We arrived in Montreal last night in a freezing rain and under a low cloudy sky. But our apartment was in perfect shape, warmed up quickly, and after a run to Costco for supplies we snuggled down for a long nights sleep. We woke to sunny skies (and slightly icy sidewalks).
After an excellent chicken and irish cheddar cheese omelet prepared by Chef Jerry, we were off to the movies (i love the holidays and afternoons in the theatre). Enjoyed Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (best of the franchise I think).
Then in close to rush hour traffic we snaked our way across Montreal making reservations as we went. Stopped at the Kitchen Gallerie (http://www.kitchengalerie.com/) on Jean Talon and scored 9pm reservations for tonight (the last night they are opened before their month long vacation). Got reservations for my birthday on January 8th at Au Pied de Cochon (http://www.restaurantaupieddecochon.ca/).
Then the true treat of the day? Fresh warm bagels from Fairmount Bagels (www.fairmountbagels.com). Located at 74 Fairmount West, this bagel bakery is the original bagel bakery founded in 1919. The Fairmount bagel is chewier, less puffy, and slightly sweeter than the more commonly known New York Style bagel. People line up all day long waiting to walk off with warm bagels in brown paper bags (with plastic bags for storage later). Most people don't even get to the curb before they are biting into one of the heavenly halos. When I walked out with my two huge bags, there were three clusters of people on the sidewalk hovering over open brown bags taking that first bite. Bags of bagels are also available at Costco, IGA groceries, and other selected stores. But really, if you have a chance to savor a warm bagel fresh from the bag...oh take it!