Recommendations and Resolutions for 2016 (#129)


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This episode is ~99% serious recommendations and resolutions for 2016.  But I am joined by tech entrepreneur and investor, Kevin Rose, so it’s at least 1% shenanigans.

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#129: Recommendations and Resolutions for 2016 - Kevin Rose and Tim Ferriss

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201 Replies to “Recommendations and Resolutions for 2016 (#129)”

  1. Love the idea of the live pod casts. Come to the Sunshine State; specifically Tallahassee, Florida. Great city with wonderful venue options at the university or downtown. Happy to contribute time in organization or promotion to host the podcast here.

  2. Hi Tim,

    Here is a link to a a movement and exercise coach a friend introduced me to him. I think he will be able to help coach you master your slow handstand technique


    PS Love your work, so inspired by you and your way of thinking- Im at the fear and overthinking ideas stage :S

  3. Tim & the fourhourworkweek gang I just gotta share..

    I’m taking time out from a Udacity online class Product Development (Tech Entrepreneur) to mention someone I am blown away by as far as their pinpoint insights into behavior design as it related to the tech world – Nir Eyal.

    Maybe I’m late to the party and everyone knows him but well, if not, check him out. [Moderator: link removed] He also wrote a book called Hooked , about creating habits in your users.

    That’s all!


  4. Great podcast! Would love to listen to a live show 🙂

    As for Montreal I have lived there most of my life, here are some recommendations:

    – If it’s your first time go in the summer, best is June, July or August. Tons of free festivals going on (just for laughs, film festivals, jazz festival) Even if the actual festival doesn’t interest you there are lots of sub-festivals going on at the same time that make it really fun. Always something going on in the summer!

    – Try river surfing! There are a couple of cool spots, but don’t just show up as the rapids are really strong and can take you far if you don’t know what you’re doing. Get a guide (or feel free to ask me about it as I do it regularly and have extra boards).

    – See tam tams on mount royal on a Sunday in the summer….look it up. Everything from random people playing bongo drums to practicing capoeira to LARPing (grown men in medieval wear fighting with duct tape swords). All free, all outside. Great place to just chill for the day and people watch.

    – TOHU – is a circus school located next to cirque du soleil’s headquarters. Great shows there all the time from local breakdancers to the next acrobats.

    – Visit the SAT (société des arts technologiques). Experimental films projected onto a half dome as you watch lying on couches on the floor.

    – Food – too many good places to mention! Such good food here. Schwartz’s (smoked meat), Garde Manger, Gibby’s, l’apartement, la banquise (for poutine) just to name a few.

    Come and visit it is an amazing city! And just as much english as french (most speak both) and very cheap for americans due to our dismal dollar.

  5. Hi Tim,

    We loved this episode and the energy between you two… especially the joke you got in about the kegel exercises. You mentioned that you are looking to do a live podcast in NYC at a bar with a stage?

    Well we just happen to own one of those in the popular neighborhood of Greenpoint / Williamsburg. We host a ton of events and parties. One of our owners is fellow entrepreneur, professional athlete and a fan of your work. He asked that I would reach out and offer the space for you to use. He loves the idea of your fans getting to meet you, each other and having a great celebration together. If you would like to see more of the venue or have any questions please feel free to email.

    Regardless keep up the great work and we are cheering you on to keep the resolutions going strong this year.

    All our support

  6. I am grateful for all the work you have done

    It has helped me a lot and is really amazing

    Thank you


  7. Tim – Journeyman Palooka should definitely happen! This logo and site are a draft, but the heavy lifting on the backend is in place for printing, fulfillment, and service if you want to pull the trigger. Would you want a boxer or wrestler on it?

  8. Loved this podcast Kevin and Tim! I’m keen to track my progress with my goals this year and have had a look on the App store for the App “Way of Life” that Kevin mentioned but so many come up… Are you able to guide which one is ‘the’ one? Maybe a screenshot or so?

    Would love your help!

  9. Tim – regarding the tee shirt store, you’ll want to maintain control of the branding, the the experience, products, and ground rules, but have someone run it for you who can bring your ideas to reality. They’ll need scale-able production capability. After you create a new logo idea, it should be turnkey from there, but all in your control. If this is what you are looking for, let me know if I can help.

  10. Hi Tim. this may sound critical, I suppose it kind of is but it’s intended lovingly and as a support. It’s something that has irked me. Having said that I know its so easier for people to be critical while you’re the one up there doing all the hard work. You put yourself out there, in the spotlight, being vulnerable, and all us folk can say is ”it’s not good enough. give me transcripts. fix this. Give me video even though it will cost you more on your internet. Your guests suck. You’re selling out. You’re too rich. You’re this you’re that ” blah blah blah.

    deep breath. Here goes 😉 I am upset about your alcohol abuse and the way you justify it. you recently commented in a 5 bullet friday about dangerously writing yourself off in Sweden. And then how you were magically able to fix it by acciently discovering a (massively destabilsing) dose of a isolated amino acid had restorative properties. The other 95% of your work is about discipline, ethics, stoicism, and always seeking how to be more and more cutting edge physically and and mentally, and with mindfulness. In the 100th episode (I think?) you answered someones ‘best supplement’ question by saying you really didn’t believe in taking supplements, people should eat real, whole foods. I was very surprised, (pleasantly) and felt it was a very mature awareness to have. I am guessing 4Hchef research journey helped you discover that. But then you say that you consume these (seriously massive) quantities of lysine (did you know that will totally throw out your arginine?) , you talk about people using ibogaine to palliate anxiety as simply as if it’s valerian or chamomile tea or a light beer, and you talk about dosing with other full on psychoactives etc with just as light and disposable a touch. So – you’re really amazing – but then you seem to think it’s okay to drink yourself stupid and go against your own advice. whats the point of keto and every thing else then?

    If you’re so into discipline and being stoic – why not choose your birthday and christmas and thanksgiving to go sex and alcohol free and eat only beans and rice for a while? Is there a licence for unlimited pleasure at those times of year just because you can? plenty of people abstain at those periods of the year.

    I suppose it upsets me, because you are a leader and you have tremendous influence. No one cares what I do or don’t do, but then I’m not on a stage or on a website. I only have myself and Spirit to answer to, for my integrity and choices. I don’t have hundreds of thousands of people hanging off every word. And, it seems, you have a problem with alcohol. how do you feel about the idea of never drinking ever again? Does it scare you? Why?

    Love and Respect xoxoxox

  11. Boise, Idaho as an awesome small city where you could speak. There are lots of great venues including the Egyptian Theatre (medium), the Morrison Center (big), the wine cellar at the Red Feather (small). I’m from there and have tons of contacts. Let me know if I can be of assistance. Also, there are a number of local non-profits that would love to host you as a fundraiser if you were interested.

  12. Hey Tim!! Met you years ago in SxSw and that was the time I launched my tech company after reading 4 hour work week, you have been a great influence for me as I lived over 20 countries and visited another 20 and life has been truly amazing. I sold my tech company and opened an organic vegan Resturant , juice bar in miami , where is my base. The next month I am joining the survivor contest. I will be gone in the wild for months, I need your advice to help me get prepared mentally , physically and spiritually for this ultimate challenge. Please help buddy!

  13. Hi Tim,

    I would love to hear more about ketogenic diet and the relationship on health and diseases (I just read the book Good Calories, Bad Calories by Gary Taubes).



  14. If you want to learn a planche or any other gymnastics type movement, let me know. I have coached elite level gymnastics for 25 years and have had 5 Jr All Around Champions and was USA Gymnastics 2002 Developmental Coach of the year. I can email you some drills and exercises for your planche or any other gymnastics type strength you want.

  15. Tim,

    I really love your podcast and this episode was no exception. You brought up being able to perform a planche and a lever, I believe, during the show. I would like to recommend Scott Sonnon from Rmax international. He has great content a little hookie at times but still great stuff. I just wanted to help you a bit like you help me everything I listen to one of your podcasts. Thank you for everything you do!

  16. Hey Tim – I think there is a huge audience for your live show idea here in Boston, if not a lot of cities in the US. Are you looking for someone to help setup some shows at appropriate venues?

  17. Hi Tim, you mention getting in to film by doing a few shorts etc. If you need some insight into post production I own a post production company in London and am happy to help.

  18. The live show is an awesome idea. Bring it to the Midwest. Krannert Center in Urbana, IL would be a great location. You could also do The Virginia Theater in Champaign, IL.

  19. Hi Tim! From following your social media posts it looks as if you were in the Greater Miami Area recently. Would you consider making a stop for a live show around the 33139? I can offer a rather large venue (hotel w multiple platform speaking outlets), room package, F&B comps, etc! We would love to host you while on tour. Hope this finds your attention. Cheers!

    1. Think I found it with a internet search for iphone, I am on android. I liked how you described that one, anyone know a similar one for android?

  20. Alright… I feel like an idiot now but where do I find the show notes? I was interested in some of the book recommendations but can’t find the notes and would prefer not to listen to it again. Thanks in advance!

  21. ugh. One of the good things about the Random Show was that I didn’t have to fast forward through FOUR MINUTES of ads like the Tim Ferris Show. The video medium was also refreshing. I think if this podcasts goes down the same path as TFS I’ll have to give it a goodbye.

  22. Tim,

    Always good to hear you two,although I find that video is funnier.

    I love calisthenics and I think there are good reasons to consider it one of the best forms of exercise for total body strength.I am willing to bet good money you’re going to pull the planche off and here’s my contribution to your efforts:do band-assisted workouts.They’ll help you progress gradually and quickly towards your goal whilst at the same time allowing you to immediately experience the full and proper movement,speeding up the development of muscle-specific strength as well as overall balance and muscle memory.Here’s an example (the funny accent is a bonus):

  23. Short Film-making? Count me in. I’ve scored (music) over 40 features, and produced one. And we have a mutual friend in Rolf P. I’d be delighted to chat.

  24. Any consideration of negative consequences of tweeting health info in our modern day panopticon e.g., alcohol consumption. Things are a bit different in Canada…

    On another note you may benefit connecting with Dr. Dean Krillears (@DeanKriellaars) to go train with cirque du soleil athletes… Seems like a natural fit.

  25. Thanks for the recommendation on Headspace. Just downloaded the app and took my first 10 min meditation session. Would like to recommend a great read to you called Fully Present – The Science, Art, and Practice of Mindfulness….by Susan Smalley and Diana Winston. Check it out.

  26. Tim, I vote for video… they are funner to watch. Glad to hear the podcast, but still looking forward to a video. Hope you guys find a chance and still do them, even if it’s less often, don’t write them off.

  27. If you’re currently seeking “high endurance creatives”…. I’m literally the one guy on planet earth you’re looking for at this specific moment. Have given up everything else in my life due to having recognized my abilities with sheer/raw persistence & creatvity… Have walked away from relationships, and high income jobs (former job was as an airline pilot) exactly because of understanding the value of my true potential as a “creative”… Funny enough Rodriguez’s book “rebel without a crew” is part of what helped me understand my creative abilities, and encouraged me to develop my technical skills in order to prevent myself from being stopped down the line… It also helped me commit fully to the area of my life that my true potential so obviously resided… Filmmaking… Have already single handedly made a feature film, and will be at this until the day I die… Dormant within me are some of the greatest films of the 21st century, waiting to be made, waiting for backing. If you would like to contact me my name is max Schwartz, and my telephone number is 323-533-5162. Thankyou in advance for your time and consideration.

  28. Hi Tim! I just listened to your episode and the part about giving up soda’s in 2000 was amazing. I actually gave up all sodas in 1998 (Coke, Pepsi etc) , as well as ANY food that is Deep Fried. (yes anything) It was just a random thing I tried for 2 weeks in an effort to correct my eating habits which had gotten kinda wonky at the time. I learned that not eating food “prepared” a certain way was key. I can still have french fries or chips, but they have to be baked. So really, I didn’t give up any foods, just the cooking process.

    Two weeks turned into a month, which lead to a year and that quickly turned into many years. After I hit 10 years, i vowed just to stay away from both of them for good because as they say: “you can always quit, so why quit now?”. If I quit, I would have to start all over and I just wasn’t going to do that. This year marks my 18th year and I’m still with it. And of course there is no effort involved now. It’s so easy not to even eat or drink either.

    For me it’s became a source of personal pride, and let me tell you, it wasn’t easy. Peer pressure was immense in the early days. I couldn’t go out to eat with friends without them ordering deep fried appetizers. They would make me feel really bad whether I wanted to or not. It’s amazing how much effort people put into making you eat what they eat to make them feel better about themselves.

    The good news is I was always into going to the gym and working out to the point I thought I wanted to compete one day. That never happened but recently I was in Austin visiting old childhood friends I grew up with. All of these guys (I’m 49) had at least 40-46 inch waists, up from 29-32 when we were kids. I “still” have roughly a 33-34 inch waist, 6 feet tall, 196 lbs, which is exactly where I was in college in the late 80s. 🙂 These days if anyone gives me static, I just tell them i’m under doctor’s orders not to have either, and amazingly at that point they’re all good with it. 🙂

    Anyhow thanks for all you do! You’ve made more of an impression on my life and by extension my families in just the things that filter down from you, through me to them.

    I hope 2016 treats you well.

    -Mike LeFevers

  29. RE: Montreal

    Hi Tim,

    Thanks to you, this will be my first full year living in Montreal.

    Here’s my story:

    1. More than anything in the world, my wife wanted to live in Montreal to be with her Dad who moved there 15 years ago

    2. Stuck in a mediocre job, I read 4HWW, get all inspired and start a company with the aim of becoming location independent

    3. I realise my ambition, move with my wife and 3 kids from our native Wales, UK to Montreal.

    To help you with what to do in Montreal, and by means of a thank you for getting us here, this is the family “2016 bucket list”:


    The snow melts and it is generally not the best time of year to visit. This is the time of year to visit a sugar shack (maple syrup drenched food). Au Pied Du Cochon is one of the best.


    There’s lots to do in the summer. Loads of festivals and celebrations. You could take a trip to see the Whales (although technically it is Tadoussac, Quebec City, rather than Montreal). There’s the Grand Prix too.


    Fall is beautiful. Perhaps take a trip to Mont-Tremblant, just North of Montreal to see the colours.


    Lots of snow sports. Both Mont-Tremblant and Mont-Saint Sauveur are good places to ski. Loads of places to go snow mobiling, dog sledding or snow camping/tipis. Sliding is cool too.

    Other anytime and must eat things include; Joe beef, Wilensky special, Schwartz deli smoked meat, St Viateur Bagels and of course the old favourite Poutine.

    Thanks again for helping me to achieve much more than I ever thought possible. Enjoy your visit to Montreal and please let me know if you need any further help.



  30. Love the podcast and listen regularly, so I’m regretful that my first post may come off as negative or cynical. But a question: did some product placement creep into this pod?

    You have always been transparent and up front about your interests, so I was surprised during a moment of the discussion about your and Kevin’s recommendations. Kevin mentioned that his “sister” was asking “the other day” about meditation, and he was quick to recommend Headspace and its “Take 10” trial program. I love Headspace, but this soundbite — which was not in an ad — sounded stilted and awkwardly placed, and in retrospect, kind of advertisy. Then, at the end we learn that this episode was brought to you by Headspace. Hmm.

    I don’t mind that you believe in your sponsors so fervently — in fact that’s a cool thing. But I don’t want to have to filter the content of your pods as I listen, wondering if there’s something else at play. Am I off base?

    1. John,

      Good point, but I just bring up something Iron Tim Ferriss says all the time about the sponsors. They are things that he loves and uses. And they happen to be sponsors…

      I always recommend the crap out of the stuff I love to friends. Yes, I get called a fan-boy and all that, but when you really love something, why not have the integrity to stand behind it.

      Anyway, I just wanted to point that out, since I can see Tim recommending it any other episode that it might be relevant. Sponsorship or not. And I think it happened before, but I wouldn’t be able to give you the episode right now. Come to think of it, I’ll try to dig it up and see if they happen to be a sponsor then too.

  31. Hi Tim, Kevin,

    Just a quick question as to Ketosis… I do understand the benefits as to the Otto Warburg effect, but what about the induced production of methylglyoxal and which causes its very own problems.

    Also, I have been a fervent slow-carber for quite a while but have recently become worried about the ageing effect of a high protein intake. I came to the conclusion that there is a Vanity versus Longevity situation, when looking at the rather high-protein intake in diets such as Paleo, Slow-carb, etc versus the findings described in The Food Hourglass by gerontologist Dr Kris Verburgh. (Dr Verburgh does also strongly advise against sugars and ‘white carbs’ obviously)

    I would love to hear your take on the ageing effects of a high-protein diet since I have been a strong believer in slow-carb (which works extremely well in controlling my weight) but which now worries me a little as to longevity…

    I do realise it is unlikely that you will read this comment, but I am very much hoping to get your view on this.

    Many thanks in advance.

    Have a great day


    1. Greg,

      Just because it’s slow carb doesn’t me it has to be HIGH protein. Think, I think you can totally up the veggie and legume intake if you feel that the protein intake is too high. That’s pretty healthy, and fat is your friend when it comes to calories, but might not be the best for your waistline. But I guess that all depends on you.

      what do you think?

  32. Intrigued by Kava. Is this stuff safe to use. A quick search says it can create serious liver toxicity issues in only months. Anybody have the skinny on Kava?

    1. What does ‘have the skinny’ mean?

      Gosh I read such bizarre manifestations of english language in these comments and, especially, by Tim! Well, things that would never make sense to a european- by now i am almost convinced that ‘north american’ is its own language 🙂 🙂 in a competition episode tim said ‘winner winner chicken dinner’ and i pored over the post yet couldn’t see chicken as one of the prizes or referenced anywhere. I had to finally assume it was just yet another san francisco demographic zen axiom 🙂 anyway 🙂 i am guessing you are interested in further feedback about kava.

      Keep in mind there is ‘western medical science’ views on herbs, which is largely informed by research based on whether they can rip off an active constituent, clone it and market it as a drug. Or conversely, attempts to discredit it owing to it being a threat to established drugs. When looking up a herb try and read herbalist BOOKS not just a quick internet search that will provide a ‘drug’ abstraction. Plant medicines have context, and hundreds or thousands of years of study practice experiment observation. The superficial overviews by western medical science ignore most of what a plant is about and are based only on what they can identify and are looking for/ what is relevant/ what they can exploit.

      As a specific, distinct prescription according to herbalist traditions Kava is really effective for acute hysteria. Its best used for acute situations.

      Matthew Wood is brilliant , north american herbalist with a life time of training and experience in nature with native american plant medicine ways. He’s world wide respected as an authority. Written a number of excellent books and teachs and practices world wide. See what he has to say about kava.

      1. i second your idea about north american language, specialising in memes ,slogans, catchphrases, jingo, and rhetoric. I went there recently and I felt like I needed a bilingual dictionary to have a mutually intelligble conversation. No offence to the good folk of north america. So, good insight about Matthew Wood and highly recommend people read his work. Heaps of his lectures and papers are available online. He does in fact comment upon Kava. He says he’s been quite suspicious of the indiscriminate popularity of kava and upon investigation feels the commercial manufacturing process bypasses crucial steps in traditional processing (chewing, to break down with saliva, for example) . The commercial product, he says,is not a medicine but a drug. He note that kava, traditionally, as a medicine, is a stimulant thus a depressive action upon the nervous system is kava manifesting as a poison

        He is similarly scathing about echinacea, calling it the most overprescribed and misused herb alongside ginseng. he loves echninacea – noting it to have long use amongst the indigenous peoples of north america – but its medicinal action and application has nothing to do with the claimed usage via it’s commercial availability! Its not an immune tonic!!

  33. Note of caution. I was interested in that Kava tea thing they were discussing. Looked into it. A forbidden substance in the European Union since 2002… it sounded so good…

  34. Tim,

    Outstanding, as usual. Cant wait for the next one.

    For bodyweight routines that work look at Daniel Vadnal’s FitnessFAQ on youtube.

  35. The MTHFR gene!! For those that missed this piece in the podcast, Kevin Rose spoke about a gene that he inherited called the MTHFR. This is worth exploring further and the fact that it was brought up in the first place further validates the power of information in these podcasts. I discovered i had this mutated gene after i had my blood tested against food allergies from my local naturopath. Did this only because my wife did it and discovered some interesting results. After discovering that i had this mutated gene in addition to high reactions to foods that would never show up in physical form, i felt like i was put on a path of better decision making with my nutritional plan. Its akin to meeting with a financial advisor about your future invest strategy only its about your health. Anyway, i found that i had a high reaction to many foods i enjoyed regularly. After i stopped eating them completely to confirm the test results, my body,mind made significant changes over a 60 day period. Anyway, check it out. Thank Kevin for sharing. Its not everyday someone publicly announces they have a mutated gene….


  36. Hey Tim,

    Thanks for doing what you do. It really means a lot.

    What do you think is the most efficient way to promote empathetic systems based thinking (on a personal and organizational level), and can this be done on scale via technology/the internet? Essentially, how do you think the most basic elements of human relations can be packaged and taught in a way that scales? What’s the most efficient way to help people design their lives to be in harmony with their community and environment, on a global level?

  37. Tim & Kevin, I really enjoyed this episode. Added bonus, your shenanigans & power outages kept me up for my 3 hour drive home at 10 PM last night!!

    I’m also interested in learning the planche and/or front lever, and I’m looking forward to what you figure out on the progression to it. As we often do, we’ll let you pull it all together and enjoy going thru doing it on the other side. I’m doing much of that with Pavel’s S&S routines now. I’m 6′ & generally have better leg strength than upper body, with poor experience doing a planche in the past. If you need a volunteer to test out your soon to be discovered protocol, I’m open to trying it out!!

  38. Per your request for Montreal recommendations… My sister-in-law owns a tea room in Montreal called Cha Do Raku 茶道楽 Her shop is stocked with tea varieties that she finds on her frequent trips to tea farms in Japan to hand pick selections. If you do pan to stop in let me know as I’d love to say hello. BTW: my brother, her husband, is a fellow Princeton alum with degrees in eastern studies and neuroscience.

  39. Per your request for Montreal recommendations… My sister-in-law owns a tea room in Montreal called Cha Do Raku 茶道楽 Her shop is stocked with tea varieties that she finds on her frequent trips to tea farms in Japan to hand pick selections. I’m confident you can find just the right selection if you stop for a tea break. If you do plan to stop in let me know as I’d love to say hello. BTW: my brother, her husband, is a fellow Princeton alum with degrees in eastern studies and neuroscience.

  40. Hi Tim! Love your podcasts. I’m a Montrealer and can recommend a few things to do while you visit, particularly if you do so during winter: LA BANQUISE (for the best choice of poutines in town, open 24/7, out-on-the-street lineups after shows are a testament to the popularity and freshness of their fare) / HOCHE CAFÉ (for super coffees and treats and a great laid back atmosphere) / the OLD PORT SKATING RINK (refrigerated, so practicable even in clement weather) / the view from the Olympic Stadium’s MONTREAL TOWER will take your breath away / CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING on Mount Royal (for the beauty and the fun of it, and just a few steps from downtown). Enjoy and do let us know if you visit.

  41. Tim & Friends/Fans,

    Great Show! Can’t thank you enough for it & all the links/comments to new adventures, fun experiments, words of wisdom and great advice of all kinds!

    So in 2016, I have been living La Vida Ferris (on the SCD & enjoying my daily dry Red or Kava [Thank you Kevin Rose!!! This stuff is just as you said and make the day lots of fun]) and recently began trying the Molly Skincare Diet & I’m curious about how to improve the results.

    The experiment:

    To clarify, for the last 2 weeks now I have been eating a can of Wild Planet Sardines in Olive Oil + Lemon to test the idea that Molly’s Skincare Success could be applicable to all mammals. In my case, I’m in the northeast US where is cold/snowy which means my skin is dry and I have eczema I’m trying to cure (ideally).

    My Results (so far):

    My skin has been itch-free this season and any places where I have signs of eczema, they have reduced in appearance and itch-factor to the point where they are barely there.


    – Have you done this before? Do you have any successful experiences &/ suggestions to improve results?

    Thanks for your help & keep up the good work & making other smile today!

    Take care,


  42. I put $500 into Wealthfront to see behind the curtain. Interesting company, very transparent and educational. I would suggest giving it a whirl.

  43. Hey Tim,

    If you are looking for a fun time in Montreal go during the Grand Prix in early June. The city is alive with activity and the weather is nice. Maybe you should take your learning abilities onto the race track.

    Have a good one.

  44. Hei guys, I remember there is one episode of Tim Ferriss podast in which Tim himself was interviewed by someone else. Struggled to find that episode, anyone remember which one was that?

  45. Hi Tim! Here are some recommendations about Montreal (my hometown). I’ll break it down into several categories:


    Montreal is built on and around a mountain (hence its name). It is on an island in the middle of the Saint Laurent River.

    Here’s a common source of confusion: Montreal is the city, Mount Royal is the mountain. In fact, there are many repetitive names here: there’s Saint Laurent River, Saint Laurent Boulevard (a street nowhere near the river), and Ville Saint Laurent (a neighborhood nowhere near the river or the boulevard). So before you look up anything in Google Maps, make sure of the name.


    Because Montreal is on a mountain, there is a lot of travel up and down slopes. You can travel in a few different ways:

    Walking: Montreal is great to walk around. Of course it’s a big city so you’ll eventually need another mode of transport. Pro tip: when you’re downtown, north is uphill, so it’s easy to understand directions.

    Public transit: We have extensive public transit. This includes buses and a subway system (called the metro). Many places downtown are directly accessible from the metro, so you can access them without ever stepping outside (great during winter cold!). This feature is known as the “underground city” of Montreal. Fun fact: if someone tells you they travel by “BMW”, they don’t mean the car, they mean “Bus-Metro-Walk”. That’s my preferred method of travel, because the transit system reaches so many areas.

    Biking: Montreal is the second-most bike-friendly city in North America (source: ). It has a lot of bike paths. As previously mentioned, you will often be biking up or down hills. It also has BIXI, a bike-sharing system. This lets you rent a bike at a BIXI station, ride to your destination, and drop it off at another BIXI station.

    Uber: Uber is currently in a dispute with Quebec taxis. As a result, many Uber drivers will ask you to sit in the front seat, so they don’t look like Uber drivers.

    Driving: I recommend against this. Our roads are so badly designed that civil engineers travel here from around the world to study how bad they are ( ). Also, parking can be a pain in any popular part of the city. Instead of driving use BMW, or Uber if you’re going somewhere out of the way.


    The province of Quebec is almost entirely French. There are many people in Quebec who simply don’t speak a word of English. If you’re planning on travelling outside of Montreal, be prepared to speak French. However, Montreal is bilingual, using French or English. People who work with the public are usually functionally bilingual.

    Please note this is Quebec French, not France French. If you’re familiar with the latter, the former will sound quite different to you. Here’s a great place to start: Most Americans mispronounce the city name. They say “MAWN-tree-all” and immediately stick out as visitors. Instead, say ‘MUHN-tree-all’ and you’ll sound native.

    In the past, language has been a hot-button topic in this province, for various historical reasons. But if you tell people you’re American and trying to learn French, they think you’re adorable. If you then start swearing in French, they think you’re hilarious. French cursing is mostly religious; practice saying “CAW-liss” (the holy Christian chalice, spelled “calice”), and you’ll make friends quick. I’m totally serious here.


    The food in this city is so good that it’s very hard to stay Slow Carb in Montreal. You will constantly be waiting for your next cheat day. Because we have so many cultures here, we have a huge selection of restaurants and places to eat; if you want Ethiopian food for lunch and Polish sausage for dinner, you can get it.

    Bagels: This is not a New York bagel, and that distinction is so important it gets its own Wikipedia page ( ). Eat them fresh out of the oven from Fairmount Bagel and Saint Viateur Bagel for the best in Montreal.

    Smoked meat: This is beef brisket that is both like and unlike pastrami. The best is at Schwartz’s Deli: order it medium-fat, with a side of fries and a Cherry Coke.

    Poutine: Poutine (pronounced poo-TSIN) has been described as “God’s diarrhea after binge-drinking”. It’s French fries, hot brown gravy, and melted cheese curds. It is worth every artery that it clogs. My favorite is at Decarie Hot Dog. Just look at it:

    Joe Beef: Voted as one of the 100 best restaurants in the world ( ), this is a tiny steakhouse. Get there early, it fills up fast.

    Queue de Cheval: A high class restaurant with high class prices. One of their specialties is poutine with foie gras.

    Orange Julep: The building is easy to spot: it’s a 40 ft high orange. They serve an orange cream drink, as well as hot dogs and fries. And every Wednesday night they have a classic car show.

    Other: I cannot emphasize this enough: Montreal has a lot of great things to eat. Google your options, explore around, there is so much you’ll want to eat here.


    This is the mountain that rises out of the center of the island. It is covered with green space (Mount Royal Park), and offers the best views of the city.

    When the city was founded centuries ago, the founder Paul de Maisonneuve planted a cross at the top of the mountain. That cross has since been replaced by a 100-ft metal cross that you can visit. Also, the cross lights up, so at night you’ll be able to see it from miles away. You’ll notice there are no super-skyscrapers in the city. That’s because the law limits building heights, to maximize the visibility of Mount Royal and its cross.

    Every Sunday afternoon the Park hosts the Tam-Tams drum festival. Hundreds of people show up to listen to drums or electronic music, sun themselves, and get stoned. Good times.


    Montreal has 4 major universities and dozens of colleges and other schools, so there are a lot of students and young people. As a result, our entertainment options are top-notch. If you want to buy clothes or other goodies, people-watch, find restaurants, or hang out in pubs there are several areas to go.

    Downtown: The downtown area is roughly a rectangle. It’s made up of four major streets running east-west: Sherbrooke, Maisonneuve, St Catherine, and Rene Levesque. It stretches west to Atwater Avenue, and east to Saint Denis Boulevard. Crescent Street is a major spot for bars and clubs at night.

    Saint Laurent and Saint Denis: This is the second rectangle for nightlife, which overlaps with the downtown rectangle. It’s made up of two streets, Saint Laurent Boulevard and Saint Denis Boulevard, that run north-south. Here the nightlife is younger, more student-oriented.

    Old Montreal and the Old Port: As the name implies, this is the old part of the city. The major street in Old Montreal is Saint Paul, just walk down to appreciate the architecture. The Old Port is right next to Old Montreal, and it’s the same idea but it’s right on the water. Also, don’t miss Place Jacques Cartier, a big plaza that features street performers and artists. Pro tip: the roads in this neighborhood are cobblestones with big gaps, so make sure your lady friends don’t wear stiletto heels.


    Montreal is one of the oldest cities in North America (founded in 1642!) so many buildings are old and beautiful to look at. If the areas I mentioned above aren’t enough for you, here are a few more to visit:

    Notre Dame Basilica

    St Joseph’s Oratory

    Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral


    These are two islands right next to each other in the middle of the Saint Laurent River. They’re easy to reach by BMW (metro station Jean Drapeau). Here, you can visit La Ronde amusement park for roller coasters and bumper cars. You can also go to Jean Drapeau Park, a large green space with a great view of the city skyline ( ).


    Montreal hosts so many festivals it’s hard to keep track. They’re almost always in the summer, because no one wants to be outside during our winters. Here are the three biggest:

    Jazz Festival: The Montreal Jazz Festival is the largest jazz festival in the world, according to Guinness World Records, hosting 3000 performers and receiving over 2 million visitors over 10 days. Despite its name, it’s not limited to jazz; past years have featured Stevie Wonder, BB King and Diana Ross. Some performers play free outdoor shows, and others play indoor concerts which require a ticket. The outdoor shows are downtown at Quartier des Spectacles, a large outdoor plaza next to the Place des Arts concert hall

    Just For Laughs: This is the largest comedy festival in the world, featuring the biggest names in comedy, like Jerry Seinfeld, Louis CK and Amy Poehler. There are many outdoor events at Quartier des Spectacles, but if you want to see a big name you’ll probably need a ticket for an indoor show.

    L’International des Feux Loto-Québec: This is the most prestigious fireworks competition in the world. It spans several weeks, showcasing one competing country on a Wed. or Sat. night. Every competitor has a 30-minute fireworks program, accompanied by music played on the radio. The best place to view them is on the Jacques Cartier Bridge, which is closed to traffic during the competition.


    Here’s a big difference between Montreal and any American city: the province of Quebec is mostly uninhabited. Quebec is twice as big as Texas, but 90% of that area is basically empty.

    You can be just about anywhere in the US, and if you drive two hours in any direction you’ll find people. That’s not true here. If you leave, your only options are Quebec City (3 hours), Ottawa (2 hours), Vermont (1 hour), or the Quebec wilderness.

    Of course if you want wilderness, then you have a lot of options: skiing, snowboarding, hiking, hunting, fishing, river rafting… We have a huge territory to explore. But that’s a guide all to itself, and this guide is long enough. 🙂

    THAT’S IT!

    If you need further details, please comment on this post so I’ll get an email. I’m happy to help!

  46. Wow, finally a interview that doesn’t drone on a seeming hour about the religion of meditation.

    Great interview, love to have more of these unique people.

  47. In one of Tim’s more recentish podcasts he mentioned an alternative to traditional health insurance that emphasized prevention. Does anyone remember which Podcast it was or where I can go to find more information? Thanks all.