Read about Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5 of our week long trip to Montreal back in August 2014.
On Day 6, our 2nd last day in Montreal, we ventured into the regions of Little Italy and Le Plateau-Mont-Royal.
While the Mister was still getting ready, I went out on my own to visit the Essence du Papier store in Place Ville Marie. I knew about this place because I bought their agenda and notebook from Chapters before. I liked the craftsmanship of their products so much that I searched up their store location and found out that they were located in Montreal.
St. Viateur Bagel & Cafe
1127 Avenue du Mont-Royal E, Montreal, QC H2J 1X9
Taken from the site: "Our world-famous bagels have been enjoyed by millions of people worldwide. In our humble opinion, one of the reasons for their overwhelming popularity is their wholesome goodness! Our bagels have absolutely no preservatives whatsoever and are made with 100% natural ingredients. We have been making them the same way since 1957. Each bagel is hand-rolled, boiled in honey water, and cooked in a wood fired oven that was designed to both cook and flavour the bagel. What comes out of this process is a chewy, slightly sweet bagel that is incomparable to any other bagel being made today. We have never compromised quality for quantity, and because of the fact that we produce an artisanal product; only a limited amount of bagels can be produced each day.
Simply stated, our bagels 'are the ones your grandparents enjoyed made with ingredients your children can read.' St-Viateur Bagel has been baking its famous bagels for over 55 years and is proud to be the longest running bagel shop in Montreal."
We liked it okay... it wasn't spectacular in my opinion; what really was the star of the meal (unsurprisingly) was the bagel. It was unlike any bagel I'd ever eaten. It just had the right consistency and the taste of it was just simply amazing. I could eat the bagel alone without anything on it and still enjoy it. It was that good. I contemplated on getting some bagels to bring home, but I ended up not getting any (which I later regretted). Next time we go to Montreal, I'll definitely grab some.
Service wasn't that great. It didn't feel personal nor that friendly. It felt very rushed and the lady was standing there the whole time just staring. Food was served fairly quickly though. Atmosphere was terrible- very small, loud at times, and cramped.
Overall: Ambience D, Food B+ (bagel A+!), Service C+, Price A-).
Le Glacier Bilboquet
1850 Rue Des Cascades O, St-Hyacinthe, QC J2S 3J3
Taken from the site: "Since its creation in 1983, the key corporate objective has been to produce the highest quality of ice creams and sorbets possible. All our products are handmade (no automatic production lines) with the highest quality ingredients. There are no additives or artificial colorants. Le Bilboquet uses only fresh 3.25% milk, 35% pure cream and 100% fruits and juices. Cookies, brownies and other confections that are incorporated into our ice creams are mostly produced by our own in-house pastry chef."
Nearby was the ice cream place we wanted to eat at called Le Bilboquet. You pick the type of cone you want and then what flavour ice cream you want.
Overall: Ambience A-, Food A+, Service A+, Price A+.
Then we walked back to the Metro so we could go take the train to Parc Jean-Drapeau.
994 Rue Rachel E, Montreal, QC H2J 2J3
Taken from the site: "La Banquise, originally a small ice-cream shop, first opened its doors in May 1968. The following fall, its founder and local fireman Pierre Barsalou, decided to transform the enterprise into a 24-hour snack bar. At the time La Banquise specialized in amazing good hot-dogs and legendary fries.
Poutine first appeared on the menu at the start of the 1980's. Originally, Classic and Italian were the only two varieties offered. In response to repeated requests and very satisfied customers, the restaurant’s poutine choices quickly multiplied. Today, we offer no less than 30 different types of poutine."
Overall: Ambience C-, Food A+, Service C, Price A.
Today at work I got a true genuine compliment, "You're really beautiful." In no way did he intend it to be creepy and it didn't come off as creepy either. It made me smile and obviously I said thank you (it made my evening). Usually when people tell me that, it's either creepy or the guy is being flirtatious. Makes me want to vomit in my mouth sometimes to be honest. But today, today was nice to get a no-strings-attached compliment. Those are very rare.
p.s. This is the second last post of these Montreal posts. Next one will wrap up the whole series! Finally!
"With age comes wisdom, but sometimes age comes alone." -Oscar Wilde