Unchronological Order

Good morning, everyone! I hope you are all having the loveliest of mornings. This was a meal of garlicky cheddar broiled pita, scrambled tofu with peas, and sautéed zucchini with mushrooms and peppers. Eaten about a month ago, and I’m just posting this now because I’m terribly disorganized.

These treats are from Vincenzo’s (specialty European grocery store in Waterloo), and I can’t wait for my family to try them. I also bought these and took these pics back in May (whaaaat?) and I’m not sure why I’m just sharing them now.

  • caramel milk chocolate
  • Scottish all-butter shortbread
  • white chocolate cranberry shortbread
  • tiramisu cream milk chocolate
  • 99% dark chocolate for my very health-conscious grandfather
  • French pure butter cookies
  • 3 bags of Italian black truffle chips

During a FaceTime session between my mom and I, she decided it would be a good idea to DRAW a picture of me – this is what I got. :O

Another day, my friends and I went to Menchies for frozen yogurt to celebrate after our Physiology final exam.

My Menchies cup was loaded with:

  • taro frozen yogurt
  • Nutella frozen yogurt
  • Oreo frozen yogurt
  • chocolate frozen yogurt
  • cinnamon toast crunch cereal <– my favourite cereal as a kid, next to Corn Puffs and Reese’s. Multigrain Cheerios and Lucky Charms (only the charms, though, let’s be real) were so good, too. Man, I could write a whole post about different cereals. What was your favourite?
  • peanut butter crackle
  • chocolate crackle
  • cheesecake chunks
  • brownie chunks
  • Nanaimo bar
  • yogurt-covered pretzel
  • peanut butter sauce
  • peanut butter cookie dough <– I need more of this in my life
  • Oreo pieces

And 12 hours before the Menchies, we were studying on campus. I am going to miss Athena and Jasmine so much. 😦

Recently, I’ve been living off of Minimalist Baker recipes. I adapted her chocolate breakfast quinoa bowl and have been loving this breakfast with a banana + lots of peanut butter in the morning. It’s so easy to make, and is wonderful meal prep for the days that you feel like having a variation from oatmeal.

I made two batches over the last 1.5 weeks, and will buy another can of coconut milk later today so I can make another 4 servings!

Rich Chocolate Breakfast Quinoa

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup uncooked white quinoa
  • 1 can of coconut milk + enough water to make 2 cups total
  • sea salt
  • 3 heaping tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • ½ tsp pure vanilla extract

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Rinse quinoa well. Drain.
  2. Heat saucepan over medium heat. Add rinsed, drained quinoa. Toast for 3 minutes while stirring rapidly to dry up water.
  3. Add coconut milk and water mixture, a pinch of salt, and stir. Boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low. Cook for 20-25 minutes, uncovered. Stir occasionally. If it stops simmering, increase heat to medium-low. It should be slightly simmering.
  4. When the liquid is absorbed and quinoa is tender, remove from heat and add cocoa powder, maple syrup, and vanilla. Stir to combine.
  5. Adjust flavours if needed, adding more water if you prefer a thinner texture.
  6. Eat! Don’t forget to top with chocolate, berries, more milk, or sliced banana. Nut butter is a must for me.
  7. Leftovers keep in the fridge, covered, for 2-3 days.

This morning, I realized that my milk was due to expire soon so I quickly whipped up a giant mug of hot chocolate. This mug was warm, sweet, but not too sweet, comforting, and absolutely delicious despite the hot and sunny weather. I enjoyed it with a chocolate almond croissant that I froze a few months ago. Thank you, past Cindy.

Easiest Hot Chocolate

INGREDIENTS

    • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 1 tbsp honey
    • Pinch of salt
    • 1 cup milk
    • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

PREPARATION

    • Whisk together the cocoa, maple, salt, and about 2 tablespoons milk in a small saucepan over medium-low heat until cocoa and honey are dissolved. Whisk in the rest of the milk and heat it over medium heat, whisking occasionally, until it is hot. Stir in the vanilla and serve.
    • If you like it frothy, blend it in the blender or use a milk frother.

Cocoa powder, guys. Apparently every recipe I made this week involves that good stuff. Since I didn’t have any coconut oil, I resorted to this recipe which is entirely free of added fats. The verdict? Not my favourite. I thought it had an odd bread-y texture, which was off-putting for brownies. I wouldn’t make this again. 😦

Fat-Free Vegan Brownies

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup flour (I used spelt)
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp flax meal plus 6 tbsp water, whisked together

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350. Sift all the dry ingredients, including the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt, into a bowl and set aside.
  2. In another bowl mix together the maple syrup, water, flaxmeal mixture, and vanilla extract. Whisk until well mixed.
  3. Add the flour-cocoa mixture to this in 3 batches, mixing after each addition using a ladle or spatula. The batter will be thick.
  4. Prepare an 8 X 8-inch baking pan by lining it with parchment. Leave an overhang on each side of the pan so you can easily lift the brownies. Pour the batter in and spread evenly.
  5. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  6. Cool thoroughly. Lift out the brownies using the foil overhang as handles, and cut into squares. Enjoy!

And that’s it for today! I hope y’all have the best rest of the week, and I cannot wait to share some exciting stuff with you. Seriously exciting.

Stay on your toes!

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Baking for the Smell of It: Brownie Recipe!

Brownies! Yesterday was my last day of classes. With final exams on the horizon, what better way to spend my morning than go grocery shopping and baking? Baking is definitely the best way to procrastinate.

Is there anyone on the planet who doesn’t like brownies?

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Sweet, fudgy, chocolatey, rich, with a perfect crackled top, these brownies are definitely some of the best I’ve ever had.

Even better? They are incredibly easy to make and only require one bowl and less than 15 minutes of prep time. You probably have all the ingredients in your pantry already.

If you like cakey brownies, add an extra egg. For even fudgier brownies, bake for 25 minutes instead of 30. You could even add crushed candy canes on top for a festive holiday treat!

Super Easy Brownies
Serves: 16
Ingredients
  • 150 mL melted coconut oil, butter, OR a combination – COOLED
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1.5 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1.25 cups white sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • sprinkle cinnamon (optional)
  • 2/3 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325. Grease a nonstick 8×8 baking pan.
  2. Melt butter or coconut oil. Allow to cool.
  3. Add eggs when cool. Whisk. Add vanilla, sugar, cocoa powder, salt, baking powder, and cinnamon. Whisk very well.
  4. Stir in the flour. When there are some streaks of flour left, add chocolate chips. Stir until there are no more streaks of flour.
  5. Pour batter into the pan. Spread batter, then swirl with knife if desired.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes, or until a knife comes out almost clean.
  7. Cool in the pan for 1-2 hours, until completely cool.
  8. Transfer brownies to a cutting board.
  9. Use a very sharp chef’s knife to cut the brownies into 16 squares, using quick, strong motions to prevent the top from crackling and breaking.
  10. Enjoy!

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I’m sure you will love these. 🙂

Let me know if you give this recipe (or any of my other recipes!) a try! I’d love to hear about how they turned out.

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Happy Tuesday, and good luck to fellow students who have upcoming final exams!

A [literal] Hole in the Wall, then Fish & Chips

Good Friday morning, everyone! Hope you’re all having a great week. Although I’m back in the Lower Mainland (AKA home, and off the islands now), I’ve been having a pretty good time scrolling through pages and pages of photos, trying to select the best ones for the blog.

This is one of them! On our way from Parksville to Ucluelet, we drove past Port Alberni and visited the famous Cathedral Grove. It is part of the MacMillan Provincial Park, and is known for having some of the largest and oldest trees in the country. Some of the trees were up to 800 years old.

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Seline and I climbed a lot of the trees – sounds cool, but we only dared to step on the sturdy, low, and large trunks!

After that, we drove down to the Coombs Country Candy Shop, a place that makes their own caramel corn, their own hand-churned ice cream, fresh gelato, and all kinds of candy. I wanted a big piece of tiger butter (white chocolate peanut butter chocolate), but ended up ordering two scoops of ice cream: one English toffee and one peanut butter chocolate. It hit the spot on this hot, hot day.

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Next, we crossed the street (actually, highway) to a secret location called Hole in the Wall. It was, quite literally, a hole in the wall with a lovely waterfall gushing out.

Seline and I loved exploring this private little area! There was no one else in this rocky grotto.

Lunch was our next stop! Bare Bones Fish & Chips was a busy restaurant that served fresh seafood, salads, and fries. My mom and I shared grilled halibut with Caesar salad, while my dad and sister devoured calamari and fried cod. Dad loved his chicken strips! I loved the dips – there was wasabi aioli, sweet Thai chili, tangy seafood, lemon-dill, and traditional tartar.

Mom and I took a walk to the Victoria Quay. She looks SO cute here! Big thanks to my mom for taking about 390,435 (probably more) photos of my sister and I.

We waved at ships and admired the clear blue water. Hey, how do you pronounce the word ‘quay’?

Next stop – the Naesgaard Farmer’s Market! This place was a foodie’s dream. I walked past rows and rows of baby kale and arugula (planted!) and saw dozens of different squash. My mom and I ended up picking up a delicata squash, which is one of my favourites. I’ve only ever seen it in Waterloo!

Unfortunately, we didn’t take many photos at our next destination, the MacLean Sawmill from the 1920s. It was quite mesmerizing to see refrigerators, cars, beds, briefcases, and kitchenware from nearly a century ago. The best part was playing with this typewriter and old dial phone. Typewriters are heavy!

PS: did you know that T-Y-P-E-W-R-I-T-E-R is the longest word in English that you can type using only one line of the keyboard?

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Another long drive was endured before we arrived in Ucluelet, ready for some barbecue! At Hank’s Untraditional BBQ, my mom and I demolished a bowl of beans, cornbread, cabbage stew, potatoes, and tender BBQ pulled pork. Seline liked her pulled pork mac and cheese, too.

Then it was time to unpack, play cards, and sleep. 🙂 Family vacations are the best – especially when you go with a close family friend family. Did that make sense?

Stay tuned for a couple more days of vacationing in the Sunshine Coast!

Scholar’s Dinner Banquet

Good morning everyone! I have a couple of meals to share with you guys today. These are actually pretty old photos that were taken in early June! This was a dinner I enjoyed – leftover quinoa mixed with coconut curry sauce, chickpeas, spinach, and chicken breast. This was served on steamed broccoli.

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This Mexican-inspired lunch also involved quinoa – as well as sautéed corn and scallions, canned black beans, half an avocado, freshly-grated white cheddar, and a big scoop of salsa. These are all my favourite Mexican toppings. What a filling and delicious lunch. I love how there’s an emphasis on lean protein and healthy fats here.

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Breakfast one morning was pumpkin oatmeal topped with berries and sliced figs, as well as hemp hearts. According to Seline, this looked “like some biological cell”. She thought it looked bizarre with the rows of fruit! Well, I guess beauty is in the eye of the beholder – and I happen to think oatmeal is super pretty. 😉 Do you like figs?

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We had dinner one night at the school. Our chef and his team of culinary students cooked up a yummy dinner. The counsellors, administrators, and leadership student volunteers helped to set up many large tables for families and gold scholars.

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Everyone was dressed up in suits and dresses. This was our first graduation-related event, and it was so exciting!

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Dinner was buffet-style. I scooped up some salad with ranch, potato salad (spicy with paprika), rice and shrimp in a jambalaya-style dish, a lemon-herb chicken drumstick, and some of the best parmesan penne pasta with vegetables.

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My favourite bites here were definitely the spiced rice with shrimp and the pasta with zucchini and broccoli in cream sauce.

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There was also dessert – my sister and I LOVED the crumbly graham chocolate square, and I also enjoyed the mixed chocolate brownie. It tasted like a truffle bar. Both desserts were incredible! I wish I could find the recipe for the graham chocolate.

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Breakfast the next morning was pancakes. I tried a new recipe, using homemade buttermilk (almond milk + lemon juice). This banana-less recipe didn’t get thick and fluffy, but had great flavor from the acidic lemon. I’ll need to make this recipe a couple of times to make it 100% the way I like it – then I’ll update it onto my Recipe page. 🙂

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Topped with fruit, hemp hearts, and maple syrup, pancakes are always my weekend go-to breakfast.

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Oatmeal comes as a close second when it comes to my favourite brekkie. This shell bowl was topped with chopped cherries, toasted coconut chips, and crumbled chocolate espresso muffin. I love cherry oatmeal, especially when it’s made with fragrant vanilla almond milk.

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A similar but different bowl – adorned with halved cherries, coconut chips, and a scattering of hemp hearts. 🙂 Such a filling and energizing breakfast. You can make it even more satiating with a scoop of almond butter. Have you tried cherry oatmeal?

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That’s it for today! We just spent two nights in Madeira Park, near Sechelt. It’s 7:04 AM and I’m typing this on our little patio, with five, yes, FIVE muffins in front of me! I can’t wait to show you guys all the things I’ve been eating and doing here on she Sunshine Coast. I have some awesome photos to share with you guys in a couple weeks – stay tuned 🙂

Nuts for Coconut {Customizable Pancakes for One}

I have a problem. I love coconuts too much! Toasted coconut chips, to be exact. These came in HUGE bags from Costco (for cheap, which is why we bought them 😉 ) and are incredible. Subtly sweet, super crispy, and with a lovely coconut flavour. I am eating these every single day now! Here, I used them as a delicious oatmeal topping. The base of the oatmeal is made with mashed banana, and I also added hemp hearts, pitted cherries, and some chocolate-espresso muffin that Mimi brought from Whole Foods.

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This awesome bowl also featured a banana in the base, and was topped with homemade spelt-blueberry muffin, fresh blueberries, coconut chips, and hemp hearts. Do you like this shell bowl? 😀

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Pear pancakes were devoured another day – with spelt flour, cinnamon, and half a grated pear, these pancakes had awesome flavour and a hint of vanilla.

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Pear pancakes are so IN right now – I think they’ve temporarily won my heart over banana pancakes. I just love them! This was topped with hemp hearts, maple syrup (didn’t actually need syrup, to be honest) and coconut chips.

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These super yummy pancakes were made with mashed banana and cocoa powder. They look so perfect! I topped it with coconut chips, fresh raspberries, and coconut chips.

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The mashed banana imparted such a sweet, fruity flavour that maple syrup was completely unnecessary! These pancakes were super soft. Aren’t fresh raspberries the best? They are definitely my favourite summer berry. Here’s the recipe for these incredible pancakes.


Everyday Pancakes for One

Makes 3 or 4 pancakes

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 mashed banana // 1/2 grated pear or apple // big scoop yogurt or pumpkin puree
  • Splash of almond milk (about 1-2 tablespoons)
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • OPTIONAL: 1 tsp flax // 1 tsp chia seeds // 1 tsp hemp hearts
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon (can increase to 1/2 tsp if you’re a cinnamon lover like me!)
  • OPTIONAL: sprinkle of nutmeg
  • 3 tablespoons spelt flour (can increase to 4 tbsp, which is 1/4 cup if batter is too runny)
  • OPTIONAL: 1 tbsp cocoa powder for chocolate pancakes (decrease to 2 tbsp spelt flour)
  • OPTIONAL: berries, chocolate chips, raisins, shredded coconut to mix in
  • Coconut oil for cooking
  • Pancake toppings!
DIRECTIONS
  1. Mash banana, grate pear/apple, or plop yogurt/pumpkin into a bowl.
  2. Whisk in an egg.
  3. Add almond milk and all of the ingredients up to spelt flour.
  4. Add spelt flour and stir carefully just to combine. Be careful not to overmix! Fold in desired mix-ins.
  5. Heat a nonstick skillet to medium-high. Add a smidgen of coconut oil.
  6. Cook the pancakes for a couple minutes over medium heat. When bubbles appear, and the base is golden brown, flip and cook for another minute or so.
  7. Remove from skillet and serve with maple syrup and whatever toppings you like! 🙂

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And cherries are my favourite fruit by far! I could eat cherries every day. These cherries were from the farmer’s market and are so sweet and juicy.

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This base also had a spoonful of cocoa powder stirred in. It tasted like a black forest cake with the chocolate and cherries. Loved it!

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This bowl was also very chocolatey. I surrounded a big pile of coconut chips with fresh raspberries and hemp hearts.

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More pancakes! I used the cocoa powder addition that I mentioned in the recipe above. This batch had chocolate chips and chopped cherries stirred inside to make a ‘black forest’-themed batch of pancakes.

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I can’t say it enough – these pancakes are so incredibly tender and moist (I know, it’s not a very “pretty” food word!) and have great texture, thanks to the spelt flour. With chocolate chips, toasted coconut, and sweet fresh berries, this plate didn’t need a drop of syrup.

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Yes, you guessed it – more pancakes! This batch of pear pancakes was topped with the last of our raspberries and some more coconut chips. I really, really hope you give my pancake recipe a try – it’s definitely my best yet and I’ve had it at least ten times since discovering it! 🙂 You can find some of my other pancake recipes here. I really encourage you to give this one a try, though!

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Like I promised in a previous post, I have super exciting news to share with you guys! TWO bits of exciting news, actually.


1. My family is travelling to the Sunshine Coast next week! We are leaving on Sunday for the Powell River, and several other tourist destinations, like Earl’s Cove. Here’s a brief summary of what we have planned. We booked it with BC Ferries, by the way 🙂

2 nights: Painted Boat Resort Spa and Marina (Madeira Park)

  • Restaurant dinner 5-9
  • Spa Wed. to Sun. from 10-6

1 night: Beach Gardens Resort and Marina (Powell River)

2 nights: Beach Club Resort (Parksville)
*includes two free lunches at Pacific Prime Steak and Chop Restaurant
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These are the beautiful hotels that we’ll be staying at – the Beach Club Resort and the Painted Boat Resort, respectively. 🙂
Horseshoe Bay —> Lansdale
Earls Cove —> Saltery Bay (Jervis Inlet)
Powell River // Westview —> Comox // Little River
Nanaimo // Departure Bay —> Horseshoe Bay

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I’m so excited about this trip! I’ve already made a page dedicated to our seven days in Coastal BC. You can follow my adventures on my blog (I’ll be blogging afterwards) and reading the special page. Especially after checking out all the menus. I don’t think it’s possible to get fresher seafood anywhere in the world! Here are some of the other restaurants in the Sunshine Coast that I’m dying to visit:

  • King Ludwig’s German Restaurant
  • Daisy’s Place
  • Harry’s on Buderim
  • Little Hut Curry
  • Royal Zayka
  • Laughing Oyster
  • Chasters Restaurant
  • Costa del Sol Latin
  • Coastal Cookery
  • Smoke on the Water BBQ Shack
  • Blue Heron Inn
  • Edie Rae’s Cafe
  • Ty’s Fine Foods and Bistro
  • Alchemist
  • SweetWater Bistro (DESSERT)
  • River City Coffee (DESSERT)
  • The Green Rosette Bakery
  • Nancy’s Bakery
  • Laverne’s Grill (ice cream)
  • Nagomi’s Sushi Bar
  • Absolutely Thai
  • The Old Boot Eatery
  • Sita’s Spag Shack
  • Leo’s Tapas and Greek Cuisine
  • Beach Bouy Waterfront Restaurant
  • Gumboot Caf

The second bit of news is even better! I’m actually smiling as I write this right now:

My sister and I will be living in Paris, France, for 3.5 weeks in August!

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You might know my sister, who is fifteen years old (two years younger than me!). She travelled to Ottawa, Ontario a couple months ago, and I did a couple blog posts about her adventures in Canada’s capital. You can read the “Ottawa Girl Eats” post here!

Here are some of the details:

  • I’ve been babysitting and reading to the three children of a very kind family friend for about three years now. Her sister, the sweet Aunt Maggie, is married to a man who lives in Paris. They live five minutes from Disneyland, Paris, and invited me to live with her during the summer while caring for her 3.5 year old son, Alexandre.
  • I will take care of little Alexandre for 1.5 hours in the morning and 1.5 hours in the evening. Meanwhile, Seline will help with housework.
  • We will have the middle of every day to ourselves – I want to fully immerse myself in the incredible French culture and visit museums, famous streets, historical monuments, and of course, eat French specialties!
  • Fortunately, I know a bit of French from the six weeks I spent in Quebec last summer. 🙂
  • When we get back, I will have less than 48 hours to rewind at home before my mom and I fly off to Waterloo, Ontario for university!

Escargots in a Paris restaurant ???????

A couple days ago, I composed a list of must-see places in Paris!

  • Disneyland Paris
  • Versailles Castle (Chateau de Versailles) and gardens, shopping
  • Eiffel Tower // Trocadero Square
  • Arc de Triomphe
  • Champs Elysees (shopping)
  • Musee du Louvre
  • Quartier des Halles: Pompidou Centre, City Hall
  • Musee d’Orsay
  • Musee National d’Art Moderne
  • St. Martin Canal
  • Notre-Dame Cathedral
  • Sainte-Chapelle
  • St. Michel district (Sorbonne and Luxembourg gardens)
  • Montmartre district
  • Sacre-Couer Basilica on Montmartre
  • Tuileries Garden
  • Concorde Square
  • Rivoli Street (famous for shopping and fashion)
  • Cruise on the Seine (bateaux mouches)
  • Marais district (Bastille Opera, Vosges Square, Victor Hugo House)
  • Les Catacombes
  • Pantheon
  • FARMERS MARKETS!

MUST-VISIT BISTROS

  1. Le Bistrot Paul Bert
  2. Frenchie
  3. Chez Georges
  4. Josephine Chez Dumonet
  5. Le Regalade
  6. Le Pantruche – Bistrot Gourmand
  7. Le Comptoir du Relais
    • Chez Michel
    • Chez l’Ami Jean
    • A La Biche au Bois
    • Le Baratin
    • Breizh Cafe
    • La Point du Groin
    • Allard
    • Quincy
MUST-VISIT CROISSANTS
  1. Du Pain et des Idees
  2. Pierre Herme
  3. Ble Sucree
  4. Le Grenier a Pain
  5. La Patisserie Cyril Lignac
    • Maison Kayser
    • Sebastien Gaudard Patisserie des Martyrs (almond croissant)
    • Gerard Mulot (almond)
    • Poilane
    • Bread and Roses
    • Landemaine
    • Au Levain du Marais (almond croissant)

Italicized cafes and restaurants are maybes – the first 5 to 7 are must-see places!


I don’t think I’ve ever been more excited – or scared (first time in another country without parents!) – in my life! Will definitely keep you all posted on everything. I’ve even made a page for my adventures in France – you can check it out here. 🙂
Thanks for reading this super long post… have a delicious week!

☼ Brunch at the Sandbar ☼

Oh wow – we haven’t had lunch at a restaurant for a while! I think the last time we ate out as a big family was Cactus Club last month.

We’ve been to the Sandbar before, and it’s my favourite restaurant ever. It’s the best place for brunch, lunch, dinner, or anything really. 🙂 The Sandbar is on Granville Island, and the view from the place is amazing.

We started with some freshly-baked baguette and butter.

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Unfortunately I wasn’t able to have this because of my teeth (braces!), but the smell was delish enough. And I got to save my appetite for our amazing appetizers…

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Like these incredible truffle fries (topped with parmesan and truffle oil), with a heavenly garlic aioli. I think I had 30 of these?! :mrgreen: And some pan-fried oysters with spicy sauce. Loved these too! They tasted really fresh.

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A four-cheese and caramelized onion flatbread – the daily special. Yum… I had two big slices and the cheese was just AMAZING paired the the subtly smoky, sweet onion.

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These fries! I would eat them every day meal. We all loved it so much that we ordered seconds of this app!

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You can see Grandpa snapping a photo in the background. 🙂 On the right was what I started with – but of course I had seconds and thirds of just the appetizers!

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Here was my meal: the Greek salad with crispy chickpeas and grilled salmon. I love how I got a block of feta cheese rather than little crumbles. The crispy chickpeas were delicious and the salmon was perfectly cooked. The salad was awesome but not my favourite thing at the Sandbar (would prefer the apps and Mom’s entree – you’ll see in a second). It looks small in the picture but it was WAY more than enough for me!

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Seline ordered fish and chips with coleslaw and some dips. She loved her meal! Dad ordered the crispy fish burger.

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This was Mom’s seafood eggs benedict. She shared one with me, and I thought it was 100% perfect. The English muffin was replaced with a buttery biscuit, and the smoked salmon was really fresh and flavourful. Loved the baby shrimp, too! The eggs were runny (love wet yolks!) and the Hollandaise sauce was so, so good. Mom replaced the potatoes with a side salad with pumpkin seeds!

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Grandpa’s Caesar salad with crispy capers and grilled salmon:

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And my seafood eggs benedict with super runny yolk. TBH I always order benedicts for Mom when we go out to eat – because she can never finish two and I can “help her” finish them. 😉 But Mom doesn’t mind – she loves poached eggs on soft bread as much as I do, especially if they’re as good as the ones from the Sandbar.

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I ♥ed this meal – it was perfecto and I left super full. I don’t think I even needed an afternoon snack! Go Sandbar!