A Hot Chocolate, a Good Night Sleep and a Fantastic Meal at Bonaparte, Montreal, Canada

I’ve already mentioned in a previous post that Old Montreal is full of gems. The Bonaparte is another one of these gems, perhaps the gem. Housed in a five story building built in 1886, this restaurant/hotel has been operating since 1984. The entrance is modern and trendy, dripping with holiday cheer. If you are looking for a place to stay in Old Montreal this comes highly recommended and is incredibly affordable considering its location and history. The service is fantastic, the glass of sparkling wine when you check in doesn’t hurt either, and the rooms are great. Included in the [...]

2017-01-22T02:54:00+00:00January 23rd, 2017|Canada, Montreal, NORTH AMERICA|

A Hot Chocolate and Lots of Vitamin D at Tommy’s, Montreal, Canada

Old Montreal is a jewel filled with jewels. If you are visiting, forget the tourists and follow the locals around. They will bring you to gems hidden inside historic buildings. Tommy’s is one of these. Just next to Place d’Armes, Tommy’s is a great little coffee shop housed in the British Empire Building (formerly the Exchange Bank of Canada built in 1874). Quite simply, I fell in love with Tommy’s. While outside it might be cold, inside it felt like a summer day, as if you are getting your daily dose of Vitamin D just by sitting inside. It is [...]

2017-01-17T16:30:29+00:00January 17th, 2017|Canada, Montreal, NORTH AMERICA|

A Hot Chocolate at The Festin de Babette, Montreal, Canada

In 1987, Babette’s Feast won an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. It is a Danish film that takes place in 19th century Denmark where a French woman, Babette, flees Paris to a little town to cook for a local family. Little do they know, she is an accomplished chef, creating delicious French meals that seduce all that eat them. Fast forward to about 20 years ago and the spirit of Babette travelled once again, this time to Montreal where she became the inspiration behind a café on Rue Saint Denis, Festin de Babette. The reason most visit this [...]

2018-02-19T02:19:33+00:00January 7th, 2017|Canada, Montreal, NORTH AMERICA|

Hot Chocolate at Olive & Gourmando, Montreal, Canada

A couple of years ago I visited Montreal and stayed at a hotel near the heart of Old Montreal, the historic city centre. I remember waking up starving and letting my nose direct me to the nearest spot that could satisfy my morning hunger. That morning my nose did well and brought me straight to Olive & Gourmando. This trip despite staying on the complete opposite side of the city, the first thing I did was make my way back to O&G. Olive & Gourmando, or O&G for short, has an incredible buzz. It feels a little bit like those [...]

2017-01-04T22:41:20+00:00October 20th, 2014|Canada, Montreal, NORTH AMERICA|

Hot Chocolate at Maison Christian Faure, Montreal, Canada

Old Montreal is the heart of the city. It is a relatively large area made up of a network of old cobblestoned streets, lined with churches, restaurants, stores and cafes in buildings dating from the 17th through 19th centuries. Throughout the day and late into the night street performers entertain the large crowds of locals and tourists alike. But today we weren’t interested in any of this. We walked straight to Maison Christian Faure to have a pain au chocolat and a chocolat chaud. Christian Faure is French and a pastry chef, but not just any pastry chef. He has [...]

2017-01-04T22:41:20+00:00October 13th, 2014|Canada, Montreal, NORTH AMERICA|

Hot Chocolate at Juliette et Chocolat, Montreal, Canada

I think Juliette and I would get along. Juliette started Juliette & Chocolate because she was frustrated she couldn’t find a hot chocolate that met her high standards, a nice thick one like her grandmothers used to make. She took her chocolate and crepe making degrees and set up shop now in several spots across Montreal. We visited her newest one on rue Ste. Catherine. Rue Ste. Catherine is Montreal’s shopping heaven. There is block after block of stores both above ground and in tunnels underground, which are used all year round but especially in the winter to get away [...]

2017-01-04T22:41:20+00:00September 29th, 2014|Canada, Montreal, NORTH AMERICA|

Hot Chocolate at Chocolats Privilege, Montreal, Canada

There are so many things I love about Montreal. If you haven’t had a chance to visit I strongly recommend you plan a trip (but preferably not in the winter, it gets really cold). If you do get here make sure you save some time to visit one or several of the beautiful markets spread out across the city. Not only are they filled with colourful fresh produce from local farmers but they also offer a range of food options to satisfy any size of hunger and often any preference of cuisine. Today we visited the Atwater Market located in [...]

2017-01-04T22:41:20+00:00September 22nd, 2014|Canada, Montreal, NORTH AMERICA|