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21-Day Vegan Challenge

Montreal is having its first Vegan Festival on September 26 and 27. At the same time, they are proposing people to do a 21-day challenge of eating only vegan food. I have decided to do the challenge. Why? I’m curious to discover the vegan diet. More and more people are going from vegetarian to vegan. I think the best way to understand veganism is to live it. In a way, this is immersion journalism. As a journalist, it’s kind of exciting. I will be posting pictures of what I ate on Instagram and writing a blog post every day about my daily experience.

Of course, the festival suggested recipes for the 21 days. I printed all the recipes and will follow them because it’s the safest thing to do. I won’t be able to go to restaurants between September 27 to October 17, except for vegan places.

I was glad to see that places like Mouton Vert and Sophie Sucrée offer vegan desserts. I know I can survive without meat but I will never survive without desserts.

People's Potato free lunch at Concordia.

People’s Potato free lunch last Friday at Concordia University .

Many people are doubting me, thinking I will not survive a week because I love food too much. I’ve already survived over a week eating no meat because there was none in my home. Luckily, my mother will be doing the challenge too.

Am I scared? A little but I knnow I can do this and I believe in myself!

For more information on the festival and the challenge, visit the website of Montreal Vegan Festival!

Don’t forget to follow my vegan adventure! ; )

Le Burger Week

Hello everyone!

It’s that time of year again and I’m not talking about back to school, I’m talking about burgers! I have had my share of burgers as I got to taste while taking pictures of them. It was a wonderful and horrible experience at the same time. I ate so many burgers, my stomach couldn’t handle it.

Check out their website to see the 40 burgers or more available in Montreal. You can also check out my instagram account nyeba to see some pictures I took with my cellphone.

WARNING: VIEWING THESE PICTURES MIGHT MAKE YOU HUNGRY!

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Decca77’s “Thérese Burger”

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Burger Bar Crescent’s “The Dude”

These lovely pictures were taken by me! I’m really proud of having such a delicious portfolio of burgers. All my pictures are available on the album of Le Burger Week on their Facebook page!

Have a wonderful week full of burgers everyone!

 

N.

Summer madness

Hello everyone!

So my internship is over after three months and I can’t believe it. I’m very proud of myself for having given more than 100% even when I was sick for a few days. I had a good review from my supervisors with points to work on, which I will do to become an amazing journalist and excel in my two next internships this winter and summer semester.

Why haven’t I been updating my blog then? Well it’s because I’ve been busy with other things.
The first is that I’ve been volunteering for Fashion and Design Festival. I have always wanted to volunteer but was always working and this year was my chance. I love food but I also love fashion. I’m having a blast at the festival, watching fashion shows, meeting designers and seeing beautiful outfits. I really want to work in a fashion magazine like Elle Québec but where I could still talk about food and culture.
The second is that I’m the photographer for Burger Week. During my free time, I’ve been going around the city and taking pictures of the 38 burgers. Yes, I’ve tasted some and might possibly blog about it so stay tuned for the first week of September.

Lots of love to those still following me!

N.

End of internship

Hello everyone!

My internship finishes this Friday and I cannot wait! It was an amazing experience that kept me busy and where I learned new things about working in a magazine, well actually two.

After, I should have more free time to update my blog just before school starts. I went to some events where I took pictures of my meals, such as the Friday Food Trucks and Matsuri Japan.

Here are the links to both magazines if you’re curious, both are in French:

http://inspiromedia.ca/

http://premieresenaffaires.com/

Thank you!
N.

Apéros de quartier

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Apéritif à la française celebrates its 11-year anniversary by hosting four aperitifs across Montreal and Quebec named Apéros de quartier for the second time. An aperitif is an alcoholic drink that you enjoy before your meal as an appetizer, from the French culture. These aperitifs are from 6 to 8:30pm in restos-bars in different neighbourhoods.

I had the chance to attend one of the Apéros de quartier at Voro in the Mile-End on July 16th. Zoya accompanied me and we felt like VIP. (Thanks again NA!)

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For 30 dollars, you have a main dish, a special drink and two drinks. The dish and drinks are specific kinds. You have other options for the main dish but it will cost 10 dollars. The same goes for drinks that cost 5 dollars.

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St-Rémy à la crème on ice

PIneau des charentes aka pineau colada

PIneau des charentes aka pineau colada

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Hennessy ginger ale

The main dish was a spinach stuffed salmon crust with artichoke sauce and white wine. However, Zoya and I are not fan of salmon so we didn’t hesitate paying 10 dollars to try something different. We ordered a dauphinoise with merguez, ratatouille and artichoke sauce. It was a special mix with a poached egg, very creamy and various flavours. Zoya wasn’t such a fan but I thought it was good and different. The cusine reflects the French culture, which goes with the theme. There was also a vegetarian option.

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A little treat that every guest received, which made me very happy. I love French biscuits, especially of the St-Michel brand.

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I definitely recommend this event to everyone, you get to experience and discover a part of French culture. The drinks and meals are inspired from France. You also have a fun atmosphere with a DJ playing a nice mix. You  also get to dress up and look like a million bucks. Also there’s many photographers to capture your wonderful look.

The last one is on July 30th at Pandore, a restaurant on the last floor of Le 2-22 Sainte-Catherine. The view will probably be breathtaking and the weather is gonna be sunny. I don’t think I will be going again, I would love too, as it’s going to be lots of fun!

p.s. My pictures aren’t amazing because I used my cellphone, as I forgot my camera home.

Summer continued

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Hello everyone!

I know that it’s been a while I haven’t update my blog. This summer has been very difficult for me. I love my internship that’s ending in 3 weeks. The World Cup 2014 was amazing with my team, Germany, winning. I’m checking out Fantasia Festival and watching 17 movies during the 3 weeks of the festival. I haven’t been able to try restaurants like I said, except when I was treated for lunch or dinner, because of my low finances. I feel sad to not be trying out restaurants, especially with so many opening this summer and cool food events. The worst thing is that I’m not losing my belly weight by eating out less and working out. I guess I have no choice but to change my diet and live a healthy life. Will I survive? My friends and family would probably say “no”, as they couldn’t believe I would survive 10 days cutting sugar but I’ll prove them wrong. I’m coming for you abs!

Thanks for always following me!

N.

Decca 77

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Dee, Nico and I had one of our yearly dinner in May 2013. I remember this one well because after we went to 281, the famous male dancer joint in Montreal, well famous for the female clientele. As always, I was proposing places and since we wanted to eat downtown, I suggested Decca77. I had always heard about this restaurant near the Bell Centre and was curious to try it.

The drink menu had some special drinks including the Fraisilic. It was a mix of vodka, strawberry puree, basil and a splash of lime. Unfortunately, they didn’t have the puree leaving Nico and I extremely disappointed. She ordered the Lychee, normally a mix of vodka, soho and lychee juice. However this martini had some sake added to it. Dee ordered the Bahamas, a mix of brown rum, malibu, orange and pineapple juice. I ordered the Muscatini, a mix of vodka, cacao cream and nutmeg. I didn’t enjoy my drink at all. The girls thought their drinks were okay. None of us ordered a second round of drinks, a rare fact.

Dee and Nico ordered the same appetizer while I didn’t order one. I wasn’t impressed with the menu of appetizers and was excited to eat my main dish. I cannot remember the name of the appetizer served on a board plate. Three big pieces of shrimp lay on a bed of quinoa with some vegetables and pieces of orange. The shrimps were delicious while the quinoa was refreshing and light. After realizing my plate wasn’t going to arrive before a while, I ordered the same appetizer because the bread and butter weren’t very filling.

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Dee and Nico ordered the same main dish, which was a Grain-fed Veal Chop served with herb smashed potatoes and mesclun. They both enjoyed their meal.

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For the main meal, I chose the Decca Burger 77. The beef burger had cheese, mushroom, fried onions (asked to remove them), tomato jam and spicy mayo. It was served with hand cut fries and a little salad. It was a delicous burger.

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It gets a grade of 6.5/10. I enjoyed the food but was not impressed with the service and the drinks. There weren’t many customers during the night so I don’t understand why they ran out of puree. I mean couldn’t you go buy some? For an appetizer, a drink and a main meal, it costs around 60-70 dollars including taxes and tips. Would I recommend this restaurant, to be honest not really. Except if you’re desperate to eat around the Bell Centre and you don’t want to eat at La Cage aux Sports, St-Hubert, Bâton Rouge or Madison’s.

 

Decca 77

1077 Drummond, Montreal, QC

H3B 4H4 514-934-1077 

 

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