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Still alive!

Hello everyone!

Yes, I am still alive despite the prolonged absence from my blog. Things have just been pretty overwhelming. After my internship, I worked for Le Burger Week. It was crazy intense but so much fun! Then I started my part-time job and the week after, school had started. I didn’t see my summer go by with all the festivals I was covering this summer and until now. Looking back, I don’t know how I did it. Needless to say, I didn’t have a summer break and this semester has a huge workload. I can’t believe it’s my final year of studies. I’m excited and nervous at the same time.

I’ve discussed with some friends who’ve given me some suggestions on updating my blog. When I have a moment to breathe, I will implement some changes and update my blog. There are many things I want to share and I will!

Thank you for following me until now!


Me looking fancy at the opera!


Crazy summer

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It’s already August, times goes by too fast during the summer! Yet again, I have failed at updating my blog at a weekly basis. I was about to do it but a few negative things happened since my last post and it’s affected a big part of my life. I haven’t been in a mood to post anything. Despite that negativity, good things happened and I enjoyed the month of July. I went to Quebec City for a weekend. I got media passes for Just for Laughs Festival and Fantasia International Film Festival, which have taken up my social life. I have more festivals to cover in August and my internship finishes next week. I have many articles to write and will probably be fairly busy until school starts. I will finally upload the Gluten challenge post. Then one about my food journey in Quebec City, one about articles I wrote and we’ll see after that, but maybe about Burger Week…

Thanks for following my food adventures everyone!


A Taste of the Caribbean 2015

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A Taste of the Caribbean is Quebec’s premier Caribbean cultural event. This 3-day festival is celebrating its 16th year. It starts today June 26th until the 28th and is located in the Old Port at Isle Bonsecours. The hours of the festival are from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Entrance is free between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. every day.


There are many activities from live cooking demos by international chefs to live mixology demos, street carnival, fashion, concerts by internationally renowned artists and much more. For the low prices of 2, 5 and 8 dollars, you will be able to sample food from 20 Caribbean nations: Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Cuba, etc. Today and tomorrow are going to be beautiful days. I’d love to check out the festival on Saturday afternoon.

I’m particularly excited to see Marida Mohammed, the runner-up from the first edition of Masterchef Canada. She will be coming with her twin sister Narida and their duo is known as Twice De Spice.

For the concerts, you can buy tickets in advance at the cost of 5$ or at the door for 10$.

Visit their website or Facebook page for more information!

Sunday Baking

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I love baking, everyone who knows me well knows that. Yesterday, I decided I was going to bake. Why you ask? Because I want to and I bought all the necessary ingredients the day before. I have a tendency of going all out when I do something. Why bake one thing when I can bake multiple things?



I started by making a cheesecake and this time, I had a springform pan! My cheesecake was perfect! Well amost because I didn’t have enough graham crackers to make the crumbs but I still did it so my crust is tiny. I used the recipe from the Philadelphia cream cheese box, which is slightly different than the one available online. I had shared a link when I had baked my first cheesecake in February. I decided to make a simple berry coulis to add over the cheesecake. The result was spectacular, I am incredibly proud of myself!




Slice of cheesecake with berry coulis

Then, I decided to make a banana bread because there were many bananas and they were going to go bad if not eaten soon enough.


A classic

Lastly, I decided to make shortbread cookies. I had first made some in the end of April and they turned out great, except they weren’t perfectly cut. I had used the recipe from Field Guide to Cookies by Anita Chu. The second try was the recipe of the Club House rice flour. I needed xantham gum but I didn’t have any and I saw that chia seeds could be a substitute. That’s why there’s small dots in the cookies I made yesterday.


Round shortbread cookies


My first shortbread cookies

I had so many vegetables left over so I decided to cook them before they went bad. I mixed mushrooms, zucchinis, colourful peppers, carrots and tomatoes. I added some origan and cumin. It tasted nice over some rice and with some Portuguese chicken. It added colour to my plate and it’s nutritious!


Sautéed vegetables

I had lots of fun baking and cooking yesterday. I really love my stand mixer, it’s the best investment I’ve made so far. I’m going to try more desserts this summer, I can’t wait!

Healthy Lifestyle

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So lately, I’ve been eating pretty healthy. Actually very healthy, it looks like I’m on a diet but I’m not. Maybe it’s my subconscious guiding me to eat healthy so I can get my body back in shape for the summer. Yes, I’m aware that I also need to some physical activity but I haven’t decided my plan of action yet. I think the best thing would be to start running outdoors. Yes, I’m very desperate because I hate running but I really want to have a flat stomach and wear that cropped shirt I bought last summer. Is this dedication or motivation? Everyone keeps telling me to cut my food portions, especially sugar if I want to have a flat stomach. But I live for sweets so it’s incredibly difficult. There is sugar in so many food products! I’m trying to consume those who don’t have an excessive amount but it’s hard.

I tried doing a 5-day gluten-free challenge last week starting May 11th. It didn’t go as well as planned for a few reasons. First, I didn’t have time to cook the meals in advance. Secondly, I started my new internship so I went to bed and woke up early. Thirdly, my internship had a party to welcome new employees on the 3rd day and they had lots of food containing gluten. As the glutton that I am, I couldn’t resist and after all, wouldn’t it be rude if I refused their hospitality? There was bagels, salmon, cream cheese, cheese, fruits, veggies and even wine! I think I’m going to enjoy my internship at this travel agency. The team is very nice and thoughtful. The bosses buy food for the employees: coffee, waffles, ice cream, frozen meals, bread, and much more. I have never seem something as wonderful as this at a job. The company seems too good to be true, maybe I’m dreaming and I’ll wake up soon…

There was another 30-day hot yoga challenge in the month of June at Enso Yoga. I was going to subscribe again but I knew I wouldn’t be able to go for 3 days, as I’ll be out of a town for a weekend. Plus, I probably won’t do hot yoga on my birthday! Also the last time I did the challenge, I was feeling half relaxed and half stressed because of time constraints and limitation of other activities. As I mentioned before, I was thinking of running outdoors because it costs nothing. However, I’m worried that my ankle isn’t ready to handle the pressure. My podiatrist said I could do some yoga, contemporary dancing and other sports, as long as I bandage my ankle for it to remain straight and stable. He also told me my ankle should be back to its former shape 6 months after the injury so by September. I was going to subscribe to the gym this week to start going 3 to 4 times a week, but I was told that it’d be cheaper if I registered as of June 1st. I’m thinking of seeing a trainer to have a fixed routine or training and possibly keep me motivated.

I’ve been eating salads for dinner. My mother always eats salads and she would make me sometimes but I didn’t like her lettuce so I decided to buy better ingredients. Lately, I’ve been adding fruits in my salad from raspberries to blueberries to blackberries to pears. I bought some feta cheese to add as well. Also when there’s almonds, I’ll throw them in the salad. If there’s some fine herbs, I’ll add them too and cover it in a balsamic vinaigrette. I just bought a berry flavoured one last weekend and it’s delicious.

For breakfast this past week, I’ve had plain Greek yogurt with raspberries and oats covered in maple syrup. I’ve been trying to cut bread out of my diet forever so this is a good alternative so far. I’ll talk about the nice recipes I learned during my gluten-free challenge in a future post.

If you follow me on Instagram (@nyeba), you’ll notice my healthier lifestyle and all the salads I’ve been eating. Here’s a photo of my prettiest salad creation!

Colourful salad

Colourful salad

Other blog articles

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I’ve been asked to blog for other blogs and here are a few of my posts!



Montreal Rampage

The Magic of Cognitive Cooking: Extraordinary Recipes and Wonderful Tastes

Cognitive Cooking event during La Poutine Week.

Queens of RuPaul’s Drag Race invade Montreal 

Pre-interview before RuPaul’s Drag Race: Battle of the Seasons Tour.

RuPaul’s Drage Race Review: Drag Queens conquer Olympia

Review of the Battle of the Seasons Tour.


Sweets & Squats

Three healthier cocktails at the Montreal cocktail week 

Pre-interview about Invasion Cocktail.

Vegetarian, gluten-free and health-conscious finds at the First Fridays food truck gathering

Healthy choices at the First Fridays.

Getting back in shape with Montreal’s outdoor bootcamp classes

Workout through bootcamp classes.


I’ll get back to updating mine next week and mention my 5-day gluten-free challenge, which was harder than I thought.



April Rush

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In the end, I didn’t write anything in the month of April. At least, I had mentioned in my previous post that I wouldn’t be posting for a few weeks. I finished my internship this Friday and I’m relieved because I had so much work. I was also pressured to find another internship for the summer, which I thankfully found or it would have had some repercussions on my final grades. Of course, I’m still dealing with other personal things and I’ll never know when I’ll stop worrying about those things. For now, I’m trying to relax and breathe. Pretty ironic since I always tell people to do those 2 things while I barely do it myself.

My ankle healed after being on crutches and using a cane for 5 weeks. It was really annoying and I’ve decided to consult a podiatrist to fix my problem or at least try to. Somebody asked me if I could survive 2 years without wearing heels and I told them “no”. I don’t want to sacrifice anything because of my ankle and especially not my beautiful heels.

I’ve started writing for a new blog called Sweets & Squats! This awesome blog is from a graduated journalism student, a common friend introduced us. So far, I’ve written 2 articles, which I’ll share shortly. I urge you to check out her blog, especially if you’re into the healthy lifestyle.

Thanks everyone!



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