Girl time in Montréal

As I told you last Friday, I spent the Easter weekend in Montréal visiting Catherine with another friend. We had such a great time together, it was all I needed after a challenging week.

We started off the weekend with a little shopping at Carrefour Laval. After visiting my favorite stores William Sonoma and Victoria’s Secrets, I splurge myself at Crate & Barrel on a beautiful pastry slab of white marble perfect for rolling any kind of dough, an acacia salt cellar and a cute berry box colander.

After all that shopping, we thought that we deserved something refreshing and headed to one my favorite place that happens to be 2 minutes of walking from Catherine’s apartment: La Distillerie. The drinks are served in Masson jars, it didn’t need anything more for me to fall in love. Well, maybe the cute bartenders also have something to do with that, but who knows! So obviously we spent the night there, enjoying the drinks and the good music.

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  1. goodies from Crate & Barrel
  2. first round of drinks : 2 liters of pure happiness
  3. second round (including a killer negroni)
  4. chocolate eggs from Chocolats Favoris on Sunday morning

On Saturday, after recovering from the night before (hello not-needed negroni), we had a reservation at a restaurant I wanted to go since it opened: Impasto. Guess who’s the owner? Stefano Faita! There’s no need to say that I was thrilled to be there! Every dish that was on our table was delicious and the service was excellent! Impasto is definitely on my must-go-again list.

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  1. homemade Apulia style sausage with rapini and apple vinegar
  2. veal sweetbreads ravioli
  3. mint campanelle with lab stew and olives
  4. lasagna Bolognese
  5. potato gnocchis served with a buttery sauce and crispy speck
  6. porchetta with a vanilla pear, rapini and candied fruits

For dessert, we had tiramisu, semifreddo and chocolate tort cake that all tasted like heaven. After pleasing our taste buds, it was time to spoil our eyes and that’s why we spent the rest of the evening at the legendary erotic club Le 281. Yes ladies, it was quite a night! I’m sorry to tell you I have no pics to share and that’s very unfortunate!

On Sunday morning, we headed to Catherine’s parents in Laval for a big family Easter brunch. Again, everything was overly delicious. There’s nothing better than family recipes!  

I hope you all had a great Easter weekend with your friends and family. See you tomorrow for the weekly Friday Love post!

Ghostbuster

Have you heard about the new trend in dating? G.H.O.S.T.I.N.G.

In fact I’m pretty sure it’s thousand years old and only new to me, because it seems that every girl has been there. Every single girl I talk to answers “yes” when I ask them if they’ve ever been ghosted by a boy. Because a man won’t do that.

“I’ve been ghosted by that guy I started to really like when I thought everything was going fine between us.” Sounds familiar?

We’ve all been there. It happens every time. You see him for a few times and everything goes perfect along the way. You like his smile and his eyes. He texts you all day every day. He makes you laugh, he seems comfortable with you, you make him dinner, he invites you to his place. And all of the sudden, he just disappears without giving any reason.

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No more texts, no more smileys, no more activity on his FB profile. It’s like he’s dead or something. Maybe he got abducted by the extraterrestrial delegation of single boys afraid to commit.

Speaking of communication, can I tell you how sick I am about living virtual relationships? You asked me my phone number, so use it to call me for God’s sake. And if we’re having a text messages conversation, please at least say hello and goodbye like you’d do in real life. As far as I’m concerned, “Seen Sun 9:31pm” doesn’t mean “have a good night”.

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Maybe I do something wrong, but I just can’t figured it out. Because when I finally get an answer (I always try to find out what happened), they all tell me “you’re such an interesting girl with good values ​​and I‘m sure it could work between you and me because you’re perfect, but it’s not you, it’s me.” Yeah, right.

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I don’t wanna be the desperate girl checking her phone every 30 seconds, but God it’s so hard being in this I-don’t-know-what’s-going-on situation. At that stage, you can’t even say you two have been seeing each other. It’s way too early in the relationship. If there is a relationship.

What’s going on in his brain after the third or forth date? “She’s very sweet and we have a lot in common and great times together, but no.” Hey, couldn’t you see that on the first date? Because I can see those things on a first date. In the first 60 seconds I know if I’m gonna like him or not. I can feel it. Maybe guys have some problems with their emotions. Maybe once they got what they wanted they just move on to another girl. Emotions don’t guide their actions. Something else does. Something just below the waist. And I am guided by my heart, that’s the problem.

I know, men aren’t all the same, but it’s a bit difficult not to put them all in one basket. I’m working hard on staying positive. A Chinese biscuit told me last Friday: your perseverance will pay off soon. So let’s move on to the next one. Wish me a real man for this time!

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Friday Love

Not having to wake up on a Friday morning to go to work is certainly the best way to start a long weekend!

Once again, the last seven days were simply amazing. Life is good. I traded the typical glasses of gin + tonic for milk bottles on Saturday night. It was my first time babysitting my goddaughter and it was a very sweet moment! I must admit that at first I was a bit stressed out, but she’s so cute and everything went so well that I wanted to take her back home with me!

So do you guys have any plans for the Easter weekend? I’m gonna spend some girl time in Montréal. Shopping and restaurants are on the to-do list. I’ll be back home on Sunday, just in time for the Easter dinner AND chocolate!

Have a nice weekend! xx

*Linkin up with Lauren from Lauren Elizabeth and Jennifer from The Diary of a Real Housewife.

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  1. enjoying the sun
  2. voting for my favorite finalist of the Quebec version of The Voice
  3. beef bourguignon on pasta
  4. maple butter on toasted baguette
  5. girls night in

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*Earlier this week: Inspirational Bloggers + Food list 2014

Food list 2014

Last week, Joanna, who’s blogging over Another House Blog, published her food list. I had so much fun reading her answers that I decided to take the quiz too. If you don’t know Joanna’s blog yet, go check it out, it is part of my daily blog reading.

What was the last thing you ate?

It was breakfast: strawberry yogurt + crunchy peanut butter on a multigrain toast + banana + orange juice.

Your last meal, if you could choose?

P.A.S.T.A.

Best food city?

I gotta say that everything I ate while being on the French Riviera was de-li-ci-ous, especially that amazing tiramisu in Ventimiglia, Italy. We also have amazing restaurants here in Québec City, it’s a great place to be for any foodie!

Best meal at a restaurant?

I am rarely disappointed when I go to a restaurant. Maybe it’s because I pick only the good ones?! I eat in restaurants every week, but the most recent exquisite experience was at La Planque for my 30th birthday. More than delicious, my mouth still waters just thinking about that amazing piece of meat!

Favorite snack?

A piece of chocolate with fleur de sel.

What caused your most recent hangover?

A mix of too many gin + tonic and shooters a.k.a. a typical Saturday night out with the girls!

Food you love to have around?

I always have on hand pasta, lemons, fresh herbs, garlic, passata (tomato purée), cheeses and chocolate.

What’s for dinner tonight?

A fresh seafood salad.

Food you hate?

Sushi. I don’t know why, because I could eat every component separately, but the seaweed always rolls in my mouth.

Desert island dessert?

It would certainly include some ice cream with chocolate and tropical fruits. And a little paper umbrella on top!

A typical elementary school lunch?

I was lucky enough to go back home every day for lunch and eat something my mom had cooked for me and her. AND I could watch The Flinstones before going back to school!

What’s the weirdest thing in your fridge?

I clean my fridge regularly to avoid having weird things in it!

In your vegetable drawer?

Baby carrots, mixed greens, mushrooms and bell peppers.

And cheese?

Mozzarella, cheddar, parmigiano reggiano and feta.

Best place for grocery shopping?

I like shopping at specialty shops when it comes for my food. It makes my shopping longer, but everything is so much fresh and appetizing in comparison to what we find at the supermarket. During summertime, I love going to the outdoor market to get fresh fruits and veggies and all kind of products.

Food you wish you were allergic to?

Absolutely nothing, I couldn’t live with an allergy or any intolerance. I hope I never develop one.

Who can eat off your plate?

No one except my friend Catherine with whom I share my food + cooking passion. And maybe my next boyfriend. If he’s kind enough!

Inspirational Bloggers

Inspirational Bloggers
Picture via Tea Time Blog

One of the aspects I really like about the blogosphere is meeting amazing people from all around the world who share the same passions as me. Jana from Tea Time Blog is one of them. She is such a great girl who seems to always have a thousand and one projects in mind! I really wish the two of us could meet in real life one of these days, but as we don’t live on the same continent, it makes things a little more difficult! But everything is possible and it would be a real pleasure to spend an afternoon baking and chatting with her!

As part of her new series Inspirational Bloggers, she sent me a questionnaire to which I answered and I had the honor of being featured on Saturday morning. I was very flattered that she thought of me for this series. And seeing the post online? OMG, I was so excited! That was the best way to start the weekend!

So, if you wanna know a bit more about me, hop over Jana’s blog by clicking here. Happy reading!

Jana, thank you! :) You always have such great blogging ideas!

Friday Love

I woke up on Tuesday morning hearing a strange noise coming from the basement. At first I though it was the clothes dryer that had been working for the entire night and was about to explode. Then I though it was an uninvited animal biting all my stuff. I finally went downstairs to discover that the strange noise was coming from a waterfall.

Water was sipping from a window and flowed everywhere… Well, hello spring! Fortunately, there were no serious damages. Only a black cat terrorized by the infernal noise made by the huge fans and a few hours of sleep missing because of these fans. Ho and a terrible sore throat. This wasn’t my best week!

Thankfully the weekend is almost here. I got nothing special already planned, except babysitting my goddaughter tomorrow night. I think somebody will please herself by playing the mommy for a few hours! I need to find the man that’ll be the best father in town, and fast! Joke aside, I’m in no hurry. That man will have to be at first the most amazing boyfriend I’ve ever have, so that’s quite a challenge. Mister Spring, please but him on my way! I’m starting to want to take care of someone and live a teenage dream. It must be the effect warmer weather has on me!

Have a nice weekend! xx

*Linkin up with Lauren from Lauren Elizabeth and Jennifer from The Diary of a Real Housewife.

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  1. the Oh Joy for Target collection in my house just in time for spring
  2. sweet treat while doing some shopping in Old Quebec
  3. the view on St.Lawrence river on a beautiful Sunday afternoon
  4. disaster area
  5. chocolate chips cookies

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*Earlier this week: Ceasar salad

Ceasar salad

Caesar salad is a sure value. I mean, who doesn’t love eating a good and crunchy Caesar salad as a side or a meal? And when we tell our guests that the dressing is homemade, the reaction is always positive!

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Ceasar salad (recipe by Louis-François Marcotte)

Ingredients (serving 4):

For the salad:

  • 4-6 slices pancetta (that time I used bacon)
  • 250 ml (1 cup) bread cut in cubes
  • 1 dash of olive oil
  • garlic powder, salt and pepper to taste
  • 125 ml (1/2 cup) grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 small romaine lettuce, each cut into 2 or 1 large cut into 4

For the dressing:

  • 2 egg yolks
  • 15 ml (1 tablespoon) lemon juice
  • 15 ml (1 tablespoon) Dijon mustard
  • 3 anchovy fillets, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 125 ml (1/2 cup) of oil (olive oil or vegetable oil)
  • 15 ml (1 tablespoon) capers, chopped
  • 30 ml (2 tablespoons) grated Parmesan cheese
  • pepper to taste

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Directions:

For the salad:

Preheat your oven to 180°C (350°F). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place the slices of pancetta and bread cubes coated with oil and garlic powder. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes. Put chopped romaine lettuce on plates, drizzle with dressing, sprinkle with roasted and torn pancetta and croutons. Garnish the salad with Parmesan cheese.

For the dressing:

In a bowl, add the egg yolks, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, anchovy fillets, garlic and the oil in a stream to emulsify. Stir in capers, parmesan and adjust seasoning.

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Friday Love

Hello Friday! The last seven days were more than fulfilled, this is the least I can say. After an enjoyable weekend where we had a beautiful spring day on Saturday (finally) and a snowstorm on Sunday (WTF?), I had the pleasure of sharing a girls lunch with my best friend and goddaughter in the middle of the week. Her first output to a restaurant! How cool is that! Having her quietly sleeping in my arms was a sweet moment.

Temperatures are back to normal around here, so I’ll take the opportunity to cook some good food over the weekend and maybe with a little luck I will be able to open the windows and get some fresh air without freezing! I know a black cat who’s gonna be more than thrilled about that!

Have a nice weekend! xx

*Linkin up with Lauren from Lauren Elizabeth and Jennifer from The Diary of a Real Housewife.

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  1. playground in the kitchen
  2. quick diner: roasted chicken breast over a crunchy Cesar salad
  3. Jasmine likes to sleep late on weekend mornings, as if she knew what day it was
  4. magazines and flowers in the bedroom
  5. scallops and shrimps on a great diner with the girls

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*Earlier this week: Leek and spinach soup + #1picaday March recap + Mirror mirror, tell me…

Mirror mirror, tell me…

Mirror mirror, tell me… who has the coziest bedroom in town? ME.

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I can strike out three items that were on my bedroom to-do list:

  • add a rug at the foot of the bed
  • add a mirror
  • add some magic in the left corner of the bed

And I can almost strike out this one too:

  • change the table lamp for two new ones

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A few weeks ago, I spent a whole Sunday doing shopping with mom and dad. We drove for 2 hours to get to IKEA and after lunch we made a stop at Pottery Barn. I was not in need of anything in particular, but obviously I didn’t returned home empty-handed.

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In my big Swedish blue bag, there was some knick knacks like a black wire basket with handle, a giant white lantern for block candle, a white plate (I recently accidently broke one), a white frame, a pink striped rug for the bedroom that was down to 5$ instead of 30$ (cha-ching!) and THE white mirror I coveted for a certain time.

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The rug and the mirror made their way to my bedroom, along with the lantern.

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The rug and my personal assistant

You might notice that a new framework has appeared. It was in the dining room. I’m thinking about changing the image, but I’ll wait till I spray paint the frames who used to formed a little gallery and who are now patiently waiting in the basement to get their new fresh look.

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Another item that comes from the dining room is the lamp. It’s my favorite one in the whole condo and I thought it deserved to be in my favorite room.

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Now I’m thinking about adding an armchair in this corner of the bedroom (like this one), but I’m scared it’ll become my new laundry basket… What do you think?

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#1picaday March recap

#1picaday March recap

Well, another month as gone by. After going through the first quarter of the year, I can confirm that what I hoped for on January 1st is true: 2014 is an amazing year. Sure, March was full of emotions with the birth of my beautiful-little-princess-aka-goddaughter, shes’s the cutest, that’s it! I never though that one day a baby could have such an effect on me. And there were my friend Stephanie’s funeral on the first day of March and her 30th anniversary today on the last day of the month. Life is a real full cycle.

I also had an exciting foodie weekend with my dear friend Catherine who’s the only person I know being as greedy as me and sweet little moments that I’m gonna keep for myself if you know what I mean! I really look forward the upcoming weeks to see what life is going to bring me, because I feel something good is coming my way. So bring it on!

If some of you would like to join us for the April challenge, you just have to share one pic each day on Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #1picaday and let us know, so we can post a link to your Instagram and Twitter accounts on our blogs. You can follow Mila, Heather, Jana, Carlotta and me over herehere, here, here and here.

See you in a month for more pics!

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