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. 😉

My Favourite Kind of Day

Pancakes, the farmer’s market, Greek food for lunch, and then gourmet ice cream?

That’s my kind of day! Let me show you what I did on Sunday 🙂 PS: This was the lovely Sunday before Victoria Day Monday, when I met the sweet Rachel of Moments with Rae at Matchstick Coffee!

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Started off with a glorious batch of banana pancakes topped with blackberries, hemp hearts, and maple syrup.  These look a bit thinner than usual because they were whipped up in the blender. I loved the flavour but texture-wise, I prefer the chunks you’d get from mashing. This was a great breakfast, and luckily not too filling!

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Then I laced up my sister’s runners and headed outside…

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Snapped a couple of photos in the backyard,

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And walked to the farmer’s market! The Poirier Street Farmer’s Market is open from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM every Sunday morning. It’s in the parking lot at the Dogwood Pavilion, by Centennial Secondary and the Senior Recreation Centre.

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There are three rows of lovely vendors and friendly customers.

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Have you tried rhubarb before? I’ve never, but I really want to try! Apparently it’s great with coconut and strawberries. Yum! Since it’s still spring, there weren’t many fruits available this week. In the summer, though, when everything is at the peak of ripeness, the market is TEEMING with stone fruits (cherries, nectarines, peaches), apples, and the freshest berries you could imagine.

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There were, however, lots of bread, cheese, baked goods, and plants! Lots of pretty flowers to admire. OH! And there are veggie pakoras that make the entire market smell incredible!

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Gesundheit Bakery is one of the most popular destinations here. My mom and I always stop by to pick up some raisin bread for Grandma.

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They have every type of rye bread, as well as multigrain buns, cheesy pretzels, and sweets like danishes and cinnamon buns. This time, we picked up a big, glazed cinnamon bun for Seline.

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There were lots of tents to stop by and admire. When you go to farmer’s markets, are you looking for specific things or do you simply like to browse the aisles and look at all the products? I think I’m a bit of both. 😛

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A Bread Affair has tons of delicious-looking gourmet breads and plenty of samples. Next time, I want to go early so I can pick up a scone or croissant. They look incredible and were definitely baked with utmost skill.

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Some stands sell yummy soup mix powders, others clothes and books and honey and handmade cutting boards. Everything is local – it has to be made in lower mainland BC to be sold here!

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One place that we absolutely love is Ace Curries to Go. You can check out their website here: http://www.acecurriestogo.com.  Ace Curries has so many flavourful mixes, spices, dips, and sauces. We’ve tried their coconut curry, curry stir-fry powder, and this time, we purchased the mango coconut curry. Can’t wait to cook it this weekend with some chickpeas… will let you know how tasty that is, soon!

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BobAli is my new favourite vendor. They sell all kinds of dips and spreads, and specialize in hummus. Check out the creative flavours below!

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I sampled a little scoop of every single hummus and finally decided on the 3 for $18.00 combo. I ended up choosing the Thai Green Coconut Curry Hummus, the Roasted Garlic and Truffle Hummus, and my absolute favourite, the Yam and Chipotle Hummus. You’ll see in a bit!

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Here is the pretty braided raisin bun and the huge cinnamon roll that we bought from the bakery. The raisin loaf, according to Gesundheit Bakery’s kind owners, is one of the most popular. We gave this loaf to Grandma. Seline enjoyed the cinnamon bun, too, but I think Mom liked it more. 😉

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Here is the mango curry we bought from Ace Curries, and their ingredient list if you were curious. Check out my extra pancakes cooling in the background! Pancakes make great leftovers, by the way – just heat them up in the microwave the next day.

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Here are my hummuses! Is ‘hummuses’ even a word? What’s the plural for hummus? Hmmm… 😛 Anyways, all three of them are really tasty. Here’s my review:

Thai Green Coconut Curry: VERY strong green curry flavour, and the coconut flavour is prominent too. It tastes authentically Thai and has a strong flavour with lots of spices. It is also a bit spicy, which I didn’t quite like. I prefer sweeter Thai curries. Of the three, this was my least favourite.

Roasted Garlic and Truffle: This is awesome spread in a sandwich, instead of mayonnaise or an aioli. It is very flavourful and has big chunks of roasted garlic. I can’t taste truffle at all in here. This was great, but more of a classic garlic hummus – there was nothing truly special about it.

Yam and Chipotle: This. Was. Incredible. I devoured half the container in a couple of days. On crackers, on toast, with eggs, with veggies, this hummus is the new almond butter! It is naturally sweet from the yams, and subtly smoky from the chipotle. I really, really love this hummus and would definitely buy it again. LOVED nibbling on it with crackers before lunch. 😉

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Golden Ears Cheesecrafters sold me a nice round of brie! I tried some on a sandwich with roasted garlic hummus (above), spinach, and shredded chicken one day. It melts like a dream and tastes awesome in omelettes. Like a grown-up, fancy version of mozzarella, in my opinion.

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Plus a container of strawberries! To be used in oatmeal. 🙂 After a bit of relaxing, we headed downtown to Taki’s Taverna!

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I’ve been to Taki’s once before with my good friend Yuki. We also had desserts from the Transylvanian dessert store across the street.

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We had calamari with tzatziki and pita bread to start.

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The mussels were a huge hit, and Seline was a major fan of the calamari. She ate most of it! 🙂

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Charles ordered the lamb souvlaki, and Seline had the chicken souvlaki. Man, it was HARD to take photos here! It was really dark and the lighting was horrendous. Most of the photos turned out blurry, which is why I didn’t capture some meals…

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I had the salmon souvlaki. Can you believe this was a small? I was pretty hungry initially, but this meal was super filling. I couldn’t finish it all! The salmon was excellent and cooked perfectly. The carrots were pretty good, but I didn’t like the green beans. Potatoes were pretty average, but my dad claimed they were way too sour (I thought the amount of lemony-ness was just right). The rice was a little bit oily, which is expected for a Greek restaurant, but the dill flavour was great. The cheese on the Greek salad was typical frozen feta cheese, and I didn’t think the tomatoes were particularly fresh.

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Mom had the lamb shank, and Grandma the rack of lamb. We all had the same sides, as you can see 🙂

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Dessert was ice cream from Rain or Shine in Vancouver. After much debate – peanut butter or brown butter snickerdoodle – I ordered the brown butter snickerdoodle. Oh, this was SO yummy. My favourite bites of the day! Seline had the chocolate, in a cone instead of a cup. She ended up putting it in a cup because it tipped over. My brown butter snickerdoodle ice cream was so, so good!

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Have an awesome day, guys!

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!

Almonds in a Sandwich?!

Two words…

Thomas Haas.

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Thomas Haas is a beautiful, quaint cafe in downtown Vancouver, near Kitsilano. It’s a lovely little place that sells INCREDIBLE baked goods. And sandwiches. The sandwich above was stuffed with Morrocan-spiced chicken, harvarti cheese (mmm, the creamiest cheese?), chopped almonds, and Fuji apple slices. The best sandwich I’ve ever had – even better than the ones from Whole Foods!

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Chocolate and passionfruit tart. YES. Just like the one I had in Montreal! The taste of passionfruit is just incredible with creamy milk chocolate. Also an almond-mascarpone cake. Yep… I ate them both.

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And the hot chocolate on the left! Mom had the espresso. Apparently it was the most bitter thing she’s ever had! Her face totally puckered up after she ate it, and I laughed… then I tried it. WHOA. This was NOTHING like a caramel macchiato from Starbucks, in a good way, I guess!

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Did you know that I LOVE Cactus Club? The left is a jambalaya bowl that my aunt had. She’s eating wheat-free now so she eats lots of protein and rice. Middle is potato skins (I just typed “photo skins”) with cheese and a garlic aioli. My sister, Seline, can’t go to Cactus Club without ordering them. Topped with bacon and cheddar, these are super delicious. She also had mini slider cheddar burgers with bacon!

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My uncle Charles, who is also on a wheat-free diet, had a steak with mashed potatoes and asparagus. My grandma loves fajitas. She ordered these, with spicy Cajun chicken and lots of toppings. Mom had the pesto chicken quesadillas. They had five cheese, savoury pesto, and dried cranberries inside for a hint of sweetness. I love these quesadillas and definitely had 1/2 of Mom’s dish… oops. :mrgreen:

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As usual, Grandpa had a salad. This one, which I REALLY want to recreate at home, was topped with a whole avocado, grilled salmon, strawberries, a hard-boiled egg, pecans, and goat cheese. Now that’s a meal salad! Yum.

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I ordered the butternut squash ravioli with prawns and sage. It came with crushed pine nuts and a rich buttery mascarpone sauce. I had about four and lots of food from other plates. :mrgreen:

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Cora’s! I love this place. Oatmeal has it’s place, but places like this – with all kinds of eggy dishes and OJ – are seriously comforting.  Grandpa ordered the eggs benedict with spinach, and my aunt had the onion hollandaise. Mom ate a breakfast hash-like thing with lots of veggies and some cheese + a fried egg.

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Mine was the grilled crepe with spinach and feta cheese. I gave half to Grandpa in exchange for a benedict! Loved all of the fruit that came with this, too. 🙂  Do you like brunch restaurants?

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Multigrain toast with butter, Dad’s hot dog crepe rolls, and Seline’s breakfast poutine!

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Hi Arnie! Recently we’ve been taking him to the lake every weekend. He loves it there, and I think he’s the best swimmer in the whole dog park. 🙂 He just loves to fetch!

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Oh yeah. Looks like I just can’t get enough of this cheesy, creamy, spicy, sweet, salty sandwich!

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Eaten with soup this time. Chipotle chicken noodle soup with multigrain crouton toasts. Yum. The chickpeas really made the soup!

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And THIS. I die.

Creamy, chocolatey hazelnut chocolate cake. Ate the whole thing by myself!

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And a macaroon. My friend Theresa bought these and shared a hazelnut macaroon with me. It was my first one and I adore the crispy outsides. Yum. 🙂 Thanks Theresa!

Super busy now with university applications and stuff like that! Lots of homework, too. Calculus is the death of me… on our last test, the class average was 3/10. No joke. I scored 6/10 and I was disappointed about that… until I saw my friend’s test with 0/10 written on it! Whoa.

Guess I better go study!

Nah, who am I kidding? I’m just going to the kitchen to get food. Anyways, thanks for reading and I’ll see you in my next post!

October Eats

Happy Halloween! I hope you all had a safe and delicious end-of-October. 🙂 Check out some of these fantastic meals I’ve had!

PS: I have a super sore throat. I was coughed on yesterday at the hospital, and I’m clearly sick now. 😦 Even after 10 hours of sleep, I feel weak – too bad I have an aerial silks lesson coming up in half an hour! Hoping that the exercise will make me feel better?

Party lunch with steamed garlic broccoli, rice, maple-soy salmon, and stir-fried vermicelli noodles with shrimp.

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Brunch at Whole Foods! I love, LOVE having brunch there. Their cottage cheese is so creamy, and my favourite item here is the blueberry brioche French toast. Also loved the mushroom and goat cheese strata. And yes, I had mac and cheese and chicken cacciatore in the morning. :mrgreen: What an awesome start to my day!

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And then, like it couldn’t get any better… we had ice cream from Rain or Shine!

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Yes, this is my new favourite place. EVER. Here we have strawberry cheesecake, brown butter pear, coffee, and vanilla caramel. This was so delicious and probably the best ice cream I’ve ever had. 100% made in-house with fresh and local ingredients, these ice creams were INCREDIBLE. I wanted to buy the whole store! They even had a peanut butter flavour… next time!

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Lunch at Kefi, a Greek restaurant. These were the appetizers: spanakopita, garlic lemon shrimp, pita bread, and my special spanakopita 🙂

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Seline’s dish of seafood scampi (yup, at a Greek restaurant), and my spinach and feta-stuffed chicken breast with almond green beans and Greek salad.

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Mom had the BEST mousaka, a lasagna-type dish made with eggplant, ground beef, and a cheesy potato layer. This was SO good! She also had tzatziki, lemon-roasted potatoes, and rice. Grandpa had the salmon kebab with the same sides.

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My plate after sharing! I had a little of everyone’s food. YES! 🙂

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This was SO awesome – a mix and match lunch. Mom and I made a big tasting platter with all kinds of dip (spinach ranch, salsa, hummus, etc.) and a big paprika egg salad with scallions. Served with toasted pitas, crunchy tortilla triangles, raw veggies, and cheese + crackers. My favourite combination was the sharp cheddar with grapes and pepper crackers!

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All together… with some more dippers for dessert. Strawberries and sliced bananas with honey + peanut butter Greek yogurt dip – with cinnamon on top!

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Such awesome eats so far. Stay tuned for the next post and have an awesome November. 🙂

Summer in Quebec (PART III)

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!

Moving on! Here are some more meals that I had in Quebec. See Part I here, and click here for Part II.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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. 🙂

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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!

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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!

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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!

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Dad made French toast for us all! Topped with maple syrup, banana slices, and berries.

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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! 😦

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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?

CLICK HERE to see the first part of my trip, or CLICK HERE to see the second!

That’s it for today! Thanks for reading and stay tuned for the next post. 🙂