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Please tell me about Montreal. I have just booked a trip there for Memorial Day weekend and would love suggestions on what to do/see/eat etc. The last time I was there I was 8 so I don't really remember much!

ENBB, Friday, 23 March 2007 13:52 (twelve years ago) link

hey, i live here :)
there is also this thread something something montreal

it will be different this time b/c you are not 8. and end of May (that's mem day wkend right?) is a pretty lovely time to come

rrrobyn, Friday, 23 March 2007 14:03 (twelve years ago) link

(i am busy googling 'why we procrastinate' but will come back to thred later)

rrrobyn, Friday, 23 March 2007 14:05 (twelve years ago) link

what do you like to do

s1ocki, Friday, 23 March 2007 14:07 (twelve years ago) link

Oooh, thank you for the links! I tried searching but am obviously inept. ;-) I'll have a look at those and see if I have any questions.

R - You're right, Mem w/e is the last one in May. I'm really excited as I've been wanting to go for a while now.

ENBB, Friday, 23 March 2007 14:18 (twelve years ago) link

two years pass...

any advice on places to eat, things to do, ppl to see &c??? will be there for a ~5 days for work starting friday so i wont have a lot of time. on my list which is basically a cop from nyt btw:

toqué
au pied du cochon
liverpool house

Lamp, Wednesday, 25 March 2009 19:10 (ten years ago) link

do u like beer?

swedes put dill on fields of salmon (fields of salmon), Wednesday, 25 March 2009 19:24 (ten years ago) link

toqué is really expensive, esp compared to APDC - latter is dfeinitely a better bet.

liverpool house yes, or joe beef. either one.

s1ocki, Wednesday, 25 March 2009 19:30 (ten years ago) link

ummm, so much though that im not really sure where to start in terms of recs. tell me what you like!

s1ocki, Wednesday, 25 March 2009 19:31 (ten years ago) link

i like beer but i do not LOVE beer toqué is paid for by work so $$$$ not an issue + it seems like a place to at least try - or is it really not worth it?

also any word on garde manager? mostly looking for places that serve something i cant eat in nyc which is why im into places that focus on locally-sourced stuff which is why my big must is apcd so... maybe more stuff like that? also breakfast places would be good

Lamp, Wednesday, 25 March 2009 19:36 (ten years ago) link

DIEU DU CIEL for beer. The name is no exaggeration.

Sundar, Wednesday, 25 March 2009 19:38 (ten years ago) link

i like beer but i do not LOVE beer toqué is paid for by work so $$$$ not an issue + it seems like a place to at least try - or is it really not worth it?

also any word on garde manager? mostly looking for places that serve something i cant eat in nyc which is why im into places that focus on locally-sourced stuff which is why my big must is apcd so... maybe more stuff like that? also breakfast places would be good

― Lamp, Wednesday, March 25, 2009 7:36 PM (6 minutes ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

ok def check toqué if you can afford it! def.

garde-manger i wouldn't recommend, more of a scene place than a food place imo. but APDC = def. joe beef/liverpool = def. hmm what else... maybe salle à manger?

s1ocki, Wednesday, 25 March 2009 19:43 (ten years ago) link

club de chasse et peche def worth checking out.

for brunch try my friends' new place, sparrow, or have the brunch at lemeac which is fantastic. dinner there is great too.

s1ocki, Wednesday, 25 March 2009 19:44 (ten years ago) link

Oh man I cannot wait to go to The Sparrow. I know I'm going to love it because it fills a big Sparrow-shaped gap in Montreal's food scene. A big, depressing gap. Next step: maybe some enterprising or foolish soul will make the connection between batter, fish, and hot oil and then, you know, try selling it to people. Sigh.

swedes put dill on fields of salmon (fields of salmon), Thursday, 26 March 2009 20:41 (ten years ago) link

Do they have a liquor license? I'm actually so excited that I'm thinking of printing out their menus from the Facebook group so I can carry them around with me and glance at them longingly.

swedes put dill on fields of salmon (fields of salmon), Thursday, 26 March 2009 20:42 (ten years ago) link

one year passes...

Hello good peoples. Will be in your city June 19th to 21st, eating your bagels.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 3 May 2010 21:32 (nine years ago) link

heh.

The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall, Monday, 3 May 2010 21:39 (nine years ago) link

And I'll be in Toronto a couple of days before that but that's another thread to revive.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 3 May 2010 21:42 (nine years ago) link

cool!!

and in also cool news:

http://www.montrealgazette.com/Plateau+close+streets/2982434/story.html#ixzz0n3oNVWbp

sir gaga (s1ocki), Wednesday, 5 May 2010 13:17 (nine years ago) link

(that first one is a few blocks from my house)

sir gaga (s1ocki), Wednesday, 5 May 2010 13:18 (nine years ago) link

I live on that first one, albeit several blocks south, where people basically barrel down it at 100km/h because they're just looking for parking on St-Laurent or whatever. Pedestrianize our street too!

fields of salmon, Wednesday, 5 May 2010 13:41 (nine years ago) link

That's damn cool news indeed!

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 5 May 2010 23:02 (nine years ago) link

I miss you deeply, my beloved Sin City.

Kevin John Bozelka, Wednesday, 5 May 2010 23:22 (nine years ago) link

my girlfriend lives on st dominique woohoo!

ayo for dyao (samosa gibreel), Wednesday, 5 May 2010 23:56 (nine years ago) link

So anyway, FAP etc.? Maybe some relaxed Sunday afternoon thing?

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 6 May 2010 00:10 (nine years ago) link

Show some love. I've got new shoes.

fields of salmon, Saturday, 15 May 2010 02:57 (nine years ago) link

At Footlocker.

fields of salmon, Saturday, 15 May 2010 03:00 (nine years ago) link

one month passes...

Thirty minutes and counting down.

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 19 June 2010 20:39 (nine years ago) link

welcome to my city ned raggett.

hey whatsup (marc iv), Sunday, 20 June 2010 23:20 (nine years ago) link

just went to TO and I am so fucking glad to be back in MTL.

Simon H., Sunday, 20 June 2010 23:30 (nine years ago) link

biked 35 miles around the East Island today. The Quebecoise are indeed a 'distinct society'. Love my city.

sofatruck, Monday, 21 June 2010 01:49 (nine years ago) link

Xpost: rather than give you a snark filled piece of mind, I'll just link to this

Tonight I Dine on Turtle Soup (EDB), Monday, 21 June 2010 01:57 (nine years ago) link

I dunno, me and TO just do not jibe, mostly seems to be a people issue. but then again I might feel the same way as you had I spent the last six+ years in TO instead.

Simon H., Monday, 21 June 2010 02:30 (nine years ago) link

> biked 35 miles around the East Island today. The Quebecoise are indeed a 'distinct society'. Love my city.

would you mind telling me where this East Island is, cause I've never heard of it in my 30-someodd years here. "The Quebecoise?"

Charlesburg, Monday, 21 June 2010 03:05 (nine years ago) link

East Montreal... semantics. Sorry for the typo.

sofatruck, Monday, 21 June 2010 04:28 (nine years ago) link

one month passes...

http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/magnificent-montreal/1

good article that sort of sums up nicely what i <3 about this town

my friend is the guy leading the writer around

al-goreda (s1ocki), Thursday, 22 July 2010 16:36 (nine years ago) link

haha. yeah it's a great piece. but i want to know more about adam sachs, not adam gollner! :)

sean gramophone, Thursday, 22 July 2010 16:39 (nine years ago) link

what do you want to know

(i dont know anything)

al-goreda (s1ocki), Thursday, 22 July 2010 16:40 (nine years ago) link

Can I move there? Do they like foreign people?

European Bob (admrl), Thursday, 22 July 2010 16:51 (nine years ago) link

yes and yes

al-goreda (s1ocki), Thursday, 22 July 2010 17:00 (nine years ago) link

Spent a week in Montreal (and three days in Quebec City) for our honeymoon. Such a great place.

da croupier, Thursday, 22 July 2010 17:01 (nine years ago) link

nice, what did u do?

al-goreda (s1ocki), Thursday, 22 July 2010 17:05 (nine years ago) link

I dunno, Canadian immigration people have always been the biggest hardasses to me. Sometimes I fly home with Air Canada and have a layover in Toronto and always get GRILLED. Why am I here? Well, I have a flight to catch and will be leaving in 45 minutes, so I don't really think I'm a danger to your country.

European Bob (admrl), Thursday, 22 July 2010 17:08 (nine years ago) link

It is a VERY great place, and I only really spent something like a day and a half there. Everyone should visit.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 22 July 2010 17:08 (nine years ago) link

well maybe I think you're a danger to my country adam

al-goreda (s1ocki), Thursday, 22 July 2010 17:09 (nine years ago) link

Well I am a bit messy sometimes.

European Bob (admrl), Thursday, 22 July 2010 17:09 (nine years ago) link

Still, I like the idea of living in Canada. You never know.

European Bob (admrl), Thursday, 22 July 2010 17:10 (nine years ago) link

You have to watch out for him, he likes to film things. (Wait, who am I warning against who?)

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 22 July 2010 17:11 (nine years ago) link

Stayed at one of those boutique hotels by the water (one with awesome fucking room service), went to a ton of restaurants, bought a ton of records, hit that Miles Davis exhibit at the art museum, saw some sights and witnessed some of the glory that was Canada Day and the boiling heat wave that followed (if it had been any other type of vacation I would have dropped you a line, Slock). Don't recognize most of the places in that article but oddly enough I ordered all three things (foie gras poutine, duck-in-a-can, and seafood platters) mentioned being at Restaurant au Pied de Cochon. Even splitting the poutine and the seafood, this was in hindsight a bit too ambitious.

My only complaint was that I couldn't seem to get the right kind of iced latte and wound up hitting starbucks more than I wanted to.

da croupier, Thursday, 22 July 2010 17:12 (nine years ago) link

oh i coulda helped you with that

glad u had a good time and of course i understand you wouldnt exactly want to be like hey new bride, can we take some time on our honeymoon to meet some random bon vivant from the internet

but if u ever come back, lemme know!!

al-goreda (s1ocki), Thursday, 22 July 2010 17:13 (nine years ago) link

hey new bride, can we take some time on our honeymoon to meet some random bon vivant from the internet

Le Proposal Indecent

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 22 July 2010 17:14 (nine years ago) link

How big is Montreal? DO many people live in quaint Olde Worlde apartments with high ceilings above patisseries and such? And ride bicycles in elegantly faded clothes?

European Bob (admrl), Thursday, 22 July 2010 17:15 (nine years ago) link

They definitely ride bicycles.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 22 July 2010 17:16 (nine years ago) link

but if u ever come back, lemme know!!

definitely!

da croupier, Thursday, 22 July 2010 17:16 (nine years ago) link

actually yes

sean gramophone, Thursday, 22 July 2010 17:17 (nine years ago) link

Is Montreal on a river? What is the countryside like outside of Montreal?

European Bob (admrl), Thursday, 22 July 2010 17:18 (nine years ago) link

it's IN a river

al-goreda (s1ocki), Thursday, 22 July 2010 17:18 (nine years ago) link

(it's an island)

al-goreda (s1ocki), Thursday, 22 July 2010 17:18 (nine years ago) link

Wow!

European Bob (admrl), Thursday, 22 July 2010 17:19 (nine years ago) link

I just don't know much about Montreal. All I know is through s1ocki and rrrobyn and I think there were once some olympics there or something. It sounds nice.

European Bob (admrl), Thursday, 22 July 2010 17:19 (nine years ago) link

there's some really nice countryside not too far away. the laurentian mountains. the eastern townships (really old settlements). vermont is like 45 minute drive.

al-goreda (s1ocki), Thursday, 22 July 2010 17:20 (nine years ago) link

The mix of stations in French and English was pretty awesome. Loved little details like Two And A Half Men being called "Mon Oncle Charlie." Also appreciated the French pronunciation of "Jack Donaghy"

da croupier, Thursday, 22 July 2010 17:20 (nine years ago) link

hahaha

al-goreda (s1ocki), Thursday, 22 July 2010 17:21 (nine years ago) link

i love the movie titles too

for some reason the one that always stood out was BOOTY CALL which was called ALLO BABA! (exclamation mark included)

al-goreda (s1ocki), Thursday, 22 July 2010 17:22 (nine years ago) link

Montreal film title translations vs. Helsinki film title translations.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 22 July 2010 17:22 (nine years ago) link

I love the alt. Twilight titles. So much more appropriate.

Simon H., Thursday, 22 July 2010 17:23 (nine years ago) link

i used to enter the movie listings for my paper (worst job ever btw) and so i read all of them

al-goreda (s1ocki), Thursday, 22 July 2010 17:23 (nine years ago) link

o ya simon i was just chuckling about that today.... eclipse is called TWILIGHT: HESITATION

al-goreda (s1ocki), Thursday, 22 July 2010 17:23 (nine years ago) link

hahahaha

al-goreda (s1ocki), Thursday, 22 July 2010 17:24 (nine years ago) link

also came across some kind of candid camera show called something like "droll and sexy" that seemed to mostly be people being squirted with water and topless women walking out of closets in department stores.

xpost was just about to mention the posters for Twilight: Hesitation

da croupier, Thursday, 22 July 2010 17:24 (nine years ago) link

that's actually what life is like most of the time

al-goreda (s1ocki), Thursday, 22 July 2010 17:25 (nine years ago) link

btw mazel tov on the whole getting hitched thing

al-goreda (s1ocki), Thursday, 22 July 2010 17:25 (nine years ago) link

thanks!

da croupier, Thursday, 22 July 2010 17:26 (nine years ago) link

Haha Hesitation

European Bob (admrl), Thursday, 22 July 2010 17:27 (nine years ago) link

o ya simon i was just chuckling about that today.... eclipse is called TWILIGHT: HESITATION

I saw one of those posters and thought, "Instant improvement."

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 22 July 2010 17:27 (nine years ago) link

i mean it sort of cuts to the core doesn't it

al-goreda (s1ocki), Thursday, 22 July 2010 17:28 (nine years ago) link

I need to see Twilight

European Bob (admrl), Thursday, 22 July 2010 17:29 (nine years ago) link

How big is Montreal? DO many people live in quaint Olde Worlde apartments with high ceilings above patisseries and such? And ride bicycles in elegantly faded clothes?

The population of the island is ~1.5 million, the metropolitan pop. is ~3.5 million.

sofatruck, Thursday, 22 July 2010 19:37 (nine years ago) link

Can I move there? Do they like foreign people?

Do you speak French? Then, yes!
Seriously though, if you want to immigrate to Canada and plan to live in Quebec, the province (in addition to the federal government) has to approve your residency there.

kate78, Thursday, 22 July 2010 20:02 (nine years ago) link

I used to speak ok French, I went to school in Paris for a brief while. But it was long ago and my French is embarrassing these days. I'm sure it is all in there somewhere.

Hey I was born in 78 too! Or maybe your name is ref. to 78rpm vinyl records

European Bob (admrl), Thursday, 22 July 2010 20:41 (nine years ago) link

xpost- I lived there for 7 years and barely spoke any French. I think it matters in the rest of Quebec but almost not at all in Montreal (unless it's a really francophone neighborhood).

the subject of many men’s thoughts (daavid), Thursday, 22 July 2010 20:52 (nine years ago) link

it matters if you want to live there as an immigrant.

yay, 1978, xpost.

kate78, Thursday, 22 July 2010 21:02 (nine years ago) link

Yeah my French is embarrassingly bad... grew up in the west and haven't had the chance to take classes here but I get by quite easily. But yeah, immigrating is another issue. Have a friend here who did it though (from the USA). She had to do an interview in French, for which she studied like mad for about a month, and passed quite easily.

sofatruck, Thursday, 22 July 2010 21:03 (nine years ago) link

for some reason montreal attracts the coolest anglos from the rest of canada, and has a pretty thriving english cool kids community. a lot of the less corny bc dudes move here, loads of haligonians and nova scotians. they're a good crowd. many of my friends live fulfilling and happy lives without significant contact with francophones.

that's not to say you're not missing out, though. french girls are way cuter and often more fun and outgoing than english ones, and although quebecois culture in general is not as appealing to me they are a people who have deep reverence for the sanctity of the leisurely life. lots of drinking beer and just hanging out and cracking jokes goes on.

there are some radical-minded francophones who can be unpleasantly forceful and militant about it, but generally speaking people do appreciate any polite attempt at speaking french. you probably have a better chance of kissing french girls if you've got a bit an accent, anyways.

young monet (samosa gibreel), Thursday, 22 July 2010 21:58 (nine years ago) link

LOL I'm married and this is an entirely hypothetical situation so...

European Bob (admrl), Thursday, 22 July 2010 22:01 (nine years ago) link

sounds fun though!

European Bob (admrl), Thursday, 22 July 2010 22:01 (nine years ago) link

lol, well your future children will kiss many a cute french girl should you choose to born & raise them in mtl

young monet (samosa gibreel), Thursday, 22 July 2010 22:05 (nine years ago) link

also u guys might find your attitudes get more liberal in this swinging city of bons vivants

al-goreda (s1ocki), Thursday, 22 July 2010 22:10 (nine years ago) link

Is it full of vice and delicious sin?

European Bob (admrl), Thursday, 22 July 2010 22:13 (nine years ago) link

thinkin bout movin to montreal with bad french

conrad, Thursday, 22 July 2010 22:17 (nine years ago) link

full of copies of vice magazine tbh xp

young monet (samosa gibreel), Thursday, 22 July 2010 22:23 (nine years ago) link

I love Montreal so much...just been there passing through to and from Victoriaville (2x), but I'd live there in a heartbeat based on a couple of days.

Grisly Addams (WmC), Thursday, 22 July 2010 22:29 (nine years ago) link

Reading this article while in the process of deciding whether to take up McGill on their last-minute law school offer (and thus the possibility of staying in the city for the foreseeable future, instead of moving to Toronto) is probably a bad idea.

I mean, theoretically I should be picking the best program, not which city is more wonderful. Because, seriously, Montreal in a walk.

Alex in Montreal, Thursday, 22 July 2010 22:43 (nine years ago) link

full of copies of vice magazine tbh xp

― young monet (samosa gibreel), Thursday, July 22, 2010 6:23 PM (19 minutes ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

Really? I am missing out on this distinct aspect of our culture! My life has had less Vice and more Vices&Versa these days. (which, btw, A++ place for drinks when you are up around St Zotique)

Alex in Montreal, Thursday, 22 July 2010 22:45 (nine years ago) link

quebecois culture in general is not as appealing to me

Except...man. There is something so unself-consciously wonderful about monster truck rallies and souvereigntiste rap music and Celine and Caribou.

Alex in Montreal, Thursday, 22 July 2010 22:47 (nine years ago) link

that was just a joke really, vice is actually totally less ubiquitous nowadays and i am grateful for it

attitudinally speaking quebec culture is pretty awesome, but i can't say i'm interested in it in any genuine or active way

young monet (samosa gibreel), Thursday, 22 July 2010 22:56 (nine years ago) link

u youngsters prob don't remember when VICE was based here

al-goreda (s1ocki), Thursday, 22 July 2010 22:59 (nine years ago) link

^^^grateful of this, tbh.

Alex in Montreal, Thursday, 22 July 2010 23:24 (nine years ago) link

it was like the wild west

al-goreda (s1ocki), Thursday, 22 July 2010 23:24 (nine years ago) link

everyone lived on the plateau

al-goreda (s1ocki), Thursday, 22 July 2010 23:24 (nine years ago) link

listening to ninja tune records

al-goreda (s1ocki), Thursday, 22 July 2010 23:25 (nine years ago) link

drinking an espresso on a patio on avenue parc + reading french legal writing and surprisingly content with the arrival of a true montreal summer after that weird may/june false start.

Alex in Montreal, Thursday, 22 July 2010 23:25 (nine years ago) link

ninja tune records? quelle horreur!

Alex in Montreal, Thursday, 22 July 2010 23:26 (nine years ago) link

i think we've had a least a solid month of real summer tbh

al-goreda (s1ocki), Thursday, 22 July 2010 23:26 (nine years ago) link

yeah. And it was all in july! And those two weeks in April.

Alex in Montreal, Thursday, 22 July 2010 23:29 (nine years ago) link

My life has had less Vice and more Vices&Versa these days. (which, btw, A++ place for drinks when you are up around St Zotique)

WHAT this place looks amazing. i was seriously walking to work today thinking "man i wish i knew a bar where they served a bunch of that qc micro stuff but like... not just their own stuff like ddc etc."

speaking of dieu du ciel though i went there on... wednesday? and had their summer solstice beer (i think) which is a sour wheat beer w/ cherries. it is like neon red with pink head and is so fucking good TRY IT MTLERS

Quantic Dream, So Hard To Beat (Will M.), Friday, 23 July 2010 12:57 (nine years ago) link

Whoa and all of those V&V beers are en fut?!?! Awesome.

Quantic Dream, So Hard To Beat (Will M.), Friday, 23 July 2010 13:02 (nine years ago) link

thoght that said TRY IT HITLERS

al gore vidal gore (s1ocki), Friday, 23 July 2010 13:08 (nine years ago) link

how weird would it be if i called all montrealers "a buch of hitlers"

Quantic Dream, So Hard To Beat (Will M.), Friday, 23 July 2010 13:11 (nine years ago) link

or a bunch tbf

Quantic Dream, So Hard To Beat (Will M.), Friday, 23 July 2010 13:11 (nine years ago) link

a bushel

al gore vidal gore (s1ocki), Friday, 23 July 2010 13:12 (nine years ago) link

Oh hey here's a question for the Montreal people: my French is garbage, how do I make it good w/o having to actually meet people? Everything on the internet that's all "LEARN FRENCH" is like "LEARN TRANSATLANTIC USELESS IN QUEBEC FRENCH."

Quantic Dream, So Hard To Beat (Will M.), Friday, 23 July 2010 13:24 (nine years ago) link

You could try the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec at Berri. They have a section of language tapes/CDs etc.

sofatruck, Friday, 23 July 2010 13:38 (nine years ago) link

it is such a good library and also nice to be in

man, i went through a few harsh months this late-winter/early-spring of 'oh, mtl, r u 4 me rly' but thankfully that has passed. i guess that happens in every relationship re people, places, jobs, etc. right now this town is rulin, so i'm glad i hung in there - like, where else is there to go in canada that is as good? srsly! i think i'm finally going to winterize a bike this year even. (lol now watch me get a great job in like mali or something)

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Friday, 23 July 2010 14:11 (nine years ago) link

I seriously spend 6 months a year wondering why I live here and 6 months a year wondering why I'd live anywhere else. It's so completely true.

Cold Poutine, So Hard To Eat (Will M.), Friday, 23 July 2010 14:24 (nine years ago) link

If I weren't a non-real-winter person Montreal would be on a short list of spots to live for sure.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 23 July 2010 14:26 (nine years ago) link

that travel&leisure article is pretty great! and well-written! (haha yeah, even i want adam to show me around and i live here) (he actually ended up in the group of people i went to see lou reed jazz fest show with! he lasted longer than the others)

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Friday, 23 July 2010 14:54 (nine years ago) link

is that after-hours at parc & beaubien still a thing or did it clse after the magical "6 motnhs and it's fucked" timeline that seems to exist for mile-end party jamz?

Cold Poutine, So Hard To Eat (Will M.), Friday, 23 July 2010 14:58 (nine years ago) link

si1ver door? yeah, haven't heard anything abt it for a bit.. prob was a bit too talked-about..

yeah, the thing about montreal is that living through winter is key to summer bliss and key to serious love of this place. also: metaphor for life.

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Friday, 23 July 2010 15:23 (nine years ago) link

i always wondered if there was a trick ie. finding a job that spent half the year anywhere but here. my bosses at my old job used to basically spend all winter in the dominican republic. but then again they spent the rest of the year never, ever leaving DDO. kind of defeats the purpose of mtl summers.

Cold Poutine, So Hard To Eat (Will M.), Friday, 23 July 2010 15:24 (nine years ago) link

I think Si1ver Door is opening a cafe or something actually. Or maybe I'm thinking of a different seekrit party hideout.

sean gramophone, Friday, 23 July 2010 15:31 (nine years ago) link

last time i was there a very high girl talked my ear off abt how i should buy a coffee because they make it sooooooooo good there (it was like 4am) and i was like "maybe next time :S"

Cold Poutine, So Hard To Eat (Will M.), Friday, 23 July 2010 15:36 (nine years ago) link

so it is very possible that that's teh cafe place.

Cold Poutine, So Hard To Eat (Will M.), Friday, 23 July 2010 15:36 (nine years ago) link

Is the DDC house beer Kriek (i.e. belgium style cherry beer)? cause that would be awesome.

i didn't even know about si1ver do0r and it is already non-existent? MTLFAIL. so bad at being in the know. i'm still all the way back at e4stern bl0c vis a vis mile-end party jamz.

Y /\/\ /\/\ \/ (Alex in Montreal), Friday, 23 July 2010 19:02 (nine years ago) link

gah so many scummy nights at the door. Kinda hate that place

al gore vidal gore (s1ocki), Friday, 23 July 2010 19:12 (nine years ago) link

i've had some wonderful nights there but i know what ya mean

young monet (samosa gibreel), Friday, 23 July 2010 19:16 (nine years ago) link

someone offer me a job in montreal

I'm qualified

dill hai to mango aur (cozen), Friday, 23 July 2010 19:19 (nine years ago) link

Is the DDC house beer Kriek (i.e. belgium style cherry beer)?

The site says "German inspired sour wheat beer," I don't think it's a Kriek style but from the sound of that it's not that far off! You should really really really check it out before they run out.

Cold Poutine, So Hard To Eat (Will M.), Friday, 23 July 2010 22:24 (nine years ago) link

OMG I still have dreams about DDC.

Sundar, Friday, 23 July 2010 22:51 (nine years ago) link

But basically, no one's ever hiring for anything in Mtl, right?

Sundar, Friday, 23 July 2010 22:52 (nine years ago) link

My favourite thing in Montreal was Rrrobyn.

the pinefox, Friday, 23 July 2010 22:55 (nine years ago) link

I've been here for what seems like forever. The food is still appalling (tourist trap brochetteries, rudeness bistros, overpriced fast food, casse-croûte straight out of Naked Lunch, Asian fusion nouilleries, the worst pizza of any major city in North America) in any of the areas that are "Montreal" enough to warrant living in. The food's good enough in some outer areas where the immigrants of colour have been granted restaurant licenses to cook their smelly ethnic foods, but you might as well live in Ontario and get a decent job at that rate since a Montreal suburb is just as ugly if not uglier than anywhere else and the food in Toronto is world class. Go ahead, live in Verdun. Have a hot dog. Tant pis. Or, live somewhere even shittier and, une fois par semaine, vas-t'en au quartier Chinois to enjoy the privilege of paying $8.00 for mediocre Pho. Bagels are good though, so is La Banquise (which hasn't poisoned me yet).

Any of the charmingly local nouveau cuisine has a kind of reactionary political context that I don't feel comfortable eating. Go ahead, eat duck and rabbit while your city collapses around your ears. Historical shit, right? Let's continue to harken to a semi-mythical vie de bûcheron. That's going to help a lot, bros. But the tourists love it so I guess you're getting paid, Picard.

The omnipresent corruption and incompetence can wear a bit thin. But, whatever.

Still not sure I'd want to live anywhere else.

fields of salmon, Saturday, 24 July 2010 01:51 (nine years ago) link

maybe you're more of a toronto guy?

al gore vidal gore (s1ocki), Saturday, 24 July 2010 03:17 (nine years ago) link

Not so much, but there is nothing I enjoy more than winding up Montrealers about their shitty restaurants.

fields of salmon, Saturday, 24 July 2010 03:25 (nine years ago) link

...Whether it's the 1970s throwback "casual dining" or the extortionate, xenophobic "fine dining", fields of salmon is your guide to Montreal's culinary scene.

fields of salmon, Saturday, 24 July 2010 03:28 (nine years ago) link

What about a restaurant that serves Pad Thai AND General Tao Chicken. You'd think I'm crazy, right?

fields of salmon, Saturday, 24 July 2010 03:30 (nine years ago) link

it doesn't really haunt my days but I guess everyone needs a 'cause'?

al gore vidal gore (s1ocki), Saturday, 24 July 2010 04:12 (nine years ago) link

my favourite thing about the pinefox's visit to montreal was def the pinefox. also: aw :)
xp
i'm no foodie, and i don't get wound up abt food (except sushi) but i fully appreciate it when food is good, and i have eaten some good food here, outside the above referenced categories.
ohman i so want to eat a huge plate of qing hua soup DUMPLINGS! right now

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Saturday, 24 July 2010 05:28 (nine years ago) link

It must be poutine time out there right about now.

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 24 July 2010 05:39 (nine years ago) link

Fuckin' love Qing Hua! Once I am free of my minimum wage shackles I will eat there every other day.

Simon H., Saturday, 24 July 2010 06:39 (nine years ago) link

btw anyone who has not been to kazu yet - run don't walk

al gore vidal gore (s1ocki), Saturday, 24 July 2010 14:44 (nine years ago) link

Rrrobyn did take us to a Chinese place that wasn't bad! And the White Horse and Black Island bars - those were real good times.

the pinefox, Saturday, 24 July 2010 14:59 (nine years ago) link

salmon's "montreal food sucks" campaign is so bullshit.

sean gramophone, Saturday, 24 July 2010 16:08 (nine years ago) link

ie, he has successfully wound me up

sean gramophone, Saturday, 24 July 2010 16:08 (nine years ago) link

well if all u eat is salmon I definitely wouldn't recommend montreal, feel like that's probably his problem

al gore vidal gore (s1ocki), Saturday, 24 July 2010 16:18 (nine years ago) link

Go ahead, eat duck and rabbit while your city collapses around your ears.

da croupier, Saturday, 24 July 2010 16:36 (nine years ago) link

we are such backwoods aristocrats

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Saturday, 24 July 2010 17:08 (nine years ago) link

wd eat while city collapsed

al gore vidal gore (s1ocki), Saturday, 24 July 2010 18:45 (nine years ago) link

Yeah, fuck fiddling. Nero had the wrong idea.

Y /\/\ /\/\ \/ (Alex in Montreal), Saturday, 24 July 2010 19:21 (nine years ago) link

It suddenly occurred to me last night that I might seriously consider moving back to Mtl in the fall.

Sundar, Saturday, 24 July 2010 19:34 (nine years ago) link

Oh? What's happening here?

FoS wound me up for a second but then I was like "oh yeah, it is kind of collapsing huh" because I'm in my living room and I just looked at the walls in here. This house would be a flop for heroin addicts in any other city in the world tbh. But you can't beat $1200 a month split 4 ways a block away from virtually everything you ever need. Still want to move back to the Mile End though. Like real bad.

Alex in MTL - you are the Alex in MTL I know right? Worked @ CJ-ello? I had no idea you were thinking abt law school?

Cold Poutine, So Hard To Eat (Will M.), Saturday, 24 July 2010 19:43 (nine years ago) link

Oh no! Different Alex in MTL. There was a weird glitch in the ILX system that resulted in me unaware-ingly taking the name b/c you can be "alex in montreal" AND "Alex in Montreal". Been meaning to switch to a new handle to avoid the confusion but \(o_O)/

Y /\/\ /\/\ \/ (Alex in Montreal), Saturday, 24 July 2010 19:47 (nine years ago) link

that was the real reason behind the Toronto move right

al gore vidal gore (s1ocki), Saturday, 24 July 2010 21:22 (nine years ago) link

Lawlex

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Saturday, 24 July 2010 21:43 (nine years ago) link

It's not so much that something's happening in Mtl as that nothing's happening anywhere else. If I have nothing to do, it's best to do it in Montreal.

Sundar, Saturday, 24 July 2010 21:54 (nine years ago) link

See you at the needle exchange.

fields of salmon, Sunday, 25 July 2010 03:56 (nine years ago) link

i wanna go to montreal

pies. (gbx), Sunday, 25 July 2010 04:03 (nine years ago) link

u should check out the needle exchange

al gore vidal gore (s1ocki), Sunday, 25 July 2010 04:29 (nine years ago) link

We could get a steamé after.

fields of salmon, Sunday, 25 July 2010 04:36 (nine years ago) link

what kind of food is it, at the needle exchange?

pies. (gbx), Sunday, 25 July 2010 04:38 (nine years ago) link

guessing satays

al gore vidal gore (s1ocki), Sunday, 25 July 2010 04:39 (nine years ago) link

brochettes.

fields of salmon, Sunday, 25 July 2010 04:40 (nine years ago) link

($14.50 with rice and salad, bring your own wine.)

fields of salmon, Sunday, 25 July 2010 04:41 (nine years ago) link

how much is the satay

pies. (gbx), Sunday, 25 July 2010 04:44 (nine years ago) link

20 bag.

fields of salmon, Sunday, 25 July 2010 04:45 (nine years ago) link

SOLD

pies. (gbx), Sunday, 25 July 2010 04:48 (nine years ago) link

that's bring your own baking soda and aluminum foil though.

fields of salmon, Sunday, 25 July 2010 04:58 (nine years ago) link

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/montreal/story/2010/07/27/montreal-is-a-happy-place-cp.html

Montreal takes second spot in some sort of "happiest places on earth" list.

fields of salmon, Wednesday, 28 July 2010 01:16 (nine years ago) link

must be the food.

sofatruck, Wednesday, 28 July 2010 02:16 (nine years ago) link

it's the girls.

oreo speed cookie (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Wednesday, 28 July 2010 02:29 (nine years ago) link

salmon's "montreal food sucks" campaign is so bullshit.

― sean gramophone, Saturday, July 24, 2010 12:08 PM (3 days ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

ie, he has successfully wound me up

― sean gramophone, Saturday, July 24, 2010 12:08 PM (3 days ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

yeah, what a weird post eh? like i am not totally sure whether or not salmon is just a non-montrealer sufficiently aware of quebec culture signifiers and slang who's just pulling our leg. some really tasty food around hurr imo. you guys been to cuisine szechuan on guy?

gold bullion logic (samosa gibreel), Wednesday, 28 July 2010 02:40 (nine years ago) link

cuisine szechuan is probably the reason montreal is the 2nd happiest place in the world

gold bullion logic (samosa gibreel), Wednesday, 28 July 2010 02:40 (nine years ago) link

I love how all the people on this forum evidently live in Mile End and around Jean-Talon. Those are the sort of anglophones who would say the food is good.

fields of salmon, Wednesday, 28 July 2010 04:09 (nine years ago) link

instead of the smart anglophones who know to live where the food is bad

kim cardassian (s1ocki), Wednesday, 28 July 2010 04:10 (nine years ago) link

i mean dude... obv u r not happy where u r... but many ppl clearly are. so maybe u should either move to a neighbourhood that suits u better, move to a city that suits u better, or realize that it is perhaps not the city that is the problem here!

kim cardassian (s1ocki), Wednesday, 28 July 2010 04:13 (nine years ago) link

alternate suggestion: stop eating at cheapass pan-asian fast food restaurants

that applies to pretty much every city

kim cardassian (s1ocki), Wednesday, 28 July 2010 04:13 (nine years ago) link

hrm, i live in st henri and used to live in ndg. ndg had some fantastic restaurants and even st henri has some good food. i don't eat out very often, though, and i've never lived anywhere else so don't take my word for it. took a gander at slocki's blog after a link to a blog post about mangoes and iirc dude is a local restaurant critic so maybe he can shut you up.

gold bullion logic (samosa gibreel), Wednesday, 28 July 2010 04:14 (nine years ago) link

oh, haha xps

gold bullion logic (samosa gibreel), Wednesday, 28 July 2010 04:14 (nine years ago) link

I don't think anyone has said that bad food doesn't exist here. Looking at you, St-Hubert. But the good food is pretty great, and a lot less expensive than other cities in Canada.

sofatruck, Wednesday, 28 July 2010 04:17 (nine years ago) link

bad food exists everywhere, with the possible exceptions of france and italy

kim cardassian (s1ocki), Wednesday, 28 July 2010 04:18 (nine years ago) link

fields of salmon i reserve judgment on whether you are a cool guy or not bcuz i don't exactly get what the fuck you're talking about but your posts itt are condescending in a really weird and hard-to-parse way. by all means enlighten us to your next level food criticism, but idg why you are accusing us of living in neighborhoods n stuff

gold bullion logic (samosa gibreel), Wednesday, 28 July 2010 04:18 (nine years ago) link

there is also a lot of decent food in verdun! and parc ex! and way out east! sure it's not new york or LA but we also don't have anywhere near that population. anyway, i don't eat out a lot and prefer to make my own lunch *if only b/c like sandwiches and salads are crazy overpriced for what they are, even if 'gourmet' and i can make exactly what i want to eat), but when i do go out i feel like i have an abundance of good things to choose from.

i have yet to go to kazu! o_O

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Wednesday, 28 July 2010 04:32 (nine years ago) link

s1ocki i still need ot get yr professional opinion re: where to see what pasta's supposed to taste like within our fair city. although i kind of feel bad asknig you for advice because its liek i should be paying you.

the depressed-saggy-japanese-salaryman of ilx posters (Will M.), Tuesday, 3 August 2010 14:58 (nine years ago) link

don't feel bad

the itsytitchyschneider (s1ocki), Tuesday, 3 August 2010 16:09 (nine years ago) link

just pay me

the itsytitchyschneider (s1ocki), Tuesday, 3 August 2010 16:10 (nine years ago) link

(jk)

the itsytitchyschneider (s1ocki), Tuesday, 3 August 2010 16:10 (nine years ago) link

(or am I)

the itsytitchyschneider (s1ocki), Tuesday, 3 August 2010 16:10 (nine years ago) link

A close friend of mine is leaving for TO at the end of the week, most likely for good, and I'm looking to arrange a day/evening of MTL-exclusive activity. Suggestions?

Simon H., Wednesday, 4 August 2010 03:16 (nine years ago) link

what sort of activity? what do u like to do?

the itsytitchyschneider (s1ocki), Wednesday, 4 August 2010 03:53 (nine years ago) link

Well I already figured a walk around the mountain is sort of a no-brainer. The evening is mostly taken up w/ the roller derby final. In between, I guess a choice meal (not too pricey) and...something else...would suffice. Something else outdoorsy would be good, preferably something accessible by public transit. (I've lived here a fairly long time but basically never leave the house, is the issue.)

Simon H., Wednesday, 4 August 2010 06:50 (nine years ago) link

you could go to ile-ste-helene and pretend it was still osheaga :D

botanical gardens?

if u waited till after roller derby to eat u could take advantage of the sublime lemeac after-10 special

the itsytitchyschneider (s1ocki), Wednesday, 4 August 2010 13:37 (nine years ago) link

seven months pass...

i do NOT miss apartment hunting, fuck a craigslist.

Postmodern Bourbon Development (Will M.), Monday, 28 March 2011 10:20 (eight years ago) link

seven months pass...

Spielberg to destroy Montreal, perhaps sparing Schwartz's and St.-Viateur.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 8 November 2011 20:36 (eight years ago) link

i feel like i need to sneak onto the set of this and hijack the production somehow

the jazz zinger (s1ocki), Wednesday, 9 November 2011 06:12 (eight years ago) link

as if apocalypse wasn't already hard enough to spell

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Wednesday, 9 November 2011 06:22 (eight years ago) link

i think i will spend next summer farming

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Wednesday, 9 November 2011 06:23 (eight years ago) link

four months pass...

taking a trip to the Hockey Mecca that is MTL in a week. i've been browsing relevant montreal threads, and wondering if anyone has any more ideas. i've got a hockey game one night, the pretty reckless @ Metropolis, will do the normal tourist things like sightseeing and whatnot....dieu du ciel and bagels are on my radar; i don't do meat to Schwartz'/poutine is out. all recommendations considered. and merci

epigram addict (outdoor_miner), Monday, 26 March 2012 21:24 (seven years ago) link

what else do u like to do / eat

A Little Princess btw (s1ocki), Monday, 26 March 2012 21:31 (seven years ago) link

uh, i'm open to regions - SE Asian, Japanese, vegetarian fare, Italian....pretty much open to anything that's veg. based. been looking at the menu of a place called Kitchenette that looks kinda innerestin' -

epigram addict (outdoor_miner), Monday, 26 March 2012 22:48 (seven years ago) link

what is it like finding an apartment in Montreal. try to incorporate the word 'soothing' into your response.

john-claude van donne (schlump), Saturday, 7 April 2012 17:06 (seven years ago) link

a soothing experience

A Little Princess btw (s1ocki), Saturday, 7 April 2012 19:27 (seven years ago) link

you can't cherry-pick 'em like you used to, but i think it is still faaaaarrrr easier than apt-hunting in toronto/new york/etc.

A Little Princess btw (s1ocki), Saturday, 7 April 2012 19:27 (seven years ago) link

^^^

yeah. solo places are more expensive then they used to be and it requires a bit of hunting but you'll find something affordable and livable and neighbourhoody if you put a bit of time in.

Somewhere between Fergie and Jesus (Alex in Montreal), Saturday, 7 April 2012 19:50 (seven years ago) link

just found the greatest place to live imaginable for next year after like 1h of craigslist searching & 1 phone call, very soothing. although it's in st-henri not plateau/mile-end

flopson, Saturday, 7 April 2012 19:56 (seven years ago) link

i think the best place for cheap rent + beautiful architecture combo is like rosemont, little italy

flopson, Saturday, 7 April 2012 20:02 (seven years ago) link

Montreal real estate may be, of its many advantages over Toronto, the biggest. Like, it doesn't even compare.

EDB, Saturday, 7 April 2012 20:14 (seven years ago) link

st henri is p. good. i was out there for the first year or two of undergrad. up at the northern edge of mile end these days. parc/bernard-ish

Somewhere between Fergie and Jesus (Alex in Montreal), Saturday, 7 April 2012 20:24 (seven years ago) link

sidenote: why do we never do montreal FAPs?

Somewhere between Fergie and Jesus (Alex in Montreal), Saturday, 7 April 2012 20:26 (seven years ago) link

we're at least as cool as Chicago ILX0rs

Somewhere between Fergie and Jesus (Alex in Montreal), Saturday, 7 April 2012 20:26 (seven years ago) link

st henri is cool but kinda isolating in the winter imho

A Little Princess btw (s1ocki), Saturday, 7 April 2012 20:28 (seven years ago) link

oh, definitely. i have learned to embrace the isolation, although i'm also studying math so it helps not being surrounded by divertissements

flopson, Saturday, 7 April 2012 22:04 (seven years ago) link

get a calculator and enjoy the divertissements!

A Little Princess btw (s1ocki), Saturday, 7 April 2012 22:30 (seven years ago) link

ha, i thought 'i have learned to embrace the isolation' was re: why no faps. i am not there yet but pro-fap.

ty for your advice. i have to move in a bit of a hurry so i'm hoping some short-term share or convenient one phonecall craigslist thing will crop up. i'm less spooked than i was.

john-claude van donne (schlump), Sunday, 8 April 2012 15:53 (seven years ago) link

i think we just have dance parties instead of faps here
and when ilxors come to town, sometimes we eat iconic montreal foods together

are you moving here for work or school or etc? shares and sublets are not so hard to find in the summer months (May-Aug), especially as many university students move away

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Sunday, 8 April 2012 15:58 (seven years ago) link

i got my first apartment via a university housing message board 10 years ago - shared with one person in st-henri, stayed there 3 years, my rent was crazy cheap. then got my second apartment, in mile end, where i still live, because a friend was moving away, so i took over her lease. my rent is still pretty cheap. sometimes i think about moving to something bigger. lately though i just want to get rid of half my stuff.

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Sunday, 8 April 2012 16:01 (seven years ago) link

maybe i will need half your stuff? am moving for school in sept, was planning to just bring like a garlic press and a tin opener & some clothes, so i'll have to get it together when i'm over there.

university housing message board sounds promising; i'm semi-alarmed at most return to school things on the horizon but the idea of living w/strangers is pretty high up there. st-henri's nice, or?

john-claude van donne (schlump), Monday, 9 April 2012 11:59 (seven years ago) link

anyways, i'm here one more day and found some nice eats, fyi, S1ocki. Aux Vivres is a pretty brilliant vegetarian resto. Smoked coconut in place of pig for a BLT?! what a genius concept and execution. also had wonderful banh mi and Chinese. and i freaking love the beers by dieu du ciel.
gonna hit cheap thrills today in my walking about. cool city, but there is some definite wierdness here in Quebec. crazy people that hate English speakers are way outnumbered, but i've felt their impact (literally got a hard shoulder check just walking down the street yesterday)....

epigram addict (outdoor_miner), Monday, 9 April 2012 12:36 (seven years ago) link

weird

A Little Princess btw (s1ocki), Monday, 9 April 2012 19:27 (seven years ago) link

Is this maybe a not-from-quebec-ppl notice it more sort of thing?

As a (mostly bilingual) Anglo with family from Montreal, I haven't noticed anti-Anglo hostility in Montreal in eight years living here. Part of me thinks that the narrative about QC is so linguistically-focused in the rest of Canada/the media that people are more likely to interpret any sort of brusqueness as related to that. I dunno. But then again, the longer I live here, the more I become a crazy person who hates English speakers - specifically here-for-four-years college students from Toronto or New York or whatever who by the end of their stay still can't order fast food in French and obnoxiously make a scene about how *ridiculous* it is that there are people in Quebec who don't speak English. And I suspect a lot of those tensions have to do with class divisions between non-Quebecois university students and the rest of the population of the city/province.

But even then, for me, it's not really hatred for English speakers so much as frustration at people's lack of curiosity? I know too many people who parachuted in here to partake in the 'cultural scene' and never bother to explore the other half of the cultural scene, which is just as rich as the Anglo stuff that gets national attention.

Somewhere between Fergie and Jesus (Alex in Montreal), Monday, 9 April 2012 22:28 (seven years ago) link

Alot of the anti-Anglophone sentiment dissipated after (since revoked) laws banning English from signage/advertising and threats of Quebec secession wreaked havoc on the economy and made mainstream Quebecers realize the whole anti-English thing was a bad idea.

everything else is secondary (Lee626), Tuesday, 10 April 2012 00:09 (seven years ago) link

it's been almost 10 years since i moved to Montreal and i'm still not fully bilingual (to my own shame but my efforts have been inconsistent), and i really do embrace the cultural/language difference now. it took a while, like, i did feel alienated for a bit in the beginning, but i think that was more cultural than language, plus i was in grad school, which is just an alienated experience as a whole imo. I came from BC, knew very little about Quebec, had been to Montreal twice but only for a day each time when i was younger, but I also really wanted to get away from BC and Montreal was the only place that really appealed in a major way.

i almost always order in french except if i'm at a known anglo establishment (Schwartz's, etc)
haha i also have become that same crazy person, alex! even though i'm a big huge anglo!
eeesh, when i get back home next week, i'm going to make a point of finding a language partner again

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Tuesday, 10 April 2012 03:13 (seven years ago) link

that's cool that you are moving here for school, schlump! it's a good reason to move here, esp if you don't stay in the schoolzone all the time.
st-henri is nice enough, though quiet. some people really like it and pointe st-charles (in same area). the climbing gym i go to is in pointe st-charles, which is cool. there aren't a ton of things to do there, but the canal is really nice in summer for cycling and walking, and the atwater market is good too. it's all just kind of quiet really. i would always end up taking a cab home at 3am from mile end and the plateau, where the shows and bars are, or i would bike in summer, of course. only place i would avoid living would be downtown, but some people are into that mayhem. some people also like verdun, but it's further away than st-henri/pt-st-charles and even quieter. i do think about moving further up (little italy, rosemont, park ex). and yet... there is something so awesome about stepping out my door and running into people i know 5 minutes away, especially during my anti-social winter moods.

i've been away from montreal for almost 3 weeks! i miss it.

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Tuesday, 10 April 2012 03:24 (seven years ago) link

i would move to montreal in a heartbeat if i could find a good job in my field. little chance of that unfortunately.

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Tuesday, 10 April 2012 03:32 (seven years ago) link

Montreal is my favorite city and I'd love to move there but I'm already poor enough in the crappy city I live in, so Id hate to imagine how poor I'd be living in an expensive city.

Look at how funky he is! (jer.fairall), Tuesday, 10 April 2012 03:57 (seven years ago) link

who said it's an expensive city? that's crazy! i have a friend who right now on facebook is casting around for a $300 apartment haha

A Little Princess btw (s1ocki), Tuesday, 10 April 2012 04:56 (seven years ago) link

^^

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Tuesday, 10 April 2012 05:25 (seven years ago) link

Montreal

the lovely T-Boz with the ill haircut (admrl), Tuesday, 10 April 2012 05:27 (seven years ago) link

i would move to montreal in a heartbeat if i could find a good job in my field. little chance of that unfortunately.

EveningStar (Sund4r), Tuesday, 10 April 2012 05:29 (seven years ago) link

I'm sure they have pedants in Montreal just like everywhere else, but it's a competitive market for sure.

the lovely T-Boz with the ill haircut (admrl), Tuesday, 10 April 2012 05:34 (seven years ago) link

a six-pack of local beer in vancouver is $14 w tax. a six-pack of local beer in montreal is $10 w tax.
i rest my case.

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Tuesday, 10 April 2012 05:53 (seven years ago) link

and by w i mean incl

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Tuesday, 10 April 2012 05:53 (seven years ago) link

that's cool that you are moving here for school, schlump! it's a good reason to move here, esp if you don't stay in the schoolzone all the time.
st-henri is nice enough, though quiet. some people really like it and pointe st-charles (in same area). the climbing gym i go to is in pointe st-charles, which is cool. there aren't a ton of things to do there, but the canal is really nice in summer for cycling and walking, and the atwater market is good too. it's all just kind of quiet really. i would always end up taking a cab home at 3am from mile end and the plateau, where the shows and bars are, or i would bike in summer, of course. only place i would avoid living would be downtown, but some people are into that mayhem. some people also like verdun, but it's further away than st-henri/pt-st-charles and even quieter. i do think about moving further up (little italy, rosemont, park ex). and yet... there is something so awesome about stepping out my door and running into people i know 5 minutes away, especially during my anti-social winter moods.

i've been away from montreal for almost 3 weeks! i miss it.

― obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Tuesday, 10 April 2012 04:24 (5 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

hey ty! for the st-henri lowdown also. also interesting knowing about your history of linguistic integration; i figure i should live in a french-er neighbourhood, because i learn better with cues & would feel better once i'd got the basics of being able to order stuff and talk a little down, at least to a degree of demonstrably making an effort. i live in a town where you see your boss & friends & former lovers & previous landlords &c&c&c every time you leave the house, and that can be a little much, sometimes, but it's kinda good to live in a hub once you move somewhere. i planned on disguising myself as a non-grad-school attending resident, as much as is possible, and being off campus. i will gratuitously turn to this thread to liveblog & q&a my move.

john-claude van donne (schlump), Tuesday, 10 April 2012 09:33 (seven years ago) link

what school?

A Little Princess btw (s1ocki), Tuesday, 10 April 2012 13:43 (seven years ago) link

I'm sure they have pedants in Montreal just like everywhere else, but it's a competitive market for sure.

Ha, was this a direct response to me?

EveningStar (Sund4r), Tuesday, 10 April 2012 13:56 (seven years ago) link

slocki: mcgill, i am pretty excited. hey i was wondering, actually, i thought you might be a useful-montreal-person to sound out what the cinemas are like. i know toronto's the big film city, & i know that there's a really good mostly-french cinema in town, but what are the others like? is there anywhere with a particularly interesting/reliable/eclectic programme?

john-claude van donne (schlump), Tuesday, 10 April 2012 17:31 (seven years ago) link

our cinema situation is pretty sad these days but check out cinéma du parc. the amc forum, which is one of the big box theaters, actually has some of the best indie programming in canada (according to some distributors/programmers i know). also check out the cinéma parallèle, which mostly but not exclusively shows french stuff.

A Little Princess btw (s1ocki), Tuesday, 10 April 2012 17:33 (seven years ago) link

Am I wrong in thinking the NFB has some events? I know the headquarters is in Montreal and I was thinking I saw a flier for something or another.

btw as I mentioned on another thread, I'll be in mtl at the end of May, probably going to wander around the city a bit more

mh, Tuesday, 10 April 2012 17:45 (seven years ago) link

dude... its heartbreaking, the nfb downtown center and cinema is being closed thanks to fuckface harper's fucking fucker budget cuts

A Little Princess btw (s1ocki), Tuesday, 10 April 2012 19:36 (seven years ago) link

so thanks for BRINGING IT UP

A Little Princess btw (s1ocki), Tuesday, 10 April 2012 19:36 (seven years ago) link

u might want to also look at the cinémathèque québécoise's schedule, kind of a crapshoot but often great stuff

A Little Princess btw (s1ocki), Tuesday, 10 April 2012 19:37 (seven years ago) link

I didn't know! Fuck, that blows.

I think I took a picture of it previously because lol boards of canada

mh, Tuesday, 10 April 2012 19:46 (seven years ago) link

btw I am not related to the canadian Harper family of note, lest you think I'm bringing this up to spite

mh, Tuesday, 10 April 2012 19:47 (seven years ago) link

NFB is getting closed? fuckin' hell. I only have so much rage left in me after they cut the budget for the Native Friendship Centre in Montreal and the National Aboriginal Health Organization.

And the new immigration bill.

And and and and and.

Sigh.

Somewhere between Fergie and Jesus (Alex in Montreal), Tuesday, 10 April 2012 19:52 (seven years ago) link

You still have so many nice cultural institutions, though!

I won't let you in on the secret about booze prices, though. I will continue letting you all think they're reasonable.

mh, Tuesday, 10 April 2012 19:53 (seven years ago) link

the nfb ITSELF isnt getting closed, thank goodness, just the downtown cinema/robotheque.

oh and 10% of everything else.

A Little Princess btw (s1ocki), Tuesday, 10 April 2012 20:00 (seven years ago) link

yeah, sorry. i understood. i just meant - that little cinema room thing was awesome.

Somewhere between Fergie and Jesus (Alex in Montreal), Tuesday, 10 April 2012 22:02 (seven years ago) link

ya man i had several flix play there, both at fests and at cast/crew screenings (for the latter it was really the only affordable screening room in town)

A Little Princess btw (s1ocki), Tuesday, 10 April 2012 22:08 (seven years ago) link

It's also fun that the nfb offices are above the 40. and that now they'll have zero downtown presence.

good times these days for national arts institutions/funding bodies... ugh.

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Tuesday, 10 April 2012 22:32 (seven years ago) link

I also hate how this govt makes me so sarcastic.

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Tuesday, 10 April 2012 22:32 (seven years ago) link

dude... its heartbreaking, the nfb downtown center and cinema is being closed thanks to fuckface harper's fucking fucker budget cuts

― A Little Princess btw (s1ocki), Tuesday, April 10, 2012 2:36 PM (Yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

what. the. fuck.

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Wednesday, 11 April 2012 10:32 (seven years ago) link

god, why hasn't someone fucking slaughtered harper already.

EDB, Wednesday, 11 April 2012 10:47 (seven years ago) link

from what I understand, there are plans to move the entire NFB downtown in about 4 years time, and this will probably include a new cinema/robotheque type place. At least this is what a guy who works for the NFB told me.

silverfish, Wednesday, 11 April 2012 12:27 (seven years ago) link

They have filled his head with pipe dreams.

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Wednesday, 11 April 2012 14:22 (seven years ago) link

i also hate stephen harper for making rrrobyn sarcastic :(

horseshoe, Wednesday, 11 April 2012 14:29 (seven years ago) link

because ilx wasn't working on that already!

mh, Wednesday, 11 April 2012 14:29 (seven years ago) link

one month passes...

I go to Montreal tomorrow for a week or so, MTL ILXors please help me out with a couple of questions. Mostly doing work stuff but I might go see Nina Nastasia at Casa del Popolo on Thursday? Anyways:

- Is the Parc du Mont-Royal a good place to go running?
- My French is ok but not amazing (I expect I won't understand the Quebecois accent too well), I assume most tourist-facing Francophones will end up speaking English to me but is it a good idea to "make the effort"?
- Tuesday night I'll be looking for somewhere to go hang out with a bunch of conference people: preferably downtown-ish, open late, laidback/not too hipstery, good beer would be a bonus. Any ideas?

nagl lack (seandalai), Saturday, 2 June 2012 13:19 (seven years ago) link

Pro tip: many "tourist-facing francophones" (aren't they all, har har har) are actually bilingual anglophones who will initiate a customer service interaction in French because it's their job to do so. Don't get upset if someone doesn't reply to you in French. They may not, in fact, be French themselves. My advice if you wish to try out a bit of French would be to keep your customer service and tourism French to "bonjour" and "merci" and find a local friend to converse with. Busy customer service people are not paid to humour your fantasies of language proficiency.

fields of salmon, Saturday, 2 June 2012 16:28 (seven years ago) link

Busy customer service people are not paid to humour your fantasies of language proficiency.

Sure, they're not "paid" to do so, but decency-- not to mention a desire to propagate a language-- would suggest that it's a better to encourage new French speakers, not discourage them?

poxen, Saturday, 2 June 2012 16:51 (seven years ago) link

But otherwise OTM.

poxen, Saturday, 2 June 2012 16:52 (seven years ago) link

Thanks for tips. I'm less interested in trying out my French than in not pissing anyone off.

nagl lack (seandalai), Saturday, 2 June 2012 18:00 (seven years ago) link

in my experience i didn't understand a blinking word of the Quebecoise French and got the impression they felt exactly the same about the French i learned in school, save for merci, i reckon

epigram addict (outdoor_miner), Saturday, 2 June 2012 18:21 (seven years ago) link

Sure, they're not "paid" to do so, but decency-- not to mention a desire to propagate a language-- would suggest that it's a better to encourage new French speakers, not discourage them?

At a systemic level, "desire to propagate a language" works out to tax credits and socialized childcare so that white francophone women will have more babies. The only people in Quebec who believe that being able to order a sandwich in French constitutes propagation of the language are McGill students from USA, tourists, and people posting on message boards. The people making your sandwiches, increasingly, don't give a fuck about French anyway and only speak it well enough to take someone's sandwich order.

fields of salmon, Saturday, 2 June 2012 19:04 (seven years ago) link

I know no French and have been running around speaking English w/no probs.

The park would be good for running if you like hills!

mh, Saturday, 2 June 2012 19:35 (seven years ago) link

@fields I agree with everything you're saying, re: service industry professionals. And your advice is sound. My experience with bilingual Quebeckers-- my family, for example-- has been that many have a profound lack of patience with anybody who is not already fully fluent in the Quebecois dialect. I don't take issue with it but myself try to be more patient with new French speakers

poxen, Saturday, 2 June 2012 19:57 (seven years ago) link

My sister hosted an exchange student as a teen and it was always "bien non speak English" in the guy's face, I was like, really?

poxen, Saturday, 2 June 2012 19:59 (seven years ago) link

So the language thing has turned out to be more complex than I expected - I've spent lots of instances speaking French because English is clearly the dispreferred option.

More important though: where should we go dancing tomorrow/Friday night?

nagl lack (seandalai), Friday, 8 June 2012 06:53 (seven years ago) link

I tried to order Montreal restaurant meals in French a couple of times, but it was apparently obvious I wasn't too fluent because they always responded in English to make it easier for me.

Lee626, Friday, 8 June 2012 11:13 (seven years ago) link

What kind of dancing/music? Did you find a downtown bar for work gathering? What part of downtown? Grand prix is on so I would say avoid crescent st and avoid st-Laurent btwn Sherbrooke and Pins - both are that particular brand of swanky-shitty-painful nightclub scene.

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Friday, 8 June 2012 12:16 (seven years ago) link

two weeks pass...

http://www.marketwire.com/press-release/montreal-mirror-to-end-publication-tsx-qbr.a-1672679.htm

June 22, 2012 12:42 ET
Montreal Mirror to End Publication

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - June 22, 2012) - It is with great regret that Sun Media Corporation is today compelled to announce the closure of the Montreal Mirror. The current edition of the free English-language cultural weekly will be its last.

The growing popularity of digital media and communications has irremediably changed the context in which free cultural weeklies operate, bringing about economic challenges which have unfortunately compromised The Mirror's viability.

The closure will result in the layoff of seven employees and the transfer of two more into other parts of the corporation.

Sun Media Corporation sincerely wishes to thank these employees who contributed to making the Mirror a true Montreal cultural and journalistic institution.

carly rae (flopson), Friday, 22 June 2012 17:31 (seven years ago) link

i am gutted by this miserable news! this paper was my first glimpse into the montreal music scene, and despite some noticeable downsizing in recent years was still an invaluable source for local news & cultural events of all kinds. it will be dearly missed not only by its readers, but by future generations who will miss out on it

RIP

carly rae (flopson), Friday, 22 June 2012 17:37 (seven years ago) link

freakin sucks.
the weekly i worked for shut down 1.5 years ago, and it was because of profit-above-all-else. but business is business. pretty fucked up that we have no english-language weekly paper now when less than 2 years ago we had two.

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Friday, 22 June 2012 17:38 (seven years ago) link

plus people losing their jobs and freelance gigs, ugh

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Friday, 22 June 2012 17:39 (seven years ago) link

i don't even know how i can live in this world anymore

carly rae (flopson), Friday, 22 June 2012 17:41 (seven years ago) link

i guess it's time to start a(nother) website

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Friday, 22 June 2012 17:43 (seven years ago) link

i feel like i have 8 different rants i could go on

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Friday, 22 June 2012 17:47 (seven years ago) link

i hate quebecor for so many reasons but this is too personal, too close to home

carly rae (flopson), Friday, 22 June 2012 17:50 (seven years ago) link

it's a massive fuck-you to anglophones and to anglophone tourists imo

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Friday, 22 June 2012 17:51 (seven years ago) link

but the paper wasn't making money, that's what counts, not politics, business is business, blahblahblah, rmde, it's not like anyone tried to change the business model at the mirror or at hour

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Friday, 22 June 2012 17:53 (seven years ago) link

it is massively depressing that such a valuable cultural institution could not make enough money to persist, even in a majority french province the need for such a service feels so great, it felt permanent because it was so necessary

carly rae (flopson), Friday, 22 June 2012 17:57 (seven years ago) link

the whole reason these weekly papers started in the first place was to give a voice and some PR to up-and-coming music and culture and the creators of that, the stuff that didn't make it into the dailies and magazines/tv. and then they were bought by companies, who for a while let them do whatever they wanted (lol 90s!) and then slowly but surely started to cut sales team attention/hours and thus cut pages, and here we are...

it's also a big fuck-you to journalists in general

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Friday, 22 June 2012 18:00 (seven years ago) link

as if facebook and bookmarks for 10 different websites can somehow replace the information provided by these papers

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Friday, 22 June 2012 18:01 (seven years ago) link

okay i think i've hit 4 rant topics already

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Friday, 22 June 2012 18:02 (seven years ago) link

energy to be channeled!

mh, Friday, 22 June 2012 18:03 (seven years ago) link

yes <3

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Friday, 22 June 2012 18:04 (seven years ago) link

i want to cry dudes

carly rae (flopson), Friday, 22 June 2012 18:04 (seven years ago) link

why not, it's a loss, seriously

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Friday, 22 June 2012 18:09 (seven years ago) link

This sucks real bad.

Simon H., Friday, 22 June 2012 18:11 (seven years ago) link

im so depressed

funny-skrillex-bee_132455836669.gif (s1ocki), Friday, 22 June 2012 18:42 (seven years ago) link

10 years that place paid my bills

funny-skrillex-bee_132455836669.gif (s1ocki), Friday, 22 June 2012 18:42 (seven years ago) link

honestly i dont think its a fuck you to anglos, sun media caters to english douchebags all over the country. it's just another sign of total mismanagement. honestly im amazed that the mirror survived as long as it did as a distant outpost of the quebecor empire, the thing they had no idea what to do with. really gotta hand to the EIC for that.

funny-skrillex-bee_132455836669.gif (s1ocki), Friday, 22 June 2012 18:45 (seven years ago) link

well, i think at the very least sun media looks at its consumers/advertisers base in quebec and says that it's not big/$ enough to warrant certain products, e.g. the mirror.

anyway, it is sad :(
and the state of media these days is something i am trying to think about in a problem-solving way and not an aargh depressing way

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Friday, 22 June 2012 18:49 (seven years ago) link

sorry, s1ocki :-(

carly rae (flopson), Friday, 22 June 2012 19:04 (seven years ago) link

i guess i'm glad i got out when i did... i knew one day i wouldn't have a job anymore, and i wanted it to be my own decision

funny-skrillex-bee_132455836669.gif (s1ocki), Friday, 22 June 2012 19:08 (seven years ago) link

i blogged about it if anyone cares http://markslutsky.com/post/26018910565/montreal-mirror-1985-2012

funny-skrillex-bee_132455836669.gif (s1ocki), Thursday, 28 June 2012 16:46 (seven years ago) link

i totally care
last paragraph otm!

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Thursday, 28 June 2012 16:55 (seven years ago) link

thx!

funny-skrillex-bee_132455836669.gif (s1ocki), Thursday, 28 June 2012 17:03 (seven years ago) link

yeah that is the saddest part of the whole thing, really

carly rae (flopson), Thursday, 28 June 2012 17:37 (seven years ago) link

ppl havent really gotten that yet i dont think, having been on the 'front lines' of listings & BOM & soundcheck etc for the early part of my career its quite clear to me thats where the impact will be

funny-skrillex-bee_132455836669.gif (s1ocki), Thursday, 28 June 2012 17:38 (seven years ago) link

Yeah, not having the Mirror for recommendations for Fringe next year, or Pop, or even just weekly 'what i should be doing in town' will make filtering through the hundreds of things going on in the city much more difficult.

twinkin' and drinkin' and ready to fly (Alex in Montreal), Thursday, 28 June 2012 20:24 (seven years ago) link

there wasn't much fringe coverage this year tho?

carly rae (flopson), Thursday, 28 June 2012 20:30 (seven years ago) link

honestly facebook sucks

carly rae (flopson), Thursday, 28 June 2012 20:31 (seven years ago) link

flopson did you ever start FLOP'S ON

funny-skrillex-bee_132455836669.gif (s1ocki), Thursday, 28 June 2012 20:31 (seven years ago) link

haha yeah i did, you mean the dj night right? it's tonight, in fact

carly rae (flopson), Thursday, 28 June 2012 20:32 (seven years ago) link

yes, that's what you called it in the end.

funny-skrillex-bee_132455836669.gif (s1ocki), Thursday, 28 June 2012 20:34 (seven years ago) link

oh really!

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Thursday, 28 June 2012 20:39 (seven years ago) link

ugh that huffpo article by will. nothing against him as a person but how obviously untrue is it in montreal that listings are "scattered across other sites which can be reached just as quickly (and cheaply)"? that sentence negates the argument in itself! having a couple of informed, local, comprehensive, descriptive (yes!) arts & culture listings that include lesser-known/indie/anglo/underground events is so important and just doesn't exist now.

it's a big deal to create that kind of listings - that's why people are/were paid to do it. i mean, i kind of slaved over hit list for Hour, going through so much info and writing it up with hardly any space to do so, but we felt it was really important, especially when our page count was down. i do my TM things to do article every week and my email is full of events of all kinds, but that article is hardly the forum for grad student avant art and noise shows in st-henri. and facebook, as useful as it can be for knowing about events, remains a curated news feed and one that has to be monitored constantly - and it still doesn't give much critical (vs PR) information about art/bands/etc. i like to believe that people still want to know what's going on from an informed and aware source. that doesn't have to be by one person but i think it should be in one (or two) places.

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Thursday, 28 June 2012 20:54 (seven years ago) link

yes, i know that dude is well respected but writing something that ignorant, in the fuckin huffington post, is smh

funny-skrillex-bee_132455836669.gif (s1ocki), Thursday, 28 June 2012 20:55 (seven years ago) link

yep

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Thursday, 28 June 2012 20:58 (seven years ago) link

I thought only americans were able to be suckered into writing for huffington posts

mh, Thursday, 28 June 2012 21:05 (seven years ago) link

we have a canadian version! and a french-canadian version! canadians are suckers too!

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Thursday, 28 June 2012 21:11 (seven years ago) link

we're all the same on the inside

gullible

mh, Thursday, 28 June 2012 21:13 (seven years ago) link

we just want to belieeeve

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Thursday, 28 June 2012 21:17 (seven years ago) link

where is FLOP'S ON? I was not aware of it.

twinkin' and drinkin' and ready to fly (Alex in Montreal), Thursday, 28 June 2012 21:42 (seven years ago) link

It's at b@r de coµrce11e in st-h3nri! "every 2nd Thursday"?

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Thursday, 28 June 2012 23:45 (seven years ago) link

I am at the jazz fest... at a press thing. but/because drinking champagne (sparkling white)!

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Thursday, 28 June 2012 23:47 (seven years ago) link

~romados~

funny-skrillex-bee_132455836669.gif (s1ocki), Friday, 29 June 2012 06:19 (seven years ago) link

work is flying me to QC later in July, and I get to drive down to Lac Megantic again

Fiendish Doctor Wu! (kingfish), Friday, 29 June 2012 06:20 (seven years ago) link

qc city?

funny-skrillex-bee_132455836669.gif (s1ocki), Friday, 29 June 2012 06:25 (seven years ago) link

yup. poutine there is disappointing compared to what i've had from local food carts

Fiendish Doctor Wu! (kingfish), Friday, 29 June 2012 06:28 (seven years ago) link

i cannot speak to that

funny-skrillex-bee_132455836669.gif (s1ocki), Friday, 29 June 2012 06:29 (seven years ago) link

go to la belle province, or the the rinky-dinkiest casse-croûte you can find

funny-skrillex-bee_132455836669.gif (s1ocki), Friday, 29 June 2012 06:29 (seven years ago) link

will do, if time allows.

Fiendish Doctor Wu! (kingfish), Friday, 29 June 2012 06:31 (seven years ago) link

wtf http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montreal_hot_dog

Fiendish Doctor Wu! (kingfish), Friday, 29 June 2012 06:33 (seven years ago) link

oh def get a couple steamies (or toastés, my preference). and say OUI to all-dressed.

funny-skrillex-bee_132455836669.gif (s1ocki), Friday, 29 June 2012 06:34 (seven years ago) link

or just head out to Orange Julep, because hot dogs from a GIGANTIC ORANGE on the side of the Decarie Expressway = living the life. Especially after going to the Dollar Cinema.

twinkin' and drinkin' and ready to fly (Alex in Montreal), Friday, 29 June 2012 18:12 (seven years ago) link

he's gonna be in q city, silly

funny-skrillex-bee_132455836669.gif (s1ocki), Friday, 29 June 2012 18:17 (seven years ago) link

belle province in verdun sells beer

carly rae (flopson), Friday, 29 June 2012 18:46 (seven years ago) link

felt like the rash of cynical internet assholes who came out of the woodwork to talk shit about the mirror on fb/comment sections after in the past week are a good argument for alternative print media

carly rae (flopson), Friday, 29 June 2012 18:58 (seven years ago) link

also: http://montrealmirror.org/ ???

carly rae (flopson), Friday, 29 June 2012 18:58 (seven years ago) link

uh

funny-skrillex-bee_132455836669.gif (s1ocki), Friday, 29 June 2012 18:59 (seven years ago) link

good luck with that.

funny-skrillex-bee_132455836669.gif (s1ocki), Friday, 29 June 2012 18:59 (seven years ago) link

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

carly rae (flopson), Friday, 29 June 2012 19:01 (seven years ago) link

looks like smiley face has been pumping iron

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Friday, 29 June 2012 23:13 (seven years ago) link

Just learned that Montreal Steak Seasoning is an actual thing from your city! Thank you Montrealers!

goat news for people who love boat news (how's life), Sunday, 1 July 2012 21:17 (seven years ago) link

yup. my butcher calls it the "jewish"

funny-skrillex-bee_132455836669.gif (s1ocki), Sunday, 1 July 2012 21:46 (seven years ago) link

two weeks pass...

In Lac-Megantic right now, will be driving back up to Quebec City tomorrow afternoon after finishing up at customer's. Nice little town when its not covered in snow, and I was recommended the best poutine place around here. The french-only thing does get annoying, tho; it's like, cmon, you folks are within only half-an-hour of the U.S.

Steam Sale Jonesin' (kingfish), Thursday, 19 July 2012 00:25 (seven years ago) link

do. not. express. that. opinion.

funny-skrillex-bee_132455836669.gif (s1ocki), Thursday, 19 July 2012 04:25 (seven years ago) link

Isn't most of Europe a quick car ride? Why all those languages. ;_;

hot sauce delivery device (mh), Thursday, 19 July 2012 05:00 (seven years ago) link

hahaaaaaa
srsly
this is place with complex french-english colonial history and hundreds of years of french language/culture battles. a border is a border for historical and cultural reasons and language is a part of that. and so is defensiveness about it. outside of montreal in quebec unless i know the town/area to be anglo-skewed (rare but happens), i don't speak english.

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Thursday, 19 July 2012 06:31 (seven years ago) link

tho quebec is fully survivable no matter what language you speak as long as your parka is sound

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Thursday, 19 July 2012 06:31 (seven years ago) link

! kingfish you are joking, yes?

Ówen P., Thursday, 19 July 2012 13:05 (seven years ago) link

and i was being drunkenly earnest

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Thursday, 19 July 2012 13:39 (seven years ago) link

My family used to own quebec

The Cheerfull Turtle (Latham Green), Thursday, 19 July 2012 13:47 (seven years ago) link

wait did I actually post that

i take it back, it's been a long week

Steam Sale Jonesin' (kingfish), Friday, 20 July 2012 04:35 (seven years ago) link

I'm so loving Montreal this week. Not too hot, so much good arty and social and music stuff to do and see, inspiring people/friends, bike rides towards the setting sun, etc. Usually this time of year I've had it w city living but I was just in the country for a few days, so I guess i got recharged for urban life.

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Friday, 20 July 2012 04:42 (seven years ago) link

I was there once.

Never translate Dutch (jaymc), Friday, 20 July 2012 04:55 (seven years ago) link

And I kind of get Kingfish's point. For Americans, it's downright RIDICULOUS that there could be a region SO CLOSE to the United States that spoke FRENCH of all things! A European language! (Right, they're all European, but this one is like ... actually EUROPEAN. Like ITALIAN or something! Like, do you know anyone who speaks French?)

Never translate Dutch (jaymc), Friday, 20 July 2012 05:00 (seven years ago) link

come on, quebec! 'merica!

hot sauce delivery device (mh), Friday, 20 July 2012 14:24 (seven years ago) link

hey, colonialism, it worked

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Friday, 20 July 2012 14:31 (seven years ago) link

sort of

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Friday, 20 July 2012 14:32 (seven years ago) link

Thusly I am the real "King of Quebec"

The Cheerfull Turtle (Latham Green), Friday, 20 July 2012 15:49 (seven years ago) link

This is the Montreal thread, not the Green City one!

hot sauce delivery device (mh), Friday, 20 July 2012 15:50 (seven years ago) link

Ah but mon Pere, you forget Quebec is capitol of Qubecland and thusly yoru precious Montreal! I am King of Montreal

The Cheerfull Turtle (Latham Green), Friday, 20 July 2012 15:53 (seven years ago) link

lolll

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Friday, 20 July 2012 15:56 (seven years ago) link

Are Americans shocked that people speak Spanish in Mexico

funny-skrillex-bee_132455836669.gif (s1ocki), Saturday, 21 July 2012 01:05 (seven years ago) link

I was mildly surprised to learn that 10% of Americans spoke Spanish as a first language. I learned that when I was 12

Ignite the seven canons (Ówen P.), Saturday, 21 July 2012 02:26 (seven years ago) link

Part of the US used to be Mexico and they're still next door, speaking it.

hot sauce delivery device (mh), Saturday, 21 July 2012 03:41 (seven years ago) link

Wow do they have their own unique culture as well?

Ignite the seven canons (Ówen P.), Saturday, 21 July 2012 13:16 (seven years ago) link

So great to get back to Mtl this summer, if only briefly. Ikeda exhibit, Dieu du Ciel, Tam tam park.

EveningStar (Sund4r), Sunday, 22 July 2012 18:49 (seven years ago) link

i'm sorry i missed you! the ikeda show is great, eh?

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Sunday, 22 July 2012 21:23 (seven years ago) link

hot day in montreal. going to see fakoly tonight outside for free!
http://youtu.be/iEC-8005oXM

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Sunday, 22 July 2012 21:25 (seven years ago) link

am sitting trawling craigslist but just throwing this out there: let me know if anyone has friends w/desirable apartments looking for a roomie; i am moving to your city in one month.

i keep looking at the weather forecast, montreal sounds pretty nice right now.

, Blogger (schlump), Wednesday, 25 July 2012 22:13 (seven years ago) link

internet apartment hunting is tough, i feel really bad reading descriptions of wholesome, active, social people i could live with & thinking "oh no man that wouldn't work at all"

, Blogger (schlump), Wednesday, 25 July 2012 22:52 (seven years ago) link

The sound/video part of the Ikeda exhibit was cool, for sure. I love Ikeda's music so much that I think I had unrealistically high expectations tbh.

EveningStar (Sund4r), Wednesday, 25 July 2012 23:04 (seven years ago) link

yeah, the main space gallery stuff a pretty intellectual experience, i found. and squinty for the eyes... i really liked standing in front of the giant screen getting bombarded by sounds tho.

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Wednesday, 25 July 2012 23:34 (seven years ago) link

i will keep my ears open for friends w roommate needs! these things sometimes crop up on facebook or wherevs.
if it's any consolation, i moved to mtl from vancouver 10 years ago and found a place through a university housing message board (in the pre-craigslist days!)

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Wednesday, 25 July 2012 23:36 (seven years ago) link

ty! yeah i think i will just end up somewhere, ideally somewhere with a lease just through the end of this year or something so it isn't super-important. but am just mentioning it to increase the likelihood of a dream-apt-dropped-into-my-lap situation.

university housing message board: still good!, so you know. still advertising nice-looking places populated by studious, wholesome types. i can't really imagine tentatively agreeing to have someone come live in my room without meeting them first, so they'll be more use when i'm in town than before, but they are all over the map, plentiful, affordable, &c. i think i am just gonna be craigslisting on arrival but we'll see. i pummelled you guys for area tips a while back, will return to consult over finer details soon.

, Blogger (schlump), Thursday, 26 July 2012 00:04 (seven years ago) link

Can we get around to doing another MTL ILX FAP? It's a beautiful summer day and I feel social!

twinkin' and drinkin' and ready to fly (Alex in Montreal), Friday, 27 July 2012 17:45 (seven years ago) link

Totally! I'm not back in town til wednesday though.
Oh and are you going to osheaga?

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Saturday, 28 July 2012 00:59 (seven years ago) link

Alex do u know about my Casa party tomorrow??? (and Robyn too)

funny-skrillex-bee_132455836669.gif (s1ocki), Saturday, 28 July 2012 01:01 (seven years ago) link

NO I DID NOT BUT NOW I DO AND I WILL PROBABLY BE THERE I HOPE.

twinkin' and drinkin' and ready to fly (Alex in Montreal), Saturday, 28 July 2012 01:04 (seven years ago) link

OSHEAGA i'm not sure about. it's a lot of people who are in montreal ALL THE TIME on their own for a lot of money, even if i like a lot of them and i wasn't earning money this summer really at all.

twinkin' and drinkin' and ready to fly (Alex in Montreal), Saturday, 28 July 2012 01:04 (seven years ago) link

Mykki Blanco is at the royal phoenix tonight for 10$ though and that will be amazing and wonderful.

twinkin' and drinkin' and ready to fly (Alex in Montreal), Saturday, 28 July 2012 01:05 (seven years ago) link

im going to osh on the saturday cuz my friends gave me ~backstage passes~ for their band and i want to eat all the catered food.

funny-skrillex-bee_132455836669.gif (s1ocki), Saturday, 28 July 2012 02:54 (seven years ago) link

alex BE THERE tomorrow

funny-skrillex-bee_132455836669.gif (s1ocki), Saturday, 28 July 2012 02:54 (seven years ago) link

Is someone here still looking for an apartment? I've got one I might let go, it's a cheap, one bedroom, et c'est dans le vrai cœur du Plateau.

fields of salmon, Wednesday, 8 August 2012 17:25 (seven years ago) link

oh my! maybe?, i'm looking, can i webmail you?

, Blogger (schlump), Wednesday, 8 August 2012 17:52 (seven years ago) link

Reply sent!

fields of salmon, Friday, 10 August 2012 00:39 (seven years ago) link

I miss mtl :(

Simon H., Friday, 10 August 2012 00:46 (seven years ago) link

man this might be something that's existed forever and i just discovered now but you guys NEED to go to theatre outremont's cinema screenings, just paid 7 bucks for 5 HOURS of roman polanski movies! and there is so much amazing shit coming up in the next few weeks: http://www.theatreoutremont.ca/fr/programmation/?prog_type=cinema&page_id=415 what a BEAUTIFUL SPACE, too!

reductio ad burzum (flopson), Wednesday, 15 August 2012 21:43 (seven years ago) link

yeah it's a lovely theatre. i noticed they have really good screenings this year! and it's v close to my house. but i haven't gone yet! busy times :/
might need to hit up the On the Waterfront/Rebel Without a Cause double-bill in sept

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Wednesday, 15 August 2012 21:55 (seven years ago) link

anyone know of any cool "cultural" (high-brow ish / [pseudo-]intellectual) stuff going on in the city right now? feeling the late-summer brain melt getting to me

reductio ad burzum (flopson), Wednesday, 15 August 2012 22:05 (seven years ago) link

well, this is kind of my job, knowing what's going on in arts, culture, etc etc
there's a production of Macbeth on right now at Theatre Nationale, for instance
pretty heady ryoji ikeda exhibition at DHC/ART, a art talk (mostly in french) at darling foundry tmrw eve, show at the MACM has some thought-provoking stuff too.
last weekend there was a full day of short orchestra performances at place des arts, but i don't know, most of august is usually about parties, shows and bbqs...

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Wednesday, 15 August 2012 22:31 (seven years ago) link

that's just off the top of my heat. there's a lot of stuff that could be sort of intellectual depending on how you look at it, e.g., that cool 360-degree film at SAT

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Wednesday, 15 August 2012 22:33 (seven years ago) link

http://oppositeinc.com/images/uploads/yourulevid.jpg

reductio ad burzum (flopson), Wednesday, 15 August 2012 22:37 (seven years ago) link

man this might be something that's existed forever and i just discovered now but you guys NEED to go to theatre outremont's cinema screenings, just paid 7 bucks for 5 HOURS of roman polanski movies! and there is so much amazing shit coming up in the next few weeks: http://www.theatreoutremont.ca/fr/programmation/?prog_type=cinema&page_id=415 what a BEAUTIFUL SPACE, too!

― reductio ad burzum (flopson), Wednesday, August 15, 2012 5:43 PM (56 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

gah i always mean to go to these... are they actually film?

Author ~ Coach ~ Goddess (s1ocki), Wednesday, 15 August 2012 22:39 (seven years ago) link

or an acceptabel digital format?

Author ~ Coach ~ Goddess (s1ocki), Wednesday, 15 August 2012 22:39 (seven years ago) link

ty so much for that link!, flopson. seeing old american films subtitled is gonna be super useful for me & the programme looks fun

very sexual album (schlump), Wednesday, 15 August 2012 22:41 (seven years ago) link

xp i have no idea, if digital it was more than acceptable (to me) in fact very crisp

reductio ad burzum (flopson), Wednesday, 15 August 2012 22:42 (seven years ago) link

if it's like bluray i can deal, if its dvd i'll be sad :(

Author ~ Coach ~ Goddess (s1ocki), Wednesday, 15 August 2012 22:47 (seven years ago) link

might have to just called the box office and see?

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Wednesday, 15 August 2012 22:50 (seven years ago) link

i was going to email the theater

Author ~ Coach ~ Goddess (s1ocki), Wednesday, 15 August 2012 22:50 (seven years ago) link

because i'm very plugged in

Author ~ Coach ~ Goddess (s1ocki), Wednesday, 15 August 2012 22:50 (seven years ago) link

be that guy

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Wednesday, 15 August 2012 22:51 (seven years ago) link

i am guessing not film tho, just because it seems like that would be a thing they'd prob say on the site?

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Wednesday, 15 August 2012 22:55 (seven years ago) link

the ones i saw were definitely not film

reductio ad burzum (flopson), Wednesday, 15 August 2012 22:59 (seven years ago) link

tarkovsky season! http://www.cinemaduparc.com/english/prochainemente.php?id=maitresrusses#top

also i live here now

very sexual album (schlump), Tuesday, 28 August 2012 18:40 (seven years ago) link

buy some ontario peaches theyre really good rn

flopson, Tuesday, 28 August 2012 18:56 (seven years ago) link

oh and welcome!

flopson, Tuesday, 28 August 2012 19:15 (seven years ago) link

I hear people in Montreal eat gerbils.

Sweet Yin Yang ☯ (Latham Green), Tuesday, 28 August 2012 19:16 (seven years ago) link

that would be weird

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Tuesday, 28 August 2012 19:33 (seven years ago) link

welcome to the city!

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Tuesday, 28 August 2012 19:34 (seven years ago) link

omg I need to buy some peaches

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Tuesday, 28 August 2012 19:36 (seven years ago) link

I went to the maker faire thing this weekend, sort of part of experience mtl thing, out at Olympic stadium - fair was neat, nerdy DIY techy, interesting, but I can't get over the oppressive concrete environment out there, with the stadium looming over it all. it's no wonder the govt is trying to revive the area, since it's a large space near the botanical gardens, biodome, etc, but man if it is hardly a welcoming spot... Also I posted abt experience mtl on my fb and friends were like "what is this and how did I not know public enemy is coming to town?" In my mind, more proof that Anglo weeklies are important...

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Tuesday, 28 August 2012 19:43 (seven years ago) link

There were gerbil sandwiches there, I saw with my astral projection

Sweet Yin Yang ☯ (Latham Green), Tuesday, 28 August 2012 19:48 (seven years ago) link

I think you're thinking of south american guinea pig sandwiches

your native bacon (mh), Tuesday, 28 August 2012 20:09 (seven years ago) link

that's montevideo not montreal, I see where the mistake could be made

your native bacon (mh), Tuesday, 28 August 2012 20:09 (seven years ago) link

OH SNAO! You are right. I was thinkig of Don Matus

Sweet Yin Yang ☯ (Latham Green), Tuesday, 28 August 2012 20:13 (seven years ago) link

In my mind, more proof that Anglo weeklies are important...

No it's cool there are other ways to learn things like those really informative TVs in the metros where you totally look at the 95% of the screen that isn't the number of minutes until you can go home

(I joke but that's where I learned about the Ryoji Ikeda exhibition :/)

#1 Thwartstop Prospect (Will M.), Tuesday, 28 August 2012 20:36 (seven years ago) link

The only thing vaguely important or significant thing in the Mirror was the Rant Line. I don't disagree that we might need an anglo weekly, but it sure wasn't that piece of shit.

fields of salmon, Tuesday, 28 August 2012 21:20 (seven years ago) link

yes but u hate everything including seemingly life itself

Author ~ Coach ~ Goddess (s1ocki), Tuesday, 28 August 2012 21:41 (seven years ago) link

life's the worst, imo

your native bacon (mh), Tuesday, 28 August 2012 21:56 (seven years ago) link

"u hate everything including seemingly life itself - THE MONTREAL THREAD"

#1 Thwartstop Prospect (Will M.), Tuesday, 28 August 2012 22:01 (seven years ago) link

lol

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Tuesday, 28 August 2012 22:07 (seven years ago) link

:D

Author ~ Coach ~ Goddess (s1ocki), Tuesday, 28 August 2012 22:07 (seven years ago) link

you cheat yourself of everything that moves

mookieproof, Tuesday, 28 August 2012 22:56 (seven years ago) link

The Mirror was a tired little cabal, the sort that produces nothing of value but still feels the right to be applauded for it. Appearing in print (on REAL PAPER) is not a virtue nor is evidence of quality

fields of salmon, Tuesday, 28 August 2012 23:27 (seven years ago) link

sick burn

flopson, Wednesday, 29 August 2012 00:09 (seven years ago) link

oh wait you're that dude that hates everything and refuses to meet other montreal ilxors right

your native bacon (mh), Wednesday, 29 August 2012 01:00 (seven years ago) link

like you spent time clowning on people telling them not to practice their french because they will be the absolute worst people on the planet, no exaggeration

your native bacon (mh), Wednesday, 29 August 2012 01:01 (seven years ago) link

montreal's own burt_stanton

mookieproof, Wednesday, 29 August 2012 01:01 (seven years ago) link

I'm paraphrasing myself on some thread from months ago, but I believe my comments were to the effect that "people who work at Subway for $7 an hour aren't paid enough to humour the fantasies of American tourists and hipsters who wish to 'practice their French'." You want fromage on that, boss? Toasté?

Take a French course. There are clubs you can join for that. Don't hamstring the customer service efficiency of a functioning North American city because you wish to pretend the person serving you doesn't understand the difference between fromage and cheese.

I may also suggested it's insulting because the person you're dealing with may also prefer to speak English, but you wouldn't get that.

Montreal threads collect some lame hangers-on, but I guess that's proportional to the city itself.

fields of salmon, Wednesday, 29 August 2012 02:04 (seven years ago) link

when eaton's removed the ' fields of salmon was there

but he's losing his edge

mookieproof, Wednesday, 29 August 2012 02:15 (seven years ago) link

When Mookieproof bought a fixed-gear bicycle made out of random spare parts, I was there.

fields of salmon, Wednesday, 29 August 2012 02:19 (seven years ago) link

lol your hatred for your city is consistently hilarious and depressing, i'd suggest you'd move but i'm sure you'd be just as miserable wherever you went

Author ~ Coach ~ Goddess (s1ocki), Wednesday, 29 August 2012 13:58 (seven years ago) link

I'll try not to be too miserable when I'm back in yr burg yet again this year, sir

your native bacon (mh), Wednesday, 29 August 2012 14:12 (seven years ago) link

for memories, for posterity:

I've been here for what seems like forever. The food is still appalling (tourist trap brochetteries, rudeness bistros, overpriced fast food, casse-croûte straight out of Naked Lunch, Asian fusion nouilleries, the worst pizza of any major city in North America) in any of the areas that are "Montreal" enough to warrant living in. The food's good enough in some outer areas where the immigrants of colour have been granted restaurant licenses to cook their smelly ethnic foods, but you might as well live in Ontario and get a decent job at that rate since a Montreal suburb is just as ugly if not uglier than anywhere else and the food in Toronto is world class. Go ahead, live in Verdun. Have a hot dog. Tant pis. Or, live somewhere even shittier and, une fois par semaine, vas-t'en au quartier Chinois to enjoy the privilege of paying $8.00 for mediocre Pho. Bagels are good though, so is La Banquise (which hasn't poisoned me yet).

Any of the charmingly local nouveau cuisine has a kind of reactionary political context that I don't feel comfortable eating. Go ahead, eat duck and rabbit while your city collapses around your ears. Historical shit, right? Let's continue to harken to a semi-mythical vie de bûcheron. That's going to help a lot, bros. But the tourists love it so I guess you're getting paid, Picard.

The omnipresent corruption and incompetence can wear a bit thin. But, whatever.

Still not sure I'd want to live anywhere else.

― fields of salmon, Friday, July 23, 2010 8:51 PM (2 years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

your native bacon (mh), Wednesday, 29 August 2012 14:15 (seven years ago) link

http://www.startrek.com/uploads/assets/db_articles/d606d07c815f2bcc099e17ee3b1e6463037f7c92.jpg

I guess you're getting paid, Picard.

Author ~ Coach ~ Goddess (s1ocki), Wednesday, 29 August 2012 14:17 (seven years ago) link

speaking of our "shitty food" I had a burger at La Flammee (in Brasserie Cherrier, which apparently isn't a dive now?) and it was in my top 2 burgers in the city! RIYL: burgers

#1 Thwartstop Prospect (Will M.), Wednesday, 29 August 2012 15:11 (seven years ago) link

I made Pizza poutine the other day - pwned the kitchen - fries, Newmans' Own saucey and cheese. chez Manifique!

Sweet Yin Yang ☯ (Latham Green), Wednesday, 29 August 2012 15:22 (seven years ago) link

speaking of our "shitty food" I had a burger at La Flammee (in Brasserie Cherrier, which apparently isn't a dive now?) and it was in my top 2 burgers in the city! RIYL: burgers

― #1 Thwartstop Prospect (Will M.), Wednesday, August 29, 2012 11:11 AM (16 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

im hearing good things about this burg

Author ~ Coach ~ Goddess (s1ocki), Wednesday, 29 August 2012 15:28 (seven years ago) link

it's not some sort of bold redefinition of the burger or anything, it just plays the hits RIGHT. so juicy. plus you can order it rare since they grind it to order. yeah i rather enjoyed it. the fries were no joke either, and the coleslaw was not creamy = a win for coleslaw everytime imo.

#1 Thwartstop Prospect (Will M.), Wednesday, 29 August 2012 18:33 (seven years ago) link

can anyone rep for a good falafel sandwich, here. it doesn't seem to be a big ~presence~ afaict. i am exploring quite a lot at the moment (ty for the tips on the ikeda exhibition btw!) & am pretty open to most-all top-veggie-menu-items anyone is pushing. this time of year is so nice in montreal.

very sexual album (schlump), Tuesday, 4 September 2012 18:16 (seven years ago) link

hm.. most of the middle eastern joints focus on shish taouk and shwarma, and altho they all have falafel i wouldn't describe any of the fast-food falafel as A++.

Daou is a pretty solid restaurant that has quality Lebanese food.

twinkin' and drinkin' and ready to fly (Alex in Montreal), Tuesday, 4 September 2012 18:29 (seven years ago) link

good falafel doesnt really exist here, you might want to try panthère verte on st-viateur tho, its prob the best

Author ~ Coach ~ Goddess (s1ocki), Tuesday, 4 September 2012 18:32 (seven years ago) link

ps go to jean-talon market if you havent already

Author ~ Coach ~ Goddess (s1ocki), Tuesday, 4 September 2012 18:32 (seven years ago) link

this isn't a great falafel city but Falafel Freiha is regarded as the best.

sean gramophone, Tuesday, 4 September 2012 18:41 (seven years ago) link

also great veggie options (middle-eastern stuff) at Petit Alep.

sean gramophone, Tuesday, 4 September 2012 18:42 (seven years ago) link

both sides of the alep are wonderful

Author ~ Coach ~ Goddess (s1ocki), Tuesday, 4 September 2012 18:43 (seven years ago) link

I really like panthere verte's falafel - but yknow I'm a health-food type - whatevs tho, they're really good!

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Tuesday, 4 September 2012 20:51 (seven years ago) link

ooh I haven't been to either of the aleps in ages, need to fix that

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Tuesday, 4 September 2012 20:53 (seven years ago) link

what is falafel made of anyway? Fala?

Sweet Yin Yang ☯ (Latham Green), Tuesday, 4 September 2012 20:57 (seven years ago) link

yes

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Tuesday, 4 September 2012 21:01 (seven years ago) link

the fala fel, burning in defiance

your native bacon (mh), Tuesday, 4 September 2012 21:13 (seven years ago) link

have any of you ever been to akli? in the foodcourt below office building on mctavish/metcalfe and sherbrooke. killer falafel imo, if a bit salty

also nilufar (st catherine bw atwater guy, st mathieu or sth?), not necessarily the best falafel but they cost like 1.75$ each and are pretty good, green & fresh rather than brown & dry

flopson, Tuesday, 4 September 2012 21:14 (seven years ago) link

thanks thread now i have to get falafel for dinner

#1 Thwartstop Prospect (Will M.), Tuesday, 4 September 2012 21:24 (seven years ago) link

been really depressed by all montreal lebanese etc. food tho since going to berlin & basically living off sandwiches there, no comparison ito middle eastern sandwich scene

flopson, Tuesday, 4 September 2012 21:29 (seven years ago) link

wow, my riding actually went Quebec Solidaire!
i guess i'm not totally surprised, but still, wow

trying to keep that in mind as PQ seems to be headed towards a majority? srsly?

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Wednesday, 5 September 2012 01:29 (seven years ago) link

i'm pretty pleased with these results so far

flopson, Wednesday, 5 September 2012 01:53 (seven years ago) link

yeah i guess i am too, kind of. my previous post was written when a PQ majority was being considered a reality. i figured PQ minority would happen though, so hey, here we go!

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Wednesday, 5 September 2012 02:09 (seven years ago) link

well, "pleased" is not exactly the word tbh

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Wednesday, 5 September 2012 02:10 (seven years ago) link

pq coalition majority w/ qs (provided they give them a cabinet seat) still possible tho?

flopson, Wednesday, 5 September 2012 02:11 (seven years ago) link

sometimes seems like being an anglo in quebec is liked being consigned to vote for the same party for your entire life it's pretty pathetic, like as soon as there's a pq alternative standing across the stage no amount of corruption arrogance is too great to be swallowed & forgotten, ppl should be relieved the party they've spent the last 4 years cursing is being held accountable

flopson, Wednesday, 5 September 2012 02:18 (seven years ago) link

oh i'm certainly glad to see the liberals go! or go-ish!
i don't know if the QS would want to be in a coalition with PQ? seems weird

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Wednesday, 5 September 2012 02:24 (seven years ago) link

Based on the current seat projections, I don't see how a PQ-QS coalition could form a majority?: http://www.cbc.ca/news/live/2012/09/quebec-votes-2012.html

Are there more updated numbers?

EveningStar (Sund4r), Wednesday, 5 September 2012 02:34 (seven years ago) link

i think that was just speculation from earlier in the night when PQ was much closer to a majority

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Wednesday, 5 September 2012 02:45 (seven years ago) link

Ah, cool.

EveningStar (Sund4r), Wednesday, 5 September 2012 02:47 (seven years ago) link

Ha, a Lib-CAQ coalition is theoretically possible!

EveningStar (Sund4r), Wednesday, 5 September 2012 03:20 (seven years ago) link

without charest having won his seat?

flopson, Wednesday, 5 September 2012 03:21 (seven years ago) link

I didn't say it's likely but constitutionally, that's not a problem at all.

EveningStar (Sund4r), Wednesday, 5 September 2012 03:24 (seven years ago) link

Afaik, there's nothing that says a PM or premier needs to be a sitting member. (Just double-checked with a constitution nerd.)

EveningStar (Sund4r), Wednesday, 5 September 2012 03:28 (seven years ago) link

Seriously, in general, I wish people were more open to the possibilities offered within parliamentarianism. It's so unimaginative that the sitting leader of the party with a plurality of seats always becomes PM/premier and I think it actually undermines parliamentary democracy a little.

EveningStar (Sund4r), Wednesday, 5 September 2012 03:49 (seven years ago) link

That's more of a post for the Cdn politics thread though.

EveningStar (Sund4r), Wednesday, 5 September 2012 03:50 (seven years ago) link

this is awful. this is...i can't even.

twinkin' and drinkin' and ready to fly (Alex in Montreal), Wednesday, 5 September 2012 05:18 (seven years ago) link

have you ever had some delicious food ethic or otherwise out somwhere and then you are punished badly in the restroom and you feel as if "why did they do it? "

Sweet Yin Yang ☯ (Latham Green), Wednesday, 5 September 2012 13:58 (seven years ago) link

his is awful. this is...i can't even.

― twinkin' and drinkin' and ready to fly (Alex in Montreal), Wednesday, September 5, 2012 6:18 AM (10 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

^^

as a smaller aside ty for all the recommendations. i'm gonna go to jean talon soon, they sell aubergines in hypnotic configurations, so i'm sold.

very sexual album (schlump), Wednesday, 5 September 2012 16:14 (seven years ago) link

as for me I find the Plant of Egg to be most unpalatable

Sweet Yin Yang ☯ (Latham Green), Wednesday, 5 September 2012 17:28 (seven years ago) link

awwwww really? i was never crazy about them before. i don't want to suggest user error but i have been detailing my eggplant wiles here if you feel like giving that little guy a second chance, the hell am i gonna do with this eggplant

very sexual album (schlump), Wednesday, 5 September 2012 17:37 (seven years ago) link

You may as well toss that Solanaceae in the rubbish bin. It would do as well there as anywhere. In fact I am suspicious of the entire Nightshade family, including the Tobbaco plant and Tomato as well. Only the potato has my permission to love itself.

Sweet Yin Yang ☯ (Latham Green), Wednesday, 5 September 2012 18:13 (seven years ago) link

now we're talkin

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Wednesday, 5 September 2012 18:55 (seven years ago) link

i do like the small japanese eggplants tho

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Wednesday, 5 September 2012 18:55 (seven years ago) link

I like eggplant but it has to be cooked correctly, which isn't as intuitive as it should be, so maybe I hate eggplant.

your native bacon (mh), Wednesday, 5 September 2012 18:57 (seven years ago) link

eggplant is def a harsh mistress

Author ~ Coach ~ Goddess (s1ocki), Wednesday, 5 September 2012 19:15 (seven years ago) link

when not done well its gross, but it can be so sublime

i went to the fall apple-themed menu at cabane à sucre au pied de cochon last week and one of the dishes was this aubergine pancake... impossible to describe but fuckin cuhrazypants

Author ~ Coach ~ Goddess (s1ocki), Wednesday, 5 September 2012 19:15 (seven years ago) link

WHat of the seeds, the seeds? are they not an offense to the mouth?

Sweet Yin Yang ☯ (Latham Green), Wednesday, 5 September 2012 19:19 (seven years ago) link

i think i have never noticed aubergine seeds

very sexual album (schlump), Wednesday, 5 September 2012 20:07 (seven years ago) link

ha ha. are you sitting at your keyboard running knives over unwanted aubergines getting mad about subpar vegetables? no i mean i'm aware they exist, but like i have never texturally tasted them or felt them interfere with the eating of an aubergine. they just seem fine.

very sexual album (schlump), Wednesday, 5 September 2012 20:18 (seven years ago) link

It seesm to me thy tongue is not as sharp and precise as this steel blade or you too would quiver in horror at the granulations!

Sweet Yin Yang ☯ (Latham Green), Wednesday, 5 September 2012 20:23 (seven years ago) link

lol

i am quiverin

i just think you need to grill one of these guys, throw it in a sandwich or eat it on toast with mustard, let the good times roll

very sexual album (schlump), Wednesday, 5 September 2012 20:27 (seven years ago) link

The only thing that is rolling is my eyes and my bowels!

Sweet Yin Yang ☯ (Latham Green), Wednesday, 5 September 2012 20:32 (seven years ago) link

I bought some of those marinated, grilled eggplant slices you can get at any deli (in this case La Maison des Pâtes Fraîches). I made a basic tomato sauce then threw the eggplant slices in the food processor. Dumped them into the sauce. It was the richest, tastiest pasta sauce I've made in a long time.

I've been trying to replicate this at home by roasting eggplants in the oven. I can't seem to do it. I can't seem to do much of anything with eggplant at the moment.

fields of salmon, Thursday, 6 September 2012 03:29 (seven years ago) link

if you have a grill, you can grill them until they totally collapse (err on the side of overcooking), then let them cool a bit, peel them and get rid of the juice that leaks out, then chop em up like crazy or blend them, add lemon juice salt pepper tahini, and you got yourself a baba ghanouj.

Author ~ Coach ~ Goddess (s1ocki), Thursday, 6 September 2012 12:11 (seven years ago) link

I guess we should make a newthread "HELLISH EGGPLANTS COME ALIVE"

Sweet Yin Yang ☯ (Latham Green), Thursday, 6 September 2012 13:29 (seven years ago) link

you know just to justify derailing the mtl thread into aubergine territory, i cooked w/a few of the little (japanese? i think they're canadian but i think i've heard the lil baby aubergines called japanese before (maybe itt)) aubs yesterday, grilling them, & they were kind of a little bitter. just putting it out there that, factoring in regional supply variety, ymmv.

would def grill instead of roast, if i were you, fields of salmon; roasted aubergines are amazing to make into sauces but more as a weird smulchy disappearing ingredient than as a solid eggplant component. i slice; salt; sweat for awhile; brush w/olive oil & some spices (smoked paprika/sumac/i haven't found smoked paprika in montreal yet/what is up w that); & then grill for ten minutes, turn over & grill for ten more. getting tahini involved sounds like a real good idea too.

very sexual album (schlump), Thursday, 6 September 2012 17:57 (seven years ago) link

Making eggplant for lunch!

EveningStar (Sund4r), Thursday, 6 September 2012 18:15 (seven years ago) link

"Montreal, where Eggplants are Revered"

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/466970

Brony 4 Life (Latham Green), Thursday, 6 September 2012 18:15 (seven years ago) link

Janice Lawandi, Montreal Cooking Examiner

http://www.examiner.com/article/mini-eggplants-are-perfect-for-stuffing

she can go stuff her eggplants

Brony 4 Life (Latham Green), Thursday, 6 September 2012 18:17 (seven years ago) link

Aw man, I want to go back to Montreal. I really loved it.

(✿◠‿◠) (ENBB), Thursday, 6 September 2012 18:18 (seven years ago) link

quite a resume M'lady

http://ca.linkedin.com/pub/janice-lawandi-phd/7/711/471

Lawandi awaits you E-to -the-NBB

Brony 4 Life (Latham Green), Thursday, 6 September 2012 18:19 (seven years ago) link

I am considering sending Latham Green in my stead

your naïve bacon (mh), Thursday, 6 September 2012 18:21 (seven years ago) link

i hope the forecast rain this weekend doesn't happen. there's a lot of good outdoor stuff i want to do (that wld suck in the rain)

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Thursday, 6 September 2012 18:22 (seven years ago) link

uh
xp

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Thursday, 6 September 2012 18:22 (seven years ago) link

tho i do like his not-necessarily-Montreal contributions to this thread

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Thursday, 6 September 2012 18:23 (seven years ago) link

One activity I can think of that would suck in the rain it trying to build a house of playing cards. Or trying to draw faces on coffee filters with a que-tip and some sort of ochre - tehy would be ruined! mon deiu!

Brony 4 Life (Latham Green), Thursday, 6 September 2012 18:26 (seven years ago) link

tabarnouche! now i really hope it doesn't rain

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Thursday, 6 September 2012 18:28 (seven years ago) link

Ta Bouche est tabarnouche!

Brony 4 Life (Latham Green), Thursday, 6 September 2012 18:30 (seven years ago) link

I guess I could plan a trip myself, someday, instead of sending Mr. Green

your naïve bacon (mh), Thursday, 6 September 2012 18:38 (seven years ago) link

You have no need for worry - I do not travel. Ever.

Brony 4 Life (Latham Green), Thursday, 6 September 2012 18:38 (seven years ago) link

Montreal all is probably not that far from you!

(✿◠‿◠) (ENBB), Thursday, 6 September 2012 18:39 (seven years ago) link

err no "all"

(✿◠‿◠) (ENBB), Thursday, 6 September 2012 18:39 (seven years ago) link

Montreal-all is what we call the city as a whole

Author ~ Coach ~ Goddess (s1ocki), Thursday, 6 September 2012 18:41 (seven years ago) link

it's like "galactica actual" on BSG

Author ~ Coach ~ Goddess (s1ocki), Thursday, 6 September 2012 18:41 (seven years ago) link

s1ocki recommend to me brunch places near mile end

Lamp, Thursday, 6 September 2012 18:41 (seven years ago) link

other people can recommend places too but i want that gourmand seal of approval

Lamp, Thursday, 6 September 2012 18:41 (seven years ago) link

Boston -all includes Newton I guess and Peabody - seems like some sort of linux command with a dash liek that

ipconfig -all

Brony 4 Life (Latham Green), Thursday, 6 September 2012 18:43 (seven years ago) link

it's ifconfig on linux

your naïve bacon (mh), Thursday, 6 September 2012 18:44 (seven years ago) link

really? shit I suck at linux! The Official Distro of Montreal is Eggplantware

Brony 4 Life (Latham Green), Thursday, 6 September 2012 18:45 (seven years ago) link

lol galactica montreal actual

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Thursday, 6 September 2012 18:45 (seven years ago) link

"Actors Dirk Benedict (as fighter pilot Starbuck) and Bobby Van (as Hector, the android), traveled to Montreal for these scenes. Benedict has been quoted as saying it was an uncomfortable experience - not all that surprising in that the scenes were shot in winter in buildings that had not been heated in years."

plus he was with an Eggplant man

Brony 4 Life (Latham Green), Thursday, 6 September 2012 18:47 (seven years ago) link

yeah perhaps in order to post itt, one has to at least have an intention of visiting Montreal in the near future, give or take a year. we will soon grow tired of yr wistfulness for what we got. we all know that all this eggplant talk is but a thin veneer.

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Thursday, 6 September 2012 18:51 (seven years ago) link

Did anyone ever see that Altman movie shot in some place related to Expo 67 -- maybe Habitat, maybe something else... was it called Quintet? That looked COLD

#1 Thwartstop Prospect (Will M.), Thursday, 6 September 2012 18:52 (seven years ago) link

Is that why6 the baseball team was called the expos? Tim Raines> ( NOt Gaines)

Brony 4 Life (Latham Green), Thursday, 6 September 2012 18:59 (seven years ago) link

i had to watch Quintet in an undergrad film class for a section about auteurs
it's a pretty boring movie! or at least it was to 20-yr-old me

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Thursday, 6 September 2012 19:02 (seven years ago) link

You are wiser now - and taking it all in - the sights, the sounds...you still remember your earlier trembling moments. Now you are the Regis. Meanwhile, I am still the fool, fallin gover in tide pools

Brony 4 Life (Latham Green), Thursday, 6 September 2012 19:05 (seven years ago) link

yep, expos named after the 67 expo. i don't think i finished watched quintet afaik. pretty cool buildings tho.

#1 Thwartstop Prospect (Will M.), Thursday, 6 September 2012 19:09 (seven years ago) link

man i was jsut thinknig about mile end brunches and realized i probably havent had a nice civil mile end sunday brunch in like a year, only st-henri janko brunches at greenspot etc.

i think senzala closed? i kinda remember sparrow's brunch being good. does lawrence or lemeac or one of those places that start with an L have a brunch?

#1 Thwartstop Prospect (Will M.), Thursday, 6 September 2012 19:12 (seven years ago) link

i'm so shitty @ being from this city

#1 Thwartstop Prospect (Will M.), Thursday, 6 September 2012 19:12 (seven years ago) link

Will M please love yoruself despite yoru failings.

anyway if a movie is boring just skip ahead - thta's what I do when I watch Dark SHadows - I love it but its the most boring show ever

Brony 4 Life (Latham Green), Thursday, 6 September 2012 19:19 (seven years ago) link

many of these posts lack brunch recommendations i have noticed

Lamp, Thursday, 6 September 2012 19:37 (seven years ago) link

Le Cartet
(514) 871-8887

Old Montréal
106 Rue McGill
Montreal, QC H2Y2E5
lecartet.com

"nous servons un âne mort des baleines sur une plaque pour vous"

Brony 4 Life (Latham Green), Thursday, 6 September 2012 19:40 (seven years ago) link

cafe cherrier on cherrier/st-denis is p great brunch spot

flopson, Thursday, 6 September 2012 19:42 (seven years ago) link

ah, brunch... i used to eschew it but i'm getting over that. i guess it depends on what you're looking for - i tend to go middle-of-the-road, not a straight-up diner but not a gourmet place either. and i like a certain comfy and not-too-loud environment. that said, i don't go out for brunch very often, so...
in mile-end-ish:

i like
cafe souvenir on bernard, esp because terrasse
velo cafe on beaubien
boite gourmand on laurier

and screw it, i will plug the site i write for: http://www.tourisme-montreal.org/blog/where-to-eat/the-mile-ends-best-brunches/

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Thursday, 6 September 2012 21:32 (seven years ago) link

i used to get tuna sandwiches from le cartet for lunch

Author ~ Coach ~ Goddess (s1ocki), Friday, 7 September 2012 05:28 (seven years ago) link

lamp i recommend:

lawrence (a bit $$ but hella worth it... also usually a bit of a wait... BUT WORTH IT)
lemeac (same except for the wait)
vieux velo (cheaper, chiller, dece eggs benny...not crazy great but nice)
beautys (classic)

Author ~ Coach ~ Goddess (s1ocki), Friday, 7 September 2012 05:30 (seven years ago) link

lol galactica montreal actual

― obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Thursday, September 6, 2012 2:45 PM (Yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

that was designed to make you laff robyn

Author ~ Coach ~ Goddess (s1ocki), Friday, 7 September 2012 05:33 (seven years ago) link

i keep forgetting to bump this thread but a couple of things made me think of it:

have you all seen the first issue of CULT, which afaik is the autonomously published new magazine by ex-Mirror staff?

& also, ty for the recommendations for Montreal stuff to do. Jean Talon was rad, & I came back with vegetables in colourways I hadn't seen before, & the falafel at green dragon is real nice. I could do without the gherkin but yeah real good.

let's get the banned back together (schlump), Monday, 17 September 2012 23:12 (seven years ago) link

green panther! though they should open another location called green dragon for real

i was in the states for a few days and came back today to extended summer and so got on my bike to go have beers on a terrasse. oh extended summer.

totally doing Pop Montreal this week!

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Tuesday, 18 September 2012 02:53 (seven years ago) link

free shows in places like the park off St-Laurent in Little Italy

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Tuesday, 18 September 2012 02:53 (seven years ago) link

green panther! though they should open another location called green dragon for real

ha yes. thanks. no it was good, i got it to take out & was worried as soon as i remembered all other instances in which i've tried to eat something coated in tahini sauce while on the move, but it was v neat. i wish that more places did the thing where they smash the falafel up a bit before including - this is a falafel sandwich protip imo - but yeah i dug it, i should try their other stuff. i have to try the crazy cheap downtown place w/$2 falafel & soup next.

the weather is so so nice at the moment.

i'm trying to get to dam funk on wednesday, i have no idea how free-pop-mtl-shows work though, like with things like this i assume i will intend to go & then that the event will be populated by just everyone who had their shit more together than i did.

let's get the banned back together (schlump), Tuesday, 18 September 2012 03:33 (seven years ago) link

little italy is cute btw. wanna go sit in a café there & pretend to be italian sometime.

let's get the banned back together (schlump), Tuesday, 18 September 2012 03:33 (seven years ago) link

so happy to be back home

Author ~ Coach ~ Goddess (s1ocki), Tuesday, 18 September 2012 17:13 (seven years ago) link

Even tho it is crazy raining today! That's love.

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Tuesday, 18 September 2012 17:42 (seven years ago) link

the weather is so so nice at the moment.

see you later, errands

let's get the banned back together (schlump), Tuesday, 18 September 2012 18:02 (seven years ago) link

im staying in tonight playing board games and making carnitas, i welcome the rain

Author ~ Coach ~ Goddess (s1ocki), Tuesday, 18 September 2012 20:12 (seven years ago) link

yeah i picked the best possible day for the ps3 i ordered on the internet to show up (assuming it doesn't show up during the 30m my roommate isn't home today) (that's going to happen isn't it)

#1 Thwartstop Prospect (Will M.), Tuesday, 18 September 2012 20:25 (seven years ago) link

ime yes

Author ~ Coach ~ Goddess (s1ocki), Tuesday, 18 September 2012 20:29 (seven years ago) link

well the good news is i got home before my package did, bad news is it's 6:30pm and it is "guaranteed" to be here "today," gdi what is going on cpost

#1 Thwartstop Prospect (Will M.), Tuesday, 18 September 2012 22:27 (seven years ago) link

this is obv not super necessary super enjoyable but it looks really good; think i will prob try to see shoah? & hotel terminus & the ophuls/godard thing?
http://www.cinemaduparc.com/english/prochainemente.php

also psyched for the william klein season ft. william klein

let's get the banned back together (schlump), Friday, 21 September 2012 15:53 (seven years ago) link

whoa

Author ~ Coach ~ Goddess (s1ocki), Friday, 21 September 2012 16:11 (seven years ago) link

yeah. but wait that godard thing is like a zillion hours long, & hilariously is a double feature. i think shoah will be my marathon thing, provided i can squeeze it in. CDP programming so good so far.

let's get the banned back together (schlump), Friday, 21 September 2012 16:15 (seven years ago) link

guys i think i have a cold, this is a bummer / kinda relieved to have an excuse not to go to pop mtl things

Author ~ Coach ~ Goddess (s1ocki), Friday, 21 September 2012 17:21 (seven years ago) link

I saw you from across the room at pop opening party but was in conversation and missed you. Tell cold to go away so you can at least come late-night dancing.

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Friday, 21 September 2012 17:39 (seven years ago) link

Or tomorrow: jacob lusk R Kelly all stars thing at sala, whoaa

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Friday, 21 September 2012 18:30 (seven years ago) link

sigh

too much

too festivaled out from tiff

i dont knowwwww

Author ~ Coach ~ Goddess (s1ocki), Friday, 21 September 2012 19:14 (seven years ago) link

pop is pretty bad this year imo, i have an artist pass & am looking for things to go to but... there's barely anything i want to see, even free

flopson, Friday, 21 September 2012 19:53 (seven years ago) link

mrrrr I was supposed to come up this weekend, boooo

whiter than... this? (Ówen P.), Friday, 21 September 2012 20:02 (seven years ago) link

i am curating a thing in toronto in 1.5 weeks, you should come!

Author ~ Coach ~ Goddess (s1ocki), Friday, 21 September 2012 20:27 (seven years ago) link

(that was vague)

Author ~ Coach ~ Goddess (s1ocki), Friday, 21 September 2012 20:27 (seven years ago) link

um. i am excited about the r kelly all stars tonight.

venus x was apparently pretty great, as was the peaches christ superstar thing?

the loft sets at eastern bloc thursday night were pretty stellar, but cops shut it down before physical therapy's set.

twinkin' and drinkin' and ready to fly (Alex in Montreal), Saturday, 22 September 2012 22:23 (seven years ago) link

damn shoulda gone to peaches christ superstar

Author ~ Coach ~ Goddess (s1ocki), Saturday, 22 September 2012 23:10 (seven years ago) link

Yeah s1ocki FB me bc I don't know what that thing is but I'm interested!

whiter than... this? (Ówen P.), Sunday, 23 September 2012 01:10 (seven years ago) link

i will... it's trampoline hall have you heard of it? speaker series thingy?

Author ~ Coach ~ Goddess (s1ocki), Sunday, 23 September 2012 02:09 (seven years ago) link

Duh, basically. Ok.

whiter than... this? (Ówen P.), Sunday, 23 September 2012 02:29 (seven years ago) link

I mean, yes I've heard, no I didn't realize

whiter than... this? (Ówen P.), Sunday, 23 September 2012 02:29 (seven years ago) link

venus x was good! both the set and talk

ɥɯ ︵ (°□°) (mh), Sunday, 23 September 2012 03:11 (seven years ago) link

ok cool!

i did one last year and have curated a few since!

good times.

Author ~ Coach ~ Goddess (s1ocki), Sunday, 23 September 2012 03:11 (seven years ago) link

that thing always sounded neat, i didn't know it was still happening
xp re: trampolining

let's get the banned back together (schlump), Sunday, 23 September 2012 03:13 (seven years ago) link

It is cool! It can be cool. You have to have a high tolerance / appreciation for extreme Torontoness.

whiter than... this? (Ówen P.), Sunday, 23 September 2012 13:02 (seven years ago) link

i am going to visit my gf at her parents in ottawa nxt week. will maybe spend some time in montreal before i head back to uk. anything good going on week after next?

tpp, Sunday, 23 September 2012 13:09 (seven years ago) link

i don't know exactly what torontoness is, though i remember it being raised in the sheila heti thread which i guess figures in part re: trampolining. the vague precis of TH is that people are encouraged to talk but outside their field of expertise, right, capturing enthusiasm for learning rather than didactic teaching of knowledge, &c.

not sure what's happening week after next, i will keep a lookout

let's get the banned back together (schlump), Sunday, 23 September 2012 14:07 (seven years ago) link

Yeah, that's sort of it. But it's also the debate about whether or not it's "a good idea", the "amateur hour as anti-capitalist commentary" schtick, it's that debate that keeps Toronto's gyroscope spinning. Any time anybody does anything there's always somebody who makes a pooface and smugly asks "what the fuck are you talking about?" [/Toronto]

whiter than... this? (Ówen P.), Sunday, 23 September 2012 14:28 (seven years ago) link

yeah. i don't know i was skimming the old n+1 article on mcsweeney's, yesterday, & it kinda reminded me of some of the cloying aesthetics of new-weird-tangents-on-existing-forms - so believer interviews which first set out to establish their novel or non-professional approach to interviewing, the stated form the selling point. & i guess that could presumably be leveled at this? but then at the same time there is doing something versus not doing something & it isn't like anyone has to attend. i went to the david byrne thing, here, last night, which was really good. it mainly kinda reminded me of the virtue of just conversation in public, freewheeling town-hall-style discussion that is valuable for offering a bunch of perspectives from people you might want to listen to, or who have like been to other countries & stuff. the salient things aren't necessarily the things that people are most qualified to talk about but the things which catch your attention, or that arise out of the difference between participants. so i can imagine TH being good. you get something out of most things, even if it's just the Torontonical joy of criticising.

let's get the banned back together (schlump), Sunday, 23 September 2012 15:10 (seven years ago) link

my mtl-based involvement negates the torontoneity

Author ~ Coach ~ Goddess (s1ocki), Sunday, 23 September 2012 16:02 (seven years ago) link

Montrealism is the exact same thing as Torontoism
Except replace "criticize self" with "criticize Toronto"

whiter than... this? (Ówen P.), Sunday, 23 September 2012 17:11 (seven years ago) link

lol

flying scrotus (flopson), Sunday, 23 September 2012 17:12 (seven years ago) link

ftr i disagree with that (ime the extent to which the kind of montrealers who would go to the equiv of trampoline hall don't so much criticize toronto so much as criticize the idea of having to get a job) but it's still a great aphorism

flying scrotus (flopson), Sunday, 23 September 2012 17:23 (seven years ago) link

Montreal is Torontorious for its Torontoism

let's get the banned back together (schlump), Sunday, 23 September 2012 18:25 (seven years ago) link

ppl talk less about toronto in mtl than ppl in toronto generally believe tbh

Author ~ Coach ~ Goddess (s1ocki), Sunday, 23 September 2012 20:20 (seven years ago) link

(a belief rooted deeply in torontoism)

Author ~ Coach ~ Goddess (s1ocki), Sunday, 23 September 2012 20:20 (seven years ago) link

well people in montreal generally think that people in toronto are always talking about how much people in montreal talk about people in toronto tbqph

whiter than... this? (Ówen P.), Sunday, 23 September 2012 20:40 (seven years ago) link

je ne comprend pas

#1 Thwartstop Prospect (Will M.), Sunday, 23 September 2012 20:51 (seven years ago) link

I was telescoping s1ocki's assertion.

whiter than... this? (Ówen P.), Sunday, 23 September 2012 21:01 (seven years ago) link

I don't disagree with what you're saying, s1ocki, but Torontonians have good reason to feel the occasional moments of victimization. Toronto gets trashed a whole lot in the press and in person by like everybody and (beyond the fact that Toronto absorbs tonnes of $ and manpower from all over Canada) it's weird and surprising, considering that a) this city is pretty great and b) nobody here ever trash-talks Montreal, like, ever, Montreal is beautiful and we love to visit and would move there in a heartbeat

whiter than... this? (Ówen P.), Sunday, 23 September 2012 21:02 (seven years ago) link

'the cultural value of elaborately rolling ones eyes' sets by the janitorial staff, tickets by the HP print lab

Lamp, Sunday, 23 September 2012 21:04 (seven years ago) link

seeeee you're kind of doing it right now, too

whiter than... this? (Ówen P.), Sunday, 23 September 2012 21:08 (seven years ago) link

wait Lamp who's side are you on idgi

whiter than... this? (Ówen P.), Sunday, 23 September 2012 21:08 (seven years ago) link

tbh i mostly take the attitude that its better to just go out and do/create cool stuff than bitch abt the fact that the same circle of bougie mediocrities gets all the coverage/funding/advantages blah blah blah but theres some merit to that general criticism - i think the way a lot of toronto stuff is structured is p terrible and insider-y in a poisonous way, its sort of a lot to get into tho rn rh tho

Lamp, Sunday, 23 September 2012 21:15 (seven years ago) link

i don't even really want to talk about this tbh, i rarely talk about toronto here in mtl, i feel like this is all because of my joke about my mtlness mitigating the torontoness of my trampoline halls!

Author ~ Coach ~ Goddess (s1ocki), Sunday, 23 September 2012 21:25 (seven years ago) link

Nobody's accusing you of talking about Toronto

whiter than... this? (Ówen P.), Sunday, 23 September 2012 21:42 (seven years ago) link

anyway I'm SUPER BUMMED I'm not in MTL ~right now~. I was gonna do a thing tonight at Casa but had to cancel my whole weekend b/c of food poisoning. It is OK. I will see Nicky Da B and Patrick Woof tomorrow

whiter than... this? (Ówen P.), Sunday, 23 September 2012 21:43 (seven years ago) link

urgh! what poisoned you??

Author ~ Coach ~ Goddess (s1ocki), Sunday, 23 September 2012 23:09 (seven years ago) link

Me, according to the Heartland thread.

this is the dream of avril and chad (jer.fairall), Sunday, 23 September 2012 23:11 (seven years ago) link

urgh! you?

Author ~ Coach ~ Goddess (s1ocki), Sunday, 23 September 2012 23:13 (seven years ago) link

muhahahahahaha!

this is the dream of avril and chad (jer.fairall), Sunday, 23 September 2012 23:14 (seven years ago) link

I talked about it on a couple other threads but I've had shitty shitty food poisoning for the past 12 days, three more days of antibiotics and hopefully it'll be gone. It was a whole roast suckling pig I ate on my birthday with my inlaws and they urged me to eat of warious parts of the animal that I ought not to have done (the brain, the ear). It's been a bilious, delirious and creative couple of weeks

whiter than... this? (Ówen P.), Monday, 24 September 2012 02:21 (seven years ago) link

sweet jesus

flying scrotus (flopson), Monday, 24 September 2012 02:23 (seven years ago) link

Yeah I've lost fucking seven pounds so far it has not been pleasant. I tried to go jogging today and my thighs felt like empty garbage bags :(

whiter than... this? (Ówen P.), Monday, 24 September 2012 02:53 (seven years ago) link

I talked about it on a couple other threads but I've had shitty shitty food poisoning for the past 12 days, three more days of antibiotics and hopefully it'll be gone. It was a whole roast suckling pig I ate on my birthday with my inlaws and they urged me to eat of warious parts of the animal that I ought not to have done (the brain, the ear). It's been a bilious, delirious and creative couple of weeks

― whiter than... this? (Ówen P.), Sunday, September 23, 2012 10:21 PM (59 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

omg man.. that's brutal!! where did you eat this?

(i've eaten most of those parts of the animal myself... but i guess it was properly prepared)

Author ~ Coach ~ Goddess (s1ocki), Monday, 24 September 2012 03:21 (seven years ago) link

Oh man. I am missing Nicky da B because four days of pop drained me and I have class in the morning and your casa thing was maybe the only reason I would have stayed up but it's supposed to be great.

Patrick was A++ although pop time constraints and vocal strain limited the set to an hour-ish (though I couldn't hear it hen he sang, just when he spoke). Not sure if a jazz club set up is what I expected but the

twinkin' and drinkin' and ready to fly (Alex in Montreal), Monday, 24 September 2012 04:24 (seven years ago) link

Concert was lovely and I'll probably post real thoughts on the pw thread

twinkin' and drinkin' and ready to fly (Alex in Montreal), Monday, 24 September 2012 04:26 (seven years ago) link

i was kinda worried about my contribution itt being lazily cut & pasting cinema du parc listings once in a while just to draw attention to exciting-to-me film events (like, they are showing a few wong kar wai movies, soon), BUT, check it out:

http://www.cinemaduparc.com/english/prochainemente.php?id=waintegrale#top

how neat to live here

let's get the banned back together (schlump), Thursday, 27 September 2012 20:52 (seven years ago) link

some good programming going on there recently for sure
that is a lot of woody allen, yes, wow

i have never seen Fallen Angels, so may go see it!

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Thursday, 27 September 2012 20:58 (seven years ago) link

i think i have recovered from pop montreal but am still tired because i just keep going out (not late tho)
i saw the last 3 Patrick Wolf songs - so good! :)

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Thursday, 27 September 2012 20:59 (seven years ago) link

psyched for woody allen's fallen angels

Author ~ Coach ~ Goddess (s1ocki), Friday, 28 September 2012 15:47 (seven years ago) link

starring kristen stewart and jeremy renner

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Friday, 28 September 2012 16:00 (seven years ago) link

*swoons*

Author ~ Coach ~ Goddess (s1ocki), Friday, 28 September 2012 16:18 (seven years ago) link

ubiquity and lovability of k-stew and j-ren

ɥɯ ︵ (°□°) (mh), Friday, 28 September 2012 16:44 (seven years ago) link

it's genius really

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Friday, 28 September 2012 17:36 (seven years ago) link

and they both play the allen character

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Friday, 28 September 2012 17:38 (seven years ago) link

two months pass...

What a beautiful day to be a Montrealer (unless you live in the suburbs I guess).

Van Horn Street, Tuesday, 18 December 2012 18:11 (six years ago) link

Love: ducking under the weighted-down tree branches
Crossing the slushy streets, not so much

you, your max is on fire (flamboyant goon tie included), Tuesday, 18 December 2012 18:42 (six years ago) link

Actually, i went for a walk and just fell head first in a huge puddle on St-Denis.

Van Horn Street, Tuesday, 18 December 2012 19:59 (six years ago) link

aw man

kristof-profiting-from-a-childs-illiteracy.html (schlump), Tuesday, 18 December 2012 20:12 (six years ago) link

this time of year is so nice. everyone has me so spooked about winter, here, but it's so good right now. it's like those days at the end of summer where, if you're out in the day just wearing a t-shirt, it's just-about too cold to walk home in the same clothes. but you can almost celebrate the season by doing that & just dealing with the fact that it's fine to be only-just too cold. everyone is all wintered up but it isn't bad, yet. i am walking around with my coat open. it's okay. i guess it will be bad soon, but at the moment it's just pretty & brisk & you feel very conscious of any exposed skin & you get home & warm up.

kristof-profiting-from-a-childs-illiteracy.html (schlump), Tuesday, 18 December 2012 20:16 (six years ago) link

favourite thing today is seeing people walk those huge elliptic curves to get around the puddles under sidewalks

flopson, Tuesday, 18 December 2012 22:11 (six years ago) link

least favourite thing yesterday: total inability to gauge where the sidewalk ends/road begins

kristof-profiting-from-a-childs-illiteracy.html (schlump), Tuesday, 18 December 2012 22:19 (six years ago) link

I can tell you about that. :<

Van Horn Street, Tuesday, 18 December 2012 22:40 (six years ago) link

one month passes...

so the world is practically gonna end on wednesday huh

kristof-profiting-from-a-childs-illiteracy.html (schlump), Monday, 21 January 2013 03:39 (six years ago) link

weather was ridiculous today.

silverfish, Monday, 21 January 2013 04:35 (six years ago) link

in a nice way

i am getting pretty into the realfeel weather forecast element on my phone & can't decide whether to be freaked by tonight being -8, real feel -23 WRT wednesday being actual-minus-twenty-three at its warmest.

rockism against racism (schlump), Monday, 21 January 2013 04:39 (six years ago) link

oh geez now it's just getting real again. I remember for the first few years I lived here (starting 2002) the whole week of my birthday (this week) was -20 to -35, usually on the colder end, often with worse windchill. The -42 windchill days I just didn't leave the house.

The wind tonight was blowing in all the directions.

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Monday, 21 January 2013 05:19 (six years ago) link

oh gawd

zero dark (s1ocki), Monday, 21 January 2013 05:27 (six years ago) link

on the bright side happy bd rrrobyn

i am still kinda grimly intrigued by it getting so crazy, just because this week is gonna be the first time that it is like ... transcendently bad. i have seen snow before so seeing lots of it is just part of a scale, like dreaming about snow. but i feel like minus forty or whatever is like a whole-nutha-sport. tonight was super cold & i kept putting my gloved hands in my mouth for warmth, but the brightness of the afternoon sun was so nice too. i was on a bus, it was strobing.

rockism against racism (schlump), Monday, 21 January 2013 06:01 (six years ago) link

this is, even for montreal, pretty fucked up

zero dark (s1ocki), Monday, 21 January 2013 15:18 (six years ago) link

i was driving back from nb through this! so scary

flopson, Monday, 21 January 2013 15:24 (six years ago) link

i was driving back from nb through this! so scary

flopson, Monday, 21 January 2013 15:24 (six years ago) link

Stocking up on groceries, no plan to leave house this week

friday goodness thank it's (flamboyant goon tie included), Monday, 21 January 2013 17:08 (six years ago) link

this morning i walked for 35 minutes from home to a warm place where i stayed for 30 min and then walked 35 minutes back and i was fine with only moderate grumbling about my face being cold.
so just wear thermal tights/long johns over yr pants, a warm coat, two scarves, a hat and put your hood up when the wind blows, and it's fine. i think the worst is having to stand at a bus stop or something. always be moving.

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Monday, 21 January 2013 19:02 (six years ago) link

vrai canadians don't complain abt cold iirc

mookieproof, Monday, 21 January 2013 19:05 (six years ago) link

Yeah, jeez, just get good boots, good socks, a good coat, some plain ole longjohns and the weather's no big deal.

sean gramophone, Monday, 21 January 2013 19:05 (six years ago) link

the other worst is having to walk over the rosemont overpass to the metro - always windy. oh how i recall the (supposedly dangerous) heyday of walking across the tracks.
xps
yep. i got good warm boots last year and wear two pairs of wool socks when it's this cold and everything is fine. except my nose gets cold and when i put a scarf over it, my glasses fog up. but hey.

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Monday, 21 January 2013 19:06 (six years ago) link

longjohns OVER your pants??

zero dark (s1ocki), Monday, 21 January 2013 19:28 (six years ago) link

then another pair of pants on top

rockism against racism (schlump), Monday, 21 January 2013 19:46 (six years ago) link

then a pair of shorts

zero dark (s1ocki), Monday, 21 January 2013 19:54 (six years ago) link

i wouldn't be caught dead in good boots

flopson, Tuesday, 22 January 2013 00:19 (six years ago) link

Bah, -40 windchill is a way of life on the Prairies, I tell you.:P

EveningStar (Sund4r), Tuesday, 22 January 2013 00:45 (six years ago) link

but it's a dry cold!! ;)

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Tuesday, 22 January 2013 01:18 (six years ago) link

i walked downtownish and back again this evening and it felt like it was warmer out but apparently it wasn't, so i guess i just became hardier.

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Tuesday, 22 January 2013 01:22 (six years ago) link

I felt the same way too

zero dark (s1ocki), Tuesday, 22 January 2013 02:18 (six years ago) link

Regina: 71% humidity
Montreal: 72% humidity

The 'dry cold' business is something Prairie folk say to make themselves feel better.

EveningStar (Sund4r), Tuesday, 22 January 2013 03:11 (six years ago) link

haha i always figured...

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Tuesday, 22 January 2013 04:44 (six years ago) link

guys guys, look what environment canada says:
Tuesday night A few clouds. Wind west 20 km/h. Low minus 25. Wind chill minus 36.

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Tuesday, 22 January 2013 04:44 (six years ago) link

i walked home, about a 25 minute walk, just now, and it wasnt so bad. no wind.

zero dark (s1ocki), Tuesday, 22 January 2013 05:12 (six years ago) link

i moved to boston from mtl years ago and i get (srsly) frostbite nostalgia. i also become very obnoxious to the locals, as in: "this is what you call winter? pshaw!".

i recall the days of toes brick-numb in my bauers through a haze of imaginary breath vapor.

collardio gelatinous, Tuesday, 22 January 2013 05:23 (six years ago) link

or vapour, if you will.

collardio gelatinous, Tuesday, 22 January 2013 05:24 (six years ago) link

The 'dry cold' business is something Prairie folk say to make themselves feel better.

Plus it's bullshit anyway:

http://www.theweathernetwork.com/index.php?product=help&pagecontent=weatherlore#Q2

EveningStar (Sund4r), Tuesday, 22 January 2013 05:38 (six years ago) link

planning a family trip to montreal for early july if anyone has tips for places to stay or things to do appropriate for 2 adults and an almost-3-year-old. we're looking at hotels but also might do an airbnb, possibly in the plateau area. we'll have a car with us.

congratulations (n/a), Monday, 28 January 2013 18:44 (six years ago) link

try not to have to rely on yr car; if yr kid can handle the bus/subway, try to stay near Parc Avenue, St-Laurent blvd, or the Laurier, Mont-Royal or Beaubien metro stops.

sean gramophone, Monday, 28 January 2013 18:46 (six years ago) link

^ this is correct

you might want to check out casa bianca, a very nice little hotel/inn-like place right facing the mountain.

otherwise, i can help advise you on airbnbs/locations/etc... feel free to msg me

zero dark (s1ocki), Monday, 28 January 2013 19:05 (six years ago) link

thanks dudes! i'm pumped for this trip (obv. since we're planning it 6 months in advance). i've never been to canada.

congratulations (n/a), Monday, 28 January 2013 20:04 (six years ago) link

if you come early july, you may overlap with the jazz fest, which is a mixed bag but there is a TON of outdoor kid-friendly free stuff.

zero dark (s1ocki), Monday, 28 January 2013 20:08 (six years ago) link

(accoms might be harder to come by though, so planning early is smart.)

zero dark (s1ocki), Monday, 28 January 2013 20:08 (six years ago) link

do you think it would be better to avoid those dates if we don't care about jazz?

congratulations (n/a), Monday, 28 January 2013 20:20 (six years ago) link

it's not a jazz music festival anymore

flopson, Monday, 28 January 2013 20:30 (six years ago) link

well, it is if you look at sheer percentages, but there's a lot of other stuff. but yeah, if nothing about it interests you there's plenty of other stuff to do so might be wise to steer clear those specific days.

there's also the just for laughs comedy festival which has tons of great shows every year, often affordable, but if you have a kid, maybe that won't be so much for you.

zero dark (s1ocki), Monday, 28 January 2013 20:32 (six years ago) link

i think what we're all saying here is your child is going to have to stay home

rockism against racism (schlump), Monday, 28 January 2013 20:33 (six years ago) link

ya, i guess i should ask, how attached are you to this kid

zero dark (s1ocki), Monday, 28 January 2013 20:34 (six years ago) link

does the kid need a passport?

mookieproof, Monday, 28 January 2013 20:35 (six years ago) link

this is our first attempt at doing a real vacation (i.e. going somewhere interesting for fun, not to visit extended relatives) since having a kid but it does kind of suck because we can't really go out too late at night or just chill out in bars or coffee shops for a super-long time. but that's more for the parenting thread than this one.

congratulations (n/a), Monday, 28 January 2013 20:36 (six years ago) link

she has a passport, she went to france with her mom last year. i, on the other hand, probably need a new passport.

congratulations (n/a), Monday, 28 January 2013 20:36 (six years ago) link

ya well the reason i mentioned jazz & comedy fest is they have a lot of daytime/early evening, stroller-friendly outdoor stuff.

zero dark (s1ocki), Monday, 28 January 2013 20:36 (six years ago) link

i had the time of my life at the jazz fest as a kid. now, einh

flopson, Monday, 28 January 2013 20:44 (six years ago) link

cool well i think we're planning on that first week in july to take advantage of our july 4 holiday so we'll be up there with the rest of the tourists. looking forward to it!

congratulations (n/a), Monday, 28 January 2013 20:49 (six years ago) link

how many days you thinking?

zero dark (s1ocki), Monday, 28 January 2013 20:54 (six years ago) link

i think 4-5 days in montreal. we're driving up from chicago and will probably stay in toronto overnight on the way up and down, with maybe an extra day there too to see the toronto sights.

congratulations (n/a), Monday, 28 January 2013 20:57 (six years ago) link

As far as stuff to do with a 3 year old goes, the Biodome, Insectarium and botanical garden is a lot of fun. The planetarium is also going to be open by then (right next to the biodome), though that might be for kids who are a little older.

silverfish, Monday, 28 January 2013 20:57 (six years ago) link

my son, who was 3 last summer didn't really enjoy going to the various festivals, mostly because he does not enjoy huge crowds.

He liked going up mount royal and walking in the old port (he likes boats)

silverfish, Monday, 28 January 2013 21:00 (six years ago) link

biodome is the most fun thing in the world for a kid

flopson, Monday, 28 January 2013 21:00 (six years ago) link

I don't know if there's anything going on in the days you'll be in Montreal, but Piknic Electronik can be a fun family thing to do also.

silverfish, Monday, 28 January 2013 21:02 (six years ago) link

yeah, if I could only recommend one thing for a 3 year old it would definitely be the biodome. Lots of animals, but relatively small so it only takes a couple of hours to visit. Perfect for kids that age.

xp

silverfish, Monday, 28 January 2013 21:08 (six years ago) link

never been to biodome :S

zero dark (s1ocki), Monday, 28 January 2013 21:10 (six years ago) link

sorry to keep reviving with touristy questions, and i know this is the montreal thread so people may be biased, but: should plan a day to spend in toronto on the way home or use that day in montreal instead? the difference is between 4 or 5 full days in montreal

congratulations (n/a), Monday, 4 February 2013 20:29 (six years ago) link

Depends on how much you want to be in Toronto for that day, obviously. Perhaps there is some Igloofest events you want to see, but apart from that it feels like the dead of winter (to me, at least).

Van Horn Street, Monday, 4 February 2013 20:37 (six years ago) link

Oh wait, this will be the summer and with your kid. Nvm. Montreal is truly amazing in the summer, you'll find stuff to do for 5 days,

Van Horn Street, Monday, 4 February 2013 20:40 (six years ago) link

Yeah one day in Toronto... There's stuff to do but... I dunno

zero dark (s1ocki), Tuesday, 5 February 2013 01:41 (six years ago) link

zing

mookieproof, Tuesday, 5 February 2013 01:44 (six years ago) link

Montreal in summer deserves your extra day more than toronto does imo.

i agree with these suggestions about jazz fest and biodome/insectarium/botanical gardens. parc jean drapeau is also great (also where the buckminster-fuller-designed biosphere is, and piknic electronik sunday-afternoon electro-danceparty too). i will likely be writing about summertime family things to do for tourism montreal in, like, May, so... stay tuned? probably mostly about kid-friendly stuff at festivals, parks, outdoors, museums activities, etc. The Montreal Circus Festival (Montreal Completement Cirque) will also be on in July and that's pretty kid friendly!

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Tuesday, 5 February 2013 03:50 (six years ago) link

also i have been making a blog about montreal in summer as seen via g00glemaps http://summerstreetview.tumblr.com/

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Tuesday, 5 February 2013 04:03 (six years ago) link

This is amazing

Van Horn Street, Tuesday, 5 February 2013 04:07 (six years ago) link

in my 10 or so years of on-again off-again blogging, i have never loved blogging more

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Tuesday, 5 February 2013 04:34 (six years ago) link

Toronto is a city that reveals itself to you slowly

Great blog rrrobyn, ;_; at Lhasa de Sela Park is it actually called that? That is a nice park

flamboyant goon tie included, Tuesday, 5 February 2013 05:09 (six years ago) link

re-naming it was a proposal last year - it's not official, probably nowhere near official yet really... i just edited that to make it more clear because i feel like this blog is also kind of a time capsule of sorts. there's a lot to write about it, brewing in my head. but posting pictures is so far more fun.

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Tuesday, 5 February 2013 05:13 (six years ago) link

i agree with these suggestions about jazz fest and biodome/insectarium/botanical gardens. parc jean drapeau is also great (also where the buckminster-fuller-designed biosphere is, and piknic electronik sunday-afternoon electro-danceparty too). i will likely be writing about summertime family things to do for tourism montreal in, like, May, so... stay tuned? probably mostly about kid-friendly stuff at festivals, parks, outdoors, museums activities, etc. The Montreal Circus Festival (Montreal Completement Cirque) will also be on in July and that's pretty kid friendly!

― obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Monday, February 4, 2013 10:50 PM (Yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

all of this is awesome stuff i never ever do :/

zero dark (s1ocki), Tuesday, 5 February 2013 07:08 (six years ago) link

here's my fave

http://summerstreetview.tumblr.com/image/41443063374

zero dark (s1ocki), Tuesday, 5 February 2013 07:09 (six years ago) link

rrrobyn your streetview blog is the best

schlump, Tuesday, 5 February 2013 14:50 (six years ago) link

I don't know if anyone here has seen Warm Bodies, but Montreal was such a lovely post-apocalyptic ruin in this.

Ulna (Nicole), Tuesday, 5 February 2013 14:53 (six years ago) link

i haven't seen it yet but i did some freelance transcribing of interviews with actors, director, producers, etc and copyediting of production notes! i should see it; i like post-apocalyptic ruin

thanks for the blog <3
that pic is one of my faves too. it's like can you even believe that that's there on streetview if you get the angle right? yep.

another idea i think is good for people visiting Montreal is to have a picnic in Jeanne-Mance Park one sunny afternoon. i would totally come and picnic with you guys, n/a!

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Tuesday, 5 February 2013 15:24 (six years ago) link

yeah that is crooooooosh

zero dark (s1ocki), Tuesday, 5 February 2013 15:29 (six years ago) link

we're going to take s1ocki around the city with us and allow him to experience his childhood ... for the first time

yeah let's hang out, dudes

we're going to skip toronto, fuck toronto

congratulations (n/a), Tuesday, 5 February 2013 15:56 (six years ago) link

i was trying to convince my wife that we should take a vacation from vegetarianism while we're in montreal but it devolved into a discussion about whether gravy has blood in it

congratulations (n/a), Tuesday, 5 February 2013 15:57 (six years ago) link

haha.

there's plenty of veggies... but it would be a good place for a lil vacay.

you definitely have to go by marché jean-talon BTW.

zero dark (s1ocki), Tuesday, 5 February 2013 15:59 (six years ago) link

i genuinely wonder if wilensky's would be a little kid's fave restaurant of all time

Bob-omb The Videogame Industry! (Will M.), Tuesday, 5 February 2013 16:43 (six years ago) link

well it's mine so

zero dark (s1ocki), Tuesday, 5 February 2013 16:47 (six years ago) link

i have just never seen a little kid in there, and i feel like it'd be so awesome to see a kid lose their mind about the soda & sandwiches <3

Bob-omb The Videogame Industry! (Will M.), Tuesday, 5 February 2013 16:48 (six years ago) link

...or are kids these days too overstimulated to enjoy wilensky's?

Bob-omb The Videogame Industry! (Will M.), Tuesday, 5 February 2013 16:49 (six years ago) link

Really? I've never eaten at Wilensky's and it's on my corner
*goes to have lunch at Wilensky's*
I love living here, by the way, in case you were wondering,

flamboyant goon tie included, Tuesday, 5 February 2013 16:54 (six years ago) link

kids have baloney apps now theyd rather play on.

zero dark (s1ocki), Tuesday, 5 February 2013 17:00 (six years ago) link

i am vegetarian & feel pretty deprived when i walk past wilensky's. like walking past nice quietly majestic barber shops when you cut your own hair, the sadness of feeling ineligible. i could go get an egg sandwich & a coffee there but i feel like you need to be at least seventy five years old to make that order.

schlump, Tuesday, 5 February 2013 17:00 (six years ago) link

i've ordered an egg sandwich there, back in my veggie days! get a pickle and an egg cream with it and you'l be fine.

zero dark (s1ocki), Tuesday, 5 February 2013 17:03 (six years ago) link

Fermé pour vacances ;_;

flamboyant goon tie included, Tuesday, 5 February 2013 17:04 (six years ago) link

:(

zero dark (s1ocki), Tuesday, 5 February 2013 17:05 (six years ago) link

ha i never knew you were a vegetarian, was your switch back to full menu eligibility the opening of the foodie floodgates?

i used to go eat whatever you could get vegetarian at katz's, sometime, & it would baffle the counter staff. nothin? not even ham? how'd you get your b12?. actually kind of into the egg sandwich & coffee deal, now. i will take a newspaper. when it's open again.

schlump, Tuesday, 5 February 2013 17:10 (six years ago) link

i was! in fact i'm working on a comic about how i stopped being a vegetarian now!

zero dark (s1ocki), Tuesday, 5 February 2013 17:16 (six years ago) link

haha, i would like to see that. i have a lot of affection for lapsed vegetarians because i feel like the period afterwards is always so grateful & enthusiastic. my friend started eating fish & it's like a whole freed prisoner thing, just constantly renewed wonder at how bright life can be. vegetarianism has its own stockholm syndrome thing, like you are condemned to spending time with mushrooms & slow-cooked onions but you learn to love those things as a result of your captivity.

schlump, Tuesday, 5 February 2013 17:26 (six years ago) link

i still like mushrooms and slow-cooked onions :D

zero dark (s1ocki), Tuesday, 5 February 2013 17:36 (six years ago) link

vege-paté, alfalfa sprouts, and baby carrots dipped in hummus, now that's another story.

zero dark (s1ocki), Tuesday, 5 February 2013 17:36 (six years ago) link

ha ha, you know one of the things i am really enjoying about montreal is its broad range of sprouts. in grocery stores, in those green plastic trays. i think they have a lot at PA on Parc. there are so many! asparagus pea shoots, sunflower seed sprouts. am really into the baby onion sprouts, they have this deep-purple poppy seed stem, it's alluring:

http://www.jungleseeds.com/images/OnionSprouts.jpg

but i am also sort of aware that this could be a barren arena in which to seek pleasure.

schlump, Tuesday, 5 February 2013 17:44 (six years ago) link

I have pretty good childhood memories of Wilensky's and Deli Lester and then I became a boring vegetarian.

Van Horn Street, Tuesday, 5 February 2013 17:50 (six years ago) link

two months pass...

i think the maisonneuve article is undergraduate garbage and i am smh-ing violently at everyone who's posted it to facebook

zero dark (s1ocki), Monday, 8 April 2013 01:27 (six years ago) link

What is the result of all this? Primarily, the “magical” Parc Ex portrayed by Gollner is one erased of struggle and conflict, hardship and exploitation. It’s so much like an enchanted frontier, in fact, that it’s “almost un-capitalist.” This, in a neighbourhood where few dare to jaywalk, for fear of the omnipresent police cruisers waiting to scoop up one of the many undocumented migrant workers living in the area. This, in a neighbourhood that’s become infamous for its slumlords and deplorable living conditions; its apartments without running water and crawling with cockroaches. This, in a neighbourhood where almost 20 percent of the population pays 50 percent of its monthly income in rent, and where 81 percent of the total population are tenants, facing a high risk of displacement with the encroachment of condo projects and university residences.

flopson, Monday, 8 April 2013 01:35 (six years ago) link

feel like that is a very dramatic characterization of parc ex

flopson, Monday, 8 April 2013 01:36 (six years ago) link

ya and i don't really see what that has to do with the article either

zero dark (s1ocki), Monday, 8 April 2013 01:40 (six years ago) link

ppl are really losing their minds about it

zero dark (s1ocki), Monday, 8 April 2013 01:40 (six years ago) link

what dumb article.

sofatruck, Monday, 8 April 2013 14:55 (six years ago) link

three weeks pass...

this place is nice,
https://www.facebook.com/pages/La-Tamalera-haute-cuisine-de-rue-mexicaine/149679951797182

i haven't found a lot of good mexican food here (though $2 taco tuesdays at cartel, in the same hood, are neat) & dug this place. it's new, v cute. i had hibiscus tacos.

daft on the causes of punk (schlump), Monday, 29 April 2013 21:31 (six years ago) link

yeah, i think s10cki and i both ate there this weekend.

good, cheap, "real" tacos, not hipster bullshit, at a taqueria on st-denis above mont-royal.

sean gramophone, Monday, 29 April 2013 21:41 (six years ago) link

Is that new? I'm not great at paying attn to new restaurants... I have had good tacos at the place on Parc tho! I don't think they qualify as hipster?

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Monday, 29 April 2013 21:51 (six years ago) link

place on parc looks good. that strip is generally v bountiful for casual eating imo, boris & resonance are both v good as well. tamalera is super new, i am trying to get in on the ground floor & one day be treated as a venerable regular, seated quietly at the back.

think i heard about the saint-denis place, will check it out, ty.

daft on the causes of punk (schlump), Monday, 29 April 2013 21:53 (six years ago) link

I was all excited about moving to a new neighbourhood because I've been in the same place (cheap rent!) in mile end for 8 years, but then a friend decided to move away and I am taking over his lease - it's like 3 blocks away...

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Monday, 29 April 2013 21:55 (six years ago) link

on parc? do you mean Tachido, the mexican sandwich place? yum. didn't realize they do tacos.

sean gramophone, Monday, 29 April 2013 22:00 (six years ago) link

wasnt crazy about tamalera. cute place, but i spent like $8 on three very meagre tacos and $4 on a jar of horchata that was approx three times the size i required.

we're up all night to get (s1ocki), Monday, 29 April 2013 22:05 (six years ago) link

tachido is a fairly reliable sandwich place.

we're up all night to get (s1ocki), Monday, 29 April 2013 22:05 (six years ago) link

Love Tachido sandwiches, but was pretty disappointed in the tacos. There's a little place on Jean Talon and Iberville called Petite Coin Du Mexique that has pretty great food all around.

sofatruck, Monday, 29 April 2013 23:00 (six years ago) link

i am vegetarian & k fussy so the novelty & yeah aesthetic of tamalera was p satisfying to me. if somebody says hibiscus in most any context i will pay $5+, they were real good. i still haven't had a good burrito since i got here :/

& yeah that jean talon place is neat.

daft on the causes of punk (schlump), Monday, 29 April 2013 23:06 (six years ago) link

the tamales actually seemed like a p good deal esp for take-out

we're up all night to get (s1ocki), Tuesday, 30 April 2013 00:35 (six years ago) link

Tachido is a lovely, lovely place, but I have a hard time leaving there with a full stomach. I wish they had actual side dishes.

fields of salmon, Tuesday, 30 April 2013 01:26 (six years ago) link

The place on St. Denis is called "La Matraca" and it's the best/most authentic one I've been to so far. I'm gonna try La Tamalera, though it looks a bit hipster-ish from the pics. No one in Mexico eats hibiscus tacos.

daavid, Tuesday, 30 April 2013 02:28 (six years ago) link

oh i've been to Petit Coin du Mexique! years ago (with a friend who had a car, haha.) It was good!
I like Tachido's tacos, but yeah, i eat meat and i like the mole. also margaritas in jar-glasses. i haven't tried the sandwiches.
i am hungry and wish i could eat tacos right now :(

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Tuesday, 30 April 2013 03:31 (six years ago) link

i will def try la matracha.
i need to visit california soon just to eat tacos and burritos. and see friends, whatever, burritos.

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Tuesday, 30 April 2013 03:35 (six years ago) link

you know what goes great with friends is burritos

daft on the causes of punk (schlump), Tuesday, 30 April 2013 03:40 (six years ago) link

its hibiscus juice doy

we're up all night to get (s1ocki), Tuesday, 30 April 2013 04:16 (six years ago) link

la matraca is pretty good, authentic-feeling, but not like... amazing

we're up all night to get (s1ocki), Tuesday, 30 April 2013 04:17 (six years ago) link

I can't take any restaurants on this block seriously bc the groceries are all so good.

flamboyant goon tie included, Tuesday, 30 April 2013 05:21 (six years ago) link

greek post office also v charming

daft on the causes of punk (schlump), Tuesday, 30 April 2013 05:35 (six years ago) link

i post things there all the time.

we're up all night to get (s1ocki), Tuesday, 30 April 2013 13:12 (six years ago) link

so it's summer now i guess

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Wednesday, 1 May 2013 15:54 (six years ago) link

this article is kind of like that maisy one i posted upthread except i agree that they are fucking up the food trucks thing with the permits but i don't really get what it has to do with poor people and immigrants

http://www.vice.com/en_ca/read/montreals-food-truck-plan-is-a-symbolic-fuck-you-to-poor-people-and-immigrants

flopson, Friday, 3 May 2013 03:41 (six years ago) link

henergy

we're up all night to get (s1ocki), Sunday, 12 May 2013 17:13 (six years ago) link

Evoo is indeed amazing.

Van Horn Street, Sunday, 12 May 2013 17:44 (six years ago) link

pretty crazy stuff in this court document by the city of westmount suing my ex-landlord

http://jugements.qc.ca/php/decision.php?liste=68811716&doc=C0F572EC5E0A350672108DC3CDBF7AC293A9FDE6E6BE5CF685FD0DCE5483ED28&page=1

[14] On October 23, 1998, Mr. Fattal wrote a letter to Ms. Joanne Poirier, Westmount’s director of urban planning.[1] He called upon Ms. Poirier to “cancel” the September court injunction and accused her of “malicious, painful and abusive activities” that wasted taxpayers’ money. Mr. Fattal stated that it was time for Ms. Poirier to end her “Gestapo style” behaviour.

[15] In the top corner of his letter, Mr. Fattal reproduced a Second World War photo of a Nazi officer, with his boot over the neck of a prostrate concentration camp prisoner. In the background, several other prisoners in striped uniforms hung from posts. Mr. Fattal signed his letter to Ms. Poirier, “Your Hostage”.

[16] Ms. Poirier was upset by the letter. Westmount’s lawyers wrote to Mr. Fattal, asking him not to communicate with Westmount officials and to direct all future correspondence to them.

[17] A further incident in the autumn of 1998 alarmed Westmount’s building inspectors. One day, Westmount’s employee, Mr. Michel Poulin, was performing an electrical inspection at the Saint Antoine building. Mr. Fattal suddenly appeared behind Mr. Poulin wearing a Saddam Hussein mask and brandishing a baseball bat. Mr. Poulin was frightened, but Mr. Fattal later called it a joke.

...

[24] Between 1999 and 2007, he faxed hundreds of pages of correspondence and photos to the City of Westmount and its employees. At times, the fax transmissions were so lengthy they choked the City’s fax machines and disrupted its communications. Often, Mr. Fattal faxed the same pages over and over again.

[25] On a number of occasions, Mr. Fattal faxed gruesome photos of himself, bare-chested and gagging. One photo showed a tortured Mr. Fattal, with bulging eyes, and an iron bar across his mouth.

[26] Mr. Fattal also wrote to Westmount employees at their homes, mailing large envelopes to them stuffed with letters of complaint, photos of a bare-chested Mr. Fattal in chains, and other offensive documents.

...

[48] In 2011, Mr. Fattal got an iPhone and discovered text messaging. Over the next two years, up until the eve of trial in February 2013, Mr. Fattal sent hundreds of text messages to Mtre. Banon, at all times of day and night, on weekends and holidays, including New Year’s Eve in 2012. In his messages Mr. Fattal repeatedly insulted Mtre. Banon, declaring that he should be ashamed to represent “gangsters” and “criminals” who were intent on ruining Mr. Fattal’s health. In one instance, Mr. Fattal attached a photo of himself and photos of several tombstones, clearly implying that Mtre. Banon and his clients wanted him in an early grave.

[49] Mtre. Banon repeatedly asked Mr. Fattal to stop communicating with him, but the messages continued unabated, sometimes at the rate of several a day.

[50] Mr. Fattal found other outlets for his anger. He created a website on which he posted derogatory remarks and photos of Mayors Marks and Trent, Mr. St. Louis and Ms. Poirier. He attached large posters to the front of his Saint Antoine building that bore similar statements and photos, as well as his website address. These posters are still on the building today. One of them identifies the building as the “Musée d’histoire d’harcèlement par Westmount”. Mr. Fattal’s building is festooned with City of Montreal flags, indicating his displeasure at being located in the municipality of Westmount.

flopson, Thursday, 16 May 2013 20:48 (six years ago) link

wow

we're up all night to get (s1ocki), Thursday, 16 May 2013 21:59 (six years ago) link

whoa. i remember reading some stuff about this guy a few years ago, but this is next level.

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Thursday, 16 May 2013 22:46 (six years ago) link

i haven't really been surprised by the direction mtl food trucks have gone in...
but yesterday i did see a guy wheeling a hot dog stand down the street! really! i was on my bike and didn't stop to ask wtf!

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Thursday, 16 May 2013 22:49 (six years ago) link

hot dog cart i mean

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Thursday, 16 May 2013 22:50 (six years ago) link

haha sweet, power to that dude

i sell ice cream out of a cart on the weekends for spare cash but it's technically illegal, apparently if you get a ticket the boss pays it tho

flopson, Thursday, 16 May 2013 23:37 (six years ago) link

i basically agree with the vice article but i'm suspicious of the whole "poor people and immigrants" angle, given the source

flopson, Friday, 17 May 2013 01:21 (six years ago) link

just seems like concern trolling, vice dudes probably just want food trucks to be unregulated because then it'd be more "authentic"

flopson, Friday, 17 May 2013 01:22 (six years ago) link

.. And they could co-opt any "poor or immigrant" cuisine that became popular.

fields of salmon, Friday, 17 May 2013 10:42 (six years ago) link

Or not pay $10 for food served in a truck?

idk makes sense to me

I've Seen rRootage (Will M.), Friday, 17 May 2013 12:46 (six years ago) link

Please to point me to Montreal event listing pages (now that the mirror's gone, sadly).

ed.b, Sunday, 19 May 2013 15:20 (six years ago) link

I use this for concerts http://www.cheapthrills.ca/news.html

Van Horn Street, Sunday, 19 May 2013 16:07 (six years ago) link

http://cultmontreal.com/events/

sean gramophone, Sunday, 19 May 2013 18:05 (six years ago) link

On a scale of 1 to 10, how brown is your water today?

Van Horn Street, Wednesday, 22 May 2013 15:56 (six years ago) link

*spits montreal tapwater all over computer screen*

flopson, Wednesday, 22 May 2013 16:05 (six years ago) link

i will likely be writing about summertime family things to do for tourism montreal in, like, May, so... stay tuned?

rrobyn did this come out?

congratulations (n/a), Wednesday, 22 May 2013 16:10 (six years ago) link

we'll be there in about a month. got my renewed passport and confirmed our airbnb. pumped.

congratulations (n/a), Wednesday, 29 May 2013 21:14 (six years ago) link

i just ate aubergine at kazu
lines smaller when it rains :D

daft on the causes of punk (schlump), Wednesday, 29 May 2013 23:16 (six years ago) link

we'll be there in about a month. got my renewed passport and confirmed our airbnb. pumped.

― congratulations (n/a), Wednesday, May 29, 2013 5:14 PM (Yesterday) Bookmark

where's your beebs?

we're up all night to get (s1ocki), Thursday, 30 May 2013 08:12 (six years ago) link

Is a boil water advisory a common occurence? I am drinking minty ice tea

flamboyant goon mayor denuded (flamboyant goon tie included), Thursday, 30 May 2013 11:49 (six years ago) link

in Montreal it is known as brownmint glace. not sure if it is common but having to talk about it makes the mayor sound like such a sketchy landlord.

daft on the causes of punk (schlump), Thursday, 30 May 2013 14:36 (six years ago) link

not common at all, apparently there was one in 2008 but i don't remember being aware of it

flopson, Thursday, 30 May 2013 17:03 (six years ago) link

we'll be there in about a month. got my renewed passport and confirmed our airbnb. pumped.

― congratulations (n/a), Wednesday, May 29, 2013 5:14 PM (Yesterday) Bookmark

where's your beebs?

― we're up all night to get (s1ocki), Thursday, May 30, 2013 3:12 AM (8 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

in the vicinity of parc villeneuve and parc gills-lefebevre? basically a couple of blocks west of the mont-royal station

congratulations (n/a), Thursday, 30 May 2013 17:10 (six years ago) link

awesome. literally down the street from me! (i live just north of villeneuve)

we're up all night to get (s1ocki), Thursday, 30 May 2013 21:33 (six years ago) link

cool!

congratulations (n/a), Thursday, 30 May 2013 21:54 (six years ago) link

what are your dates?

we're up all night to get (s1ocki), Thursday, 30 May 2013 22:04 (six years ago) link

june 30 - july 6

congratulations (n/a), Thursday, 30 May 2013 22:34 (six years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Montreal's mayor arrested by the anti-corruption squads. Uh oh.

Van Horn Street, Monday, 17 June 2013 11:43 (six years ago) link

hey Montreal I'm going to be in you too, from the 3rd of July probably. totally suggest FAP.

also, where is cheap and good to stay?

pink, fleshy, and gleeful (sic), Monday, 17 June 2013 14:04 (six years ago) link

define "cheap"

(and define "good" i guess too)

we're up all night to get (s1ocki), Monday, 17 June 2013 15:27 (six years ago) link

stay at brendan's, if it's available:
http://hotelcastleruins.com/

sean gramophone, Monday, 17 June 2013 15:32 (six years ago) link

define "cheap"

if you happen to know of a hostel that is not terrible

(and define "good" i guess too)

areas of the city that are near some cool shit without being too grotty or murdery, so if I find anyone on couchsurfing.org I have half an idea where they are?

(also feel free to nominate cool shit you love about the place, or things that are on. I will expand this thread and read the others before I get there though)

pink, fleshy, and gleeful (sic), Monday, 17 June 2013 15:55 (six years ago) link

http://www.logement.umontreal.ca/eng/temporaire.htm

mookieproof, Monday, 17 June 2013 16:10 (six years ago) link

oh merci mille fois

pink, fleshy, and gleeful (sic), Monday, 17 June 2013 16:52 (six years ago) link

neighbourhoods:

you want
"the plateau mont-royal"
"little/petite italie"
"mile end"

sean gramophone, Monday, 17 June 2013 16:53 (six years ago) link

avoid:

"downtown"
"ville st laurent"
"NDG" (ndg is nice but not the best for tourists)
"st henri" (ditto)
laval/lachine/lasalle/south shore/west island

consider:
Old Montreal - super touristy, a little far from the realer/fun stuff, but pretty

sean gramophone, Monday, 17 June 2013 16:55 (six years ago) link

def stay away from downtown - common mistake

we're up all night to get (s1ocki), Monday, 17 June 2013 16:58 (six years ago) link

xpost: although most of those seem to be defunct, at least internet-wise. except the university one that's femmes seulement. but good start for leads apart from hostel sites

ta sean & slocki

pink, fleshy, and gleeful (sic), Monday, 17 June 2013 17:01 (six years ago) link

almost got offended re: avoid St Henri but then I saw the reason why and realized it was totally true

I've Seen rRootage (Will M.), Monday, 17 June 2013 18:04 (six years ago) link

Are there advantages to moving to St-Henri? I live in the Plateau and trying to find an apartment that isn't crumbling is getting me down. Plus I'm tired of students, fixies, and tourists.

fields of salmon, Tuesday, 18 June 2013 13:22 (six years ago) link

I love living in St. Henri, but a lot of my friends also live between 1-3 blocks away from me so I have that bias.

Apartments are cheaper, and often nicer (in my experience) -- windows built after the great war, even floors, etc. Too many places in the Plateau at my rent level are just absolute holes.

There's less "to do" but where I live, the metro is a 3-minute walk. And Place St. H metro is only one stop away from the "main strip" of Metro stops. Even if there's not much "to do" it means that you can get almost anywhere, at almost any time (I'm only about a 15-20 minute walk from Atwater metro, so even night buses aren't the hugest problem, as long as I can get one there). It also makes getting to work easier because I'm no longer relying on busses at 7am on a winter Tuesday.

I also fell in with a group of locals with whom I play baseball every Sunday in the summer, and I'd rather do that than eat brunch anyway.

The biggest pain is that it is pretty tough to get to the plateau/mile end/little italy/parc ex/etc from St.H, but to be honest, I've kind of stopped going anyway... I'm increasingly becoming a "hang out at a buddy's house" dude and there are all sorts of buddies in the Hen.

There are still students but far fewer. There are still fixies but they're avoidable. There are NO tourists because who would visit St. Henri? And there's the canal, which, in the summer, is an A+ place to drink in public.

Also, Verdun is pretty accessible, which I've also learned lately has a shockingly awesome amount of stuff in it.

I've Seen rRootage (Will M.), Tuesday, 18 June 2013 14:59 (six years ago) link

Verdun is coming along nicely. I lived there 2 years and how much it got better while I was there was fun to watch.
That being said, the inevitable and slow gentrification is sad, Verdun was the only place that positively reminded me of the Plateau in the mid 90s, which was a little before it became the bobo paradise it is today.

St Henri is my favorite neighborhood in the city! If only for the canal! I would move there if I didn't already owned something great in Petite Patrie.

Van Horn Street, Tuesday, 18 June 2013 15:14 (six years ago) link

Anyone been to Chihuly's expo at the MBAM? I haven't but I would recommend it to anyone visiting Montreal. That and the Centre Canadien d'Architecture.

Van Horn Street, Tuesday, 18 June 2013 15:20 (six years ago) link

i've lived in st henri for 3 years and am moving on july 1st to lil italy. i think everything will said about it is true, to varying degrees (apartments aren't that nice imo). worst thing about the neighborhood u should be prepared for is there's nothing to do, nowhere nice to buy cheap groceries, very few good places to eat out. all that shit has gotten to me. i have mixed feelings about gentrification in the neighborhood, since a lot of the places that are now "yuppie" businesses were previously abandoned buildings, but it is a very stark contrast, between like those old quebecois diners and, like, designer pastry shop, with nothing really in the middle ground between the two.

also will there's a nightbus from atwater that goes along st jacques to lansdowne, usually timed pretty well with 356 for a connection

flopson, Tuesday, 18 June 2013 17:37 (six years ago) link

love little italy

daft on the causes of punk (schlump), Tuesday, 18 June 2013 18:53 (six years ago) link

Little Italy and environs is really great. A variety of cheap groceries are on the doorstep, there are a few places to drink (e.g. the inestimable Vices et Versa), and a ton of places to eat (neighbourhood is so thriving nobody even considers resorting to the tired molotovbait Italian restos on St-Laurent). If you include "the western parts of Rosemont" and Parc Ex and "the area around the [Jean-Talon] station" I have eaten things including pljeskavica (Serbian burger! Real one!), four or five Salvadorean places, the best hipster BBQ in the city, all the Viet and Indian places, Santa Barbara, Alep (big and little), etc. etc. I'm probably forgetting so many things, but there's a ton of great fast food type options as well...

What you miss is some of the great residential streets like you get in Plateau and (I imagine) St-Henri, or the natural features of either. The "built" aspects of Little Italy and environs are an eyesore.

fields of salmon, Tuesday, 18 June 2013 22:45 (six years ago) link

That may be true of St Laurent and neighbouring streets, but just a little further into Rosemont are some of the nicest residential streets in the city, imo. Just as nice as the plateau, but often in better shape.

sofatruck, Wednesday, 19 June 2013 03:24 (six years ago) link

Love both Alep!

Van Horn Street, Wednesday, 19 June 2013 08:35 (six years ago) link

Yeah the Aleps are dope

we're up all night to get (s1ocki), Wednesday, 19 June 2013 12:39 (six years ago) link

def agree w/ flopson re: the restaurants and especially the groceries. i try to buy groceries near work on the way home, otherwise it's the shitty iga for me. at least in the summer/fall my work does one of those weekly produce things. Gotta disagree on the apt quality though, some of them are definitely holes yes but I would say among my pals there's like a 50/50 split of nice places vs. not so nice places (as compared to about 0/100 for my Plateau friends and myself when I lived there). If you look long enough you'll find a nice place (especially in the stretch btwn home depot and tobacco lofts, below the highway and above notre dame -- it seems less easy once you get west of courcelle).

st henri is kinda ugly though, doesn't really have that over little italy.

is royale really the best bbq in the city? moreso than black strap? i've only eaten at strap 2ce and royale 1ce and... I can't choose. yet. but also i was with someone who didn't eat red meat wheni went to royale so i didn't get to have the brisket, which i am still sour about!

I've Seen rRootage (Will M.), Wednesday, 19 June 2013 13:46 (six years ago) link

:( I want to go to Alep :(

align="justify" font="ancient" (flamboyant goon tie included), Wednesday, 19 June 2013 14:56 (six years ago) link

Hey I want to go Montreal in mid-late August. I'll be driving there! What things shall I do? Should I get a haircut first?

J'ackHughes (admrl), Wednesday, 19 June 2013 15:20 (six years ago) link

i don't know what to suggest when people come to town. it's nice to just mooch around & get bagels & eat at kazu if you want a meal & just yomp about i think. there's a mountain. i would be pro- august-fappin', though think i might be tied up w/visitors in aug

daft on the causes of punk (schlump), Wednesday, 19 June 2013 17:50 (six years ago) link

there are a lot of super picturesque barber shops btw, so you could save a haircut for when you're here. the only thing that could fuck this up is if you lack french & are afraid to instruct in english.

daft on the causes of punk (schlump), Wednesday, 19 June 2013 17:51 (six years ago) link

Hey I want to go Montreal in mid-late August. I'll be driving there! What things shall I do? Should I get a haircut first?

― J'ackHughes (admrl), Wednesday, June 19, 2013 11:20 AM (2 hours ago) Bookmark

when? i'm away 22-31. you shouldnt come then.

we're up all night to get (s1ocki), Wednesday, 19 June 2013 17:57 (six years ago) link

i am fucking ready for vacation

congratulations (n/a), Wednesday, 19 June 2013 17:58 (six years ago) link

I was planning on getting a haircut (& dye) in Mtl tbh, maybe better wait til TO.

"Bleu. Eh, et snippe... içi?"

pink, fleshy, and gleeful (sic), Wednesday, 19 June 2013 17:59 (six years ago) link

It is our 10th wedding anniversary in late August and Montreal seemed suitable, mais je parle Francais comme une vache Espagnole. Which is to say, I get by ok.

J'ackHughes (admrl), Wednesday, 19 June 2013 18:03 (six years ago) link

you'll be fine.

we're up all night to get (s1ocki), Wednesday, 19 June 2013 18:38 (six years ago) link

Maybe we go early August? I dunno. How is driving over the border from the United States (just to the South of Canada)?

J'ackHughes (admrl), Wednesday, 19 June 2013 18:40 (six years ago) link

driving to South Canada is pretty easy, there's a busy border crossing but a much less busy one close by, i'll try and find out where it is

we're up all night to get (s1ocki), Wednesday, 19 June 2013 18:43 (six years ago) link

(just to the South of Canada)

lol

it's fine. getting back into the States is tough but into Canada's pretty breezy ime

daft on the causes of punk (schlump), Wednesday, 19 June 2013 18:49 (six years ago) link

I'm sure I've told in these parts how I tried to cross the Niagara border with fellow ILXer Chuck Tatum and forgot my passport. Now I am dinged every time I pass through Canada and detained. And they are always horrible to me - I thought Canadians were meant to be like super nice! Not border guards

J'ackHughes (admrl), Wednesday, 19 June 2013 18:50 (six years ago) link

border guards have infinite power over you basically so they are more likely to feel like gods and thus be bad

we're up all night to get (s1ocki), Wednesday, 19 June 2013 19:15 (six years ago) link

I'm pretty sure I hear them call themselves "border gods" when they talk about their jobs

I've Seen rRootage (Will M.), Wednesday, 19 June 2013 19:30 (six years ago) link

everyone just assumes it was a slight mispronunciation

but i know what they said

I've Seen rRootage (Will M.), Wednesday, 19 June 2013 19:30 (six years ago) link

considering a visit around July 23ish

mh, Thursday, 20 June 2013 00:45 (six years ago) link

would people be up for a FAP on the 3rd or 4th of July?

(is there anything exciting I should stay into the weekend for? otherwise planning on moving on to TO for w/e bcz a friend has just moved there and is working already)

[mh come up early!]

pink, fleshy, and gleeful (sic), Friday, 21 June 2013 13:24 (six years ago) link

thunderstorms bring no relief here, huh

daft on the causes of punk (schlump), Sunday, 23 June 2013 20:57 (six years ago) link

Loooved swimming at Parc Jarry on that one sunny day though

align="justify" font="ancient" (flamboyant goon tie included), Sunday, 23 June 2013 21:03 (six years ago) link

So far I'm impressed with the pools in this city

align="justify" font="ancient" (flamboyant goon tie included), Sunday, 23 June 2013 21:04 (six years ago) link

would people be up for a FAP on the 3rd or 4th of July?

(is there anything exciting I should stay into the weekend for? otherwise planning on moving on to TO for w/e bcz a friend has just moved there and is working already)

[mh come up early!]

― pink, fleshy, and gleeful (sic), Friday, June 21, 2013 8:24 AM (3 days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

i would like to meet montreal ilxors and other ilxors. we don't have specific plans for any of the days we're there, but meeting during the day or for dinner would make things a lot easier for us than some night-time bar activity.

congratulations (n/a), Monday, 24 June 2013 16:42 (six years ago) link

i might be super busy but i also might be able to hang on the 3rd/4th, my ilxmail mail works last time i checked

flopson, Tuesday, 25 June 2013 05:14 (six years ago) link

day or dinner suits me fine

pink, fleshy, and gleeful (sic), Tuesday, 25 June 2013 08:03 (six years ago) link

n/a, sorry, i've been super busy and not looking at ilx!
i'll fb a link to my things to do column for the upcoming week when it's posted on thursday
jazz fest does start on friday though... lots of free outdoor stuff. only caveat is that it's downtown and it can get crowded later in the day. depends on how you're feeling about people and "jazz" i suppose.
here's hoping it doesn't thunderstorm and rain while you're here as much as it's been doing lately.

also, i am into going for dinner! :)

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Tuesday, 25 June 2013 21:41 (six years ago) link

that's cool - we don't have much of an agenda at all other than having fun and being on vacation. thanks!

congratulations (n/a), Tuesday, 25 June 2013 21:44 (six years ago) link

It is our 10th wedding anniversary in late August and Montreal seemed suitable, mais je parle Francais comme une vache Espagnole. Which is to say, I get by ok.

― J'ackHughes (admrl), Wednesday, June 19, 2013 2:03 PM (6 days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Montreal must be a popular anniversary destination--the bf and I have been making it the destination for our anniversary trip (late June/early July) for a few years now but he's got a summer job this year that makes it impossible. I'm secretly more bummed about this than I'm letting on.

The Butthurt Locker (cryptosicko), Tuesday, 25 June 2013 21:51 (six years ago) link

i love how many gardens planted lilies, here

daft on the causes of punk (schlump), Wednesday, 26 June 2013 17:12 (six years ago) link

96% sure I won't be in Montreal until a bit or a bunch later now - realised it'd be 4th July and that might be amusing to stay in USA for...

pink, fleshy, and gleeful (sic), Wednesday, 26 June 2013 20:54 (six years ago) link

but you'll miss canada day (july 1)

mookieproof, Wednesday, 26 June 2013 21:22 (six years ago) link

(there isn't much canada day stuff in montreal)

sean gramophone, Wednesday, 26 June 2013 21:25 (six years ago) link

due to the anti-Anglo moving day conspiracy, I hear

(joeks)

mh, Thursday, 27 June 2013 03:35 (six years ago) link

we're here. just wandered around rue st-denis and ate pizza and had our credit card rejected at the grocery store five minutes after it worked fine at the pizza place. serious tourism begins tomorrow.

congratulations (n/a), Monday, 1 July 2013 00:38 (six years ago) link

I got hella lost driving thru Montreal a couple weeks ago

well if it isn't old 11 cameras simon (gbx), Monday, 1 July 2013 01:32 (six years ago) link

p sure you live in america, you were real lost

szarkasm (schlump), Monday, 1 July 2013 01:36 (six years ago) link

It's an island, just take any road for long enough and you'll get out or end up in the water

mh, Monday, 1 July 2013 02:31 (six years ago) link

i might be in montreal on the 4th

tpp, Monday, 1 July 2013 08:06 (six years ago) link

we fappin or what

flopson, Monday, 1 July 2013 14:44 (six years ago) link

yes! will ilxmail you flops when i know for sure

tpp, Monday, 1 July 2013 15:31 (six years ago) link

we ate at petit alep tonight, it was really good

congratulations (n/a), Wednesday, 3 July 2013 00:10 (six years ago) link

yes!!

are you having a good time?

sorry the weather has been shitty... this is usually the good time of year, weather-wise, but this has been a bummer summer.

what are you doing next? need any suggestions or anything?

we're up all night to get (s1ocki), Wednesday, 3 July 2013 12:59 (six years ago) link

we are having a great time! weather has been pretty good imo, yeah it's been cloudy but it hasn't been rainy or sweltering so that's ok with me. the main touristy things we haven't done yet are go up mount royal (because of the cloudiness) and parc jean drapeau (also because of the cloudiness), also we have tickets to the insectarium but haven't done that yet.

i guess we mainly need suggestions of less touristy things to do, like neighborhoods that you can walk around and see cool things and then find a good restaurant to eat at.

congratulations (n/a), Wednesday, 3 July 2013 18:02 (six years ago) link

obv there's tons of that right around where we're staying but it was also fun going over to wherever the marche jean talon and petit alep are and just walking around

congratulations (n/a), Wednesday, 3 July 2013 18:05 (six years ago) link

have you done the jean-talon market then a picnic in jarry park thing yet?

we're up all night to get (s1ocki), Wednesday, 3 July 2013 18:05 (six years ago) link

oh. there ya go.

we're up all night to get (s1ocki), Wednesday, 3 July 2013 18:06 (six years ago) link

i would also suggest a stroll around the parc lafontaine environs.

we're up all night to get (s1ocki), Wednesday, 3 July 2013 18:06 (six years ago) link

have you done old port? you can walk around there and get a lobster roll out of a shipping container at muvbox!

we're up all night to get (s1ocki), Wednesday, 3 July 2013 18:06 (six years ago) link

It's another year of JFL, which means another year of them making a big flashy website where you have to click through images to see everything that's playing. I inevitably miss something each year because the site is so miserable. Is there some website out there with a decent search function (or even better -- one where I can ctrl+f through it) and less of this newfangled flash/xml/java/actionscript/etc eyeball clusterfuck bullshit?

I've Seen rRootage (Will M.), Wednesday, 3 July 2013 18:31 (six years ago) link

we were in the vicinity of old port this morning but i don't know if we did old port. we walked along the water for a while but down near the weird spa boat and then wandered around old montreal.

congratulations (n/a), Wednesday, 3 July 2013 18:42 (six years ago) link

you basically did it.

we're up all night to get (s1ocki), Wednesday, 3 July 2013 19:21 (six years ago) link

JFL website is worst

we're up all night to get (s1ocki), Wednesday, 3 July 2013 19:21 (six years ago) link

so the worst, ugh, it makes no sense!! i just want to see a list of shows! but no, it's a fucking maze. hahaha indeed.

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Wednesday, 3 July 2013 19:55 (six years ago) link

i have been so busy these days. ironically, mostly writing about things to do in montreal...
perhaps go out to the insectarium on friday if still here then? there's this thing at olympic stadium, which is close by to the botanical gardens/insectarium, called First Fridays, in the afternoon, where there are food trucks and activities for kids.

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Wednesday, 3 July 2013 19:57 (six years ago) link

olympic stadium is a giant concrete behemoth far from downtown (though has two metro stations!) that the city/province has been trying to revitalize with events like this. but the stadium just dwarfs everything and makes people, well, me at least, feel insignificant and alone. i still have a weird hope for it though.

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Wednesday, 3 July 2013 19:59 (six years ago) link

it's sad that there is no baseball :(

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Wednesday, 3 July 2013 20:01 (six years ago) link

;_;

mookieproof, Wednesday, 3 July 2013 20:04 (six years ago) link

tbr the terribleness of the jfl website was factor #2 in not coming to Montreal this week

pink, fleshy, and gleeful (sic), Wednesday, 3 July 2013 20:15 (six years ago) link

though just noticed on twooter two Mexican friends from Sydney are there today, d'oh

pink, fleshy, and gleeful (sic), Wednesday, 3 July 2013 20:15 (six years ago) link

realized that if you click on any 2-for-30 show and click the "buy with another show for 30" button it BRINGS YOU TO A LIST THAT YOU CAN COPY INTO NOTEPAD OR EXCEL

WHY IS THIS NOT AVAILABLE IN AN EASIER WAY

anyway i am picking shows in fucking excel now so THAT'S better

I've Seen rRootage (Will M.), Wednesday, 3 July 2013 21:36 (six years ago) link

we've already been to the botanic garden and the biodome, so i am very familiar with the olympic stadium. but i didn't know about first fridays so thanks for that tip!

we have just for laughs in chicago too and its website is also hard to navigate. we managed to go and see maria bamford anyways.

congratulations (n/a), Wednesday, 3 July 2013 22:32 (six years ago) link

oh also, there is this free outdoor circus show with 40 acrobats climbing a tower thing at square/park at the corner of berri and ste-catherine every night at 7 and 10 - http://montrealcompletementcirque.com/en/evenement/babel/
i know downtown is not the place one always wants to be, but this is pretty cool i think, esp for kids

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Thursday, 4 July 2013 03:03 (six years ago) link

also there should be a food truck or two around there too, but I don't know which ones

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Thursday, 4 July 2013 03:04 (six years ago) link

There are a million websites that purport to show you the location of the food trucks, but none can seem to manage the incredibly complicated operation of putting a pin on a map and then taking it away again.

Had an idea. What about a food truck that's just a bakery that drives around and has fresh bread.

fields of salmon, Thursday, 4 July 2013 04:02 (six years ago) link

Heels on wheels

I've Seen rRootage (Will M.), Thursday, 4 July 2013 13:30 (six years ago) link

I will be there in October for a bachelor party. Montreal seems to have a certain reputation for debauchery. Residents, is this truly the case?

More Than a Century With the Polaris Emblem (calstars), Friday, 5 July 2013 13:12 (six years ago) link

I wish my passport was up to date -- I'd drive up to MTL next week.

WilliamC, Friday, 5 July 2013 13:16 (six years ago) link

didn't make it up to montreal yday. i'm in ottawa with my gf and we have been busy visiting family etc. gonna drive up tomorrow (sat) and stay overnight so could fap then if anyone is free.

tpp, Friday, 5 July 2013 15:24 (six years ago) link

my own bachelor party was in montreal, and when i told the canadian immigration official at the airport why i was visiting, she gave me a dirty look

we just went to a habs game and got drunk and saw quebecois ac/dc cover bands tho

mookieproof, Friday, 5 July 2013 21:37 (six years ago) link

I don't know if the debaucherous reputation is justified
but it's got some good male nudie bars
can't fap because deadlines but if you see me working in the mornings at Olimpico say hi

flamboyant goon tie included, Friday, 5 July 2013 22:09 (six years ago) link

u live in montreal?

flopson, Friday, 5 July 2013 22:57 (six years ago) link

sure do

flamboyant goon tie included, Friday, 5 July 2013 23:27 (six years ago) link

my move was talked about in the Toronto thread but yeah, I moved here last December. I have never been happier in a city as I have been these past months :)

flamboyant goon tie included, Friday, 5 July 2013 23:29 (six years ago) link

we're leaving early tomorrow, sorry we couldn't meet up with anyone but we had fun. i liked doing the touristy stuff but had the most fun just wandering around mile end/plateau. best places we ate were petit alep, st-viateur/fairmount, beauty's, aux vivre (twice), and au kouign-amann (twice).

congratulations (n/a), Saturday, 6 July 2013 00:25 (six years ago) link

au kouign-amann (twice)

What the hell is this?

fields of salmon, Saturday, 6 July 2013 01:13 (six years ago) link

bakery with delicious croissants and kouign d'amann.

i figured you'd already know about it since you already know about the "terrible food" in this city.

sean gramophone, Saturday, 6 July 2013 01:32 (six years ago) link

hahahaha I love how people remember internet message board trolling I did like five years ago.

fields of salmon, Saturday, 6 July 2013 01:57 (six years ago) link

or two posts ago tbf

pink, fleshy, and gleeful (sic), Saturday, 6 July 2013 02:08 (six years ago) link

i'm glad you all had fun, n/a! :)

i went to the Guy Maddin open filming at the Phi Centre today - it is really great! like, just fun, and he is so nice! the "audience" area is small but really close to the set(s). it's all quite efficient really, since he's filming 12 films in 13 days. Saw Roy Dupuis acting as some kind of caveman character today.

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Saturday, 6 July 2013 20:27 (six years ago) link

happy you guys had a good time too. what's your last night all about?

we're up all night to get (s1ocki), Saturday, 6 July 2013 23:12 (six years ago) link

Taking the train from Kingston to Montreal today, traveling with the family, staying in a hotel in the old city for 3 nights. Any suggestions for family friendly activities or endroits? We've got a 6 year old and a 3 year old. Any restaurants we should check out?

Plasmon, Monday, 8 July 2013 12:06 (six years ago) link

one month passes...

OK so what are some good neighborhoods in which to stay Montreal for a couple of nights? I am looking at AirBnB.

Chantal Anchorman (admrl), Thursday, 15 August 2013 15:52 (six years ago) link

plateau mont-royal, mile-end, outremont, villeray, little italy

socki (s1ocki), Thursday, 15 August 2013 16:00 (six years ago) link

also WHEN~

socki (s1ocki), Thursday, 15 August 2013 16:00 (six years ago) link

Probably weekend of August 30th - it's our 10th wedding anniversary. Don't worry - we'll be back! (unless it sucks)

Chantal Anchorman (admrl), Thursday, 15 August 2013 17:38 (six years ago) link

I am enjoying staring at Montrealers apartments on AirBnB to see how you people live. So you all have antique sewing machines, guitars hanging on the walls, vintage furniture, scarves and very high ceilings?

Chantal Anchorman (admrl), Thursday, 15 August 2013 18:00 (six years ago) link

this is the place we stayed when we were there, it was not super-fancy but it was clean and in a great location: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/466550

congratulations (n/a), Thursday, 15 August 2013 18:04 (six years ago) link

Thanks Nick!

Chantal Anchorman (admrl), Thursday, 15 August 2013 18:05 (six years ago) link

oops did I blow yr cover

Chantal Anchorman (admrl), Thursday, 15 August 2013 18:05 (six years ago) link

no problem adam

congratulations (n/a), Thursday, 15 August 2013 18:07 (six years ago) link

I am enjoying staring at Montrealers apartments on AirBnB to see how you people live. So you all have antique sewing machines, guitars hanging on the walls, vintage furniture, scarves and very high ceilings?

Probably an old photo. These days it's all about papasans and broken drum machines

-- A smile on a dog, Stephen answered, (flamboyant goon tie included), Thursday, 15 August 2013 18:25 (six years ago) link

i will be there that weekend iirc

socki (s1ocki), Thursday, 15 August 2013 19:11 (six years ago) link

Great! Well maybe we see you? What are the things first-time visitors have to do? What things can I buy? Where are the best low and high end dining experiences? Odd museums and nice walks, etc.?

Chantal Anchorman (admrl), Friday, 16 August 2013 15:11 (six years ago) link

I have eaten poutine at Animal in Los Angeles but I'm sure it doesn't compare.

Chantal Anchorman (admrl), Friday, 16 August 2013 15:12 (six years ago) link

That was my only poutine, is what I'm saying

Chantal Anchorman (admrl), Friday, 16 August 2013 15:12 (six years ago) link

honestly the city's croissants and so on are more exceptional than its poutines

sean gramophone, Friday, 16 August 2013 21:07 (six years ago) link

that said, the best places for poutine are: Patati Patata, La Banquise, Au Pied de Cochon (just go for the regular one).

sean gramophone, Friday, 16 August 2013 21:08 (six years ago) link

Le Petit Alep cannot be enough recommended imo

-- A smile on a dog, Stephen answered, (flamboyant goon tie included), Friday, 16 August 2013 21:17 (six years ago) link

(not poutine, for must-visit Montreal eating)

-- A smile on a dog, Stephen answered, (flamboyant goon tie included), Friday, 16 August 2013 21:17 (six years ago) link

Poutine is great but Montreal is really about bagels.

Van Horn Street, Friday, 16 August 2013 21:40 (six years ago) link

yeah, def bagels.

croissants, i wish there were more great croissants in montreal! i feel like this city kinda coasts on its french pastries...

socki (s1ocki), Saturday, 17 August 2013 16:19 (six years ago) link

like how did we not start cronuts

I've Seen rRootage (Will M.), Saturday, 17 August 2013 20:52 (six years ago) link

you're high this city is sick with dope crescent rolls

sean gramophone, Saturday, 17 August 2013 23:02 (six years ago) link

ambiguously described locations of great mtl croissants: some anonymous place on st-denis, probably within two blocks of av mont-royal, east side of the street; that one place that has two locations, one on rachel & one on mont-royal, does kinda banana shaped croissants; & the place on saint-laurent just past beaubien, in little italy, east side of the street. those guys maybe the best. the guy there ... garrulous.

szarkasm (schlump), Saturday, 17 August 2013 23:56 (six years ago) link

For the one in the little italy is it Plougastel? or something similar?

Pikolo has some really good croissants.

Van Horn Street, Sunday, 18 August 2013 02:10 (six years ago) link

The best of all is Paltoquet.

sean gramophone, Sunday, 18 August 2013 04:44 (six years ago) link

:)

Van Horn Street, Sunday, 18 August 2013 05:14 (six years ago) link

Paltoquet is the best

socki (s1ocki), Sunday, 18 August 2013 14:17 (six years ago) link

pikolo croissants are not so hot imo. i used to really love the place across the street, a couple blocks over, which had a super old fashioned tea room, &c, which just closed after presumably 500 years in operation. it is not a hot neighbourhood for croissants anymore. very sad.

& yes! plougastel! so good.
gonna check out paltoquet, i have not tried.

szarkasm (schlump), Sunday, 18 August 2013 19:12 (six years ago) link

my fav recent~ish montreal food discovery is getting cheap samosas from the lil dep on fairmount. so good.

szarkasm (schlump), Sunday, 18 August 2013 19:12 (six years ago) link

You—and everyone else, really—should then try Thanjai. Plamandon metro is really not that far... It's still Van Horne, even! You could bike it if you llive at Parc and Bernard (which I assume most of you do). It's South Indian: dosas, the unparalleled rasam, sambar, idli, vada, and all the gang. I've never spent more than 40 bucks for two. It is a charming, charming little place with great food. It's fuckin' spicy so don't bring your student friends (although I always see at least one table of confused people who are always scared of the menu but they are always accommodated as much as as a South Indian resto can accommodate "no spices, no sauce, just chicken please. I don't want any sauce thank you."

fields of salmon, Sunday, 18 August 2013 22:34 (six years ago) link

Running by the Lachine canal is one of my favorite activities. After being away for 5 months, it felt so so good.

Van Horn Street, Monday, 19 August 2013 01:21 (six years ago) link

been actually meaning to try that place

socki (s1ocki), Monday, 19 August 2013 03:51 (six years ago) link

How is public transit in Montreal? It's hard to tell how big of a city it is just looking at a map.

Chantal Anchorman (admrl), Wednesday, 21 August 2013 23:48 (six years ago) link

its.. okay. some places (mile-end etc) arent that well served by metro.

tell me where you're gonna be and where you're gonna be going.

socki (s1ocki), Thursday, 22 August 2013 01:26 (six years ago) link

If you at all inclined, Bixi is the best way to get around the city. Aside from really long trips anyway.

sofatruck, Thursday, 22 August 2013 11:55 (six years ago) link

Well right now I am lucking out on airbnbs and all the hotels are crazy expensive! Maybe I picked the wrong weekend to go?

But I am bike guy so Bixi would be awesome! How does it work? It's like a Boris Bike right?

Chantal Anchorman (admrl), Thursday, 22 August 2013 13:22 (six years ago) link

What about ile des soeurs? Is that too remote for walking/biking?

Chantal Anchorman (admrl), Thursday, 22 August 2013 13:24 (six years ago) link

Mile End—Parc avenue, specifically—is served by frequent and reliable buses 80 and 435. Avoid all other buses on all other routes, particularly the 55 which "serves" the eastern edge of Mile End on St-Laurent blvd. The 55 has an appallingly low frequency, overcrowding.

It isn't that long a walk to Rosemont or Laurier metro depending on what part of Mile End you're coming from.

fields of salmon, Thursday, 22 August 2013 13:27 (six years ago) link

Bixis are esp. good on the plateau because the whole city points downhill. Coast your Bixi downtown, leave it there, and take a leisurely walk home.

ship who you wanna ship (flamboyant goon tie included), Thursday, 22 August 2013 13:51 (six years ago) link

Oh, "how does it work"? They charge you $7 on your credit card. Then you get the bike for 30 minutes. If you return the bike after 30 minutes, they charge you an extra $5. For the 24 hours after the first trip, you can sign out a bike as many times as you like with the same card with no extra charge. They say "$7 = 24 hours" but you can't use the bike for longer than 30 minutes at a time. Bikes are in OK shape. I use them all the time, but Mile End is lousy with Bixi stations.

ship who you wanna ship (flamboyant goon tie included), Thursday, 22 August 2013 13:54 (six years ago) link

There's also a 72 hrs for $14 deal.

sean gramophone, Thursday, 22 August 2013 14:01 (six years ago) link

It's like a Boris Bike right?

The Boris Bikes are built by the same Montreal people who made Bixi! So... yes!

I've Seen rRootage (Will M.), Thursday, 22 August 2013 14:05 (six years ago) link

What about ile des soeurs? Is that too remote for walking/biking?

Nun's Island in english... I'd avoid it personally. Its kinda isolated from the city, and dull.

sofatruck, Thursday, 22 August 2013 18:18 (six years ago) link

Are these actually good?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cek6rK5F4EA

brio, Thursday, 22 August 2013 18:47 (six years ago) link

Nun's Island is a big no if you don't have car. If you are walking and biking, you will have way more fun at the mount royal, lachine canal, and even parc lafontaine.

Van Horn Street, Thursday, 22 August 2013 19:50 (six years ago) link

lol don't go to nuns island

flopson, Thursday, 22 August 2013 19:56 (six years ago) link

anyone been to blue lotus in verdun? everyone talking about it lately, supposed to be crazy good chinese food super cheap

flopson, Thursday, 22 August 2013 19:57 (six years ago) link

What about ile des soeurs? Is that too remote for walking/biking?

― Chantal Anchorman (admrl), Thursday, August 22, 2013 9:24 AM (Yesterday) Bookmark

don tdo

adam try and get a room at casa bianca

casabianca.ca

socki (s1ocki), Friday, 23 August 2013 04:10 (six years ago) link

I have a suspicious feeling Île Ste-Hélène and Île des Sœurs/Nuns' Island have a kind of Greenland/Iceland thing going on. Someone overhears "hey there's a park on an island and you can ride bikes and do stuff etc. etc." and then they look at a map and go "oh, it must be Nuns' Island. Let's go." It was like when the vikings named Greenland to misdirect potential pillagers and invaders to a frozen wasteland.

I bet there's a tons of people who have shown up on Nuns' Island with picnic basket full of baguettes, hummus purchased at the quatre frères, white wine, Ray-Bans, an acoustic guitar, and marijuana... Ready for the party guys! HAHAHAHAAH. Condos.

fields of salmon, Friday, 23 August 2013 04:50 (six years ago) link

My uncle and aunt from France visited Montreal this summer and they actually went to Nun's Island. I don't know why. They found it was beautiful, shed a tear and decided to become canadians. The mysteries of immigration.

Van Horn Street, Friday, 23 August 2013 05:25 (six years ago) link

Haha ok no nuns island for us!

I have booked two AirBnBs only to be rejected. I have great reviews! Is it my face? Would it help to explain that I'm not American?

I will look at this casa, socki

Chantal Anchorman (admrl), Friday, 23 August 2013 13:43 (six years ago) link

No casa =(

Chantal Anchorman (admrl), Friday, 23 August 2013 13:46 (six years ago) link

https://www.airbnb.ca/rooms/700477?locale=en

^^^ great location, cute looking

socki (s1ocki), Friday, 23 August 2013 21:37 (six years ago) link

googling for "gite" might help

socki (s1ocki), Friday, 23 August 2013 21:37 (six years ago) link

I want that.

Van Horn Street, Friday, 23 August 2013 21:46 (six years ago) link

Ok wait, when are you coming to Montreal, admrl? if we don't hang out this time we should def hang out another time, prob where there is beer.

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Tuesday, 27 August 2013 03:01 (six years ago) link

mile end is so great with the streetlights out. so dramatic. it's a thing they should just do on these summer nights, for ambiance. I had such a nice evening walking to olimpico, the sky this deep violet, ambient social activity audible more than visible.

szarkasm (schlump), Thursday, 29 August 2013 01:33 (six years ago) link

ps I would love to hang with Adam but can we just establish whether or not on this trip it is going to be a candle-lit lady-&-the-tramp spaghetti-sharing wedding anniversary scene, on which several ilxors are impinging, or whether there is an actual social window

szarkasm (schlump), Thursday, 29 August 2013 01:38 (six years ago) link

i love mile-end skies on late summer evenings, seriously one of my favourite things in the world

socki (s1ocki), Thursday, 29 August 2013 05:12 (six years ago) link

walk along saint-laurent as if taking a dilapidated backroad into heaven

szarkasm (schlump), Thursday, 29 August 2013 13:26 (six years ago) link

mile end is so great with the streetlights out. so dramatic. it's a thing they should just do on these summer nights, for ambiance. I had such a nice evening walking to olimpico, the sky this deep violet, ambient social activity audible more than visible.

I'm available to start a band called The Sky This Deep Violet if you want. Must have own gear.

fields of salmon, Thursday, 29 August 2013 18:56 (six years ago) link

Oh hai

Well this is kind of a Lady and a Tramp thing, in more ways than one! I don't know if I will have a chance to hang out this time, but seeing as it is like a 4-hour drive, I doubt this will be the only time I find myself in Mtl.

Chantal Anchorman (admrl), Thursday, 29 August 2013 19:03 (six years ago) link

Looks like I will not get to ride a Bixi, this time :(

Chantal Anchorman (admrl), Monday, 2 September 2013 00:17 (six years ago) link

my good friend is off on his motorcycle trip heading toward the northeastern US. he has threatened to go to montreal. you've been warned!

space is deep (mh), Monday, 2 September 2013 00:24 (six years ago) link

Ok!

Chantal Anchorman (admrl), Monday, 2 September 2013 00:30 (six years ago) link

these lilac clouds

szarkasm (schlump), Wednesday, 4 September 2013 23:49 (six years ago) link

caught on a pole like a kite in a tree near my apartment,

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BTWvmmdIUAANee3.jpg

szarkasm (schlump), Thursday, 5 September 2013 00:07 (six years ago) link

caught on a pole like a kite in a tree near my apartment,

http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BTWvmmdIUAANee3.jpg

szarkasm (schlump), Thursday, 5 September 2013 00:07 (six years ago) link

montreal thread: I don't know if this is just a sad & transparent manifestation of the ebbing of summer, the greying skies, &c, but I want to swim in a river while the water is still habitable. can you do that here? have you done it? to take a train & swim near a bridge?

szarkasm (schlump), Saturday, 7 September 2013 22:01 (six years ago) link

You have the beach at Cap Saint Jacques, it's a beautiful place. Heard about a beach in Île Bizard but never been there.

Van Horn Street, Saturday, 7 September 2013 22:07 (six years ago) link

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BUeG86kCcAAPPKu.jpg

this always just reminds me of mulholland drive

@twitizensforlemonlipbalm (schlump), Friday, 20 September 2013 20:47 (six years ago) link

Hi Montreal. Your airport can eat two dicks (and Tim Hortons 1.5).

I'm not a rockist, I just hate Rap-A-Lot (sic), Sunday, 22 September 2013 18:57 (six years ago) link

heh

flopson, Sunday, 22 September 2013 19:00 (six years ago) link

Trudeau still feels like an upgrade to us who've been through Mirabel for all those years.

Van Horn Street, Sunday, 22 September 2013 19:29 (six years ago) link

After 15 years of YYZ it feels cozy and comforting

flamboyant goon tie included, Sunday, 22 September 2013 20:26 (six years ago) link

now that's a long drum solo

mookieproof, Sunday, 22 September 2013 20:33 (six years ago) link

I had no beef with the infrastructure btw, but with customs being redirected into two queues, one of which was served by five counters, the other by one (1); and me thus missing my connecting flight.

I'm not a rockist, I just hate Rap-A-Lot (sic), Tuesday, 24 September 2013 13:19 (six years ago) link

so: im gonna be in montreal from dec 6th - 10th. anything particularly cool going on then?

Lamp, Thursday, 26 September 2013 18:18 (six years ago) link

picturesque rather than life threatening ~weather~ iirc
& probably, i think montreal winter is pretty well catered for & enjoyable if it is just a momentary window in your otherwise sensibly climated life

schlump, Thursday, 26 September 2013 20:49 (six years ago) link

varning (2-day hardcore punk fest) is that weekend lol

flopson, Thursday, 26 September 2013 21:15 (six years ago) link

two weeks pass...

really appreciating this ambient chemtrails awareness campaign

schlump, Sunday, 13 October 2013 19:17 (six years ago) link

Yeah, I can think of about a half dozen people who might be responsible.

fields of salmon, Wednesday, 16 October 2013 16:24 (six years ago) link

I'm getting worried by the number of condos being built around downtown and griffintown, for all kinds of reasons (urban, economic).

Van Horn Street, Wednesday, 16 October 2013 22:01 (six years ago) link

condo towers, i mean.

Van Horn Street, Wednesday, 16 October 2013 22:02 (six years ago) link

i'm stoked for this one though https://fbcdn-sphotos-a-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-frc1/901941_468243749956328_13436519_o.jpg

flopson, Wednesday, 16 October 2013 23:56 (six years ago) link

mtl doesn't have enough whatever that type of architecture is called imo

flopson, Thursday, 17 October 2013 00:01 (six years ago) link

i remember going to vancouver & being wowed at a lot of individually ugly new apartment buildings looking really great clustered together with the backdrop of hills, i feel like having that kinda thing en masse is to some degree a prereq for it looking effective

schlump, Thursday, 17 October 2013 00:18 (six years ago) link

Agreed, outside looking in Vancouver is somewhat nice. However, once you are inside those streets and the only thing around is ugly condo towers with deserted balconies, bleh.

This is not what Montreal is about, at all.

Van Horn Street, Thursday, 17 October 2013 00:36 (six years ago) link

Plus, they have a hard time selling those type of real estate in Toronto, I wonder how it fares in Montreal where you have plenty of cool appartments and houses in great neighborhood for insanely low prices.

Van Horn Street, Thursday, 17 October 2013 00:37 (six years ago) link

i bet they do great because people are like "FINALLY AN APARTMENT AS GAUDY AS THOSE ONES I BOUGHT IN TORONTO, BUT IN MONTREAL"

I've Seen rRootage (Will M.), Thursday, 17 October 2013 03:49 (six years ago) link

vhs i thought you were moving to nyc to be with your beloved rangers

mookieproof, Thursday, 17 October 2013 04:19 (six years ago) link

chemtrails!!!

beautifully, unapologetically plastic (mh), Thursday, 17 October 2013 04:20 (six years ago) link

it isn't working out for now :(

Van Horn Street, Thursday, 17 October 2013 05:46 (six years ago) link

idk if theres a specific thread for this but are there any good new restos in mtl that are worth going to? esp ones that wld be open on mondays?

Lamp, Wednesday, 23 October 2013 06:55 (six years ago) link

mondays is hard but ya there are lots of new places opening up all the time now! bethlehem xxx, impasto, the izakaya in sardine, uh... what else... you in town or planning on being here soon?

socki (s1ocki), Wednesday, 23 October 2013 14:17 (six years ago) link

im there the first weekend in december friday to tuesday. i think thats the 6th-9th. meal plan currently looks like

friday -

d: europea

saturday -

b: lemeac
d:

sunday:

b: la croissanteire figaro (maybe?)
d: au pied de cochon

monday:

l:
d:

Lamp, Wednesday, 23 October 2013 14:27 (six years ago) link

u can do way better than figaro! do brunch at lawrence or maison publique imo

also... have you been to APDC before? if so, i'd skip it in favour of something newer. their menu hasn't changed in 10 years.

socki (s1ocki), Wednesday, 23 October 2013 14:45 (six years ago) link

suggestions:
bethlehem (dinner)
nora gray (d)
vin papillon (joe beef's new wine bar)

socki (s1ocki), Wednesday, 23 October 2013 14:46 (six years ago) link

and prob more i'll remember when im more awake

socki (s1ocki), Wednesday, 23 October 2013 14:46 (six years ago) link

haha there really is nothing open there on a monday huh :/

i've been to apdc a coupla times but my partner hasnt and is really excited. we're also taking out some friends and its like 5 min from their place. bethlehem looks p good though, might try that for saturday

Lamp, Wednesday, 23 October 2013 15:02 (six years ago) link

yeah nothing wrong with that

and yeah mondays is hard. let me think what might be open. dinette triple crown is! pretty caj tho. but good food.

socki (s1ocki), Wednesday, 23 October 2013 15:04 (six years ago) link

dinette triple crown is the southern place? casual is good though! thanx for the rec's btw, i actually tried to go to lawrence last time i was in mtl on yr recommendation but it was too crowded. might give vieux velo a shot actually, if figaro isnt good.

also where is fun/cool to go dancing iye? we have a couple of things on friday/saturday but could use some good rec's

Lamp, Wednesday, 23 October 2013 15:12 (six years ago) link

vieux velo is nice

definitely try and do lawrence for brunch or dinner. it really is tip top. they do everything right.

ummm
in response to that last question im old :(

socki (s1ocki), Wednesday, 23 October 2013 15:24 (six years ago) link

vieux velo is 100x better than figaro. So is Le Pick-up.

sofatruck, Wednesday, 23 October 2013 16:31 (six years ago) link

julieta (next to vieux velo on beaubien) has amazing breakfast. but vv rules, too. ndq, across the street from both of them & one block west, would be a good place to check out for dancing. not a huge dancefloor and sometimes not loud enough but can be very fun

flopson, Wednesday, 23 October 2013 17:52 (six years ago) link

You may see me and maybe even other ILX baseball fans for Mets v Jays at Stade Olympique on March 28-29. (No, these games don't count.)

eclectic husbandry (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 23 October 2013 17:58 (six years ago) link

ndq, across the street from both of them & one block west, would be a good place to check out for dancing. not a huge dancefloor and sometimes not loud enough but can be very fun

thanx! also what are you up to that weekend? or do u have exams?

Lamp, Wednesday, 23 October 2013 18:01 (six years ago) link

Lamp if you're open to another Monday-night recommendation may I recommend Damas for a plate of good Syrian food. Or you could also do dinner at Lemeac that night, their best option imo is their after-10pm prix fixe and I think they're open Mondays

flamboyant goon tie included, Wednesday, 23 October 2013 18:05 (six years ago) link

damas is great, as is their less expensive sister resto kaza maza

socki (s1ocki), Wednesday, 23 October 2013 18:38 (six years ago) link

good call on lemeac mondays too!

socki (s1ocki), Wednesday, 23 October 2013 18:38 (six years ago) link

That place was introduced to me as "the place you take fancy friends when their flight was late". Lamp please order the pain perdu it is extremely delicious and the size of a small child

flamboyant goon tie included, Wednesday, 23 October 2013 18:42 (six years ago) link

no order the tartelette

socki (s1ocki), Wednesday, 23 October 2013 18:54 (six years ago) link

flamboyant if ilxor had avatars would you consider this one: http://images.wikia.com/finalfantasy/images/archive/b/bf/20100710184530!Owzer.PNG?

my partner is pretty interested in prohibition for brunch so i think were gonna try the late nite menu @ lemeac and looks like we have dinner party invite for saturday so ty ilx for solving this hardship for me

Lamp, Wednesday, 23 October 2013 18:59 (six years ago) link

prohibition?

socki (s1ocki), Wednesday, 23 October 2013 19:00 (six years ago) link

?

Lamp, Wednesday, 23 October 2013 19:01 (six years ago) link

byob

schlump, Wednesday, 23 October 2013 19:02 (six years ago) link

dont know that place but like... have you heard good things about it? are you staying near there? its on monkland which is kind of hte other side of the city where the rest of the stuff you're doing is.

socki (s1ocki), Wednesday, 23 October 2013 19:06 (six years ago) link

:(
*puts on jogging gear*

flamboyant goon tie included, Wednesday, 23 October 2013 19:07 (six years ago) link

that website has me very... Ô_o

socki (s1ocki), Wednesday, 23 October 2013 19:07 (six years ago) link

haha isnt it beautiful. idk my partner had it highly recommended, im not that fussed abt brunch stuff as long as we have some ideas, i was just worried abt getting resos for dinner before places filled up, being too far is def a barrier but well see how we feel/how hungover we are

Lamp, Wednesday, 23 October 2013 19:17 (six years ago) link

blurry brunch

mh, Wednesday, 23 October 2013 19:17 (six years ago) link

i feel like going there is not going to be the best idea. go to maison publique or lawrence for brunch if you're not going to the latter for dinner. (or hell even if you are.)

socki (s1ocki), Wednesday, 23 October 2013 19:36 (six years ago) link

listen to this wise man

flamboyant goon tie included, Wednesday, 23 October 2013 19:37 (six years ago) link

i ate at prohibition!!

I've Seen rRootage (Will M.), Wednesday, 23 October 2013 19:39 (six years ago) link

tried a couple things on the menu but the only thing i would order again would be the... eggs benedict... hungarian... or something...? i can't remember. they were damned delicious.

if yr partner wants to go there, go :D just know that that meal is head & shoulders above at least 3 others...

I've Seen rRootage (Will M.), Wednesday, 23 October 2013 19:40 (six years ago) link

would you say it's worth a trip to NDG for those eggs

socki (s1ocki), Wednesday, 23 October 2013 19:43 (six years ago) link

i mean if you're gonna go to ndg for eggs, go to cosmos is what im saying

socki (s1ocki), Wednesday, 23 October 2013 19:43 (six years ago) link

idk s1ox do you have an in @ lawrence? ill buy you breakfast if we dont have to wait but otherwise the internet and my non-ilx sources tell me it is like an hour which is just too much

Lamp, Wednesday, 23 October 2013 19:47 (six years ago) link

ya exams are 5 - 18 dec. neways hard to tell what i'll be doing so far in the future, mb ilxmail me or something? i live like 2 blocks from all those places mentioned in my last post

flopson, Wednesday, 23 October 2013 19:48 (six years ago) link

lol--don't go to monkland

flopson, Wednesday, 23 October 2013 19:48 (six years ago) link

idk s1ox do you have an in @ lawrence? ill buy you breakfast if we dont have to wait but otherwise the internet and my non-ilx sources tell me it is like an hour which is just too much

― Lamp, Wednesday, October 23, 2013 3:47 PM (2 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

just go a bit earlier or later and put your name down and phone number, then go next door and have a coffee and a donut at sardine. [and thank me later]

socki (s1ocki), Wednesday, 23 October 2013 19:50 (six years ago) link

haha, otm

flopson, Wednesday, 23 October 2013 19:51 (six years ago) link

ok ok alright its on the schedule

@ flopson yah ill webmail before we leave w/my # hopefully you can meet us for drinks or s.thing. we're gonna be out and around all wknd so if you're free obv welcome to hang. also if you hear abt anything particularly cool going on :D

Lamp, Wednesday, 23 October 2013 19:53 (six years ago) link

s1ock it 2 me

Lamp, Wednesday, 23 October 2013 19:54 (six years ago) link

TYPICAL EAST MTL BIAS ITT

but yeah its good and its better than cosmos but yd be looking at like over an hour for the round trip to monkland. if for some reason you're out there it's a good bet, otherwise the eggs are not +1h better than the above mentioned places.

I've Seen rRootage (Will M.), Wednesday, 23 October 2013 20:03 (six years ago) link

and the other thing is youd be on monkland before/after which is just :|

I've Seen rRootage (Will M.), Wednesday, 23 October 2013 20:04 (six years ago) link

i do not believe it is better than cosmos

socki (s1ocki), Wednesday, 23 October 2013 20:06 (six years ago) link

diff'rent yolks

I've Seen rRootage (Will M.), Wednesday, 23 October 2013 20:08 (six years ago) link

looking at all of these restaurant recommendations, wishing i was a visitor to my own city so i could justify eating all of this food.

twinkin' and drinkin' and ready to fly (Alex in Montreal), Friday, 1 November 2013 21:00 (six years ago) link

Man, not looking foward having Coderre as a mayor for I don't know how many years.

and not even 40% people voted, surely Montreal could do better than that?

Van Horn Street, Monday, 4 November 2013 03:51 (six years ago) link

lol from Montreal, live in Nazim

color definition point of "beyond "color, eg a transient that, Monday, 4 November 2013 04:17 (six years ago) link

one month passes...

any last minute(ish) rec's for things to do this weekend btw?

Lamp, Thursday, 5 December 2013 21:02 (five years ago) link

Check out Smart Design Mart in Mile End: http://www.smartdesignmart.com/

sofatruck, Thursday, 5 December 2013 21:25 (five years ago) link

I'm into this band No Joy playing at il motore on sat night

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Friday, 6 December 2013 04:45 (five years ago) link

Get wasted on cheap pints at playhouse late late Friday night, hear awesome weird lady rock bands, be yr queer self. Depends on what you're into doing of course.

The weather looks decent this weekend at least! I kept laughing about this food truck thing out at Olympic stadium, which happens in summer but they're trying to make into a winter thing too, but it seems ridiculous to me to stand in the shadow of a concrete monstrosity in winter to buy overpriced "street food." Anyway that's happening Saturday. There's also ice shaking. And aforementioned smart design mart, yep!

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Friday, 6 December 2013 04:57 (five years ago) link

Haha ice skating, I mean

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Friday, 6 December 2013 04:58 (five years ago) link

hrmm yeah doesn't seem like there's much going on this weekend

flopson, Friday, 6 December 2013 05:03 (five years ago) link

where is the best cheap place to stay in mtl is what i want to know

gbx, Friday, 6 December 2013 05:03 (five years ago) link

i may as well go there

gbx, Friday, 6 December 2013 05:04 (five years ago) link

we're neighbors basically

gbx, Friday, 6 December 2013 05:04 (five years ago) link

gbx I don't know, I even think of that as something that ~cannot be known~ by the contemporary residents of a city, but def come hang in Montreal whether or not you are a neighbour. if I were to describe what it's like here anytime between like one week from now & April you wouldn't come, so just jump in, don't even talk to hoteliers who might let something slip by phone, just book a trip, commit

love mike love (ko komo) (schlump), Friday, 6 December 2013 05:57 (five years ago) link

u can stay at my place, my roommate's sublettin

flopson, Friday, 6 December 2013 06:00 (five years ago) link

flopson do you want to get a drink this wknd? i sent you my cell #

Lamp, Friday, 6 December 2013 06:24 (five years ago) link

didn't get it i think my ilxmail's fucked 1 sec

flopson, Friday, 6 December 2013 15:58 (five years ago) link

sent you my number

flopson, Friday, 6 December 2013 15:58 (five years ago) link

gbx I don't know, I even think of that as something that ~cannot be known~ by the contemporary residents of a city, but def come hang in Montreal whether or not you are a neighbour. if I were to describe what it's like here anytime between like one week from now & April you wouldn't come, so just jump in, don't even talk to hoteliers who might let something slip by phone, just book a trip, commit

dogg I am from mn yr weather doesn't scare me

gbx, Friday, 6 December 2013 16:53 (five years ago) link

cool man let's hang come on over let's say february fifteenth get at me bro

love mike love (ko komo) (schlump), Friday, 6 December 2013 18:11 (five years ago) link

gbx, you should def visit. March 2 is Nuit Blanche, which is ridic but fun if you do it right. let's go bouldering, there's a gym near my place!

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Saturday, 7 December 2013 23:14 (five years ago) link

hey robyn i think i'm meeting up w lamp at that show, maybe see u there?

flopson, Saturday, 7 December 2013 23:42 (five years ago) link

oh cool, I have an xmas party to go to so am playing it by ear but totally want to go!

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Sunday, 8 December 2013 01:09 (five years ago) link

four weeks pass...

i am really enjoying winter so far. i hate winter. i was so scared about it, just memories of waiting for buses, waiting to cross streets scrunching your toes. but so far it's been so fine; the wind has not been in my face, i have been wearing regular shoes, the temperature change on the metro has been as inconvenient as it gets. but then TODAY. ugh. just sliding. what happened. sliding forever. so often almost dying.

also: i had a long conversation with my friend about olimpico, the little cosmopolitan nucleus of olimpico, & he said he preferred café social. i was so surprised! & then i sat bolt upright twelve hours later wondering if it was better, if it was like religious bias, the construction of a hierarchy instilled by whichever you visit first. i always thought c.s. was just olimpico but with food & slushy coffee. inferior because it was less ascetic, less pure. but then he talked about it having a better, more authentically grizzled quebecoise clientele. i like the ambient conversation at olimpico. but i doubted myself. does anybody have opinions about this, i feel like it has the dna to become a really excellent partisan division between people who are currently friends.

mustread guy (schlump), Monday, 6 January 2014 23:18 (five years ago) link

i have a lot of opinions about this, i've put in time, literally years, at each cafe

socki (s1ocki), Thursday, 9 January 2014 23:43 (five years ago) link

me too. I lean in the olimpico direction though because the coffee is better! I used to go to social with boozehound friend because for many years you could buy drinks without having to also buy food (ah the years of lax liquor license monitoring), and their terrasse in summer rules.

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Friday, 10 January 2014 00:06 (five years ago) link

Ah it's nice to think about summer...

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Friday, 10 January 2014 00:06 (five years ago) link

it is a very very complicated and subtle dichotomy, the Olimpico and Social thing
(it has been made more complicated, I believe, from the decampment of Vito northward to Villeray)

sean gramophone, Friday, 10 January 2014 00:07 (five years ago) link

I get Myriade because the baristas are so pleasant and the sun is nice

pretty krulls make glaives (flamboyant goon tie included), Friday, 10 January 2014 01:07 (five years ago) link

guy i know who works at myriade is a creep but maybe he doesn't work there anymore

also they have slush coffee at olimpico, too

flopson, Friday, 10 January 2014 01:36 (five years ago) link

olympico is a nobrainer for me, maybe i am just yet to have entered my social phase but that always seemed like the too obvious snob challop, like the equivalent of "tourists eat at schwartz's, real heads eat at the main." olimpico on a sunny afternoon just the best place on earth imo

flopson, Friday, 10 January 2014 01:39 (five years ago) link

Olympico's slush coffee wins it for me. I don't think I've ever been to either place outside of the summer. Even in the summer, I more enclined to buy bagels and sit at Parc Outremont.

Van Horn Street, Friday, 10 January 2014 02:36 (five years ago) link

Most of my Olympico/C.S memories have more to do with World Cups and Euro than regular coffee activities.

Van Horn Street, Friday, 10 January 2014 02:37 (five years ago) link

Montreal residents should build a summer-dome 3000 suqare feet in which to frolic in flowers all year in skimpy retro bathing suits

Brian Eno's Mother (Latham Green), Friday, 10 January 2014 21:04 (five years ago) link

You—and everyone else, really—should then try Thanjai. Plamandon metro is really not that far... It's still Van Horne, even! You could bike it if you llive at Parc and Bernard (which I assume most of you do). It's South Indian: dosas, the unparalleled rasam, sambar, idli, vada, and all the gang. I've never spent more than 40 bucks for two. It is a charming, charming little place with great food. It's fuckin' spicy so don't bring your student friends (although I always see at least one table of confused people who are always scared of the menu but they are always accommodated as much as as a South Indian resto can accommodate "no spices, no sauce, just chicken please. I don't want any sauce thank you."

― fields of salmon, Sunday, August 18, 2013 6:34 PM (4 months ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

went there this past week btw. soooooo good. not that spicy though?? (IME)

flopson, Saturday, 11 January 2014 02:50 (five years ago) link

In the 12 months I've been eating there I believe they have toned it down a notch.

fields of salmon, Thursday, 16 January 2014 16:35 (five years ago) link

one month passes...

find march hard
nice today though

mustread guy (schlump), Tuesday, 18 March 2014 20:10 (five years ago) link

And there's more snow+rain in the forecast for the next few days! March is painful mostly because it seems to promise to be nice and then turns harsh on a dime. It's a good time to be on vacation really. Or at least look at pictures of tropical beaches if you can't go anywhere (I have been doing this, no shame.)

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Tuesday, 18 March 2014 20:56 (five years ago) link

this marsh came in like a lion and is leaving like a bitch

Brian Eno's Mother (Latham Green), Tuesday, 18 March 2014 20:57 (five years ago) link

I almost went full nihilist stuck in a cycle of grey freezing-cold days coupled with 24/7 morning-sickness for the past two months. I feel like a survivor today just for leaving the house to do laundry. 12 winters here and i still sometimes ponder leaving because of the weather far more than the politics!

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Tuesday, 18 March 2014 21:03 (five years ago) link

i hate people who went to california but ... i went to california

just because last winter was so hard that i felt like something had to be in the calendar, a picture pinned against the wall & traced with trembling fingers, dustin hoffman in midnight cowboy, or i wouldn't make it til spring. & then actually this winter turned out to be fine? just fine! every day above -30 really just a triumph. less time this year spent waiting for a bus to arrive or a light to change at a windy crossroad, scrunching my toes. it has been okay but yeah, march refusing to deliver on its promise of palpably easing is hard because you've only budgeted enough endurance for february

days like today remind me at least a little of some of the whenever-they-were (april? may?) days last year of prematurely picking up takeout cold brew coffees & people smiling at you on the street, this simultaneous civic defrost. i can't take the subway anymore. but it feels like it'll be over soon, or almost over enough for that delusion to paper over the chill

mustread guy (schlump), Tuesday, 18 March 2014 21:06 (five years ago) link

april promising weather + politics, quick, split

mustread guy (schlump), Tuesday, 18 March 2014 21:06 (five years ago) link

everyday I have the 2 degrees blues

Brian Eno's Mother (Latham Green), Thursday, 20 March 2014 19:40 (five years ago) link

one month passes...

why am i so annoyed by the whole food truck thing here

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Friday, 2 May 2014 02:48 (five years ago) link

except for the really good coffee truck, that can stay

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Friday, 2 May 2014 02:48 (five years ago) link

which is the good coffee truck? on parc?

food trucks in montreal seem kinda potemkin to me

schlump, Friday, 2 May 2014 03:57 (five years ago) link

they're doing it wrong.

(the food truck thing)

socki (s1ocki), Friday, 2 May 2014 13:06 (five years ago) link

basically you can only get a food truck in this city if you already own a restaurant and you promise to put $9 pulled pork sandwiches on the menu.

socki (s1ocki), Friday, 2 May 2014 13:06 (five years ago) link

Most pulled pork sandwiches cost $9 already. The food truck version would be a pulled pork banh mi slider.

fields of salmon, Friday, 2 May 2014 14:13 (five years ago) link

Thinking it's time I come back the next month or so.

With Mutek and Suoni Per Il Popolo, should I consider moving to Mtl for end of May/June?

Kornblud (admrl), Thursday, 15 May 2014 19:22 (five years ago) link

do it! feel like you're simultaneously more & less eligible for the thrill of seeing los angeles plays itself at the cinematheque in a couple weeks but come anyway. montreal is in #full #spring.

also admrl come before i leave montreal forever, soon

schlump, Thursday, 15 May 2014 19:26 (five years ago) link

yesssssss

whats your deal as of sept adam?

socki (s1ocki), Thursday, 15 May 2014 19:27 (five years ago) link

deal as in...?

I will come soon, maybe even in a few weeks. I think Mtl is by far and away my favorite East Coast city, if you even consider it that

Kornblud (admrl), Thursday, 15 May 2014 19:34 (five years ago) link

Oh I am staying put where I am now, if that's what you mean. I'm in this for the long(er) haul.

Kornblud (admrl), Thursday, 15 May 2014 19:35 (five years ago) link

I'll be in yr city for a week starting the 26th

a strange man (mh), Thursday, 15 May 2014 19:40 (five years ago) link

my favorite East Coast city, if you even consider it that

if philadelphia can be considered "on the coast," then why not Montreal?

also, i agree.

espring (amateurist), Thursday, 15 May 2014 19:44 (five years ago) link

well finally we agree on something

Kornblud (admrl), Thursday, 15 May 2014 19:50 (five years ago) link

reject your tar sands oil

Brian Eno's Mother (Latham Green), Thursday, 15 May 2014 20:10 (five years ago) link

ams you need to come visit again too.

socki (s1ocki), Thursday, 15 May 2014 20:39 (five years ago) link

Oh I am staying put where I am now, if that's what you mean. I'm in this for the long(er) haul.

― Kornblud (admrl), Thursday, May 15, 2014 3:35 PM (1 hour ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

cool!!!

socki (s1ocki), Thursday, 15 May 2014 20:39 (five years ago) link

im doing a guest lecture in a friend's film class next week, on science fiction. you guys are gonna have to give me some helpful advice

socki (s1ocki), Thursday, 15 May 2014 20:40 (five years ago) link

ams you need to come visit again too.

― socki (s1ocki), Thursday, May 15, 2014 3:39 PM (28 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

i might, next march. we'll see.

s1ocki, feel free to email me

espring (amateurist), Thursday, 15 May 2014 21:08 (five years ago) link

i've actually met both of you! a rare moment on ilx for me.

espring (amateurist), Thursday, 15 May 2014 21:08 (five years ago) link

Mutek is going to be great! So much good stuff this year. plus a lot of it is at the contemporary art museum, which will make an interesting difference of some sort, who knows. and there's a bunch of free outdoor stuff that is pretty cool and weird, so we get to see baffled looks on random tourists' faces.

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Friday, 16 May 2014 13:28 (five years ago) link

Yeah!

So I think I'll come up in a couple of weeks. Time to play the hotel/airbnb game again.

Kornblud (admrl), Friday, 16 May 2014 13:35 (five years ago) link

shweet

socki (s1ocki), Friday, 16 May 2014 13:37 (five years ago) link

just don't come between june 7-11

socki (s1ocki), Friday, 16 May 2014 13:37 (five years ago) link

p.s. mh, we will obv hang out, whether admrl decides to visit or not ;)

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Friday, 16 May 2014 13:37 (five years ago) link

yaay admrl!

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Friday, 16 May 2014 13:38 (five years ago) link

:D

a strange man (mh), Friday, 16 May 2014 14:07 (five years ago) link

me irl

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BolXS57CIAAUlPQ.jpg

schlump, Monday, 26 May 2014 19:03 (five years ago) link

hi

a strange man (mh), Monday, 26 May 2014 20:07 (five years ago) link

Hi mh!

Omg I forgot PA was opening new location today! It feels so much closer to my house even tho the difference is, seriously, a block.

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Monday, 26 May 2014 21:13 (five years ago) link

where is the new one?

Neckbread (Will M.), Monday, 26 May 2014 21:32 (five years ago) link

i cant handle this

socki (s1ocki), Monday, 26 May 2014 21:34 (five years ago) link

it's amazing
almost a carnival atmosphere
in spite of a resounding zero tie-in celebratory deals
actually maybe premiere maison baguettes are 2/$3
but yeah wild times

will it's on parc at fairmount, across the street. whenever i see stores w/francophone mention of TAPIS i always think TAPIRS, & it's next to a tapir store, go grocery shopping & grab a capybara on yr way out

schlump, Monday, 26 May 2014 21:42 (five years ago) link

i got a free shot of sambuca so

socki (s1ocki), Monday, 26 May 2014 21:49 (five years ago) link

what is PA and do they have any sambuca left

a strange man (mh), Monday, 26 May 2014 22:08 (five years ago) link

it is a store full of food! and now apparently sambuca sometimes

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Monday, 26 May 2014 23:20 (five years ago) link

only in montreal does a store open or move and the management is like "booze for everyone!!" e.g., they were giving away samples of sapporo beer at the renovated loblaws in parc-ex the other day)

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Monday, 26 May 2014 23:24 (five years ago) link

I have names heard that were dropped over dinner I am going to have to run past you guys later to see what credibility level things clock at

a strange man (mh), Tuesday, 27 May 2014 00:28 (five years ago) link

I went to Atom Heart (I know, music on physical media, lol me) on the way out of town and wanted to buy an album but they only had the promo listening station copy left, so they gave it to me for free! Buy something there.

a strange man (mh), Wednesday, 4 June 2014 01:04 (five years ago) link

one month passes...

mmttllblog.wordpress.com is my favourite thing atm

Neckbread (Will M.), Tuesday, 8 July 2014 16:38 (five years ago) link

this place gave me a parking ticket, should i pay it?

k3vin k., Tuesday, 8 July 2014 16:46 (five years ago) link

the city really needs the money, so it would be nice if you did

silverfish, Tuesday, 8 July 2014 19:49 (five years ago) link

1/3 of it will just fund the lavish suburban homes of extended Calabrian or Sicilian families. Don't pay it.

fields of salmon, Tuesday, 8 July 2014 21:45 (five years ago) link

well i'm less interested in the moral implications than i am in the legal ones

k3vin k., Tuesday, 8 July 2014 22:06 (five years ago) link

two months pass...

ach, rip backroom records

schlump, Friday, 26 September 2014 12:28 (five years ago) link

aw that's too bad

socki (s1ocki), Friday, 26 September 2014 13:19 (five years ago) link

Its been sever hours and thirteen days

sicne you took yoru love away

Brian Eno's Mother (Latham Green), Friday, 26 September 2014 19:43 (five years ago) link

seven months pass...

hi mtl I will be back in yr city in approximately one month
mmttllblog.wordpress.com will be my guide

ultimate american sock (mh), Thursday, 30 April 2015 14:35 (four years ago) link

you cannot go wrong with it as your guide! make sure you try EVERY hot dog on their list of best hot dogs (belle province, belle province, belle province...)

Who M the best? (Will M.), Thursday, 30 April 2015 14:38 (four years ago) link

I was planning on airbnb but in actuality I am going to sleep in a booth at belle province just to make sure I get the right number of hot dogs

ultimate american sock (mh), Thursday, 30 April 2015 14:52 (four years ago) link

two weeeeeeeeks

ultimate american sock (mh), Tuesday, 12 May 2015 15:12 (four years ago) link

I can't believe it's the middle of May! Mutek ahoy!

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Thursday, 14 May 2015 00:50 (four years ago) link

(pirate emoji)

tbrr the influences keeping me to musical events and not just drinking on a terrasse are out of the picture this season

ultimate american sock (mh), Thursday, 14 May 2015 01:39 (four years ago) link

two weeks pass...

btw is it weird to pay the bill at a bar/resto in montreal and expect to leave the tip on the table? I can understand just handing payment for bill+tip to the waiter, but I have done it both ways in different places.

I was out earlier in the week and some of my friends were out smoking so I paid for the beer, thinking I'd get a few more dollars from them for the tip when they returned, so I handed the waiter $50 for a $48 tab and he stuttered something about whether I understood that the bill didn't contain gratuity or something. I was like.. uh yeah? I was going to take my $2 plus whatever friends returned with and leave it for him.

Long story short, we left a good tip but I was weirded out

ultimate american sock (mh), Wednesday, 3 June 2015 15:18 (four years ago) link

more often than not ppl just give the whole tip to the waiter here, i don't see a lot of leaving the tip on the table unless it's like a diner or w/e. but servers also see so many ppl a day that as lnog as you tipped in the end, they forgot immediately and it's nbd

Who M the best? (Will M.), Wednesday, 3 June 2015 15:44 (four years ago) link

Yeah if the waiter is coming to your table with the bill and you pay it at your table that's where you leave the tip. But if you're going up to the bar or cash to pay that's where you leave/give the tip. I think now with portable debit machines, such confusion is eliminated... unless someone still pays tips in cash and the rest on card, which happens too I guess!

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Wednesday, 3 June 2015 16:21 (four years ago) link

Mutek was so awesome this year even though I needed a lot of caffeine to get me through :)

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Wednesday, 3 June 2015 16:21 (four years ago) link

more often than not ppl just give the whole tip to the waiter here, i don't see a lot of leaving the tip on the table unless it's like a diner or w/e. but servers also see so many ppl a day that as lnog as you tipped in the end, they forgot immediately and it's nbd

― Who M the best? (Will M.), Wednesday, June 3, 2015 11:44 AM (47 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

We never forget. Never.

Van Horn Street, Wednesday, 3 June 2015 16:32 (four years ago) link

Oh if someone DOESN'T tip, never 4get

But if someone tips like 30 seconds later than you expected...

Who M the best? (Will M.), Wednesday, 3 June 2015 16:38 (four years ago) link

that reminds me of an experience in chicago. i got lunch and had to go pay up at the counter to get change for the tip. i guess my waiter thought i was leaving the place and stiffing him because he muttered--fairly loudly--"asshole" in my general direction as he started to clean off my table. in fact as he was doing this i was heading back to the table to leave a cash tip but as soon as i heard that i just turned right around and left.

he quipped with heat (amateurist), Wednesday, 3 June 2015 16:46 (four years ago) link

this dude was already super-awkward in a previous question we'd had so I will chalk it up to weirdness

assuming someone isn't going to tip when they have not yet left the establishment is a weird look imo

ultimate american sock (mh), Wednesday, 3 June 2015 17:33 (four years ago) link

rrobyn otm about mutek and I must say her child is a++ cute and ridiculous

ultimate american sock (mh), Wednesday, 3 June 2015 17:51 (four years ago) link

:D

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Wednesday, 3 June 2015 20:02 (four years ago) link

three months pass...

I am prob visiting Montreal for a 5 day weekend in Oct or Nov! When should I come? What should I do? Where should I stay? Who should I see?

tell me EVERYTHING!!

Y Kant Max Read (Stevie D(eux)), Tuesday, 15 September 2015 20:41 (four years ago) link

Old City
bagels

skateboards are the new combover (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 15 September 2015 20:50 (four years ago) link

Come earlier than later! Winter will begin to hit in November and it's not the best time.

Be wary of Dr Morbius's advice: Old City (aka Old Port, Vieux Port, Old Montreal) is a lousy place to stay; it's fake, touristy Montreal. But nice to visit for an afternoon!

Stay in one of these neighbourhoods:
PLATEAU MONT-ROYAL, MILE END, PETITE ITALIE

Don't spend your money on pizza or sushi.

Do spend your money on pastries (St-Viateur Bagel, Mamie Clafoutis, Kouign Amann, Patrice Patissier, Paltoquet, Alati Caserta), ice-cream (Ripples, Kem Coba, Havre Aux Glaces), middle-eastern food (Alep, Damas, Sumac, Kaza Maza) and [relatively cheap] high-end dining (Salmigondis, Lawrence, Joe Beef, Foodlab, Lemeac [after 10pm special], Nora Grey).

Kazu is the only Japanese place worth your ducats.

Good beer at Dieu-du-Ciel and Vices Et Versa.

Coffee at Myriade/Dispatch (third wave) or Cafe Olimpico/Caffe Italia (Italian espresso).

Best cheap eats: Euro-Deli Batory, Thanjai, Kanbai, Pho Tay Ho, Romados, Chalet BBQ, Le Pick-Up.

sean gramophone, Tuesday, 15 September 2015 20:56 (four years ago) link

while this thread is popped up i am wondering montreal food people: how does montreal stack up in the west indian food dep't vs. other cities? i have been kind of addicted to boom j's cuisine lately, a total gem in verdun, but my palette is unrefined and i want to know if anyone has had it/compared it to the rest of the city's options/compared it to other cities? they have some stinkers on their menu but for my money it's one of the best goat rotis i've ever had (and i used to live beside that place on parc that moved to st. laurent, jardin de cari i think it was called?)

Bouncy Castlevania (Will M.), Tuesday, 15 September 2015 21:14 (four years ago) link

oops i am mixing up caraibe delite and jardin du cari. anyway both were good & i like boom j's more!

Bouncy Castlevania (Will M.), Tuesday, 15 September 2015 21:17 (four years ago) link

yeah i didnt stay in the Old City. walk it.

skateboards are the new combover (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 15 September 2015 21:24 (four years ago) link

Alright so let's say a 5 day weekend either Oct 8-12 or 15-19

Y Kant Max Read (Stevie D(eux)), Tuesday, 15 September 2015 21:26 (four years ago) link

I cannot stress enough Stevie that 8-12 is a bad idea nobody will be here

Canadians have Thanksgiving it is a thing

got a long list of ilxors (fgti), Tuesday, 15 September 2015 23:02 (four years ago) link

a.k.a. I won't be here ;(

sean otm, and there are several good Air BnB's in our neighbourhood (Mile End) that are good I'll send you PM

got a long list of ilxors (fgti), Tuesday, 15 September 2015 23:04 (four years ago) link

and we are gonna get egg creams and Wilensky's specials

got a long list of ilxors (fgti), Tuesday, 15 September 2015 23:05 (four years ago) link

going to send stevie my picks offthread so no one loltourists me :P

μpright mammal (mh), Wednesday, 16 September 2015 01:02 (four years ago) link

oh shit can we all get drunk with Stevie when he's in town?

flopson, Wednesday, 16 September 2015 01:15 (four years ago) link

you'll love montreal

flopson, Wednesday, 16 September 2015 01:16 (four years ago) link

yes let's all get drunk good idea

got a long list of ilxors (fgti), Wednesday, 16 September 2015 02:39 (four years ago) link

yay! ^_^

flopson, Wednesday, 16 September 2015 02:54 (four years ago) link

i might come in November, if i expedite my passport and the UK doesnt work out.

skateboards are the new combover (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 16 September 2015 03:12 (four years ago) link

man i am super good at that in fact i was planning on getting drunk anyway
xpost

Bouncy Castlevania (Will M.), Wednesday, 16 September 2015 03:13 (four years ago) link

Trip is booked!! We get in the morning of Thu 10/15 and leave Mon 10/19!!!!

Y Kant Max Read (Stevie D(eux)), Wednesday, 16 September 2015 13:08 (four years ago) link

currently spamming stevie with ideas

μpright mammal (mh), Wednesday, 16 September 2015 14:54 (four years ago) link

Haha I already spammed him too

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Wednesday, 16 September 2015 21:53 (four years ago) link

feel like if stevie went to dep le pick up he would be instantly offered a life-long position

flopson, Wednesday, 16 September 2015 22:41 (four years ago) link

i will be in mtl this wknd and free saturday nite if anyone has suggestions for stuff to do/places to go

dead (Lamp), Thursday, 17 September 2015 04:56 (four years ago) link

come to junglepussy

flopson, Thursday, 17 September 2015 10:31 (four years ago) link

Come to Rialto tomorrow night I'm cooking

got a long list of ilxors (fgti), Thursday, 17 September 2015 13:02 (four years ago) link

i changed phones but still have the same # text me if yr out sat night

flopson, Thursday, 17 September 2015 22:27 (four years ago) link

xp- nice, jef rulez

flopson, Thursday, 17 September 2015 22:44 (four years ago) link

Just booked & confirmed our place at Clark & St-Viateur!! Oh goodness I am SO EXCITED to visit MTL like I cannot even rn

Y Kant Max Read (Stevie D(eux)), Monday, 21 September 2015 12:27 (four years ago) link

I just realized I am going to get to eat real poutine for the first time and i am like crying tears of joy

Y Kant Max Read (Stevie D(eux)), Monday, 21 September 2015 16:47 (four years ago) link

You are staying literally across the street from me + I know that Air BnB and it's nice + I will take you to best poutine and also cook for you

got a long list of ilxors (fgti), Monday, 21 September 2015 18:30 (four years ago) link

this is just too much excitement
what if I fall v hard in <3 w/ Montreal? Will Canada let me move there?

Y Kant Max Read (Stevie D(eux)), Monday, 21 September 2015 19:11 (four years ago) link

if you can bluff your way into canadian citizenship, quebec will actually subsidize your lifestyle while you learn to speak french!

the first part is the hard part, though

μpright mammal (mh), Monday, 21 September 2015 19:16 (four years ago) link

Good b&b location!

Oh there are so many places to try for poutine. You could have a poutine week of your very own.

I was in mile end on casgrain around 6pm on Thursday and was like "mile end has a rush hour now?" It felt weird.

Pop Montreal was fun (though i did less stuff than usually this year.) Esp because Babes in Toyland! And watching my baby hands-in-the-air dance-crawl to live-band karaoke at Kids Pop :)

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Monday, 21 September 2015 19:24 (four years ago) link

You are staying literally across the street from me
--got a long list of ilxors (fgti)

east side or west side? i'm on st laurent n st viateur

flopson, Tuesday, 22 September 2015 02:56 (four years ago) link

god i just spent the last half hour reading over this thread again and
a) you are all great, and
b) i need to go to wilensky's, like, now, and
c) something something will m. st-henri

nerd shit (Will M.), Tuesday, 22 September 2015 05:08 (four years ago) link

ok but actually seriously if anyone finds themselves in st. henri for ??some reason?? between like 10am and 10pm most days, go to cafe frida. two dollar tacos made by a mom and they're so good! my roommate's review: "CHEAPER THAN GROCERIES" (<--double true in st.h)

nerd shit (Will M.), Tuesday, 22 September 2015 05:14 (four years ago) link

I have been hearing about these tacos!
I am never in St-Henri anymore :(
Stevie you should do a St-Henri afternoon or evening if you have time, see the canal too.

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Tuesday, 22 September 2015 12:51 (four years ago) link

We are totally doing lunch/brunch at le pick-up on a sunny day and not just because it's close to where I live :)

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Tuesday, 22 September 2015 13:00 (four years ago) link

^ to Stevie and whoever wants to come obv :)

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Tuesday, 22 September 2015 13:01 (four years ago) link

:-D

flopson, Tuesday, 22 September 2015 22:43 (four years ago) link

two weeks pass...

We leave in a week!!!! Are there any fun events screenings exhibitions etc of note btwn 15 and 19?

Ina-Garten-Da-Vida (Stevie D(eux)), Thursday, 8 October 2015 12:15 (four years ago) link

There's a federal election on the 19th! Fun times!! ;)

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Thursday, 8 October 2015 15:07 (four years ago) link

hoo boy

μpright mammal (mh), Thursday, 8 October 2015 15:16 (four years ago) link

who should we vote for?

Ina-Garten-Da-Vida (Stevie D(eux)), Friday, 9 October 2015 10:34 (four years ago) link

The guy who fake-ran for the Conservative party and then was kicked out when discovered to be a hoax is now an independent candidate - and in my riding! You should fake-vote for him.

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Monday, 12 October 2015 12:55 (four years ago) link

i voted yesterday :) went in to register, thought i would have to vote on the other side of town (and therefore decided to not cast an advance blalot and wait until my day)... and then they were like "you wanna vote now?" and i was like "sweet 2 for 1" so i did it! yaaaaaaaay it was painless

nerd shit (Will M.), Monday, 12 October 2015 15:37 (four years ago) link

Opinions:

The top of the mountain is so pretty
Everyone everywhere is insanely well-dressed
Poutine is NOT something you need to eat every day, also it is p good but not mind blowing
The bagels are p great but not mind blowing but I love a bagel so I love them
People are so thoughtful and polite! The bodega cashier offered us a tray of cookies when we bought a Kit Kat! The barista gave us small chocolates with our coffee!
Transit riders are also weirdly polite. People wait in a single file line for the bus and people give their seats to the elderly

Ina-Garten-Da-Vida (Stevie D(eux)), Friday, 16 October 2015 21:26 (four years ago) link

ha i have heard people being surprised by the single file line for buses... it's insane to me that people do it any other way elsewhere!

if ur still looking for something to do i'm going to this crazypants show tomorrow night https://www.facebook.com/events/1008873839164941/

flopson, Saturday, 17 October 2015 03:19 (four years ago) link

oh man youre staying on my block. the guy at that *ahem* depanneur has really nice shirts

flopson, Saturday, 17 October 2015 03:21 (four years ago) link

Lmao I saw Guerilla Toss in a basement like 3 years ago and it sounded like a group of toddlers having a collective temper tantrum and banging on things and shrieking, which I know is v "old man yells at cloud" but I am largely down w noise music and they just sounded like a bad parody of a noise band, or what a Mom would image noise music to be like. Everyone loves them though and people keep telling me they're so great. Where is the venue?

Ina-Garten-Da-Vida (Stevie D(eux)), Saturday, 17 October 2015 13:44 (four years ago) link

6502 parc corner beaubien

flopson, Saturday, 17 October 2015 18:49 (four years ago) link

interesting... i like gay disco and watched 30 seconds of a live set on youtube and it seemed pretty fun

flopson, Saturday, 17 October 2015 22:13 (four years ago) link

I'm in mile end for the first time in months and a) I miss the mile end and b) my cab home is gonna be $$$ D:

nerd shit (Will M.), Sunday, 18 October 2015 03:33 (four years ago) link

yeah guerilla toss sucked

flopson, Sunday, 18 October 2015 18:56 (four years ago) link

buck goots was pretty cool though

flopson, Sunday, 18 October 2015 18:56 (four years ago) link

Omg is winking a ~thing~ here or what??? Like the handsome flight attendant that just returned my head nod with a wink, was he being flirty or just Canadian? The guy at the counter at Patati Patata was also being v winky and also other ppl too.

Ina-Garten-Da-Vida (Stevie D(eux)), Monday, 19 October 2015 20:03 (four years ago) link

I mean either way it is completely endearing and it makes me strive to up my winking game!

Ina-Garten-Da-Vida (Stevie D(eux)), Monday, 19 October 2015 20:03 (four years ago) link

welcome to flirty montreal

μpright mammal (mh), Monday, 19 October 2015 20:38 (four years ago) link

what did you get at Patati Patata? need details

μpright mammal (mh), Monday, 19 October 2015 20:39 (four years ago) link

in the event of Harper's demise tonight, is there a party place where I can celebrate with strangers?

Van Horn Street, Monday, 19 October 2015 20:57 (four years ago) link

no idea if they'll be showing the live results (i sure fucking hope so) but in general ilx should come to my pub quiz night sometime :O
y3 old3 0rch4rd downtown near the bell centre, mondays 830, i ask questions and people have fun

nerd shit (Will M.), Monday, 19 October 2015 21:42 (four years ago) link

what did you get at Patati Patata? need details

The cutest petit burger with bacon and cheese, poutine, glass of Blonde, and three winks

Ina-Garten-Da-Vida (Stevie D(eux)), Monday, 19 October 2015 22:31 (four years ago) link

expressing my profound approval with some winking at u

μpright mammal (mh), Monday, 19 October 2015 22:38 (four years ago) link

xxposts Will, i'd be happy to come by. im a grumpy's trivia man myself.

Van Horn Street, Monday, 19 October 2015 22:55 (four years ago) link

is grumpy's on sundays? I keep meaning to check it out someday! hasn't the same person been running it for like ever? i can't even imagine. i've been doing it for like a year and a half and i have already written like ~2600 questions.

nerd shit (Will M.), Monday, 19 October 2015 23:04 (four years ago) link

I can verify that the Patati Patata guys are just winky guys, regardless of gender or any other factors. The staff at my local pub also wink at me regularly, which I've come to appreciate.

I've been in Quebec almost eight years and I've also noticed it but not investigated it too thoroughly. It seems, as far as I can tell, to be a genuine and almost conspiratorial show of amitié. Whenever my favourite bartenders wink at me, they seem to be saying "you're a cool dude" or "we're the same, you and I" or "I gotcha covered, good customer."

fields of salmon, Tuesday, 20 October 2015 18:56 (four years ago) link

Non-local anglos (e.g. Concordia students from Toronto who end up working in bars or something) don't wink. It's a "local" and predominately franco thing, as far as I can tell, though local anglos and longterm resident anglos may also wink. I've been here long enough and am integrated enough into local franco and anglo groups that I probably just wink constantly now.

Oh, I know a guy from France who also winks but he has also been here for quite a few years so this may be a false positive.

fields of salmon, Tuesday, 20 October 2015 18:59 (four years ago) link

i want to go back to dep le pick-up :(

Ina-Garten-Da-Vida (Stevie D(eux)), Tuesday, 20 October 2015 19:29 (four years ago) link

three months pass...

i need to decide this weekend if i'm going March 31-April 4; where can i find out what's going on then (besides Jays-Boston at Big O)? Urge or discourage.

we can be heroes just for about 3.6 seconds (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 11 February 2016 22:33 (three years ago) link

or i could wait til June

we can be heroes just for about 3.6 seconds (Dr Morbius), Friday, 12 February 2016 22:43 (three years ago) link

i'd wait til june imo, strong contender the best month in the city

flopson, Friday, 12 February 2016 22:44 (three years ago) link

no exhibition baseball thoough

and really i am looking to change apartments here on July 1 (as i have for about 5 years running)

we can be heroes just for about 3.6 seconds (Dr Morbius), Friday, 12 February 2016 22:46 (three years ago) link

if you do come in march mtl ilx should crew up and get trashed w morbs at the big o B-)

flopson, Saturday, 13 February 2016 01:26 (three years ago) link

early april definitely not this city at its best

sean gramophone, Saturday, 13 February 2016 01:32 (three years ago) link

Aw I'm not going to be here on those March/April dates. But baseball is important to you, follow your baseball shaped heart!
I need to get down to NYC again one of these days soon.

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Saturday, 13 February 2016 03:50 (three years ago) link

one month passes...

going to be in town again the first week of june, thinking about staying a little longer than usual and doing some wandering

anyone going to be around and want to meet up? (other than the usual suspects, hi rrrobyn!)

μpright mammal (mh), Wednesday, 6 April 2016 20:51 (three years ago) link

Yeah I'll be around but nobody likes me because one time in 2008 I said that Montreal's hot dogs weren't good and someone got mad about it.

fields of salmon, Friday, 8 April 2016 00:21 (three years ago) link

you got a lot of nerve showing up in this thread, weinertraitor

i'll also be around!

yellow despackling power (Will M.), Friday, 8 April 2016 14:45 (three years ago) link

still not sure what my plans are, trying to communicate with my montreal music festival posse friends to see if they're interested in sharing an airbnb but they're being wieners

μpright mammal (mh), Friday, 8 April 2016 14:51 (three years ago) link

i'll be around, i think u can send me a ilxmail or bump this thread

de l'asshole (flopson), Friday, 8 April 2016 14:57 (three years ago) link

cool, clear off your couch, i'll be over

μpright mammal (mh), Friday, 8 April 2016 14:57 (three years ago) link

two months pass...

how hard is it for someone with v mediocre french to find a job for the summer in mtl?

( ^_^) (Lamp), Saturday, 25 June 2016 01:39 (three years ago) link

What kind of job - like, dishwashing? Would be very, very hard to get a retail or service job. It's easy to live here speaking little French, but can be difficult to find work. (Hence the reason there are so many freelancers/artists.)

sean gramophone, Saturday, 25 June 2016 01:48 (three years ago) link

yeah like bartending or something. i can speak enough french to like take orders or w/e but im def not fluent

( ^_^) (Lamp), Saturday, 25 June 2016 02:07 (three years ago) link

ya u can work it imo

de l'asshole (flopson), Saturday, 25 June 2016 02:29 (three years ago) link

I knew a guy who got a job as a pool boy there in the summers

The Nickelbackean Ethics (jim in glasgow), Saturday, 25 June 2016 03:02 (three years ago) link

retail is def. possible but I would target specific neighborhoods

Van Horn Street, Saturday, 25 June 2016 04:43 (three years ago) link

@flopson can i ilxmail u?

( ^_^) (Lamp), Saturday, 25 June 2016 04:56 (three years ago) link

ya!

de l'asshole (flopson), Saturday, 25 June 2016 07:14 (three years ago) link

Oh ok if you have french (albeit not fluency) yeah there are jobs! Summer here is busy.

sean gramophone, Saturday, 25 June 2016 16:14 (three years ago) link

are u canadian? bartender jobs are often highly coveted (and hard to get) because tips mean $$$.

sean gramophone, Saturday, 25 June 2016 16:14 (three years ago) link

flopson thanx i msg'd you

i have a fair amount of serving xp but was worried i just flat out couldnt get hired if i wasnt fluent. ive got a very cheap place to live so i dont need to make crazy money so i can work at a slower/less cool/less remunerative place. i just want some kind of income while im living there

( ^_^) (Lamp), Saturday, 25 June 2016 18:42 (three years ago) link

i can ask around too! when?

a simba man (Will M.), Sunday, 26 June 2016 01:57 (three years ago) link

five months pass...

does anyone have a spare room i could crash in this wknd? will buy you whiskey/beer

( ^_^) (Lamp), Tuesday, 6 December 2016 00:14 (two years ago) link

four months pass...

Gonna be in Montreal for a couple of nights this June. I haven't been to the city in maybe 30 years, my wife has never been. Our only confirmed commitment is dinner at Joe Beef one night. So ... any new/good/updated recommendations of where to stay (leaning toward AirBnB) and what to do? I'd be happy just eating the entire trip, but I think I'd get bonus points with my wife if I planned more than just meals. (Though meal recommendations are appreciated, too!).

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 23 April 2017 16:12 (two years ago) link

best thing to do in montreal is just to walk around imo. walk up the mountain then through golden square mile/mcgill and upper westmount (murray hill park is nice), walk through the plateau (the square formed by mont royal, esplanade, st denis, and duluth is hard to beat, and you could dip further south on st lau) or the mile end (just don't take one of those walking tours lol), walk along the canal... on a sunny day may/june is the best time of the year imo

i don't eat out much and i'm stingy but here are my fav restos. but there are better recommendations from ppl who eat out more + better than me upthread

mile end/outremont: lawrence/larrys (british), lester's (smoked meat), damas (syrian), guillaume (bread)

plateau: nourry's (iranian sandwich + soup, in the lobby of an old converted industrial loft bldg), romados (portuguese chicken, huge lineup), patati patata (tiny burger joint)

downtown: cuisine szechuan

little italy: espresso @ cafe italia and pastry from alati caserta. there are also a bunch of great vietnamese places in the adjacent neighborhood, pho tay ho is the most popular

ndg: chalet bbq (roast chicken), hwang kum (korean)

sud-ouest: AA (poutine, in st-henri), lotus bleu (super cheap authentic chinese)

quite far afield but Pushap (near metro Namur) is one of my favourite restaurants in the city, vegetarian indian with great selection of sweets. you can also stop at the Orange Julep while you're there, and if you really feel like "slumming it" go to a movie at the charmingly creepy dollar cinema in the dilapidated (virtually abandoned, really) decarie square mall

flopson, Sunday, 23 April 2017 18:54 (two years ago) link

this post holds up

Stay in one of these neighbourhoods:
PLATEAU MONT-ROYAL, MILE END, PETITE ITALIE

Don't spend your money on pizza or sushi.

Do spend your money on pastries (St-Viateur Bagel, Mamie Clafoutis, Kouign Amann, Patrice Patissier, Paltoquet, Alati Caserta), ice-cream (Ripples, Kem Coba, Havre Aux Glaces), middle-eastern food (Alep, Damas, Sumac, Kaza Maza) and [relatively cheap] high-end dining (Salmigondis, Lawrence, Joe Beef, Foodlab, Lemeac [after 10pm special], Nora Grey).

Kazu is the only Japanese place worth your ducats.

Good beer at Dieu-du-Ciel and Vices Et Versa.

Coffee at Myriade/Dispatch (third wave) or Cafe Olimpico/Caffe Italia (Italian espresso).

Best cheap eats: Euro-Deli Batory, Thanjai, Kanbai, Pho Tay Ho, Romados, Chalet BBQ, Le Pick-Up.

― sean gramophone, Tuesday, September 15, 2015 4:56 PM (one year ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

flopson, Monday, 24 April 2017 01:31 (two years ago) link

It does indeed. That said, Ma poule mouillée > Romados.

pomenitul, Monday, 24 April 2017 01:33 (two years ago) link

Awesome, thanks! I saw that post and actually made the call to stay in Mile End. It's not that far from tourist stuff we want to do, and I think staying in a proper neighborhood sounds great.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 24 April 2017 03:00 (two years ago) link

I also strongly endorse that call, just make sure to be a couple blocks away from the youth who are partying hard on st laurent until 3am on weeknights

a landlocked exclave (mh), Monday, 24 April 2017 03:10 (two years ago) link

I wrote that post and I agree Ma Poule Mouillée is kicking ass these days. Also might boast the best (non-trad, admittedly) poutine in the city?

sean gramophone, Tuesday, 25 April 2017 00:53 (two years ago) link

in the mile end area best poutine is chez claudette imo

Van Horn Street, Tuesday, 25 April 2017 01:14 (two years ago) link

as someone who lives in st henri, i agree, fuck aa, go to chez claudette

(aside from there being nothing else in st-h worth checking out, aa fell off a fucking cliff after its last health shutdown)

(that said i'll live here til i die or they remember to raise my rent)

why ruin a good tradition? (Will M.), Thursday, 27 April 2017 07:53 (two years ago) link

lol i haven't been (to aa) in a couple years, shame. although this isn't the first time someone has touted its downfall, only for me to go and have a delicious poutine \o/

flopson, Thursday, 27 April 2017 11:55 (two years ago) link

imo just get kind of drunk and buy the cheapest poutine from whoever is open at 3am

a landlocked exclave (mh), Thursday, 27 April 2017 15:54 (two years ago) link

i had poutine a few times in montreal, including at chez claudette, and none of it was any better than I've had in vancouver. was a bit of a disappointment.

-_- (jim in vancouver), Thursday, 27 April 2017 16:11 (two years ago) link

everything else about montreal was amazing, i even quite enjoyed being shouted by a worker on the metro for complaining that the machine had eaten my money in english

-_- (jim in vancouver), Thursday, 27 April 2017 16:12 (two years ago) link

crucial experience

a landlocked exclave (mh), Thursday, 27 April 2017 16:53 (two years ago) link

four months pass...

Oh hi I am in Montreal. Packed a light vest and coat, also scarf, lol me.

Ate at Club Chasse et Peche which was awesome, accidentally watched average ~300 average Joes from Your Fair City in some sort of dance performance at Place des Festivals, wandered around Mile End/Le Plateau, did obligatory in-and-out of Old City. Damas tonight, thinking Jean-
Talon market tomorrow. Any Litte Italy recs? What else should I do/eat/drink on my last day?

mom tossed in kimchee (quincie), Sunday, 17 September 2017 21:59 (two years ago) link

little italy: cafe italia and (some find it garish but mmv) pastry shop alati caserta on dante

flopson, Sunday, 17 September 2017 22:19 (two years ago) link

this post holds up imo

Montreal!

flopson, Sunday, 17 September 2017 22:21 (two years ago) link

Thanks! People are so friendly and chill here compared to DC. It has been pleasure.

But where on earth do you buy booze? Wanted to grab a bottle of wine to take back to hotel (which has a mini rooftop pool deck with a great view) but maybe wine/beer shops aren't really a thing? I dunno we ended up grabbing something from some natural food store on St. Laurent.

mom tossed in kimchee (quincie), Sunday, 17 September 2017 22:49 (two years ago) link

Had a really nice time at Gokudo for cocktails; it is pretty new I think. Would return!

mom tossed in kimchee (quincie), Sunday, 17 September 2017 22:58 (two years ago) link

Also if anyone is up to FAP on a Monday (unlikely I know) lemme know!

mom tossed in kimchee (quincie), Sunday, 17 September 2017 22:59 (two years ago) link

SAQ. there's one on the corner of st laurent and mozart in little italy (secret flopson trivia: i used to live on that corner)

flopson, Sunday, 17 September 2017 23:59 (two years ago) link

^ was a response to :

where on earth do you buy booze?

flopson, Sunday, 17 September 2017 23:59 (two years ago) link

That saq is temporarily relocated to St. Laurent between St. Zotique and Beaubien. But there's also one on the NW corner of Jean Talon market.

bryan, Monday, 18 September 2017 00:44 (two years ago) link

Just back from a really really really great and fun meal at Damas, waitstaff explained SAQ to us, sorry Montreal that u have some booze barriers!

Anyhow not once but TWICE in two days we have hailed a cab whose driver then pointed us toward a different cab that was "up next"? Like there is a cab driver code of honor in Montreal?

Love u Canada!

mom tossed in kimchee (quincie), Monday, 18 September 2017 04:36 (two years ago) link

you were probably at a cab stop, where they queue up

glad you enjoyed my hometown. i miss it sometimes :)

flopson, Monday, 18 September 2017 08:33 (two years ago) link

oh weird, I am in MTL right now, too! staying in St Henri, which is funny bc I just read this whole thread and ppl were like "tourists, don't stay in St Henri because why?" and I get it but there was a cheap Airbnb here and also I kinda liked the idea of being in a neighborhood I might not otherwise have seen?

actually, now I'm wondering, bc I have no trace of it, where rrrobyn lived in 2006 when I stayed with her? my Montreal geography is poor, I realized, bc on that trip I basically just let her lead me around everywhere (which I do not regret). where was the indian restaurant at which we met s1ocki?

Beret McKesson (jaymc), Tuesday, 19 September 2017 03:47 (two years ago) link

mile end near st laurent & bernard iirc

mh, Tuesday, 19 September 2017 13:43 (two years ago) link

not betraying any confidential info here, pretty sure she's moved (and the neighborhood's changed quite a bit)

mh, Tuesday, 19 September 2017 13:44 (two years ago) link

deeply regret not ever making it up to montreal while i lived in vermont :(

gbx, Tuesday, 19 September 2017 17:33 (two years ago) link

shameful

mh, Tuesday, 19 September 2017 21:04 (two years ago) link

although I visited one or the other multiple times and kept saying "oh yeah, I should go to both, it's like a two hour bus trip" and never did

mh, Tuesday, 19 September 2017 21:04 (two years ago) link

i have a hare-brained notion to move to montreal but i have no idea how i would make ends meet speaking zero french

-_- (jim in vancouver), Tuesday, 19 September 2017 22:04 (two years ago) link

get a corporate office job

flopson, Tuesday, 19 September 2017 22:22 (two years ago) link

When we were just there, most people spoke English, or at least enough. If you live there, I assume you will approach it from the reverse, and learn a little French.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 19 September 2017 22:25 (two years ago) link

Amusingly, we met a couple of French immigrants, and they said they struggled with Montreal French.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 19 September 2017 22:26 (two years ago) link

get a corporate office job

― flopson, Tuesday, September 19, 2017 3:22 PM (nine minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

i do nonsense low-level office clerk work would that be an option?

-_- (jim in vancouver), Tuesday, 19 September 2017 22:34 (two years ago) link

9-5 job prospects for unilingual anglophones is definitely poor. this is a city where 90% of the industry is in french.
it is why most unilingual anglos who stick around do freelancey kind of work.

there are jobs - keep your eye on job boards for McGill and Concordia, Reader's Digest, Bookmark, etc, or i guess for big pharma or something - but this is definitely not a great place to be a unilingual professional seeking work at a large company/org

sean gramophone, Wednesday, 20 September 2017 00:01 (two years ago) link

mile end near st laurent & bernard iirc

― mh, Tuesday, September 19, 2017 8:43 AM (yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

ok yes this checks out. i remember
that the pharmacie esperanza i mentioned here was a couple of blocks away from r's place.

Beret McKesson (jaymc), Wednesday, 20 September 2017 20:24 (two years ago) link

now drinking at dieu de ciel! A+

Beret McKesson (jaymc), Wednesday, 20 September 2017 20:27 (two years ago) link

*du

Beret McKesson (jaymc), Wednesday, 20 September 2017 20:27 (two years ago) link

xposts. ah, thanks sean. i thought as much. ah, well, i can always visit.

have drank at dieu du ciel, very good, would drink again

-_- (jim in vancouver), Wednesday, 20 September 2017 20:29 (two years ago) link

i do nonsense low-level office clerk work would that be an option?

― -_- (jim in vancouver), Tuesday, September 19, 2017 6:34 PM (yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

yup

flopson, Wednesday, 20 September 2017 21:03 (two years ago) link

sean is talking literary/media jobs i believe. if u just want to work in an anglophone office in an industrial park in Ville St-Laurent there are a dozen-or-so of those

flopson, Wednesday, 20 September 2017 21:04 (two years ago) link

not to mention if you do move there and only speak english you're essentially moving to a small town

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Wednesday, 20 September 2017 21:06 (two years ago) link

nah that's not true. i am bilingual but only hung out with anglos, didn't feel small relative to vancouver where i live now that is entirely english. actually vancouver feels smaller, in terms of like social scene. the thing is that bilingual people don't mind speaking the language a unilingual speaks, so the real two solitudes is unilingual anglos and francos, each of which are very very small minorities

flopson, Wednesday, 20 September 2017 21:22 (two years ago) link

i would be planning to learn french obv btw. i am good at languages and so i think i could learn enough idiomatic french to "get by" but obviously to reach the kind of fluency and literacy that are required in the clerical jobs i do would take me years and i wouldn't have that long to become employable.

anyway thank you for your input and i will stop my derail of the thread now :)

-_- (jim in vancouver), Wednesday, 20 September 2017 21:43 (two years ago) link

You can actually get paid about $550/month to learn French here:
https://www.immigration-quebec.gouv.qc.ca/en/french-language/learning-quebec/full-time/index.html

sean gramophone, Wednesday, 20 September 2017 23:57 (two years ago) link

i mention this because montreal is the best and more people should move here! it's so much cheaper than toronto or vancouver. yes, it's hard to scale the corporate ladder - but there are still lots of opportunities, especially if you put in effort.

sean gramophone, Wednesday, 20 September 2017 23:58 (two years ago) link

there are jobs - keep your eye on job boards for McGill and Concordia, Reader's Digest, Bookmark, etc, or i guess for big pharma or something - but this is definitely not a great place to be a unilingual professional seeking work at a large company/org

Maybe, but it's more complicated than that. In a certain segment of large companies (tech, financial, services) there are a significant number of unilingual anglophones above a certain seniority threshold. I've met many unilingual anglophone senior manager and corporate executive types, some are the flown-in-from-Toronto variety, some are the married-a-local variety, and some are the I'm-still-here variety (chiefly older West Island types). There are also significant numbers of unilingual West Island types in sales (often Montreal companies sell mainly into the US, so French is a non-issue for their sales reps) as well as various technical, back-office, and admin/clerical jobs. But yeah, there's a big chunk of middle-earners for whom bilingualism is absolutely necessary (this goes for native French-speakers as well).

In the tech sector the percentage of unilingual anglophones is significantly higher at all levels. Anyone who is new to Montreal and doesn't speak French would do well to try to get a job at a tech company. (If you have tech skills, all the better, if you don't you can still aim for sales, customer service, or various administrative roles). Some companies will have an ostensible glass ceiling as the language of management is French, but there's not much you can do about that.

Of course now that I think about it "unilingual anglophone" is a bit of a red herring in this context since the majority of workers at Montreal companies I'm familiar with who speak English and not French tend to also speak one or two other languages... but only have minimal French fluency. I've met tons of Concordia graduates who stayed on and other recently immigrated folks who speak Arabic, Mandarin, Spanish, Punjabi, Romanian, Ukrainian, or Korean... and in many cases several languages. Mexican, Chilean, and Colombian colleagues have tended to take to French quite easily, as have the Romanians (where I believe Romania still has Francophonie status and French is a primary language of instruction), but not everybody finds it so easy or has the time to make it a priority. In the end I've been in many meetings where functional, okay-ish English is the basic standard everyone tries to meet, almost nobody speaks French, and you're more likely to hear colleagues have a side conversation in some third language than either of the so-called "Canadian" languages.

I'm sure it can be discouraging to hunt for a job and I've seen several "unilingual anglophones" (in this context I think we just say it means "people from elsewhere in Canada") stagnate in Montreal, burning themselves out on low-paying jobs beneath their ability simply because they feared another job hunt. But it's not impossible by any stretch of the imagination. Once you got a line on your CV that says you've worked at a Montreal company, your second job search gets easier. And chances are you'll have made some friends. Montreal is tremendously informal in the sense that small to medium companies often hire their friends instead of going through a formal process (although later on, this tends to have an altogether different effect on the workplace, more on which another time).

It's the West Islanders who don't speak French that give me the creeps.

fields of salmon, Wednesday, 27 September 2017 14:53 (two years ago) link

PS, my advice is to forget applying at the English universities. They are the most "closed" shops in the city.

fields of salmon, Wednesday, 27 September 2017 14:55 (two years ago) link

three months pass...

Cool

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DSGL8YoW4AEaZT5.jpg

flopson, Thursday, 28 December 2017 01:33 (one year ago) link

Extreme Cold Warning for Quebec
Active for next 11 hours · Environment Canada
This alert has been updated.
Posted 5 hours ago
Cold Arctic air has arrived over the province of Quebec. This very cold air mass combined with brisk winds will give extreme wind chill of minus 38 to minus 44 over western and Central Quebec tonight and Thursday morning.

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Extreme cold warnings are issued when very cold temperatures or wind chill creates an elevated risk to health such as frost bite and hypothermia.

flopson, Thursday, 28 December 2017 01:34 (one year ago) link

It ain't good.

fields of salmon, Thursday, 28 December 2017 02:46 (one year ago) link

seven months pass...

On the origins and consequences of the destruction of architecture and urbanism, the suburban sprawl in Montreal:

https://watch.cbc.ca/media/media/absolutely-canadian/cities-held-hostage/38e815a-00ce3ab4178

Van Horn Street, Thursday, 2 August 2018 20:04 (one year ago) link

Unavailable to those outside Canada

only one solution. I've gotta go to Canada to watch it!

mh, Thursday, 2 August 2018 20:38 (one year ago) link

It’s super interesting + depressing. Definitely worth coming to Montreal to watch in a Mutek-hangover haze in yr plateau airbnb as the gentrification implodes around you.

obliquity of the ecliptic (rrrobyn), Friday, 3 August 2018 01:48 (one year ago) link

Please don't come to Montreal. If you do, stay in a properly zoned hotel downtown. Please don't come to my local and ask for sangria by the glass or ask "do you have any sour beers." Don't go to Mutek, don't come near me, stay the fuck away from the Jean-Talon market or I'll fucking hit you.

fields of salmon, Friday, 10 August 2018 00:39 (one year ago) link

someone hasn't been reading any of my posts ever

I was the one who introduced sour beers to montreal

mh, Friday, 10 August 2018 00:44 (one year ago) link

You fucking parasite, you must leave

fields of salmon, Friday, 10 August 2018 00:55 (one year ago) link

i'm in des moines

you can sleep peacefully for now, although my recent decision to concentrate on a different destination... well, spite is a motivator, salmon person

mh, Friday, 10 August 2018 02:06 (one year ago) link

Fields of salmon speaks for himself/herself.

Van Horn Street, Friday, 10 August 2018 02:44 (one year ago) link

yeah heck that dude you can stay in my roommates room he's on vacation and hasn't paid me rent in 3 months

challops trap house (Will M.), Friday, 10 August 2018 18:57 (one year ago) link

I'll be visiting for Labor Day weekend!!! It's been way too long.

wayne trotsky (Simon H.), Friday, 10 August 2018 18:59 (one year ago) link

I thought about going for the aforementioned festival again but opted against it because, idk, I just need some unstructured time to do absolutely nothing and loaf away from town. How long's your roommate on vacay, Will? :)

mh, Friday, 10 August 2018 19:45 (one year ago) link

Unstructured time to do absolutely nothing should be guaranteed by society.

Van Horn Street, Friday, 10 August 2018 20:05 (one year ago) link

Please don't come to Montreal. If you do, stay in a properly zoned hotel downtown. Please don't come to my local and ask for sangria by the glass or ask "do you have any sour beers." Don't go to Mutek, don't come near me, stay the fuck away from the Jean-Talon market or I'll fucking hit you.

― fields of salmon, Thursday, August 9, 2018 7:39 PM (two days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

uh

gbx, Saturday, 11 August 2018 19:08 (one year ago) link

spent almost 2 months in mtl this summer and had the time of my life. best city i've ever been to or lived in hands down

flopson, Saturday, 11 August 2018 22:21 (one year ago) link

i still like vancouver but i would give anything to move back, except for dropping out of my program lol

flopson, Saturday, 11 August 2018 22:27 (one year ago) link

You are always welcome back!

Especially right before the elections to make sure nationalist identitarian can’t win!

Van Horn Street, Saturday, 11 August 2018 22:54 (one year ago) link

thanks. i'll do my best to return :)

flopson, Saturday, 11 August 2018 22:55 (one year ago) link

I thought about going for the aforementioned festival again but opted against it because, idk, I just need some unstructured time to do absolutely nothing and loaf away from town. How long's your roommate on vacay, Will? :)

― mh, Friday, August 10, 2018 3:45 PM (three days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

haha i think until the end of august? idk he's been cagey about it (this is the thread where i complain about my roomie now apparently lol, v montreal)

challops trap house (Will M.), Monday, 13 August 2018 13:32 (one year ago) link

Please continue to avoid Montreal during peak times. For booking your visits, consider November, a month in which your visit will be considered respectful, rather than simply being another piece of clutter in a world already dying because of plastic that can't break down in the ocean. Don't like dolphins? Got it.

fields of salmon, Saturday, 25 August 2018 00:54 (one year ago) link

Someone other than fields of salmon : what's the earliest in the year I can go to Montreal and it be pleasant out? Wikipedia seems to suggest June

( ͡☉ ͜ʖ ͡☉) (jim in vancouver), Saturday, 25 August 2018 06:13 (one year ago) link

The end of May is usually quite pleasant, though two years ago it snowed on May 6 so June makes sense as an absolutely safe bet.

rob, Saturday, 25 August 2018 13:07 (one year ago) link

yeah june is the safe bet

sean gramophone, Saturday, 25 August 2018 23:54 (one year ago) link

Thank you

( ͡☉ ͜ʖ ͡☉) (jim in vancouver), Sunday, 26 August 2018 09:07 (one year ago) link

Have you tried a sour beer? Have you trieeeed a soooooour beeeer? You should look for them. They're apparently really critical recently, so you should ask people who are working to earn university degrees that you already have or are earning about sour beers! Good luck!

fields of salmon, Saturday, 1 September 2018 02:34 (one year ago) link

Do you have any sour beers

fields of salmon, Saturday, 1 September 2018 02:40 (one year ago) link

I'm more a natural wine guy

( ͡☉ ͜ʖ ͡☉) (jim in vancouver), Saturday, 1 September 2018 03:53 (one year ago) link

seven months pass...

Where to stay in Montreal if I probably want to be in mile end plateau little italy, dont really want to airbnb, dont have high standards?

findom haddie (jim in vancouver), Tuesday, 9 April 2019 00:34 (seven months ago) link

https://casadelpopolo.com/pensione-popolo/
https://hotelcastleruins.com/
there's also an apartment owned by/above the restaurant La Khaima (on airbnb i think) that seems ok