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Nor are there any visits to Mount Royal, the Botanical Gardens, or the city’s most renowned shrine, the old Montreal Forum.
Regardless, it’s fairly evident that Phil has tumbled madly for this city. But while he takes his grub seriously, Phil clearly takes himself far less seriously. He’s more Ray Romano than the late Anthony Bourdain.
After learning that Céline Dion was one of the owners of Schwartz’s, Phil quipped on the series trailer: “I heard after she had that (smoked-meat) sandwich, she changed the song to My Heart Will Not Go On.”
Yet somehow Phil’s heart manages to go on.
Former Montreal Gazette fine-dining critic Lesley Chesterman served as Phil’s guide for part of his odyssey, taking him on a walking tour of the Plateau and introducing him to the tantalizing Portuguese chicken and unique poutine of Ma Poule Mouillée.