Since 1995, a very unique vehicle in the STM bus fleet has been feeding the youth of Montreal. Redefining the term "meals on wheels," this bus with a built-in kitchen visits 60 schools and 40 youth centres every year, ensuring the less fortunate children of Montreal never go hungry. This special bus is the Le Réchaud-Bus, and we're almost ashamed we never knew it existed.
Originally the idea of Quebec actor Michel Forget, the Réchaud-Bus was created as a way for Forget to give back to the community. Forget's initiative was then taken up by a soon-to-retire STM employee who also saw the need for a bus devoted to aiding the youth, and so in January, 1995, the Réchaud-Bus hit the streets and began offering meals to children at school and youth centres.
Take a look inside the "lunch bus" that serves up to 8, 000 meals all over Montreal below, photos courtesy of the STM's Facebook page.
While there are a million and one spots to enjoy a 5 à 7 in the city, not everywhere does happy hour quite like this Montreal restaurant in the Village.
Resto Keela serves $6 drinks from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., including house draft beer, house red or white wine, and speed rail mixed drinks, which is a choice of vodka, rye, rum, or gin — a pretty hard drink deal to beat.
As for food, you can go every week and try a different $6 dish at happy hour. "The $6 bites change from week to week but we always offer 3-5 options," owners Kristin Murphy and Johnny Hamilton told MTL Blog.
I went on September 10 and got to try green beans with a cashew romesco sauce and feta crumble, chorizo sausage, chicken Kaarage with kimchi cucumbers, and organic cherry tomato salad with blue cheese. And I kid you not when I say these dishes all take your taste buds on a culinary trip to heaven.
Keela's full menu is also filled with tons of unique dishes for you to try. The celery root carpaccio is hands down my favourite.
Every Friday night, you can hear the sweet voice of Bud Rice sing live at the restaurant.