I took advantage of being back in my old neck of the wood to check out what was happening on the vegan and vegetarian food scene in Montreal. I was super excited to see that most of my old fave vegan restaurants in Montreal were still alive and well, and even more excited to discover that there were quite a few newcomers, making Montreal one of the most vegan-friendly cities I’ve lived in – not far behind my beloved Berlin. Being vegan in Montreal seems to be the hip thing to do right now and I am really not complaining! So without further ado, here is what I think is the best of Vegan Montreal!
In 2015, I meditated in silence for 10 days with Buddhist monks high on a mountain in Thailand, became a yoga instructor deep in the jungle of India, watched the sun rise over holy temples in Burma, cycled from Kuala Lumpur to Bangkok and from Istanbul to Milan, slept under the stars about a hundred times, visited fourteen different countries and met so many amazing people in the process. 2015 was also a year of great loss and I am ready to start anew.
Wherever you are, may this next year be full of adventures, health, surprises and happiness!
One year ago today, on January 1st 2014 at 8am, we locked the door of our flat in Montreal for the last time, leaving behind an empty shell of what was our life of the previous seven years, and dropped the key through the mail slot. As it resonated loudly in the dark empty box, I felt an excitingly familiar feeling in my stomach: we were homeless, the unknown awaited us. It was amazing to ring in the New Year in such a drastic, life changing, exciting way, and the feeling hasn’t left me since.
2 weeks ago we had crazy hot weather here in Montreal that was preceded by a day of very dense fog, which caused all sorts of traffic and flight problems. It was kind of eerie walking around town and I took advantage of the situation to bust out the old Mamiya 7. I’m kinda falling back in love with film photography.
Richard and I were celebrating our 6th anniversary together this weekend (HAPPY BIRTHDAY COUPLE! I LOVE US!) and so yesterday we rode our bike to the Jean-Drapeau beach here in Montreal to chill out on what has been so far the hottest day of the summer (I overheard someone saying that it was 33 degrees!). We then headed to Brit & Chips on McGill for some fantastically greasy fried halloumi cheese and chips washed down with some beer. Perfect day!
Last week I had my mama over and I hadn’t seen her in nearly a year, so there was some catching up to do! My mom is fab, she has visited me to nearly all the crazy places in the world I have been living in the last few years, she is wild and daring, and we are quite the adventurous pair together, we’ve been hitch hiking in Salt Spring Island and waiting for the Pope at the Vatican on Easter day! She is pretty much ready to do anything, any time… We had our first ice cream of the season at Meu Meu on St-Denis Street in Montreal, this place rocks! The two flavors in my cup are nutella and caramel fleur de sel, OMG! My mom had dark chocolate and mango, YUM!
Time flying off-schooling relaxing with Richard and expecting nice weather to kick in (seriously, it was -2° when I woke up this morning, wtf, spring?) is what my life has been made of for a week.
We finally managed to get a seat at Kazu, this fairly new izakaya that is just a block from where we live, on Ste-Catherine in Montreal. It did not disapoint!