Thanks to the hit Netflix show Squid Game, a Korean candy engraved with shapes called dalgonahas gone viral on TikTok. And it's also flying off shelves in shops around the world — including in Montreal.
Whether you just want a taste or you're hoping to play the game featured on the show (hopefully minus all the blood and gore), check out these six Montreal spots that sell the sweet and spongy honeycomb treat, made with sugar and baking soda.
Depanneur Chez Claude et Claudette
Courtesy of Robert Kim
This Saint-Henri depanneur told MTL Blog that their homemade dalgona is selling like hotcakes. It's no surprise that they've really gotten into the Squid Game spirit, even decorating their dep with Squid Game Halloween balloons.
Marché Oriental Jang Teu sells dalgona at its three Montreal locations, but a spokesperson told MTL Blog they have limited quantities so they recommend reaching out to the branch you plan to visit for exact stock information.
DÉCARIE JANG TEU - 2116, boul. Décarie, Montreal, QC
DOWNTOWN JANG TEU - 2109, rue Sainte-Catherine O., Montreal, QC
ST-JACQUES JANG TEU - 6785, rue Saint-Jacques O., Montreal, QC
This Korean grocery store sells dalgona, along withother Korean grocery items and ready-to-go lunches. But, if you want dalgona,get there early. A spokesperson for the NDG location told us they sell out later in the day and the best time to get it is in the morning.
Address: 6151, rue Sherbrooke O., Montreal, Quebec
Bad news, folks. Your binge-watching adventures are about to get a little more expensive. So you may want to adjust your monthly budget planning.
On Friday, January 14, Netflix Canada announced that its prices are going up for two subscription plans and these new rates are already effective for new subscribers. "Current members will receive an email notification 30 days before their price changes, unless they change their plan."
You'll have to pay an extra $1.50 for the Standard monthly subscription plan and $2 more for the Premium subscription, while the basic subscription plan remains at $9.99.
"We're updating our prices so that we can continue to offer a wide variety of quality entertainment options," a spokesperson from Netflix told Narcity. "As always we offer a range of plans so members can pick a price that works for their budget."
If you've been subscribing to Netflix for a while now, you know prices raises are nothing new.
Not too long ago, back in October 2020, Netflix Canada's monthly plans also saw an increase. Oh, the price we pay to stay entertained during these unprecedented times...
But, if the updated Netflix prices are still fit into your budget, you'll be able to watch a myriad of exciting new seasons of trending shows this year, such as Too Hot To Handle and RuPaul's Drag Race. For those into true crime, you'll be happy to know The Puppet Master: Hunting The Ultimate Conman and How I Fell In Love With A Gangster are being added to Netflix in 2022.
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Just a couple of months to go until Montreal gets its own real-life Bridgerton ball, transforming a local venue into Regency-era London. While much remains to be seen — such as which guests will win the queen's favour — we now know exactly where the event will take place.
True to the elegant and regal ballrooms featured on the hit Netflix show, Montreal's "The Queen's Ball: A Bridgerton Experience" will be held at Le Windsor Ballrooms (formerly known as the Windsor Hotel), located near Dorchester Square on rue Peel.
The Regency era, during which the show is set, was the period from 1811 to 1820 — not too long, relatively speaking, before the Windsor Hotel was built in 1878.
According to the website, the venue features two "Victorian-style French renaissance ballrooms," separated by a long marble alley. "The rich architectural detail will surely transport you back to another era," it says.
But the ambiance of the ballrooms is not the only thing that will make you think you're in another time and place. The immersive experience includes actors dressed in period costumes, dance performances, cocktails, a string quartet playing music inspired by the Bridgerton soundtrack, acrobatic performances, romantic love stories and interactive moments based on the series.
These details alone could likely make you feel like a Bridgerton cast member, interacting with elite members of high society, but it's also worth noting that this isn't the Windsor's first brush with royalty. It's hosted actual royals in the past.
For instance, a state banquet was held to honour King George VI and Queen Elizabeth — who were staying at the hotel — in 1939. In 1951, Princess Elizabeth and Prince Phillip visited the hotel, appearing twice on the hotel balcony "to respond to the crowd who had come to welcome them," according to the Windsor website.
"The Queen's Ball: A Bridgerton Experience" is set to open on January 29 and run until March 6. Tickets are on sale now. You must be at least 17 years old to attend.
Single All The Way is Netflix's first gay rom-com and IMDb describes it as a movie about a guy, Peter, who — "desperate to avoid his family's judgment about his perpetual single status" — convinces his best friend, Nick, to come home with him for the holidays and pretend they're now dating.
It stars Jennifer Coolidge (Stifler's mom from American Pie) and Jennifer Robertson (Jocelyn from Schitt's Creek), both of whom spent time in Montreal while shooting the film.
If you watched the movie, did you recognize any of the locations as being in Montreal? The movie was also shot in a couple of other parts of Quebec: Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts and Bromont. You can check out Netflix's interactive map of all the locations for more details. Or check out the Montreal spots in person, using the list below.
About The Scene: "McKibbin’s, a cozy Irish pub in the heart of Montreal, stands in for Lisa’s pub, where Peter and James go for a drink after the Nativity play," Netflix in Your Neighbourhood explains. The production used the rue Bishop location near Concordia University but there are four McKibbin’s locations in the Montreal area.
Scene: "Peter hints to his sister on the phone that he might be bringing a 'surprise' home for Christmas from a trendy L.A. bakery. The location used for this scene is actually the interior of Maman, a charming patisserie and restaurant," Netflix in Your Neighbourhood says. Maman, a famous bakery that's originally from New York City, opened its Montreal location in Griffintown in 2019.
Address: Île Sainte-Hélène and Île Notre-Dame Montréal, QC
Scene: "Parc Jean-Drapeau is a stunning park made up of two islands in the middle of the St. Lawrence River, and is used as the New Hampshire forest where Peter takes photos of Nicholas for his client’s marketing campaign," says Netflix in Your Neighbourhood. Of course, if you're a Montrealer, you probably already knew how gorgeous and versatile this site — home to Jean-Doré Beach, Osheaga and, now, Peter and Nicholas' photoshoot — truly is!
Scene: The West Island also makes an appearance in this holiday rom-com. "In Single All the Way, Peter shows up at Bridgewater Spin & Fit for a blind date, where he meets James for the first time. Filming for this scene took place at Custom Conditioning, a full service health & fitness studio located just outside of Montreal in Pointe-Claire, Quebec," according to Netflix in Your Neighbourhood.
Even the premier of Quebec has something to say about the wildly popular — and extremely violent — Netflix show Squid Game. Asked about his thoughts on schools banning Squid Game Halloween costumes, Premier François Legault said the move was "extreme" and "not acceptable," linking it to cancel culture.
Legault was asked the question at a press conference on Friday, following a Journal de Québec report that an elementary school in the Charlesbourg borough of Quebec City banned Squid Game Halloween costumes because they do not "correspond to the values and rules of life of the school."
"We are now in a society where soon we will no longer have the right to do anything," Legault said.
He said this is why Quebec's minister of education wrote an open letter with France's minister of education. Their joint opinion piece in Le Devoir, "The school for freedom, against obscurantism," calls acts of cancel culture "assaults on freedom of expression and civic sense."
Legault also recalled the Halloween costumes he wore when he was growing up.
"When I was young, we dressed up as witches, we dressed up as monsters. But it's not because we wanted to support witches and monsters," he said. "To me, we need to have a balance."