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Cheesecake!

Today, I finally got to test my KitchenAid stand mixer!!! I was so excited to use my new baby Icey! Yes, I named my stand mixer because we’re going to be spending lots of time together!!!

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My baby Icey! <3

I have always wanted to bake a cheesecake and today, I was able to do it! I used the Philadelphia Classic Cheesecake recipe. It seemed pretty easy and it was finally.

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Ingredients in bowl

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Mixed ingredients

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Crust

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Cheesecake mix over crust

I was very excited to have a perfect beautiful cheesecake but that dream broke into crumbles. I baked the cheesecake in a regular pan and not a springform pan, which would have made it easy to stay in shape. I tried removing it from the pan and it broke into my hands, as I flipped it around a bit. A big fail on my part but hey, you learn from your mistakes. At least, the cheesecake still tested delicious despite its appearance.

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Classic cheesecake!

 

Next time, I’ll try making a Manhattan Style cheesecake from one of my desserts book. I’ll also make a coulis to add to the cheesecake. Of course, I’ll buy a springform pan by then.

Lola Rosa Café 2

In May 2013, Dom and I had a date. I decided to bring her to Lola Rosa because it’s one of my favourite vegetarian restaurants. We went to the one on Milton because I hadn’t gotten the chance to sit down last time I went there.

I remember it was during the time where we couldn’t drink tap water because a pipe had exploded in the St-Lawrence River and contaminated it. In some areas of the city, it was a different colour, almost brownish. People were buying bottled water. The waitress suggested the homemade iced tea, which was made with bottled water. It was lightly sweet and very refreshing on the hot summer day.

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Dom ordered the Burrito, which was served with salad and rice. The burrito had black beans, corn, tomato, cilantro, mozzarella, spicy sour cream, green onions, sweet potatoes and jalapenos. She loved her dish but was full quickly. I had a bite and tasted how filling the burrito was, especially with a side or rice.

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I ordered the Hemp Burger, which was served with a salad. The burger is made with hemp seeds, lentils, chia and grilled tofu. It’s topped with cheese, salad, tomatoes, a pickle and covered with bbq sauce. The burger was flavourful and delicious. I really enjoyed the salad with beet, carrot and chick peas. I realized that veggie burgers can be just as good as meat burgers. I was stuffed after my main dish but I still wanted to try a dessert.

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Dom had the Pineapple & Raspberry cheesecake to go because she was full after her main dish but wanted to taste one of their desserts. She texted me later that day to say the dessert was delicious and she was happy she got it.

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I ordered the Apple Crisp served with vanila ice cream. It was one of the best apple crumbles I’ve had. I love the mix of hot and cold so I love desserts that are hot and served with ice cream. I had a very generous serving. I wasn’t able to finish it as I was full so I took the rest of the go. Of course, I made sure to finish the ice cream first.

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We had a wonderful service and the food was delicious. It gets the same grade I gave it before, a 9/10. It cost us 25 dollars for a drink, a main dish and a dessert with taxes and tips. I recommend this restaurant to everyone. If you’re not vegetarian but are curious, check out Lola Rosa. If you are a small group, I suggest the Milton location and if you’re a big group, go to the Parc location. Dom told me that Lola Rosa was the best vegetarian restaurant I made her discover. I was really happy to hear that!

p.s. The pictures are blurry because I didn’t want to use the flash and blind everyone.

 

Lola Rosa Café

545 Milton, Montreal, QC

H2X 1W5 514-287-9337

 

Lola Rosa Parc

4581 Du Parc, Montreal, QC

H2V 4E5 514-843-5652

Winter Hell

This winter season is one of the worst I’ve seen since I first arrived to Montreal almost 15 years ago. The cold has been so intense, it’s unbearable. When I got home after my internship in the week, I pretty much hibernate on my couch reading or watching television. March is quickly coming and I hope that we’ll have warmer weather.

I have decided to do a 30-day hot yoga challenge at Enso Yoga for the month of March. I had mentioned earlier in the winter that I wanted to do some physical activity so I could stay in shape. I’ve been doing aerial yoga since mid-January, which is yoga with the use of a hamac. It’s the coolest thing, I feel like an acrobat. Well at least, when I manage to do the crazy tricks. I only do it once a week but maybe I’ll do it twice a week when the next level starts. The reason I’m doing the hot yoga challenge is because I’m hoping I will feel energized by doing an hour of yoga daily. Also hoping, it will make me feel less stressed and more relaxed. Of course, if it can help me have a flat stomach, I’ll be excited. I already bough a yoga mat and figured out my schedule. I’ll let you know how it went in April, well if I survive the heat.

A friend told me I should not write about my past restaurant visits and only concentrate on recent ones. I understood his point, especially if the places I visited shut down since. However, most of the places on my list are still open and they’re amazing so I’ll keep writing about it. It’s going to be a long journey but I’ll catch up to today!

Thanks for reading and following me everyone!!!!

N.

Poutine Week 2015: Winners!

Sorry everyone for only posting this now! This last week was pretty overwhelming. The weather in Montreal is cold, depressing and exhausting. Is spring almost here? Please I need some sun and warmth to survive in this world!!! We’re already in mid-February so that’s good.

Anyway if you haven’t had a chance to see who the winners of La Poutine Week 2015 edition, well here they are!

Dirty Dogs won People’s Choice

The Boss Poutine

The Boss Poutine

Copper branch won Healthiest Poutine

Healthy Vegan Poutine

Healthy Vegan Poutine

Fabergé won This is Not a Poutine

The People's Waffle

The People’s Waffle

Shawarmaz won Judge’s Choice

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I am so happy that I got to try 3 of the winning poutines. The one at Shawarmaz looked really good with garlic potatoes and the choice of chicken or beef at $8.99. Hope you all enjoyed La Poutine Week, see you next year poutine lovers!

Poutine Week 2015: Fabergé

Earlier today, I had my last poutine and one of my top choices. Fabergé is one of my favourite places to brunch and I was really excited to try their poutine. Last year, they had an Italian poutine and I loved it. This year, it was a crispy potato waffle topped with braised duck, cheese curds and gravy. Wait, a poutine made with waffle? Yes, it’s possible and it’s wonderful. The flavours blended well together. The duck was tender while the sauce was juicy and slightly sweet.

The People's Waffle

The People’s Waffle

It costed $12, which was a decent price. My friend Sam ordered the signature dish, which is fried chicken and sweet waffles together. It’s served with a homemade BBQ sauce, maple syrup, coleslaw and potatoes. I was so happy she ordered it because I always to try it. When you mix them with the sauce and syrup, you get a delicious mix of sweet and spicy. The portion is huge and she didn’t end up finishing it.

Chicken & Waffles

Chicken & Waffles

If you’ve never been to Fabergé, you should go soon! The drinks are amazing and the food is good. I tried a chai latte for the first time there and I loved it!

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Coffee & Chai Latte

 

Fabergé

27 Fairmount West, Montreal, QC,

H2T 2L9 514-903-6649

Poutine Week 2015: Melrose Restaurant – Bar

Poutine Week is now over but I had 2 posts left!

Melrose had a poutine, which reminded me of a nice Italian pasta. It had spicy french fries, mozzarella, homemade chilli sauce with red kidney beans and homemade meatballs with mixed meats. The meatballs and chili were spicy and very filling. I love mozzarella cheese, always a good choice in poutine.

Melrose Poutine

Melrose Poutine

It costed $11 for this Italian poutine.

 

Melrose Restaurant – Bar

6548 Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC,

H2S 3C6 514-508-4227

Poutine Week 2015: La Banquise

There’s always a line-up at La Banquise whenever I go there or pass nearby, always. The poutine is as crazy as its name. The fries and cheese curds are topped with spicy sausage, bacon, corn, mushrooms and red onion covered with the pepper sauce gravy. A dollop of sour cream is served and atop of it is a jalapeno pepper resting on a piece of salad. It looks simple but it gets heavy pretty quick. The mix of flavours is wonderful being sweet and spicy. The sour cream makes everything better. The jalapeno pepper is super hot but delicious.

La Folie

La Folie

At the cost of $9.75, it’s for anyone who likes a poutine with many ingredients inside!

 

 La Banquise

994 Rachel East, Montreal, QC

H2J 2J3 514-525-2415

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