The eight points are a mix of outside perspective, questions and advice for born-and-raised Montrealers. Among the advice: "it's a bagel, chill the f*** out." According to Parys, Montreal's Haitian cuisine and poutine take precedence over the much-discussed dough holes.
The Winnipegger also picked up on Montrealers' humility when it comes to their English proficiency. Often, as he points out, francophone Montrealers' English is much better than their anglophone counterparts' French.
All Montrealers might appreciate two of Parys's pieces of insight: that "you guys aren't crazy drivers, your rules just suck" (see it's not our fault!) and that "Quebeckers being rude is propaganda."
His other points include five archetypes of Montreal residents (shoutout to the ubiquitous "young men with chest fanny-packs") and, most importantly, the fact that "Celine Dion is a treasure."
We also thank Parys for bringing some much-needed attention to the revelation that is French fries with mayonnaise.
He concluded his post by thanking the city's residents.
"This is the first time I have lived outside of Winnipeg and I feel really welcomed," he wrote.
"This city strikes a perfect balance of enjoying life, economic opportunity, culture, great architecture, and friendly people."
After months of work, the new District Gourmand — a chic, modern space in the West Island— is finally ready for you to explore at
CF Fairview Pointe Claire.
Nine new restaurants are now open at the District Gourmand: A&W, Rock'N Deli, Souvlaki Bar, Manchu Wok, Thaï Express, Koryo, Bento Sushi, Poulet Rouge and Real Fruit Bubble Tea.
More restaurants will be opening in September, including Boustan, Place Tevere and Torino Grill, as well as four dine-in restaurants — three of which have outside entrances and terrasses opening later this year.
Located in the West Island's largest shopping centre, the District Gourmand is sure to become the go-to destination for those looking for a delicious way to refuel after a busy day of shopping.
Tommy Café + Apéro, a coffee shop-restaurant and neighbourhood bar with stunning modern design and Victorian architecture, is also a part of the new District Gourmand. The café is open seven days a week and boasts a variety of coffees, pastries, snacks and drinks perfect for on-the-go shoppers or those who want a quick break.
If seafood is more your thing, then you might love Lucille's Oyster Dive, where you can sink your teeth into a lobster roll, fish and chips or some oysters. It's an ideal spot for fish-loving foodies.
With two more restaurants to be announced in the coming weeks, District Gourmand will offer a variety of cuisines to delight even the pickiest of eaters.
To help manage food waste,
CF Fairview Pointe Claire has partnered with Solucycle, a Quebec company that converts food waste into biogas, which is then turned into renewable natural gas. The goal of the partnership is to make Montrealers' dining experience as environmentally friendly as possible.
The District Gourmand is part of the shopping centre's massive modernization plan, which will also see the opening of the first Simons store in the West Island in spring 2022. You'll find it where the old Sears store used to be: at the west end of the building on both the second and third floors.
Frequent shoppers will also notice this fall that Fairview's former second-floor food court will be renovated to house Dollarama and Linen Chest. The mall's usual stores like Aritzia, Apple, Lululemon, H&M, Sports Experts, Zara and Hudson's Bay will still be easily accessible.
The next time you're out shopping at
CF Fairview Pointe Claire, don't forget to stop by the District Gourmand to check out the completely revamped space and refuel at the new restaurants and cafés.
To learn more about the District Gourmand, check out CF Fairview Pointe Claire's website or follow them on Facebook or Instagram.
This article was originally published in French on Narcity Quebec.
Pincette, Montreal's newest lobster bar, has opened its doors on rue Saint-Paul. It features classic seafood dishes with a distinctly Montreal twist — equal parts elegant and quirky.
Here, you can enjoy both a traditional lobster roll and delightfully sacrilegious lobster poutine in a cozy-chic setting that romanticizes blue-collar coastal life with its whimsical nautical décor (look up at the lobster trap pendant lighting).
You can also order the Bloody Pincette, a caesar with a snow crab leg sticking out of it, and an ultra-gooey lobster mac n' cheese alongside more time-honoured items like the lobster roll, fish and chips, lobster bisque and linguini with clams.