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Fantastic Ice Creams at Le Bilboquet (Montreal, Canada)

Le Bilboquet is an artisan ice cream institution in Montreal. It opened in 1983 by Carole Lavallée and Yves Lebuis and eventually in 2004, Pierre Morin took over, with the hope of serving ice cream that feels like home but cares about using the best ingredients possible. The brand uses only fresh 3.25% milk, 35% pure cream, and 100% fruits and juices without additives or artificial colorants. Cookies, brownies and other confections that are incorporated into Le Bilboquet ice creams are mostly produced by an in-house pastry chef. The sorbets contain up to 80% fruit, and there is no air..

Excellent Loaves of Bread at Boulangerie Guillaume (Montreal, Canada)

Boulangerie Guillaume is a popular Mile-End bakery on St-Laurent Boulevard. The proprietor Guillaume Vaillant learned his craft on the job and opened this bakery in 2010. He combines traditional methods and artisanship to produce a unique selection of loaves, baguettes and savory treats. When you enter this small bakery (on the retail front) on an early Saturday morning, you’re greeted by the delicious aroma, the sight of beautiful shades of golden brown deliciousness of fresh baked bread and the sweet ladies at the front with a gentle bonjour. There were at least thirty different loaves when I arrived and many..

Delicious, Vegetable-Forward Fare at Le Café Bloom (Montreal, Canada)

I wanted to eat outside of Downtown Montreal since it would be too easy for me to be complacent to not explore. I headed out in Point St. Charles, Montreal. If I had to compare this neighborhood to New York, it reminds me of Williamsburg before 2010 when gentrification is taken over but it’s not totally gotten insane with the luxury condos that’s springing up all over NYC. Le Café Bloom is a charming, welcoming café outfitted with lots of vintage, wooden tables and chairs, an open kitchen in the back. There’s even a small area for children to play..

Exquisite Lunch at Restaurant Les 400 Coups (Montreal, Canada)

I recently went to Montreal, Canada*. To those of you who have been there before, you know it’s pretty accessible by train and it’s doable if you want to drive in about 6 hours but I took the plane. Generally, you’d think it’s an easy ride in since it shouldn’t take more than an hour to fly in. But your presumption is wrong. I would anticipate flights being delayed if it’s terrible weather despite the fact it was perfectly blue skies and my flight was delayed just because we’re waiting for the plane from Columbus, Ohio to arrive. My stress..

Breakfast Carb Fest, Chinatown, and Quince in Toronto

[I suggest you get yourself something cold to drink or a bowl of ice cream, because this will be a long read…] On the second and last full day of staying in Canada, my family hauled our butts early in the morning (at 7 AM) from Niagara Falls to Toronto, which is pretty much an hour and a half drive. The night before we all tucked into our evening’s slumber, I was pretty much coordinating when and where we’re going to eat. I was freaking out over the fact that I want to do a pastry/bread tour in Toronto with..

Upstate NY/Canadian Weekend Trip – Day 1

[Note: Not much of a food post but at least you know what I did in Upstate NY/Niagara Falls] My journey up North actually started at 2 AM when my entire family hauled our butts from bed, brewed really strong coffee and set out to upstate New York (by car) to go to our first destination – a farm. Yes, as an urbanite, it’s almost a shock to me since I never seen so many rolling green hills and farm animals. NATURE (more…)

Greetings from Toronto!

Hideho! I’m actually writing this very short post just to say “Hi!” to you all from my hotel’s public computer. Just to let you know, Niagara Falls’ food does suck albeit expensive. Toronto’s food scene is pretty darn good if you know where you going. Patisseries and bakeries that I dropped in were pretty awesome – that my family and I had a carb (and cream) fest of a breakfast. You have to stay tuned on that particular post in the coming week. Summerlicious, a Toronto version of NYC’s Restaurant Week is not bad from where my family and I went for dinner...