The perfect Montreal City Tour for Foodies
We were looking for the perfect Montreal City Tour for Foodies. We know from our travels through the Cantons de l'Est and the Ile d'Orleans, that Quebec is a paradise for gourmets. On our trips through the province of Quebec we experience again and again the Franco-Canadian appetite for good food, excellent ingredients and extensive time for dining. If you come here, you should take your time for a meal. Don't gulp down your food, enjoy it with pleasure instead. Preferably with family or friends. A meal in Quebec often lasts hours. But these are time well spent.
The dishes are cooked from the products of the region. These show a great variety and abundance, not to mention a taste, that tickles the palate. On our travels through the province we met producers and know, how much love and enthusiasm these products need. The wines and ciders of Quebec can compete with the best in the world. The Ile d'Orleans has supplied the provincial capital of Quebec for centuries with fruits and vegetables, cassis or homemade chocolate. And the sausage, cheese and chicken specialties in Quebec are unparalleled. Therefore, we are curious what Montreal has to offer in this regard.
Montreal Tips for Culinary Travelers
We are on tour with Ruby Roy , an expert on the culinary scene of Montreal. She loves to cook herself. To do this, she mainly buys in the city markets. Ruby comes from one of the districts of Montreal away from the city center. It is these parts of Montreal, she wants to show us. We make our way to the quarter of the Italians below Mont Royal. On our way Ruby draws our attention to the lampposts along the streets: “Pay attention! They look different after a few blocks. When you see new lampposts, it means that you leave one quarter and enter the next. Very few Montrealers know that. The lampposts are my passion. Each of these neighborhoods is a unit in itself. In each one you can find a butcher, a bakery, a confectionery or chocolaterie and restaurants that are typical of the district and the ethnic group that lives there. ”There is even a vegan Montreal" Mostly Amélie tells us later.
Montreal Trip with a Look behind the Scenes
Those, who live here, know their neighbors and like to chat with their baker when shopping. Sometimes they talk about, what the competitor is offering in the next quarter. In an article about the culinary scene in Montreal, I read about “a war between two bagel shops”. Ruby shows us the Boulangerie Fairmount Bagel. The huge selection of bagels proves the baker's inventiveness. There are bagels with onions, with garlic, with sesame - all baked with dark flour, or with poppy seeds and light flour. There is pretzel in New York style, bagel with cinnamon, with blueberries or cranberries. The selection is endless. And always good.
Eating in Montreal means to savor Quality
We don't see a supermarket, that sells everything, on our tour. "You can only find them in the big malls, but I don't go shopping there," Ruby says. "I know, what I like and what I want. I go to my charcuterie, where I get exactly the sausage I want. For the cheese, I love, I even drive through the whole city to Atwater Market on the other side of the city center.” Not a short way, as we find out ourselves. Who lives here, pays attention to what he cooks and which ingredients he uses.
Ruby takes us to "Bella Nonna", where we meet the owner. She makes her own tomato sauces based on her grandmother's recipes. When we enter her shop, she is about to pour it into glasses. Nonna produces handcrafted food, like my grandmother used to. Her shop smells of tomatoes and basil, the two main ingredients in her sauce. She also knows Ruby. As we look at the sauces on the shelves, she tells her the latest news from her family.
Souvenirs for Foodies from Montreal
Then Ruby takes us to a shop, in which I would have liked to spend all my travel funds. Les Touilleurs is a shop, where you get everything you need for the kitchen. From kitchen slicers to cake pans, rolling pins, cutting boards and even recipes. All this is so nicely arranged, that I want to equip my whole kitchen with it. The perfect souvenirs for foodies. The owners are an institution in the culinary scene of Montreal. They organize kitchen parties, where they serve homemade food to their guests.
If you feel like it, you can accompany them on gourmet trips to other regions of the world. They even have their own TV show: the Les Touilleurs TV show. In this, François Longpré and Sylvain Côté celebrate the food and the cultural aspects associated with their dishes. Each show is about one aspect of the gastronomic world, that a chef presents to his audience in the form of a cooking class. We enjoy this craving for food and cooking in every corner of the shop, until Ruby pushes us on to go on.
Montreal City Tour for Foodies
Again and again we pass typical residential streets of Montreal. Wrought-iron banisters line the steep stairs, that lead up to apartment buildings. In front of them, there are small gardens, often only a few square meters in size. You can tell, from which country the residents originally are: "If you see gardens with flowers and figures of saints, the residents usually come from Portugal." We cannot verify this statement, but we actually discover such gardens on our tour through the residential areas of Montreal.
Insights for Foodies on this Montreal Food Tour
The mixture of people we meet on the way is colorful. After our tour with Ruby we make our way through the residential areas of the city. We sit down in one of the bistros, we encounter on the way. We walked without paying attention to the city map, street names or our orientation. That's why we ask our waiter for directions. "How long does it take to get to the city center on foot?" At first he looks at us somewhat confused. Then he says: "I can't say that exactly. I mostly ride my bike.” At least he points us in the right direction and disappears in the kitchen. After a few minutes he returns and tells us, that it will take us about an hour.
He keeps coming back and shows us the right way on the map. He also tells us, that he is originally from Romania and stayed in Montreal during a trip. I ask him, how he likes his life in Montreal. He laughs and points to the environment, that appears more small-town than metropolitan: “I feel good here and found my friends here. I am fine and don't want to leave Montreal. "
We can understand that well. We like Montreal off the beaten path, and we can well relate on how you feel at home here.
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