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Since Alex and I now live in different cities, we decided to meet up in New York for a little weekend getaway. Where better than New York City to sightsee, eat good food and drink even better cocktails?
Bubble tea. You love, I love it, your little brother loves it, your mom and your dog loves it … Basically everyone loves it. If you don’t, then you need to seriously reconsider trying Nos Thès up on St. Mathieu downtown because I’m almost positive they’ll change your mind. They brew the best bubble tea in Montreal, hands down. No contest. I’ve been going here since the day I was introduced to the place, sometimes up to three times a week. I know, I know. The calories… But it is so worth it. You don’t have to believe me. Try it yourself.
Having heard great things about Antonio Park’s westmount restaurant Park – Our expectations were set high going into the the experience. The first surprising thing is that it’s in westmount at all – this is not fertile culinary ground – NDG yes, westmount No. Park is situated on Victoria street (close to sherbrooke) below Victoria Park Spa where the now defunct Vic Park Market once was.
Guu Sakabar is exactly what it should be. It’s loud, it’s busy, it’s crazy and it’s delicious. We showed up on a Saturday evening and waited about an hour and 15 mins for a table. This seems par for the course at any of the trendier restaurants in Toronto. The Sakabar is located on Bloor street close to Bathurst while the original Izakaya is located on Church street.
Looking for frozen turtles? Mangosteen, rambutan or fresh coconuts? A selection of dozens upon dozens of distinctive soya sauce brands? Specialty Asian drinks? I’m talking about Calpico, Pocari Sweat, Basil Seed, Ramune vintage soda, White Fungus Bird’s Nest, your choice of any Foco fruit drink and many, many more. Marché Hawaii has it all. I’m not joking. They even have a spa for shoppers needing some relaxation time as well as a small Vietnamese restaurant at the front of the store if, you know, you get hungry after looking at all the great food on display. Located in Ville St-Laurent, the Asian grocer is stocked full of ‘exotic’ and hard to find fruits, vegetables, protein, condiments, snacks and desserts all priced at a very affordable rate.
This has been a favourite spot of mine for years. It’s close proximity to my apartment and park lafontaine, very friendly staff and unbeatable table d’hote price speak for itself. To top it all off, it’s bring your own wine and they even have a small terrace. I’ve eaten here over 20 times and never had a bad experience. This summer, the restaurant underwent major renovations and this was my first visit back.
Aziatik is a pan-asian restaurant located just off McGill Street on the western edge of Old Montreal. The vibe they are trying to establish is upscale and the interior is well decorated. The menu was recently expanded to offer an even broader representation of Asian cuisine. My favorite dish at this spot is the thai duck which is served sizzling on a plate. This time, we ordered Shrimp and Vegetable Tempura, Crispy fried Squids with salt, pepper, onions and bell peppers, Cantonese Chow Mein, Red Curry and Coconut Milk Vegetables and Spicy Tuna / Spicy Salmon rolls.