The presentation was as good as the taste and great to share if you don’t want to feel full at the end of your night. Mine was delicious and still fuming when it arrived at our table. My husband tasted it and find it delicious as well. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case for his choices. Like I said earlier, he likes, and maybe even loves, a good authentic Margherita pizza and criticize it when it’s not. Well, there was too much cheese on it to the point that the crust wasn’t cooked enough under it while the crust was almost burned under the pizza itself. Plus, the basil leaves weren’t right since, usually, you would cut the basil leaves and spread them over the cheese so when it’s cooking, the taste is ”spread” into the cheese and the customer can taste it in every bites. The leaves were wholes and only a few times you could actually taste the whole pizza if you know what I mean. After checking online on their website, I realize that the picture of the pizza is accurate: a lot of cheese and whole basil leaves. And the tartare you ask? Unlike the calamari, no surprise there. It was a normal salmon tartare. After, we decided to not even try their desserts and go elsewhere. We tought, there must be a dessert place somewhere in the Quartier Dix30 that not too far from us!

 

Oh and by the way, it was for our anniversary (4 years of marriage) that we went there.

One last thing, I don’t know if it’s my google settings (my account is in english…) or the actual website but I couldn’t find the english version to save my life. Sorry!

 

Juliette & Chocolat (Quartier DIX30) – 9190 Leduc Blvd, Brossard Qc.
It’s Juliette et Chocolat. Need I say more? Haha, maybe a little bit!

Juliette&chocolat 01It’s decadent, delicious, sweet! The ambiance was great, joyful and playful but it was a busy Tuesday for them so the service was a little slow: ”Catch the server if you can” style!

Our order :
– black coffee
– sundae
– hot chocolate with SO MUCH marshmallows
– mille-feuille in a pot

LOVE LOVE LOVE!

They have a new menu and I think we should have eaten our whole dinner here. Less money and sure to love it!

 

Hope you enjoy my food adventure and talk to you soon!

Bouffons!MTL! | Looking around

Yesterday, I went out with my man and another couple to try out the event Bouffons!MTL! It’s a drink and food event where you can try a bunch of food from different stands and some of the Montreal food trucks. Although you have to pay for the drinks and food, the access to the site and event are free. Bouffons!MTL! is open until July 30th from noon until 11 pm. I also feel the need to tell you to come prepared with cash (not all the stand take credit or debit) and a small bag or a bag with not a lot in since they do a bag check when you come in.

We tried a gin-lemonade drink (twice) that was great in taste and balance and the food as well was varied and tasteful. But I need to be honest with you, and it’s not going to be a surprise for some of you, it was a costly evening out. Depending on the food stand, the price wasn’t always reflective of the portion-size. For example, even if my husband and I enjoyed the salmon tartare, the size of it was actually disappointing for 11$ (if I remember right) and I’ve tried enough tartare in enough places to know if the price is right or  (a little) too much. If you’re planning on going, I also suggest what we did: take a look around! It might seem obvious to many of you but I saw many families and group of friends simply buying along the way and realized that they couldn’t taste X food (or drink) at some point because they were already full or out of cash. When you do take a look around, you know your options and what seems to be the best food to try for yourself.

Here are some of the photos I took of the event yesterday and talk to you soon!