ask Cristina about
breakfast and brunch • cocktail bars • spas • food markets • gym • yoga
What do you do and why do you do it?
I am multi-faceted, I love offering a lot and I get bored quickly. But in a nutshell, I do high level super personalized customer service (lifestyle concierge), I help people live and move better (wellness fitness coach) and I am an entrepreneur. I am developing a special concept and project to unite all these 3 areas. Meanwhile, I am also a 5-star hotel concierge in Montreal.
You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?
Francis Cabrel, Dead Can Dance, James Blunt, Sade...
What are the best TV shows of all time?
Breaking Bad, The Lonely Planet, GAME OF TRONES!!!!
Name some spots in Montreal that are good for a Tinder date.
I have sent many friends on dates at Barroco, a restaurant in Old Montreal. Never failed! Just walking in Old Montreal, or on Mont-Royal... depends who is the date... for a romantic spot, trendy and fun enough, not too serious... Barroco!
Who’s your hero and where in Montreal would you take them out for a serious hang?
Tim Ferriss, at my mentor's studio : Libramen, for some serious talk on posture, functional movement and smart performance.
Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?
I buy only what I need, or what makes sense, classics, versatile pieces that fit perfectly... so, I shop less, and better. I go to Winners and find little jems, or I am on a trip and find that special piece no one will have back home, or I ask my mom to nit something, or I find special classics at high end vintage stores in Westmount. The brand I owned the most is Lolë, active lefstyle wear. I am a Lolë Ambassador.
What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?
St-Michel, or suburbs like Brossard, Laval...
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?
Walk-hike the Mont-Royal... I do it 3-4 times a year and I could do it 3 times a week if I had time. I miss it. And it is right downtown, a 20 minute walk from my home.
What’s the most decadent / extreme dish you ever ate in Montreal and where did you get it?
Montreal is in Quebec, the land of poutine! Enough said right!?
Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in Montreal that you particularly like?
Clockroom, speak-easy bar, hidden, inside a barber shop / tailor boutique on de la Montagne, downtown.
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?
Maison Boulud at Ritz Carlton. I had "fleur de courgette" so delicate so yummy! and then the freshest fish!
What restaurant in Montreal looks crap, but the food’s amazing?
If I don't eat in a restaurant that offers great food AND great ambiance AND decor... then I am eating at my Mom's.
Where can you get the best cocktail in Montreal? Which one do you like?
Atwater Cocktail Club, the head mixologist won prices, just try any of her latest creations. Originally presented too!
Where would you take your partner in Montreal if you wanted to really pamper them?
Bota Bota spa sur l'eau or Strom spa in Nun's Island.
Which snacks can you only get in your country, and which ones do you recommend?
Nowadays, you can find anything anywhere around the world... But, poutine, bagels, smoked meat and tourtière are special foods from Quebec and Montreal. I am a healthy eater, so I am careful on a regular basis, but would recommend bagels from Fairmount or St-Viateur during a Mile-End visit. Warm, just out of the oven, delicious! I have poutine only after a long long evening of drinking and lots of dancing! Smoked meat is typical at Schwartz' ... and for Tourtière you need to get invited to a grand-ma's house, at Christmas time.
What’s the one place you think is overrated in Montreal?
The underground city...
What’s the one place you think is underrated in Montreal?
The Lachine Canal
What are the Montreal spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
Old Montreal, Mont-Royal Park, Downtown from Museum of Fine arts to Place des Arts / Festivals area, Plateau and Mile-End.
Tomorrow’s your last day in Montreal. How do you spend it?
Mont-Royal hike, Mile-end Brunch, Jazz class with my teacher on the Plateau, bike to Old Montreal, Bota Bota spa on the water, previously I called every Montrealer friend I love and invite to my backyard for a BBQ where there is sample food from all the places I love.... and lots of wine and great conversations with the night-dark blue sky and the downtown lights as a background. Needless to say, it is Summer!
What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?
Tel Aviv. History, culture, food, lots of physical activity, nice fun people and A BEACH!!!