Unconventional New Year’s Resolutions

Let’s face it: Conventional New Year’s resolutions, like quitting smoking or working out, are, well, really tough. Why not focus on a few specific activities instead — the things you talk about but never do? Here’s a list of Montreal New Year’s resolutions guaranteed to improve your life, somehow or another.

Catch up on your reading. There’s no time like the present to read Mordecai Richler’s classic Montreal novel The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz. Settle into the book’s Mile-End milieu by reading it over a pressed baloney and salami sandwich at Wilensky’s Light Lunch, where key scenes from the film adaptation were shot. Closed on weekends. 34 Fairmount St. W., (514) 271-0247.

Get some super-sexy service.
Eating breakfast is a lot more exciting when the server delivers your eggs and bacon in the buff. Montreal has a strange tradition of restaurants with “serveuses super sexy”; try Chez Lidia for the original experience. 2205 Rosemont Blvd., (514) 723-7772.

Go skiing without leaving the island
. Specifically, cross-country skiing. With record snowfalls this year, there’s no better time to head up the mountain and enjoy the crisp winter air and stunning city views. Check Mile-End’s D’un sport.

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