No longer a poutine virgin

Last Friday, June 24, was the feast day of Quebec’s patron saint John the Baptist – or Saint-Jean-Baptiste in French. Like many things in Quebec, even these simplest occasions are often more complex than meets the eye. Although Quebec is a province of Canada, some here insist on it being referred to as a nationContinue reading “No longer a poutine virgin”

Kamikaze food delivery

While many, if not most, industries have taken it on the chin during the pandemic, there are a few that actually flourished. Chief among them is the food delivery business. Certainly, the concept of home delivery was around long before COVID19, but with restaurants closed to in-house dining, the only hope of survival was take-outContinue reading “Kamikaze food delivery”

What happened to sardines?

The ongoing, but hopefully soon ending, COVID19 pandemic has played havoc with all sorts of day-to-day lives. From the wearing of masks to the getting of vaccines – and the foolish but not unexpected debates arising from these public health issues – virtually everyone’s life has been touched in some way. Sadly some more direlyContinue reading “What happened to sardines?”

Navigating Downtown Montreal’s Pedestrian Maze

Last week I went downtown shopping for a gift for my wife’s birthday. As is my usual practice I had looked online first, found what I was looking for, determined that my local store had the product in stock, and made my way to the store to get it, pay for it, and get theContinue reading “Navigating Downtown Montreal’s Pedestrian Maze”

Designate Downtown Montreal A Region And Reopen Businesses

The Province of Quebec has been under strict anti-coronavirus regulations for several weeks now. These measures include a province-wide curfew. From 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. we are not allowed out. Unless you have a very good reason – and proof thereof – you are facing fines of up to $6000 should you break theContinue reading “Designate Downtown Montreal A Region And Reopen Businesses”

I Have The Taste Buds Of A Four Year-Old

The legendary Groucho Marx left us with an inexhaustible library of wonderful quotations. One of my favourites is “You’ve got the brain of a four-year-old boy, and I bet he was glad to get rid of it”. “You’ve got the brain of a four year-old boy; and I bet he was glad to get ridContinue reading “I Have The Taste Buds Of A Four Year-Old”

I Have High Flavour

I love words. I wish I knew more of them; I envy people who have the ability to pick up second and even third languages with ease. I always figured you couldn’t go on to another thing until you have mastered the first. This goes a long way to explaining why I am a lessContinue reading “I Have High Flavour”

Killing Montreal Restaurants

Montreal is blessed with many great restaurants. But things have been tough on them over the last decade or so. Aside from the current COVID-19 shutdown, extended street closures for needed infrastructure repairs have spelled the end of many long-time eateries. The Star of India is an establishment that I have visited countless times overContinue reading “Killing Montreal Restaurants”

Should Montrealers Boycott Restaurants Acting Like Bars?

On Monday, June 22, after months of inactivity due to COVID-19, many Montreal restaurants will be reopening. Of course, they will do so under strict conditions regarding social distancing. But some customers are better than no customers. If you do not have a kitchen, and therefore only have a permit to sell alcohol, you areContinue reading “Should Montrealers Boycott Restaurants Acting Like Bars?”

Dear PizzaPizza: Did You Lose My Store?

Dear PizzaPizza, Let me first state that I am a lover of pizza. Nothing exotic for me thanks, no pineapple or ham if you please, but a standard pepperoni, mushrooms and green peppers, or as we call it in Montreal ‘all dressed’ suits me just fine. On numerous occasions, usually a Friday, I have placedContinue reading “Dear PizzaPizza: Did You Lose My Store?”