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MTLGO: Discovering Montreal with National Bank Mastercard !

Last September was one of my busiest month ever. From going to the Oktoberfest in Germany, to road trip across Moncton to Halifax in addition to the multiple collaborations I did with Narcity Media (Mcdonalds and Motorola), one big event that I didn’t mention to you all yet was the day I spent with National Bank Mastercard. The day was This day full of activities was called ”MTLGO”

In the video above you will see a glimpse of the day I spent in Montreal, but in addition, I will give you details on how to be able to enjoy the same type of day in my beautiful hometown. So ladies and gents, be ready to learn more about my MTLGo experience and see how you can create your own!

A night in the city

The day started at the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth hotel downtown Montreal where my friend Cyusa and I were sharing the same room. To my surprise, as soon as I walk in the room, there’s a rack full of clothes from Simons and extra MTL GO swag. This was the best way to start the experience because we were already in the middle of the action and that made things so much easier considering that I live in the West Island of Montreal.

With the help of google or Expedia, you will find different option of place to stay in the heart of the city but I can say that the hotel that we stayed at was a great hotel and they had great service (and a really comfortable bed).

 

Pictures of the participants for MTLGO with National Bank Mastercard

Picture at the hotel of my friends for the day for MTLGO

Guided tour of Jean-Talon Market with Cooking lesson with Chef Antonio Park

We left the hotel early in the morning to go to the Jean-Talon Market. To be honest with you, the Jean Talon Market deserve his own blog post to explain to you why this is one of the most amazing place in Montreal, but for this post, I will keep it light. The Jean-Talon Market is one of the place that you MUST visit in Montreal. It is a farmer’s market in the little Italy that has over 150 merchants. While this sounds like a lot of merchants to visit, we had a food tour of this marche from a local tour guide that told us about the history of some merchants and made us try the different products from the merchants.

However, our tour became epic went Montreal’s very own chef Antonio Park joined us to get some fresh cheese and vegetables to cook our lunch, see pictures below!

The Jean-Talon Market is a free activity that is available to do year long. However, if you would like to experience this market the same way we did, you definitely need to contact a connoisseur of this market. For this experience, we had Spade & Palacio Tours to help us around. Now to have Antonio Park to cook for you, that I have no idea how much it is but it must be expensive (haha) but you can always contact him on his social media channel or e-mail.

Pictures of the participants for MTLGO with National Bank Mastercard

Discovering the Jean-Talon Market

Pictures of the participants for MTLGO with National Bank Mastercard

Cooking with Chef Antonio Park

Discovering Montreal by bike

After the lunch, we went to the top of the Mont-Royal Mountain where there were bicycles lined up for us. I lived in Montreal my own life and I must admit that the bike tour that we did around the city showed me Montreal from another angle. During this bike tour, we discovered the North of the Plateau, Mile-End, and more.

Discovering Montreal by bicycle also makes you love the city even more because we went to different roads that are not accessible by cars and the ride was really smooth. I felt that we were going downhill the whole time and time FLEW.

If you would like to discover Montreal the same way, do not hesitate to contact Fitz & Follwell. It was the company that organize the bike tour for us and on their website you can discover more about the different tour that they offer in the city.

 

Chilling on a bike!

Intimate Concert with Franklin Electric

So the day started with a private tour of the Jean-Talon Market, a cooking lesson with Chef Antonio Park then we discovered Montreal by bicycle and at this point, I was wondering how the day could be better? Well National Bank Mastercard had a nice suprise for us, we went  to this beautiful house in the Plateau where food and the band Franklin Electric was waiting for us. If you are not familiar with Franklin Electric, they are a Alt-Folk-Pop group from Montreal and they are VERY TALENTED. If you would like to know more about them, you can visit their Facebook Page here.

 

Enjoying a live show from Franklin Electric

Having a live show from a band always brighten up the day, if you can get Franklin Electric for your personal event, well you won’t regret it!

 

 

Discovering Montreal roots at Pointe-À-Callière Museum

After the private concert, we headed to Pointe-à-Callière Museum in the Old Port of Montreal.  This is THE museum that you need to visit in Montreal if you would like to know more about this beautiful city. Once we arrived at the Museum, we had a guided tour that helped us understand Montreal’s story and we tested our new knowledge with a treasure hunt. This activity was fun and for those of you that know me, I am a competitive person and took this challenge seriously. WE LOST. But I must admit that it was a cool activity.

The museum is open for everyone and it is a nice place to spend the evening. It also offers competitive rates for private rentals, you can go on their website to learn more here!

Cyusa and I trying to find an answer for the Treasure Hunt

Zipline and Quick Jump in Montreal’s Old Port

At this point of the day, I was not even tired, I was just happy to be experiencing this! We went to do some Zipline and Quick Jump in the old port of Montreal. I will be honest with you, I didn’t try that because I am SCARED of heights but the other seemed to have enjoy this. (In my defence, I ziplined (if that is even a verb) this summer in Mexico and this was enough for me for this year so maybe I will do it next year).

After this experience, we headed over a beauty salon where the ladies got pampered and I got a manicure and pedicure. Personally, you already know my thoughts about nails treatments, and if you don’t, read this article after!

If you want to zipline and do quick jump in Montreal, head over MTLZipline’s website to book your experience. 

Dinner at L’Auberge St-Gabriel

The day was coming to an end but it was ending on a spectacular note, and by spectacular, I mean LITERALLY SPECTACULAR. We went to Auberge St-Gabriel, this restaurant has been hosting the formula 1 event for the past 6 years. Owned by Marc Bolay, Garou, and Guy Laliberté, we were treated with contemporary circus during our meal. From athletic waiters making side flips to hostess that did ballets, I saw someone that put a fork in his nose and then was holding himself on a chair that was standing on 3 bottles… just see the photos below!

I highly suggest trying out L’Auberge St-Gabriel. It is a great restaurant in the old port of Montreal and they also have a night club inside called Velvet. See more details here.

 

 

So here’s how you can create your own Priceless Experience in Montreal. Let me know what you think of it!

P.S. I would like to give a huge shoutout to the team of Momentum for organizing and coordinating this awesome day! 

Fashion

Outside The Box With Montreal Got Style

Last week-end, I sat down with Montrealgotstyle for a special segment called ‘’Outside The Box’’ in which we received a couple pairs from Worldboots.

Worldboots is a high-end footwear brand based in L.A that creates a footwear experience like you never seen before. The designer of the brand is definitely a man on a mission.

He started his career as a podiatrist and he wanted to changed the industry with his background. This desire to make a shoe that would be comfortable AND stylish at the same time turned into a journey that took their brand to new heights; Worldboots was born.

In our special segment, we received two of their hottests releases : the Larries and The Hemera. For the very first time in Montreal, they sent us this exclusive release to create what turned out to be what you might later call ‘’The Funniest Review Ever’’.

Influenced by Korean fashion, their products incorporate high-end elements, high quality,  while keeping it raw enough for your next lifestyle shoot (or a hot date why not?!).

What really stood out from the very first moment I had the boxes in my hand is the attention to details. From the packaging, the materials used and colour patterns, this brand is all about the finishing touch.

As an adventurer myself, the risky colours were definitely something that made the boots even more attractive.

Wanna know more about the boots? Watch our review!

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3 Ways To Master Your 15 Seconds Pitch

Last week, I had the chance to go to Web Summit in Lisbon (thanks to Swishlinks) to meet and network with tons of like-minded individuals, and by tons, I mean, I personally talked with over 400 people in 3 days. For those of you that don’t know what is Web Summit, it is the largest tech conference in the world and welcomes over 60,000 guests! While I was actively looking to meet new entrepreneurs, I realized that most of them didn’t master the art of the elevator pitch also known as the 15 seconds pitch.

Last month, I wrote an article about how to network better, well this time, I want to write about how to pitch your idea better. Picture this, you are at a conference with over 60 000 people and you will talk to a lot of people, you have to be able to sell yourself within 15 seconds if you want people to keep listening to you and be interested about what you have to say. I personally believe that this is all you need if you want to create interest and get more time to open on your idea.

Here’s 3 ways to craft the best 15 seconds pitch!

Easy to Understand & To Remember

This is the essential when it comes to crafting your 15 seconds pitch. Be careful with your choice of words and be sure that people can relate with what you do. Right away, your goal is that people understand what you do and they can say it to another person after. During Web Summit, we kept Swishlinks’ pitch really simple and easy to remember: Swishlinks is the Instagram Version of Linkedin! Individuals can showcase their professional journey with texts, videos, links and pictures! Right away, people can relate to what you have to say and they understand your business better.

Format It

While you make sure that people understand & remember what you do, it is important to optimize your pitch with the format. You want people to understand who you are, what you do and who you are looking for, that’s it! During Web Summit, I met different entrepreneurs that had great ways to talk about their businesses but it took them 15 minutes to describe it. I strongly suggest that you format your pitch because you might need to repeat it 400 times like I did last week but also, you don’t want to spend too much energy on explaining yourself because some people might not even care! On a personal note, I should expand on energy management because many people underestimate this aspect and last year, I was exhausted after Web Summit and I didn’t even talk to half as much!

 

Tailor It

There’s not one perfect pitch, while you need to make sure that your 15 seconds pitch is easy to understand and formatted the right way, you want to be sure that you are telling the right thing to the right person. Your pitch will be different when you talk to a possible customer, business partner, investor and just a curious person. Be sure that you can master your different pitch and use them at the right time.

This blog post is a sugar coated rant on people that don’t prepare themselves when they KNOW that they will need to pitch their product. Don’t get me wrong, it’s all love, but I just had to share my thoughts about it!

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#ImInTO ! Are you? Influence Toronto is Canada’s Most Influential Conference

Last may, I went to Influence Montreal, the first conference made by Influence Orbis featuring keynote speakers Gary Vaynerchuk, Danièle Henkel and Nicolas Duvernois. See my daily vlog for that day above. (where I also met Gary V!)

Now, in less than 10 days, I am excited to go to Influence Toronto, the second conference organized by Influence Orbis and they have an amazing lineup of speakers that will inspire you. Here’s a closer look at the keynote speakers for this event.

Casey Neistat – Youtube Personality

Having Casey Neistat at Influence Toronto will be amazing. I have been a subscriber to his Youtube channel for a while now and had the chance to see him at Buffer Festival this past September. I personally hope that his keynote will be similar to what he said at Buffer Festival, helping people to understand his journey and the different struggles he had to go through in order to be where he is today. His keynote was inspiring and motivated me to create better content and to not be afraid of trying different things when it comes to content creation.

One of my favorite videos from him is the video he did for Nike,  “Make It Count”. It was  written & directed by Casey himself. The video starts with the text “Nike asked me to make a movie about what it means to #makeitcount. Instead of making their movie I spent the entire budget traveling around the world with my friend Max. We’d keep going until the money ran out. It took 10 days.” You can see the video by clicking here.

In addition, Influence Toronto also offers a Meet & Greet with Casey, something that I was not able to get at Buffer Festival unfortunately.

Grant Cardone – Best Selling Author

This is the first time Grant Cardone is coming to Toronto in almost 10 years! I am personally a fan of Grant Cardone because he is a true Go-Getter and Hustler. This summer, I decided to take a listen to the audiobook of his bestselling book the 10x Rule.

Are you familiar with the 10x rule? To give you a quick resume, the 10x Rule suggests that you should set targets for yourself that are 10X greater than what you believe you can achieve and that you should take actions that are 10X greater than what you believe are necessary to achieve your goals. 

While Grant Cardone will be at Influence Toronto to give a speech that will inspire you, you also have the possibility to go for breakfast with him.

Charlamagne Tha God – Radio Presenter

It is safe to say that Charlamagne Tha God is one of the most influential radio presenter. You probably know him because of the many interviews that he did for Breakfast Club on Power 105.1 , such as the one with Birdman that asked to ”Put Some Respekk on His Name” or calling out different public figures as Donkey of the Day and more. Personally, I was never a follower of Charlamagne but knew enough about him that it was a must for me to listen to his audiobook Black Privilege : Opportunities comes to those who create it. This is one of the best audiobook that I have listened to and Charlamagne has an inspiring story to share.

Known to not be shy to express his opinions, I am looking forward to his Keynote at Influence Toronto. To have him in Toronto is quite special because I can’t personally remember when was the last time he was in the Six!

Angel Rich , CEO of the Wealth Factory

I personally didn’t know much about Angel Rich, I decided to do some research on her and I was quite impressed. Forbes named her the next Steve Jobs! Angel Rich wants to revolutionize financial literacy education and level the playing field between those who have money and those who don’t. Her company, Wealth Factory, is a ‘fintech’ company that designs educational technology games, to enhance financial literacy and workforce development. She will definitely bring some great knowledge and inspire us at Influence Toronto.

This sums up the 4 keynote speakers that will be present at Influence Toronto on November 21st. While I am quite excited to go to this event, I am currently running a contest to win a pair of free tickets on the instagram page of MTLPromos. In addition, it is not too late to get involved with this event, you can contact Influence Orbis on social media such as Facebook and Instagram. Interested of attending this event, you can buy your tickets here and use the promo code IMINTO to save 20%!

Eat

3 Restaurants Who’s Poke Bowl You Should Try in Montreal

Last week, Richard, Cyusa and I went to Moushi Dollard-des-Ormeaux to make our own poke bowl in a pumpkin. This video is part of our ”not your regular cooking show” and it is our second non-official episode and definitely not the last. (see video above to see what we have put in it!) However, after talking with few friends of mine, it seems that not everyone has had the chance to try the famous Hawaiian Inspired Dish. While Poke means “to slice or cut” in Hawaiian, poke bowl usually consists of marinated fish which is then tossed over rice and topped with vegetables and umami-packed sauces. Here’s my top 3 list of where you can enjoy a great poke bowl!

 

Photo of a Poke Bowl

Photo of the Poke Bowl . Photo Credit @koalua_mtl

Koa Lua

1212 Union Street, Montreal
1446 Ste-Catherine W., Montreal

Koa Lua has two locations in the downtown area of Montreal and I had the chance to try the poke bowl at both of them. Personally, the location on Union Street is the perfect one when you are on the go with limited seating versus the location on Ste-Catherine that has plenty of place to sit. This place is super photogenic and makes your instagram pictures look like you were really in Hawaii! My personal favorite poke bowl is the Hulk (baby greens, avocado, wakame, edamame, wasabi peas, dry pineapple, pickled cucumber, mint, cilantro and wasabi dressing)!

 

Photo of the Poke Bow

Photo of the Poke Bowl . Photo Credit @venicemtl

Venice

1045 Côte du Beaver Hall, Montreal
440 Saint-François-Xavier Street, Montreal

For the longest time, one of my good friend Emerson was telling me to come see him at Venice because he was a bartender there! The first time I got there, I was surprised because it was definitely not what I had in mind. Just like Koa Lua, Venice has 2 locations that offers different vibe and energy. (One restaurant and one takeout). You will definitely not regret your visit at Venice for a poke bowl and to see more about what they offer, head over their website here!

 

 

Poke Bowl from Moushi

Photo of the Poke Bowl . Photo Credit @moushiofficial

Moushi Dollard des Ormeaux

3593 St Johns Blvd, Dollard-Des Ormeaux

Moushi is the new one in the game and I’ve been to this location several times because it is near my house. What I love about Moushi is that they are doing Poke Bowl quite differently from the other restaurants that I mentioned above. The quality of the food is amazing and you can taste the freshness of their ingredients. I give extra points for this one because my Pumpkin Poke Bowl is now part of the menu for a limited time!

 

While these 3 spots are the only places that I ate Poke Bowl, I am curious to know about your recommendations, comment below your favorite poke bowl restaurant in Montreal!

Instagram Links

Koa Lua’s Instagram @koalua_mtl

Venice MTL’s Instagram @venicemtl

Moushi DDO’s Instagram @moushiofficial

 

Photo By Jessica Prudencio at NOREN

Lifestyle

7 Features That Got Me Falling in Love with the 2018 Cadillac CT6

The 2018 Cadillac CT6 is a prestige sedan that is secure, comfortable and powerful! Last week, I had the chance to do more than just test drive this brand new Twin Turbo 3.0, I was able to spend a week with it and integrate it into my lifestyle. While this blog post is not about the 404 hp twin-turbocharged 3.0 V6 specs that makes this car one of the fastest car from Cadillac, this article is about my 7 favourite features from the CT6 that makes it one of the most secure on the market as well as one of the most advanced when it comes to technology.
(Please note that the order has no importance)

1. Camera

The 2018 Cadillac CT6 has seven exterior cameras that are a great assets when it comes to parking and night vision. This car also has the rear camera mirror, when turned on, your rear view mirrors streams HD video of what lies behind you. This less obstructed view offers significantly more vision than a traditional mirror.

2. Self-Parking

While the 2018 Cadillac CT6 is longer than the usual berline, this car is not the easiest car to park. As mentioned previously, the 7 camera around the car does help when you are doing a back-up parking but when it comes to parallel parking, I didn’t pass that test at all, failing 5 time out of 8 (sigh… I know!) and that’s when the self parking came handy!
In addition, the self parking is easy to use, while you drive next to your desired parking spots, you decide the side that you want and if you want to do a back-up parking or parallel. The car finds the parking and all you have to worry about is to put the car on Drive & Parking and brake if you feel like you need to.
However, I have to admit that sometimes the car didn’t find the open parking , I had to drive back around to have the car find it.

3. SuperCruise Control

The new 2018 Cadillac CT6 has THE feature from the future and it is the Super Cruise feature! This feature is different from what is currently available on the market, in fact, you don’t have to keep a hand on the wheel or retake control of the car after a few seconds. Super Cruise takes over the car and make drives itself on highways for hours without driver intervention. I am still not used to it but this is great!
Here’s more information about the Super Cruise!

4. Media Environment

I am a big fan of music and the quality of the sound is important to me. The 2018 Cadillac CT6 is equipped with 34-speaker Bose Panaray sound system. The car also has rear seat entertainment system, including: 9″ screen player (Blu-Ray capable) with remote control; two 2-channel, wireless, infrared headphones; Aux on rear of centre console; sound compression; CD-R and CD-R/W; LED backlighting display; MP3!

 

2018 Cadillac CT6

Photo of the inside, 2018 Cadillac CT6. cadillac.com

5. Massage

The car has massage chair! Do I need to say more? The driver sest, the passenger seat and the 2 seats in the back can have a massage during the ride! ( As well as seat warmer)

6. Apple Car Play (as well as Android Auto)

CarPlay is iOS for your dashboard. This feature mirrors your Iphone and you can answer your text message by voice, use SIRI and use other most popular iPhone functions!
OnStar System

Only available for General Motors cars, I was first initiated to Onstar System when I did the RoadTrip with Chevrolet. From having a 4G hotspot in the car to be able to use it for navigation, OnStar makes the car “smarter” and it becomes more like an assistant. It is SIRI for your car.

 

2018 Cadillac CT6

Photo from Cadillac Website 2018 Cadillac CT6. cadillac.com

 

7. Night Vision

While I had the 2018 Cadillac CT6 for a week, I had it during Halloween Night! Halloween night could be a nightmare for a driver because of the number of kids walking around and crossing the streets, you definitely don’t want an accident to happen. Night vision works only at night and detects when there’s a pedestrian in front of you! The car alert also makes the driver seat vibrates when there’s a pedestrian walking around your driving lane.

I will be honest, I didn’t wanted to give the car back! For a little prince like me, this car had pretty much all I needed! Cadillac didn’t mess around with this one and for more information about it, head over their website!

P.S. See the vlog above to see more about this car!

Eat Lifestyle

Prosecco e Pizza – La différence est dans le goût

Il y a une semaine, j’ai été invité par VROY Communications à l’événement Prosecco e Pizza. Cet événement était une soirée avec beaucoup de Prosecco ainsi que de Pizza comme vous pouvez le voir dans mon vlog ci-haut.

Qu’est ce le Prosecco DOC?

Avant de commencer à vous parler de ma soirée au restaurant Fiorellino, je tiens à m’assurer que nous sommes tous sur la même page. Le prosecco est un vin blanc effervescent italien principalement issu de la transformation du cépage Glera, produit dans cinq provinces de Vénétie et quatre provinces de Frioul-Vénétie julienne. (Wikipedia)

À propos de l’événement Prosecco e Pizza

L’événement Prosecco e Pizza a été organisé par la Chambre de commerce
italienne au Canada pour le Consorzio di tutela della denominazione di origine
controllata Prosecco et la campagne promotionnelle « La différence est dans le
goût ».  Le but ultime de cette soirée était de servir aux invités de la nourriture authentique d’Italie pour sensibiliser les consommateurs à apprécier ceux-ci! Durant la soirée, j’ai eu droit à plusieurs variétés de Prosecco DOC et de pizzas. En effet, l’auteur, chroniqueur et conférencier, Guénaël Revel nous révèle que le Prosecco et la pizza font la paire car « L’acidité de la sauce tomates encourage des accords qui attisent le fruité du vin. L’onctuosité du fromage à pizza permet une belle union avec la texture et la densité d’un Prosecco. Aussi, le Prosecco étant un vin blanc, donc tirant davantage vers la minéralité, les ingrédients utilisés pour garnir les pizzas favorisent de belles harmonies ».

Jusqu’à ce jour, je n’ai jamais rencontré une personne qui n’aimait pas la pizza. En fait, c’est probablement le mets le plus consommé au monde. Durant la soirée, tous les invités ont eu droit à de la pizza composée de produits italiens et d’un sceau de qualité découlant d’un savoir-faire ancestral unique.

Cette soirée fût une occasion pour célébrer le fait que tout les produits authentique d’Italie sont tous disponibles au Québec, que ce soit dans des commerces spécialisés ou en grandes surfaces. Il s’agit d’être attentif, de s’informer ou de repérer les étiquettes portant le sceau « DOP »!

 

Tout cela pour vous dire que ”La différence est dans le goût”!

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How to Succeed on Social Media – Tips from 4 Content Creators

I created this website to share with you all the tips and tricks on how to succeed online. As a digital marketer, I like to think that I know it all but I have been doing this full time for few years now.  The questions that people often asks are How do I get more followers? How do I succeed online? How can I be Instagram Famous? I personally have my own strategies and ideas but for this article, I reached out to 4 different content creators that I admire and that I personally met to ask them a tip or two on how to succeed on social media. See what they have to say below!

 

Roxanne West

I met Roxanne West in Halifax and we instantly became good friends (maybe because her last name is West.. what’s up Craig!) We were both there to do a road trip from Moncton to Halifax! Roxanne is a content creator and a home renovator! She’s super dynamic and energetic, she’s a full time blogger and mommy that probably have 40 hours in her day!

When I asked her about a tip to succeed as a content creator she said that ”you need to put the time in to get results and be consistent in your posting and engaging with your audience too. Keep a professional imagery, Instagram is image based- treat it like your store front!” She has been doing it for 10 years now and her hard work paid off where she definitely have one of the coolest lifestyle.

When taking a look at Roxanne’s Instagram, you see it right away in the quality of her pictures and she engages with her audience all the time. I highly suggest to keep an eye on her because she has amazing projects coming up and who knows, maybe she will be in my vlog when I will be in Toronto next month! See more about her on her website www.bonjourblissblog.com, her Instagram on @BonjourBlissBlog and her Youtube channel !


Marcus Troy

I met Marcus Troy randomly after a Kendrick Lamar’s concert in Montreal. He was walking and I came up to him and said ”What’s Up Marcus”! I’ve been following him for a while on Instagram and he’s definitely a content creator that I enjoy seeing succeed. He was featured in Forbes Magazine as ”being one of the first tastemakers to ignite the blogging boom of the early 2000’s’‘.

When I asked him to give me a tip that could help people to succeed online, he answered ”Always have a unique point of view”.

Personally, I notice lots of people trying to replicate formulas and content that work for others instead of being unique, they become a copy-cat. By giving the tip of having an unique point of view, you become different and you bring something to the table that others don’t.

You can discover more about Marcus Troy on his website MarcusTroy.com, his Podcast What a Time to be Online or his Instagram @MarcusTroy.


Joëlle Anello

I met Joëlle Anello at Le Melbourne Cafe during a breakfast meet up that my friend Jessica invited me to. When I met her, she had recently quit her day job to becoming a full-time blogger and since then, she seems to be killing it.

Last week, she was sharing some knowledge on Instagram (or maybe making a rant..) about how to succeed on IG and her tips are perfect for this article. ”To make it work on social media, post great content (at least once a day), like and comment relevantly on accounts that truly inspire you and repeat that!” 

I personally don’t post everyday but I did see  results when I was doing some daily engagement. Some people might find that hard to post everyday on Instagram but if you look at Joëlle Anello’s Instagram, not only she post everyday, all her pictures have pink in them! I personally never saw that much pink in my life before looking at Joëlle’s feed. (and her friend Sabrina as well!) You can follow Joëlle’s Adventure on her blog La Petite Noob, her Youtube Channel and her Instagram @lapetitenoob.


 Josiane Konaté

I met Josiane Konaté at le Melbourne Café as well during the breakfast meet up. As we didn’t speak much that day, I still followed her on Instagram because I am a fan of her aesthetic.

When I asked her some tips on how to succeed as a content creator and on social media she came back with 4 great tips!

  1. Be Authentic: stay true to yourself
  2. Be passionate about what you do! People will notice and relate.
  3. Be Patient: good things take time, so does succeeding on social media. Be consistent with sharing amazing content.
  4. Be there for your audience: they take the time to like and comment on your posts. Do the same, engage with them.

As some of her tips are similar to what the others have said, if there’s one thing that Josiane Konaté definitely demonstrates alot is her passion for what she does. She loves fashion so much that she recently launched her own business Maison Petite Bold, a vibrant handcrafted ethnic goods that meets minimal art. To stay update on what she’s doing, be sure to take a look at her blog Petite and Bold and her Instagram @petiteandbold.

 

This is the first edition of many that I plan to do, be sure to keep in mind the following tips!

  1. Be consistent and engaging
  2. Have your own point of view
  3. Post great content
  4. Be Passionate
  5. Be Patient

 

Eat

My Top 5 Breakfast Restaurants in Montreal

Breakfast is the first meal of the day and for me, it might be my only meal until later afternoon because I tend to get caught up in my day. With MTLPromos and MTLBreakfast, I was able to try over 100 restaurants in the past year and when it comes to breakfast, I can NEVER say no to one of these 5 restaurants. Here’s my Top 5 restaurants to eat breakfast in Montreal. (please note that the order have no importance) InstagramYou will also notice that I’ve been to most of them with my friend Katrina, go check her ! She co-manages the MTLBreakfast account and she’s takes nice pictures!

Amazing breakfast in Montreal

Breakfast at l’Oeufrier with my friend Katrina

L’Oeufrier (8-20$)

4313 St Johns Blvd, Dollard-Des Ormeaux, QC H9H 2A4 

With 14 restaurants in the Montreal Greater Area, L’Oeufrier is one of my favorite breakfast restaurant in Montreal. I discovered this restaurant because they opened a new location near my house a year ago. From the first time I went there with my friend Katrina, I knew I would be back often. They have everything you can think of, even Nachos for breakfast (on Monday’s at the location in Dollard des Ormeaux) . From the classic egg and toast breakfast to the waffle with nutella and bacon, l’Oeufrier is one of the best breakfast in Montreal. During the week, you can benefit of the early bird special when you go before 8:30!

 

 

Casino de Montreal (30$ on Sunday)

1 Avenue du Casino, Montréal, QC H3C 4W7

Montreal’s Casino is located on the Notre Dame Island and it is the largest casino in Canada. Open 24/7, I’ve never been lucky at the Casino until I went there to try their brunch on Sunday’s between 10AM to 2PM. I remember the first time, I went there after doing a scavenger hunt for my girlfriend and the last activity was the Casino Brunch. Walking into the casino, the brunch is located in the Pavillon 67 and it is a buffet. From having a chef doing your omelette the way you want it to choose from a wide range of cheese, fresh fruits and more, this place won’t let you down AND they even have live music! I wish the Casino had their brunch buffet everyday!

Farine, Breakfast Restaurant in Montreal

Croissant from Farine

Farine (6$-20$ during weekend)

102 Rue Saint Viateur O, Montréal, QC H2T 2L1

I don’t know where to start on why I love Farine so much.. the staff? the chef? the food? the location? the music? Located in the heart of the Mile-End, Farine offers one of the best brunch in the city during the weekend. I went to Farine for the first time with Katrina to try their brunch menu and it was delicious. They have one of the best croissant in Montreal. The only downside of this place is the number of place to sit (so I highly suggest to go there with a friend or 2 max). This place has also an amazing lunch menu with caviar and everything is made by the chef.

 

 

 

 

Festin de Babette, one of the top breakfast restaurants in Montreal

The heavenly breakfast I had at Festin de Babette

Festin de Babette (10$-30$)

4085 St Denis St, Montreal, QC H2W 2M7

At this point, do I need to tell you who I was with when I tried Festin de Babette for the first time? When Katrina and I went there, we were amazed by the way it looked. The restaurant is set up like a house so you are eating in the living room area, dinette area and more. This joint deserve to be in the Top 5 breakfast restaurants in Montreal because of their hot chocolate brought from heaven. The salmon egg benedict was tasty and the staff was really nice, and by staff I mean the mother of the owner!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Le Café Melbourne (10$-20$ available on special days)

I went to the Cafe Melbourne for the first time for a food blogger meet up! My friend Jessica invited me to try this breakfast restaurant and she was meeting up with other bloggers from Montreal and Toronto that are TOP content creators. (You can see some of their tricks in my 4 Tips to Succeed on social media article). If you want to try out their breakfast, keep an eye out on their Instagram Account. Their brunch usually starts at 10AM and goes until it is sold out, and if you show up at 10:30, you will most probably have to wait for 20-30 minutes before getting inside to eat. The brunch often change but it always good when you go there. This restaurant has an electric atmosphere and it is one of the top Instagramable venue!

 

 

That being said, do not hesitate to contact me if you would like to go for breakfast at any of these locations, I am always open to discuss ideas over a nice brunch! What about you, what is your favorite breakfast restaurant in Montreal?