Thursday, December 30, 2010

Limousine

I see a lot of these 4 wheelers limo on the streets, and have always wonder how these normal shape tires support the elongated structure of the limousine.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

L'Academie Restaurant

L'Academie restaurant is always jammed packed, and like most restaurants, they don't take RSVPs during the weekends.

The entree dishes we ordered were escargot with garlic ($5.95), and prosciutto ($8.95). The latter comes with a rocket salad plate with cantaloupe.



As for the main dish, the must try would definitely be lamb with rosemary sauce ($25.95). The lamb was so tender and juicy. We generally like to order different dishes, but on our next visit to this restaurant, each of us will unanimously order the same lamb dish, that's how good the lamb was.


Grilled tuna dish, with steamed vegetable ($24.95). I ordered well done, so it was dry inside out.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Crystal beads necklace and bracelet

Lately, I've been obsessed with photographing turquoise color bling-bling accessories. The color of these crystal beads stands out so gorgeously.

crystal-necklace-and-bracel

crystal-bead-closeup

Monday, December 27, 2010

Hair clip

butterfly-hair-pin

I can't stop staring at this flashy hair accessory. Surprisingly, this butterfly hair pin is really sturdy.

butterfly

hair-pin

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Magnet photo holder

This is an interesting magnet photo holder. The front part has a nice pastel color of a heart shape. The back is elongated to hold the photo in place.

magnetic-heart

I like the pastel color combination.

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In this picture, I used the magnet holder to keep upright a business card instead of a photograph.

magnetic-card-holder

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Food court meal

Mussel dish from L'Académie Express at Carrefour Laval food court:


The mussel dish was a good try, but their carbonara is not recommended. As you can see, there's only pasta...

Therapeutic baking

Baking is therapeutic, especially if you're taking it as a hobby with a great friend. I haven't laughed like nobody's business for some time... and it felt good. The baking session didn't go as expected, as it is in life, but we managed to quickly adapt and turn it into a successful one. There was humor in the mistakes made, and we went with the flow. That's how I'd like to live my life. We learned our lessons in the process, and new ideas came up.

The reward is most definitely the enthusiastic reactions of the receivers.

Today, 18 December 2010, our Sugardreams is born! *pat on the back*

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Wendy's Baconator

DH had this craving for Wendy's Baconator... Double! I dared not look at the nutrition facts before I ate mine... I didn't want to miss the tastiest burger ever! DH chew his very slowly, savoring every bite of it.


Although this picture doesn't look much appetizing, (just to scare your brains) the Double Baconator is dressed with 2 big hamburger patties, cheese slices, 6 strips of smoked bacon, pickles, onions, tomatoes, etc. for a total of 980 calories, of which 560 calories come from fat, wahhaha!!! Never mind, it's our guilty pleasure.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Saint Joseph's Oratory

The magnificent Saint Joseph Oratory stands on the west slope of Mount Royal.


Inside the long corridor with votive altars on each side:


At the center of the corridor lies the statue of St Joseph. Behind is the tomb of Saint Andre Bessette or Saint Andre of Montreal, who was canonized in October 2010.


Prayers at the tomb of Brother Andre, who has been credited with miraculous healings.


The Crypt Church


After visiting the Crypt Church and Brother Andre's tomb, we took the escalator, that led us to a grand terrace overlooking the area.



Further up the escalator is the Basilica, with the Grand Organ that stood above the entrance.






St Joseph Oratory

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Magic of Lanterns

It was a very cold day when we visited the lantern festival at the Botanical Garden. The Magic of Lanterns, in conjunction with the the Great Pumpkin Ball, runs from September to October every year, and attracts many visitors and photographers with their tripods. Here are a few shots of the lit lanterns at the Chinese garden.

Magic of Lanterns @ Chinese Garden

Magic of Lanterns @ Chinese Garden

Magic of Lanterns @ Chinese Garden

Magic of Lanterns @ Chinese Garden

Before sunsets:

Magic of Lanterns @ Chinese Garden

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Homemade steamed bun (attempt #1)

I fell in love with steamed buns, and recently attempted to make my first batch. The filling was good, but the only thing I have to improve is the bun. It came out nicely for the eyes, but too thick and not soft enough for the taste.


Before steaming:


After steaming:


DH laughed when we cut the minced pork filling I wrapped. See how thick it is at the top:


Then we cut the red bean bun that he wrapped. It doesn't look any better: it's super thick at the bottom. It was my turn to laugh, but I didn't, hehe.

That will be a challenge for me for the upcoming batch(es): a soft steamed dough.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Vietnamese food

I love Vietnamese food. You can find lots of good Vietnamese restaurants in Montreal. My favorites dishes are:
  • Pho: beef noodle soup
  • Banh Cuon: steamed rice roll with a filling of season minced pork
  • Bah Bun (correct me if I'm wrong): rice vermicelli salad with grilled chicken, beef or pork, with spring roll
  • Banh Xeo: Vietnamese crepe
  • Fresh Vietnamese roll
  • Vietnamese sandwich
In this particular restaurant, we had their famous noodle soup. I ordered a small bowl, but it came out to be a pretty large bowl.


This dish is grilled beef balls covered with a vegetable leaf, which explains the dark color. You are given Vietnamese rice papers to wrap up the beef, salad, and noodles. Then dip it in the sauce. Delicious!


Fortune cookies with lottery numbers :)

French food

We went to this French restaurant called Au Cinquième Péché on avenue Mont-Royal East, at the corner of Drolet street. The restaurant has a good atmosphere, it's small and cozy and most important the French waiters are friendly. What I like about this restaurant, other than the good food and friendly service, is that it runs on paperless menu, i.e. the menu is written on this huge black chalkboard on the wall. The waiters are also helpful to translate into English the French menu.

The lunch menu comes in set ranging from $18-$20. The entree is either a soup or salad:


The other sets (not in pictures) are baked salmon and pork chop.



Quebec beer:


Dessert with tea or coffee.



You can view the interior design of the restaurant on their Facebook fan page. The black and white cartoons on the wall were manually drawn by an artist!

After lunch, we dropped by to a bakery shop next door. Hmmm hmmm good.