Saturday, October 30, 2010

Thriller night!

Halloween is upon us, my friends! FINALLY!

I don't know about all of you, but I'm a huge fan of the freaky "holiday" (can we in fact call it a holiday? hmm). Dressing up and pretending to be someone else for one night is such an awesome experience. I love the feeling! The preparation that goes into it is usually demanding, but oh so worth it. I always have fun on Halloween.

In case you and your friends are unlike me and still haven't figured out plans for the weekend, make sure to check out's special Halloween Guide. You'll find costume ideas, event listings, scary movie suggestions, and more. For my fellow Montrealers, I think it's especially important that you check out what's going down in our city, fiesta-style. On behalf of all the tight-budget folks such as myself, I must voice my one complaint though: Why on Earth is Halloween so damn expensive? I guess that as adults we all know the answer, but it remains a huge inconvenience nonetheless.

As for myself, I'll be sipping martinis at the bar dressed up as the lovely Snow White. Dwarfs not included. Keep your eyes open, you never know who you might run into!

To those celebrating Halloween this weekend, I wish you all a very spooky, fun-filled, terrifying time!

xx j

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Saturday surprise!

This past weekend, my good friend Simon was in town. He was visiting from NYC, where he currently lives and goes to school. I don't get to see him very often, so I was glad to be able to spend the afternoon and evening with him on Saturday!

When he asked me what I wanted to do, I was pretty honest with him; I had absolutely no desire to be downtown that night (gotta love the chaos when the Habs are playing...not), and would rather hang around his place. When he's in town, Simon lives in Côte-des-Neiges, an area that I've never really spent much time in. I figured it would be a good time to "discover" it. (Side note: I find it pretty funny that I've been working out of Ville-Mont-Royal for over a year and still don't know the area and its surroundings very well!)

We started by walking around and ended up finding a Starbucks, where we sat for some hot drinks and deep discussions, just as we like 'em. By the by, pumpkin spice latte? My new bff. Anyway, afterwards we walked some more (walking = my favourite passtime), onto Queen Mary road, past the Saint-Joseph Oratory, which I remembered visiting many times as a kid. (Side note #2: Can you believe they are talking about renaming that street to honour Frère St. André?! Thoughts? I, for one, am not into it. Says the South Shore resident.)

My whole point for this post is coming up, I assure you! So we were starting to get a little hungry, and Simon pointed out "Oh, a sushi place!". To my surprise, it was Kanda. OK, so if you know me well,  you know my opinion on Kanda. How many times have I been to the Bishop st. location and been sick afterwards? Frustrating. I vowed to never eat there again. However, many people have told me that the Queen Mary location was much better, so I agreed to give it a try. To my surprise, it ended up being a very enjoyable dinner! The waiters were much friendlier at this branch, and the food arrived very quickly in comparison. Best part: I WAS NOT SICK! Notable perk: we were able to benefit from a Saturday night special, which consists of 2 people + 1/2 gallon house wine for $60. Dece! Anyone who goes to all-you-can-eat sushi restaurants knows what is to be expected in terms of sushi quality, so I won't even dive into that. But all in all, I was pleasantly surprised, and might reconsider my avid hate for the place.

Granted, the best part was chilling with Simon. Come back soon, buddy!

xx j

KANDA SUSHI BAR - click here for more info.

Blog beginnings... sort of?

I'm not going to lie — it's not the first time I try having a blog. It's not the easiest task. And as I'm sure everyone out there has at least tried having one before, reading this won't shock the heck out of you. For months, I've been thinking of how fun it would be to have a public blog. I just couldn't find anything interesting to talk about.

Tonight, I decided that I would start writing about my outings. So many people that I know constantly ask me for recommendations on where to go out in the city since they know that trying out new spots is a passion of mine. Restaurants, cafés, bars, you name it and I can recommend a place for you. I try to keep up to date with what is going on in and around Montreal, and participate when I get the chance.

So I guess that what you could expect to see in this blog is a variety of posts about interesting stuff going on in the city, as well as my point of view on them. This is going to be a cool assignment! Feel free to comment, I love feedback.

xx j