I have always been a firm believer that every turn you make in life has a consequence in your future. Opening one door instead of another, biking to work instead of taking public transit, or taking a new route different from your usual one to get home; These simple decisions can sometimes provide us with experiences that might have never occur if we had continued our routine.
Well, this is exactly what happened while in Montréal a couple of months ago. While visiting the Plateau neighbourhood with my girlfriend (Kako) and her sister (Moeko), we stumbled upon the very authentic and unpretentious “Au Kouign-Amann Boulangerie-Pâtisserie. Our plan was to try out Le Couteau, not to far from Kouign-Amann, but (fortunately) it was close and we had to wonder in search of another option. Wether destiny or not, we made a couple of turns around the neighbourhood and voila!
Kouign-Amann has the best croissants I have ever tried! Baked to perfection, the croissants are always crispy and fresh. Of course fresh, every hour the baker needs to bring out a new batch as most of the customers walkout with at least a half dozen of this golden delicacy. Other treats on offer, such as the sandwiches and clafoutis, are equally delicious. And on top of the delicious food…the service is friendly and welcoming!
I will definately be heading back to Kouign-Amann next time I visit Montréal. What are you waiting for?
The search for the best and most authentic farmers’ markets took me recently to Montreal’s iconic Marché Jean Talon.
Having been to Montreal several times in the past, I don’t understand how I’ve never included this gem on my “to-see” list while in town. It is by far one of the best markets I have visited recently and from now on, it will be a the top of my list of things to do when visiting Québec.
The atmosphere at Jean Talon is colourful and very lively. The beautiful food displays all around, entice the visitors to try everything, and try they do! The “GOUTEZ-Y” signs invite you to try samples of the fresh fruits and vegetables…THIS IS HEAVEN! Bright tomatoes, juicy pineapples, tasty cucumbers, crispy brussel sprouts, you name it and they have it! A must while at Marché Jean Talon is definitely Aqua Mare. The oysters, which are chuckled right in front of you and served on a wooden box, are to die for! Also try the bhajis, which although not the classic ones, they are delicious. And don’t leave the market without getting a pint or two of Québec’s Maple Syrup…it is worth every penny!
The wonderful food is complimented by the merchant’s friendly attitude. Always with a smile on their face, they make the experience at Jean Talon an unforgettable one. Drop-by Aqua Mare and say hello to the very funny and charismatic fish munger…yes, the one playing with the fish!
Jean Talon…á la prochaine!