eclair making class in montreal

Eclairs and Other Food Adventures in Montreal

eclair making class in montreal
Two weeks ago I was in Montreal for a work conference. The conference lasted 4 days, and afterwards my friend Stephany and I stayed in Montreal for a few days and her husband and Aldo flew in to join us for a mini vacation. I have been to Montreal once as a kid but I was too young to remember and appreciate what an amazing city it is! We loved it there. So much good food, so many parks and outdoor areas, so many funky cafes and streets with gorgeous graffiti art.

I actually think Montreal was my favorite city out of everywhere I’ve been, as far as actually wanting to live there. Too bad it gets so freakin’ cold there in the winter!!

While we were in Montreal, we had lots of different foods – Tibetan, Japanese (sushi and ramen), Korean, American, Italian, and of course – French: roasted duck, escargot, French cheeses, souffles, macarons, etc. And one of the most fun things we did was take an eclair making class in Old Montreal at Ateliers & Saveurs! When we booked the class we were told that it is taught in French but not to worry, it is easy to follow in English. Let’s see how this goes, we figured!

When we got to Ateliers & Saveurs, the chef was setting up the kitchen for the class and I got to peek at all the ingredients – lots of butter, flour, sugar, fresh fruit, chocolate… this was going to be GOOD! And just look at this gorgeous kitchen – can you image a kitchen like this at home with all that counter space and natural light? It is every food blogger’s dream!

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Lox Appetizer Platter

Lox Appetizer Platter

Lox Appetizer Platter

This Homemade Lox recipe on my blog is one of my most popular recipes ever, and with good reason – lox is delicious, and while it is expensive to buy, it is actually really easy to make. Ever since I’ve perfected my lox recipe I have never bought the ridiculously expensive nitrate-filled pre-packaged lox from the grocery store.

I regularly make lox to eat for weekend breakfast: hello lox scrambled eggs, and English muffins with cream cheese and lox! But this time I wanted to make something a little different – a lox appetizer platter for a dinner party.

Lox Appetizer Platter

This appetizer platter is super impressive because it looks all fancy and exotic thanks to the lox, capers, and the homemade lox veggie dip. But in reality, it is so easy to put together and only requires a few ingredients that are used in several different ways.

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Summer Chickpea Salad

Let me tell you about my crazy couple of weeks at work. This week I had a 2-day overnight work retreat in Princeton on Monday-Tuesday, then I had to travel to Kansas for a meeting Thursday-Friday, returning Friday night. Then on Saturday morning I am headed back to the airport for a conference in Montreal.

Traveling is fun, but makes your life so hectic! All of this going back and forth between the airport while working overtime and still trying to work out, volunteer, spend time with Aldo and the kitty cats, keep up with the food blog, and go house hunting. I am le tired!

summer chickpea salad

I am super excited about Montreal though – several of us are going from work so the conference will be fun, and then one of my work friends and I are staying an extra few days and her husband and Aldo will fly in for a mini vacation. It’ll be great to spend some time with Aldo after a hectic couple of weeks. And everyone keeps telling me how amazing the food is in Montreal, so I am super excited about that!

summer chickpea salad

So while things have been crazy busy at home, I have been making really quick dinners for us, like this Summer Chickpea Salad. (more…)

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spiced pinto bean salad

Spiced Pinto Bean Salad with Avocado Dressing

This gloomy weather we’ve been having in New Jersey was seriously getting me down. I was so ready for summer – I put away all my winter clothes, took out the sandals, checked whether I have enough summer dresses (Aldo would argue ‘yes,’ but I think I could always use more 🙂 ). I was ready for the lovely warm weather to start and all the lovely things that go with that – barbecues, playing tennis, walks in the park. And then it rained for a week straight. I sometimes think it’d be gorgeous to live in the Pacific Northwest, but I am not sure I can deal with so much rain and gloominess. I need the sun!!

spiced pinto bean salad

So while we were waiting for the sun to come back out, I wanted to share this Spiced Pinto Bean Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing that I created for Randall Beans that just screams ‘Summer’ to me! (more…)

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Healthy Snack Platter & Gift Card Sweepstakes!

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser.  All opinions are mine alone. #SavvySnacking #CollectiveBias

{Make sure you read all the way to the bottom to enter the giveaway for a $100 Walmart gift card!}

climbing
Yes, I am a bit scared of heights. Why do you ask??

I might have mentioned before that Aldo and I go rock climbing. We both started climbing several years ago, back when we were still just friends (aww, memories). We both used to climb several nights a week, though lately it’s turned into a Monday night tradition – Monday is 2-for-1 for day passes at our local gyms- and we just don’t have time to go more often nowadays.

Climbing can be an intense workout (depending on much sitting around we do versus actual climbing, haha) and we are usually pretty hungry afterwards. There are days I could honestly eat a second dinner after climbing. Luckily I have Aldo to talk sense into me and stop me from eating everything in sight at 10 o’clock at night. We usually try to make sure we have healthy protein-filled snacks around for moments like that.

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This platter of fiber-rich nuts and fruit, yummy cheese, and protein-packed meat snacks from Lorissa’s Kitchen definitely hits the spot after a night at the climbing gym. And the awesome part is that it can be put together in under 5 minutes! (more…)

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