Summer is finally here, which means we can now enjoy our basil plants, go for long bromantic walks and stop for a refreshing cold coffee. Yes, summer is by far our favourite season but it does come with its disadvantages. For one, many of us will need to prepare for a never ending onslaught of social events, such as children’s birthday parties, baptisms, engagement ceremonies and weddings. Our wallets will be depleted come November, only to be destroyed again by the Holiday Season. Luckily, coffee is a cheap habit. This might be the reason why so many Montrealers can’t seem to shake their addiction to caffeine. Costing an average of 4$ or less, a cup of coffee is cheaper than a pack of cigarettes and provides its beneficiary with an immediate feeling of euphoria. Just a few days ago, we were frantically searching for a coffee watering hole, when we accidentally stumbled into Cafellini. Call it what you will, but this discovery was clearly not a coincidence – it was a message from the caffeine Gods.
Last week, Emma Morano, the oldest person in the world, passed away at the graceful age of 117. She was believed to have been the last surviving person born in the 1800s. Having lived for over a century, she most likely witnessed a drastic change in modern society, specifically with respect to transport. The world has come a long way since the days when our great grand-parents used a horse and cart to get around. With huge advances in science and technology, the average person living in the 21st century now owns a car. That being said, our generation is slowly starting to realize that the automobile doesn’t make a lot of sense in an urban context. It isn’t just the smog or car accidents; in a city, cars aren’t even a convenient way to get around. In fact, a growing number of European cities are banning cars in certain neighborhoods. With so much traffic, construction and pollution, it’s no wonder so many urbanites have adopted cycling as an alternative way to get around the city. Imagine a place where cyclists can shop or repair their bicycles, all while enjoying a cup of coffee. Enter Allo Vélo.
The fashion industry moves way too fast. One day you walk out the door wearing a deep v-neck t-shirt, looking like a total stud, and the next day people are calling you a douchebag. In today’s society it can be quite difficult to keep up with current fashion trends as they are continually evolving. What might have been the coolest thing to wear a few seasons ago can now be totally outdated. This social phenomenon can also be seen in the food industry. “Organic”, “vegan”, “clean eating” and “healthy” are words we commonly see on television and read in social media. Celebrity chefs often remind us that using locally sourced produce not only encourages small businesses, but can also have certain health benefits. One of the most talked about trends at the moment is farm-to-table; a movement which promotes acquiring food directly from the producer. In coffee circles, this movement is often referred to as “third wave coffee”. Last week we paid a visit to Café Névé Laval, one of the top players in Montreal’s third wave coffee scene. Going in skeptical but intrigued, we left with a growing interest in this popular trend.
Life can get pretty busy sometimes, and this past Saturday was no exception. Between our regular household chores, visiting the tailor and picking up a dozen zeppole for San Giuseppe, we both had our hands full and decided to reschedule our morning bromance to later that afternoon. As we zipped down the highway in the bromance mobile, we reminisced about how simple life was in our early twenties. Back then, there were no full time jobs, mortgages or life insurance policies. Our biggest concern was whether we were going to eat pizza or 2$ chow mein after leaving the club at 3 AM. Perhaps our fathers were right when they said: “enjoy it now, while you still can.” When we finally reached Westmount and walked into the new Cafe Gentile location, we were shocked to see how busy it was.