Thursday, April 23, 2009
Montreal gets about two whole months of warm weather, so it's easy to see why people get ecstatic when the snow melts and the sun starts shining. At the first sign of spring, it seems like the whole Montreal population wakes up and spends time outdoors. The parks are full of joggers, people having picnics and walking dogs. The numerous outdoor patios ('terrasses') get crowded with people enjoying glasses of wine or beer.
And apparently I live across the street from one of the trendiest, newest wine bars in Montreal, Buvette Chez Simone. It opened while I was in Korea, and I could see people talking about it all over the internet. Obviously I had to go see what the hype was all about, not once but twice in the past week. It's a cozy wine bar with a wooden interior and a tapas-style menu. The good thing is, it's fairly inexpensive (to fit my post-Korea budget), and very, very fun. They even play music by Cat Power (I'm obsessed with anything that is remotely related to Sonic Youth).
I went the first time with a girl friend, and last night with one of my best friends, who is heading to Japan for a 2-week vacation and wanted some tips. It made me so excited to talk about it, but so sad (and a tiny bit jealous) at the same time. We then moved our little party to another bar down the street, as more of our friends came and joined us. Ah, the joys of partying on a Wednesday night, my last chance to do so! The night ended on a less classy note (with a slice of 99-cent pizza) but I'm proud to say that I was jogging on the mountain at 10am this morning!