With October in full swing, it means we're halfway through the season... No, not fall, but pumpkin spice latte season!
Maybe you're not a fan of the OG PSL from good old Starbucks. Maybe you've gotten tired of it or you'd simply prefer to support local businesses. Whatever your reason, there are lots of spots around the city with their own versions of classic fall beverage for you to fall in love with.
Known for its live shows and vegan treats, the Mile End's beloved Resonance Café announced that it's permanently closing after almost 10 years "given the strains of the pandemic."
In an Instagram post on Friday, Resonance wrote that it "will not be resuming operations in 2022" while expressing "deepest appreciation" to staff members, artists and customers who have "supported and believed in this project" throughout the years.
"You've made this a dynamic 9.5 years filled with amazing creative music, delicious vegan food, and espresso always made with heart," the post says.
The owners of Resonance also announced that they will be putting all of their assets up for sale in January, meaning the space, sound gear, kitchen and espresso equipment will be up for grabs as a package should anyone be interested in using the space for a similar project.
If by February, no entrepreneurs want to take over the assets as a package deal, they will be sold individually, the post says.
For now, the comments section is abuzz with past patrons sharing gratitude and memories.
"Resonance I have seen shows, attended panels, studied and had meetings inside you. I have spent the better part of five years trying to figure out your insane vegan Nanaimo bar recipe and have come to terms with the fact that mine will simply never be as good. Wish I coulda had one last chocolate Jesus smoothie and vegan blt but alas, I will hold you forever dear! The city is less without you," wrote local photographer Ariana Molly.
According to the post, Resonance will have "a couple of final things to share with the community" and more details will be posted in the coming days and weeks.
But this café's gorgeous drinks aren't the only reason to check it out.
You can also pick up one of seven sandwiches currently on the menu. Each sandwich is served with Italian vegan bread and organic vegan dressing. There are kosher and halal meat options as well as vegetarian options for fillings.
Plus you can't forget the delicious pastries! Mono serves mini loaves, polenta and walnut brownies as well as croissants and scones. Like the rest of the menu, all ingredients used in the pastries are organic and there are vegan options.
Drinks range from 100% organic juices to hot chocolate, matcha lattes, iced lattes, tea lattes and more.
The head office and main branch are located in the Golden Square Mile among some of the city's most renowned art galleries, and Mono's beverages fit in perfectly.
So pick up some drinkable art and enjoy the creativity that Montreal has to offer in a new and tasty way.
A collective of coffee shops and community organizers is inviting all cyclists to join them for a Montreal bike protest to celebrate the milestone of over one million cyclists on the Réseau Express Vélo (REV). The group is also calling on the city to keep the controversial REV paths on rue Bellechasse and expand the network even further.
"We are celebrating hundreds of lives protected, thousands of healthier people, tons of GHGs avoided, all those happy school children and all the happiness we have had in the last year!" event organizer Jacques Nacouzi exclaimed in a statement shared with MTL Blog.
Cyclists are asked to meet up at Carré Saint-Louis in the Plateau at 11 a.m. on the morning of Saturday, October 23.
From there, the protest will move north along the REV Saint-Denis before hitting the REV Bellechasse moving east. The protest will end when the group circles back to rue Saint-Denis.
With a mayoral election in Montreal just around the corner, cycling advocates are concerned about the REV Bellechasse.
The project has been criticized by Ensemble Montréal with Denis Coderre pledging to remove part of the bike path on Bellechasse to add more parking spots if he's elected.
The REV is a key accomplishment of Mayor Valérie Plante's administration.
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