ask Mark about
bakery • café • live music bar • speakeasy • book shop • cycling • walkways
What do you do and why do you do it?
I work in the tech startup world because I work best when creating, building, defining, deciphering or resolving something. I live for charting new territory, both literally and figuratively.
You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?
John Legend; Al Greene; Cowboy Junkies; Nina Simone; Roberta Flack.
What are the best TV shows of all time?
Seinfeld; V (both series); Earth 2; Braindead; Agents of SHIELD.
Name some spots in Montreal that are good for a Tinder date.
Bar Le Bureau (Griffintown). Drinkerie Sainte-Cunégonde (Atwater market). The rooftop at Auberge du Vieux-Port (Old Montreal). Brasserie Bernard (Outremont). Le Cardinal tea room (Mile-End)
Who’s your hero and where in Montreal would you take them out for a serious hang?
Barack. And I'd take him to Maison Bouloud's garden for a serious meal with impeccable service.
Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?
I buy the clothes that fit best and have a timeless look, from wherever I happen to find them.
What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?
Cote-St-Luc (sorry folks from there!)
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?
Walk up the mountain and take in vistas more often!
What’s the most decadent / extreme dish you ever ate in Montreal and where did you get it?
An experimental dish made with some internal organs I didn't even know exist; at the rooftop "culinary lab" of the Société des Art Technologiques ("SAT" for short).
Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in Montreal that you particularly like?
Hell yes. And hell no I'm not telling you about it here. (Though I might take you to it if you've proven yourself worthy. ;-) )
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?
The most expensive restaurants in Montreal aren't necessarily the best or most memorable. The food scene in this city is so vast, so innovative, and so ever-changing, that it's more a matter of finding the current best spots, or knowing the established classics.
What restaurant in Montreal looks crap, but the food’s amazing?
Joe Beef and Liverpool House (joined restaurants).
Where can you get the best cocktail in Montreal? Which one do you like?
The stunningly spectacular Bar George. If you can get past the achingly beautiful decor, you will taste some of the finest cocktails. I'm a classics guy, so gin-based martini for me.
Which snacks can you only get in your country, and which ones do you recommend?
Ketchup chips! And I highly recommend them.
What’s the one place you think is overrated in Montreal?
Restaurant Grinder (Griffintown).
What’s the one place you think is underrated in Montreal?
Caffè in Gamba (Mile-End)
What are the Montreal spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
The lookout on the mountain: get your bearings. First-timers need to visit old Montreal and get the european / French feel of the city.
Tomorrow’s your last day in Montreal. How do you spend it?
Ah! Why last day?? I would spend it down the center of the city, from the Mile-End, south to the Old Port, all on foot (and/or BIXI bikeshares). Breakfast at B&M; cappuccino at Caffè in Gamba; walk up and over the mountain -- pause to take it in and look around (literally) at my city; down the hill through the downtown core; into Old Montreal for dusk; grab some international street food (likely Shawarma) and a bottle of red wine; finish on the grass by the river, eat and drink as the sun sets.
What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?
Paris, for the richness of its culture. Montreal in the summer (I'm not kidding; I often say 'I"m going to Montreal for summer vacation') for its festivals, F1 weekend, culinary delights, bike paths by the river and canal, street pianos, local music scene, international fast food.