Posts Tagged ‘ Montreal ’

Burger Bar in Lincoln Park, Chicago

In early November I had a chance to attend a talk by Vincent Laforet  at the Lincoln Park Apple store  about Motion in Photography and Cinematography. It was a great talk by Vincent, and afterward we all headed across the street to a restaurant called Burger Bar (http://burgerbarchicago.com).

As the name suggests, the restaurant’s primary menu item is burgers. You can get anything from a simple cheeseburger to a custom creation. If you’re feeling adventurous, but not too creative, you can try some of their signature burgers. Check out their full menu here.

As it was my first time, but still feeling adventurous (and egged on by everyone else there), I went for the elk burger with andouille sausage, pepper-onion relish, smoked gouda, and chili aioli. And instead of regular fries, I opted for the sweet potato fries. What arrived looked like quite a mess:

After biting into it, though, all I could think was, “DELICIOUS!” It was actually similar to the caribou burger from Frite Alors! in Montreal (blog post here), but with a little extra kick from the chili aioli. And the sweet potato fries had the perfect amount of crunch.

Overall, Burger Bar has a great atmosphere (a bar area and a more traditional dining area), good service, and amazing burgers (I hear their milk shakes are fantastic as well). Next time I’m in Lincoln Park for dinner, I’ll definitely be stopping by.

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Hotel Review – Hotel Zero 1 in Montreal, Canada

Continuing my review of my time in Montreal (I started the posts in May here), I thought it would be good to write up a review of the hotel I stayed at, Hotel Zero 1.

As mentioned in my previous post, I was in Montreal for a conference. I didn’t book my hotel until a few days before I was leaving (that wasn’t my fault, I swear). Naturally, all the budget hotels in the area around the conference center were full. The only hotel I could find for a reasonable price was Hotel Zero 1. There weren’t many reviews of the hotel at the time on the various travel sites, but their website (http://zero1-mtl.com/?lang=en) had a lot of pictures of amazing looking rooms. So I took the plunge and booked a room for the nights of the conference.

One thing to note is that the hotel was still being remodeled during my stay. I never heard any of the construction, but there were still portions of the lobby and some floors that hadn’t been finished. I assume that the hotel is now completely remodeled. Continue reading

Paul’s Guide to Montreal- Part 1- Arriving

I’m currently visiting Montreal, Quebec, Canada, for the first time for the 2011 ISMRM (International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine) conference. Montreal is a great city, so I decided to make a guide based on my experiences. It’ll be a mix of a travel log and guide. This part covers getting to Montreal.
I flew into Montreal on Sunday, May 8th, on Air Canada. Montreal’s International terminal is quite large. It didn’t help that the gate we arrived at was all the way at the end of the terminal. After about 10 minutes of walking, I finally went through customs, and then claimed my baggage.

Source: Google Maps

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Frite Alors! – Montreal, QC

Since I’m in Montreal for the first time, I thought I should explore the city. More on that in a later post, but for dinner today, I decided to stop by Frite Alors! As you can see by the picture below (and the name), the restaurant specializes in french fries.
They apparently have several locations in Montreal. The one I stopped by was on Rue Saint-Denis in Quartier Latin (Latin Quarter) near UQAM (Université du Québec à Montréal). Continue reading