Montreal Style

Monday, May 25, 2015

Grab you passport, hop in the car and in just five hours (from the Boston area) you can be in the fabulous city of Montreal, Canada. My husband Richard and I are so taken with the city---we've been  several times and we're already planning our next trip back.  Every visit is unique and we always find new hotspots, stores, restaurants and beautiful sights to see. Here are a few of my favorite places from our recent long weekend in Montreal.

Europea  This amazing restaurant is one of my all-time favorites. Inexpensive it's not, but so worth the splurge!   Their "out of this world" creations are exquisite, both in taste and presentation. Each meal is a treat and truly a work of art. The chefs are masterful and there are always complimentary surprises to savour.

Like these goat cheese "lollipops" and gourmet popcorn served so elegantly 
in a silver bowl filled with rice. What a fun way to start off a meal!

What would you expect to find inside a wooden box? A bit of smoke and a smoked 
salmon appetizer of course!
I couldn't capture the smoke in the photo, but you get the idea!
For the main course, we ordered sea bass cooked in a hay pot with citrus.
It was SO good!!!
Desserts came out in bounds. Check out this creative cotton candy tree with individually wrapped treats hanging from the branches!

They sent us home with this delicious meringue and a "to go" box for stashing leftover desserts (which didn't last us long!).

Right next to to Europea is a delightful little Italian restaurant called Bis. The owner dotes on each guest making sure everything is perfect.  Our waiter was extremely attentive and the food was incredible. The little extra touches like complimentary meatballs to start things off, a basket of walnuts served after the meal for "digestion"and homemade biscotti's made the meal extra special. Our dinners were spot on---deliciously prepared, fresh and generous in portion. I love this warm and cozy restaurant!
 Bis has quite the "wall of fame"--many celebrities and sports players have visited!

Our favorite drinking establishment is F Bar---it's such a unique place to eat dinner or just sip a glass of Prosecco while people watching (as we did!).

In addition to great restaurants, Montreal also has amazing shopping. From Rue Ste-Catherine to the underground city (a plethora of stores and restaurants!) there is something for everyone. Here are some of my favorite picks...

On Rue Ste-Catherine I found a store called Roots which carries both men's and women's clothing, shoes and accessories. I loved the down-to-earth vibe and the laid-back boho style. It's a fun store!
 Roots has a fabulous selection of leather goods!

Although I walked out empty-handed, Richard bought a really great jacket. What's wrong here?

If you love designer pieces, you'll go crazy over Ursula B.  From Escada to Jason Wu, there are so many amazing lines packed in this two story upscale boutique.  On the second floor is a bargain shoppers paradise where you'll find great sales on designer pieces. 

Are you drooling yet?

The old section of Montreal hosts a wide variety of boutiques, especially in the market area where the stores go on forever. Whatever your style, you'll find something you love here.

 I loved all the bright colors!
Also in the old section of the city is an amazing boutique called Delano Design Boutique  I love the modern and beautiful look of this store and the eclectic mix of lines, including "mainstreamers"  like Michael Kors, Sanctuary and Vince Camuto in addition to many local & unique designs. Their stylist Elise showed me some of her own bag creations!  Love the versatility of this piece!

I kept looking at this stunning piece.

Stay tuned for a blog on my own styling session with Elise!

Now to unpack...

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