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Last day in Montreal (Nov.2017)

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Montreal / travel

The most interesting places in Montreal, are away from the downtown, and Old Montreal. Yeah sure, see them, and then broaden your horizons and head to the less touristy neighbourhoods. Every neighbourhood in Montreal has a personality, and most are accessible via the the Metro. This trip I probably walked more than 10km in three days, and saw a bunch of Montreal. The weather wasn’t fantastic for photographing, a bit too overcast, but it wasn’t […]

Day 3 in Montreal (Nov.2017)

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Montreal / travel

On the third day I headed over to the Stewart Museum on St. Helen’s Island (de l’île Sainte-Hélène), a short walk from Station Jean-Drapeau. This is a small history museum with artifacts from the discovery and settlement of Quebec, and some special exhibits. The island was pretty dead, apart from a bunch of squirrels who seemed to have already gorged themselves on their winter stores (climate change = weirder winters = overfed squirrels), and at […]

Day 2 in Montreal (Nov.2017)

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Montreal / restaurant / travel

Day 2 in Montreal started with a trip north to Marche Jean Talon. Now in winter Jean Talon is a much reduced version, as the insulated panels go up for the winter, making it a completely indoor market (similarly at Marche Atwater). There is less to see, but it still a great place to shop. Next I decided to head over to the Montreal neighbourhood of Little Italy, to visit one of the best known […]

Fennel, apple and walnut salad

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cooking / recipe / salad

Here is a wonderful fresh, and crisp salad made from fennel, apple, and walnuts. Super easy to make. Ingredients 1 fennel bulb 1 apple (tart and crisp) 1/3 cup walnut pieces 2 tbsp olive oil 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar 1 tbsp honey pinch salt Prepare the fennel bulb by removing the stalks, and cut the root end from the fennel. Remove the outermost layer of the bulb, and any layers that seem wilted (small […]

Starting with sous vide

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cooking / sous vide

Sorry, I haven’t written a post in a while, but hopefully things will ramp up again. I have more posts on Norway and Montreal to come, and some new baking and cookbook reviews. So, I don’t really like kitchen tools, but recently Anova had a sale on their home sous vide system. So I bought one, thinking that maybe it would be an interesting way to cook. Sous vide is a method of cooking in which […]