Many women dream of meeting a "nice" guy, right? Montreal ladies are no exception. How do you know when you finally meet a representative of this rare breed though? Normally, I'd say that you just know, instinctively. However, for those of you who need additional reassurance that you have, in fact, found a Montreal unicorn, I've lined up a few signs that will definitely help you out.
Pssst, stay positive even if you haven't found a nice guy yet. He's out there and he will find his way to your heart sooner than later. I promise.
He keeps his promises
There's nothing hotter than him casually telling you that he wants to spend the whole day with you at a Tremblant spa. Saturday rolls around, he picks you up and actually takes you there! I'm sure you can remember that time when someone special has promised you the world and then failed to deliver.
He gets along with your friends
He actually likes your friends and legitimately enjoys spending time with them. You'll know you have something special going on when your girlfriend calls you up and says, "What are you guys up to? Let's all go for dinner to that new restaurant in Old Port!" You're no longer "me" and "him", you're "us."
He surprises you for no particular reason. You're at work and all of a sudden you get an arrangement of roses in a box delivered to you. It's not your birthday or Valentine's, it's just him showing you that he's thinking of you even when you're apart.
He's honest about his past. He doesn't play games or create mind puzzles. Your man is an open book and has got nothing to hide from you.
You're not worried about that one time when he told you that he went to bed early, because you know that he was actually sleeping and not getting drunk with the boys at a bar in Plateau.
He makes you his priority
He makes plans to see you, because he can't stand the thought of not being able to hug you for a long period of time. Your prince charming actually makes an effort to talk and be around you. It's only Monday and you already know that on Tuesday you're going to watch a movie together, Thursday you're going out for dinner and Friday you have cuddling sessions scheduled.
He makes you want to be the best version of yourself
He's kind, ambitious and generous. You can't help but get inspired by how great of a person he is. As a result, you want to be the best version of yourself to match his levels of awesomeness. Seeing how hard of a worker he is makes you want to be a boss lady too. Remember that boss girl convention we had in Montreal? Stay tuned for its next edition!
You feel safe around him
Nothing says "He's the one" more than feeling completely safe around your man. Even if you get stuck in a blizzard together (which you won't because winter is allegedly over), you will have zero worries because you have a real man by your side.
Even if you get overly emotional and make a scene in the middle of a Montreal bar, at the end of the day, the two of you sit down and figure out how to fix things. Breaking up is never an option, both of you want to work things out. And you always do.
You never question his feelings for you
The question, "Does he even like me?" never crosses your mind. You simply know that he is crazy about you and you feel the same for him. There are no doubts in this department.
He appreciates everything about you, even your flaws. You can be yourself around him. It's like a breath of fresh air. Remember that time when you freaked out because you didn't know what to wear while he patiently sat in his car in front of your house and waited for you? If he didn't lose his cool, he's the one.
As the world gradually begins to reopen, you might be itching to head out on an adventure. Thankfully, Québec City's lively culture, vibrant history and many attractions make it one of the province's most sought-after staycation spots this summer.
Just a stone's throw away from Montreal, Québec City and its European charm might make you feel like you're on a different continent — minus the travel, expense and crowds. And this summer, the city promises to be better than ever with a season-long lineup of outdoor activities, new urban developments and more.
While COVID-19 guidelines remain in effect, Québec City has ensured all attractions and activities respect provincial safety measures including physical distancing, ensuring you stay safe while still having a good time.
If you're looking to get away this season, there are a few reasons why Québec City is the perfect place for a summer staycation.
It's A Foodie's Paradise
Québec City's food scene is renowned across the province. With fare inspired by French flavours and the city's Indigenous roots, no matter your palate, there's a place for you. You can spend an entire trip just checking out the city's restaurants.
From snack shacks and farmers markets to food tours and fine dining, you may need to loosen a belt buckle or two to get it all in. The city's open-air terrasses make it the ultimate place to soak up some sun and enjoy a refreshing beverage.
With colonial architecture dating back over 400 years, Old Québec is one of the most charming neighbourhoods in Québec City. As a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, strolling through its cobblestoned streets can feel like stepping into a fairytale.
The Place Royale, situated in the Petit-Champlain area, is particularly magical: said to be the site of North America’s first French settlement, Place Royale is steeped in centuries of history, and the perfect spot to grab a coffee!
The architectural treasures and public art may make you feel like you've left North America (and this century) altogether, creating a reminiscent and romantic experience all at once.
It may be a metropolis, but there’s plenty of nature to be found in and around Québec City.
You can discover its scenic beauty at spots like Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier, one of the most beautiful glacial valleys in Québec, or Montmorency Falls, which are 30 metres higher than Niagara Falls. Plus, if you're feeling particularly active, this is a great place to take your mountain bike.
Québec City is one of the province's go-to destinations for all kinds of art and historical architecture. Outdoor sculptures, masterpieces, poetry on rooftops, live shows, churches and castles make this destination a feast for the senses - in fact, there are over 1000 activities for tourists and locals alike!
There's no shortage of things to see. Bring your camera and get ready to capture every magical moment, including a selfie or two, at beautiful spots like rue Sous-le-Cap and Morrin Centre, to name a few.
Québec City really is a playground, and you don't have to be a kid to enjoy it.
The city is known for its multiple entertainment spots, like the Aquarium du Québec, Village Vacances Valcartier, Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, and plenty more. Plus, with amusement parks, pick-your-own farms, wildlife tours and treetop adventures, there's no shortage of fun to be had no matter what you or your family are into.
One of the best parts of visiting a different place is getting the chance to explore its museums, and there's plenty to be found in Québec City. From art history to Indigenous stories and more, you'll take away a lot from these enlightening exhibits.
It's an opportunity to really get a sense of what makes Québec so unique while making memories to last a lifetime.
No matter where within Québec City you are, you're sure to find somewhere to shop. Explore one of its many boutiques to discover some unique items.
With its designer and artisanal boutiques, Quartier Petit Champlain is North America's oldest shopping district. Rue Saint-Jean is also a popular shopping destination, along with Saint-Roch and Place Royale.
If you haven't yet made the trip to Québec City, now is a great time to consider it. With plenty to do for everyone, plus delicious food and stunning scenery, it's like taking a European holiday without the hassle.
Plus right now, Québec City has a promo going on where if you book a minimum of two consecutive nights at any participating hotel directly, you’ll receive a $75 gift card to spend at any participating business in the Québec City area.
Québec City Tourism continues to ensure each and every activity and attraction respects all COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Summer is approaching, and one thing I’m beyond excited about is park days. After a few drinks, some sunshine and a great time spent with my roommates, it’ll feel like any other normal year (kind of).
As someone who's very into the outdoors and living a healthy lifestyle, I’m very conscious of what I’m putting in my body — especially when it comes to alcohol. But at the same time, I do love the idea of a boozy refreshment after a day of activities.
Excited for the summer and knowing it’s going to be full of picnics and lake days, I wanted to find a fresh new drink I can enjoy that’s still relatively low in carbs. I had noticed the ubiquitous alcoholic seltzer, White Claw, popping up all around and it seemed like the time to find out what all the fuss is about.
Right off the bat, I was super impressed with the nutritional information. With 5% ABV, each 355 ml can is made with just one gram of carbs and 100 calories. With no artificial flavours, sweeteners, colours, or preservatives, it checks off all my boxes for a drink you can feel good about.
In order to prepare for a summer full of outdoor adventures, I thought it suitable to try out the different flavours of White Claw carried by my local dépanneur (they're also available in grocery stores and the SAQ).
The variety pack includes cans of Black Cherry, Mango, Natural Lime and Ruby Grapefruit. In addition to this, I bought an extra can each of Raspberry and Watermelon. Here’s what I thought of each flavour.
Immediately after taking my first sip of the Black Cherry, I was transported back to my childhood. The tart and sweet cherry taste reminded me of my favourite gummies that I loved as a kid. If you're new to the hard-seltzer game, this is the flavour I’d recommend you start with.
It has a light black cherry flavour with a carbonated feel. However, White Claw Black Cherry is more distinctive than the others, making it a great easy-drinking option if you're looking to enjoy a couple, perhaps on a rooftop terrasse or balcony.
It seems like everyone's favourite White Claw is Mango. I actually remember people struggling to find this flavour last summer, so I had pretty high expectations.
When it comes to mango-flavoured beverages and candy, I'm personally not a huge fan, but the White Claw Mango hits the spot. It's as smooth as the Ruby Grapefruit with the freshness that I loved in the Natural Lime flavour.
Natural Lime and Black Cherry were my absolute favourites, but I was still impressed with Mango. If I had to have a mango-flavoured beverage, this one would be first on my list.
The packaging is adorable, and the yellow basically screams summer and sunshine. Its fruity flavour makes it the perfect drink to relax with after an active, adventure-type day. I would grab a few White Claw Mangos for a post-yoga picnic or to relax after a game of beach volleyball.
The Ruby Grapefruit flavour is much more bright and citrusy but still tastes like fizzy water. The best thing about White Claw, in my opinion, is how subtle the flavour of each fruit is. It makes it easy to enjoy without feeling too overwhelmed.
This one was smooth, with a light hint of zesty grapefruit. It would be great at the end of a fun hike or during a barbecue at the park.
The White Claw Raspberry didn't come in the variety pack, because (along with White Claw Watermelon) it is a new addition to the lineup. The deep red colour on the can immediately grabbed my attention and I just had to test it out.
In general, I love raspberry-flavoured anything, and this drink only reinforced that trend. I found that it was a brighter flavour than the rest, without being overly sugary, which is something I really enjoyed. I think fans of the Black Cherry can expect to like Raspberry too.
The first thing I noticed about this addition to the White Claw family is the adorable use of colour on the can: pink and green, just like a watermelon. The drink's aesthetic immediately appealed to me before I even cracked it open.
Watermelon on a hot summer day could be one of my favourite things in the world. So naturally, I saved the best for last, and this flavour did not disappoint.
If you're looking for a White Claw with a more distinctive taste, this one would be my recommendation. Super light and refreshing, this drink still carries the recognizable White Claw flavour, while maintaining the freshness needed to keep cool on a warm day.
This drink would go hand-in-hand with a juicy piece of fruit after a long day of outdoor activities, with some music in the background, sunshine and a slight summer breeze.
I'm glad I jumped on the White Claw bandwagon and I'm surprised I hadn't done it sooner. They're now sold at grocery and convenience stores across Quebec, as well as at the SAQ. I've never really been one to love seltzers, but White Claw has completely changed that.
I'm happy I tried out the different options because now I feel like I have a specific flavour in mind for different activities. I'm looking forward to sipping a White Claw Natural Lime on my balcony on a casual Tuesday night, and enjoying a few cans of White Claw Mangos and Black Cherries on the weekend!
White Claw is now available across Quebec at grocery stores, convenience stores and the SAQ. To learn more, check out their website, Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
Although products were provided for free in this review, the author's opinions are genuine and do not reflect the views of Narcity Media.
Narcity does not condone the overconsumption of alcohol. If you're going to drink alcohol, please do so responsibly and only if you’re of legal age.
The show is hosted by Afrim Pristine, who Food Network calls "the world's youngest Maître Fromager (Cheese Master)." Throughout the series, Pristine will showcase the cheese profile of cities and countries around the world, as he meets up with "culinary pioneers" of the cheese biz.
Quebec's episode is the fourth in the first season. Pristine tastes modern cheesy classics in Montreal (including poutine) and stops at two generations-old fromageries outside the city before travelling to Quebec City and Charlevoix.
You can expect to see him cross paths with Chuck Hughes of Le Bremner and Michele Forgione of Chez Tousignant. Montrealers know that these guys know their cheese!
Cheese-lovers everywhere can stream Cheese: A Love Story on the Global TV app with a subscription or through STACKTV on Amazon Prime. It premieres on June 9 at 8 p.m.
Then the pandemic hit, ushering in a punishing and turbulent time for the restaurant industry and its workers, so Payette decided to change careers.
Luckily, she had other passions.
"I always did modelling as a side job and for fun," she said. "I love working with photographers, stylists, content creators and artists. They are so inspiring and the model/fashion industry is opening up and becoming more about diversity, different body images, types, and styles."
In February 2020 she launched an OnlyFans page and, today, the 23-year-old is a top earner on the site.
Payette is hardly alone. OnlyFans — a platform where subscribers pay creators a monthly fee to access their content — has exploded in popularity during the pandemic. As of December 2020, the platform was said to have had more than 1 million content creators, up from just 60,000 in 2019.
"People are attracted to this platform for many reasons," she said. "Looking for a community, sharing, companionship or any social interactions that are no longer allowed or possible (due to the pandemic). It’s a modern way of entertaining through which you can build and share your content."
MTL Blog caught up with Payette to ask her what it’s like to be on OnlyFans in the time of COVID-19.
This interview has been condensed and edited for clarity.
How did Payette become a top OnlyFans model?
Payette’s profile boasts that she’s within the top 0.29% of content creators on OnlyFans.
"The earnings you make will vary depending on the content you produce [and] the hours and dedication you invest," she said.
She already had around 13,000 followers on Instagram before joining OnlyFans, which was an advantage and helped attract subscribers, she added.
"Also, I have a beautiful/natural pair of boobs that you won’t forget, and blue eyes. Thank you, mama," she continued.
But body type is not the only determination of a model’s success on OnlyFans, said Payette.
"You’d be surprised about the community’s diversity," she said. "It’s so refreshing and inspiring. Everybody respects and encourages each other, there’s room and place for any type."
To prospective OnlyFans models, she said, "I think the most important advice I could give is to respect yourself by setting your own limits and not the ones society created for women or men, as long as you are creating something you love and you are happy with. Respect yourself, be passionate and confident."
What's drawing people to OnlyFans?
Many people have turned to OnlyFans to support themselves during the pandemic, she said.
"I do think a lot more people, women and men, are using this platform to create but also earn on a monthly basis," she said.
She also figures that people stuck at home have been making and consuming much more adult content than usual.
"I think with the travel ban and all the restrictions, a little dreaming or escape thanks to a platform is something we need right now," she said.
What are the best/worst parts of the job?
Payette said she enjoys her work. "The art and the visual is very exciting for me."
"At the end of the day, I can work from anywhere at any time I please," she said. "This freedom can also be found in the women’s, or men’s, bodies. It’s so liberating to explore and break the gender stereotypes."
The work also has its share of challenges, she said, like the time her account was hacked and held for ransom.
"I once was hacked and was a victim of a blackmail," she said.
"Someone had stolen my accounts, changed all my passwords. It was very frustrating knowing a stranger could access and damage all the hard work I’ve put together."
"At the end of the day, the platform provides you with a good security plan and options, so they assisted and helped me through this tough process."