Screw the groundhog. With it now being March, it’s officially spring break season. Logically, most colleges and universities across the country will wait until a more springlike time, but I should be so lucky. Instead, I had the first weekend of March, and since the city where I’m in school has seen roughly 100 inches of snow this winter, I decided to take a few days off from work, and go somewhere warm: Canada!
“I don’t really have a day job, sir.“
So since I’ve never really been the type for souvenirs, I decided along with my co-vacationee that this was going to be a food trip, and I was going to keep a food diary. As it turns out, 7 days worth of trying to keep the two of us warm in -11°C (that’s 13°F for you Yanks out there) requires a substantial amount of caloric intake. So, without further adieu, all the food consumed by myself and Jane, on our excursion into America’s hat:
- Double Pizza: 2 slices Sausage & Peppers, 2 slices Ham & Pineapple, 1 pitcher Boreale Blanche
- Les 3 Brasseurs: 2 et cetera (½ pt each of: Blonde Ale, Nut Brown Ale, Amber Lager, Blanche), 1 Euro Sandwich (Grilled chicken, grilled zucchini, topped with cranberry salsa and brie all in a ciabatta bread, served with fries), 1 L3B Croque Monsieur (Grilled ham & cheese sandwich baked in a 3 Brasseurs amber beer cream sauce topped w/cheese and served with a green salad)
- Godiva Chocolatier in la Ville Souterraine: 1 scoop Tiramisu gelato, 1 scoop Rocher gelato; both in sugar cones
- Bar Fût-Zion: 1 pt each Griffon Blonde, Griffon Rousse, Cheval Blanc, Belle Gueule
- Bistro A JoJo, take 1: 1 pt each Rickards White, Rickards Red; 2 pts Creemore Springs Lager.
- Sushi Sago: 20 pcs assorted sushi (4 pcs Nigirizushi, 16pcs Makizushi), mostly salmon- and yellowfin- related, all extremely delicious.
- Bistro A JoJo, take 2: 1 pt Rickards Red, 1 pt Rickards White, 3 bottles Trois Pistoles, 4 bottles Maudite – that night, it was a very good thing the hotel was right across the street.
- Espace Confort: 2 croissant, 2 bowls cornflakes, 2 glasses OJ, 6 ibuprofen
- L’Amere À Boire Brasserie: 2 pts each L-a-B Porter and L-a-B Hefeweizen, 2 orders Fish ‘n’ Chips, 1 Crème Brûlée
- Bar Des Pins, take 1: 2 pts + 1 pitcher Rickards Honey Brown
- Thai Express: 1 chicken pad thai (extra spicy), 1 vegetable pad thai, 1 imperial roll, 1 spring roll
- Bar Des Pins, take 2: 2 pitchers Rickards Honey Brown
- McDonalds: 1 Quartre Livre Trio – I didn’t really want McDonalds, I was just testing a theory I saw in Pulp Fiction, which you may notice didn’t turn out.
- La Nouvelle Mon Indienne: 2 chicken tikka masala, 2 naan (which was HUGE), and 2 moong dal soup
If you’re ever in Montreal, and see this sign, run (don’t walk) to the first open table you see.
- Mother’s Dumplings: 1 green onion pancake, 20 pork and chive dumplings, 10 melon / tofu / rice noodle dumplings – easily the best dumplings I’ve ever eaten.
- The Silver Dollar: 1 pitcher Cool’s, 1 pitcher Amsterdam Nut Brown
- Tequila Bookworm: 1 Firecracker Chicken Sandwich, 1 Smoked Salmon Platter
- La Casa Rossiter: 1 grilled cheese sandwich
- Future Bistro: 1 Large Poutine, 1 pt each Stella Artois and Strongbow Cider
- Inter Steer: Crispy Chicken Sandwich + salad, Fish ‘n’ Chips, Pumpkin Sandwich + salad, 2 pts Stella Artois, 1 bottle Zywiec Lager
- Tacos el Asador: vegetarian burrito, chorizo burrito, 2 chicken quesadillas, 1 Jarritos (Mango)
- The Lakeview: 1 pt each Big Rock Grasshopper Wheat and St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout
- Chez Stuart: 1 grilled egg, cheddar, and avocado sandwich
This, of course, doesn’t count the innumerable cups of coffee, tea, and soda (other than the Jarritos), nor does it count food eaten on the road. Also, for those of you keeping score at home, the running beer total is 6 pitchers (22.5 pts total), 8 bottles (at an average of 8.5% alc/vol each), and 26 individual pints. Afterwards, we stopped at Rohrbach’s in Rochester and had 4 more assorted pints and a 64 oz. “Growler” of their (delicious) Vanilla Porter to go along with a Meatloaf and a 10 oz. Jack Daniel’s Burger.
No, not that kind of Meat Loaf.
All in all, a delicious, relaxing, and damn good vacation. Montreal was beautifully historic and incredible (despite the French, which I didn’t know a word of), Toronto was lively and well-hosted, and it’s worth noting that we saw one of the best Bluegrass bands outside Kentucky at The Silver Dollar. Big ups to Beccy Joe for having us in Toronto, and you can bet we’ll be back to one or both in the summer. You know, when it’s not face-chappingly cold.