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October 20, 2014
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The Lincoln Apartment Bakery: It’s time to perfect macaron!

Jessica from The Lincoln Apartment generously offered to transfer her macaron secrets! How can I refuse that? If I say no to macaron, I wouldn’t be me anymore. So I happily went to the Jessica’s workshop with my partner in crime, also known as the partner-with-whom-I-tried-to-bake-macaron-but-failed-miserably. It is time to conquer macaron!

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We mix mix mix! – correction – we fold fold fold!

 

First thing I noticed during the baking class was how dynamic and fun Jessica is! She was more than happy to answer our questions. She was very flexible and was open to share her knowledge. I didn’t feel intimidated, and was actually very comfortable.

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Demonstration by the beautiful host

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Just finished piping the shells!

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Piping the filling

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Look at how cute they are!

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With a bit of sprinkles, they are now magical!

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Fresh from the oven!

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The group creations – individually decorated to represent everyone’s personality

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The chosen ones to go home with me – but only to be devoured a few meters away from the workshop! mmmmmmmmm~ too irresistible

 

My friend and I had so much fun. Not only is this activity good to bond with your friends, I actually think it’s a great idea for birthday parties, or even bachelorette parties! With the newly learned recipe, you can bake goods and give them as gifts! Killing two birds with one stone.

For those interested, check out The Lincoln Apartment Bakery website. I’m sure you will enjoy as much as I did!

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October 15, 2014
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Juliette et Chocolat at Centropolis: Drunk in chocolate

Laval officially has its own Juliette et Chocolat! This chocolate bar is conveniently situated in Centropolis, a walking distance away from millions of restaurants, perfect after dinner.

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Juliette et Chocolat is no stranger to me. I have always enjoyed their ivoire brownie, which is my favorite! The grand opening allowed me to taste other delicacies. By the end of the night, I was overdosed, which is exactly the statement Juliette et Chocolat is aiming for.

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The richness of chocolate could be tasted in every bite. It is easy to understand why we love Juliette et chocolate so dearly.

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October 13, 2014
by zuuchini
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Bolo Bolo: Everything involving in meatballs

When I received the invitation to Bolo Bolo’s grand opening, I was caught by surprise due to the great resemblance to my last life blog name – Boulou Boulou. For the whole story, please read it here.

Bolo Bolo specialized in meatballs. When I learned that, I wasn’t to keen on going to the grand opening, but I knew Mr.Butter would be interested. And, I wasn’t wrong. :)

For some unexplained reason, I was expecting another hipster restaurant with industrial decor everywhere. I’m not against that concept, but it seems overplayed. Bolo Bolo must have sensed my expectation, and surprised me with its laid-back concept. If I could describe this place with my utmost capability, I would say it is the modern version of McKibbins Irish Pub. Why? A play with modernized drinks and more importantly, a live band. Yes, the live band sold me. I hope it is a concept that would remain after the grand opening.

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Disregarding everything, how’s the food – especially from a point of view of a non-meatball fan. I am being very unbiased and fair. The meatballs are FANTASTIC. Bolo Bolo has successfully converted me into a meatball head.

On the other hand, the drinks didn’t win my heart. Their special cocktails were merely a novelty; I wouldn’t order a second one.

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Hocus Pocus

Unlike how the name states it, it wasn’t magical at all.

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Mac n cheese balls.

These deep fried mac n cheese shaped in a ball were delicious. They were perfectly fried – not too hard and not too soft that the content were droopy. Knowing how difficult I am with deep fried food, a regular reader would understand these balls were incredible.

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Le negroni deconstruit

When I said the drinks were merely a novelty, I was especially thinking of Le Negroni deconstruit. Sure, the presentation was fresh and unique. But I would describe it as an IKEA drink. You have to “build” the drink. After the first time, I found the “building” steps unnecessary.

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Pork meatballs

These meatballs were tenderly juicy. Hitting all the checklist of a perfect meatball. Although it wasn’t a fancy meatball, the fact that it was a simple traditional meatball in tomato sauce showed how Bolo Bolo really knew how to cook their meatballs.

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Smokin’Hot Bloody with a Ball

A very brilliant drink. If you are starving and can’t wait for main meals to be served, order this drink because it has a meatball! The meatball was actually very delicious!

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Sweet Mexico

The star of the picture isn’t the margarita, but the fries. Damn those fries got me hooked. They were nicely crispy and spiced. Like chips but slightly thicker. One more word, addictive.

I have to thank Bolo Bolo to have completely changed my mind on meatballs. No doubt, they are the meatball specialist in town!

I would like to add that that Bolo Bolo opens till 4 am on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

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October 8, 2014
by zuuchini
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Yummy Korean Restaurant: Yummy, it is!

How I stumble upon Yummy Korean restaurant was certainly unexpected. I planned to go to Guu Izakaya. Little did I know that they were only open later in the day on that specific day of the week. So, I let luck guide me and it led me to Korean town! I was impressed by the abundance of available Korean restaurants. It was very difficult to choose one. Yummy attracted me with its colorful dish pictures displayed on the window, and the motherly woman poster displayed just beside the door. I was hoping for a very cozy and homey meal!

Choices on the menu were not limited. But I had my mind clear and I chose the pork bone stew.

Before the main dishes were served, various side dishes were put on the table. This is what I search for in a Korean restaurant. For some odd reason, Montreal’s Korean restaurants are always so stingy with their side dishes. Although simple, the side dishes were very satisfying!

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And of course I had to order a seafood pancake, a tradition.

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The amount of seafood was about right. The batter was perfect. The sauce was magical; it made the pancake very savoury.

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The pork bone stew was perfection. I usually don’t eat rice, but eating the stew with rice was a must, so I couldn’t resist! The pork bone was completely infused into the stew. This stew brought me back to memories where my grandma would make hearty soup on a hot summer day.

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Typical Mr.Butter ordered his usual bulgogi. If it’s meat, he’ll like it.

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My dear mommy had a light lunch, soup dumplings. She didn’t criticize nor compliment. From her look, it seemed to be a decent dish without much to write about.

Yummy Korean restaurant offers very student friendly price for their dishes. I was surprised that the bill did not exceed 50$. Without any lie, I thought about the stew the moment I stepped out of the restaurant. This thought still lingers until now.

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September 29, 2014
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Fishman Lobster Clubhouse: A King’s dinner

The day I watched a video introducing Fishman Lobster Clubhouse was the day I was convinced I had to go to Toronto, no matter what. I wasn’t the only one – I saw many friends going to Toronto just to see how epic the food was. Actually, epic is an understatement; it’s overused. I would define it, a King’s dinner.

Before going to Fishman Lobster Clubhouse, reservation is a must. So remember to call and reserve a few days in advance unless you don’t mind eating at odd hours.

Another big important note, don’t do the same mistake as me, bring a big party with you. 4 people isn’t enough!

The number of king crabs and lobsters in display is simply unbelievable. To think that all these sea creatures will be eaten in a matter of days is just insane. But this is the reality of Fishman Lobster Clubhouse. Not to mention, it’s even sickening that all these poor things are looking at us eating their kin.

We had a preset King crab menu with an added lobster. This meal was more than enough for 6 people, and we were only 4. I shake my head.

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Steamed crab

So meaty and fresh!

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Soup of the day

Nothing special, but it prepared us for the gigantic meal.

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King crab stir fried in maggi soya sauce

This was my favorite dish – the sauce was so tasty and was completely infused in the crab meat. It was finger licking goodness!

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And the most awaited dish…

And yes, we had duo lobster and crab in Hong Kong style.

These 2 plates killed us. The amount was just endless, and this wasn’t even the biggest tower I have seen!

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Steamed crab with salted eggs and egg whites.

This was as delicious as the steamed crab, but much more smoother due to the egg whites.

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Fried rice.

At this point, we were too knocked out to even have a taste. Did I regret not trying? Maybe, but I think I made a good decision as I was already pushing myself to finish the other dishes. I think filling my last breath with lobster and crab goodness was better than rice.

We also had a vegetable dish and a dessert – that I forgot to take a picture.

It was just too much food for 4 people.

This dinner was so memorable. The perfect representation of a king’s meal. I will come again, with a bigger party.

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September 23, 2014
by zuuchini
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Ding Tai Fung: Stop number 1

In every trip to Toronto, a meal at Ding Tai Fung is a must. I highly regarded as the number one for Siao Long Bao. Things may have changed a bit because, although food was still good, the siao long bao weren’t as impressive as I remembered them to be. It could be because Montreal’s dumplings simply improved dramatically recently.

But overall, I still enjoyed my meal. Next time, I will forego Ding Tai Fung and  I shall visit other dumpling house in Toronto.

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September 16, 2014
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Benny&Co at Saint-Felix-de-Valois: The ultimate Benny poutine experience

Yes, finally! I went to visit my cousin, which means Benny poutine time!

So why am I so overly excited for this specific Benny? The reason is: It seriously beats all other Benny’s poutine!

This Benny is very far, but it never disappoints me. Here are some pictures to show its glory:

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This is my definition of the perfect poutine! It has to have crispy fries, squeaky cheese curds and mild gravy.

While the other Benny always have the fries too soaked in the sauce, the Benny at Saint-Felix-de-Valois has mastered the perfect balance between the level of sauce and the level of crispiness of the fries.

Do I need to say more? I’m drooling by simply looking at the pictures.

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September 8, 2014
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Lobster roll at Muvbox

Hullo everyone!

Summer is quickly fading away. We don’t have much warm days left nor much days left to have a lobster roll at Old Port! Muvbox, famous for their lobster, is operating its last days of the year.  So if you are craving for a little guidille, better run!

As for me, I had my lobster in a perfect summer evening. Not a foreign practice in my reviews, the pictures were forgotten in some folder and consequently, I am late in my reviews.

To enjoy Muvbox’s lobsteroll you must first of all:

1. Love lobster

2. Don’t mind the very mayonnaise and green tasting dressing

3. Don’t mind hefty price

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The price is justified by the quantity of lobster in a roll – I would like to say at least 2 claws. The meat was utterly fresh, but the dressing didn’t do it for me. If you like mayonnaise and very green tasting (as in a mix of celery and green onions – that were what I tasted), then this is your lobster roll.

As for the clam chowder… I was too spoiled by my Oregon trip a few years ago where I tasted the best clam chowder. So this clam chowder at Muvbox was lacking in the savory department. But definitely a great soup for the upcoming chilly evenings.

 

Happy lobster roll!

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August 27, 2014
by zuuchini
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Big in Japan: Big in salt

Most foodies probably watched Anthony Bourdain’s show where he brought famous Montreal chefs to eat at Big in Japan. And that was where Big in Japan had came up on my radar.  But negative reviews were more abundant than positive ones, so I became reluctant to go.

But because friends wanted to go, I abided…

 

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Kakuni Kale

This braised pork in curry was nothing to celebrate about. It was very dull in flavor and in texture as well. Skip.

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Miso Ramen

Mr.Butter was standing  his ground when I told him that the ramens didn’t receive compliments in the review. And he wasn’t able to prove the reviews wrong. Or at least, I agree with the reviews I read online. This ramen tasted very salty and a bit bitter…

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Okonomiyaki

I bet you $1000 that you wouldn’t  have known what is this if I didn’t write the name of the dish! Possibly, you are in disbelief that this is an actual okonomiyaki.

This okonomiyaki was like no other. A generous salad sat on top of the hidden “pancake”. This salad was dressed monstrously in an indescribable amount of salty sauce.  I think it would do me more harm than good to finish this.

 

I feel like I am a big bully in this review. But I really can’t find any positive thing to say. How about skip Big in Japan, and go to their bar instead. Big in Japan Bar remains one of my all time favorite bar.

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August 13, 2014
by zuuchini
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Ceviches: Not the slightest regret

Yes it’s Ceviches again! I really liked it that I had to share with more people! There’s another reason why I had to go again. I totally missed out on their paella!

So, it is no surprise that I made sure to order paella this time!

Before the main course was served, we had a a soup of the day, which I believed it was a chick pea soup.

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The soup was extremely aromatic. It was largely spiced with curry which made it very savory.

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Going to Ceviches, I just cannot skip their ceviches! This time, I chose mango and avocado to go with the fish. It was just as good as my last visit!

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The highlight of the meal – paella. I was so happy when I saw the paella being beautifully deposited on the table. I was even happier when the paella was being digested by my stomach. The flavors were bursting in richness. Every scoop was filled with seafood. Ceviches needs to add paella in their name. Ceviches & Paella.

Let me say: Not the slightest regret to return to Ceviches so soon.

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