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Boulangerie Le Toledo (Montreal, Canada)

Interior Seating area toward the back Many loaves of delicious levain bread Breakfast pastries One of the newest boulangerie-type bakeries in Montreal is Boulangerie Le Toledo in the Plateau neighborhood nearly four months ago. This vast space has 14-feet ceilings and has this charming vintage look for its open seating area that has a children’s play area, a large communal table with bench seating and the back area where there’s an elegant lounge area with a marble coffee table. This bakery is led by head baker/chef Riccardo Arnoult and owner François Barriere. The coffee beans are from Structure Coffee Roasters,..

Pourquoi Pas Espresso Bar (Montreal, Canada)

Cappuccino, vegan raspberry financier and artwork for sale There are many great third-wave style coffee shops in Montreal. Unfortunately, I had time for only one during my visit here and that is at Pourquoi Pas Espresso Bar. If you translated this cafe’s name it is, why not? It is a cute name and it makes sense to call itself as that. Why not go to a personable coffee shop with baristas who wouldn’t mind suggesting to you about places in the city that you could eat or check out or just talk about coffee? Besides the people (which is a..

St Viateur Bagels (Montreal, Canada)

Exterior of Mont Royal location Interior Mug of coffee An open secret that you might know about me is that I prefer and adore Montreal-style bagels over New York-style. This might be blasphemous since I am a native New Yorker. I enjoy Montreal-style bagels because it’s smaller in diameter and thickness so it’s not as doughy and heavy like its New York cousin. Also it’s more crisp crust ratio since there’s less bread. (more…)

Dinner at Restaurant Hà (Montreal, Canada)

Dining room Fried tofu In the neighborhood of the Old Port where restaurants skew expensive (but good) French or the typical mediocre casual eateries that one would tend to find in a touristy area. However, there is a Southeast Asian inspired restaurant called Restaurant Hà on Avenue du Mont-Royal that may make your night if you order wisely. (more…)


Seafood-Focused Lunch at Joséphine (Montreal, Canada)

Bar area Indoor meets outdoor seating Menu Sardines, gribiche, grilled bread If you are craving the feel of the beach, seafood-forward cuisine but set in a nice restaurant that isn’t stuffy, and in Montreal, I’d suggest Joséphine. The restaurant has a beach meets modern decor with the streamlined chandelier lights that hangs over most tables, the contemporary, minimalist artwork and the touches of palm type plants strewn on parts of the restaurant. (more…)

Lovely Lunch at La Fabrique (Montreal, Canada)

Interior of dining room Toasted bread and house made rhubarb and yuzu soda Beef tartare, watermelon, jalapeno and house made cumin breadstick One of my lunches while I was in Montreal was at La Fabrique. It’s right on the popular Plateau/Mont Royal neighborhood and about a 12-minute brisk walk from my hotel.  During the weekday afternoons, La Fabrique serves brunch and a 2-course table d’hôte, a fixed price menu with an option for dessert that’s a la carte. (more…)

Upscale Korean BBQ at HYUN (NYC)

Open seating toward the front of the restaurant Peering into the semi-private booth, which was my table for the night HYUN is a new upscale Korean BBQ restaurant in Manhattan’s Koreatown. What makes them slightly different compared to other upscale Korean BBQ restaurants is focusing on using beautiful traditional Korean tableware and flatware and serving Korean pickles that aren’t typically served, which I will get into later. (more…)

Michaeli Bakery (NYC)

Interior Individual sized kugelhopfs Michaeli Bakery opened about two weeks ago on the edge of Lower East Side and Chinatown. This bakery sells a multinational array of baked goods, with a nod to some Jewish classics like babka, rugelach and challah. It’s a small to-go kind of bakery since there’s about eight chairs with a bar to sit in front and a bench for outdoor seating. This smallness does make room for you to talk to the staff members and chat about the pastries and it makes it feel like a neighborhood kind of place.  The chef and owner, Adir..