Snowboard, Fireworks and good food, what more for a Saturday?

One of the best thing I find of living in Montreal is the amount of activities that are available to us. The other great thing is that a lot of those activities are offered to us for free throughout the year. This weekend I opted for outdoor activities with Empire City Trooper snowboard competition, Fireworks at Parc Lafontaine with diner at L’Orignal for the final touch.

Empire City Trooper

Closing St-Denis street for the event the Empire City Trooper took over the street. Pretty cool to see snowboarder doing tricks right in the heart of Montreal and competing for 15 000$ in prizes. It’s a very nice initiative to bring this sport to the streets. There was a good turn up but I would have expected more people to show up, but good for a first edition. I got to admit I didn’t stay too long but here are a few pictures. Hope them the best for the years to come if they bring it back.

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Fireworks at Parc Lafontaine

Snow and fireworks I think make for a great combination, that’s why I decided to go to the pond at Lafontaine Park to see the Christmas theme base fireworks with a friend. I got there a little bit late so I unfortunately had to stop to watch the show and take some pictures but it seemed the best seats in the house were on the Rachel street side, just a heads up in case it happens again next year. Even if I was not in the prime location, the mixture of trees and light inspired me to take these few shots. On a side note Telus Fireworks on Ice will be happening starting this weekend at the skating rink of Terrasse Bonsecour.

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After a few outdoor activities what better than a great meal in good company. Since their renovations I had not been to the restaurant. I always liked their food and was never disappointed in my previous visits, that and the fact that my friend had never tried it made it an easy choice. Even with the renovations the place as kept is ”Chalet Chic” look and the ambiance is still warm and cozy. I also like the choice of music but that plays low enough not to disturb you during diner. After ordering a nice Beaver Creek Cabernet Sauvignon (private import) to start the night we went through the menu. I’ve stopped my choice at the gratinee scallops and the pork chop while my friend opted for the deer tartar and sweetbread (ris de veau), we accompanied those dishes with a few sides. I really enjoyed my food and night and that’s why I often go back, my friend also enjoyed her meal but would have enjoyed it even more with a little less butter or oil, I guess I’m not that healthy ;).

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Restaurant L’Orignal

479, Saint Alexis, Montreal

(514) 303-0479

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   By Sebastien Robillard
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