Waffles are one of those things that you see on a menu and just have to order. They're not only one of the best breakfast foods, but one of the best foods, period. Kind of like pancake's much cooler older brother, they're good when they're sweet, they're good when they're savoury, and best of all, we have tons of deliciously amazing options to choose from right here in Montreal.
1313 Maisonneuve O + 12 Notre-Dame E + 198 Laurier O
This breakfast chain has locations all over Montreal, and for good reason - their food is delicious and everyone should have it readily available to them. They have 4 different kinds of waffles, all of which are great, but the Belgian Waffle Pagé is always a standout. It has a fresh fruit mix, pure Canadian maple syrup and crème anglaise, all on a fluffy golden waffle.
1310 Saint Catherine E + 2087 Saint Catherine O + 3485 Park
Cacao 70 never disappoints when it comes to serving up something sweet. Between their brunch and sweets menu, they have about 5 or 6 different waffles to choose from. My personal favourite is always the Tutti-Frutti: a classic waffle with fresh strawberries, toffee bananas, chocolate covered ice cream, milk chocolate chunks and rich melted chocolate. It'll satisfy your sweet tooth every time.
Engaufrez-Vous specializes in made-to-order waffles and has tons of options, both sweet and savoury, when it comes to toppings and fillings. For something on the savoury side, you need to try the Catalane, which comes with sausage, vegetables and spicy oil. And if you're looking for something sweet, the dark chocolate and frangipane (an almond flavoured filling) is always sure to hit the spot.
Belgian chocolate on a Belgian waffle? Yes please. This chocolatier lets you choose what kind of rich Belgian chocolate to have your perfectly golden and soft waffle covered in. It's a simple and unbeatable combination that will keep you coming back.
There are so many amazing waffle options to choose from here that the worst part of your whole experience will be having to pick just one. I'll try to help you narrow it down a bit and tell you that the Dulce de Leche is seriously top notch (they use the real, good stuff) and the Bananas Foster is so decadent that you'll want to savour every bite. And afterwards you can wash it all down with one of their delicious lattes.
A crispy belgian waffle with orange cream, caramelized pecans and fresh berries is the star of the breakfast menu at Renoir. The combination of flavours and textures on a perfectly made waffle is sure to start your day off right.
Boucherie Slovenia, a boulevard Saint-Laurent institution for 50 years, will soon serve its last spicy sausage.
The iconic home of enormous Eastern European-style sandwiches — Slovenian sausage and towering cold-cuts were staples — will close its doors forever on January 29, said the owners, Lourdes Rodrigues and Jean Teixeira, in a Facebook post.
"Thank you to all our loyal customers, for the wonderful years," they said.
With a menu overflowing with huge, yet affordable, meat and mustard sandwiches — sauerkraut, pickles and Cherry Cokes were also standard — Boucherie Slovenia is the latest of the Main's iconic old-school institutions to close.
The beloved Moishes steakhouse announced its closure under the strain of the pandemic in the summer of 2020.
The Boucherie Slovenia Facebook post asks readers to share their memories of the restaurant and butcher shop, with many offering childhood stories of visiting for a pepperette sandwich or their "underrated" smoked meat, which is "the best in the city," according to one commenter.
Many apparent long-time customers said they wouldn't know where to go to find dishes comparable to Boucherie Slovenia's treasured menu items.
Others remarked on how yet another classic Montreal restaurant is closing its doors. "Nothing replaces these fantastic old shops," said one person. "It's a loss. The rich character of the boulevard is disappearing."
Montreal is certainly no stranger to a traffic jam, which makes taking public transit a more viable option to not only get around faster but do more good for the environment.
As Canadian cities take the initiative to improve their transit systems and reduce their carbon footprints, Montreal has become one of the country's greenest metropolitan areas when it comes to transport, according to one ranking.
A December report from Kijiji Autos analyzed green transport options in Canada's most populated cities, evaluating their use of electric cars, bikes, scooters, and the number of electric charging stations.
With its metro and bus systems, BIXI rentals, bike lanes, and availability of electric cars, Montreal found itself in third place among Canadian cities that offer the greenest transport with a score of 5.5/10.
Although Vancouver and Ottawa/Gatineau snagged the top two spots, Montreal takes the lead as the most bicycle-friendly city in all of North America, with a total of 2,163 bicycle paths, says the Copenhagenize Index.
Montreal's third-place ranking is encouraging news, said McGill University Assistant Professor of Geography, Grant McKenzie, who specifically boasted about Montreal's metro system, "especially compared to other Canadian cities," as well as its "substantial investment towards electric buses."
While McKenzie said "we can always do better" and bemoaned the city's ban on e-scooters, he called the popularity of the BIXI and the inclusion of electric bikes in its fleet an "excellent move in the right direction."
As for electric cars, Kijiji Autos looked at new registrations of electric vehicles in the first quarter of 2021, as well as total charging stations. Montreal landed second to Toronto with a total of 3,633 new registered electric cars, and 1,258 electric charging stations throughout the city.
Kijiji Autos also looked at the number of hybrids and electric vehicles for sale on their platform. Montreal led the way with 1,063 hybrid vehicles and 375 electric vehicles, states the report.
With the province of Quebec offering residents a rebate for the purchase or lease of electric cars, Quebec estimates that there will be 1.5 million electric vehicles on the road by 2030.
Women will lead five of Quebec's eight largest cities following the 2021 municipal elections.
The biggest headline of the night may have been Valérie Plante's triumph over old foe Denis Coderre in Montreal, but across the province, the faces of municipal politics have become more gender-balanced.
According to the latest counts and projections, France Bélisle (Gatineau), Catherine Fournier (Longueuil), Évelyne Beaudin (Sherbrooke) and Julie Dufour (Saguenay) are all also on their way to their respective (and figurative) city hall corner offices.
In Quebec City, it seemed for a while like Marie-Josée Savard would join them. Multiple outlets had even called the election for her until the vote count for her opponent surged into the evening. Bruno Marchand ultimately claimed victory.
Mayor Plante commented on the historic nature of her second mandate in her victory speech Sunday night.
"Four years ago, Montrealers elected the first woman mayor in the history of the City of Montreal," she said.
"Tonight, they told us again, 'yes, this mayor, we're going to continue to work with her, we trust her!'"
This year, for the first time, Montrealers will have two women leading the city, as Projet Montréal's Dominique Ollivier is set to take over as president of the Executive Committee.
The government is in the process of filling a Service Canada job bank and it's advertising salaries of between $61,152 and $65,887.
On an online recruitment page, the Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) office says it needs to fill 45 benefits officer and program officer positions in Quebec and encourages qualified individuals to apply.
The only education requirement is a high school diploma.
While benefits officers review and process employment insurance applications, the government describes a wide range of duties for program officers, including coordination with local stakeholders regarding services from the ESDC.
Service Canada says it has EI processing centres and "program branches" in Montreal, Laval, Boucherville, Drummondville, Thetford Mines, Shawinigan, Quebec City and Saguenay, but that it may assign alternative workplaces to applicants who don't live in these areas.
In addition to a high school diploma, Service Canada is looking for applicants who have experience totalling six months "in delivering services or programs to the general public" or "interpreting and applying legislation or policies."
The language requirement is either French-only or French and English, depending on the position, according to the recruitment page.
Complete details about the positions available and the application process are online.