Postcard Series: Je t’aime Montreal

If I speak French, I will live a third of the year in Montreal. Alive and peaceful, day or night, rain or shine; this city is filled with culture and arts, modern and old, sports and fashion. I don’t care if all the signs aren’t in English or the city seems to be always in construction, because everything else is “tres bien”.

Staying overnight, go the Biosphere for $12 to get a 360 degree view of Montreal, walk around Old Montreal, and check out the Basilica at night for a $9 lightshow for some history. Enjoy the rest of the night dining in many of the excellent restaurants around. My choice this month, Holder for goat cheese tart, mussels and of course, wine. Sante!

Got a late flight the next day? Rent a Bixi for the real Montreal experience. $7/24 hour access.


The Block: 102 Degrees of DTLA

102 degrees and still, Downtown LA seduces me like melting butter on a steaming corn on a cob, to step out of the airconditioned office. For this heat-inspired challenge, I am rewarded with visions of public art and murals; history at the LA Times; Portobello fries and Burrata Pizza at Bottega Louie; discounts at the shops of LA Mart; and an ice cold drink at the Grand Central Market.

The Block: Soho Sunday

Soho…So many things to do, so little time.

Start with coffee, a pastry and a sandwich, later for lunch, at Birdbath Bakery aka Vesuvio Bakery aka City Bakery. Then go to the nearest Citibike station for a 24 hour pass ($9.95). Before checking out from the Mondrian Soho, make sure to get one of last frozen smores at Dominique Ansel, yes again, for this one though so yummy, and to me better than the cronut on a hot day, it could be sticky as well. Or maybe ask for an extended stay rate, in case you decide to hit one of the underground clubs nearby.

Postcard Series: Not Just Maple

Vancouver City is so diverse, the number of excellent restaurants vying for at least 4 stars at Yelp or Urbanspoon, helps us when it comes to choosing a place to eat.

If you only have a day or two, try to go to Phnom Penh , Meat and Bread, Peaceful Restaurant and Lucky’s Doughnuts. All of these excellent places are reasonably priced and are worth the visit.

Happy eating!

When Leaders Dine

When an important person comes, you’d think a feast is in store for dinner. Instead, the guests were greeted with a well-portioned meal that made a quick visit into a night of drinking and laughing, with enough room for a bigger dessert plate.
I just could not help chuckle to myself, thinking they might have held guns or a gavel during the daytime, and now they’re taking the napkin out of the peacock feather ring. Oh well, even leaders have to eat.