Sunday, March 31, 2013

Hoppy Easter!

This year for Easter, my parents came to Montreal for the weekend. We enjoyed many walks in the spring sun and long leisurely meals at various cafes and restaurants. To top it all off, we had them over for breakfast and decided to test out the new waffle machine I was given as a gift for my birthday (Thanks Jennie and Celeste!!).

I made this batter for the waffles and topped them with this mixed berry sauce, as well as some yogurt, maple syrup AND a homemade caramel sauce a friend of mine made. To balance out all this sweetness, we got some smoked ham and emmental cheese from the Fromentier, Antoine made a "trois pousses" salad (sunflower, buckwheat and green pea shoots), and I made some fried potatoes.

Afterwards, we were able to gather around the computer and skype with my grandparents in Devon (thanks to my Aunt who set it up at their end!) and wish them a Happy Easter.

Hope you all had a wonderful long weekend. xo

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Champagne Birthday

champagne birthday: when you turn the same age as the day you were born

I can't remember where or when I first heard this concept, but let me tell you that I have anticipated this date for some time. (Hey, why not? Apparently having something to look forward to is good for you!). Luckily for me, I have a wonderful boyfriend and amazing family and friends who were willing to celebrate this occasion with me :)

On Saturday, we had "26 le 26" - an evening with good company, music & food (including plenty of carrot cake cupcakes)...

...I had quite the time blowing out my candles (I only got one on the first go).

On my actual birthday (a weekday), Antoine surprised me by getting up early and making some delicious french toast while I opened cards from my family.

French toast sides: dulce du leche, nutella, yogurt & bananas
At the party and at work, my Francophone friends were telling me that when you turn the same age as your birth date it is considered your lucky year ("année chanceuse"). After these celebrations, I am already feeling quite lucky. xo

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Poached Egg Pile-up

I made this once for Antoine when we were first dating and the other day he said to me, "remember when you used to make me poached eggs for breakfast...?" So here it is:

Start with a toasted English muffin, spread a little pesto and top with prosciutto, your 'greens' of choice (we had watercress) and a poached egg. C'est tout.

Now for an afternoon of cleaning whilst listening to this bloke. xo

Sunday, March 03, 2013

The Morning After La Nuit Blanche...

...just a few pastries from Le Fromentier and a Globe & Mail post-Nuit Blanche ...or as I said to my work colleagues the day before, my "until midnight Nuit Blanche." I am clearly not able to go an entire night without sleep these days!

Ashley and I stuck to the Mile-End route and tasted a few artisan beers at La Cuvée, watched a dinner party play at Citizen Vintage, created a collage at Monastiraki, and dropped in on a vinyl "scratching" session before calling it a night.

Did you go? What did you do? xo

Byblos - Le petit café

The owners painted the wall themselves...
Welcome to a taste of the Middle East in the middle of the Plateau. Byblos is a charming cafe that I have had on my list for quite some time. It offers authentic Persian inspired fare anytime of day, but are especially known for their brunches. I had just bought a pair of used skis from a friend and instead of just dropping off the money, we thought we may as well make a morning out of it!

Byblos' menu is ideal for sharing - we each got a different omelette (tomato & feta - not pictured) and various sweet breads with jams with coffee. We even got two free juices (melon & berries with spices) as the wait was particularly long that morning!

We made plans to see the Montreal exhibit at the CCA and to go spring skiing. Can't wait! x