Chow down on tacos and support small businesses all at once.
You know it's peak summer when you're kicked back on a terrasse with your crew, a cold drink in your hand and a plate of tacos to chow down on.
Montreal's food scene is chock-full of taquerias whipping up traditional and revolutionary versions of this favourite Mexican dish. Downtown is home to some of Montreal's most eclectic and inventive tacos, while up in the Plateau, there's a lineup of more traditional options. Then there's the Mile End, Jean-Talon Market and the list goes on.
With so many options to choose from, a taco tour is definitely in order. Why try just one place when you can try them all? That said, it can be hard to know where to start, which is what the Jarritos' Taco Tour Map is for!
These nine Montreal taco joints are all worthy of a visit, and each one is a great place to kick off your itinerary. The best part is you'll be supporting small businesses and tucking into the city's best tacos at the same time. Now that's how you do summer.
La Capital Tacos
Price: Individual tacos from $4.50
Address: 1096, boul. St-Laurent, Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Try It: La Capital Tacos can be found in Montreal's Chinatown, and it's easy to see why this street food-inspired Mexican restaurant is so popular.
Their menu has everything from pulled beef to confit pork, and a vegan tinga taco that's served with cashew-nut cream and tofu. This is a great spot to start your taco tour because you can order one taco and try a few, or you can get three of a kind for $12 if you know what you want.
Price: Two tacos from $9.95
Address: 1206, av. Union, Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Try It: Escondite is one of Montreal's most-loved taco joints. With lots of fun twists to be found on their menu, this restaurant serves up a range of Mexican eats including tacos (obviously), ceviche and inventive cocktails.
They have a deep-fried chicken taco that comes with cornbread croutons, and another with sirloin, grilled cactus and pickled jalapeño. With so much variety on the menu, you can (and definitely should) make an entire night of eating here.
Price: Three tacos from $10
Address: 26, rue Bélanger, Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Try It: Le Mariachi serves up some of the best veggie tacos and burritos in the city. A must-try on the menu is the taco frits: fried wheat tacos stuffed with Cajun-style mashed potatoes and topped with crema, cotija and pico de gallo.
You can enjoy this delicious taco and many more in Le Mariachi's new dining room. All you need is an ice-cold Jarritos to wash it all down.
El Rey Del Taco
Price: Four tacos from $12.50
Address: 232, rue Jean-Talon, Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Try It: If you're in search of authentic Mexican eats, El Rey Del Taco is the place. Located in a tortilla factory, this taqueria dishes out street food that you can enjoy on their terrasse that backs onto Marché Jean-Talon. What could be better than chowing down on taco pollo on a balmy summer night overlooking the market?
After filling up on some of the best tacos in the city, you can check out their dessert menu which is full of Mexican treats like churros and tres leches cake.
Ta Chido Snack Bar Mexican
Price: Individual tacos from $4
Address: 5611, av. du Parc, Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Try It: From its decor to its menu, Ta Chido Snack Bar is full of character. This restaurant is a family-owned taqueria, and all food is cooked with 100% fresh and homemade ingredients.
You can feel that much better swinging by Ta Chido for lunch, dinner or maybe both knowing that you're supporting your fellow Montrealers. With a street-side terrasse and a generous menu, Ta Chido will be one place you'll want to head back to more than once.
Antidote Bouffe Végane
Price: Three tacos for $16
Address: 3459, rue Ontario E., Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Try It: Vegans, rejoice and get ready to live your best life at Antidote Bouffe, an all-vegan restaurant located in Hochelaga. This innovative resto offers a tasty taco plate you can enjoy inside their rustic walls or outside on their terrasse.
You get three tacos, topped with barbecue-seasoned soy "meat," pickled onion, corn, coriander, spice mayo and their house salsa. If three isn't enough, you can add extra tacos to your plate for $4 each.
Tacos Tin Tan
Price: Three tacos from $12
Address: 3828, rue St-Denis, Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Try It: Whether you dine in or order takeout, Mexican-owned Tacos Tin Tan promises to be a good time, every time.
Nestled in the centre of the Plateau, this little yellow taco stop offers tons of taco options, from grilled cactus and tempura-style fish to carnitas and shrimp.
Price: Individual tacos for $7.47
Address: 4280, rue Notre-Dame O., Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Try It: If a picture could speak a thousand words, this one would be saying "yum" many times over. At Tacos Victor, creativity is the name of the game — think tacos loaded with fries, towering molcajete, creative cocktails and a whole range of ceviche.
You can pick up some traditional tacos to snack on individually or go big with their Tacobox (12 tacos, piled high with fries, guac and a whole bunch of extra toppings). Wash it all down with a Jarritos and you're good to go!
Price: Three tacos from $8.85
Address: 4350, rue Notre-Dame O., Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Try It: From its stylish interior decor to its tasty eats, Tacos Frida is not only big on authentic flavours, but an authentic experience too. Just as you're sinking your teeth into one of their many tacos (Oaxaca-style grilled beef, anyone?), the friendly atmosphere will make you feel right at home.
Along with plenty of carnivorous options, this restaurant has two veggie tacos on the menu, mushroom or grilled cactus and a wide range of drinks including Jarritos, horchata and wines.
Wherever your taco tour takes you, you can make this summer the most memorable one yet using Jarritos' Taco Tour Map to choose your stops in and around the city. If you don't see your favourite taco joint on the list, you can nominate it to be added to the map, too!
"Drag isn't a job, it truly is a culture," Priyanka told Narcity.
The queen herself, Canadian Drag icon Priyanka, sat down for Narcity's qNa series to spill the tea on Canada's Drag Race, her new album, and what it's like being an icon.
Although she came into Canada's Drag Race believing she was a contender, she did have moments of doubt after being in the bottom twice.
But looking back on the situation, Priyanka says "it's okay to fall sometimes as that's what solidifies the crown."
When speaking of her transition from a host of YTV's The Zone to Drag Race icon, Priyanka finds it "inspiring that kids growing up are going to have this guy they used to watch on Spongebob Squarepants now be the winner of Canada's Drag Race."
For the release of her new song "Cake," Priyanka shot a music video in Toronto's Casa Loma which gave her the opportunity to "enjoy her dreams" while having her Canada's Drag Race sisters alongside her.
Priyanka recommends aspiring drag queens "learn about the culture" and to "just do it, and get excited, and ask questions, and just know that drag could change your life."
And how you can celebrate Team Canada this year.
Watching Team Canada compete in the Summer Olympics is a special occasion for many Canadians. It's a chance to celebrate, show your pride and cheer on athletes as they represent the country on the world stage.
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games — delayed for a year due to the pandemic — are just around the corner, but for both athletes and fans, the experience will be completely unprecedented. For the first time, the Olympic Games will go on without spectators in the stands.
The rule, put in place due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, could be a hurdle for Team Canada. For the first time ever, athletes will compete for gold with no audible cheers, and take to the podium without the proud roars of their fans.
"Nothing has gone exactly as I would have envisioned it going," Olympic rower Caileigh Filmer tells Narcity. Still, she's keeping optimistic, resilient and determined as she prepares to take on the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
"This time around, the Olympics feel like a celebration for everyone because we finally get to do something we all have persevered and worked so hard for, and we will be able to inspire everyone globally by giving people hope and something to get excited for," she says.
While Caileigh admits that the atmosphere of the Games will not be the same, and she'll miss having fans in Tokyo, she knows there'll be support for her back home in Canada.
In the same optimistic and resilient spirit that has marked much of the last year, Team Canada's proud fans are determined to come together to celebrate Caileigh and all her fellow athletes at Tokyo 2020.
To help cheer on Team Canada at the Olympics, Cadillac Fairview (CF), the official Home of Team Canada, is bringing the nation together and honouring Canadian athletes.
CF HOTC Sizzle 2021 www.youtube.com
Before, during and after the Olympic Games, Canadians will be able to support their athletes from afar through Olympic-themed Celebration Walls. These physical and digital walls will be present at all 18 CF properties across the country.
The Celebration Walls are places where fans can share messages of support for Team Canada, learn more about their local Team Canada athletes and view creations by local artists who are inspired by the determination and resiliency of the competitors.
In addition to their commitment to spread optimism and cheer for the Olympic Team, this year CF is sponsoring eight female Team Canada athletes representing seven sports, including Rowing hopeful Caileigh Filmer. Each athlete has their own experience about staying determined and resilient which is captured through an exclusive video series to inspire future generations of athletes across the country.
We spoke to Caileigh Filmer about her own personal journey and how staying positive, inspired and motivated has played a part in her success.
Tell us about yourself and your journey as a rower and athlete. What are three fun facts about yourself our readers would be interested to know?
"I grew up and currently reside in Victoria, B.C. After doing competitive swimming until I was 13, I first tried rowing in a summer learn-to-row camp eleven years ago. I stuck with it when I found that it was the sport that most interested me, as it immediately rewarded hard work rather than natural talent. I love the endless search for perfection in the technique of the rowing stroke and the new physical boundaries you are able to try and surpass.
"Three fun facts about myself are that I have a fraternal twin sister, I always eat ice cream the night before a race, and I have an adorable orange kitten named Lucy."
What inspired you to become an Olympic athlete for Team Canada?
"Realizing that you get to do something extremely special because you are one of the best in the world for your sport is incredibly motivational. Knowing how many Canadians tune in to watch you race is thrilling because not only are you racing for yourself, but you are also racing with the strength of knowing you have the support of the entire country back home."
How many Olympic games have you attended? How old were you when you first competed?
"Tokyo 2020 will be my second Olympic Games. I first competed in the Olympics when I was 19 years old at the Rio 2016 Olympic games."
What does it mean to you to be a female athlete?
"I feel so lucky to be a strong female athlete. I want to inspire other females to get involved in sport and to believe in their own potential. I'm motivated by so many other females and believe we need to encourage women in sport.
"That's what's so special about Cadillac Fairview's Home of Team Canada campaign which embodies optimism and unites Canadians to support Team Canada. I'm honoured to have been selected alongside seven other incredible and talented female athletes for the campaign to help raise the profile for our sports and encourage future generations to be positive and go after their dreams."
How do you stay optimistic, resilient and determined as an Olympic athlete, and as a female athlete?
"Going into the Tokyo [Olympics], I am reminding myself of moments and memories in my journey that I am most grateful for. After over a year of so much uncertainty, I have tried to live in the moment and find optimism in the process. Not every day has been easy but stepping back and recognizing what my intent is every day helps me keep on track."
Tell our readers a little bit about your own story of inspiration, optimism and overcoming adversity.
"Throughout this lead up into the Games, nothing has gone exactly as I would have envisioned it going, but the lessons and experiences I have gained from it are invaluable.
"In addition to everything being changed to follow COVID-19 regulations, I've had my personal battle with depression since 2019 which continues to be prevalent. I've faced physical challenges as well as I had a serious crash on my bike last fall that resulted in my collarbone being shattered and displaced in four pieces and had to be surgically plated together.
"Even through all of these obstacles, my partner and I stuck together and tried to always remember why we do what we do. Since coming together as a crew in 2018, our coach gave us the chance to make our boat go fast and make it into our own project.
"We love rowing together, and we want to see what we have worked so hard for to the end and for each other. Making Canada proud and to inspire everyone back home as we come towards the end of this pandemic would be so special."
What is one piece of advice you would give to young athletes and Canadians who struggle with staying optimistic and determined in their own endeavours?
"To keep things at their simplest and to solve your challenges one step at a time. I am often very quick to try to solve two steps at once, but my partner and coach remind me to stay present with the task in front of me and to trust the process. Another tool my counsellor has given me is to remind myself of things I am grateful for in the settings around me. This helps me to see the positive parts of my environment rather than having the negative parts be glaring in focus.
"Another tool my counsellor has given me is to remind myself of things I am grateful for in the settings around me. This helps me to see the positive parts of my environment rather than having the negative parts be glaring in focus."
What are you looking forward to the most at this year's Olympics?
"I am most looking forward to finally getting to race! The pandemic put the world of sports on hold, and this will be the first time everyone will be able to come together and race.
"This time around, the Olympics feels like a celebration for everyone because we finally get to do something we all have persevered and worked so hard for, and we will be able to inspire everyone globally by giving people hope and something to get excited for. Everyone is so talented, and it will be very exciting to get to see what we can do.
"The atmosphere will be a bit different and while I will miss having fans in Tokyo, I know there is lots of support back home, including at CF properties where fans can come together to cheer on Team Canada leading up to, throughout and following the Games. Community support means the world to all the athletes and we're thankful for the tremendous words of encouragement!"
Is there anything else you would like to tell Narcity readers?
"I will leave all of the Narcity readers with the quote most dear to my heart: 'Make the impossible possible, and always smile."
They're opening three new restaurants in Montreal.
After a year of being cooped up inside, Montrealers are finally able to get out and re-explore the city's famous food scene. Whether you're stoked to reconnect with your fave haunts or itching to try somewhere new, there's plenty out there to discover.
If you're a fan of Benny & Co., you have another reason to escape your abode on the hunt for something new — and you just might get a free meal out of it.
On July 22, the family-run chain will be unveiling three new restaurants in downtown Montreal, the Old Port and on Beaubien. To mark the occasion, they're giving their first 600 guests a free takeout meal each. Each restaurant opens at 11 a.m., so be sure to snag your spot in line to get your free meal.
The way it works is that the first 200 guests at each new restaurant will receive a free takeout Choice Meal: a quarter chicken meal chosen by the rotisserie chef and cooked to perfection by Quebec's rotisserie-chicken experts.
If you can't make it to the main event, don't worry because the Choice Meal will be available until August 22 at the low price of $6.99 (it's normally $8.90!).
To find out more about how to get your free meal from Benny & Co. on July 22, head to their Facebook page for all event details.
When you visit, you'll get the chance to check out their new dining room that's been revamped from the ground up. Sound and lighting are adapted throughout the day, giving the restaurant a fancy and modern mood.
They also have a new ready-to-eat counter with meals that you can pick up when you're in a hurry but still want your rotisserie fix.
With more than 80% of menu items made with Quebec-based products, a meal from Benny & Co. promises to not only be tasty but local and authentic too. It's this kind of homegrown deliciousness that makes it a must-try for any Montrealer.
Benny & Co. Grand Opening At 3 New Montreal Locations
When: From 11 a.m., July 22
Address: Benny & Co.'s downtown Montreal, Old Port or Beaubien restaurants
Details: Be one of the first 200 guests at any of their three new Montreal locations and receive a free takeout Choice Meal.
It's important to dispose of your waste responsibly.
Sunny, warm weather is finally here and to take advantage of it, many people are heading to parks to enjoy picnics and small gatherings with friends.
It's definitely much easier to follow public health guidelines in the great outdoors than it is on a tiny balcony that you share with your roommates.
However, during these gatherings, a lot of containers like aluminum cans and pop bottles are thrown in the garbage or even on the ground, which is harmful to the local ecosystem.
When a bottle is tossed into a pond, it impacts the flora and fauna and damages the environment of the ducks that live there. What's more, a glass bottle takes up to 1,000 years to break down.
Across the province, 1.5 million refundable containers are thrown in the garbage or left on the ground each day, never to be recycled.
By being environmentally conscious and adopting good practices in public spaces, you can keep our green spaces from turning into landfills.
So the next time you go to the park, consider bringing a reusable bag with you so that you can fill it with your empty containers. On your way home, you can return them at a nearby retailer.
Deposit-refund is an environmentally friendly way to recover and recycle refundable containers. According to Consignaction, recycling an aluminum can uses 95% less energy and 40% less water than making a new one.
In Quebec, any retailer that sells soft drinks or beers in refundable, non-refillable containers must accept empty bottles returned to their store and refund the deposit to the consumer. A full list of refundable products is available here.
This means that you can return your empty refundable containers to a convenience store, grocery store or supermarket, ensure that they will be fully recycled, and get a refund for each one.
Although Quebecers already return 75% of refundable containers, more can be done.
Did you know that it takes plastic bottles up to 400 years to break down naturally? Meanwhile, aluminum cans take between 200 and 500 years to degrade.
A quick visit to the Lachine Canal, Parc LaFontaine and Parc régional de la Rivière-du-Nord is all it takes to get a glimpse of how easy it is to forget your cans and bottles behind you when you leave.
Not only is returning your containers good for the environment, but it also results in better quality materials, helps future generations and creates jobs. It's a small gesture that has a huge impact.
Once containers are returned to a retailer, they are then transported and sorted before being melted down into raw materials and used to make new items, like backpacks, tents and even different containers.
To determine whether your container is refundable, just look for "Consignée Québec 5¢ Refund" on the product.
Keeping this in mind can help you substantially reduce your eco-footprint. In addition, by returning your refundable containers, you'll be helping cut down on pollution in parks, making them more enjoyable for you.
To find out more about how to return your containers, visit Consignaction's website, Facebook or Instagram.
This article was originally published in French on Narcity Québec.
Upgrade your sleep.
Moving season in Quebec is an exciting time when people start new chapters, create new routines, explore new neighbourhoods and reflect upon how to use this fresh start to live their best lives.
It's also a chance to improve your self-care. If prioritizing your health and wellness is on your to-do list, a great place to start is learning how to improve your sleep.
Making sure that you're getting the best sleep possible can have huge benefits for your overall health. And it all starts by setting up your new home to be as comfortable and relaxing as possible — especially in the bedroom.
Creating the perfect sleep environment for a good night's sleep in your new place is all about customization.
Think cooling pillows if you tend to overheat, bamboo sheets for extra soft and comfy snoozes, or weighted blankets to relieve stress and help you drift off easier. If you're a back or stomach sleeper, you can even get pillows specifically made to support the way you sleep.
To enter, just follow the Dormez-vous Instagram account, like and comment on the contest post. If you win, you'll get a $1,000 gift card to use towards sleep products from Dormez-vous like a new mattress, pillows, sheets, duvets and more from some of the world's leading brands.
Whatever type of sleeper you are, the Sleep Experts at Dormez-vous can help you find personalized sleep solutions to meet your needs.
If you're setting up a new bedroom or looking to improve your current one, check out the Dormez-vous Instagram contest for your chance to win $1,000 towards creating your perfect night's sleep.
Win $1,000 To Use At Dormez-vous
Price: Free to enter
Where: The official Dormez-vous Instagram post.
When: From July 12 to July 18, 2021.
Details: Win a $1,000 Dormez-vous gift card. Upgrade your sleep with a new mattress, pillows, sheets and more to create your own sleep oasis.