This weekend, I visited Montreal with two of my girlfriends from college, Crystal and Liz. Liz flew up from Texas, and I drove up to Crystal's home in Northern New Hampshire so we could pile in her car and head across the border!
After a long, beautiful drive through the mountains and rolling farmland of New Hampshire and Vermont, dotted with cows, weathered barns, and trees with leaves beginning to change, we crossed into Canada. There were corn fields almost as far as we could see until we reached the bridge to take us over the St Lawrence River to Montreal.
Muru Crepe in Old Montreal. My mushroom, spinach, and goat cheese crepe was heavenly with greens and crispy fries on the side. And wine with lunch? Don't mind if I do! It's vacation, right?
Notre-Dame Basilica (where Celine Dion also got married). Sadly, this kept us from seeing the inside of the church, but it was fun to watch, bells pealing as the wedding party exited down the steps to a horse-drawn carriage!
L'Express. In the Plateau Mont-Royal neighborhood, it's reminiscent of a French brasserie. Once we were seated at a tiny little table, a large jar of cornichons, fresh bread, and a handwritten menu were promptly deposited. Our waiter was warm and friendly, happy to speak English with us when needed. The cornichons were crisp and delicious, the bread was crusty and warm, and my duck confit salad reminded me of my time in Toulouse. Washed down with a couple glasses of Cotes du Rhone wine, it was a wonderful dinner.
Thanks to a day of walking, we figured that we had earned dessert as well. Like I said, it's vacation! We walked from L'Express to a nearby location of Juliette and Chocolat (a local chain). I ordered a cup of tea and couldn't resist the salted caramel crepe. Is there anything better than salted caramel? No. No there isn't.
Cafe Humble Lion, across the street from campus, we stopped for some coffee.
The sun was trying to come out, so we plopped down on a bench out front to enjoy the cool fall weather and to sip on lattes brewed with Intelligentsia coffee and topped with cute little latte foam hearts. It was time to head south, so we headed back to the car and started the long drive home!Farm House Tap and Grill. It's a farm-to-table restaurant serving up some delicious local fare. I dug into a burger topped with Vermont cheddar (naturally), thick-cut bacon, pickled red onions, and arugula while sipping on Citizen Cider (also from Vermont). Burlington is an adorable little town alongside Lake Champlain, and after our quick visit, I can't wait to make a weekend trip up there some other time!