After driving for almost nine hours, I finally arrived in Montreal with my friend Amy from Bad Day Magazine. Considering that I've never driven a car in my life, I managed to pay my way with Google Map skills and radio scanning abilities. A quick shower and costume change out of my sweatpants-disguised-as-jeans later, we were ready to head out. Pop Montreal had taken over, which meant that the whole city was buzzing with creative energy and tourists from outside La Belle Province; middle school-level French speakers could be heard from every corner of the Plateau. Ok, so I'm not saying that we followed Lil B there, but I won't deny it either. I had such a great time in Montreal, that I was equally sad at the thought of leaving as I was thinking about the mind-numbing cruise across the 401.
What I ate + drank: A few highlights from our eat-cation include brunch at the popular St. Henri brunch mecca, Griffintown Café. I enjoyed Mexican-style eggs served with avocado and a corn tortilla while I sipped on a glass of Pinot Grigio. No question that the standout meal was from Tuck Shop. Please go immediately if you haven't already and order the heirloom tomato salad. The Atwater Market was the best place to spend a Sunday afternoon. After salivating moments upon entering, we decided to fill our tummies with pork buns + soup from The Satay Brothers. We also enjoyed some drinks at Burgundy Lion + danced the night away at Salon Officiel.
What I saw: I'm sure by now you gathered that I saw Lil B. It was every bit as hilarious as we anticipated. I don't think I've ever seen a room full of 20-something men that excited before. The set was a balance of spoken nonsense about positive energy and rapping. Someone in the crowd had an umbrella open and each time it caught my eye, I thought that Totoro had dropped in. On Sunday after brunch, we stumbled across an outdoor punk and street festival in Mile End. Aside from the expected angsty crowd, I was pleasantly surprised to see several sets of hipster parents toting around toddlers with better outfits than mine.
What I bought: The rain didn't stop us from exploring boutiques and cafés. I loved all the stores that we popped into and bought two issues of the "It's Nice That" magazine and mojito-flavoured Malin + Goetz lip balm from Héritage. I also really liked the stores Rooney and Les Étoffes.