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December 18, 2014

Cabane à Sucre Au Pied de Cochon

When the snow starts to melt in Montreal there's nothing better than heading out to the surrounding countryside to celebrate the first signs of spring by eating a gigantic meal laden with maple syrup. It's a tradition in Quebec.

There are plenty of sugar shacks, or cabanes à sucre, around Montreal from which to choose. Cabane à Sucre Au Pied de Cochon packs a real wow factor. It stands out in the crowd for its unusual menus, and for how difficult it is to get a reservation.

November 18, 2014

Buck15 Espresso Bar

After a flurry of openings over the past few years, Third Wave Coffee shops now dot the landscape of Montreal. As more of these appear, it becomes more difficult for each to stand out in the crowd, but Buck15 Espresso Bar certainly does so, starting with its striking storefront sign. Passing by it's hard to miss the coffee-drinking deer.

Once inside it's clear that Buck15 further distinguishes itself by its decor, offerings, and friendly service. It's a great place for a coffee and a snack.

November 5, 2014

L'Arrivage Restaurant in the Pointe-à-Callière Museum

L'Arrivage, in its perch above the Pointe-à-Callière museum, may not be obvious to passersby. This restaurant serves weekday lunch and weekend brunch to locals and museum visitors seven days a week, but it remains relatively unknown. For a multi-course, sit-down lunch in Old Montreal, however, it's a hard to beat combination of quality and value.

It's not perfect, but L'Arrivage is worth seeking out for its view of the Old Port, pleasant atmosphere, and good food.