First Day of Fall

Fall is my favourite season. There are so many amazing reasons to love it: sweater weather, ask beautiful foliage, Halloween candy, Thanksgiving feasts, pies and oh, my birthday. With the start of a new season comes a new list of fall food inspired activities.

1. Visit an apple orchard
2. Bake fall pies; apple and pumpkin specifically
3. Make apple cider
4. Try a new fall-inspired sangria
5. Make soups (especially lots of butternut squash!)
6. Visit a pumpkin patch
7. Make a Thanksgiving feast, even on a small scale
8. Try a new chili recipe
9. Make a spooky treat for Halloween
10. Go for a fall hike
11. Make homemade trail mix and granola
12. Finally (actually!) use my ice cream maker
13. Cozy up with a good book and a cup of tea
14. Sip on homemade hot chocolate
15. Use pumpkin in an unconventional way
16. Hop on the donut bandwagon and make homemade donuts with fall flavours
17. Snack on apples with homemade caramel dip
18. Celebrate Ocktoberfest with fall brews
19. And homemade pretzels and specialty mustards
20. Make caramel apples – sticks and all!
21. Visit a fall fair
22. Create a fall centerpiece – possibly as a test for the wedding!
23. Decorate or carve a pumpkin
24. Get lost in a corn maze
25. Toast pumpkin seeds

Happy first day of fall and happy munching!

Last Day of Summer

It is September 21st and that means the first day of fall is tomorrow. Fall is my favourite season but I will miss summer. I wasn’t as productive with my summer food list as I had hope.

Here’s what the list looks like:

1. Go to a strawberry patch and pick my own berries.
2. Make homemade strawberry jam.
3. Grow an herb garden including cilantro, basil, chives and green onion
4. Tour a brewery
5. Tour a winery
6. Try a new sangria recipe
7. Use the barbecue as a smoker
8. Cook breakfast on the barbecue
9. Finally use my ice cream maker
10. Make ice pops
11. Go on a picnic
12. Make homemade iced tea
13. Eat more salads – beans, green and fruit
14. Eat as much corn on the cob as possible in the month of August
15. Grill asparagus and wrap it in prosciutto
16. Sit on a patio at least once a week
17. Drink beers in the backyard sitting in Muskoka chairs
18. Visit farmer’s markets
19. Try gazpacho
20. Drink a cocktail decorated with an umbrella
21. Pick peaches
22. Decorate cupcakes with edible flowers like pansies
23. Make a vodka watermelon
24. Cook on a bonfire
25. Eat carnival foods: cotton candy, corn dogs and slushies

10 out of 25 is not bad, but it’s not great. Tomorrow I will come up with a food to do list for fall and hopefully I can complete all of those by December 21!

Happy munching!

 

Montreal 2013

For the third year in a row the August long weekend found us in Montreal for Osheaga. The weekend was all about good music, good times and of course,  good food. The highlight of the weekend was Macklemore and Ryan Lewis singing “Same Love” with Tegan and Sara.

1. We discovered a cute little pizzeria up the street from our hotel.

IMG_42612. Our hotel provided us with fresh croissants at our door every morning.

IMG_42673. We visited the Jean-Talon Market. Jean TalonWe bought our first Ontario peaches of the season while at the market in Quebec.

4. We munched on Montreal-style bagels from St-Viateur Bagel.

IMG_4292Easily the best bagel I have ever eaten. Warm, soft and perfectly toasted. The sesame seeds had a nuttiness to them and the lox and toppings were perfect and fresh.

5. We enjoyed Croque Madame in Old Montreal.

IMG_4302 I had this exact meal last year and I will probably have this exact meal next year. So yums and so Montreal.

6. We tried our first Montreal food truck at Osheaga,  Montreal Dim Sum.

Montreal Dim SumThe pork balls and shrimp dumpling were unreal! This has caused me to crave dim sum for the past month and a half. If I lived in Montreal I would track this truck down on a daily basis.

7. And last but never least, we finished our visit with some Montreal smoked meat from the iconic Schwartz’s.

Schwartz'sWe have made it a tradition that we grab some sandwiches from Schwartz’s before we leave the city and we eat them from the Mont Royale lookout.

Another great visit to Montreal and definitely not the last time we visit this city or Osheaga.

The McLobster

Oh, pill right. I eat and write about food on occasion. The last few weeks have been utterly insane: between work, health travelling, cottaging and getting engaged (more on that later!) I haven’t had time to do much of anything- but I promise to rectify that.

By now, you have probably eaten the McLobster and if you haven’t you should probably just give it a try. The McLobster came out in July and within days of it coming out I gave it a shot; much to GC’s dismay who tried it and hated it.

This is what the McLobster is supposed to look like:

And this is what mine actually looked like:

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  1. I was in a moving car and using my iPhone hence the shadows. The Big Mac falls under the same category as the McLobster of what McDonald’s says it looks like and what you actually get when you order it. We can’t hold that against them. If you want pretty looking food you are probably going to have to pay more than a few dollars. From a quick Google search, other people have ordered McLobster rolls that resemble the ads slightly more.
  2. Holy lettuce! There is no reason to ever have this much lettuce anywhere except in a salad and even then, you don’t need that much lettuce. They do warn that it is on a bed of lettuce, so they weren’t lying.
  3. As for the lobster salad, it’s not that bad. There is a good balance between lobster chunks, mayo and celery and it isn’t watery. There were even a few whole claws in my mix which was a pleasant surprise. This is not the best lobster roll I have ever had, but it is far from the worst. The McDonald’s I went to globbed it on in one spot, not spreading it and evenly dispersing it throughout but again, what can you expect? I just gave the bun a bit of a shake to spread it a bit more evenly.
  4. The bun was the real low point for me. One of the best parts of a lobster roll is the buttered and toasted bun it is served on. The bread slightly overpowered everything else and ultimately took away from the sandwich.

How often can you have a lobster roll for under 10 bucks? You might as well give it a shot once, even just for hilarity sake.

Happy munching!