Montreal, Canada
Collin, 34
Local Chef, Gallivant
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What do you do and why do you do it?

I'm a chef, Airbnb host, cyclist and all these things are directly linked to my biggest Passion: TRAVEL. 15 years ago I went to culinary school in Germany, not because cooking was my biggest passion back then (it is today) but cause I knew that as a chef I could work almost anywhere in the world. After having lived and worked in many different countries, life brought me to Montreal and I fell in love with its unpretentious, easygoing charm. Now that I am more settled than I have ever been, I welcome the world to my home and kinda keep on traveling that way. "local", "conscious​ living" and "open mind" are other important terms in my life.

You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?

Bon Iver, Alt J, Bowie, Francis and the Lights, Nina Simone and Rammstein of course

What are the best TV shows of all time?

The ones that make you laugh, cry and that teach you something. Black Mirror, Stranger Things, Chefs Table Season 1 and 2, Southpark, the big C, how I met your Mother and !!!Babylon Berlin!!!

Name some spots in Montreal that are good for a Tinder date.

One of the many parks. You take care of the cheese, your date grabs the wine and if it gets too scary there is a lot of open space to run away to. Jean Talon Market, Canal la Chine

Who’s your hero and where in Montreal would you take them out for a serious hang?

David Bowie at the Tam Tams

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

"Frank and Oak" 😎😎😎

What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

Any of the "Bling Bling" Bars or Restaurants downtown!

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?

Picnic Electronic

What’s the most decadent / extreme dish you ever ate in Montreal and where did you get it?

Porc Collagen Tacos @ Mousso

Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in Montreal that you particularly like?

La distributrice ( Coffee Hole in the Wall) Big in Japan (Speakeasy)

What’s the most expensive restaurant / spa / hotel you’ve ever been to in Montreal? How much did it cost and what did you get there?

Ritz Carlton, I was fortunate enough to stay here one night for free. It wasn't that special! I Prefer Airbnb any day. Also, I don't like braggy behavior where people put the price tag above the experience.

What restaurant in Montreal looks crap, but the food’s amazing?

Chez Doval! Not only that the place doesn't look promising from the outside, don't expect a super warm welcome from the grumpy waiters. But its all part of their unique charm and well worth it.

Where can you get the best cocktail in Montreal? Which one do you like?

N sur Mackay - Rosemary infused Whisky Sour, Le Lab - let them guide you through local liquors​ and crazy combinations. I'm a Gin lover so Tom Collin's or whatever fancy Gin based Cocktail the place has on the menu that day.

Where would you take your partner in Montreal if you wanted to really pamper them?

Le Mousso - Restaurant by a young, hyper-creative chef that will blow your freaking mind. However, it is far from pretentious​ or uptight.

Which snacks can you only get in your country, and which ones do you recommend?

Poutine of course and when they are good they are amazing (try Portuguese Poutine at Poule Mouillée), Schwartz smoked meat, Montreal style bagels (St. Viateur or Fairmount)

What’s the one place you think is overrated in Montreal?

Europea, only show, no quality

What’s the one place you think is underrated in Montreal?

Nothing comes to mind, Montreal usually gives credit where credit is due

What are the Montreal spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

The essence of Montreal, as in many other cities, is not in the sights but in the neighborhoods. Visit the Plateau, Mile End, Saint Henri, little Italy or even Hochelaga and get lost in its streets. Each time you'll probably come back with a new amazing spot that even I have never heard off and with every new Spot, you'll get to understand why so many people fall in love with this city. It's those quirky little places that look like someones daydream just became reality, that gives the true feeling of Montreal and for which we are ready to travers 6 months of winter every year :)

Tomorrow’s your last day in Montreal. How do you spend it?

I get up real early, grab a croissant at Kouign Aman Bakery and have it with a coffee from Café Neve, Yoga at Belem Cafe, little bike ride to Jean Talon Market, another coffee at Café Saint Henri, a Bagel at St Viateur Bagel Shop, Lunch at Noren, Ice at Kem Koba, Tam Tams in the afternoon with all my friends, Dinner at Mousso, Drinks on the Terrace of Plan B, get messed up at Salon Daome, After Party at some random Dudes House, midnight snack at Fameux that I will eventually regret

What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?

New York City cause every time I'm there magical things happen

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