A short walk to Brooklyn

I just had the loveliest lunch at Brooklyn, a new spot on St. Viateur between St. Laurent and Casgrain. While I’ve never been to actual Brooklyn, I’d imagine this place isn’t far off from what you’d find along the gentrified streets of Williamsburg. It’s small counter and even smaller seating area provides for an intimate place to people watch while you enjoy your lunch. While you’re waiting for your order, make sure to walk around the design studio in the back – Brooklyn offers a really nice mix of vintage furniture and colorful home goods, all of which are for sale.

I chose the Mezze plate, which was a delicious mix of salty and savory tapas and spreads. I didn’t complain when I was served enough fresh, crunchy bread for two people, either.

Also, after an extremely tough week I found a little comfort in both the ritual of tea, and the message on the bag.

The trio behind the counter were kind and accommodating, doling out extra bread and refills for whomever asked. I love places that have that “something special” feel, and feel lucky that this one is only two blocks from my house.

Brooklyn
71 St. Viateur Street
Open Lunch M-F

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Mile End Profile: Charlotte Hosten

There are lots of little shops and restaurants within a block or two of my house in the Mile End, so I’m going to work through getting to know some of them and then showcase here on le blog. Today I’ll start with my most favorite store in the ‘hood, Charlotte Hosten. I walked by this place for three months before I dared to go in, because it looked like a home grown Anthropologie and I knew it would be trouble for my wallet.

I’ve been in the store twice to get gifts and both times Ms. Hosten and her beautiful curly red hair were working the counter, and helped me select the perfect items. She explained that all of her jewelry was made in-store (behind the curtains at the cash register) and that her storefront on Bernard was less than a year old.

All of the jewelry in store is hers, and she has a unique mixture of bracelets, rings, earrings and necklaces.

She also carries selected items from other designers, like bags and pillows.

Her items are definitely on the high-end of the shopping scale, but are very worth it as they are so unique to both her style and Montréal.

Charlotte Hosten
122 rue Bernard Ouest
www.charlottehosten.com