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Old 07-02-2013, 01:42 PM
 
Location: Montreal, Quebec
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I went to Ottawa yesterday to celebrate. I had forgotten what an incredibly pretty city it is, with some gorgeous architecture. I also went to the Aviation Museum and the Sakahan exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada. Very nice. It seems you have quite a building boom going, with cranes and construction everywhere, which is a good sign of growth.
The only thing I was disappointed in was the food. Eight of us went to the Black Thorn Pub on Clarence, and it failed to deliver. Does it have a good reputation as far as food goes? I hope not.
Maybe we Montrealers are just spoiled in the gastronomy department.
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Old 07-02-2013, 02:04 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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I went to Ottawa yesterday to celebrate. I had forgotten what an incredibly pretty city it is, with some gorgeous architecture. I also went to the Aviation Museum and the Sakahan exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada. Very nice. It seems you have quite a building boom going, with cranes and construction everywhere, which is a good sign of growth.
The only thing I was disappointed in was the food. Eight of us went to the Black Thorn Pub on Clarence, and it failed to deliver. Does it have a good reputation as far as food goes? I hope not.
Maybe we Montrealers are just spoiled in the gastronomy department.
The Byward Market (where Clarence St. is) is a very attractive and lively area but the dining options are hit and miss and often underwhelming. While there are some really good restaurants there, the majority are reminescent of suburban chain restaurants but with a nicer exterior, steeper prices and no parking.

When it comes to good dining, the market is several notches below Vieux-Québec in its evolution, and even a couple of notches below Vieux-Montréal. Though it's slowly getting there.
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