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The Poutine of Montreal

When he supposedly declared, “ça va faire une maudite poutine,” Fernand Lachance – about which no one is quite sure what he was speaking – uttered the words which ignited a sensation in food for the people of Canada. Poutine, that hearty, ooey-gooey, savory and salty snack-as-a-meal, rightly describes the conglomerate of fries, gravy and cheese curds, as well as the happy people who consume it. While it has spread all over Canada and even into the U.S., poutine originates from Quebec and is proudly served up as a sort of unofficial dish of Montreal. Note that the real deal is smothered in gravy mix (not from-scratch) and usually comes with a cheap price tag. This is a dish which glories in its unpretentious sloppiness, and so should you.

You can waste hours while you find a hotel in Montreal for a picturesque weekend getaway, or you can focus on what’s really important: finding the best poutine. With every greasy spoon in the area proclaiming the title for them, you have your work cut out for you. Luckily, we’ve narrowed down the field.

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La Banquise

La Banquise in actuality boasts over 28 types of poutine, but the die-hards will say that the more traditional, the better (sometimes those add-ons can be overwhelming), as the three original ingredients can simply shine on their own. Still, it’s difficult to argue with bacon, hot dogs, pepperoni or even vegetarian gravy. La Banquise is also in a neat little area and is open 24 hours, meaning you can satisfy your breakfast or post-bar cravings with equal relish.

Lachute Flea Market

Every Tuesday the Lachute Flea Market opens just outside of Montreal and offers up a complete world of goods and farm fresh produce. At about the middle of the flea market (follow the delicious smells) you’ll find the open-ended restaurant which serves up hot, fresh poutine, not too far from where the market sells cheese curds – if that’s not a great sign, what is? To complete the experience, visitors can sit under a wooden canopy and enjoy the musical stylings of local artists. Did we mention this is cuisine for the unpretentious?

Restaurant Lafleur

Part of a local chain, Lafleur on the Rue St-Denis serves up its poutine in a fast food-style restaurant which also sells hamburgers and hot dogs. Here the thick gravy comes from a chicken-based mix and the curds aren’t too shabby either. The budget-conscious will be elated to note that an order of poutine here will set you back a mere four dollars. Cheap, filling and oh-so-delicious, just the way poutine is intended.

Pamper Yourself When You Go On Your Next Vacation

Are you overwhelmed and stressed out due to high demands at both work and home and you need to figure out a way to get away from it all? Do you want to go on a relaxing vacation with your partner but the last time you went to an all-inclusive resort, you didn’t get a wink of sleep because of the hundreds of people walking by your room at night? Then you need to visit to see what types of luxury villas you can rent for a week or two for your next vacation. If you want guaranteed relaxation and serenity, then you will opt to rent a luxury villa over reserving a room at an all-inclusive resort and spa. There are many places you can choose from all over the world that are all in tropical climates.

Start Relaxing the Moment You Get Off the Plane

This is your ultimate dream vacation, which is why you need to start relaxing the instant your plane lands. You will not have to worry about cleaning, working, taking care of the children, or cooking any meals when you rent your own luxury villa. It’s important for both your health and your well being that you take full advantage of all the amenities and luxuries that a villa has to offer to you. You can experience peace and quiet when you arrive and you don’t have to leave your villa during your entire stay. You’ll even have your own private beach where no one will bother you!

Partake in Fun Activities to Help You Unwind

If you want to have some fun on your vacation, then you should know there are many things you can do when you vacation to a tropical land. You can do a variety of water activities, including swimming, scuba diving, snorkeling, fishing, jet skiing, tubing, water skiing, and much more. You can even rent a yacht for a night and watch the sun set with your loved one while drinking champagne. You can also learn about the rich culture and history of the land when you travel inwards toward the city. No matter what you do on your vacation, you’ll be able to find something that you’ll enjoy doing and you’ll remember it for the rest of your life. So start planning your next annual vacation to a tropical paradise island where you can enjoy peace and quiet without seeing another tourist during your stay.

Hot Trends in Wedding Party Venues

There are so many new and unique places to have your wedding now. From rustic barns to high class ballrooms, anything goes when planning your special day! There are a few trendy venues that seem to be popping up over and over, setting the bar higher when it comes to creativity and these are a few of the hot spots that brides are liking more and more.

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It’s all about location when you are planning your event. Whether it is outdoors in a California vineyard or one of the popular Atlanta wedding venues – the location of your celebration sets the theme and tone of your entire wedding. Keep in mind the time of day and time of year (snow, rain and heat are vital factors for those held outdoors!) Plan ahead so there aren’t any “surprises” on your wedding day!

First Impressions

Incorporating popular trends into your reception such as chandeliers, tents, lounge areas and more give guests an impression and sets their expectations as to what type of wedding you are having. Be specific in your invitations and give as many details as possible – this will have your guests ready for a good time without worrying about what they are wearing, what to bring, etc.

Sweet Memories

Most brides think they know exactly what they want when selecting a venue, but look around and have somewhat of an open mind. If you are thinking about a beach wedding or wedding in the mountains, ask other brides who have had their wedding in these locations – they will be able to give you firsthand advice on the do’s and don’t’s of your dream wedding