just because it’s Christmas

I’ve returned from a quick trip to Montreal and despite the lack of snow, it was lovely and festive. I am so #blessed to get to go on an annual pilgrimage to my old stomping ground for both work and play!

But, as much as I love Montreal, I am a forever and always an East Coast girl. So whenever I visit my co-workers, I get the usual “something smells fishy” and “Say ‘I took my Carrrrr to the Barrrrr and ate a Beaaaaygel’ ” banter. Je les aime. Actually, I think they’re a little envious because they know deep down, the East Coast is the best coast (especially when it comes to music), and with this in mind, I made a mix CD for my office Secret Santa exchange: IMG_4044East Coast Christmas CD-Inside Christmas is for giving so I am giving you chance to win one!

Leave a message and tell me what your favourite Christmas song is. Mine is Oh Holy Night but it’s a toss up between Mariah Carey and Anne Murray for best rendition. Winner will be picked on FRIDAY.

IMG_4070office party… they’re not usually this classy but I love them
IMG_4087#Ihaveathingwithfloors : Lionel Groulx metro station, Montreal
IMG_4090My alma mater
IMG_4091I can not pass up a chance for the vegetarian pita at Boustan
IMG_4092best.job.ever.
IMG_4093A must-see at Christmas time in Montreal. The window at Ogilvy’s
IMG_4097At night with lights and snow, this is a showstopper
IMG_4101Get them while they’re hot, St. Viateur Bagels
IMG_4104Our home on rue Gauthier…
IMG_4108Bright lights of Montreal
IMG_4110Me and Jess
IMG_4111Khyber Pass – Cuisine Afghane, Duluth Street Montreal. Amazing.

Just because it’s Christmas (and at Christmas you tell the truth), to me, you are perfect.

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memories of vietnam

Out and About

After writing about my search for the best sandwich in Halifax last week, my friend Anna recommended Indochine Banh Mi on South Park Street. I love Indochine, and it is actually on my top 5 list of places to eat in the city. Here’s why…    

Buddha

Marinated and grilled organic tofu on a toasted multigrain baguette and topped with house-made citrus mayo, pickled carrot & daikon, cucumber, cilantro & birds eye chilies. Yum.

It is almost as good as my memory of sipping drinks at our beach hotel in Vietnam but tastes way better than the sand in the mouth from the next day when we went sand sliding. (worst touristy decision ever!)

vietnam

Indochine Banh Mi is a great spot to grab lunch and the chilies will warm you up. If you go in the summer, be sure to get takeout and enjoy lunch in the Public Gardens. xomeg

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Psst. Thanks Anna! If anyone else knows of a good Sandwich to try in Halifax, I am up for the challenge. I still have a few more to write about, including my very favourite. 

extra pickled turnip please

Out and AboutIn my on-going attempt to find the best sandwiches in Halifax, I landed on a goodie. Is it new? Donno. But it’s new to me. Mezza Lebanese Kitchen (on the corner of Barrington and Blower) is where I landed after a lunch hour barre class. I got the vegetarian pita and it filled me up but it didn’t make me feel like I just wrote-off my workout. I love Lebanese food and it’s one of the many things I miss about living in Montreal. I’ve been to the Mezza restaurant on Quinpool so it was nice to see they’ve added an express location. The Sandwich was excellent and certainly a contender for the top 10 in the city.

turnip

And speaking of pickled turnip, Google pointed me in the direction of this fantastic recipe. pickled-turnips Who wants in on a pickling party? xomeg

Sandwich photo taken with my iPhone, pickled turnip photo from www.davidlebovitz.com