Weekend In Montréal

The Shopping District on Rue Ste. Catherine Ouest.

Discover  Montréal, the largest city in the only French speaking Province of Québec in Canada. We were in Montréal last Easter long weekend to visit my brother and his family. We also spent some time to visit our favourite haunts in the city that offers a very French style in Fashion, Food, Architecture and Festivals, including some singing and dancing clowns, in French only, s'il vous plaît. 
 Rue de la Montagne is where all of the luxury shops are located from La Maison Ogilvy which offers Louis Vuitton, Burberry, French brand Gerard Darel, among others. On the same street is Holt Renfrew Canada, Tiffany's and other Luxury Brands. 
The main shopping area is on Rue Ste. Catherine Ouest which offers local Montréal fashion brands and also has Maison De La Presse Internationale, my favourite International magazines shop that sells all French and other languages magazines.  
Montréal has grand Churches like the L'Oratoire St.Joseph located at the top of the Mont-Royal. The Oratory started as a small chapel built by the newly canonised Saint Brother André in 1904. This whole building with the dome was built completely in 1939. The Dome is the third largest in the World after The Basilica of Our Lady of Peace in the Ivory Coast and the largest is St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican.
Many Catholic pilgrims come here to light a candle and pray to St. Joseph, patron saint of Canada and to Saint Brother André who is buried behind this majestic altar of St. Joseph.
An Exhibition about Peru at the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal.

Montréal has gastronomic pleasures to discover. Not to be missed is the smoked meat at Reuben's  located at 1116 Rue Ste. Catherine Ouest  or at Schwartz's located at 3895 Saint Laurent Blvd, Montreal. One of Quebec's famous dish is the Poutine which is french fries topped with gravy and smoked meat. For appetizer we had the Poutine and the liver paté with carmelized onions.

Two things not to miss when in  Montrèal:

1. Smoked Meat sandwiches.
2. They make the best Bagels baked in a wood fire oven.
The best is the Fairmount  Bagel. Their bagels there are not too doughy and very crunchy.
The Reuben's Sandwich with 10 oz. smoked meat, sauerkraut, secret sauce and both melted cheddar and Swiss cheese, both locally made Québec cheese which is the best in Canada with my favourite pumpernickel toasted bread.

I discovered that there are three ways to eat a Reuben's sandwich:

1. Regular 10 oz. Reuben's Smoked meat sandwich (as the picture above)
2. Super size 1 lb of Reuben's Smoked meat sandwich (double the size of the picture above)
3. Make your own open faced Smoked Meat sandwich served in a one plate full of smoked meat, one plate of bread of your choice and one plate for the extras from the picture above, sauerkraut, tomato, peppers and choices of cheese.
Then have some of Reuben's cake desserts. The cheesecake with strawberries is delicious!
Yes, forget French food when in Montréal. My brother treated us to a Brazilian dinner at Le Milsa complete with some Brazilian Carnival dancing.  Le Milsa serves Rôtisserie Brésilienne food commonly called in Brazil as Churrascaria. 10 kinds of meat grilled in skewers and served in the same way by the waiters on your table. There were turkey wrapped in bacon, fillet mignon, grilled chicken, sirloin, rib steak, lamb etc. The Green Card, Oui, is a sign for the waiter to keep serving you the meats. The Red card, Non, is you begging the waiter to stop serving you the meats. For dessert, we had grilled pineapple sprinkled with cinnamon or vanilla ice cream sprinkled with cinnamon. We had a delicious and fully stuffed Easter Weekend in Montréal.
Montréal has singing and dancing clowns known as Les Clowns du Carrousel which I promised my niece to meet and watch during their Charity Event last Saturday afternoon. The four clowns here are the owners of the Flower Shop, Les Clowns du Carrousel Fleuriste.

Please watch the song and dance video of the Les Clowns Du Carrousel  that I recorded in my camera.
Both children and adults here had fun singing along with les clowns. 

Bon Weekend mes amis!

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  1. Oh how I miss Montreal! Our family usually takes a drive into Montreal this time of year to shop on rue Ste. Catherine and eat at Dunn's to have a smoked meat sandwich. So fun!!! We are a little far to be able to go this year but you brought back some wonderful memories...and a craving for smoked meat! Loved seeing all your photos.

  2. What a fun packed Easter you had Pamela. A little shopping, culture, food and a little more shopping. Sounds like my kind of weekend.
    BTW I love those BIG white shoes that the orange trousered clown is wearing. Where could I buy a pair:):)

  3. I've been in Montreal and had a great shopping, but it was sometime ago...I should visit it again!
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  4. Although I haven't been in Montreal i'm really curious about those Smoked meat sandwich now, I hope you had a great Easter weekend Pamela, and the Brazilian foods looks also delicious.
    I started following you in Bloglovin Pamela, I have heard Google+ will dissapear soon and I wouldn't like to lose contact with you.

  5. Pamela, I envy you doll! What a spectacular post. I really appreciate this, because I hardly see or hear anything about Canada. I think I have only 2 readers from there and they're not located in Montreal. Canada must have awesome food, because one does restaurant critiques. That church is so pretty. I think my jaw is still on the floor. Great shopping to! I can't wait to log onto my desktop to see your video. So glad you guys had a great time. Have an awesome week!

  6. I had the best time in Montreal. And now I see that I didn't even see half of it. Oh yeah, Pamela, I love foreign magazines, too.

  7. I miss Montreal too - such a great city with wonderful shops and the most interesting restaurants. Walking around Old Montreal is so much fun, Hubs and I really enjoyed it. We stayed at Place D'Armes Hotel and it is still my most favorite hotel ever. I even tried to model my master bedroom after our hotel room, I loved it that much!

    Love the poutine and smoked meat sandwich, the crepes were very good as well. I would love to see L'Oratoire, we didn't get to see it on our last trip.

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  9. Awesome post ❤❤❤

    Have a Lovely Weekend,


  10. Montreal looks so beautiful! I dream to visit it one day! Thanks for sharing your amazing experience with us

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  11. Bonitas fotografías!!

  12. Very nice photos! I've been to Montreal once a couple of years ago.


  13. Street with French shops is really impressive! Never been in Canada, hope to visit one day! Thanks for interesting trip, Pamela!

  14. Wow! After this post, I really wanna go to Montreal!

  15. I thought that smoked meat sandwich looked massive already but you can order it in double the size?! OMG. Looks yummy though.

  16. Love this post! Montreal has always reminded me of the very best of France fused with the Americas.

  17. I cannot believe I haven't been to Montreal yet! I have simply got to make it a priority this year :) Hope you are having a wonderful new week!

    xo Mary Jo

  18. Hi Pamela! Hope you had a nice weekend! Montréal is for sure an amazing city! I'd love to visit it next time I will be in Canada (and really hoping soon!:)) Your photos are great, especially the food, too yummy! Have a good week dear, kisses! xo

  19. wow!! you lucky!!

  20. Montreal looks amazing! Thank you for letting me know about a problem with my google + account. I will contact support group there.

  21. nice post :)

  22. This is such a great post! I don't associate Montreal with Brazilian food, but it just goes to show how cosmopolitan the city really is.

  23. Great post! I love the photos Pamela! Looks like you had so much fun!

  24. Montreal looks lovely. Definitely on my list to see. Sounds like you had fun and did a lot!


  25. Late comment..but hope you had a great time there! Montreal is great..I also love Quebec City!

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