Monday, March 19, 2012
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
A labor of love for Marie-Ève Laroche, who worked at cafes in Sydney, Australia before opening Pikolo, every cup is crafted with care. Quality is more important than quantity. Elegance comes in simplicity. You won't find 15 variations on a latte on the menu. But every latte will be a small work of art.
This attitude carries through to everything at the cafe. Pikolo only serves a handful of pastries - chocolate chip banana bread, pecan tarts, cheddar and bacon scones - but the items are homemade, and the banana bread in particular is fantastic.
Located in the McGill Ghetto, the cafe feels comfortable enough for college students to spend hours typing up papers (there's free wifi) yet upscale enough to appeal to professionals on their way to work. It's an inviting space, with high ceilings, dark wood, and plenty of light, that manages to feel hip without being pretentious. And the staff are friendly. Class, character, style, and substance: if you're in the area, I highly recommend a visit.
Pikolo Espresso Bar
3418 B Avenue du Parc
Montreal, QC H2X 2H5
Saturday, March 3, 2012
Pabst Blue Ribbon: Beer of choice for the hipster crowd. It's cheap, going for $1-2 a bottle on special at Chicago bars. But did you know that PBR has a fancy cousin? Blue Ribbon 1844 is being sold in China as a premium brew, going for $44 a bottle. Ads extol the beer's status as a "heritage classic breakthrough" and "a piece of art." Yes, the brewery says it's a different recipe than your average American PBR - but all the beautiful advertising the world would have a difficult time convincing any Chicagoan to pay an extra $40 for what they know as cheap beer.