Monthly Archives: May 2013

Quebec City&Montreal part 2.

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Hi Friends,

Let’s continue…we left Quebec City on Sunday morning and arrived in the Montreal at lunch time. The weather did not get any better. It was another gloomy day. Before we reached our hotel we stopped at Atwater Market.

Tom was very skeptical about it but soon he changed his mind. It’s a truly amazing place. Reminds me a market hall back in Poland (Hala Targowa in Wroclaw-to be exact) that was in front of my university. There is everything from meat, variety of cheeses, flowers, sweets, veggies. Anything that you wish to have fresh and tasty. We ate our lunch there, bought some fresh raspberries and went to the hotel.

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As soon as we settled there we left to walk around the city. It has a different feel than Quebec City but I can totally appreciate this blend of monuments and modern buildings (very much like Europe).

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After 3 h of walking around the old city we started to move toward our next destination – Crudessence. I think the only raw vegan restaurant in Montreal.I was excited to try it and I can’t find the right words to describe it. It met my expectations in 100%!!!

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We had maki rolls for a starter. Tom ordered a burrito and I ate a burger. For a dessert we had a banana split (the best I have ever had). The food was delicious After that we were slowly moving towards our hotel.We could see the sun was slowly coming up.

Can you see the difference in the sky?

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I didn’t know that Montreal is a place to do shopping. There were so many stores on our way back that I felt overwhelmed. Unfortunately on Sunday evening it was a little bit too late for that. We were exhausted and we stayed in the hotel in the evening. We left in the morning, as we were driving it was getting super hot outside. What a shame.. but we did had a great time. It was nice to getaway from your routines and enjoy different culture and landscapes. hopefully next time we will have a better luck with the weather.

Au revoir!

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Izabela

 

 

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Quebec City&Montreal part1.

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So finally here it is, our well deserved vacation.

All packed, our dog in good hands,” let’s go”. With a little bit of delay we left our house around 9 am; it was going pretty smooth until Montreal, where we hit the traffic. But it didn’t last long so we came to Quebec City around 6pm. We stayed at Best Western hotel which is maybe 20 min away from the old city (not bad at all). The only problem was the weather. It was cold, rainy and windy. I kind of hoped that this will pass …well it did not. This was basically our weather for the entire vacation, including Montreal. It was miserable  outside and at some point we just had no choice than go back to the hotel…not nice. Really I tried to stay positive but I was literally getting sick on Saturday evening (Thank God I had my vitamin C with me).

The sky was grey;(

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So as the weather permitted we were basically walking as much as we could. I can only imagine how pleasant in can be on a beautiful day. Old buildings , churches, houses, monuments, tiny streets with cafes every few meters-all in European style. I love it.

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Food in Quebec: I think it was all right. Although it was tricky sometimes to explain in the restaurants that I have a gluten allergy.In general the waiters were nice and helpful; mostly they all went back to the kitchen and consulted with the chef. We have eaten at: Commensal. I can not recommend it. It has signs for a gluten free options,, which was great but the food was cold and not tasty. And especially after a long drive and this weather you really need something warm and comforting for your tummy.

I found delicious gluten free cupcakes here:

lots of these everywhere;)

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Cora for breakfast and dinner at Entrecôte Saint-Jean. This was a nice place to eat. There were not many options for me but as long I can avoid gluten in my dinner I can adjust other stuff. So I had a Greek salad with chicken and a chocolate mousse as a desert.  My husband was delighted with their steak too.

I really wanted to have my dinner at Le Lapin Sauté, but unfortunately they were booked.

We stayed until Sunday morning in Quebec. My room was too small to do any yoga (beside this one episode outside)

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but we used a swimming pool in the morning and that felt great on my body.

I will be back with the rest, for now, take care

Izabela

Kale pesto anyone?

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Hello Friends,

Before we go, I just wanted to share with you this very simple recipe in case you need an idea for tonight’s diner.

It’s a vegan, gluten free, raw dish that you can make in no time.

You will need:

1 big green zucchini for spiralized noodles

Pesto:

1 c. kale

1/3 c. pine nuts

crushed clove of garlic

1-2 Tbsp olive oil

salt/pepper

1-2 Tbsp nutritional yeast

parsley

cherry tomatoes

Ironically I forgot to add basil to it. I am not sure how since i just planted fresh herbs in my garden;) But it came out great without it.

Combine all pesto ingredients in a food processor. Pulse until well mixed. I topped my zucchini noodles with the pesto =done. You won’t be disappointed.

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Let me know if you try it.

We are going for a small trip tomorrow (finally!!!) so I am in the middle of packing but I will be back with more details. For now Enjoy your weekend.

Love

Izabela

First Long Weekend this summer

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Hi Everyone,

Hopefully you had an amazing weekend. I know it may sound brutal but it was pretty refreshing to actually stay home and relax here. We had many things to catch up and since we are planning a trip on the next week, we decided to stay home. The weather was outstanding and I couldn’t have enough of this fresh breeze.

And  what was on the plate?

last minute lunch: salad (salmon, veggies, nori sheets, hummus) with fries

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serious addiction to a protein bowl with a tahini dressing

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And I don’t have to tell you what the last picture represents;)

Beside food we finally took care of our “garden”. Shopping in a greenhouse can be very confusing, everything looks good, and smells fresh. So I was just pretending that I know what I am looking for. We found some plants and the rest of the day spent in a garden. Now it looks good and let’s hope, our plants will like it here.

My favorite moment of this weekend was our bike trip. Tom got a bike for his birthday so recently we started to ride a bike together. We did take a dog a few times but it looks like she doesn’t have condition yet. So we take it easy on her.

But on Monday we did over 8 miles in the morning and that was so much fun. Finally I got my first tan and we came back exhausted.

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And how was your long weekend? 

xoxo

Izabela

PS. A new recipe is coming your way