Montreal is one of my favorite cities; I've visited almost every year since I moved to New York five years ago. It's a wonderfully friendly city with a great music scene and gut-busting food scene of epic proportions. When your night ends with late-night poutine (that would be fries covered with gravy and cheese curds) at Patati Patata and starts with a smoked meat sandwich at Schwartz's, you know you've had a good trip.
In case you were wondering, smoked meat is similar to New York's own pastrami, except it's a bit fattier and more loosely constructed with a thicker peppery crust on it. The always erudite Robert Sietsema looks at how Montreal chefs are infiltrating our top restaurants, including Gabe Stulman's new spot Fedora. Don't resist, New Yorkers. It looks like the Quebecois are here to stay.
Below: A poorly shot video I took at Schwartz's in Montreal while hung-over set to the Arcade Fire. Enjoy!