We had a few friends come up from the States and they asked if we would meet them in Montreal. Pft, no problem! We love Montreal! Now came the next questions… where to eat, what to see, what to do. In conversation, a food walking tour came up. It’s something they like to do in every city they visit if they can. Sounds good us! Fitz & Follwell Co. is a bike rental, bike tour, snow shoe rental, snow shoeing tour, an underground city tour and a food walking tour company! Bam! All in one! Here is a little bit about the tour we went on this past weekend as I don’t want to give it all away 🙂 We started at the corner of Viger and St. Laurent in front of Pho Vietnam and one of the four gates of China Town.
The tour has the option of two segments. We only had time to do segment one, but I encourage you to do both if you can. It was a lot of fun with deliciousness around every corner. It was also a great way to learn about the waves of immigration of Montreal and how they all ended up down the street of St. Laurent, “The Main”.
This is Fred. He was our guide. He was very friendly and knowledgeable about the city. Did you know this Holiday Inn is owned by the Chinese Government and the Pagoda up top is just to hide piping and the air conditioning unit? Neat! It is also apparently the only Feng Shui hotel in North America!
Montreal is the home to Wings Noodles factory. You may recall seeing their name on the little packets of soya sauce or plum sauce when you have take out or maybe on the fortune cookie package. They have a counter where you can go and order directly! They are the first company to have bilingual fortunes in their fortune cookies. Another thing to note, is that the fortune does not have any “lucky numbers” as the family does not believe in gambling.
We had a fresh made fortune cookie, which was nice and crispy!
This is a Catholic church which holds their sermons in Chinese.
Walking through China Town. So many new places to try! We for sure have to go back.
Fred explained to us that egg tarts are normally Portuguese. So why would they be in China Town? The Portuguese settled in Maccau, China in the 1550’s and left some of their traditions. We got to taste them later on in the Portuguese section of the tour.
This place was neat. They make Dragon Beard Candy which used to only be made for the Chinese Emperor.
Corn Syrup pulled into strings wrapped around nuts. When they are fresh, they melt in your mouth. Sweet and salty!
My Cup of Tea is a local loose leaf tea shop.
We got to try a few teas. It was nice and warm on the cold Autumn day. Just perfect.
The oldest Strip Club in Montreal. Why was this on the tour? You will have to find out for yourself! 🙂 Red Light District Baby!
The Montreal Pool Room doesn’t actually have pool tables, but they do have delicious poutine!
This little shop, Librairie Espanola, started out as a Spanish book store however the Spanish immigrants would ask the owners if they could import the different products from back home. It has evolved into this cute little store where I ended up buying a paella pan!
We tried some red wine cheese with quince jam. All I needed to complete this tasting was a glass of wine!
La Vieille Europe is another cute little market with everything you are looking for and things you even didn’t know you were looking for.
Mmm, smoked meat from Schwartz’s! 10 days marinating the brisket + 8 hours in the smoker + 4 hours in the steamer = Yumminess!
Next to Schwartz’s is a Portuguese place called Coco Rico Rotisserie. This is where we got to try the egg tart! It reminds me of something but I can’t put my finger on what it is. It’s still delicious either way.
Tour ended at the Fitz & Follwell Co. headquarters which has a cute little shop!
It’s a great food tour whether it’s your first time to Montreal or your 100th. Lots of great little gems with a plethora of history and tasty bites.