Staggy Profiles are La Belle Walkabout. La Obsessions are Big in Treetops and Wind Down (Debutchery Day 2)

Tien’s Stag or The Weekend of Debutchery in Montréal (Day 2)

Day 1 was interesting (Make sure you read about it here before you continue).

We set the tone by eating far too much, in too small of a time frame and got to bed in the wee hours of Saturday morning after a marathon walk.

When we awoke, Tien chatted with Steve and we agreed to meet at HMV before heading out for a healthy breakfast.

On our way there, I called Dave to see how he was doing. We had text messaged each other a couple of times, and even though I knew he was having a weekend of vegging out, I thought I would ask if he wanted to come out with us for dinner.

Surprisingly he agreed. He said he would call later on in the day to square things up.



Character Profile

Name: Steve
Height: Not so Short
Eating Prowess: Steve’s claim to fame is not volume, but his willingness to try anything new at least once.
Trip Highlight: Getting two free snowboards.



La Belle Province

After meeting up with Steve at HMV, we headed over to La Belle Province (or LBP for the hipper crowd).



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It’s a simple little very greasy spoon downtown. Our healthy meal was actually anything but.

We stood in line, where Tien and I had this brief conversation…

Tien: What are you having?
Jorge: I’m not sure. I might just have poutine.
T: That’s it?
J: Yeah, why, what are you getting?
T: The burger and poutine combo.
J: Well, I guess the poutine containers are not that big…


Why do I always have to open my big mouth?

The burger that I received was pretty much the same size as the one depicted on the menu picture. The poutine was three times larger.

I was going to cry.

I ate most of it anyway. I could feel my stomach expanding.



Character Profile

Name: Dan
Profession: Dentist and Street Climbing Free Runner
Eating Prowess: Dan can eat a lot very quickly. He once ate 4-5 pieces of KFC in 2 minutes.
Trip Highlight: White tuna. Stepping in cat poop and never realizing it.



Walkabout

After LBP we went shopping.

I needed new cologne (my current bottle had a teaspoon left, and that teaspoon could have easily given everyone in Ontario headaches if I sprayed it on myself) and Dan was looking for one of those video game controllers that plug into your television so you can play video game classics like Pac Man or Donkey Kong. He was looking for the original vector-graphics Star Wars.

We covered quite a bit of ground (nowhere near as much as the night before).

I ended up getting my cologne from Tommy Hilfiger. Dan never found his video game controller for a reasonable price, unfortunately.

We ended up in an underground mall for a pit stop. In the bathroom they had a hand dryer that was so powerful that it deformed your skin from the pressure.

Everyone that needed to go, went.

While Dan was in the bathroom, we all chatted…


Steve: I bet you when Dan comes out of the bathroom he’s going to say he’s hungry.
Tien: [Laughs.]
Jorge: Really?
Steve: I’d bet on it.
[A few minutes pass by, and Dan walks into view.]
Dan: I think I might need to grab something from the food court before we go on.
[Everyone laughs.]
Steve: Told ya.



Character Profile
Name: Lisa
Profession: Keeper of Steve
Eating Prowess: Not so much about sushi. More about chicken.
Trip Highlight: Casino



La Crémière

We stopped at La Crémière for some interesting treats…



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Dan introduced us (me, at least) to soft ice cream on top of a flavoured slush drink.

I ended up getting a blue raspberry slush drink with vanilla soft ice cream on the top, just like Dan.

Everyone else had a different flavour.

It was very interesting. They tasted like Creamsicles.

If you get the chance to try it, I highly recommend this dessert.



Character Profile

Name: Jorge
Profession: The Barking Space Guy, Photographer
Eating Prowess: Eats far too many carbs for his own good.
Trip Highlight: Held his own at Kanda against the experts.



Obsessions

After our dessert break, we wandered up St. Laurent for some more window Shopping. Dave was due to arrive in a few hours, so we had some time to kill.

I bought Dave a rice-picker hat (as he loves Raiden from Mortal Kombat so much) at a small shop. I figured it would be a great gag-gift for his birthday.

We headed up the street to Obsession (A Skate/Snowboard shop)…



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Tien was thinking about getting a new snowboard, as was Dan, so they spent some time browsing. There was a two-for-one sale on so they could get a pretty sweet deal on some nice equipment.

After a relatively short time frame, Tien and Dan were the proud new owners of some nice Option snowboards just in time for…fall…

Since Dave wasn’t due for another forty-five minutes, we decided to go back to Steve & Lisa’s room at the Delta.

Lisa was on her own for the day, having some me time, so the room was empty when we got there. Tien and Dan left the snowboards with Steve, as the Options would not fit in Dan’s Lexus.

Tien figured that this was his only reckless act for the whole trip. Apparently creating major gastric distress is not reckless enough to rate.



Character Profile

Name: Dave
Profession: Touches You Last
Eating Prowess: Has eaten some of the most disgusting looking things ever. Once ate Beef Stroganoff that looked like vomit.
Trip Highlight: Ordered a Schwartz’s Combo. Lived to tell the tale.



I See Your Schwartz is as Big as Mine

The walk from the Hotel to Schwartz’s was pretty quick. Schwartz’s a simple little very greasy spoon downtown with a great reputation.

Dave walked up a few minutes after we got into the queue to be served (Schwartz’s is very popular, and usually has a lineup outside)…



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It wasn’t too long before we were ushered inside.

Schwartz’s is like a big kitchen packed with tables and the smell of smoked meat. They serve amazing food and people from all over the world make sure to visit when they are in town.

It’s an institution.

Most of our group had been there before and knew what they wanted before we even sat down.

Dave and I mulled over the menu…



Jorge: Tien, what are you having?
Tien: Number Six. Schwartz’s Combo.
Jorge: What about you, mano?
Dave: I don’t know. I’m hungry, but I’m not sure if- What the hell. I’ll have number six.
Jorge: I’m not sure if I want that combo. I mean, a nice smoked meat sandwich could hit the spot.
Dave: Well, that’s ok. You can eat what you want. You don’t have to get the number six [Looking down and smirking.].
Jorge: Bastard.


When the waiter came around, I ended up ordering a Schwartz’s Combo (which consists of a steak, a pile of smoked meat, cole slaw, a pickle, a plate of fries, two pieces of hot dog and a soft drink).

A normal person would have learned their lesson after the triple-sized poutine from the morning. But no! Not me!

The food and soft drinks arrived. A good number of us didn’t want to dirty the glasses we were given and drank straight from the can. We all passed our glasses to Dave (who was on the end of the table next to the only aisle in the restaurant) and he piled them up close to the edge of the table…



Dave: There.
Jorge: That’s awfully close to the edge.
Tien: Be careful, Dave.
Dave: I could totally see me doing something like this: [Pretends to knock glasses off the table and soundly smacks a waiter.]
Waiter: [Startled. Smiles in amusement upon recovery]
Dave: [Looking embarassed.] I’m so sorry!
Waiter: [Still smiling.] You must be one of those ninja turtles.
[Everyone laughs, even though that made no sense.]

That was hilarious. What was even funnier was later on, when Dave hit the exact same waiter (almost bagged him, actually) while goofing around again.

Before we left, we ordered a 5 lb brisket to bring home.



Rockaberry In the Treetop

We tried our luck at Rockaberry again…



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This time we found seats and there were desserts left over.

I had one of the tastiest cheesecakes I’ve ever had in my life. Everyone seemed to enjoy their dessert.

We had a great time laughing and talking about the cool dance stylings of Napoleon Dynamite.



Winding Down

Dave went back to Ottawa and Steve went back to his hotel.

The rest of us rented Napoleon Dynamite (as Tien had not seen it) and watched it back at Sanny’s place, laughing at the awesome dance at the end.

We ended up going to bed earlier than the night before as Dan and I were aiming to leave at 06:00 on the Sunday Morning.


It was a great weekend. I’m really glad I went. It was good to get to know some of the folks there better. It was also nice to visit Montreal and eat some amazing food.

I don’t know if I am as driven as Tien to experience it as often as I can, but I wouldn’t say no if the opportunity was handy.

Thanks for the invite, Tien!

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12 Responses

  1. Sound like a great time. Now I understand why you are planning to go running tonight! 🙂 Cat

  2. Well told Jorge! Schwartz’s is one of the places that I take everyone to when I head to Montreal – best smoked meat going! Good to hear you had a great time!

  3. I love to eat. At least, I always think I do, until there’s food. In reality, I love food, but in smallish portions, and never with too much meat. Portions of this story will haunt me until the day I die.

  4. Me again. Just read it to Jason and he is dying of jealousy. He’s a total eater – in 6 years of constant cooking I have yet to find a bottom to his pit.

  5. We don’t have to believe exactly the same. All we can do is believe in something. What I believe is not meant to influence any person. And I certainly cannot influence God. Peace and happiness to you my friend. John

  6. hiyaaaaa how r ya n whatz goin on in here n wher s my profile…lol.. hmm…shld make some requests… n hey i am changing my room…lmao..so will take more time to get u th address…. SRRYYYYYYYYYYYYY…. hmm…cant wait to get th prize pic…lol.. so how s ur life????? wll…have to go now n start shitting….grr n i want to blog abt a lot of things…damn…dont hav th comp as of yet n th comp lab here s a stupid one…lol.. o well…hope to read ur space soon..lol.. k thn take care u hugs n kisses

  7. You have single-handedly destroyed my appetite for the day. Please explain “poutine.”

  8. Schwartz’s is my Montreal fave…. You guys got the #6…. I did that once I I had to order 3 sprites just to wash it down. Oddly enough though, I had a hankerin’ for some poutine until I finished reading this…. Wow, an entire weekend of eating…. Wicked!

  9. There is much to be said about eating…and eating…and eating….and you did it! Yay for that!! Woo hoo!! 😀 Napoleon Dynamite….that movie is fantastic. Canned Heat was the perfect song for the stylings of D-Kwon’s dance moves that Jon Heder did such a wonderful job of entertaining us with!! LMAO. You know, I took one of those stupid quizzes for shits and giggles…and I was was….*drumroll* LaFawnduh!!! AHAHAHAHAHA! Sounds like you had an awesome time. Have a great day. I’m still working on getting Adobe to work. The problem now is that it’s not liking my printer. It’s trying to open more than one spooler at once. This is a common error, and it’s hard to fix. I’m not entirely sure what to do, perhaps I should try to get my boss to pay for Adobe rather that using a cracked version. Have a good day. Me

  10. Mmmm…. Schwartz’s… … my favourite! Also, I’m surprised you guys didn’t trry any of the “specialty” poutines! I can’t remember the name of the place that my “petit colibri” brouhgt me to when I was visiting, but they made it with all sorts of different stuff! Like, chicken and peas poutine, and one with bacon bits and such… yummy! Good poutine is vary hard to find! Catch you later!

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