of vitamin bombs and tasty days in montréal

Hello hungry mouths! How’s your winter going so far (if you have any, after all)? Sleepy? After having returned from a short trip to the North American continent I am wide awake  (especially at night, thanks jet lag!) and I got some literally cool things coming up!

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Apart from showering you with some tips for the cold, yet tempting Canadian Montréal I have created, how else, another recipe – this time for an awesomely colorful vitamin bomb which will immediately sweeten and energize the grey and dark days we’re facing.

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So, the lucky young girl I am, I made use of my privilege as a flight attendant’s daughter once more and went a couple of time zones further west: to Montréal. After eight hour passed with two movies and a critical dissecting of the board-food (I love airplane-meals, always good for a surprise. Like, who ever would serve coffee cream alongside spaghetti with something like tomato sauce?!) Anyways. The weather conditions in the former “Ville Marie” were surprisingly mild and merciful when I arrived (“Oh you must be used to cold temperatures anyways, you’re Swiss!” – I am told by every Northern American who at least got as far as to distinguish Switzerland from Sweden, maybe.) but the Canadian skies decided to show me all they have up their sleeves on my second day: icy rain, snow, wind, and fog – simultaneously. Result: my flight home got cancelled and my stay prolonged. There is definitely worse places to be grounded indeed. I didn’t really feel like going outside, of course, but who cares about that in a city with 30 km underground labyrinth full of shops and restaurants?  So here is why I came up with three travel-advice-categories for the city at St-Lawrence River. Ville Marie, by the way, is also the name of the quarters I stayed at and they got a lot to offer. Let’s have a look at it!

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Montreal in merciful weather conditions

If you should happen to be blessed with nice or something-near-nice weather in Montreal: use it! Go to one of the awesome ice-skating places, there are plenty of them, for instance at the Old Port of Montreal. Also, there is no getting around, you have to walk up Mont Royal! Dress warm, maybe bring a slide, your ice skaters or your skis, whatever. The area is vast and the view stunning!

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Montreal in brisk weather conditions

Go for the Museum of Fine Arts! Really! I am not an art person for sure. I don’t really know much about it, nothing that goes beyond Monet, van Gogh and Picasso. And maybe that is one of the reasons why I went, sort of to calm my guilty conscience about my ignorance. Whatever, I was completely amazed by the extent and the range of pieces of art that were exhibited there. From Renaissance to contemporary artists, paintings, photography to chairs in all forms and colors they really had everything that might ever have been considered art by some soul in the world. I still do not know much more about arts but now I think that maybe that’s all it needs for you to enjoy it and find it fun.

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Montreal in hungry conditions: breakfast, lunch and dinner

It is my first dilemma when I come to a city I haven’t been to before: food. Everyone is a less bearable person when hungry, really. So I am always happy when people tell me where to eat. Straight forward. So I don’t waste time on that, getting ever more “hangry”.

If you can, and if you’re not on the “poutine” (fries with greasy sauces, seriously?!) side of eaters, go either for Rue St.Paul or for Rue Crescent (although I am sure there are other streets just as rich in treasures). They both offer neat shops, cafés and restaurants.

My personal favorites for a whole day of eating shall thus be presented here:

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For a light, fresh and healthy lunchMandy’s. Cute and bright interior. Great choice of salads and drinks!

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  • For a nasty dinner consisting of awesome homemade pasta: Wienstein and Gavin’s. Plus: they serve baguette with pesto before you order. So mean!
  • And last but not least: for the craving in between, go to the well-hidden, yet cool-chic Café Spoon and treat yourself with a matcha-latte with almond milk.

Now after having talked about food so much, I hope you still do have at least half an ear and an eye for what I created for you today. You should and I don’t want you to leave without it. For it is one more step towards getting healthy and sane through freezing days full of sneezing people, a pure vitamin bomb with potential to become a quick dessert, eye-catcher and (mostly) guiltless midnight snack, too:

blood-orange with honey and peppermint-cream, topped with roasted cinnamon-walnuts 

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ingredients:

  • 2 blood oranges in slices
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • 1 handfuls of hashed fresh peppermint
  • cinnamon
  • 1 handful of walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon honey

preparation:

  • whip cream, then add peppermint and a pinch of cinnamon
  • roast walnuts with some cinnamon
  • put orange slices on a plate, top with honey, cream little cinnamon and some walnuts

So quick, so simple, so good!

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I wish you wonderful days of winter, eventually turning into mild and sunny days of spring (fingers crossed!).

Love, Florence

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