It's that magical time of the year again. The time when the snow starts melting only to reveal the treasures that have been kept in an ice prison for the last 6 months. You never know what you'll come across although we're pretty sure most of them will be disgusting. And even if you find something good, for the love of god don't touch it.
We encourage you to tell us what precious objects you discover this year, I for one was not so lucky and to prove it, here's a list of shit I came across on the street on my way to work today.
Seriously these things are everywhere, it makes you wonder when Montreal will get off its ass and start installing more ashtrays around the city. Every garbage can should have an ashtray next to it. You're obviously not gonna get everyone to stop smoking, so you might as well encourage smokers to dispose of their butts responsibly.
2. Dog Shit, a lot of dog shit.
That smell, oh that smell. That's the smell of a million dog turds slowly thawing on the grass and sidewalks. Why do people stop giving a shit (ha) as soon as the snow starts falling? Picking up shit is just as annoying in the summer so you might as well make it year round habit.
It's not that disturbing to think that people are having sex outside, but who the hell is having sex in the middle of street in -30ºC weather. Homeless people that's who. So not only are these dirty discarded condoms, but they're dirty homeless discarded condoms. Think of the children, won't someone please think of the children!
4. La Belle Province Poutines (mostly on Saint-Laurent)
I know they're Belle Pro's because I was standing in front of Belle Pro's when I took this picture, however I can't explain the mysterious fried noodles since I was nowhere near a Chinese food restaurant.
5. Unpaid Parking Tickets
If you have a car, chances are you've gotten a letter in the mail at least once telling you you have an unpaid ticket. And you would have paid it too, except the psycho weather blew it off your windshield so you never saw it. Well this is where that ticket ended up, frozen under a bench somewhere.
6. Moldy Puke
I was so busy avoiding the dog turds I nearly tripped over this magnificent pile of petrified moldy puke. It was just there casually chilling outside a nightclub exit. From the look of it, it's been here for at least 4 months.
7. Mysterious brown patches
These stick around until you're trying to find a spot at Tam-Tams to put your blanket. But wait, what's that mystery pile over there? Is it mud or poop? A pile that big can't possibly be poop. *sniff* *sniff* Fuck, I think it's poop.
8. Tim Horton's Cups
You know these have been here for a long time since those are the cups that come before Roll Up The Rim. I counted 17 during the 2 block walk from my car to the office.
Oh the glorious pot holes, how we love them so. But since they're far too big to be considered a hole, we shall now be taking nominations for a new name for these car wrecking nuisances. The finalists are: pot caves, pot chasms, pot valleys, pot lakes and pot really really really big fucking holes.
It's official — 2021 was the hottest year on record for Montreal, according to Environment Canada. It beat out the previous hottest years, 1998 and 2012, by a mean few hundredths of a degree.
This rise in temperature in Montreal is attributed to new weather patterns, causing scorching temperatures in June, August, September and October. "August and October were record-breaking months," said Environment Canada spokesperson Simon Legault.
"We were lucky that July was below normal because if it hadn't happened that way, [...] we would have shattered the record instead of just breaking it," he added.
A few hundredths of a degree may not sound like such a big problem, but temperatures in Montreal (and around the world) have been steadily rising.
The average annual temperature in Montreal from 1951 to 1980 was 6.5ºC, according to ClimateData.ca. Last year's mean temperature came in at a whopping 8.6ºC. This drastic increase in fortyish years has already begun to show its effects — not just on our electrical bills in the summer, but also the health of the population, the Climate Action Network says.
Whether or not 2022 will be even hotter remains anyone's guess. Projections for an area as small as Southern Quebec can only be made a few weeks in advance.
What we do know is that February and March should be significantly warmer than January.
"A few short intense waves of cold are coming in," Legault said of January, adding that February and March are expected to be "close to or above normal temperatures."
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In what can only be described as the ultimate fine dining experience, Tampa Bay Lightning player and Montrealer Mathieu Joseph brought the Stanley Cup to Montréal-Nord this weekend and ate a giant poutine out of it.
Hockey's holy chalice has had many things in it from beer to a baptized baby but never poutine — at least as far as we can tell!
Now that’s fine dining. 🏆🤌
The people behind Flamos Peri Peri Chicken are betting that a new twist on a classic recipe will help them break into Montreal's crowded chicken market.
The brand-new chain restaurant recently opened its first location at 72, boul. Saint-Jean-Baptiste in Châteauguay with a menu inspired by African, South American and European flavours and headlined with a unique and interesting twist on classic piri piri chicken.
Courtesy of Flamos Peri Peri Chicken
By all accounts, Montrealers love their Portuguese-style chicken, grilled to perfection and bathed in piri piri sauce, but set aside those presuppositions when it comes to the uniquely flavoured bird coming out of Flamos' kitchen.
"We have been in the restaurant business for 32 years and have always been challenging ourselves to open different concepts over these years by always being creative, innovative and developing different and great tasting meals that people love," a spokesperson told MTL Blog. "We have succeeded in creating a very unique taste. Our chicken is unlike anything you have ever tried."
Courtesy of Flamos Peri Peri Chicken
Aside from their signature chicken, they're also offering refreshing salads, bowls, sandwiches, a variety of imaginative poutines, and desserts. There's also a selection of sauces and a vegan burger.
But wait, there's more. Don't even think about walking away without an order of Coq Mac n' Cheese, cooked with karaage popcorn chicken, cavatappi pasta, aged cheddar, mozzarella, Parmigiana Reggiano, Grana Padano, green onions, and finished with a drizzle of chipotle aioli sauce.
Flamos Peri Peri Chicken is opening locations in Lachenaie and Terrebonne in August and September, respectively, while Ontarians will be able to enjoy this unique cuisine in Mississauga and Kitchener in the fall, with more restaurants to open next year.