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Café Kitsuné

After a busy holiday season, I’m so glad I had a bit of time to head home and catch up with old friends.  Reuniting with my photography genius Brianna (who did most of the photography for the blog over the summer) was one of the best moments!  After having visited the coffee shop in Paris two summers ago, I was told that Café Kitsuné had opened a shop in Montreal as well.  Since I had yet to pay a visit, it was the perfect time.  Located just west of St. Laurent on Prince Arthur, the quaint little cafe has an eclectic feel with an enormous and awe inspiring KITSUNE light along the back wall; it can’t go unnoticed from the street. Butcher block counters and tables were of course my favourite element and gave a cozy woodsy feel to the place.  With a couple warm lattes in hand and my favourite blanket scarf wrapped around me, the cold winter weather outside became that much more enjoyable! Wearing: Hat from Mendocino, V Long Sleeve, Scarf

A Year in Review

I can’t believe it’s August already!  Exactly one year ago yesterday I gained up the courage to post on this blog about my adventures in Europe.  Although it mainly started as a way for my friends and family to follow what I was up to in my studies abroad, I realized how much I liked writing about the things I was up to even after returning to Toronto.  I never in a million years thought I would have started a blog; I hated any kind of writing until recently.  Somehow that changed quickly and I have had so much positive feedback from everyone around me as well as so many great suggestions for future posts, which has been a huge help as well.  Instead of a typical blog post today, I decided to just compile a bunch of my favourite pictures from the past year to reminisce on all the things I’ve done and had the opportunities to do because of this as well.  Looking back on the photos has been so much fun and …

Food Trucks: L’Assommoir and Dispatch

This week on our trip to Dorchester square for another food truck fix we visited another couple trucks!  Waiting for me this week was a truck I had yet to try, L’Assommoir Mobile.  Although I had really wanted to try their tartare or ceviche which would be perfect on a hot summer day, I was famished so I went for their bison burger to properly fill me up.  This game burger had a mix of spices that complimented the classic game-y taste to one-up your classic burger (not to mention it’s also from a truck!).  Definitely not what you have in mind when you’re thinking on the go!  To top it all off and make it a little more summer appropriate, a red cabbage, carrot, and apple coleslaw is in generous proportion on the side.  I could not suggest this burger more for any red meat lover out there but now it’s got me even more pumped to go back and try something from their raw menu! Parked right next to it, the Dispatch mobile …

The Locale: La Forge

As most of you can see, Mont-Tremblant is my home away from home; the skiing, the friends, my family, all together in one place.  Therefore I’ve had the opportunity to check out a number of restaurants in the town’s and the resort’s villages.  This year over the holidays, we had only one night for a dinner out; so we took the opportunity and headed to a local venue, La Forge. La Forge is right in the middle of the Mont-Tremblant resort village in the Place St-Bernard.  The restaurant has two floors, each with a different mood and menu.  The downstairs level is more Quebec style pub food like burgers, nachos, or the classic poutine whereas upstairs is a charming steak restaurant that boasts a more elegant atmosphere. To date, my favourite carpaccio is from here; a flavourful wapiti (game) meat topped with arugula and shaved parmesan.  Although there isn’t anything truly original about this dish, not that there has to be, it’s really all about the flavour of the meat.  The thin slices of wapiti …

The Locale: Marché 27

The last couple days have been busy; I’m still on the mend and I’m still working on adjusting my diet to accommodate my lack of chewing capabilities.  With this in mind and my sudden craving of tartare, our next destination was Marché 27. If you’ve read my food truck summary you’ve seen that Route 27 was a favourite from the summer and it happens to be that this restaurant is the mecca of it all.   (Here’s the link for those interested click here) On a quiet enclave of Prince Arthur just west of St-Laurent, a little cluster of restaurants were quietly starting to entice hungry lunch-goers.  Without hesitation however we had our sights set on this raw menu gem. When walking in, the minimal décor and chalkboards give the allure of a simple but stylish locale; banquettes run along the length of the room covered in windows letting in the natural light, flanked by grey, black, and white pillows opposite glossy chic, occasional chairs.  The chalkboards facing the section of tables covered every vertical section …

The Studying Spots

First of all, how it is November already?  I’m past halfway through the semester which is unbelievable, but this also means I’ve been writing on my blog for three months now.  Kinda crazy.  Although I’m no technical whiz, I’m trying to develop my blog even more both visually and in terms of content and I’m going to be putting even more effort into this in the coming weeks;  so keep your eyes peeled! As for today, I’m writing from another adorable café on College Street as I like to do on my Sunday afternoons.    I’m a huge fan of getting out of my regular ol’ apartment walls in order to get a change of scenery and avoid and distractions (aka my kitchen).  To those who don’t believe me, I’m amazed at how much more work I can get done with the mellow background music and with many other dedicated people around the table working away; far better than a silent library and Starbucks. Instead of going into detail, I’d rather show you the awesome little …

Featured: Coco Pazzo at Mont-Tremblant

Tremblant is hands down one of my favourite places.  I’ve been coming here for years on end; which has allowed me to acquaint myself with the village and everything in it including one of my most recommended lunch stops and restaurants, Coco Pazzo.  I don’t even think I could count how many times I’ve eaten here, especially after having worked a summer behind the bar (yes, I got samples J). Throughout these experiences which started from a connection through great friends, Margo and Luigi have been extremely open-hearted and supportive of our adventures and interests, especially in food.  I could have not have chosen a better couple to sit down with and learn a bit more about their experiences in the restaurant business and what makes Coco Pazzo such a standout in a village full of other eateries. On a beautiful Saturday afternoon, the restaurant was only starting to fill up when we sat down for a chance to chat and inquire about some of the things I still didn’t know about it. It was …