Where to Find the Best Canadian Delicacies in Montreal

 

Much of Montreal’s food scene is related to French cuisine, but the international city has expanded to include influences from other cultures as well, from as far away as the islands of Haiti to the Middle East. Montreal’s unique foods are so prevalent that they have even begun to spread throughout Canada and into the United States. Here’s a look at the three standbys of Montreal’s most famous Canadian delicacies.

Poutine

Poutine is a French dish and also a popular French street food. Originating in Quebec, poutine can now be found in trucks and stands all over Montreal. Places like New York and the Eastern United States have adopted gourmet versions of the rich snack, but for newbies, the original is still the best. A proper plate of poutine is thickly sliced fries topped with cheese curds and gravy. The affordability and widespread availability means that even in a cosmopolitan city, good eats are always nearby. Grab some from a stand and enjoy them as you head back to your room. Or find a more refined version from your hotel’s room service, especially if you’re staying at the Hotel Bonaventure.

Photo snagged from Hotel Bonaventure Montreal’s website

Bagels

Bagels in Montreal are a surreal experience. While New York bagels get all the press, it does seem to be the water in Montreal that makes all the difference. Or maybe it’s the ovens. Montreal bagels are baked in wood ovens, which results in smaller and denser bagels than the New York variety. St-Viateur and Fairmont are the best bagel shops in Montreal, and both have several locations around the city. Some are even 24 hours, like the one near the La Centre Sheraton Montreal, so you can head out for a bagel whenever you want.

Smoked Meat

Smoked meat is often compared to New York’s pastrami, but different spices and processing give it a completely unique flavor. The standby for smoked meat in Montreal is Schwartz’s Montreal Hebrew Delicatessen, which has been slicing smoked meat for Montreal in the same location on Saint-Laurent Boulevard, right next to the Hyatt Regency Montreal, for over 80 years.

The delicacies of Montreal have grown and expanded over the years, but some things never change. Find a hotel in Montreal and spend your time exploring all that the city has to eat!

 


A Must See in San Antonio: The Alamo

 

If you are a history buff and you happen to visit San Antonio for the first time, you must never miss The Alamo! It is, I believe, the most historical spot in the city where origin of the city and the state of Texas transpired. We are new to Texas ourselves so we were all so thrilled to be in this destination. Thanks to our friends The Dias Family for touring us over. The photos are illustrious in themselves; I need not add more details.

The Alamo building is a shrine and a military barracks with a garden at the back. Photos are not allowed inside the shrine and the barracks though as all the antiques that are on display are being protected. That is why it is a must to see this spot in person in order to really experience The Alamo.

Thanks, Dhemz, for our family photo! :)

Throughout the day, there is a staff that tells and retells the history of San Antonio, of Texas, and of The Alamo for tourists and guests to listen to at the plaza veranda behind the shrine. It is nice to spend a few minutes listening to the staff to really be able to hear the history so fascinating for people like me that’s new to Texas.

Triz ans Akesh; the new bff

And yep, they are under those branches of over a century year old tree that’s been preserved throughout these years. Amazing!

The military barracks

It was indeed a great time at The Alamo for us being first timers in San Antonio. Learning the history of the place where we live now and is now our home state is pretty amazing! It makes me appreciate more how rich this State is and how brave the people were who dared fight for their independence. And ours.

 
 


How to Prepare Your Children Before You Move Abroad to New Zealand

 

If you are planning to move to New Zealand you will be looking forward to an exciting transition and an improved life in your new home. However, if you are travelling with young children it is important to prepare them before you make the move. Transitioning to another country can be difficult for little ones and it can take them a while to get used to their new home. Helping your kids prepare for the move will ensure that they are able to adjust more easily to the move.

Photo snagged from my cousin’s album with her son enjoying their new New Zealand home.

Of course, every child is different and there is not one specific way to help a child adjust to an overseas move. Also, every age group will require a different level and type of support during the move. Older children will find it more difficult than very young children, as they will have deeper roots and longer term friendships. Teenagers are often the most reluctant age group to move. Their identity is completely wrapped up in their social relationships, their hobbies and their community. Leaving these connections can be psychologically difficult and can be experienced as a form of bereavement.

In order to make the move easier for your kids, here are some tips you can keep in mind:

  • Let your kids know as much information as possible about the move and answer their questions truthfully. Help them to understand what changes will be made and what life will be like in their new home. Be open and honest when they ask you questions, which will help your kids to feel confident.
  • Involve kids in the planning process as much as possible, so that they feel like they are participating. Let them help you choose a home, get them involved in applying for New Zealand visas, consult them when choosing a school and get their input on the decisions.
  • Sometimes kids might rebel, as they feel like the situation is out of their control so they act out in order to gain influence. Don’t punish them too harshly, understand that they are going through a difficult time and talk to them instead.
  • Focus on the positive aspects of the move. Let them know about all of the aspects of like that you will be able to look forward to when you are in New Zealand.
  • Let them be involved with moving and relocating tasks. They should be involved in packing their own room, so that they can choose what they want to bring with them.
  • Help them to plan their goodbyes. They might want to have a party or have a few play dates with their best friends before they go.
  • Think about the routines that your child will miss when they move to New Zealand and consider whether or not those routines can be brought over to their new home. For example, if they like to take dance classes or play a sport you can sign them up for dance classes or sporting activities when they arrive in New Zealand.
  • It can be a great idea to take your child on a visit to New Zealand at least once before you decide to move there. This will give them a chance to see what the country is like so that they will better be able to visualise it in their minds.
  • Give them as much information as possible about New Zealand, from books to movies and much more.
  • When your child arrives in their new home, encourage them to make new friends and get involved in activities.
  • Listen to your child and let them express their feelings. Don’t make them feel bad for feeling nervous, scared or sad about the move – these are natural reactions.
  • Teenagers are likely to need a lot of support and empathy, even though they might not be very good at expressing that need. Look for signs of rebellion and mood swings, as these are signals that your teen is struggling with the adjustment.
  • There are networks available that give children and teens peer to peer support when they move abroad, so check online to find an appropriate community.

These are just a few ways that you can help your child to adjust when you move to New Zealand. Moving abroad can be a difficult transition at any age, but with love and support you will be able to make the journey smoothly and soon the entire family will be settled in your new home.