Before you start freaking out, I want to warn you that this post is obviously a generalization. Having lived in Europe for 12 years and in North America for 14, I feel quite comfortable comparing the two. This article might come in handy if you're dating a girl with a European background or if you're just curious about different cultures. What I like about Montreal is - it combines both European class and North-American know-how in a subtle way that just works. There are, however, certain differences that I noticed, especially in the dating world. Let's imagine a couple that just met each other and are going on a first date.
1. Picking a restaurant
American girl: She might suggest a few restaurant options to choose from and let you know if she's vegan or is allergic to certain things. An American girl might want to take initiative and decide where the two of you should have dinner at.
European girl: A European girl is more likely to let you decide where you want to take her out for dinner. You have carte blanche.
2. Getting to the restaurant
American girl: She might suggest to meet up directly at the restaurant. It's your first date, she's not comfortable with you coming to pick her up.
European girl: A European girl will probably expect you to come and pick her up.
3. Ordering at the restaurant
American girl: She might suggest to share a plate... she can also order a full hearty meal, like steak and fries. If she's hungry, she won't care what you think of her eating preferences.
European girl: She will most probably opt for something light, like a salad. Alternatively, a European girl can ask you to pick something for her.
American girl: An American girl can be very flirtatious and open about the way she feels about you. If she likes you, she can totally say something like, "I really like you, you're a lot of fun."
European girl: A European girl prefers to be mysterious and not talk about the way she feels about you. You will have to solve her like a puzzle.
American girl: She doesn't mind a few glasses of wine that can potentially turn into tequila shots and sake bombs. An American girl knows how to have fun. Getting tipsy at a date makes everything so much more exciting.
European girl: She will most probably stick to wine and keep it under control. If you were planning on getting her drunk, you might want to reconsider your plan.
6. Paying the bill
American girl: She won't mind going dutch, but she will appreciate it if you offer to pick up the bill.
European girl: She will most likely expect you to pay.
7. Saying goodbye
American girl: If she likes you, she'll probably make out with you at the end of the night. When an American girl REALLY likes you, she might totally invite you over for some drinks that same night.
European girl: You're not getting any action, not even a kiss. Physical affection needs to be earned.
8. Going home
American girl: The most you have to do is walk her back to the car or cab, but it's not really necessary. She's an independent woman and doesn't need your assistance.
European girl: You're driving her home, remember?
9. Sending the "good night" text
American girl: If an American girl had a good time with you, she will send you a text that same night or the next day, "I had a great time with you! We should do it again soon :)"
European girl: You won't hear back from a European girl unless you text her first.
10. Planning a second date
American girl: She might totally invite you on a second date! Does joining her and her group of friends for a fun night out sound good? Cool.
European girl: Unless you ask her out for another date, there are extremely low chances of her taking initiative in this department.
I must admit, I had never been to New City Gas (I moved here during the pandemic — please forgive me), so I had no idea what to expect. The first thing I thought was, "WOW, this space is so cool!" We walked into the lobby-bar and I was instantly taken by the exposed brick and hanging lights, which created a boho-chic Mykonos-esque aesthetic. Of course, that included a hanging bed.
We stepped inside and walked through the mysterious yet cozy and inviting interior complete with mirrors and candles galore. Before entering the restaurant, we passed through the artisanal marketplace, featuring goods from Meraki, a Laval-based boutique filled with handmade goods and imported treasures from Greece.
Next, we headed into the restaurant, which is so spectacularly done that it feels like one of the most high-end, chic spots on the Island of Montreal but with a totally relaxed and laid-back vibe. Thanks to the decor — complete with hanging baskets, long tables, neutral tones and vibrant greenery — you truly feel like you're in Tulum or in Greece.
We tucked ourselves in for a four-course meal by Chef Massimo Piedimonte of Le Mousso. We were told that the menu was "a tour through the Mediterranean": tapas, a fish course, a meat course, and dessert. Paired with drinks prepared by sommelier Maxime Laliberté of Maison Boulud and mixologist Lawrence Picard of Nectar & Co., I was in absolute heaven.
Between courses, we checked out the open-air gallery outside by S16 and the NFT Gallery by 0x Society, which is actually the first of its kind in Canada. Both of these will be available all summer long.
When the sun went down and the lights came on, the ambiance was even more spectacular. Co-owner Alex K. told me the team was inspired by their travels to places like Tulum and Mykonos, not just for their food and culture, but for the way they exude positive summer vibes. And that's exactly what I got from Bazart from start to finish!
Bazart at New City Gas
Address: 969, rue Wellington, Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: For a taste and the vibes of the Mediterranean right in the heart of Griffintown.
As Quebec's new COVID-19 cases continue to decline and with the rules on gatherings, restaurants, gyms — and more — changing quickly, MTL Blog went through your DMs and answered your questions about what it means to be at a "Level 2–Early Warning (yellow)" alert level.
Can I go to a terrasse with people from different households?
As of Monday, people from two different addresses can sit together at a single table at an outdoor restaurant or bar terrasse.
That means if you're a group of eight people from four different addresses, you'll have to sit at two separate tables.
But as long as you keep it to two households, the number of people doesn't matter.
What are the differences between orange and yellow zone rules?
There are lots of differences between both alert levels, but primarily, yellow and green zones allow for larger gatherings than red and orange zones.
Until Monday, restaurants are only permitted to seat a maximum of two people from different addresses at a single restaurant table, but occupants of the same household can sit together, no matter how many they are.
In yellow zones, an unlimited number of people can be seated at a table, as long as they make up two households.
While places of worship in orange zones are limited to 100 people, the limit is upped to 250 people in yellow zones.
Weddings and funerals in places of worship in orange zones are limited to 25 people. In yellow zones, the allowance is increased to 50 people.
Do we still have to wear masks?
Yes, in most cases.
You do not have to wear masks in most outdoor settings where you can practice social distancing, or when you're eating or drinking at your table in a restaurant or bar.
When gathering indoors in private homes located in yellow zones, masks and social distancing are still required.
Masks have to be worn in movie theatres until you are seated in the theatre. Only then can you remove your mask, provided you remain silent.
Masks must also be worn in auditoriums, but may be removed once the person is seated.
Wearing a face covering is mandatory for spectators of indoor sports aged 10 and over, except in facilities where seats are assigned in advance.
According to Éconofitness, in yellow zone gyms, wearing a mask is mandatory to circulate within the gym and when 2-metre social distancing is not possible, such as in the free weights section.
They're not mandatory when you can social distance — but it's recommended that you wear a mask for better protection.
When will clubs be open?
Bars are permitted to reopen their indoor spaces on Monday, and a club is a type of bar.
However, you will have to remain seated at all times — no dancing or singing is permitted at this time.
Occupants two households can be seated at the same table, regardless of the number of people.
For the time being, bars will close at midnight and stop serving alcohol at 11 p.m.
Are there any updates on interprovincial travel?
In yellow zones, travel between regions and cities is still not recommended, but it is possible.
The Quebec and Ontario border is still closed and it's currently prohibited for someone from Ontario to be in Quebec or vice-versa. However, there are exceptions.
How many guests are allowed at weddings, and can they dance?
A maximum of 50 guests is permitted at weddings in places of worship in yellow zones.
The government doesn't specify whether singing or dancing is not permitted.
While singing and dancing are not currently permitted at bars, Quebec is allowing high school graduates to dance without masks at their proms.
What are the rules on indoor gatherings in homes?
Indoor gatherings are allowed! But they are limited to people from a maximum of two households.
Masks must be worn at all times and you also have to practice 2-metre social distancing.
What are the gym restrictions in yellow zones?
In yellow zone gyms, training activities carried out by yourself, in pairs or by members of two households are permitted.
Training at close proximity is not permitted, except among members of the same household.
Gyms have to keep a sign-in record, and they have to publicly post the maximum capacity of the gym.
At Éconofitness, you are not required to wear a mask while exercising, so long as you can practice social distancing — but it's recommended for further protection.
Some gyms are requiring booking your workout session online before attending so they can ensure the maximum capacity of the space is respected.
Gym locker rooms can open as of Monday.
When could Montreal become a green zone?
The government of Quebec has laid out a reopening plan with the goal of lifting almost all COVID-19 restrictions by the end of August if 75% of those aged 12 and older are fully vaccinated.
According to the plan, most Quebec regions should be green zones by June 28.
In green zones, there are larger occupancy limits for indoor spaces — but some limits don't change between yellow and green zones, such as weddings and funerals.
This article's cover photo was used for illustrative purposes only.