Sunday, March 31, 2013

we {HEART} nature : Purple Woods Conservation Area

There was (still) ice on the grounds and the temperature was {still!} below zero but we headed out for the annual maple syrup festival at Purple Woods. I guess we were not the only one ....

.... who decided to brave the bitter wind to taste the fresh "liquid gold" on hot pancakes!

The steaming hot apple cider managed to put the smile back on everyone ... yes including ours!

Have a blessed Easter everyone!

Easter Sunday

Our GOD reigns! Halleluiah!

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Bites and Nibbles @ Le Cartet

Great food + chic ambiance + friendly service = Le Cartet!

When I am on business trip, I normally eat breakfast at the hotel to maximize the time. On this particular trip, I finished all the tasks at hand earlier than expected so I was able to enjoy a brunch at this highly recommended resto-boutique.

The place is still closed when I got there but there was already a short line of excited foodies waiting. Once inside, I  was impressed by Le Cartet's trendy ambiance - high ceilings, long harvest table for communal dining and perfect light giving the place an airy feel.

After minutes of deliberation (there's so much on the menu that I wish to try}, I finally settled for brunch sante: 2 perfectly poached eggs served on top of toasted country bread with lightly dressed mesclun salad,
Cheddar cheese, fruits and dried fig. 

It also came with a bowl of to die for creamy Greek yoghurt topped with ginger granola and plump blueberries. I drizzled it with honey and my oh my - the tartness of the berries,  the creaminess of the thick yoghurt, the crunchiness of the flavorful granola plus the sweetness of the honey - that made my day!

I'll be back for sure. In the meantime ....bonne journee!

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Sunday, March 17, 2013

St Patrick's Day Favorites

Happy St. Patrick day everyone! 

Hours before drinking Guinness with hubby, I enjoyed my "me time" this Sunday afternoon browsing the new issue of Food and Drink {can't wait to try new spring recipes!}while snacking on green tea cake and shamrock shake.

How could I not take photos of these .... different shades of green of my food and drink!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Seeing Rouge in Grey

When hubby and I arrived here in Canada 14 years ago, Montreal was our first home. We lived there for 3 years and we both fell in love with vieux Montreal. So, on my recent business trip to Montreal in late November, I was able to squeezed in some time visiting this old and beautiful part of the city.

It was grey and very cold - but that did not stopped me to grab my camera and put on my heavy coat and comfy boots very early in the morning. I wanted a quiet time - just me, my camera and the cobbled steps in this part of town. Don't get me wrong - I love old Montreal any time of the day but I've spent most of my time here during the busy hours where the town is alive with excited tourists, locals minding their businesses, restautants filled with hungry foodies eager to sample Montreal's finest cuisine, and oh the night life - that is a different story all together!

But today was a total contrast - the streets are deep in slumber, still recuperating from previous night's revelry. Most of the establishments were still close except for the boulangeries selling freshly-baked baguettes and pastries {this alone justified my being out on this very cold day!}. The silence was punctuated by the sound of the horses' hooves carrying the caleche - preparing for the busy day ahead.

From rue Saint Denis, I walked further south until I saw one my favorite places on earth. Looking down at the bottom of this hilly street, (along rue Saint Paul} there stand the Notre-Dame-de Bon-Secours chapel - so quaint as usual but always welcoming.

Yes, it was grey and cold but this part of the world will always be RED  and vibrant in my eyes!

Je me souviens .....

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