Archive | June, 2013

Quebec City

29 Jun

Bonjour! There is so much history, culture and beauty to discover in Quebec City. The highlight of the city is old Quebec, which is a maze of whimiscal shops, cafes, restaurants and murals tucked amongst cobblestone steps and century old buildings.  Its most famous building is Chateau Frontenac, a grand hotel overlooking the st. Lawrence river. Cruises along the river are also available.

View of the St. Lawrence taken from old Quebec.

View of the St. Lawrence taken from the Promenade of Governers’ in old Quebec.

Le Chateau Frontenac.

Le Chateau Frontenac. Parts of the hotel are currently under renovation.

A mural located in old Quebec.

A mural located in old Quebec.

Surrounding old Quebec is the parliament buildings, the orignal fortress of the city (known as the citadel, I believe) and the Plains of Abraham, where many historical battles occurred.  There is also a reolving restaurant, L’Astral, located at the Concorde hotel which provides a panoramic view of the city. It takes approximately 1.5 hours for a full revolution. It’s an expensive place but here’s a tip: order drinks/desserts instead and let it be known that this is your intention before sitting down. The Observatorie de la Capitale also provides an aerial view of the city. Admission is approximately $10 and once there you can learn about the history of the city.

Parliament buildings.

Parliament buildings.

Drinks at the revolving restaurant.

Drinks at the revolving restaurant.

A view from the revolving restaurant. The shadow of the restaurant can be seen.

A view from the revolving restaurant. The shadow of the restaurant can be seen.

The revolving restaurant is located within Concorde hotel.

The revolving restaurant is located within Concorde hotel.

La observatorie de capitale.

La observatorie de capitale.

For the foodies, there’s so many delicious places to explore. Near the VIA train station is a farmer’s market and along Rue Saint Jean is Moisan, a specialty grocery store founded in 1871. My favourite food place was an incuspicous takeout joint that specialized in Lebanese galettes called La Galette Libanaise. Galettes are a circular bread type food item. At La Galette Libanaise, the dough is flattened in front of you and then baked, which only takes a few minutes. The galettes are accompanied with your choice of chicken, lamb, minced beef, cheese, veggies (lettuce, pickled onions, cucumbers, hot peppers and olives) and two sauces: a spicy one and a garlic one. Bon appetit!

A local beer.

A local beer.

Since 1871, Moisan is a specialty grocery store.

Since 1871, Moisan is a specialty grocery store.

A inside view of Moisan.

Inside Moisan.

La Galette Libanaise.

La Galette Libanaise.

Galette

La Galette Libanaise with meat and cheese, $6.95.

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Colourful Quinoa Salad

23 Jun
Salad with quinoa, cucumber, tomato, carrots and green onion.

Salad with quinoa, cucumber, tomato, carrots and green onion.

  • 1 cup quinoa, cook as instructed
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 2 spring onions, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsps extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup english cucumber, finely chopped
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 1 small tomato, finely chopped
  • sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Uncooked quinoa.

Uncooked quinoa.

Finely chopped english cucumber, tomatoes and green onions; and a carrot.

Finely chopped english cucumber, tomatoes and green onions; and a carrot.

1. For a warm salad, combine all the ingredients immediately after the quinoa is finished cooking. Enjoy!

2. For a cold salad, allow the quinoa to cool before combining all the ingredients and chill for at least an 1 hour in the fridge.

Kartoffel-Knodel

15 Jun
Knodel.

Knodel.

Kartoffel-knödel are German style potato dumplings. They are an ideal side dish and can easily replace rice or pasta in a meal. Their texture is chewy and sticky and their taste is rather similar to mash potatoes.

A box of knodel, ~$5 (CAD).

A box of knodel, ~$5 (CAD).

The ones pictured above are an instant version and simple to prepare. Being from Canada, they are not readily available here but I found some at a local specialty store called Vincenzos. Each box is approximately $5 (CAD) and contain six knödel.

This is how the knodel appear before cooking.

This is how the knodel appear before cooking.

Knodel at the begining of the boiling process.

Knodel at the beginning of the boiling process.

A Big Pizza

10 Jun

BigPizza

A friend shared this unique picture with me. This is a pizza from a restaurant in Belgrade, Serbia.

Thank you to Lillian for providing the cool picture.

KW Greek Festival

8 Jun
Performers from the Greek Festival.

Performers from the Greek Festival.

OPA! The Kitchener-Waterloo Greek Festival is a celebration of Greek food, dance, music and culture. It is a two day event and this year is its 33rd birthday. Food options include roasted lamb, pork souvlaki, gyros, dolmades and moussaka.  There are also tiropitas, spanakopita and an assortment of desserts such as baklava, kataifl, diples, kourabiedes and melomakaraona. There is also face painting, a live band and traditional Greek dancing. Admission is $2 or free for those who bring a non-perishable food item. This year (2013) the festival is being held from June 8 to 9.

Combination plate consisting of pork souvlaki, gyros, dolmades, pita bread and greek salad, $15.

Combination plate consisting of pork souvlaki, tzatziki, gyros, dolmades (hidden behind the tzatziki), pita bread and salad, $15.

Roasted lamb with potatoes, pita bread and salad.

Roasted lamb with potatoes, pita bread and salad, $15.

An array of desserts: diples $2.50, kourabiedes $1, Melomakarona $1 and Baklava $2.50 (clockwise from top).

An array of desserts: diples $2.50, kourabiedes $1, melomakarona $1 and Baklava $2.50 (clockwise from top).

A tray of baklava.

A tray of baklava.