Autumn is Oyster Season in Canada

Do you like seafood? Are oysters common where you live? In Canada, peak oyster season happens in the fall. Last weekend, we saw some boxes of fresh oysters in the grocery store and decided to try preparing them for ourselves! Before that, I’d only ever eaten oysters at a restaurant. There’s a popular restaurant in more »

Montreal’s Famous Bagels

Lots of places—whether cities, provinces, states, countries, or regions—have a food or foods that they’re famous for. Sometimes those foods are famous worldwide, like Japan’s sushi or Italy’s pasta. Sometimes they’re just famous within the country or region itself. To give you just a few examples, Canada is known for its maple syrup production; the more »


I’ve noticed recently there seems to be more and more graffiti on buildings around downtown Montreal. Some people consider graffiti to be  street art and think it adds color and life to a city, making it more interesting.  But other people don’t like it at all and think it makes city buildings look ugly and more »

Culips Team Holiday Party – Bowling

2010 was a busy year at Culips. We’ve been working hard at making the best ESL podcasts to help you, our listeners, learn English—improving your English listening comprehension and giving you tons of idioms to help you sound more natural when you speak English. After all this hard work throughout the year, we decided that more »

Dragon’s Beard Candy in Chinatown

Hi everybody! It’s summertime in the Northern Hemisphere and in Montreal that means that it’s time for all kinds of festivals and outdoor events like sidewalk sales. A sidewalk sale is a special event where all the stores and restaurants on a certain street or in a certain area move outside and sell their things more »

Indian Summer

Once again I’m going to blog about the weather. I know, I know, I’m a bit obsessed with the weather. I talk about it all the time, but it’s just so wonderful right now that I have to talk about it! Montreal is in the middle of an Indian summer. “Indian summer” is an informal more »


About 3 months ago a friend of mine decided to run a 10km race as part of the Montreal Marathon. After about a week of encouraging her, I decided that I too was going to run the 10km. I had NEVER ran in my life before. I am not a very athletic person but I more »

Montreal Music TV!

Summer in Montreal is the time for festivals. We have already had our biggest festivals, the International Jazz festival and the Just for Laughs Comedy festival. Right now the festival for French music, Francofolies, is taking place in the streets of downtown Montreal. There are also many smaller festivals happening all the time in Montreal! Recently more »

Michael Jackson Tribute

Yesterday was a beautiful day and so at lunch time I decided to take advantage of the warm weather and have my lunch outside. I was peacefully eating my lunch with a friend of mine when all of the sudden, out of nowhere, we started hearing REALLY loud music. It was Michael Jackson’s hit song “Beat more »

Stevie Wonder in Montreal!

Hello everyone! There has been a lot happening in Montreal lately. Yesterday was Canada Day so there were lots of celebrations all across the country. July 1 is also the day when many people move to new apartments in the province of Quebec. Many leases (the aggreements between owner and renter) finish at the end more »

I was on the radio last week!

Hello everyone! A good friend of mine who is originally from Montreal now lives in Vancouver. Her name is Marie-Eve and she has a radio show on CITR, which is a community radio station with all kinds of cultural shows and podcasts. You can look at the schdule for their shows here. On May 21, more »

Sunday Afternoon in Mount Royal Park

Last weekend I had a great adventure and learned more about Montreal culture at the same time! On Sunday afternoon my boyfriend and I took the metro (that’s what we call the subway here in Montreal) over to the stop closest to Mount Royal Park, then walked up the busy street for a few minutes more »

Snow Storm!

Here in Montreal the snow is coming down hard! It started snowing sometime yesterday morning and it hasn’t stopped. This morning I woke up to more snow! It is so beautiful…especially from inside. Although, I think that a tropical beach is beautiful too 😉 Have all of you out there experienced snow? This is a more »

Winter…not yet

Today is a cold day in Montreal. We have had pretty mild (not too warm and not too cold) temperatures so far this fall, but winter is coming soon. (And yes, I know I post about the weather often, but I am obsessed!) We will be getting snow any day now (very soon). I found more »

Pop Montreal

From October 1st to October 5th there was a very fun festival in Montreal called Pop Montreal. This festival is focused on live music, particularly by independent musicians, as they say on their website But most of all Pop Montreal is where you will see the headliners (famous singers / band) of the future play to more »