Views and Food of Old Montreal

Continuing our stroll through Old Montreal and this time, food, glorious food will be involved.

City Hall at night

City Hall at night

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Rue de La Commune runs along the St. Lawrence River. This is the only street along the river, and the hotel I stay at, is the only hotel on this street with the amazing views that I have come to never tire of.

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It was Grand Prix week when I was there my last trip

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Recognizable images from the 1976 Olympics.

Left from the 1976 Olympics

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Montreal’s New York Life Insurance Building (also known as the Quebec Bank Building), it was at the time, Montreal’s tallest commercial building with 8 floors

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Rue Notre Dame

Rue Notre Dame

Bikes for rent

Bikes for Rent

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It wasn’t until my 3rd trip that I saw any freight trains using this old rail line. I thought it was all but abandoned, but I just love it. Maybe because my dad is a long time Model Railroader? Or is it the clickety-clack of the train down the track that is just so classic?

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Rue St. Paul had been blocked off at Place Jacques Cartier early in the morning with guards posted, big trucks and lots of electric cable laying in the street.  I asked what was going on and was told they were filming the movie, ‘The Walk’.  The previous day I had seen signs on different streets letting people know when that street would be closed. I had never heard of the movie so I didn’t give it a lot of thought. The day before I’d been talking to the guys at the front desk and they said that Hugh Jackman had been in town filming the next ‘Wolverine’ movie

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt filming the movie ‘The Walk’. I took these through the door of my hotel as they were not allowing anyone access to the street while filming. They did this shot over and over and over. I stopped watching after about 45 minutes. Each time they shot it, the entire scene had to be recreated, the extras in place, the street had to be wet down, cars brought back and placed on the street. They even went so far to wipe the bottom of Joseph’s shoes each time. Quite tedious.

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They didn’t have the side street blocked off for this shot, and I stepped into the street to get the photo. Filming did NOT stop, and the thing he is riding on, turned onto the side street, and almost hit me as I stood in the street taking a picture. My big break – almost literally! ha ha

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Some of the cars they used for filming

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As seen from my window  Quay Jacques-Cartier and Cirque du Soleil.  Cirque du Soleil was here in 2012 and 2014.

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Marche’ Bonsecours and Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours

Cityscape

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Classic look of a Parisian Artist

Classic look of a Parisian Artist

What post would be complete without pictures of food! The Food of Old Montreal – Let the feasting begin!!!

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Fettuccini Carbonara and cheese garlic bread at Le Papillion

Let the feasting begin! Fettuccini Carbonara and cheese garlic bread at Le Papillion

Salad of mixed greens, fresh vegetables and balsamic. Who knew that a salad could be as amazing as this one was? I could have made a meal of just this, however, it was a special meal day and I went for salad and an entree. — at Sauvagine (La) Restaurant.

Who knew that a salad could be as amazing as this one was? I could have made a meal of just this, however, it was a special meal day and I went for salad and an entree. — at Sauvagine (La) Restaurant.

Red Snapper (flown in fresh that morning)  filet on a bed of wild rice and fresh vegetables. With a white wine, lemon butter sauce. It just came in this morning…it was so fresh, so light, so melt in your mouth delicious. at Sauvagine (La) Restaurant.

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This pretty much tells the story of just how amazing it was 🙂

This pretty much tells the story of just how amazing it was :-)

Lobster Carbonara Tagliatelle; lobster bisque, smoked bacon, shallots, sundried tomatoes & egg yolk on its shell. – Bocata Restaurant and Wine Bar. It was very good and the restaurant came highly recommended, unfortunately, something made me break out in hives all over my stomach, back, neck and arms  not to mention severe intestinal problems shortly after I finished eating. (insert sad face)

Lobster Carbonara Tagliatelle; lobster bisque, smoked bacon, shallots, sundried tomatoes & egg yolk on its shell. - Bocata Restaurant and Wine Bar.

Braised Lamb Shank. A first for me. A light tomato based gravy with herbs. It was wonderful. I also ate some of the spinach, which I do not like (cooked). It too was very good.
The soup was a carrot and leak soup.
— at Sauvagine (La) Restaurant.

Braised Lamb Shank. A first for me. A light tomato based gravy with herbs. It was wonderful. I also ate some of the spinach, which I do not like (cooked). It too was very good. The soup was a carrot and leak soup. Again, very good. I ate here last year, had red snapper for the first time and almost licked my plate it was all so amazing. I returned & once again trusted the owner's recommendation. — at Sauvagine (La) Restaurant.

How’s this for a bit of lobster meat?? Found this Food truck along the river — at Muvbox.

One of the movie set security people told me about this food truck. I have my Gloucester shirt on today. How's this for a bit of lobster meat?? I couldn't fgure out how to take a selfie of me eating it without all the meat ending up on the ground. — at Muvbox.

Spinach, basil salad and fries. Hats off to the chef for thinking outside the box on the Lobster Roll. Bits of tomato, zuchinni, red onion and lettuce with a horseradish based mayo. It was excellent

Spinach, basil salad and fries. Hats off to the chef for thinking outside the box on the Lobster Roll. Bits of tomato, zuchinni, red onion and lettuce with a horseradish based mayo. It was excellent.

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At L’Usine de Spaghetti.

At L'Usine de Spaghetti.

At L’Usine de Spaghetti.

Saddle of Rabbit Crepe with Japanese cabbage slaw.

Savory butter, saddle of rabbit, button, portobello and oyster mushrooms, cheddar, mozzarella cheese in a white wine, mustard and cream sauce. – Jardin Nelson

Saddle of Rabbit Crepe with Japanese cabbage slaw. Savory butter, saddle of rabbit, button, portobello and oyster mushrooms, cheddar, mozzarella cheese in a white wine, mustard and cream sauce.

Newburg Crepe.. lobster, scallops, shrimp and crabmeat with mozerella and cheddar cheese. The salad was Japanese radish, regular radish and cranberries – delightful! – at Jardin Nelson

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And all the deliciousness inside -nom, nom, nom……

All the deliciousness inside nom, nom, nom....

Dinner at Modavie –
Rack of Lamb with Goat Cheese, vegetables and potatoes. They are known for their lamb and now I know why. It was out of this world delish!!!

Dinner at Modavie - Rack of Lamb with Goat Cheese, vegetables and potatoes. They are known for this dish, I can see why. It was out of this world delish!!

Skate ala Chuck Hughe’s at his La Bremner restaraunt

Skate ala celebrity chef Chuck Hughes

and Shrimp Panzanella The featured drink was also mighty tasty. Who knew there were many kinds of bitters? (they have over 20 because they make all their own syrups for rootbeer, coke, etc. as well as special drinks each nite all with fresh ingredients and made in house) My drink had rhubarb bitters because it was a pureed rhubarb, some kind of brazilian rum I think? and other stuff. All I know was it was the most expensive meal I’ve ever ordered, but it was soooo worth it! Magnifico! And look how pretty!

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Montreal’s famous Poutine. Poutine bars are *the* place to be at night. Especially after a night of heavy drinking, so I am told.

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Montreal's famous Poutine. Poutine bars are *the* place to be at night. Especially after a night of heavy drinking, so I am told.

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  1. Deb Spitzbart

    In all of your travels you have certainly tasted many different kinds of foods. You have a palate for the finest cuisine! I love seeing first the full plate and then the empty plate! LOL! I love when you get home you create your own version of some of the foods you’ve eaten. You should create your own cookbook!

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