Arguably, some of the best restaurants and cafes in Montreal are nestled between the apartments and bookshops of the Plateau. You can seriously find ANY kind of food there, including the elusive Australian cuisine. If you've ever lived in Oz and suddenly found yourself in the mood for some classic Australian eats, look no further than ta PIES and Café Melbourne, the only two spots in Montreal for meat pies, jaffles, lamingtons and flat whites.
1. Meat Pies
Never had a meat pie? On the corner of Parc and Mont Royal, ta PIES has what Hugh Jackman called the "best meat pies in the world" when he was filming the Wolverine a couple of years ago.
Want something a little different? Ta puts their own spin on meat pies. Whether you want to eat-in or get an entire pie to go, you can choose from classic beef, butter chicken, steak and cheese, lamb roganjosh and curried vegetable.
For dessert, you can indulge in Anzac biscuits (an oatmeal and coconut cookie), lamingtons (a layered spongecake dipped in chocolate and coconut) or pavolva (a meringue cake topped with whipped cream and fruit).
If you're feeling hungry again, try the jaffles -- an Aussie toasted sandwich -- at Cafe Melbourne. This "Mac Daddy" jaffle has mac and cheese in it. No one in their right mind would say no to a mac and cheese jaffle. Unless, of course, you were offered a pulled pork jaffle.
You can make your mini Aussie experience last even longer by bringing Vegemite (paste made from leftover brewers' yeast extract with various vegetable and spices) developed and a dozen of mini pies home from Ta while you wander the Plateau with a Cafe Melbourne flat white in hand.
Women will lead five of Quebec's eight largest cities following the 2021 municipal elections.
The biggest headline of the night may have been Valérie Plante's triumph over old foe Denis Coderre in Montreal, but across the province, the faces of municipal politics have become more gender-balanced.
According to the latest counts and projections, France Bélisle (Gatineau), Catherine Fournier (Longueuil), Évelyne Beaudin (Sherbrooke) and Julie Dufour (Saguenay) are all also on their way to their respective (and figurative) city hall corner offices.
In Quebec City, it seemed for a while like Marie-Josée Savard would join them. Multiple outlets had even called the election for her until the vote count for her opponent surged into the evening. Bruno Marchand ultimately claimed victory.
Mayor Plante commented on the historic nature of her second mandate in her victory speech Sunday night.
"Four years ago, Montrealers elected the first woman mayor in the history of the City of Montreal," she said.
"Tonight, they told us again, 'yes, this mayor, we're going to continue to work with her, we trust her!'"
This year, for the first time, Montrealers will have two women leading the city, as Projet Montréal's Dominique Ollivier is set to take over as president of the Executive Committee.
At around 3:15 a.m. on Friday morning, Montreal police received a call about an unconscious person in an apartment building on rue Saint-Urbain and avenue Fairmount. When officers arrived, they found two people dead.
According to SPVM spokesperson Véronique Comtois, the individuals exhibited signs of violence.
Police located one of the victims and found the other while "securing the apartment," Comtois said.
Major crimes investigators were dispatched to the scene and will work to determine the exact circumstances surrounding the incident.
As of 4:30 a.m., police had established a perimeter for the investigation.
The government is in the process of filling a Service Canada job bank and it's advertising salaries of between $61,152 and $65,887.
On an online recruitment page, the Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) office says it needs to fill 45 benefits officer and program officer positions in Quebec and encourages qualified individuals to apply.
The only education requirement is a high school diploma.
While benefits officers review and process employment insurance applications, the government describes a wide range of duties for program officers, including coordination with local stakeholders regarding services from the ESDC.
Service Canada says it has EI processing centres and "program branches" in Montreal, Laval, Boucherville, Drummondville, Thetford Mines, Shawinigan, Quebec City and Saguenay, but that it may assign alternative workplaces to applicants who don't live in these areas.
In addition to a high school diploma, Service Canada is looking for applicants who have experience totalling six months "in delivering services or programs to the general public" or "interpreting and applying legislation or policies."
The language requirement is either French-only or French and English, depending on the position, according to the recruitment page.
Complete details about the positions available and the application process are online.
If you're reading this, you probably love brunch as much as I do — which means you know that, as great as it is to revisit Montreal's classic brunch spots weekend after weekend, sometimes you want to shake up your routine. That's where Barranco, a new Peruvian brunch spot in the Plateau–Mont-Royal, comes in.
Barranco just launched its brunch service on September 17 and, as the brunch lover I am, I was there two days later to try it. Between the $30 bottomless mimosa option, the good vibes and the Montreal-meets-Peru concept, anyone looking for something unique and delicious should add this place to their weekend brunch roster.
The real Barranco is a neighbourhood in the heart of Peru's capital Lima, which Barranco MTL owner Fidel M. Vasquez described as "romantic and urban, very artistic." But Montreal's Barranco is in the heart of the Plateau on Rue Saint-Denis, across from Clébard.
"I'm in the [restaurant] industry for about 10 years now and I come from Cusco, Peru," Vasquez told me. "It's always been my dream to open a restaurant here in Montreal [so] that I can show you guys a bit more about our culture."
We were struck by the cool atmosphere that effortlessly blends two different worlds: Montreal and Peru.
On one wall, you'll find a mural that transports you straight to the streets of Peru with palm trees and colourful houses. On the other wall, you'll find mixed media collage-style art that's common on the streets of Montreal.
The menu was created as a collaboration between Passé Composé's Arnaud Glay and Barranco's chefs Daniel Silva and Michelangelo Miceli. Like the decor, puts a Montreal twist on Peruvian favourites. My friend got a Peruvian take on a bagel lox and cream cheese: a St-Viateur bagel with trout gravlax, cilantro sauce, red onions, radishes, jalapeño yogurt, cilantro sprouts, corn and jalapeño salsa. He loved it.
I had the Ceviche de Hongos, a mix of mushrooms, sour marinade, chives, red onion, corn, crunchy corn, quinoa, and coriander seeds. It was a perfect excuse to eat ceviche for breakfast — something I haven't done since I visited Peru several years ago and it brought back yummy, fresh, citrusy, seafood memories.
I opted for a house passionfruit (maracuya) juice instead of the $30 bottomless mimosas that day. My juice was delightfully refreshing and beautiful to look at. That said, the bottomless mimosas are a fun option and it looked like the party atmosphere was starting picking up the pace when we headed out, as a DJ spun happy beats and old-school retro music.
If you're looking for a tasty new brunch spot that'll make you feel like you have one foot in Canada and the other in South America, then I definitely recommend checking out Barranco, whether for brunch or for dinner. The restaurant is open for brunch on weekends from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and for dinner Monday through Sunday from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Why You Need To Go: From the $30 bottomless mimosa option to the Montreal-meets-Peru concept, Barranco is a unique and delicious new brunch spot that should be added to any Montreal brunch lover's brunch bucket list.