Dinner at the top of the world!

Hi guys!

If you have the chance to go to Toronto, here we are with the first interesting and useful advice if you ever go there!

We spent a weekend in Toronto just a few days ago. We decided to go there by train since it’s the cheapest and fastest way to get there from Montreal. To be honest that wasn’t the best weekend to spend in Toronto because the Hurricane Sandy was on its way from New York City! Indeed it was raining all the time.. But no worries.. Despite this we really enjoyed the city.

We arrived there on Saturday and we immediately went to the CN Tower, the most spectacular place in Toronto. It’s a telecommunication tower completed in 1976 and until 2010 the world’s tallest free-standing structure and the world’s tallest tower with its 553 metres height. Defined as one of the seven wonders of modern world by the American Society of civil engineers, it will let you have an amazing view of the city thanks to the glass floors.

The entrance ticket to the tower is around 24$, but in one of the upper floors there is a restaurant, The 360, and a café, The Horizon, where it is possible to enjoy good food while looking at the world from above!
We decided to book a dinner at the 360 Restaurant (which includes the entrance to the glass floor) and we got there using the glass elevator. The restaurant is really elegant, a soft lighting ambiance with every table situated near the window or in the back raw but over a step to let everybody enjoy the view. The most amazing thing is that the entire restaurant turns on itself, so no matter on which side you are sitting, in almost one hour you’ll complete the 360 round.

We went for the 55$ menu which comprehends:

APPETIZERS:

Roasted Beet and Orange Glazed Duck Spiedini Spinach and leek tart, organic greens and petals

Summer Tomato Salad with Black Pearl Olives Grilled Halloumi cheese, organic baby arugula, fresh oregano vinaigrette

MAIN:

Sea Salt Crusted Atlantic Salmon with Fried Capers Sweet butter potatoes, grilled asparagus, preserved lemon vinaigrette

DESSERT:

Dark Chocolate Tower with Summer Berries, Raspberry coulis, vanilla crème Anglaise

The food is precious, especially the dessert!

We strongly suggest you to go there and… Enjoy your dinner at the top of the world!

A. G. V. 

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Afternoon Tea at Birks Cafe’

If you are ever planning to come to Montreal, a must stop is the Henry Birks’ Café.

It is situated in the city center, more precisely in Rue Sainte Catherine right in front of The Bay, the most popular shopping mall in this city.

You can go there wether to have brunch, lunch or afternoon tea.

Unfortunately during the weekends it closes at 5 pm, so you won’t be able to respect the English traditional tea time.

We went there on Saturday after lunch and we fell in love with this place!

First of all, Henry Birks is a jewelry, so when you enter, before going to the mezzanine floor where the café is, you’ll walk through dreamy engagement rings and diamonds of every color.

The place, the atmosphere and the jewels immediately made ​​us think of Breakfast at Tiffany’s!

Now, come down to earth and go to the mezzanine, where a nice and kind staff will welcome you and get you a table.

During the afternoon tea hours (2.30 pm onwards) you can choose among more than 10 varieties of tea, macarons and chocolates.

Moreover, they offer the possibility to get a taste of everything with a 26.50 $ menu which comprehends many delicacies as you can see in the picture…

No need to say that we opted for this solution!

We had a really good time at Birks Cafe’!

So….If you are in Montreal and it’s cold outside, Birks Cafe’ is a great alternative to warm up and stay together with friends in front of so many delights!

Enjoy your English tea!

http://www.birks.com/en/static/cafe/welcome.htm

A. G. V.

Homemade Brunch

As you probably already noticed we like good food. That’s why on Sunday morning we decided to have a typical brunch.

Since we woke up at 11 am we thought it was the optimal choice, being this time between BReakfast and lUNCH.

There are many places where you can go to have a real brunch or you can just go to the closest supermarket and buy everything you need to prepare one.

We opted for the second one. So we bought eggs, bacon, sausages, bread, pancakes powder, maple syrup, milk, tea, orange juice, black coffee and yogurt. All of these won’t cost more than 40$.

We advise you to start with the pancakes since it will take most of your time to prepare them. Don’t get disappointed if the first ones are not perfect, they will get better and better!

First of all we put in the same frying pan bacon and sausages, while in another one you can prepare the scrambled eggs.

Get the table ready with all the other things.

Once the cooking part is done you can serve everything together.

ENJOY YOUR BRUNCH!

A. G. V.

OUBLIEZ LADURÉE, MAINTENANT C’EST PIERRE HERMÉ!

I’m pretty sure most of you can remember the lyrics from the song by Helmut Fritz, Ça m’énerve:

“Ça m’énerve tous ces gens qui font la queue chez Ladurée! Tout ça pour des macarons? Mais bon… Il paraît qu’ils sont bons”

Well, apparently, Pierre Hermé macarons are plus que bons.

Tastier, juicier and the result of a Parisian advice, those macarons nearly unknown by foreigners are the best ones you could ever have.

They have many boutiques dislocated around Paris, and many others all around the world.

Don’t forget to start your tasting experience from the most delicate flavors: first of all Infinitely Jasmin, a not-too-sweet cookie which gently melts once in your mouth.
After that: Infinitely Rose. I usually don’t like rose as a flavor, I find too sweet and too artificial, but still I was persuaded to try one. I never say no. And this time it was worth it.

A must taste is the Mogador one: enjoy the long lasting taste of passion fruit with milk chocolate in your mouth. Close your eyes and imagine to be on a Brazilian beach eating an actual passion fruit, since this is the sensation released by this amazing cookie.

Wait some minutes before passing to the olive oil mandarin one. You could think it is a bizarre combination but don’t talk too early……

Finish your sensorial experience by picking the classic Caramel, Chocolate and Dark Chocolate ones.

http://www.pierreherme.com/media/catalog/product/DEP_MAC_PE12_V2_FR_PETIT.pdf

Here is the link where you can find all the available flavors for the season.

Et voilà, les jeux sont faits!

A. G. V.