Upon our announcement that we were going to Montréal, recommendations started to pour in across our social media networks.
And 99% of them had to do with food.
That was not a surprise to either of us – tales of visits to Montréal typically are followed with a shy admittance of newly restrictive waistlines synonymous with addictions to poutine and other local delicacies.
To do our job properly (heh), we knew we’d *have* to get to taste-testing across the city. And so when we were offered an epic six hour food tour to sample all the staples, we accepted the challenge with gusto.
We put on our stretchy pants and walking shoes, and got to work.
What we didn’t expect, and perhaps enjoyed the most on our tour, was the history lesson that went with it. Montréal is so much more than its well known menu of bagels and poutine – the diversity in the cuisine follows the diversity of the immigration into the city. We followed Saint Laurent (main) street almost the entire duration of the tour, with stops in Chinatown, the Red Light District, the Jewish Quarter, Little Portugal, Little Italy, and more.
Along the way, we scarfed down everything from fortune cookies to the infamous smoked-meat, Portuguese pastries to cannoli. We sipped on blooming tea and sweet ice cider. We visited (and unexpectedly enjoyed) a small shop that dates back to 1932 and is entirely dedicated to homemade soda and fried bologna sandwiches that come with a dollop of mustard, whether you like it or not.
We got a true taste of Montréal in so many senses of the word, and were excited to bring you along for the ride…
Our tour was conducted by Fitz & Follwell. They offer it in two, three-hour segments, but we highly recommend doing the full day so that you don’t miss one tasty morsel.
We happily visited Montréal as guests of Tourism Montréal. All opinions, as always, are our own. We may need to bill them for some new (bigger) pants, however.