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Townhouses in the Plateau in Montreal

With only a two Sunday Fundays left before I left Montreal, Lydia and I had to make though decisions regarding which last two restaurants we would definitely be going to. Casa del Popolo had been on our list for a long time, and somehow we had never gotten around to trying it, so this seemed the perfect time. Plus, with Matt visiting from the States for the weekend, what better way to show him the real Montreal than to take him to one of the hippest places in the Plateau?*

Casa del Popolo (or Casa, as regulars and blasé hipsters call it for short) is completely empty when we arrive. The menu is written out on a gigantic chalkboard above the bar, and includes many enticing items such as sandwiches, burritos and bowls, all vegetarian or vegan. Having never been there before, we aren't sure whether one is supposed to order at the counter, or wait for a waitress to take our orders at the table. When I enquire at the bar, an employee rather rudely tells me "It's always been at the bar," as if this were something everyone is supposed to know. Jeez, calm your tits - we've never been here, okay? (At least I spoke to her in French - imagine how much ruder her answer would have been in English.)

We each get a different sandwich - Matt orders the Goat Cheese, I try the Vegerama and, to no one's surprise, Lydia asks for the Spicy Tofu (she's all about that heat). We have very important conversations about artichokes, summer classes at UPitt and animals while we wait. The food all turns out very good.

The waitress openly complains about the tips we give her, which is further annoying because: 1) we're tipping her even though she did literally nothing but write down our order and 2) the amount we tip is 10% - barely less than the recommended 15%. She's lucky none of us write Yelp reviews, but not so lucky if her manager ends up this blog.

After our meal, we wander further North along Saint-Laurent until we reach the Marché des Possibles, which is sadly quite empty due to the unfortunate weather. On our way back, we make a stop at Citizen Vintage, a cute Mile End boutique featuring an assortment of vintage clothing and locally-made goods. We manage to find the perfect gift for Anya's birthday: a fabulous Beyoncé shirt illustrated by the talented Alice Zhang, which we simply have to pair with one of the same artist's Kanye West birthday cards (in case you're wondering, it shows Kanye making out with himself). A lovely shop!

*Or is it the Mile End? I honestly never know the limit between the two.

Townhouses in the Plateau in Montreal

Townhouse in the Plateau in Montreal

Brunch at Casa del Poppolo in Montreal

Brunch at Casa del Poppolo in Montreal

Artwork at Casa del Poppolo in Montreal

Casa del Poppolo in Montreal

Citizen Vintage in Montreal

Citizen Vintage in Montreal

Citizen Vintage in Montreal

Citizen Vintage in Montreal

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