I'd pass by it a million times a week, since St. Leo is basically like my second home, but it was only recently, when my friend made concrete plans to get ourselves there, did I realize exactly what kind of gastronomical heaven I was missing out on by only trying Restaurant Phuket (4673 Rue Jarry E) this late in my life.
First of all, let me get this out of the way: they have a legit lobster poutine, with tempura sweet potatoes as fries, chunks of lobster, peanut butter sauce, cheese, and caviar.
It was the first thing we ordered, and I swear, I actually fell in love with this poutine. Amazing doesn't even begin to describe how awesome it was. I didn't think anything at Phuket could top what I just ate... but then our sushi came.
I was really expecting their sushi to taste exactly like what I've had before... Except that it didn't. It was levels above a lot of other spots I've tried.
The fish in particular was incredibly fresh, with rich flavours that complimented the rice perfectly. The rice itself even tasted good: it was seasoned lightly, so that it was incredibly flavourful, but not overpowering of the fish.
Honestly, the sushi here is really impressive... and then I had dessert, and I think I almost fainted from pure happiness.
I had the matcha cheesecake, because cheesecake is my bae forever, but my friend had the matcha opera cake. Although both were super yummy, the opera cake was on its own level. Perfectly moist, with rich, sweet chocolate and hints of matcha... Just pure heaven, guys. Just pure heaven.
The City of Montreal has announced that it will be moving forward with investments on seven projects that were selected by Montrealers.
The investment will come from the city's first-ever participatory budget, which allowed citizens to choose their favourite projects.
Over a two-year period, $10 million will go to seven projects that got the most overall votes from the population. Six projects will be spread out over 14 boroughs and one project will encompass the entire territory of Montreal.
"What emerges from the selected projects is the importance that people place on improving their living environment, protecting nature in the city and reclaiming public spaces for the benefit of the entire population," Mayor Valérie Plante said in a statement.
The following projects were selected for investment:
A budget of $2.7 million will be used for building more than 125 water fountains that will allow for refilling reusable water bottles in Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, Île-Bizard–Sainte-Geneviève, Mercier–Hochelaga–Maisonneuve, Outremont, Saint-Léonard and Ville-Marie.
Montreal's Le Boulevard shopping centre can stay in business after all. The news comes following an April announcement that Le Boulevard would be closing its doors after 68 years in operation, as the city of Montreal prepared to take over the property rights for the extension of the Société de transport de Montreal (STM)'s blue line.
According to a news release by Quebec's Ministry of Transport, the iconic shopping centre can remain open past December 1 when the STM officially becomes the owner of the property.
"One of the goals of the work was to limit the project's impact on the shopping centre and the activities of merchants," reads the ministry's statement.
The task force proposed revising the size of the terminal, the parking area and the centre's storage space for construction materials in order to preserve the building as a solution so that merchants could have the opportunity to continue to sell goods and services to shoppers, the news release says.
According to the ministry, the Quebec government's acquisition of the shopping centre was a decision made by the Tribunal administratif du Québec and was not foreseen by the STM.
At the time this was written, Le Boulevard's Facebook page was no longer active.
Expedia also shared data on Canadians' interest in visiting Quebec destinations. After Quebec City and Mont-Tremblant, Canadians seem to want to travel to La Malbaie, Tadoussac, Montreal and Gaspésie — in that order.
The results were based on searches for trips that would take place between July 7 and September 30.
At a press conference on Thursday, Premier François Legault, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and several other government representatives announced huge new investments into Canada's aerospace industry. These investments are set to create "more than 1,000" high-paying jobs in Quebec and the rest of Canada.
"The projects announced today are tangible platforms for creating exciting jobs," Aéro Montréal explained in a press release.