My year of travel continued during 4th of July weekend in Montréal, Québec. Montréal is a fun city and I recommend visiting if you get the chance. There is a very interesting mix of European charm with the vibrancy of being a large North American city. Although there is a strong French influence in the cuisine in Montréal, there were two things I had there that I thought were unique to Montréal.
Saturday, July 2, 2011
After a night of drinking, we decided to La Banquise, a place locals say have the best Poutine. Poutine is French fries covered with fresh cheese curd and brown gravy. We ordered two plates, the traditional poutine and a poutine with peppers, onions and bacon.
Sunday, July 3, 2011
I read about something called the Montréal-style bagel online and in tour guides before my trip. I’m not a huge fan of bagels but I would have to say that being a New Yorker, ours are the best. That was until I got a bagel in Montréal. The taste is similar to a NY bagel but the only difference is the thickness. Montréal bagels are very thin and not as doughy as the NY style bagels. We went to the famous Fairmount Bagel. I had an “all dressed” bagel (everything) with cream cheese.