Travel Guide

Montréal: eat, drink, and winter jacket shopping.

We tend to end up in Montréal on American holidays — Fourth of July 2009, Fourth of July 2011, and Thanksgiving 2014.  The first time we went to Montréal as poor college students, we decided to find some free housing on Couchsurfing.  It turned out to be an amazing experience as we stayed with four different hosts who so kindly open their homes to us and showed us around.  We became good friends with many people we met on this first trip and fell in love with Montréal.  This city is truly lovely all year round.  Well… it’s really cold there in the winter; but the good new is if you are ready to invest in a good winter jacket — there are some amazing options, designed and/or made locally in Montréal.



Joe Beef  If you are a meat lover, you will love this place!  So many interesting dishes to try, including the foie gras double down — two slabs of foie gras, breaded with crumbled potato chips, deep-fried, stuffed with bacon, cheddar, and aïoli, and drizzled with maple syrup.  The only advice: don’t try to eat this by yourself.  Otherwise, go crazy and you will not regret it!

Le Vin Papillon  Same owner as Joe Beef but with a more “normal” menu.  Everything is amazing — try them all!

Restaurant Le P’tit Plateau  Our friend Manat recommended this amazing tiny little BYOB spot and it did not disappoint!  Bring a couple bottles of wines and buckle down for some of the most well-prepared classic French dishes such as cassoulet and magret de canard.  We had an amazing time and our bellies were quite satisfied!

La Banquise  Poutine  If you have had poutine, you know it’s genius!  If you haven’t, poutine is a Canadian dish (Québecois to be exact) consisting of fries topped with cheese curds and a brown gravy sauce.  At La Banquise, your wildest dream about poutine will come true as they take the poutine toppings to the next level!

Shambala  One of the first friends whom we met in Montréal took us to this little Tibetan restaurant and it remains on our list of favorite places ever since.  This is your chance to try yak meat and salted butter tea!

Schwartz’s  This is a MUST GO in Montréal! The most amazing pastrami!  If there’s a line, don’t worry it moves fast; but try to avoid prime meal times so that you don’t have to wait in line at all!  The meat has the exact amount of fatty bits to keep it moist and is so tender that it melts in your mouth.  The large plate is perfect to share between two people!

Sumac  Wonderful Middle Eastern spot for a quick lunch.  Everything is beautiful and tasty!



Big in Japan Bar  Beautiful speakeasy with great cocktails!

Dieu du Ciel  Tasty beers. ‘Nuf said.



Westmount Greenhouse  Beautiful greenhouse that is open to the public free of charge!  It’s such a hidden gem and a true oasis of nature in the middle of the city.  Come with breakfast or lunch or a snack to take in this beautiful view



After four brutal winters in New York City, I always resorted to wearing 4-5 layers when it’s cold and never thought that one jacket would ever be enough.  Then my life was forever changed when I decided to invest in a real winter jacket with a good down layer!  Bye bye layers.  Hello wearing-summer-clothes-under-my-extremely-warm-jacket!  The challenge with finding the ideal outerwear is the perfect marriage between style and warmth.  Check out these awesome local Montréal brands!




Music, Travel Guide

Bedstuy, Do or Die.

We used to live in Bedstuy, Brooklyn.  Though we hated our old apartment, the neighborhood had many gems that we absolutely love.  If you are ever in Bedstuy, check out these spots!



Peaches Hothouse  Amazing brunch with a southern flair!  There’s nothing that makes us happier than fried chicken and honey.  We took many friends here and they all loved us a little more after our shared meals!

Do or Dine  Restaurant by Food Network Star winner Justin Warner.  Can’t say enough good things about this place.  Everything is delicious and despite the familiar names, nothing is what you usually expect.  The chicken and waffles features jerk chicken.  The fish and chips comes with a whole fish.  Spoiler alert – we know!  But there are still many surprises waiting for you to discover at Do or Dine!

David’s Brisket House  Many people go to Katz and few know about David’s.  But the truth is David’s will surpass all your expectations of what a good pastrami and rye sandwich should be.  The Muslim owner of David’s has definitely mastered the Jewish expertise of smoking meat to perfection.



Bushbaby  This place was just right around the corner from our old place and we used to see the own everywhere in the hood.  Cute coffee shop with tasty hot drinks for the winter including tea mixed with wine.

Tiny Cup  This little spot has the best bagels that we’ve had in the city.

Common Grounds  Delicious coffee and snacks.


And while you’re thinking about when your next trip to Bedstuy will be, check out this tune by The Gold Magnlias.  These talented guys rocked our wedding reception!