October 10, 2012
It’s chilly during the days. Even frostier in the evening, our heaters are on and we just celebrated Thanksgiving. This means, sadly, that summer is over. the sun is setting earlier and earlier and the leaves are slowly changing colour, curling off their branches, and falling to the ground. Autumn would be so much better if we could just have another summer after it, not the long, cold winter.
So now that summer’s gone, I figured it’s time to sum up the last few months and just be happy with how the time was spent.
With the exception of the time in Portugal at the end of May and the camping trip at the beginning of June, summer was spent in Montreal. Fortunately, Montreal is a great city to live in in the summer, as there are festivals happening pretty much every day. We took the opportunities we had to enjoy as much as we could, exploring the city and even making some new discoveries!
For the most part, I used my phone’s camera to get photos of everything, but there were a few days where I wandered around with the Nikon in tow. One of these days was a walk down to the Old Port (top row) and Old Montreal. It’s a top tourist destination, but I never, ever go there – there’s just not all that much to do. I got caught in a massive downpour (pretty much the only one we had all summer!) while on a tiny, cobbled side street and had to huddle in a tiny doorway with a ton of spiders for about 30 minutes to wait it out. I also checked out the Just for Laughs festival on a few occasions, The photos on the bottom row show them just starting to set up the festival at the Quartier des Spectacles.
Other random things in Montreal that were explored.
(1) On top of the hotel that overlooks the Quartier des Spectacles. We went up there to find the hotel bar, which was great, with an awesome swimming pool. This little spot was along the side, and so pretty and private.
(2) A rainbow spotted one Sunday evening on my parent’s balcony in the south shore.
(3) Sitting after a walk through parc Lafontaine, where I spent a few afternoons and evenings watching the water and reading books
(1) Cloudy sunset from my front porch steps
(2) Blue moon from my front porch steps
(3) The sunset on my bike ride home from work one evening
(1) Graffiti behind Foufounes
(2) and (3) Visiting LaRonde on the hottest day of the year and feeling much, much too old.
(1) Beef in red coconut curry from Kam Do in Ville St-Laurent
(2) My favourite poutine in the city – Montreal Pool Room on St-Laurent
(3) A great and cheap burger from Burger de Ville, a fallback when we discovered our favourite Vietnamese place closes early in the evening
(1) Sushi with uni(!) at Mikado
(2) Shish taouk while waiting in line for a Fantasia film
(3) Mont-Royal Hot Dog Special poutine, ordered in one evening
(1) 72% chocolate/raspberry soft serve from Kem Co Ba
(2) A sloppy double bacon cheeseburger from La Paryse, picked up after an exhausting day at F1 races
(3) Yet another poutine, from Decarie Hot Dog, in Ville St-Laurent
(1) Weekend breakfast at Place Milton
(2) Pizza from Pendeli’s in CDN
(3) Dumplings from Sushi 999
And dim sum visits! Nothing better than eating all the dim sum early Sunday mornings in the summer!
Not too mention that we also visited the food trucks who lined St-Catherine street during the Just for Laughs festival, sampling the tuna tartare and the pulled pork sandwiches:
The octopus balls and the BBQ rib sandwiches:
And mont-blancs and duck confit poutines:
We cooked at home a lot too, enjoying several BBQs in the backyard.
(1) Grilled fish
(2) Lamb, veal and beef burgers with brie
(3) Camping BBQ
(1) Burgers and thick cuts of bacon
(2) Corn, garlic, veggies
And the other food prepared at home over the summer:
(1) Fresh salsa made in the late summer, with corn, tomatoes and jalapenos from the market
(2) Super chocolate chunk cookies – amazing!
(3) Ribs from Coco Rico, but Soli-fied, with a maple syrup sauce
(1) Fresh pesto with the basil that grew in our garden all summer long
(2) Chocolate-cherry scones, with fresh cherries
(3) Zucchini and tomato bake
What else? We grew our own tomatoes, made jalapeno mint jelly with mint from our garden, and baked some cakes.
I think this hot summer of perfectly sunny days was well-spent, and am already looking forward to the next one!