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Meet the Montreal Food Blogger Behind This Is Why We’re Fat

Some of the many mouthwatering food photos from This Is Why We're Fat

Montreal food blogger Erika David says the most important qualification in her bio is that “I LOVE to eat!” Her passion for food and for her native city of Montreal definitely come across in the restaurant reviews on her blog, This Is Why We’re Fat, which she started in December 2010.

Each review is accompanied by multiple mouthwatering close-ups of food. We also love the lack of pretension: she covers everything from “crummy hole in the walls to stuffy, stuck-up eateries” and doesn’t mince words when highly rated places fall short of expectations. (more…)

The Great Montreal Bagel Debate: St-Viateur vs. Fairmount

Photo by Noema Pérez

By Marcella DeVincenzo

The rivalry between bagels from New York and Montreal is well documented (though in competitions, Montreal overwhelmingly comes out on top). But what those outside of Montreal might not know is that within the city, there has always been a battle for the best bagels—and in the bagel war, you’re either on Team St-Viateur or Team Fairmount. (more…)

Hot Dining: Authentic Montreal-style Bagels at Kettleman’s

Kettleman's is a city favourite.

You haven’t tried a real bagel until you’ve bitten into an authentic, Montreal-style one. For an instant fix, head over to Kettleman’s Bagel Co. Handmade and baked in a wood-burning oven, these thick knots of dough are fantastic dressed in little more than sesame seeds and a swab of butter (opt for the lemon cranberry if you’re in the mood for a sweet treat). And if you’re craving a late night bite, the Glebe location is open 24 hours, so you can have a bagel BLT whenever you get a hankering. $0.85 for one (toppings extra); $7.50 for a dozen. Two locations, 2177 Carling Ave. (west end), 613-722-4357, and 912 Bank St. (the Glebe), 613-567-7100.

Our Take: National Geographic Traveler’s Top 10 Foods in Quebec

St-Viateur Bagel. Photo by Backpack Foodie.

National Geographic Traveler’s blog post on top ten foods to eat in Quebec was en pointe. The list recognizes the French Canadian staples that most tourists know and love; the number one choice, of course, is poutine, the gooey combination of cheese curds and gravy. (more…)