RibFest and Visitors

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Last weekend was busy. On Saturday, I dreamed I was cleaning the house and on Saturday, I actually did—amazingly, the household chores weren’t completed magically in my sleep. I also stocked up the fridge and put new art on the wall.

My mother and my brother are visiting from France and arrived on Sunday. First time ever we have visitors here! I guess this is long overdue.

On our way to pick them up at Montreal Airport , we stopped by the Rib Fest on Sparks Street. I’m not a huge fan of meat but I can definitely have a pulled pork sandwich once a year—and boy, this one was good! The street was packed and smoky but I loved the atmosphere. The city is alive after all!

Their flight from Paris was delayed and going through immigration took quite a while, so we paced the arrivals hall. I was just anxious they had missed the plane or that something went wrong. Mother hen, that’s me. But they made it through and we eventually spotted each other in the crowd of French people. Four flights of four different airlines had landed in Montreal , it sounded and felt like being in Paris .

On the drive back home, my family discovered Tim Hortons’ coffee (the closest stop to the airport) and spotted vanity license plates and pickup trucks. A first taste of North America I guess.

You can see the complete set of pictures taken at the RibFest on Flickr.

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Rib Fest on Sparks Street

Piggy Trophy

Piggy Trophies

Uncle Sam is watching You Eat!

Protect Yourself With A Smith & Wesson

Cooking Ribs

Cooking Ribs

Cooking Ribs

Cooking Ribs

Cooking Ribs

Feng's Fingers After The Feast


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French woman in English Canada. World citizen, new mom, traveler, translator, writer and photographer. Looking for comrades to start a new revolution.


  1. Ah, a family visit! Enjoy the company! Come to think of it, my parents haven’t visited Buffalo at all, it’s always me heading to where they were. But I guess that’s easier, as they’re older and less travel-savvy, while I am by myself and more flexible.

    By the way, those look like awesome meat, even just by looking at the pictures, they look tasty!

    • Yes, it’s often easier for me to go there as well. But I was a bit lazy to go to France this summer because we’ve been last year, plus I think they wanted to get out of the country a bit!

  2. I remember seeing such an event when I was in Ottawa, but they were only setting up and I didn’t get a chance to taste anything. I’m not fond of ribs anyway…

    Have fun with your family!

  3. That looks delicious! I do not eat as much meat as I used to, but whenever I go to Mexico I still enjoy beef, pork and chicken tacos and the delicious pozole (Mexican pork or chicken stew)
    Have fun with your family!

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