We weren’t super hungry when we finally headed out but I had a mission: Olive et Gourmando. We had eaten here a few years ago and I still remember the fabulous buttery croissants and pastries and great coffee.
When I lived in France, brownies and other “exotic” North American treats were just starting to become popular – from les brownies, le cheesecake and le brunch to my all-time favourite McDonalds item, les potatoes, one had to ditch one’s native pronunciation of these items and assume a ridiculous sort of franglais (the sort that my students often use when they don’t know words in French. If you are an 8 year old boy and you don’t know the word in French, a good strategy is to just throw “le” in front of the noun and pronounce it with a French accent. Love it!), therefore:
le brownie = le brooooooooooonie
le cheesecake = le chizkek
le brunch = le brooonch
les potatoes (these were wedges if I recall correctly) = les po-te-toze
I never ate a brownie that I had to order in Paris – I just couldn’t do the accent!!
Anyway, I digress…
Olive et Gourmando was packed to the gills at 11.30 on a Saturday morning but we only had to wait about 5 minutes for a table. They brought us water immediately:
We got coffees:
Me, I couldn’t get past this:
If you find yourself in Montreal Tuesday – Saturday, run, don’t walk here! A little piece of France in the heart of Old Montreal.
Olive et Gourmando
351 St Paul Ouest
Old Montreal, Québec