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When you're a shoeaholic, you know your priority number one is to protect all your shoes no matter what.
I believe in a good ol' footwear investment (you can ask my husband about my shoe closet) and like any investment, you need to protect it the right way, right? this protection includes surviving the intense and extreme seasons we experience throughout the year and carrying your shoes without the right accessories most people have no idea about.
I recently discovered and loved Shoe Shoe Bag, a local Montreal company behind a line of shoe bags you'll want to have in your closet immediately.
Their bags are 100% waterproof and designed to fit high-heels, flats and ankle high shoes, what else could we need?
Lucky enough, I had the opportunity to meet them and know all the details about their story, how they started and some tips for new entrepreneurs in the city on Local Love.
Any tips for future entrepreneurs in the city?
I would have so many things to say ! Montreal is a wonderful place to start a business. It’s a vibrant city, and you’ll find help and encouragement.
You have to jump, and make as many contacts as possible. The challenge is not to lose sight of who you are, what your vision is, and what your values are.
Thanks for showing us lovely and stylish business ideas are completely possible to come to life!
You can see more from Shoe Shoe Bags here
Have you ever wonder, if you can find a stunning spot where you can impress all your friends, have a scrumptious healthy meal and a neat service you'll simply come back over and over again just to try all the menu?
A few weekends ago, I found that lovely spot in the heart of Old Montreal with my girls, enjoying the newest gem in the area, Mandy's Salad Bar.
Imagine a piece of Palm Springs heaven in the middle of a European flair, so charming you'd want to move in as soon as you step in. I have to confess, I've been a sucker for Mandy's for a few years now, so I couldn't hide my excitement about this new dreamy location.
With an eclectic interior of black-and-white Parisian-tiled floors, handpicked chandeliers, a stunning pink sofa corner and the custom made palm tree with flamingo murals all over the space reminded us of the best tropical vibes and a total Instagram dream.
|Hey girl, Hey! With my lovely Petite and Bold|
|Mandy's Old Port|
423 Rue St-Nicolas, Montreal
Mon - Sun - 8am to 11pm
Reservations: If you're a large group, call in advance to reserve a spot.
Price Range: $$
Kids Friendly: Absolutely! It's a big space (75 seats) with a Terrace for our warmer days, so there's plenty of room for you, stroller and an overload of babies. I didn't see changing tables the first time I visited, I have to double check again for you.
Take-out options: Foodora for all the Old Port locals!
*Thanks to Mandy's and Sylvain Granier for some of the photos used in this post.
It's 11am and I'm dreaming about Cali, healthy options, and some dang good poke (poh-keh) bowl.
I convinced my husband, little ones and friends to drive all the way to King street (a few ago when I was in Toronto) and fortunately, we had the best Calii love.
Don't panic my Montrealers! Keep reading, I included my top 3 of the city, just for you (:
In case you're like Poh what? Poh-keh is essentially a piece of heaven made into a bowl of raw fish, seasoned in many different ways, all of them delish, simple and unique.
I know by now, you're craving for one.
The decor of Calii Love was so much fun! I wanted to take back home all the wallpapers and chairs (I'm not even joking) and honestly, we absolutely loved how spacious it was especially if you're a mom of two with one stroller. You'll find communal tables and some cute bucket chairs if you're doing a solo visit.
The menu is creative and full of freshness, including smoothie bowls, superfood smoothies and their signature and famous poke bowls.
That day, I felt hopeful and I ordered a bowl of salmon, avocado, wakame, sweet onions, jalapenos, sriracha aioli, pickled ginger, cherry tomatoes and rice.
Not feeling the options on the menu? You can customize your very own bowl (boom!) and add any ingredient, extra toppings and whatever magic you want to it, brilliant!
|What we had: |
Hopeful Poke bowl (one of the most popular)
Humble Poke bowl
Joyful Superfood smoothie
If it's too cold or you're extremely lazy to go out, you can still enjoy Calii love! Foodora can deliver anytime, 24/7 to your ol' home y'all, all the info here
Where: 367 Rue King St West, Toronto
When: Mon - Fri 7am to 10pm / Sat - Sun 8am to 10pm
Kids Friendly: Yes! Big space for you and your little ones and even the strollers. They don't have changing tables and I didn't spot any high chairs around.
I'm sure my Montreal friends will ask me where are all the best local options in the city, amiright?
Here's THE top 3 of the cutest, yummiest and healthiest poke places you need to try now in Montreal:
Poke bowls and sushi burritos in one stop, so you can roll or bowl, ha! With eight healthy options on the menu, you can enjoy salmon, crispy chicken and vegetarian with 5 different sauces that will make you want to move right next to this resto.
Where: 5209 Boul. Decarie
When: Mon - Thu 11am to 8pm / Fri - Sat 11am to 10pm
In the heart of Old Montreal, Venice is one of my fave simple spots in the city when it comes to Poke. They have 4 options in the menu, Salmon, Tuna, Shrimp and Vegetarian, all suppa good and 100% recommended. Ps. (and totally random) but.. Dontcha dare leaving here without their guac.
Where: 440 Rue Saint-Francois-Xavier
When: Mon - Sun 11am to 11pm
With two locations in downtown Montreal, Koa Lua are a great option if you want to grab a healthy lunch with the coolest Hawaiian vibes in the city. They had me at Alohavocado too, a side dish of a half avocado served with sour cream and honey. Koa Lua you are WAY too good!
Where: 1212 Rue Union and 1446 Rue Saint-Catherine West
When: Mon - Fri 11:30 to 4pm (union) and 9pm (St-Catherine) - Closed on weekends
Tip: All these places are totally kids friendly, space is limited so keep your strollers and big diaper bags at home (:
What's your favorite poke bowl? I'd love to know more!
SHOP THE LOOK
- 1 cup of Pure Leaf Peach Tea (now available in a big, family format of 1.75L, yay!)
- 2 ripe medium Peaches
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 1 cup of Prosecco
- 1/2 cup of Coconut water
|Do you have any favorite Granita combinations? |
Can't wait to hear yours!
© Hey Maca