Wild Rice Restaurant Review + An Uninvited Guest?!

Good morning everyone! How are you all doing? I just enjoyed a bowl of oatmeal (updated my oatmeal page, by the way!) topped with cherries, caramelized banana, hemp hearts, cashews and an incredible sour cherry buckwheat scone from Purebread Bakery in Vancouver. In less than half an hour, I’ll be doing a Circuit class, followed by 45 minutes of indoor cycling, AKA spin class, and then an hour or so of hatha yoga. In the afternoon, I have a driving lesson and will be making summer rolls for dinner! So excited. :mrgreen:

Anyways, my sister and I had lunch together – just the two of us, after an hour of aerial silks – at Wild Rice Restaurant in New West. It’s by the River Market in the Quay, near the river. We had quite the view!

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The restaurant itself is:

  • modern and clean
  • decorated with balloons, lights, and paintings
  • sunny with plenty of windows
  • has plenty of seating, including a spacious patio
  • COOKING: fresh, local, organic (no heat lamps, no hormones, no microwaves)
  • Gluten-free, vegan options on regular menu

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We chose to sit indoors because it was a bit windy. After much deliberation (coconut shrimp? Vegan butter “chicken” with tofu?), I decided I was in the mood for something light and fresh, and ordered their house salad.

House Salad with chicken: mixed greens, slow roasted cherry tomatoes, cucumber, radish and candied pecans, mirin soy vinaigrette

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This salad was pretty yummy! There was a massive pile of greens, which I am 99% sure came from Costco, and every leaf was coated in a slightly sour, salty dressing made with soy sauce and ginger. There was a pile of cherry tomato compote, sliced radishes, and candied pecans scattered on top. I found the pecans absolutely delicious with the greens and dressing, but unfortunately, I had only five pieces or so on my salad. 😦 The chicken, which was hormone-free, was sautéed perfectly with a nice, seared crust on the outside. I like how Wild Rice uses both chicken breast and chicken thigh pieces to top salads.

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Seline had chicken tenders with fries. She loved the slightly-spicy aioli dip. We enjoyed a couple pieces of flatbread as well. Seline said they were like “Americanized green onion pancakes from Taiwan”. I liked the garlicky oil on top, and the bread was so tender! I dipped some in her aioli. 🙂 Yum!

Panko Chicken Tenders & Fries: hand filleted boneless breast, smoked paprika, parsley
Flatbread: grilled, brushed with garlic oil

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Our meal was humungous! I barely finished my salad (there was a HEAP of greens here!) and really enjoyed the chicken and pecans. Still, we had room for dessert!

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Chocolate Cake: cocoa sauce and vanilla ice cream
Oh my goodness. This dessert was like heaven on a plate. It was like a big square of black bean brownie (though a tad sweeter and more cake-like) topped with cold ice cream. There was also a chocolate sauce on top, and a raspberry coulis. This was similar to the molten chocolate lava cake from Cactus Club, but to be honest, I much prefer this one! You get sweetness and rich flavour from the cake, cut by the sour raspberry puree. The cake was warm, and with the cool ice cream, was just divine.

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Seline and I devoured this in less than a minute, and we fought over who got the last bite. 🙂

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Chocolate Cake: cocoa sauce and vanilla ice cream
Sticky Toffee Pudding: served traditionally with butterscotch sauce and vanilla ice cream
The following week, we came with our parents! Seline and I raved about Wild Rice for the longest time, and finally convinced Mom and Dad to come eat with us at this lovely, delicious, yet underrated restaurant. This time, I DEVOURED the coconut shrimp (truly the best coconut shrimp dish I’ve ever had – including curry!), which came with rice. Unfortunately, I didn’t bring my camera so I can’t show you the plate of HEAVEN that I ate.
Anyways! For dessert, we HAD to order the chocolate cake again! This time, I also wanted to try the sticky toffee pudding. Unlike Earls, this toffee pudding was chocolate-less. Instead, there was a wonderful butterscotch sauce (like the one I had on the galette at Coastal Cookery in the Sunshine Coast). The cake itself was soft, moist, and sweetened with tender chopped dates. Date desserts are one of my favourite sweets, and I really enjoyed this warm cake with the chilled vanilla ice cream. The perfect end to a yummy lunch!

After a trip to Costco a couple weeks ago, I enjoyed a rotisserie chicken drumstick with a spinach, apricot, and blackberry salad with crispy chickpeas and poppyseed dressing. This lunch was just okay – not my favourite.

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Roasted vegetables with Israeli couscous. Not my favourite grain – quinoa still holds the crown for that category.

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Quinoa stir-fry with leftover roasted vegetables, topped with feta cheese and crispy chickpeas

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Roasted potato wedges // chicken and onion stir-fry with asparagus // roasted vegetables

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My plate, with a little chicken, veggies, and ginger-turmeric rice

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Mixed green salad with strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, roasted pecans, feta cheese, and poppyseed dressing

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EW! Guess what I found in my spinach? This little guy was quite the uninvited guest. But I guess he wanted some yummy salad, too?

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Oh yeah! There was some quinoa in here, too. I love Brianna’s salad dressing (this one was from Whole Foods).

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The bites with a little berry, a little feta, and a big candied pecan were the best. 🙂

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Do you like salad? Normally, I’m not the biggest salad person because I prefer veggies to be warm and tender, preferably with some sauce or flavouring. Salads, which are cold and, well, raw, aren’t typically part of my weekly meal rotation. Yummy meal salads, like this one or this one, however, are so much fun to eat at restaurants because you get to try new ingredients. 🙂

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That’s it for now! Have a great day, guys. Stay tuned for my next Coast Post – it’s going to feature THE most delicious cheesecake I’ve ever eaten. 😉

Tuesday Coast Post: Muffins Galore and Mushroom Ice Cream

I’m writing this as I eat peanut butter blondies – just had my SIXTH one of the day! Yes, they are THAT good. And now I’m feeling a little guilty, as they are quite rich in calories… at least I did a spin class today? I can just never control myself around healthy, homemade baked goods, especially if they contain my two favourite ingredients: peanut butter and chocolate. Darn!

So here’s my second post in my Sunshine Coast vacation series – you can read the first post (Monday) here. Moving on! On Tuesday morning, I woke up at about 7:30. After cleaning, washing, and changing, I quickly published my prom blog post. Then, at around 8:10, Dad drove me into Sechelt to buy muffins from the famous The Bakery, a coffee shop and bakery known for their incredible muffins and scones.

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On the way, we passed a health food store, Bayview Szechuan Restaurant, and the Golden City Chinese Restaurant. Here’s the Bakery! It was a half hour drive into Sechelt. We also went to the gas station and McDonalds to buy breakfast sandwiches for Dad and Seline. Can you believe they don’t like sweet baked goods in the morning?!

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Here is the Bakery! We didn’t get here until after 9:00. I was starting to get hungry!

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The bakery smelled so yummy, and I was just DYING to try everything – but Dad let me settle on five muffins. Yes, five! But in my defence, I shared with Mom and had some the next day. I was disappointed with the service – the woman at the counter, who was in her late teens or early twenties, was very impatient. Despite the fact that there was no one in line after me, she had such a bored and irritated expression and tone of voice. 😦 For such a sweet coffee shop, you’d expect kind and enthusiastic servers!

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Back to the muffins! We didn’t get home until 9:40, and by then, I was very hungry!

Clockwise from top: Lemon poppyseed muffin, raspberry mango oatmeal muffin, gluten-free apple cinnamon muffin, savoury scone with cheese and sun-dried tomatoes, blueberry scone

Smile, Mom! We dined outside, in our little table on the patio/balcony. I loved eating al fresco because of the lovely bird chirping, warm and gentle wind, and sunshine. We also had quite the view from the resort! I could see the entire marina and most of Madeira Park. It was incredible.

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The muffins were incredible, too! Mom really enjoyed both of the scones. Out of the five, the two scones were her top two favourites. In contrast, I didn’t like the scones as much as the muffins – I rated these as my two least favourite of the five. I wish the savoury scone had some bigger, cheesier chunks, and the blueberry scone had more blueberries. But both had crumbly, buttery textures that are ideal for scones.

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The lemon poppyseed muffin and the raspberry mango oatmeal muffin were my personal favourites – 1st and 2nd place in my book! While Mom enjoyed the lemon poppyseed muffin (she gave it 3rd place), the raspberry mango oatmeal muffin was her least favourite. She said it had too much “filler”, being the raspberries, mango, and oats, but that’s what I enjoyed about it. This muffin would be perfect on a bowl of creamy oatmeal. The lemon poppyseed muffin had great flavour and was much more buttery. It crumbled easily and had the yummiest muffin top!

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The gluten-free apple cinnamon muffin was very unique as well. It didn’t seem gluten-free, but once I knew, I could tell. I’m guessing it contained rice flour and some sort of gum to hold it together. Mom and I both found this muffin okay, but nothing special. I was hoping for some big, tender chunks of apple and a stronger cinnamon flavour. This muffin top was delicious, though, sprinkled with some sort of raw sugar that caramelized when baking.

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The results of our baked goods taste test?

MOM

  1. Blueberry scone
  2. Savoury scone
  3. Lemon Poppyseed muffin
  4. GF Apple Cinnamon muffin
  5. Raspberry Mango Oatmeal muffin

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ME

  1. Raspberry Mango Oatmeal muffin
  2. Lemon Poppyseed muffin
  3. GF Apple Cinnamon muffin
  4. Blueberry scone
  5. Savoury scone

The two muffins below were my favourites! I deem these even better than Whole Foods’ muffins. 🙂 They were even better than just as good as homemade muffins.

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After an hour of kayaking, getting soaked, and taking a quick shower, we headed back down to the marina for lunch. Our resort, the Painted Boat Resort, had it’s own restaurant downstairs.

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Again, we had a beautiful view of Pender Bay, and on the other side, Madeira Park. Being about 1:00, there were surprisingly few people at the Restaurant.

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To start, we had the crispy chicken wings. They were gluten-free and made with a rice flour and cornmeal crust, with a red pepper dip. Dad and Seline thought this appetizer was very unique, and I couldn’t agree more! Chef Steve Boudreau told us that it took him two months to create and perfect. I believe him! Even though I’m not a chicken wings girl, I’m sure they were scrumptious from the way my family raved about these guys.

The calamari, which was served with tzatziki sauce, had a light crust and minimal oil. Mom liked how fresh the seafood was.

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Funny story! I checked the Restaurant’s menu online the day before coming and was SO excited to order their flatbread with arugula, herb pesto, smoked ricotta, and mushrooms. However, it wasn’t on the menu the next day. I asked the waitress, and she invited the chef out onto the patio to speak with us! I told him about how I’d been looking forward to trying the flatbread, and he insisted on making a custom flatbread for us – with any toppings we desired! While they didn’t have smoked ricotta cheese, he made this wonderful flatbread for us – starring regular ricotta, sprouts, and sweet grilled corn. This was delicious – I especially loved the handmade crust.

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Flatbread with roasted wild mushrooms, roasted garlic, sliced beets, sprouts, roasted corn, ricotta cheese

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Mom and I ordered seafood dishes – pasta for her, salad for me. Both were very, very yummy and featured house-smoked salmon. I love how the salmon came in chunks, rather than slices. My salad was very fresh, and the creme fraiche went well with the smoky fish. Mom’s linguini was rich and creamy, contrasting the sharp flavour of the fresh seafood. Both were plated beautifully, and I thought the portions were just right. I devoured my salad and ate lots of Mom’s noodles. Yum!

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SEAFOOD LINGUINI
Local seafood in white wine & fennel cream sauce, fresh herbs & lemon

HOUSE-SMOKED BC SALMON
Roasted beets, frisee salad, crème fraiche, chives, toasted almonds

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Dad and Seline ordered the beef burger and the fish tacos, respectively. Seline thought her tacos were just okay. It was kind of out of character for her to order fish tacos (she’s more of a burger // fish and chips gal). Seline wouldn’t order the tacos again, but ate most of her entree. Dad’s burger was enormous! He asked for bacon to be added and had a hard time devouring this sandwich because it was so, so thick. Both Dad and Seline enjoyed the crispy fries, though they thought the fries were quite normal. Dad was stuffed after his burger. It really was huge!

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FISH TACO
Ocean Wise cod, herb vinaigrette, fennel & onion slaw, avocado

PENDER BEEF BURGER
Tomato, lettuce, red wine onions, served with salad or cut fries

Time for dessert! I really, really, really wanted to order one, or even both, of these. I found them in the online menu and had been looking forward to trying them for ages! Don’t they sound delicious? Brown butter pecan crumble on blueberry cheesecake? Vanilla + strawberries with nutty praline on sweet chocolate mousse? YES! Unfortunately, both of them were temporarily off the menu.

  • CHEESECAKE MASON JAR – Blueberry compote, brown butter pecan crumble
  • WHITE CHOCOLATE MOUSSE – Toasted almond praline, vanilla macerated strawberry

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Chef came out again after we finished our entrees, and recommended the chocolate terrine and mushroom ice cream. The chocolate terrine, he described, was like a mix between a fudge and a dense cake, with the texture and flavour of a brownie – all topped with fresh maple sugar from Quebec. That sounded good, but… mushroom ice cream? We were a little bit skeptical – until he confidently told us, “if you don’t like it, you won’t pay for it.” SOLD!

GLUTEN FREE CHOCOLATE TERRINE – Fresh berries, maple sugar

CANDY CAP MUSHROOM ICE CREAM – “A mushroom festival favourite”

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The verdict? The chocolate terrine was super yummy. Creamy, chocolatey, but not overly sweet. It reminded me of a flourless brownie, with a smoother texture and less “crusty”. It was similar to a rich, dense cake, but not mousse-like at all. The maple sugar went well with the cake, and I loved the sour contrast of the berries and compote. There were also little blobs of cream (I’m guessing it was Greek yogurt, as it was quite sour) that I liked dipping the bites of chocolate into.

As for the mushroom ice cream – WHOA. It was GOOD! I took the first bite, with my family goggling at me, trying to read my expression. The ice cream was so yummy! It had a unique flavour, though not mushroom-like at all. It reminded me somewhat of butterscotch, vanilla, and caramel, with notes of caramelized maple syrup. If you didn’t tell me that it was made of mushrooms, I would have never, EVER guessed. The ice cream, along with the terrine, berries, and cream, were devoured in seconds. What a delicious lunch and dessert!

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After hobbling back to our resort (we were STUFFED!), we rested and did some research. Though our appetites didn’t fully come back by dinnertime, we couldn’t resist sushi takeout!

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Sushi Bar 5517 in Sechelt has great reviews. People claim it is one of the best sushi restaurants in the Sunshine Coast.

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I called in the car right after leaving the resort, so they’d have half an hour to prepare everything by the time we arrived. I was shocked, when we got there, to find that they were STILL working on it! We waited for another ten minutes before finally paying and bringing our sushi back into the car. They made this so slowly and carefully! But in their defence, there were only two sushi chefs and quite a few customers.

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The restaurant itself was loud, a bit crowded (just a narrow space) and surprisingly warm. You’d expect a sushi place to be cool, maybe even breezy, but Sushi 5517 was almost humid! Yeah, it was about 35 degrees outside, but still. Dad said the fish might go bad because it was so warm inside. They did have some fans, though. Why not any air conditioning?

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Going from left to right in the photo above:

Cast Away Roll: avocado, cucumber, radish, carrot with spicy mayo inside, topped with real crab, popcorn shrimp, crunch, tobacco, sweet spicy mayo, BBQ sauce, House sauce

Mango Roll: prawn tempura, scallop, salmon, avocado, mango with soy sheet inside, topped with sweet spicy mayo, mango sauce

California Roll

Lobster Roll: lobster, tempura, avocado, cucumber, crab, with BBQ sauce

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The mango roll was my favourite, followed by the Cast Away roll and the lobster roll. I saved the California rolls for Seline. To be honest, the rolls were nothing special. I’d say they were definitely better than Sushi Garden, Nao Sushi remains my favourite sushi place (I haven’t been to many, obviously!), and I think this is partly because we had to wait half an hour before digging in. By then, the tempura wasn’t as crispy as it should’ve been, and everything became slightly room-temp/warm after sitting in the car. Aw man!

That’s it for today, everyone!


Totally irrelevant but today I totally overate. Mom and I made stuffed sole with dungeness crab and roasted garlic + white cheddar mashed potatoes, with a béchamel sauce on top. Served with quinoa and garlicky sautéed Chinese greens, I loved every bite of my dinner and went back for seconds, thirds, and then FOURTHS. After that, I had FOUR, yep, FOUR squares of chickpea blondies made with peanut butter and chocolate chips. I should’ve had one plate of dinner and then one or two blondies, but I couldn’t control myself. I am now super, super full. 😦 So much for intuitive eating tonight!

On another note, my sister and I will be selling homemade goodies at the farmer’s market next week. Here are some of the ideas we have!

  • labels
  • cards
  • coasters
  • baked goods
  • frames
  • quote cards
  • quilling
  • zipper pouch
  • envelopes
  • folders
  • bookmarks (flowers? quotes?)
  • mobile
  • organizer
  • plant placards
  • pincushion
  • oatmeal recipe cards
  • salad topping cards

I don’t really have much else to say, but I’m glad it’s Sunday night. I love Mondays and how they are a new start to the day.

A new start, a new beginning, a new perspective, and new opportunities – I love new weeks! 🙂

Quebec Part 5.0

Hey everyone!

How is everyone doing? I hope you’re all having a wonderful, wonderful week, because it’s the most wonderful time of the year! Just some more photos to show y’all, if you haven’t already checked out Part I, Part II, Part III, and oh yes, Part IV!

Anyways, here are some {hopefully} never-before-seen Quebec food photos from my trip last summer. Still missing the warm summer days and the lovely Quebec atmosphere…

Oatmeal with peanut butter, sliced banana, and maple syrup. On the right is my lunch – a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, mixed berries, raspberry yogurt, and Breton crackers. An interesting lunch for sure because we ate on the ground of a famous Cathedral during the YMCA Amazing Race. Our team was so fast that we made it to the third destination BEFORE the coordinators! We searched the whole cathedral, inside and out (including five sets of stairs), and by the time we emerged from the cathedral, completely exhausted, we realized that the coordinators were sitting by the gate – eating lunch! Every other group had passed us, and we ended up in last place… which explains why we gave up and ate our lunch on the cathedral ground.

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A pretty tasty poppyseed cheesecake that I bought at La Marche Jean-Talon – with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream. I bought this for my family to share, and we all thought it was pretty delicious!

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Another lunch – leftover chicken kebabs, a peanut butter and chocolate Larabar, and some Breton crackers. I brought this lunch on a day that the group went to McDonalds! Also a delicious cookie chunk maple gelato… mmm.

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Chicken chow mein with peppers. This mix was from Costco and made a fantastic quick dinner! Also a heavenly carre aux dattes with vanilla ice cream. My favourite Quebec food ever! The crumbly top, sweet, caramel centre and rich ice cream is the best dessert I’ve ever had. Turns out it makes an awesome oatmeal topping too!

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Breakfast: sliced plum, sliced prune, and some muffin-topped oatmeal with blueberries. Simple and delicious! Peanut butter toast with maple the next day… with some yogurt and berries (unpictured) probably!

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Loved this dinner of maple + caramelized onion tilapia with rice. Luckily I saved the other half of my fish to have for lunch the next day! Another lunch: stuffed pepper with rice. My other favourite!

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Chicken divan: steamed broccoli, shredded chicken, cheese, and delicious garlicky bread pieces on top.

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NOT my favourite dinner – this was the worst one actually – garlicky crab and artichoke salad with corn OFF the cob. We all knew this wasn’t the best – and ended up walking to Vanille et Cie for an awesome gelato dessert. I had chocolate hazelnut and white chocolate.

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Some more oatmeal, topped with yogurt and blueberries. Maple delights ice cream on the right. I sure loved that place!

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Last but not least… the best carrot cake I’ve ever eaten in my life. Moist, rich, sweet but not too sweet, speckled with raisins and walnuts, with a subtle carrot taste and plenty of spices. Loved the sweet and tangy cream cheese frosting too. I’ll never eat another carrot cake in my life!

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See all Quebec posts on this page. 🙂

Merry Christmas for now!

More Quebec Throwbacks!

Bonjour!

You’ve seen my other Quebec posts – but I haven’t even posted it all. Recently I’ve been looking back at these photos (can’t believe it was four months ago!) and I wanted to share some of these other ones that didn’t make the first cut. Here they are!

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A pita wrap stuffed with marinated cucumbers, sour cream, lettuce, cheese, tomatoes, sauteed mushrooms and onions, avocado, salsa, and shredded chicken. This was one of my favourite dinners and I want to have it again!

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Omelet made with 3 eggs, lots of little sauteed vegetables, microwaved steamed broccoli, and salsa. Such a filling dinner and I loved how flavourful it was! And… it got burned on the skillet but I scraped off the black parts – that’s why it looks so naked. 😛

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I really loved this whole wheat muffin that I enjoyed at Presse Cafe with the rest of my humongous breakfast. This was grainy, flax-y, and berry-ish in the best way. It was fresh out of the oven when I wanted to pay for the rest of my things so I HAD to buy this guy, too! Eaten with a sundried tomato wrap stuffed with ham, eggs, and cheese. Need to recreate this as well!

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This vegetable sandwich was also from Presse Cafe. I bought it to eat at work. It’s stuffed with roasted vegetables and goat cheese. I wrapped it in foil and heated it up at work. Yummy!

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I don’t think people know how much I love sweet things. Anything sweet = I’ll love it.

Here I had passionfruit tart at Maison Christian Faure along with a huge cup of hot cocoa. On the left is all of the other desserts that I bought at MCF – strawberry shortcake cake, a hazelnut profiterole, and a madeleine. I bought them all the same day and divided them up between my four family members. 🙂 I love having little tastes of all kinds of desserts.

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Fondue! You can see the whole spread here. This dinner was seriously so much fun to eat! Those pan-fried potatoes with creamy ketchup + mayo dip were seriously amazing.

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You saw earlier that I went to the Brulerie du Vieux-St-Eustache quite a bit. I enjoyed these incredible muffins – basically sweet pound cake – about four times a week! Chocolate and caramel pear here. Yummm. Did I mention they were the best muffins I’ve ever had?

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Yes, that’s MORE dessert! From the same bakery – carrot cake, apple puff pastry, and brownie chocolate cake with a glass of milk. Again, split four ways with my lovely family so we could all get a taste of each. 🙂

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On top of Mount Tremblant! Check out the scenery. It was like looking at a calendar! My parents and I enjoyed veggies with dip, cherries, and these super-stuffed egg salad sandwiches. What a memorable afternoon. 🙂

I guess that’s it for now. Chemistry test coming up (Solubility) on Tuesday, enzymes test for Biology on Thursday, and a Calculus test on related rates on Monday. I’m also organizing the school’s Clubs Carnival, so on Friday we’re getting either a sumo thingy or an inflatable wipe out thing. So much to do! Big week coming up. See you in my next post – another Quebec TBT!

Mes Repas Excellents = My Amazing Meals! ☺

Hi! I hope you’re having an amazing week. The weather’s been GREAT here recently; the sun’s up at 6:30, just in time for a morning run (which I’ve been doing for about a week because of the rainy spell we’ve had). I love sunny weather – it always puts me in a good mood. 🙂

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Doesn’t this look yummy? Since school’s out (BC teacher’s strike) until next year, I’ve got plenty of time to bake before my group leaves for Montreal in 16 days.*** I really want to try this recipe for blueberry coffee cake, especially because our fridge is overflowing with big, juicy blueberries from the farmer’s market. This recipe, from the Whole Foods website, looks exceptionally tasty. I’m also betting it would taste great crumbled over oatmeal, like my blueberry muffin oats!

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***Dear host family, if you’re reading this, HI! Or… bonjour! ♥ I can’t wait to meet you, and I am so excited to see your wonderful city. 🙂 We have only two weeks until the big switch! Je suis tres excitee, et j’espere que vous etes une bonne semaine.

I had this salad one day at school. Mixed greens topped with berries and some goat cheese. On the left are honey-roasted pecans + walnuts and some dried cranberries, plus a bit of poppyseed dressing. I’ve also got half of a lemon-poppyseed muffin top for dessert.

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Whipped banana oatmeal, just like Kath’s version on KERF. Oatmeal is hard to photograph because it doesn’t look very attractive unless you add lots of fruity toppings! Like Kath, I added chia seeds, a whole banana, raisins, regular milk, and a big blob of peanut butter. This bowl was SUPER sweet – I should have left out the raisins. I also added a drizzle of maple syrup, which probably wasn’t a good idea. 😛 Next time, I think I’ll stick to slicing the banana on top. That way, there is more to chew. The texture of this concoction was nice, though – sort of melt-in-your-mouth. This was a pretty tasty bowl of oats. If you prefer something sweet in the morning, this bowl is for you. 🙂

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Sorry for these terrible photos – I was too excited to dig in. :mrgreen: This salad featured mixed greens, blueberries and blackberries, goat cheese, toasted almonds, dried cranberries, and cubed avocado. All of it was tossed in creamy poppyseed dressing. I think my favourite part was the avocado – it’s a great addition to any salad! I really liked this quick and healthy lunch.

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More of my love: oatmeal. This delicious bowl (made with almond milk) was topped with strawberries, sliced banana, almond butter, and crumbled honey-almond pear muffin. Summer fruit on oatmeal is incredible. 😀

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This lunch featured leftovers from this day: chicken fried rice with green peppers, mushrooms, cauliflower, sweet corn, and something else that I can’t remember. Fried rice makes awesome leftovers, and I always bring it when there’s a microwave available. On this day, I volunteered all day as a block leader at Place des Arts, a local art school. They have a lovely kitchen with all sorts of appliances. I also snacked on strawberries and the last of my peanut butter pretzels from Trader Joe’s. Aww! 😥

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The next day, Mom and I made plans to go to Whole Foods (YAY!). Knowing I had to get ready for a big lunch like the past three times , I made myself a light breakfast of banana + crunchy Barney Butter (so good!). Here it is, sprinkled with cinnamon. 🙂

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Then we were at Whole Foods! It’s about a 40-minute skytrain ride from where we live. We have to take the bus for a short while, too. This time, we were there at about 12:30, and I was hungry! We filled a huge bowl with all kinds of goodies from the hot bar. Some highlights were the super-creamy macaroni and cheese, which was covered in buttery breadcrumbs (OMG) and the smoked mozzarella pasta salad. I’m always so happy to see the smoked mozza pasta, because it’s not usually there. Super yum! I also loved the tofu cacciatore and chicken chili verde.

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Hi Mom! 😀 She likes to take photos of her food, too – she posts them on her Weibo. Weibo is like Chinese Twitter, and Mom has quite a few followers. Go Mammaaa!

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We demolished this bowl! I saved a big chunk of the blueberry French toast to eat at the very end, and OMG, it was amazing. The best French toast I’ve ever had – it had an incredible vanilla taste. After all of that, we were SO. FULL. Usually, we have a sandwich after eating a bowl of hot bar food, but we just couldn’t. I didn’t even need dessert!

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We bought this sandwich at WF: my favourite, the turkey apple brie. This one, and the big chicken + arugula, are tied for the position of my favourite sandwich EVER. At the moment, though, this sammie is my #1. I had about a third of it for a light dinner, along with some Mom dishes and dessert (no pics – sorry!).

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Creamy and tangy brie cheese, with savoury turkey breast, crisp greens, a slice of tomato, and sweet/sour grilled apple. The bread is one of the best parts – it’s SO crispy. I think it’s ciabatta?! Love it!

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Lunch at school: quinoa sauteed with butter, scallions, and sweet corn, topped with lemon, black pepper, and goat cheese crumbles. I ate this like a cold salad (ie. no microwave). I love lunches after a trip to Whole Foods or Costco – so much fresh, crisp produce. These cherries and grapes (both organic!) were so, so crunchy good. Mmm! I’ve said it lots of times before, but ORGANIC PRODUCE TASTES BETTER! It really does. I think it’s sweeter, and the texture is so much more pleasant. If you can afford it, I highly recommend you spring for organic fruit. You won’t regret it! Most of the fruit that we buy here is organic or local. I am so lucky. :mrgreen:

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Next up – a PB + B sandwich for breakfast. We bought a nice loaf of organic whole wheat bread from Whole Foods. It was really soft, and I loved the crust. Here it is with lots of natural peanut butter, cinnamon, a drizzle of honey, and a sliced banana. I put it on the skillet with a bit of coconut oil to crisp it up. Nice ‘n toasty. 🙂 This was a really filling breakfast, too.

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And agaaaaaain, that turkey apple brie sandwich. This is the other 2/3 of the sandwich. We have a panini press, and it’s perfect for warming up the middles and making the outsides toasty. I don’t even brush oil on the “plates” – they still get crispy on the outside without added oil. Check out those grill marks! 😀

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I think the melty brie is the best part. Or maybe the apples. Or the crispy bread… never mind.

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That’s it! Thanks for reading today’s post. I’ve got to go now – I will be attending my school’s awards night. Last year, I totally lucked out and won the Top Student Grade 10 award, and I hope I’ll be winning the same award this year (for Grade 11). I’m wearing a dress right now, and I think it looks pretty dopey… and then there’s the pom-pom flats that I have to wear. Oh gosh.

Bye for now – I hope all of your school years end well and have a wonderful weekend!

Already Summer?!

Can you believe we’re already more than a week into June? I definitely can’t. I know I always say this, but this week month has gone by so quickly. Seriously! I feel like we’re still in February. 😉 Oh, and did you check out my new header?! I LOVE it! It’s a simple collage of all my fave photos/meals.

I mentioned this in my last post, but I will be going to Montreal this summer! I was assigned to a city called Saint-Eustache in Quebec. I will be working at a daycare/family-service place with children aged 0-6. I’m really excited! Some of my friends have done summer camps in Montreal, and others work at animal shelters. I think it will be exciting to work with babies, especially since I’m usually volunteering with toddlers and school-age kids. Weee!

I think I also mentioned this last time, but we keep on having teacher strikes. The relationship between the Canadian government and schoolteachers is kind of tense right now. We’re already on our third week of rotating strikes. I hope this doesn’t affect our final exams and report card marks. 😦

Anyways…
I’ve been overeating A LOT recently. It seems like we always have muffins in our house, and if you know me at all – I cannot resist muffins sweet homemade baked goods.
In fact, I just had lunch at 1:00. I wasn’t hungry after a huge breakfast at 9:00 (grapes, cherry-almond oatmeal + yogurt). I started with a nectarine. Then I made a grilled cheese sandwich with cheddar and avocado. After that, I nibbled on some big farmer’s market strawberries and raspberries. After THAT, I had a bowl of yogurt topped with crumbled muffin. I’m SO stuffed now, plus we’re having an early dinner. :/
I think the problem is that there is TOO much good food at our house, and I simply can’t stop eating them. Yogurt, oatmeal, a big loaf of whole wheat bread, avocados, cheese, ravioli (oh, yum), organic cherries, grapes, and nectarines. 4, yes 4, fresh muffins from Matchsticks. Mimi brought them, and they are HUMONGOUS. No one in my family likes muffins, especially the “gourmet-flavoured” ones: lemon-Earl Grey, cranberry-orange, and pear honey-almond. Basically all four muffins are mine – I guess that’s a blessing AND a curse! I really need to rope in my sweet tooth and evaluate my hunger before nibbling.

 

Mom cooked this incredible dinner last weekend: tofu and scallion stir-fry with ginger and garlic, tomato scrambled eggs (I told you how much I love ’em on this post), and curried chicken drumsticks. They were marinated in coconut curry powder + plain yogurt. I LOVED every single component of this dinner!

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Seline’s and mine. I usually skip Mom’s garlicky Caesar salad because the dressing has three cloves of minced garlic – and I had tutor after. :mrgreen:

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Dessert on the same day: crumbled lemon-poppyseed muffin with honey roasted pecans/walnuts, blueberries, and chia seeds on honey Greek yogurt.

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More of that heavenly lemon-poppyseed muffin, this time crumbled on oatmeal with sliced banana, strawberries, raspberries + blueberries, and a big blob of almond butter. Dee-lish. Breakfast is honestly my favourite time of the day, especially when I have lots of oatmeal toppings.

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Lunchy-lunch lunch. I don’t know why I like these photos so much. I’m now obsessed with adding goat cheese to my scrambled eggs. This makes them so creamy and savoury-good. I always make this for a quick + yummy lunch, but really it could work for breakfast, lunch, OR dinner. Super satisfying, and uber-healthy too!

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Love my Mom Dinners. This is wintermelon with krill, garnished with green onions. So simple, yet super satisfying and flavourful. I know it’s not a very pretty dish. 😥 Sorry… I wanted to dig in!

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Beef and broccoli stir-fry with carrots, onions, and mushrooms. We sure have this often! You can check out all of the variations on this search page.

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Fried rice with scallops, bok choy, and egg white. The egg white was leftover from Mom’s Caesar dressing last night (we use only the yolk for that). The dried scallops MAKE this dish. They infuse the whole dish with a rich, seafood-y flavour that I adore. This fried rice was incredible – one of my top 3 favourites ever?!

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All together!

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My bowl. Check out how Mom cuts those carrots! 😀

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‘Nother breakfast. My teeth hurt a lot on this day. I’d just come back from the orthodontist, and I got ze wires tightened. I’m also starting to wear elastics. Needless to say, I had to eat a soft and creamy breakfast. Oats + yogurt to the rescue! This was plain almond-milk oatmeal topped with Greek yogurt, super melty Barney Butter, and a crumbled cranberry-orange muffin. One of my best oatmeal bowls evah! I loved this combo of sweet (oats) + citrusy (muffin) + rice and salty (BB), and tangy (yogurt).

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This lunch was amazing: Whole Foods bread, sliced banana, and tons of peanut butter – all grilled to perfection in coconut oil. I didn’t want this lunch to end!

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And… lastly, a lovely fried rice dinner. Fried rice is sort of the Chinese equivalent of a kitchen sink salad; anything you want to get rid of goes in! Here, we have eggs, cubed chicken breast, mushrooms, cauliflower, green peppers, onions, and scallions. Nothin’ weird about that. 😉 Tons of sesame on top. But honestly, the cauliflower/mushroom/peppers were excellent additions to this fried rice. It was so, so, so good. I had two bowls – the last picture shows my second serving.

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I think that’ll be it for now. I still have some homework to wrap up before going to a post-departure training session with my family at 6:30 (hence the early dinner I mentioned). I can’t wait to show you guys my next post – I have a KILLER salad to show you, as well as some ah-mazing oatmeal concoctions AND a trip to Whole Foods. I hope you have a wonderful Sunday. 🙂