Bon matin everyone! How are you? Today was a bit of a crazy day – I was up at 5:00 for a super-early morning skate at 5:45. I had a bit of chocolate banana bread + peanut butter and a glass of milk before I went. After practice I devoured a sludgy green/brown spinach and berry smoothie, a slice of toast with Earth Balance, 2 scrambled eggs with vegetables and cheese, AND lemon pound cake with yogurt. All of that, and I could STILL eat more. Whew!
Raspberry lemonade from Olive and Gourmando. I TOLD you this was my favourite place in Part I of my Quebec trip! This lemonade was so REAL – it wasn’t artificial at all, and I loved how the sweet/tart flavours were balanced. On the right is probably the best brownie I’ve ever eaten. Cakey but still dense, fudgy, and so, so rich. They use real Verona chocolate and the difference is insane! You can definitely tell that the quality is 10x better. It was loaded with dark chocolate chunks and the crusty top was cracklin’. LOVED this dessert.
More from the Old-Montreal cafe! The “Poached Eggs on Your Face” sandwich, loaded with, uh, poached eggs, proscuitto (Italian bacon), sriracha, and incredible cheese. Plus an almond croissant and a hot chocolate. The hot chocolate was basically a liquid brownie – definitely the best hot chocolate I’ve ever had. It was a tiny cup but oh-so-rich. The croissant was just OK. I think Matchsticks (Vancouver) and Thomas Haas (Vancouver) make better almond croissants. The spicy sandwich was yummy though. I should’ve just had half!
The other photo is the chocolate and banana brioche that I bought for nibbling on the road. Imagine a flaky croissant-like pastry in a cinnamon bun shape, loaded with banana flavour and bursting with creamy chocolate chips. That’s what this was! It was insanely good but I was so full from my breakfast (… see left) and I brought it with me. Smuggled it into La Ronde, too!
Had a crepe at this amusement park. I felt sick the whole day! I can go on the “scary” rides, but I don’t like how they make me feel after. I still went on all of them – including a backwards roller coaster and a STANDING roller coaster! This crepe was pretty bad quality and filled with gloopy mayo, canned mushrooms, and processed cheese. The crepe itself was crummy too. Didn’t like this lunch at all!
My lovely Quebec parents took me out to St-Joseph du Lac, a city near Oka. It is a famous “apple town” where I had a vegetable omelet with cheese, roasted potatoes, and two slices of toast with peanut butter and strawberry jam. This omelet, LOADED with peppers and olives, was fantastic. The potatoes were some of the best I’ve had – so tender.
POUTINE! This was at La Banquise, a traditional Quebec restaurant that’s open 24/7. People usually get their fries at 2:00 AM as a hangover helper, but we went at 5:00 PM for a nice dinner. 🙂 Originally I didn’t want to eat here and planned to go home, but I wasn’t allowed – YMCA rule. So I sucked it up and decided to eat the fries… when in Rome, right? I was stuffed from the manicotti from lunch but still ordered a large Taquise poutine (Mexican-style) with guacamole, tomato, sour cream, and feta cheese. Because I don’t like cheese curds, I swapped ’em for feta. I also ordered a chevre burger. This had a layer of caramelized onions and apples – delicious. It was a fantastic dinner but I felt greasy after. We watched the Montreal Impact soccer game after this dinner and the burger/fries kept me full all night.
The BEST chicken stir-fry ever. It was coated in a sweet and spicy sauce and packed with soft vegetables. Served with minute rice, green onions and sesame seeds, this dinner was unforgettable! I recreated it at home and it tasted pretty much the same. Loved this! I can post the recipe if you’re interested – let me know in the comments. 🙂
This is Cafe Vasco da Gama. I read about the reviews for this duck + fig confit panini and knew that I HAD to go. So after work one day, I took the bus and then the subway to find this gem in downtown Montreal. Unfortunately I fell asleep on the train and missed my stop by twelve stations – I had taken it all the way to the end! I was so angry/scared/disappointed but then found the right train and finally found this restaurant. I got out of work at 5:00 and didn’t see the restaurant until 7:30… too much effort for a sandwich?
NOPE! This was SO flavourful and I loved the crusty-ish bread. The fig was sweet and paired perfectly with the tender duck. I also had a cup of mushroom soup, which I totally want to try making. It was completely smooth and so mushroomy. I loved it! Another hour and a half home… I was whipped!
At the end of Family Weekend, my family took me to L’Academie, a beautiful Italian restaurant in the Sherbrooke area of Montreal. I had a lasagna with rose sauce and a nibble of my Mom’s seafood potato broil. The lasagna on the menu intrigued me – it had a layer of hard-boiled eggs! The waitress claimed it was super delish and that I wouldn’t taste the egginess. She was right! I think the eggs made it even more delicious. I loved the cheesiness and the slightly sweet tomato sauce.
Also had “pate chinois”, a traditional Quebecois dish like Shephard’s Pie. We ate this dinner with my sister and my twin student’s friend. We spent the afternoon in the pool/hot tub and then came back to have this supper + watch Youtube videos. This was made with a layer of ground beef, corn, onions, and then topped with mashed potatoes + paprika and baked. Topped with ketchup and eaten with a veggie salad. My parents put SO much effort into making/buying what I wanted to eat. ❤
The last photo is pecan pie with vanilla ice cream. I stole nibbles of this all night. It was basically a sugar pie topped with toasted pecans. After popping it into the microwave, this pie was so warm and incredible with vanilla ice cream. One of my new favourite desserts!
Nice dinner with my friends and the coordinator at Madison’s Grill. We ate there with some mentally handicapped people and it was pretty fun. Didn’t actually feel like volunteering because we sat at different tables – weird! I had salmon with garlic mashed potatoes and pineapple salsa. The dipping sauce was good and I had it with everything!
Dad made French toast for us all! Topped with maple syrup, banana slices, and berries.
One day after work, I ate alone at Crabhouse Serafim, an organic place in Old-Montreal. You could choose 3 courses and I had the seafood chowder, some bread with olive oil and balsamic vinegar (unpictured), a tagine with zucchini “pie”, covered with cheese, and a coconut chocolate date cake. It all sounds delicious but it was only okay… pretty diasppointing! 😦
But THIS was good! A passionfruit tart from Maison Christian Faure in Old-Montreal. It’s a beautifully modern pastry school and I had this fruity, creamy tart with a big hot chocolate. I was so full after eating at Olive and Gourmando though (see above) that I could hardly finish! … but of course I did.
The Brulerie du Vieux St-Eustache was one of my favourite places. As you might have already seen in my other Quebec posts, I had lots of sweets… and most of the goodies were from this bakery near the bus transfer place. Needless to say, I’ve sampled all of their muffins!
And… onto the train we go! Breakfast, for FIVE DAYS, was a toasted English muffin (I added peanut butter), scrambled eggs with ketchup, bacon (gave to friends) and hashbrowns. I usually had orange juice or water.
Lunch was usually a salad with hard boiled eggs or cheese and garlic bread. Mashed potatoes on the side – not very yummy. But we also got a white chocolate cheesecake with a brownie crust and raspberry syrup! This was delicious.
Dessert and dinner: vegetarian chili with beans and mashed potatoes, strawberry shortcake. 🙂
Quebec was, without a doubt, one of the BEST TRIPS EVER. I’d love to know about your vacations – what was YOUR favourite trip? What did you eat there?
That’s it for today! Thanks for reading and stay tuned for the next post. 🙂