The Divas love Montreal but sometimes you just need to get out of the city, so when Rambo proposed a weekend up north for P’tit Soeur, Diva #1 and Sweet Pea, well it was hard to resist. Rambo’s family rented us a condo in Mont Tremblant and we prepared for a fun-filled girl’s weekend of eating out, drinking and some sun worshipping. We had lovely weather on our first day and were looking forward to getting out in the sun. But Diva #1 isn’t fit to interact with people until she has had her morning cappuccino … or someone could be murdered in her blind uncaffeinated rage.
P’tit Soeur is also unfriendly without her espresso of choice, so we got into the car and headed to the village in search of a cappuccino. P’tit Soeur packed her lactose free milk in a water bottle… we really are city girls. No Starbucks in sight, we soon realized that we were somewhat roughing it, well roughing it for the Divas. We found a quaint little café and bistro called Au Grain De Café, and we were soon awaiting our beverages on their terrace.
Advertised as the oldest café on the mountain, their espresso was delicious and we were happy to find this little gem nestled in Tremblant. Located in St-Bernard Plaza, we were soon sitting on their terrace and by caffeinating Diva #1 we ensured that no murder was committed in Mont-Tremblant. Besides being a café, Au Grain de Café is also a bistro and has homemade soups and sandwiches, as well as croissants and other little pastries that are a perfect match with coffee. They also offer a continental breakfast and they have seasonal hours which means that they are open much later during high season.
We were even happy to hear that they served mulled wine and other caffeine based alcoholic beverages for those who want to start their day with a kick. A perfect place for an inexpensive lunch in Mont-Tremblant, Au Grain de Café is open early but is only open for dinner during the high season. This is truly a place to stop for brunch or lunch, or a nice little snack. Diva #1 even went back on her second morning in Tremblant to re-caffeinate herself and ensure another glorious day for the residents of Mont-Tremblant.
Another fabulous place for lunch in Mont-Tremblant is every child’s dream, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. Not the most traditional place for lunch, they have some delicious treats such as candy apples in hundreds of flavours and delicious gooey fudge. Diva #2 always says “that it must be good for you if there is fruit in it.” Diva #1 bought some fudge for her brother; some of their combinations include orange, caramel, peanut butter, etc.
The Rocky Mountain Chocolate Shop also has ice cream and is the perfect place for a snack or for a very sweet lunch, if you don’t mind the calories. Other chocolate delights include clusters, creams, chocolate bark, toffee, truffles, etc. We are getting hungry just writing about the multitude of ways to enjoy chocolate.
The rest of the day in Tremblant village was spent sun bathing, dining in the evening and drinking at all hours. Four girls on a road trip meant trouble. We had bought a bottle of Bacardi white rum and daiquiri, margarita and pina colada mixers to accompany our rum. P’tit Soeur and Rambo lay around while Diva #1 and Sweet Pea beat the ice in a plastic bag before blending it all in the Magic Bullet. When the Magic Bullet couldn’t blend the ice we simply added more liquid in the form of rum and we were soon drinking away. It made for the end of a very lovely day in Mont-Tremblant. Bringing Diva #1, P’tit Soeur, Sweet Pea and Rambo closer than ever before.
The next day, Sweet Pea insisted that she knew the best place for lunch in Mont-Tremblant. Before heading back to Montreal in the pouring rain we stopped at Creperie Catherine. A family owned establishment, this creperie is a popular place in Mont-Tremblant that usually has a long line. Their crepes vary from salty to sweet and can be eaten as a meal or as a dessert depending on the combination that you choose. If that isn’t enough, you can also create your own crepes, their specialty being their homemade sucre à la crème in a crepe.
Sweet Pea and Diva #1 got the best seats, pressed up again the two pans with the experienced crepes masters making paper thin crepes ready to be stuffed with all sorts of delights. The restaurant is decorated with mini chef dolls that are a little discerning but adds to its rustic charm. Though it only moved to its current spot in the 1990s, it looks much older and a bit like a grandma’s house. Since there is often a line, Creperie Catherine also delivers, they are very accommodating.
In our typical fashion, Diva #1 and Sweet Pea could not choose what to order and chose to share a salty and a sweet crepe. With too many choices we chose the simplest breakfast like crepe with bacon, egg and cheddar. We opted to add fresh, seasoned tomatoes and it was well worth the added cost. They were very generous with the cheese, in breakfast crepes it often feels like there is never enough cheese. The cheese was perfectly melted, the bacon crisp and the crepes paper thin. No regrets!
For our dessert crepe we chose the boring but safe nutella crepe and we added banana. As expected it was warm, wonderful and decadent. The perfect dessert to our brunch, and once again very filling. If you end up going to Mont-Tremblant you have to share a salty crepe and a sweet crepe to ensure the full experience. Sweet Pea was so happy that we loved our lunch. Rambo soon joined us after she finished her shopping and we began our trip back to Montreal.
We left Mont-Tremblant feeling satisfied and elated with our little road trip. Though it was pouring rain on our last day, and we did not get to go on our hike, we were happy to have enjoyed a fun weekend. In all, we only received one noise complaint from the guests under us, set off the fire alarm once while making bacon, yelled at Rambo for passing out early and played Scattergories with such a vengeance that we wondered if we would ever remain friends. This all means that we had a wonderful time. There are plenty of fabulous places to enjoy an inexpensive lunch in Mont-Tremblant and this is just a few of them, it all made for a splendid weekend.
Our Rating: Splendid
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