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Travel Swellness: Road tripping in a 2019 Buick Envision to Montreal


I think the Buick slogan, “That’s a Buick” is pretty clever, because the brand has truly changed my (and I’m sure other people’s) perception of what a Buick is.

Thanks to Buick Canada, I had the opportunity to test drive a 2019 Buick Envision to Montreal in April. And I comfortably drove for 2.5 hours straight; this is the longest stint I’ve ever been behind the wheel ever since I started driving at the age of 18. And I felt comfortable (great ergonomic design), safe (thanks to features such as the heads up display making me aware of my speed and blind-spot detection system) and aesthetically, the car’s very sleek (appealing to my design sense — check out the dashboard in the photo below; and love the huge sunroof!) and the Envision we test drove was in the Galaxy Silver Metallic, which is the colour I would get the car in (although the Summit White is pretty hot, too). Oh, and the OnStar (which provides turn-by-turn navigation and if you know me at all, I have zero sense of direction) and 4G LTE WiFi hotspot (which I used aplenty when I was a passenger to catch up on work). And the car had Sirius and I was able to listen to all my faves:


Plus there was plenty of space, both in terms of leg room (Billie Jean curled up in the floor area of the passenger side) and in the trunk (we drove back with several dozen bagels and loads of food that my mom cooked, and she cooked for days and days since she knew I had a car that I could load up).


Even though I grew up in Montreal, it was great to have the Envision to try somethings I’d never done in my hometown. I got a chance to see the two apartments I lived in as a baby (which I’d never been back to before); we stopped for a sweet and creamy drink at Orange Julep (which I haven’t been to since I was a kid even though I have passed by it for years on the way downtown); and we hiked with Billie Jean on a trail I’ve never been to at Mount Royal, one just off of the observation deck area.


Yep, that’s a Buick, and it’s a car I’d seriously consider when it comes time to get a car.

Thank you GM Canada for the test drive where I got to explore a bit of my childhood and discover new things to in the city I grew up in! I think Billie Jean enjoyed seeing where I came from!






Leave a Comment June 4, 2019

Foodie Swellness: Same-day dinner resos with the DINR app


OMAW-gawd (sorry, couldn’t resist) — when I saw the other day that I could snag a dinner reso at OMAW (where I’d been dying to go try!) on the DINR app, I didn’t hesitate.


Aaand, I got there and found we were seated in the cozy corner booth, total score.

The aged Wagyu appetizer blew me and my bestie away, we both agreed it was our favourite of the night, but all of the dishes (and we ate practically the entire menu) was superb. Check out this gorgeous architectural  key lime pie. We were plenty full…but ate every single delicious bite.


And even though it was a snowy night, the place was packed and had a comfortable, friendly vibe. I’m definitely planning on going back soon. OMAW is billed as “southern” but neither me or my bestie found it seemed particularly Southern…but maybe we need to head to the South to do some “research” to better understand the flavours…

For more on the DINR app and how it works and how it can help you get a table at the city’s top restos, check my post about DINR on Vitamin Daily.

Leave a Comment March 18, 2016

Yes, I ate a foie gras ‘double down’

Last month, I ate dinner for the first time at Joe Beef in Montreal. I’d heard about the restaurant before, but it was the rave tweets from chefs David Chang of Momofuku (at Ko, ate one of my favourite meals of all time) and Anthony Bourdain (I adore this book of his) that got me (eye infection and all) to drag my butt there in February.

I split Joe Beef’s version of the double down with Janine of BeautyGeeks as an appetizer — the Joe Beef double down is two pieces of battered and fried foie gras, with cheese and bacon in the middle.

It was simply too rich. (Yes, there’s such a thing! Think of the richest things you’ve eaten and triple it)

For my main, I had the guinea hen (above) prepared two ways: confit and fried (sort of prepared like a schnitzel). Very tasty, but at that point after the double down plus we’d received a complimentary plate of smoke eel fritters, well, I’d had my fill of fried foods, so I ended up taking most of it back to my hotel minifridge.

This here is Lindsay of Sometimes Fancy‘s meal. I forget what it’s called but it arrived in a Le Creuset-type stockpot large enough to feed a family of SIX. No joke. That’s a lot of sausage, my friends. I’ve dubbed it the sausage fest.

There are only certain types of desserts I am fond of, and this is way up there on my favourites now: hazelnut soft-serve ice cream made on the premises. Incredible.  It was actually a twist type of ice cream, but I forget the other flavour…Ate every last spoonful and then I rolled my very full self back to my hotel room.

Next trip to Montreal, I am so going back to Joe Beef if I can. Very chill atmosphere (I appreciated the 90s hip hop playing when we were there). Next time, I’ll just try to have more than just fried foods. Maybe even a vegetable or two.

Joe Beef, 2491 Notre Dame Ouest, Montreal.

Leave a Comment March 19, 2012

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