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. 

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!

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A. G. V.

Canadian Thanksgiving!

Hi everyone, here we are with our second post!

As we told you, we are now staying in Montreal, Canada, and this year, on the 8th October, the country  has celebrated Thanksgiving. It is an annual canadian holiday which honors the harvest and other blessings of the past year.

For this occasion, we decided to be real canadian girls by cooking the traditional meal: Turkey!

We are now going to share with you our recipe:

First of all buy a turkey (dinde in french!) with potatoes and pumpkins. Then go home and be ready to spend an interesting afternoon in your kitchen!

Take 50gr of butter and 5 spoons of olive oil and let them warm up together… then cover with them the turkey inside and outside ……………… don’t think about calories, it’s a celebration!

Put the turkey in the preheated oven ( 180°C or 350° F) . While the turkey is cooking, heat 500 ml of water with one chicken cube and salt. Wait one hour and then add the broth to the turkey.

Wait one more hour and add a glass of white wine.

So leave the turkey in the oven for the last hour of cooking (total 3 hours)!

Now you are ready to prepare the vegetables..

Fill a pot of water and add salt and 8 potatoes without skin. After about 40 minutes try to pierce a potato with fork to know if it’s ready! The fork has to go easily through the potato! If this is the case you can drain the vegetables. Then squeeze them and, while they are cooking, add 80gr of butter and 3 glasses of milk.
Let’s now start with pumpkins! First of all remove the skin and cut them in little pieces.  Put them in a baking dish with oil, salt and pepper and ….. put them in the oven for 40 minutes at the temperature of the turkey!

Now you are done! So, go to dress up and prepare the table for guests!

Enjoy your meal!

P.s: you can use this recipe for the incoming American Thanksgiving…
Let us know if it works!

P.p.s: we had a delicious and easy dessert… Haagen-Dazs ice cream with biscuits and caramelized fruits!

Xoxo

A. G. V.