One of the things I miss about living in Montréal is benefiting from all of the French influences, like having boulangeries (bakeries) offering beautiful baguettes and viennoiseries (pastries). Anyone from Québec who sees this post on Première Moisson will think it's lame to write about it. Première Moisson is a chain of bakeries that you can easily find throughout the city, along with many other similar chains. However, there is nothing similar where I live now in Hamilton, so I felt I had to share this.
So on a cold, rainy morning, I woke up at my sister's condo and we decided to go have breakfast close by. Coming in to the bakery, you are faced with different breads and pastries. I'm not a sweets person per se, but I do like French type pastries. Call me a snob if you want. I feel no guilt. In the back, fresh baguettes were being baked.
There was a little area to sit after you ordered your pastry and coffee. There are also sandwiches for lunch that they will reheat. My sister L went for a plain croissant. Her boyfriend went for a amandine, a croissant stuffed with almond paste. I, being the glutton, ordered the amandine-chocolate; that's right, it was loaded with both almond paste AND chococate! Supposedly, L ate many amandines when she was in France. I don't remember eating any and stuck to croissant and espressos.
L's buttery croissant.