Ok! So this past weekend, we traveled with our school, the Western University Canada, to Montreal for the annual McGill Open. It is a 4k for the women and a 6k for the men, run at Mount Royal Park.
We left at 7am Friday morning for the 8hr bus trip. Woooo.
We thought ahead and packed our own lunch for the trip, because we wanted to save our meal money for friday night, when the team made our annual trip to Amelio’s!
Our team goes here every year, and we look forward to it every time! This place is the textbook definition of hole-in-the-wall. Seriously, it doesn’t really have a sign, and you could easily miss it if you didn’t know it was there. But that doesn’t seem to hinder their business, because its always packed. In fact, we have to keep a pretty tight schedule to make sure we arrive there at 5 pm, because if we show up any later we probably won’t get enough seats for our group of thirty people! You can imagine, then, the tension when we get stuck in traffic and delayed for half an hour…
But the stress levels are quite worth it! For many people on the team, pasta is the must-have dish the night before a race. And you can be sure that Amelio’s has a wide and delicious-looking selection of pasta dishes! However, both of us have no preference as to what we eat the night before a race, so every year we always order pizza!
No, that is not our picture, we were waay to excited to eat our pizza to bother taking pictures! They have a lot of different varieties of pizzas, and you can pretty much put anything else on top, but we always go with their veggie pizza with added chicken. It has tomatoes and zucchini and egg plant. (This is pretty much the only time we’ve ever eaten egg plant and enjoyed it!)
You can also order any small pizza with a whole wheat crust and low-fat cheese- yay for healthier options!
The race itself was Saturday morning, with beautiful weather to boot! It was a good debut race for our team, everyone gave it their best effort and ran really well!
After the race, we are given apples, bananas, and the world-famous Montreal bagels. If you have never had one, you should seriously try them! We look forward to them (and they are a topic of easy runs) all year! 🙂
The rest of the day was shopping, Starbuck’s Pumpkin Spice Lates (oh.my.word.) and panini’s at Le Presse Cafe. These paninis were SO GOOD. We got a tahini chicken panini and a sauteed mushroom and goat cheese paninis. Unreal!
Unfortunately, in poor blogger fashion we didn’t take pictures of our food. We were much to hungry to wait! Each panini comes with a soup and salad, or two salads. We both got a delicious spinach salad and a fruit salad along side ours, and a wonderful tea called Nectar Africain, a Mighty Leaf tea. So warming and pleasant!
We went out downtown as a team in the evening/night/morning and then went for a long run up the mountain path at Mount Royal Sunday morning. It was gorgeous out, and the top of the mountain has a fabulous view!
After a quick trip to the grocery store for snacks, we jumped back on the bus for the long trip home.
All in all, it was a fabulous week with awesome food and tonnes of fun with 30 of our favourite people! We already can’t wait until next weekend! 🙂
Have you ever been to Montreal? What was your experience like? Favourite places to shop/eat/run/go out?