over the weekend, i sortof became a tourist in my own city. i think its really worth it to just take a day to not run any errands or do anything work/school related and not even make plans! i met up with my language exchange buddy on saturday and we ate brunch and walked around a bunch and ended up at brooklyn, one of the mile ends quaint coffee shops.
the colorful chairs in the front of the shop look a lot more cheerful when the weather follows suit, but since montreal decided to host a snowstorm in the middle of april, well….. yeap. i got a chai latte and he got an americano and we were both quite pleased. costs about 2 to 4$ a pop. we had just eaten earlier, but from what i saw, the food looked yummy!
the only downside to this cafe is, unlike homeo in hongdae, we werent allowed to sit on any of the furniture in the back half of the shop, as its all for sale. it still adds to the cozy atmosphere though! instead, you have to sit on bar stools, which isnt always my favorite.
the employees were friendly, and as jinchul and i exchanged a few words with them, we waved goodbye. when we were then ready to take the metro, i realized we totally forgot to pay!!! i went back the next day to take care of our bill, but i suppose thats probably a good sign you’re really at ease in a place.
a little study afternoon spent with my best friend, audrey. i just realized we’ve been friends for over 9 years! we found this perfect tiny street which resembles new york in the most pleasant of ways. if i look really tired (as per usual) its because i keep drinking coffee towards 8 or 9pm and then im up studying or pretend studying until 4 or 5am. definitely.. healthy.
after that we grabbed some burgers and kogos (like a pogo but 1 million times better) at one of my fave spots, picks! its cheap, delicious and i love the cute couple that prepare the food. you take a little slip of paper and cross off all the ingredients you want in your burger ~ i suggest mixing kimchi and bacon together. i always spend some extra time at the end of my meal drawing up a doodle of whoever im with and adding it to the corkboard. every so often they have to take down some of the doodles to make room for new ones, and im proud to say they never ever take down mine!
Picks. 1407 Rue Saint Marc. Montréal, QC.
karen walker sunnies, zara top, zara jeans, michael kors watch, furla bag, clarks desert boots
pulled my usual houdini, and escaped to new york for the weekend. there was so much i wanted to do (and so much i was dying to blog about), but i ended up doing none of those things ha. oh well, there’s always next time. i did manage to grab quite a few yummy bites with my pal ernest, who always knows every yummy restaurant (in both ny, and montreal). a standout would have to be kin shop for a really quaint atmosphere and delicious thai food. sunday morning, we had yummy dim sum, which came out to a mere 27$ for a 4 person feast?! i also indulged and saw jay park + dumbfounded in concert. just melissa, myself and 1 million fainting, smelly, crying american teens.
avocado, lemon juice, olive oil, chiliflakes on seven grain toast and hibiscus iced tea.
smoked trout salad, black lentils, walnuts, arugula, dried cranberries, avocado, goat cheese, cherry tomatoes, shallots and vinaigrette.
couscous with red peppers, raisins, toasted pinenuts, hummus, eggplant and merguez.
although there was quite the wait for a table, my tastebuds were pleased after the delicious food at cafe gitane. the food is quite easy to make, so ill probably have a go at these at home (especially the avocado toast). the french/moroccan combo is nice and light for the summer. the outdoor seating was my favourite bit, as the seats face outwards just like any authentic french cafe. this facilitates my lurking of the well dressed passer byers.
242 Mott St., New York, NY 10012