The 2014 Rogers Cup in Montreal

Sara Errani

Sara Errani

My vist to the Rogers Cup in Montreal capped a “day of firsts” for me. It was the first time that I got to lay eyes on future hall-of-famer Serena Williams in person. She was in full-focused training mode, practicing for her next match-up. “Intense” would be the word I would choose to best describe my first encounter with one of my most beloved players.

It was the first time that I actually enjoyed concession food at a tennis tournament. The “Turkey Bretzel” managed to almost live up to its otherworldly $11 price tag . A cross between a baguette and a pretzel, this conveniently portable sandwich was stuffed with deli turkey meat, tomato, lettuce, cheese and mayo. Although made for the masses, the Bretzel managed to satisfy my hunger and delight my taste buds. Thumbs up!

As luck would have it, It was my first time to bask in the presence of two of the world’s best women’s doubles players, and my personal favs, Kveta Pechske and Katarina Srebotnik. I sat there staring adoringly for close to an hour watching them practice and punch out laser-like volleys and talk strategy. After they wrapped up, they even took the time to snap a pic with yours truly. I found them to be kind, funny and very cool.

After a day of watching the world’s best tennis players, what better way to reflect on the day’s action than to chow down on a big ol’ Montreal smoked meat. I made my first trip to the MTL landmark, Schwartz’s Deli. Also known as the Montreal Hebrew Delicatessen, the deli was established in 1928 by Reuben Schwartz, a Jewish immigrant from Romania. According to its website, the unique flavour of their smoked meat is attributable to their mandatory 10 day meat curing time, the high turnover of their meat, and their brick smoke-house which just happens to be covered with over 80 years worth of buildup. Hmm.

Our wait in line was negligible. We were stuffed into a 6-seater table next to a couple and their two children. We couldn’t help but overhear the dad regale his kids about his childhood memories of Schwartz. A parade of fatty smoked meat, sour pickles, fries and frankfurters made their way to their side of the table before being quickly gobbled up.

We had Schwartz’s signature dish, a smoked meat sandwich served on rye bread with yellow mustard. The meat is served by the fat content: lean, medium, medium-fat or fat. The sandwich was indulgent and delicious. Tender and smoky meat piled high on soft rye bread with just enough tangy yellow mustard. Schwartz is now firmly entrenched as a Cool Food Dude favourite and has “repeat visit” written all over it.

With a full belly and an iPhone full of snaps of the tennis elite, the “day of first” was concluded. Thank you Rogers Cup for delivering another first-class enjoyable event full of action-packed matches and happy, fan-friendly tennis players. And thank you Schwartz Deli for serving mouth-watering and crowd pleasing deli staples. I’ll be seeing you very soon!

Genie Bouchard

Genie Bouchard

Serena Wiliams

Serena Williams

Sara Errani Rogers Cup Montreal 2014

Sara Errani

Alexsandra Wozniak Rogers Cups Montreal 2014

#teamAlexsandraWozniak

Serena Williams Rogers Cup Montreal 2014

Serena Williams

Maria Sharapova Rogers Cup Montreal 2014

Maria Sharapova

Sabine Lipsicki Rogers Cup Montreal 2014

Sabine Lipsicki

Kveta Pechske and Katarina Srebotnik

Kveta Pechske and Katarina Srebotnik

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Victoria Azaranka

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Wimbledon Champ Petra Kvitova

Caroline Wozniaki

Caroline Wozniaki

Schwartz's Deli Montreal

Schwartz’s Deli

Schwartz's Deli Montreal

Schwartz’s Deli

Schwartz's Deli Smoked Meat Sandwich

Schwartz’s Deli Smoked Meat Sandwich

Schwartz's Deli Smoked Meat Sandwich

Schwartz’s Deli Smoked Meat Sandwich

Montreal Graffit

Montreal Graffit

Turkey Bretzel

Turkey Bretzel

Court Central Rogers Cup Montreal 2014

Court Central Rogers Cup Montreal 2014

Practice Court 3 - Rogers Cup Montreal 2014

Practice Court 3 – Rogers Cup Montreal 2014

Sam Stosur Rogers Cup 2014 Montreal

Sam Stosur

Rogers Cup 2014 Montreal

Rogers Cup 2014 Montreal

Montreal Graffiti

Montreal Graffiti

Mural in Montreal

Mural in Montreal

Schwartz's Montreal Hebrew Delicatessen on Urbanspoon

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