Montreal’s #foodies have all heard the name Ferreira; a Portuguese cafe on Peel Street, a high-end restaurant a few metres away and an urban tavern, the Taverne F, in the heart of Montreal’s Quartier des Spectacles. This family has a solid reputation, and we are happy to let you know that the Ferreiras are incredibly nice to talk to. That’s why we decided to ask Sandra Ferreira, daughter of restaurant owner Carlos Ferreira, the director of operations of Groupe Ferreira, a few questions. Young, dynamic and involved, no wonder we were inspired by her! Are you curious to know a bit more about this young woman? Read on!
Are you a morning bird or a night owl?
Morning bird on weekdays, night owl on weekends.
What is your favorite item of clothing?
My leather jacket from Club Monaco, a must-have!
Where do you go for drinks?
I love going to Ferreira Cafe’s bar to relax after work. The place is cozy and elegant. I also love to visit my friends and neighbours at the Soubois and the Cloakroom.
Your favorite places to shop?
Zara is the best for business attire, but I also love Club Monaco, Sandro and Maje at the Bay.
Who is your female role model?
I can’t choose one! I have a lot of respect and a lot to learn from all female entrepreneurs and CEOs. Why only choose one?
Flats or heels?
Heels! I’m 5’2, so…
What makes you smile?
Honestly, almost everything! It really doesn’t take much to make me smile, I’ve often been told that I was a great audience.
Your favorite restaurant?
Do I really have to answer? 😉
We are so lucky restaurant-wise in Montreal! There’s nothing I like more than to try out new restaurants or to visit one that I haven’t been to for a while, just to see the changes or the new things that are happening, it’s really inspiring!
However, one place that I cannot spend a day without going to is the Cafe Vasco Da Gama, for their breakfasts! I obviously can’t ignore the Ferreira Cafe, considering the amount of time I’ve spent there in the past 20 years.
In your opinion, what is the hardest thing women have to face in 2016?
The family vs career problem. I have to admit that even though I don’t have kids, I am already apprehending the day I will have to slow down my career to make time for family.
What is the last book you’ve read?
Mindless Eating by Dr. Brian Wansink. He is a food psychology and consumers’ behaviour professor. His researches are fascinating!
Where would you like to go on your next trip?
I want to visit Asia but mostly Japan. Their gastronomy is remarkable and has huge influences on international culinary trends.
Do you have a life motto?
Everything happens for a reason!
What’s the one product that’s always in your purse?
My mnemosyne notebook that I bought at Nota Bene, a boutique on Du Parc avenue.
What is a fact about you that would surprise others?
I fall asleep super easily and napping on weekends is my guilty pleasure!
What changes concerning women would you like to see in 2016?
I want women to understand that no one is flawless and that we need to stop trying to conform to the pressure and norms society has created.
What is something you’d like to do more often?
Sports and dance!
What advice would you like to give to today’s women?