Café Aunja

Spotlight: Café Aunja – A welcoming experience in the heart of downtown

 

Located on Sherbrooke between Bishop and Mackay, Café Aunja is a unique and welcoming spot to grab coffee or tea and a quick bite, or to spend a relaxing afternoon working, studying or spending time with good friends.

 

As an Iranian café and tea house, Aunja offers the coffee and coffee beverages you’d expect in most cafes, as well as a unique selection of fragrant teas and cold drinks. 

 

For cold drinks, the hibiscus sharbat made with hibiscus syrup and basil seeds is an absolute delight, and the homemade lemonade with fresh mint is so refreshing. If you want something a little more decadent, you can’t miss the persian fog – black tea with milk, saffron syrup and pistachio. 

 

For something hot to welcome the cold weather, try a pot of tea latte – spiced black tea with milk and vanilla. Or try the borage valerian with persian borage, valerian, dried lime and rock candy. The ginger tea is served with fresh thyme and honey and the mint jujube just has to be experienced for yourself.

 

You can also opt for an expertly made filtered coffee, kick things up a notch with the black eye – a double shot of espresso blended with filtered coffee – or try Aunja’s version of a london fog which includes a hint of lavender.

 

And for food? If you go for breakfast, you’ll love the barbari bread served with every plate – a thick and hearty Iranian flatbread. We loved the traditional Iranian brunch that features walnuts, feta cheese, thick wedges of warm bread and homemade jam. For lunch, there are a variety of filling and healthy sandwiches to choose from, as well as a daily soup. There are several vegetarian options on the menu and everything is made fresh and deliciously.

 

What we really enjoyed was how welcoming the cafe felt, and how every dish and beverage looked like a work of art. With the heavenly scent of spices and beautifully decorated atmosphere, we truly felt relaxed and could easily see spending a morning or afternoon working here.

 

Café Aunja is located at 1448 Sherbrooke West, a stone’s throw from the Museum of Fine Arts, and has free wifi for customers.

Creating a life and business you love waking up to

This powerful workshop will help you uncover the type of business you want to create, one where the roots are based on your core values, your purpose and deep inner truth. Learn how to overcome barriers, create compelling marketing, attract amazing clients, establish a brand that is a true reflection of you, and build a life you are excited to wake up to!

MELISSA DAWN – FOUNDER OF CEO OF YOUR LIFE, SPEAKER, COACH & BESTSELLING AUTHOR

Melissa Dawn is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC), a Professional Certified Coach (PCC), a certified Team Performance Coach (CTPC), and holds a Bachelor of Commerce (BComm). She is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post, Thrive Global and Entrepreneur, has been featured on podcasts and talk shows such as Entrepreneur on Fire, Breakfast Television and CJAD Radio, and is the author of the international bestselling book, I Attract What I Am.
She was also named one of the top coaches in 2018 and 2019 by Hubspot.
Her work revolves around helping thousands of people tap into their inner voice, bring their unique strengths out with confidence, so they get from where they are to where they want to be.

Book Spot: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/creating-a-life-and-business-you-love-waking-up-to-with-melissa-dawn-tickets-62549637650

What is Sous les projecteurs?

We know that staying up to date on today’s big ideas and tomorrow’s big trends is a job in and of itself.

As the world’s first working, learning and growing store – we are excited to introducing Sous les projecteurs: a new community gathering and learning space. Sous les projecteurs will engage communities with knowledgeable experts to both inspire, inform, motivate and educate.

Sous les projecteurs is a space accessible to persons that use mobility devices. We encourage people from all backgrounds to participate in our public programming

Book Spot: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/creating-a-life-and-business-you-love-waking-up-to-with-melissa-dawn-tickets-62549637650

The Impact of Data and Analytics on Today & Tomorrow

This workshop will give you an overview of how data and analytics are impacting our daily lives, our job search, our productivity and our marketing strategies. We will go over trends, stats, and predictions shaping the future of marketing and business.

About Tarek Riman is the Founder of Cap.TaiM, a full-service digital marketing agency. He is also a business and motivational speaker, regular contributor to Thrive Global, The Huffington Post and Social Media Today. He is a professor of marketing at Concordia University and founder of the blog Montrealtips.com, from which all proceeds go to the UNHCR, Montreal Children’s Hospital and various scholarships. He is the international best selling author of The Camino Within and The Secret to Capitalizing on Analytics.

Book a spot: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-impact-of-data-and-analytics-on-today-tomorrow-with-tarek-riman-tickets-62552206333

What is Sous les projecteurs?

We know that staying up to date on today’s big ideas and tomorrow’s big trends is a job in and of itself.

As the world’s first working, learning and growing store – we are excited to introducing Sous les projecteurs: a new community gathering and learning space. Sous les projecteurs will engage communities with knowledgeable experts to both inspire, inform, motivate and educate.

Sous les projecteurs is a space accessible to persons that use mobility devices. We encourage people from all backgrounds to participate in our public programming

 

Book a spot: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-impact-of-data-and-analytics-on-today-tomorrow-with-tarek-riman-tickets-62552206333

AquaVerti Farms

The evidence is as clear as the increasingly extreme weather conditions all over the world: we need to get serious about changing the way we do things if we’re going leave behind a livable planet.

It’s a scary truth, but there’s also a lot to be optimistic about because there are so many initiatives working to do just that.

One such initiative is a unique company in Ville St Laurent that’s blending technology from the automotive industry with Dutch agricultural practices to significantly reduce the carbon footprint of lettuce – a crop that typically requires a lot of land, water and pesticides to produce, and experiences a great deal of waste simply due to the delicacy of lettuce leaves and how easily they can be damaged in harvesting, packaging and transporting.

Aquaverti Farms has developed a lettuce growing method that produces 0 greenhouse gases, uses 0 pesticides, and requires 95% less water than traditional farming methods.

Housed in what is essentially a large factory, Aquaverti makes use of the vertical space with hydroponic ponds! How do the farmers get up there to tend to their crops? They don’t! The robots do. This is where automotive technology comes into play. Robotic machines set the ponds into place, monitor conditions and even harvest the crops. Aquaverti uses custom-designed LED lights and nutrients are fed directly into the pools growing the lettuce. It’s an incredibly efficiently process with just 35 days from seed to harvest.

The picture in your mind right now (and in reality) is probably a far cry from that picturesque vision we have of rows of crops growing from the earth, bathed in the natural sunlight. It’s reasonable to wonder if crops grown in a factory can really be as nutritious as those grown traditionally. The answer is, even more so.

Canada is the world’s largest importer of lettuce in the world (way to go on eating your leafy greens, folks!). That’s no surprise though, since our climate makes it a difficult crop to grow locally, and impossible to grow outdoors year round. If we want it, we have to import it. Unfortunately, from the moment most produce is harvested, it begins to gradually lose nutritional value. If it takes several days after harvesting for lettuce to reach your plate, it simply isn’t as nutrient-rich as it was straight from the farm. By producing locally, lettuce can reach your plate literally hours after harvesting, ensuring a fresher, crisper, more nutritious salad.

Aquaverti has set of goal of producing up to 2000 heads of lettuce each day, year round. They are currently focused on growing curly lettuce as it is so easily damaged in transport. Growing it locally mean less transportation, which means less waste. As a bonus, curly lettuce is delicious and makes for beautifully instagrammable salads. Looks pretty good on a bacon double cheeseburger too.

Can other vegetables be grown this way? Some, but not most. The conditions lettuce needs to grow well makes it uniquely suited for this type of farming, so while we likely won’t be seeing carrots or potatoes grown on hydroponic structures, it’s initiatives like Aquaverti that drive the innovation, creativity and passion we need to take our planet in a new, sustainable direction.

Want to know more about Aquaverti Farms? Check out their website or follow them on Facebook.

Y4Y Quebec Helps English-Speaking Youth Thrive!

In 2018, Le Journal de Montreal commissioned a poll that revealed some discouraging figures about English-speaking Quebec youth. According to that poll, about 60% of respondents were considering leaving Quebec due to tensions between the anglophone and francophone communities.

 

That’s bad news for the Quebec economy at a time of record low unemployment rates, when finding top talent is more challenging than ever. Especially since many of the anglophones leaving the province, or considering leaving, are well educated, bilingual young people – people who could potentially fill some of those gaps in the labour market.

 

Y4Y (youth for youth) Quebec is a provincial non-profit youth network aimed at English-speaking Quebecers between the ages of 16 to 30. Their mission is to address the issues and concerns facing anglophone youth in the province, and build a sense of community and belonging among them. Through this mission, Y4Y hopes to help this demographic reach their fullest potential within the province, so that they ultimately decide to stay in Quebec.

Y4Y Quebec Helps English-Speaking Youth Thrive!

So, what of bilingualism and support of the French language? Through their own research, Y4Y has found that anglophone youth are actually big supporters of bilingualism, with over 90% of poll respondents saying they believed that learning both English and French is important to Quebec youth. Over 50% expressed an interest in improving their French proficiency, and several more expressed confidence in their current French-language skills.

 

With such interest in learning French and, in many cases, existing bilingualism, why do so many anglophone youth consider leaving? Both Le Journal’s poll and Y4Y’s research uncovered a disconnect with Quebec society. The Journal respondents claimed tensions between the anglophone and francophone communities to be concerning, while over 80% of Y4Y respondents expressed a moderate to non-existent attachment to Quebec society.

 

This disconnect is what Y4Y is working to remedy.

Y4Y logo

Through their work, they hope to inspire English-speaking youth to build the confidence to begin taking on more leadership roles throughout the province.

 

Despite the tensions (or perceived tensions), many Quebec youth of both communities want the same thing: a vibrant, dynamic society with strong leadership, a healthy economy and a growing labour market, where francophone language and culture are celebrated, and learning both languages is accessible to all.

 

Bridging the gap between the communities is how this becomes possible, and it is organizations like Y4Y that are leading the effort.

 

If you would like to know more about Y4Y, join the network, or otherwise get involved, visit their website or drop by their offices at 5964 avenue Notre-Dame-de-Grâce.

 

“Y4Y is now offering internships on an ongoing basis for cegep and university students in communications, marketing, political science, social sciences, and related fields. Please send your CV and a brief letter of intent to [email protected] with the subject heading “Request for Internship” ?

 


Tarek RimanFounder | Marketer | Speaker | Best Selling Author | University Instructor

With a passion for exploration and sharing new discoveries, I founded Montrealtips.com, with proceeds going to the UN Refugee Agency, Montreal Children’s Hospital and other causes. I am also involved with NGOs & charities in Canada & worldwide.

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