Indulgences are fun, but when you need to eat healthy, head to sweetgreen in NoMad.


This quick service salad and wrap restaurant is strong on one particular practice among others, sustainability. Their food is organic and local, proteins are hormone free, antibiotic free and all-natural, they use 100% plant-based compostable packaging non derived from oil, and they use reclaimed and FSC certified materials in the construction of their store. Pretty impressive, huh?


The ordering process is like an assembly line, either picking one of the signature salads and wraps, or creating your own. 


Then, the salads get lined up, ready to be mixed and dressed.


I created my own salad with organic mesclun, local apples, mushrooms, raw beets and roasted sweet potatoes. Most places usually serve up roasted beets, but if you haven’t had raw beets before, you absolutely must. I actually prefer them, they have a great crispness and crunch. They also have their own brand of pressed juices and frozen yogurt with fresh toppings. 

The Shorts:
Name: sweetgreen
Location: 1164 Broadway, NYC
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Well, it’s not my first time here…I guess you could call me somewhat of a regular. 
Would I recommend it? Definitely. And make sure to try the Cucumber Limeade. Fresh. 


Restaurant L’Avenue

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If you’re going to do brunch in Montreal, you should go to L’Avenue located in Plateau Mont-Royal. Now, there will be a line outside, and you’ll have to deal with it…but, you probably won’t wait more than 20 minutes or so. Inside, the wall is covered in fun graffiti and a motorcycle hanging from the ceiling (don’t worry, it won’t fall if you’re sitting under it…hopefully). The music also makes the environment, the playlists are fun, with good energy. 

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If you’re an Eggs Benedict fan, this is the place for you, they have a wide variety of Benedicts to choose from. I figured they knew how to make a great crepe too, so, I went for the Whole Wheat Crepe with cinnamon baked apples and cottage cheese. Each dish is also served with their signature fresh fruit skewers. The crepe was delicious, light and had lots of flavor. The skewers are the perfect accompaniment as well, fresh and perfectly portioned. 

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And of course, real Maple Syrup.

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Oh, and whether you need to use the bathroom or not, you have to go inside (yes, it’s black lit). Best party bathroom. Ever.

The Shorts:
Name: Restaurant L’Avenue 
Location: 922 Mt Royal Ave E, Montreal
The Long and Short: Would I go back? For sure. Good food, good tunes, good ambiance.
Would I recommend it? Definitely. Brunch it up!