Dinner at the top of the world!

Hi guys!

If you have the chance to go to Toronto, here we are with the first interesting and useful advice if you ever go there!

We spent a weekend in Toronto just a few days ago. We decided to go there by train since it’s the cheapest and fastest way to get there from Montreal. To be honest that wasn’t the best weekend to spend in Toronto because the Hurricane Sandy was on its way from New York City! Indeed it was raining all the time.. But no worries.. Despite this we really enjoyed the city.

We arrived there on Saturday and we immediately went to the CN Tower, the most spectacular place in Toronto. It’s a telecommunication tower completed in 1976 and until 2010 the world’s tallest free-standing structure and the world’s tallest tower with its 553 metres height. Defined as one of the seven wonders of modern world by the American Society of civil engineers, it will let you have an amazing view of the city thanks to the glass floors.

The entrance ticket to the tower is around 24$, but in one of the upper floors there is a restaurant, The 360, and a café, The Horizon, where it is possible to enjoy good food while looking at the world from above!
We decided to book a dinner at the 360 Restaurant (which includes the entrance to the glass floor) and we got there using the glass elevator. The restaurant is really elegant, a soft lighting ambiance with every table situated near the window or in the back raw but over a step to let everybody enjoy the view. The most amazing thing is that the entire restaurant turns on itself, so no matter on which side you are sitting, in almost one hour you’ll complete the 360 round.

We went for the 55$ menu which comprehends:

APPETIZERS:

Roasted Beet and Orange Glazed Duck Spiedini Spinach and leek tart, organic greens and petals

Summer Tomato Salad with Black Pearl Olives Grilled Halloumi cheese, organic baby arugula, fresh oregano vinaigrette

MAIN:

Sea Salt Crusted Atlantic Salmon with Fried Capers Sweet butter potatoes, grilled asparagus, preserved lemon vinaigrette

DESSERT:

Dark Chocolate Tower with Summer Berries, Raspberry coulis, vanilla crème Anglaise

The food is precious, especially the dessert!

We strongly suggest you to go there and… Enjoy your dinner at the top of the world!

A. G. V. 

Let’s go clubbing in Montreal !

It’s time to give you some advices about going out in Montreal!

In Montreal there are several amazing bars, clubs, lounges and pubs amongst which you can choose. Montreal nightlife is one of the best in the world. The most popular djs always set at least one date of their tour here.
So, when you are in town just check the schedule of some of the majors clubs to find out when Bob Sinclair, Swedish House Mafia, Erick Morillo, Steve Angello e co are stepping by.

In Montreal there are many very well located clubs.
At the rooftop of a skyscraper in the citycentre  you can find Altitude 737, at the 41st floor. It’s better to go there during the warmer months of the year so that you can profit of the amazing terrace from where you can admire a wonderful panorama of the city and all its lights. The entrance is free but you have to get dressed following a specific dresscode since there is a quite strict selection at the entrance. Then get in the elevator and, if you are a girl, enjoy your first free drink!! Sorry boys 🙂

Then, in another fantastic location there is Terrasse Bonsecours. I love this place! It’s situated in a sort of little island in the old port area. You need to cross a wooden bridge to get to the entrance. The spectacular lights and colors make a great picture in front of you when you arrive.
Really one of the best clubs in Montreal!

Another more European club is Buonanotte, in Saint Laurent. This place is owned by italians and it’s also a nice spot to have a good dinner with friends.
Here is where we had our first “Spritz” overseas.
As a starter we had Parma ham and as a main course pizza. As truly italians we really enjoyed our meal!

Last but not least, a very nice and particular club is Velvet Club, again in the old port neighborhood. The club is on two floors and it gives you the feeling of being in two different places at the same time. The ground floor is very chic and elegant, but then, when you go downstairs, it’s like walking in the basement of a castle. The roof is very low, the dj plays right on the floor near the bar and she is a woman: she is great!

Other places we enjoyed are: MuziqueCommission des Liqueurs (both in Saint Laurent) and La Mouche in Saint Denis. Just try them!

Remember: Always bring your ID and be at the club around 10,30/11 pm to avoid long queues. We’re in America!

A. G.V.