NDG Breakfast Review


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They are our morning coffee, our weekend brunch, and our saviors the morning after a few too many glasses of wine. Whether solo or social, 8am or 2pm - breakfast is indeed the most important meal of the day, and NDG is spoiled for its many options. This unbiased reviews of five of NDG's top breakfast spots will be sure to get your mouth watering as I evaluate each on the food, the price, the service, the atmosphere, and the overall experience.

The Glen

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Montreal is famous for three things: bagels, smoked meat, and construction. While NDG has had the bagels and the smoked meat covered for years, we had not seen a large scale construction project in quite some time. With the exception of seemingly endless road work, NDG's large centennial homes, expansive parks, and independent businesses have helped ensure that our neighbourhood retains much of its heritage and "old world charm"; the construction of the new McGill University Health Center's "superhospital" is the obvious exception to this.

Surviving Winter Running in NDG


winter runner.jpgRunning is a favourite activity of NDG residents and most do not let mother nature slow them down. With a little bit of planning, the right equipment, and a healthy dose of motivation, you will be on your way to becoming a winter road warrior! These instructions will guide you through what is needed to get started, and are intended to be used as a guideline for winter runners who are new to the sport.

NDG's got MOJO!



A graduate of the John Molson School of Business, Ashkan Karbasfrooshan has worked at three of the most successful new media startups to originate from Montreal. Today he is the CEO of WatchMojo, a leading producer of premium video content. As Canada's largest YouTube channel, WatchMojo has over 6 million subscribers who spend 900 million minutes on the channel watching over 150 million videos each month. Additionally, WatchMojo provides videos to Yahoo, MSN, Huffington Post, the Montreal Gazette and many more websites. Since 2006, WatchMojo has generated 3 billion views.

Throughout his career, Ashkan has interviewed the likes of Joe Montana and Hugh Hefner, has been quoted in Forbes and Business Week, and has been interviewed on the BBC and CBC. He has published two books, Course To Success: Everything You Need to Succeed Beyond School and The Confessions of Alexander the Great: 33 Lessons in Greatness. When he's not on an airplane returning from New York City, he lives in NDG with his wife and two daughters. I had the pleasure of interviewing Ashkan on the secret to WatchMojo's success, on what goes into the production and planning of their wildly popular videos, and on what Mojoholics can look forward to in the months and years ahead.

Captain Cholesterol



Tony Koulakis, the founder of "The Famous Restaurant" Cosmos on Sherbrooke St West is almost as legendary as the eatery itself. The chain smoking, larger than life local celebrity has lovingly been referred to as "NDG's grandpa", "Captain Cholesterol", "The Lord of the Potatoes", and, after starring in Ezra Soiferman's award winning 2000 documentary by the same name - the "Man of Grease".

Aiming for Balance



I am a balancing act.

Last year, I reached a tipping point.

I had been working for 7 years as an executive assistant in various industries, but an uneasy feeling had been growing within me. The sound of the clock would drive me mad. A frequent repetitive pattern. Waking up in the morning and chugging my coffee, going to work and punching in, ordering papers and answering phone calls and organizing all sorts of things over and over and over... Rhythmic consistency, empty. Boring. I felt soulless. I hated my work routine, which sucked up all my energy.

New Roads



I grew up in Montreal-North, a working class east-end suburb of Montreal. Time stands still in Montreal-North, and from the time that I was a young child, holidays were spent with my large extended family, and days were passed with friends who I've known all of my life. Montreal-North is like a mother's embrace. I had moved around the city many times in my teenage years only to come running back to her warm comfort with every failed relationship, every abandoned job, and every curve ball that life insisted on throwing at me. After a while I stopped trying to fight the pull, and allowed myself to sink back into Montreal North's constancy, her routines, and the collective identity that I shared with those who were closest to me.

Montreal Artists Exhibit their Street Art at MURAL Festival


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Last summer, Montreal inaugurated its very first MURAL festival. Spanning over a period of three days, locals and tourists flocked towards boulevard Saint-Laurent as artists showcased over 20 unique street art murals. With the positive feedback garnered from last years festival, Montreal is set to host MURAL for a second time. If you plan to check out this epic festival, here's a list of Montreal street artists to keep an eye out for this summer.

Like Father, Like Son


Italian Family Continues Perfecting Montreal's Famous Deli Sandwich.


 It's without a doubt that the Jewish community has left the biggest imprint on boulevard Saint-Laurent, the heart of immigrant Montreal. As early as the 1890s, many Jewish families migrated from Eastern Europe and established businesses along the boulevard. The most popular family businesses were those who introduced Montrealer's to the delicious kosher brisket: SMOKE MEAT. While the Jewish population may be responsible for introducing smoke meat to our beloved city, an Italian family, has perfected the deli sandwich, and has extended the traditional dish west of the island. 

5 Historic Places to Explore on Saint-Laurent


How many of us have spent our binge-drinking filled weekends hanging around boulevard Saint-Laurent? While hobbling down the street in stilettos, have you ever stopped and wondered what existed before the chique boutique, supperclubs, and lounges? The answer is probably a no considering most of us focus on what is right in front of our eyes.     

Boulevard Saint-Laurent, also know as The Main, is actually a product of over 300 years of history, establishing its reputation as the immigrant corridor of Montreal. By the early nineteenth century, many Eastern and Western Europeans emigrated to Montreal flocking towards Saint-Laurent and evidently creating a social and cultural hub for immigrants, particularly of Italian, Greek, Asian, and Jewish descent. Today, Saint-Laurent has become a major commercial and social artery for Montrealers and tourists. The next time you decide to ride in a limo with your head out the window at 3 a.m., consider taking a stroll down Saint-Laurent instead and explore these 5 historic attractions whose foundations are credited to the immigrants who made our beloved city.


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