Vending machines have had our backs throughout the years, whether it be for needing some chocolate while waiting at the hospital or a Red Bull while working in the library.
But one bakery, Carlo's, decided to take vending machines to the next level by creating "Cake ATMs." Yes, you read that right. Vending machines full of cake slices, which you can find in the following four Montreal malls:
Plus, there's one in Les Promenades Gatineau. If you're ever desperately craving a slice of cake while at one of these five malls in Quebec, Carlo's Cake ATM will be there to save you.
One Montrealer, Emilie Rossignol, caught the express bake shop machine at Place Montreal Trust in action and shared it with the online world. In this video, you can see the option for four possible cake flavours: vanilla rainbow, red velvet, chocolate fudge and confetti.
On the machine, it clarifies that these cake slices were baked in Hoboken, New Jersey — so they had to do quite the trip to make it to our city.
There are many of these cake machines in Ottawa and Toronto as well. The company even made a "Cake ATM Locator" to help you find the one nearest to you. Because let's be honest, you never know when your next cake craving could hit, so this bakery presumably wanted to make sure you've always got a slice close to you.
And for that, we thank you, Carlo's Bakery.
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It's out with the old and in with the new when it comes to vending machines. First, we found "Cake ATMs" where you can grab a slice of cake while in different malls in the city. Now, there's a vending machine in Montreal that's stocked with Moët & Chandon champagne in the W Hotel that'll make you feel as glamorous as you deserve.
But it's not as easy to snag as the cake slices. To take advantage of the very first champagne vending machine installed in a hotel in Quebec, you will have to stay in one of the W Hotel's suites for at least one night. You will receive tokens that can be exchanged for two 200-millilitre bottles of Moët & Chandon's Brut Impérial champagne.
"We can't wait for visitors to experience our unique ephemeral champagne installations," said Alexandre Tessier, director of sales and marketing at W Montreal, in a press release.
Guests staying in the WOW and EWOW suites will also be treated to a complimentary one-hour champagne tasting in an all-glass room called the "Champagne Box."
A maximum of six people can enter this room at a time, so the experience is intimate. Those who participate will be able to taste three different Moët & Chandon vintages: Moët & Chandon Impérial Brut, Moët & Chandon Impérial Brut - Rosé and Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage 2013 Brut or Rosé.
Note that this same experience is offered until February 2022, to all Quebecers for the sum of $95, you just have to reserve on the OpenTable website.
Guys, it's finally time. Time for what, I hear you ask? Time to pull on those eating pants and prepare to go visit your favourite cabane à sucre.
Oh, but what's that? Quebec sugar shacks are quite a ways away? You love the tire a l'erable, but can't make the super long trek it takes to get yourself some sweet maple sugar? Well, friends, don't worry. I've got some great news for you. Your sugar shack dreams have become a reality; the folks at Lndmrk and Place Montreal Trust are hosting a cabane à sucre-themed event, right here in Montreal.
Cabanasuc is taking place on April 7, 2016, at Place Montreal Trust (1500 Avenue McGill College). The event is described as an "urban sugar shack experience", which pretty much means that you're in for an awesome time.
Upping the awesome factor is the fact that the event will feature chefs Chuck Hughes and Danny Smiles, and artist Whatisadam. Food will be provided by Crown Salts, the team behind Le Bremner and Garde Manger, and the event will showcase art by Montreal street artist Whatisadam.
Sometimes the hottest person in the bar is the one serving the drinks- the mighty bartender! If you ever date one you’ll find yourself learning some very interesting things about them and their job especially if they work in Montreal.
1. You learn which food places offer cheap awesome late night eats. Bartenders are usually hungry after a shift at their bar and nothing beats a late night snack of poutine or steamies at La Banquise.
2. You find yourself constantly mocking drunks with them. They will always have funny stories from their shifts. They’ll say stuff like “Wow, you should have seen how this drunken dude was trying to pick up this chick at Café Campus…He puked on her before saying anything. Totally gross!”
3. They become a walking ATM, they always have cash on them. This is a bonus because it is no fun to search for one when you’re bar hopping together on St-Laurent when they aren’t working.
4. You schedule tons of day and afternoon dates since they usually work late. After a few afternoon dates, you’ll soon realize that there are tons to do and most places like the movies at Place Montreal Trust are much cheaper.
5. If you go to their bar, they’ll give you and your friends all free booze. And everyone likes free booze, right? Especially if they work at a club like Apt. 200. You'll feel like a VIP for sure and your friends will think you're cooler than sliced bread.
6. You find that your friends often turn to them for advice on booze and your date will happy to do it cause they can show off how much of a booze brainiac they have become from working at La Distillerie.
7. You develop an anti-flirt jealousy mode. At first this one can be somewhat tough. Just try to remember bartenders can be considered “tip whores”…so innocent flirting is part of the job and they’ll take home the hottest person in the bar (aka you) at the end of the night.
8. Your friends may give you crap that they don’t have a “9 to 5” job but you know they work hard. Being a bartender is a challenging job because you have to micromanage drunken people, making drinks, keeping tabs, and being an entertaining bartender with plenty of awesome stories for the patrons especially if they work at a busy pub like the Irish Embassy.
9. You learn by the best what consists of a great drink and how a bartender will judge you for ordering something lame especially if they work at the Whiskey Café or any posh club on St-Laurent.
10. You'll graduate from average tipper to ninja level. After hearing how patrons were cheap tippers at your significant other’s pub; you’ll become more aware that bartenders live on tips and you’ll dole out more when you find yourself tipping one at your favorite watering hole say at Brutopia for example.
What have you learned from dating a Montreal bartender?