Our last night in Montreal was a real event. Arthur and I joined fellow blogger, the beautiful Kim Vallee, and her handsome husband, Jerome Paradis, at their chic home. Kim is the author of a fantastic home entertaining blog, At Home with Kim Vallee, which I encourage anyone who enjoys food, dining out, and entertaining to read. She and I met through our blogs and on Facebook.
As I said, Kim’s home is beautiful. I particularly liked the organically-shaped metal railing on the staircase. She designed and had it built herself. I failed to take a photo of it. Kim, send me one!
After enjoying splendid Champagne and Chambord cocktails, we ventured into the cold (for us non-Canadians) to have dinner at Laloux, which was wonderful. You can read all the details about our fantastic meal on Kim’s blog here.
Perhaps it’s the French influence, but I don’t think you can get a bad meal in Montreal. Even the open-faced sandwiches at the upscale department store, Holt Renfrew, were spectacular. Anyway, we all enjoyed getting to know each other in person. We talked about design, food (my other favorite subject) and travel (my other, other favorite subject). We said our final good-byes with a promise to meet again.
Then it started snowing. It didn’t stop. We’re used to snow in Detroit, but this was serious snow. If you live in Montreal, however, it is not. Which is why we made it home on time. Kim explained about how to handle the weather. Basically, you have three separate outdoor ensembles – each for different levels of freeze factor. Cold. Colder. Coldest.