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.
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.
Last year, Starbucks made an average of more than 50,000 Pumpkin Spice Lattes every day at locations across Montreal during the fall season — this flavour has become a signal of the season and an iconic tradition for nearly two decades. More than that, it's become a cultural phenomenon.
Strolling through a pumpkin patch with a PSL in hand (hot or iced, whatever the weather calls for) is arguably the most iconic way to celebrate National Pumpkin Day. Bring your pals along for a photoshoot in your coziest knits.
Check out Ferme Marineau — there's bowling (with gourds as pins), a pumpkin house, "straw lounges" and more. Admission is $4 for ages 4 and up.
If you're in the mood to get creative — or you're nutty for milk alternatives — try customizing your order. Give the Oat Honey Latte a try, top your Chai Tea Latte with Pumpkin Cream or indulge in the flavours of fall by adding some cinnamon dolce syrup to steamed apple juice.
Did you know that the PSL — Starbucks' most popular seasonal beverage of all time — was almost named the "Fall Harvest Latte?" Born in 2003 at the Starbucks headquarters in Seattle, Washington, the original PSL was only available in 100 locations. When testing out the initial recipe, the Starbucks research and development team poured signature espresso shots on top of real pumpkin pies.
Alright, so you've picked the ultimate pumpkin — now it's time to decorate. Carve it into a jack-o'-lantern or jazz it up with paint (perhaps with the help of some Pinterest inspiration). Add to the ambiance by playing a scary movie in the background and sipping on a PSL.
Find Out Where You Fall On The Starbucks Pumpkin Love O' Meter
So, how much do you actually love pumpkin? The Starbucks Pumpkin Love O' Meter can judge just how pumped for pumpkins you really are. Take the fun and quirky personality quiz to find out if you're a part-time pumpkin partaker, secret pumpkin admirer, pumpkin spice specialist or head of the pumpkin heads.
It just makes sense to honour today with a Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte. After all, it is the harbinger of the fall season. Happy National Pumpkin Day! Now go out and get celebrating — your PSL awaits.
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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