Mother of Dragon Fruit Salad & a Mojito

This Game of Thrones recipe is in honor of a favorite character, the Mother of Dragons, with an exotic Mother of Dragon Fruit Salad … and a bonus Mojito cocktail recipe.

Dragon fruits can have red or white flesh, and they are just brimming with nutrients. Each fruit is packed with natural fiber, protein, vitamin C, antioxidants and Omega-3s. It has also been known to lower and stabilize blood glucose levels for people who suffer from Type-2 diabetes, while also decreasing levels of bad cholesterol. All good things to keep Daenerys Targaryen healthy and be a good Mother of Dragon Fruit Salad!

Mother of Dragon Fruit Salad

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Mionetto Treviso Prosecco now in Quebec! Bonus Aperol Spritz Cocktail recipe

Mionetto Trevisois the lastest Prosecco to hit the Quebec market. Discover the refreshing dry bubbly, with subtle hints of honey, apples, liquorice and acacia blossom.

So this will age me. Do you remember that show with Robin Leech with the catch phrase, “champagne wishes and caviar dreams”? The show was called Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. I LOVED that show and wanted to sip on champagne every day. Champagne is still not really in the budget, so when a bubbly is called for I turn like most people to it’s little brother, Prosecco. Prosecco has grown in popularity in recent years and you can find some really excellent ones. Mionetto Treviso Prosecco is one of them.

Mionetto Treviso Prosecco glass

Thank you hand model and date for the evening Anne-Marie 🙂

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Doing Cocktail Hour Turkish style at BarBounya

Looking for a fun new way to enjoy your cocktail hour with friends and colleagues? Head over to Mile-End for a totally different experience at BarBounya.

I clearly remember my first time at BarBounya. It was the restaurant my cousin chose to make to for my birthday. I was so thrilled, it was on my list of great newer Montreal restaurant to visit. And it did not disappoint. The decor is fun, modern, everyone feels like they are eating at the bar. And the food was amazing! What you will find here is sophisticated and modern spin on Turkish dishes, some fusion, mostly prepared with fresh and local ingredients.

BarBounya apéro à la turque

photo credit: Vadim Daniel

And now you can enjoy refreshing and original drinks with a selection of Turkish mezzes, or small shared appetizer plates. Chef Fisun Ercan is offering just that, every Tuesday to Friday, from 5pm to 7pm. Nothing better than relaxing after work or before a show while exploring a very Mediterranean tradition.

Here is a sampling of the menu, prices ranging between $3 to $5 per mezze:

Head cheese, marinated vegetables, dried tomatoes, olives, Kasseri cheese
Marinated sardines, warm potatoes, herbs
Liver mousse, crackers, roasted hazelnuts
Tarama, lemon confit, fried shallots
Jerusalem artichoke chips, rosemary, garlic
Fried calamari
Spicy nuts

Turkish Eatery BarBounya
234 Laurier Avenue W, Montreal, QC H2T 2N8
Phone:(514) 439-8858

Vodka Gimlet and French Toast for the Mad Men Series Finale & Giveaway

Tripping back to the 60s with French Toast à la rum and Vodka Gimlet, a retro breakfast spread – cocktail included, for the Mad Men Series Finale!

What does it mean if you’re a man and you wear a hat in Mad Men? What concert is obliquely responsible for Peggy’s haircut? How many secretaries has Don had over the course of the show? Bert Cooper has a giant painting from which renowned artist hanging in his office? And why does Betty hate her neighbour? If you know the answers to any of the questions, you are for sure a hard core Mad Men fan.

I am going to finish season 5 tonight on Netflix. I am a bit late jumping on the bandwagon but I am loving the show. So I was thrilled to be asked to join the Virtual Mad Men Finale Party and host a Giveaway where you could win your own copy of the The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook.

Mad Men finale french toast angle

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Two unexpect-egg cocktails: Green Tea and Apple Harvest Sours

You will crack in love for these two sour egg cocktails which are topped with a frothy egg white foam: Green Tea and Apple Harvest Sours.

The concept of using eggs in a cocktail may sound odd but you will love for the frothy white topping and the protein you will get from a boozy treat. Egg cocktails are nothing new, the most classic one being the Pisco Sour. Here are 2 modern drinks; a nice refreshing one with the taste of green tea and another with crisp notes of fall with apples.

Looking for a bit to eat with these luscious drinks? Here is an unusual quick recipe that will please the taste buds: Banana Cheddar and Cinnamon Pinwheels. Find it at the end of the post.

Green Tea Sour and Apple Harvest Sour

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Kyozon restaurant: the new Asian kid in town

Last week Montreal was witness to a mega restaurant media launch party like I had not seen in a while. Let me introduce you to the newest Asian sweetheart on Crescent, THE downtown “bar-and-club street” :  Kyozon restaurant.

Kyozon presents itself as an affordable destination that blends a great bar with tasty New-Asian cuisine and a mezzanine Kaiten belt.

Kyozon sushi conveyor

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Savory Truffle Mini Taco Shooter

I do enjoy a nice occasional taco. But I have to say it is not something I grew up with so I often do not think of making or ordering tacos. In Montreal there are not tons of Mexican restaurants and the ones we do have tend to be fancier than faster(er) food fare. So why would I order a taco if I can try something elaborate. This was the thought process that went on in my head after reading July’s Creative Cooking Crew challenge: Tacos, make it your own … take it someplace it’s never been!

I wanted to make something that was not a taco in a traditional meal setting and I was fine if it did not contain all the usual standard ingredients. But I did want to play with a taco concept and highlight a few typical Mexican ingredients. After a lot of brainstorming I settled on this Savory Truffle Mini Taco Shooter creation.

Savory Truffle Mini Taco Shooter CEE

tomato mezcal cocoa shot glass

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