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    Arriving in Montréal and eating ‘poutine’

    Sep262010

    Having said goodbye to my friend at Vancouver airport, I arrived in Montréal this evening after a bit of a bumpy flight and a time change. Here I’m staying at the HI-Montréal where the staff have already been super helpful, giving me tips about some great restaurants and bars to check out while I’m in the city.

    After I got my stuff stowed away, I headed out from the hostel and made my way down rue Sainte-Catherine which is one of the main shopping streets in the city. It was getting dark but I managed to get some video footage along with some quick pics.

    Then it was off to the nearest metro station to get acquainted with the public transport system here in Montréal. The metro looks pretty handy for lots of places and I have a feeling I’ll be using it often. I love subways as they really do make getting around big cities like this so much easier.

    I was starting to get a bit peckish so I made my way to one of the restaurants the guys here at the HI-Montréal recommended. It’s called La Banquise and it’s on Rachel.

    In this busy spot which is open 24 hours you’ll find some of the best ‘poutine’ in Canada. Poutine is a local speciality made with chips/fries, gravy and cheese curds. It’s also one of the most delicious dishes I’ve tried since I’ve arrived here in Canada. After a couple of bites, I realised why the place was doing such a good trade. The food is excellent, the atmosphere is chilled and friendly, and the prices are really reasonable.

    Tomorrow, I head off for a bike tour in the morning which should be interesting considering the last time I was actually on a bike is nothing but a distant memory. Then in the afternoon I have a couple of podcast interviews. There are a plethora of top-notch galleries and museums here in the city and I’m hoping to get podcasts with three of them so I can put together an ‘Only in’ podcast for Montréal.

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