Sunday, April 05, 2015

An Easter Egg Hunt with a Twist

This Easter Sunday, we offered to host a brunch, as well as an egg hunt for Antoine's niece. She has recently started reading and we were given the hint that she loves guessing games. This was very useful because instead of hiding eggs all over the house (to perhaps be unfound/forgotton), I made little packages of chocolate eggs, hair clips, and a sticker book and gave her riddles to solve in order to find their location. For example, "I am behind a musical instrument you are learning to play" or "Where does Emma make her cakes, cookies, and muffins?"

She also had to take a photo of herself as the Easter bunny.

The grand finale was a chocolate egg from Les Chocolats de Chloé, it was happily devoured by all parties before any photo was taken, though ;-)

Brunch was waffles with an option of sweet or salty toppings. I opted for both, of course :-)

Happy Easter from all of us! Hope you had a great one, xo.

Saturday, April 04, 2015

In Which a Pig's Head was Consumed...

"Tête de cochon" : A Québécois expression for someone who is stubborn, or disagreeable.  

I learned this weekend that it can also be a delicious dish. 

Let me explain...

We had made plans for brunch to see our friends Myriam and Euclide and their lovely 7-month old, Henri, this past weekend. I innocently proposed to bring some pastries, fruit, cheeses, etc., but little did I know that they had other plans up their sleeves! 

This time of year is called "le temps des sucres" here in Quebec and our friends' were inspired to try a recipe from the cookbook based on the recipes served at the sugar bush of the (in)famous chef from the restaurant Au Pied de Cochon

This recipe, to be exact.

When we arrived, the pig's head was already in the oven, so we got cracking on the sides: mini potatoes, asparagus, and brussels sprouts. After 4 hours of cooking, she was ready.

The dining experience was equal parts shock, awe, adventure, and delight.

It was decided that the best way to digest the beast was to go for a walk. With Henri snuggled in his stroller, we walked to a park where an impromptu snow-fight broke out between the couples. 

It's all fun and games, until someone splits their trousers (!).

Thank you for the culinary adventure, Myriam and Euclide! xo

Saturday, March 07, 2015

Caramelized Apples

...because I need fruit in the morning. Plus it's Saturday so, hey, let's smother said fruit in butter and sugar ;-)

First off, slice a couple of crisp apples...

 New knives make light work :)

Melt a pat o' butter...

Add a couple tablespoons of brown sugar, lemon juice, and a pinch of cinnamon and fry 'dem apples for about 10 minutes...


Sunday, September 21, 2014

The 5th Wedding

The summer of 2014 will forever be known to A and I as the summer of 5 weddings. We travelled, celebrated, ate, and danced in celebration of some great friends - it was a lot of fun.

The last wedding we went to was held in Toronto and was a beautiful mix of Polish and Italian cultures. Here's a peak of how dapper A and I were looking that night :)

The next morning, we drove across the city and met up with one of my oldest friends (the friendship is 'old' - not her!) and her parter in their new house in the Beaches. Celeste and Del hosted us for a delicious brunch of scrambled eggs with an Indian twist, sausages and French toast...

I feel very lucky to get these moments with friends who are spread out across the country. We chatted for as long as we could before getting the 'oomph' to head back on the 401 back to Montreal.  

Miss you Celeste! xo

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Vacation photos - Seattle

Before heading back to Montreal, we had about 24 hours in Seattle. We arrived in the afternoon after a beautiful drive along the Olympic National Park mountain range. We dropped off our stuff at our AirB&B in west Seattle before heading to Ballard for the evening. Luckily, before heading out west, a colleague of mine showed me this blog and our evening was already planned. It was an evening of oysters, market fresh food, and gelato that I will never forget.

The next morning, we got up early and headed straight to Pike Place Market so as to join all the other tourists...

For breakfast, we left the market marched all the way to the original Top Pot Doughnuts for a treat and a coffee  - can you tell we have a sweet tooth?

We spent the afternoon poking around the shops in west Seattle and relaxing on Alki beach before saying goodbye to the west coast.

A and I really enjoyed our holiday. Something about the sea, sky and mountains puts a lot of mundane day-to-day bothers into perspective, don't you find? xo

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Vacation photos - Victoria

There is a reason why it is called "beautiful British Columbia"...

On our drive from Tofino to Victoria, we stopped off at Cathedral Grove, which hosts a forest of ancient trees.

We then stayed a few days in Victoria with a friend of mine and her boyfriend where we got to explore the city and surrounding area. Some of the highlights were...

Coffee at Hey Happy, where we met up with a friend of a friend who had decided to leave his job as a pharmaceutical rep and apprentice at this coffee shop in order to eventually open his own place here in Montreal. We wish him the best of luck!

Breakfast at Mo:Lé - omelette for me, burrito for him - before a walk by Fisherman's Wharf and Ogden Point...

Breakfast at Pluto's - french toast for me and benny for him - before a day trip to North Saanich where it happened to be the weekend they were hosting a "tasting trail" and local businesses where offering free tours and events...

On our last day, we made our hosts this breakfast before hiking the Sooke Peninsula...

 Thanks Amanda & Graeme (& Carter) for the amazing visit, you are welcome in Montreal anytime! xo

Bye, bye Victoria... Next up, Seattle!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Vacation photos - Tofino

Earlier this year, I received an invitation to a friend's wedding that would take place on North Chesterman Beach in Tofino, British Columbia. The groom was a good friend of mine during my master's here in Montreal and I was a witness to the beginning of his relationship, or Love Story as they call it. Amazing folk and a beach wedding with breathtaking scenery... I decided this was an event not to be missed, and I am so happy I went. 

We had quite the trek getting there as we decided to fly in through Seattle and make a road-trip out of the occasion. Luckily everything went smoothly and we were treated to some fantastic vistas on our ferry from Vancouver to Nanaimo and our drive to Tofino.

We made it to Tofino in time for dinner and found this gem before settling in to our B&B. What was great about our B&B was that is was quiet (only two rooms!) and the owner left your breakfast outside your door in the morning with some freshly baked goods. We also had our own patio to enjoy our coffee and meditate :)

We then went for an invigorating walk on Long Beach (where I developed a fascination with jellyfish) before getting ready for the wedding.

Apparently, in order to have the full Tofino experience, one must take an outdoor shower. It wasn't a particularly hot day, so hats off to Antoine who went for it!

The wedding was magical. We sang the bridesmaids down the isle...

The bride and groom read each other the poem "The Invitation", very powerful.  Undoubtedly though, the most magical moment of all was when the clouds, that had been a blanket over the sky all day, slowly parted during the ceremony to expose the sun, just as the officiant announced, "you may kiss the bride!". 

The reception took place at the Tofino Botanical Gardens, where we were invited to enjoy appetizers as we explored the grounds of the gardens before dinner & dancing.

The next morning we were invited to a brunch at the botanical gardens where we got to catch up with the newlyweds before heading off to Victoria for a few days. 

 Congratulations Lindsay and Freddy, we wish all the best throughout the journey that is your love story. xoxoxo