I don’t think it gets better than summer in Montreal. OK, maybe I’m a little biased because I was born and raised here, but the summer season is chock full of festivals, activities, terrasses*, and lots of outdoor awesomeness. Summer in Montreal is so fun that I hesitate to move anywhere else: nothing compares (even though winter in Montreal may kill me one day).
This summer, I had the opportunity to share “my” Montreal with you, and snack my way around the city with Maretti, a bruschette** company. So, everywhere I went this summer, I pretty much always had a bag of Maretti bruschette snacks with me to munch on as I snapped pictures along the way, sharing them on Instagram.
At some of my favourite places
I tried to visit all of the best spots around town. Places that I would recommend if you were visiting. So I took my Maretti with me to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, for example, to one of my favourite outdoor sculptures: the twin hearts by Jim Dine. If you visit Montreal, you have to check out the garden of sculptures. I guarantee that the heart sculptures will make you smile and brighten your day. I visited the Jazz Fest in July at the Quartier des Spectacles, which is a must-see if you are in Montreal in the summer, with lots of free outdoor shows and lots of festivities. I even revealed one my favourite local third-wave café: Café Myriade, on Bishop street near Concordia University (where I did my undergrad degree). I snacked on my Maretti while enjoying their iced latte (which is great, by the way!). They have a comfy terrasse, and if there’s one thing we Montrealers can’t get enough of, it’s the terrasses that pop up around the city as soon as the snow has melted (and sometimes even before!).
On the go
By now, you probably realize I work out often, and I spend a good portion of every day walking along the Lachine canal and commuting, so the tomato, olives & oregano Maretti bruschette were my reward after a training session outside, while the pizza bruschette were my sustenance on Montreal metro rides around the city. I even stashed bags of Maretti bruschette in my carry-on luggage when I flew to Prince Edward Island at the end of the summer, and there’s a reason for that. If you know me, then you know that I cannot travel without snacks. Actually, I am absolutely forbidden from going anywhere without a food stash because if I don’t have something to eat in my bags and if, for some reason, I end up trapped somewhere along my travels with nothing to munch on, expect a full-blown hysterical melt-down. Really. It’s happened before and it is NOT pretty. Trust me. So, I travelled to PEI with Maretti bruschette in my bags this summer. Crisis averted!
With the best fresh summer eats
There wasn’t a week that went by this summer without a trip (or several) to the Atwater market, and I snacked on Maretti bruschette while I strolled through the stands because one should never shop for food on an empty stomach. During one of my weekly shopping sprees, I decided to buy a bunch of beautiful yellow tomatoes that I turned into a yellow tomato gazpacho at home, which I topped with tomato, olives & oregano bruschette. And after stuffing my face with berries in a field of fresh Quebec strawberries, I balanced out all that sweet with a bag of pizza bruschette. I really wasn’t lying when I said that I brought my Maretti everywhere: I even took them strawberries.
Obviously, I love to snack. My snacks keep me motivated. They fuel me and they make me happy too! Of course, I don’t snack on just anything and I am very selective. I’m willing to give all the new snack foods a try, but I don’t like to waste my time with sub-par snacks that taste bad or that aren’t worth the calories. I take snacking seriously and I snack wisely, which is why I decided to embark on this project with Maretti in the first place. Plus, I knew it would be fun and challenging to capture “snacking on the go”. After 12 weeks of snacking, I still have a hard time picking between my two favourites. I first fell in love with the pizza bruschette, but then the tomato, olives & oregano flavour swayed me. Honestly, in the end, I can’t quite make up my mind because I love them both. Maybe it’s mood dependent, like if I’m feeling zesty? Regardless, every time I ripped open a bag of either flavour, they’d quickly disappear. Have you tried them?
If you want to find out more about Maretti bruschette, or to find where you can buy them, you can visit them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, or follow the hashtag #snackMaretti. You can also get more info about Maretti on their website. Little helpful tip: Maretti bruschette aren’t sold everywhere yet. In the Montreal area, I have found them at Adonis, Provigo, and Loblaws.
*In Quebec, we call our patios “terrasses” because the Quebecois term for patio/terrace is “terrasse”. Just like our subway is a metro. So when in Montreal…
**Yes, I do mean bruschette, and not bruschetta. This is not a typo.
This post is sponsored by Maretti. I was compensated monetarily and with product. Thanks for supporting the companies that allow me to create content for Kitchen Heals Soul. As always, please know that I wouldn’t work with a sponsor nor recommend a product if it wasn’t worth it. Having consumed 12 bags of Maretti bruschette, I think it’s safe to say that I can recommend these.