J’aime Montréal

When I travel, one of the main things I like to do is check out the local market.  I think it’s a great way to get a really distilled sense of a place and its community and culture.  In the times we have previously been to Montreal, it’s been such quick fly-by-night trips that we haven’t had a chance to do that.  This time we finally ventured to the Marché Jean-Talon and it was everything I hoped it would be and more!

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It was amazing!  Rows upon rows upon rows of fresh Quebec produce, samples of everything, tons of maple syrup and fresh mushrooms…ahh, it was heaven.  We slurped on a couple of Banana Republica (banana, fresh soy milk, wheat germ) smoothies from Mangue et Melon while we shopped around.

After that, we carried on to the Vieux-Port / Old Montreal.  We grabbed a couple takeout boxes from La Panthère Verte on the way there, stuffed full grains, greens, roasted sweet potato, pepitas, sesame seeds and some sort of green goddess dressing, which we ate out front of the gorgeous Basilique Notre-Dame

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It was insanely hot that day and we were all just basically melted puddles.  After putzing around the basilica which didn’t have air conditioning, we were happy to come across a place that served vegan sorbet, so we got a 3 scoops — lemon, strawberry-basil and raspberry:

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By this time, I think we were all ready to call it a day and just go die in our hotel room.  On our way back to the car, we were walking along the water and there were a bunch of food trucks.  And this happened!

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Vegan poutine!  The curds were glorious bits of silken tofu in a sort of brine to make them salty.  Oh, happy day.  Thanks to Roux Food Truck for having such an offering!

It’s insanely easy to be vegan in Montreal.  It’s easy pretty much anywhere in the modern world, but some places make it really easy.  I love Montreal and can’t wait to go back!

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