Our Happening Gourmand Experience

If you haven’t been out of your house for a while, I don’t blame you – the weather outside is just horrible. Yet, I can give you one great reason to go out: Happening Gourmand ! If you’re a foodie in Montreal, and you don’t know about Happening Gourmand, you’re missing out! It’s the dream of any food lover – I take that back, it’s anyone’s dream.

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Happening Gourmand is a month-long event during which all the fancy restaurants in the Old Port offer a Table D’hote menu at a fixed price. Using my friend’s birthday as an excuse, a group of friends and I took him to Kyo Bar Japonais for dinner, which I had wanted to try for quite a while. I wasn’t disappointed: the meal was fantastic.

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As a starter, I had the Chef’s Selection of Makis, while my friends took the Beef Sashimi. Now I did not get to taste the sashimi (but my friends did keep repeating how delicious it was), but the dish itself was beautifully presented. It’s the type of dish that is almost too pretty to eat.

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Next, we had the Red Miso Marinated Salmon. It had been recommended by the server, and I did not regret following his advice! The salmon was perfectly cooked, with a sweet and flavourful glaze.

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Finally, it was time for dessert! The highlight here were the Yuzu Doughnuts, beignets served with condensed milk and black sesame. The sweetness of the sauce paired delicously with the light, airy doughnuts. It was definitely a great way to end the meal.

I’d also like to note how kind and attentive our waiter was: he cracked jokes throughout the night and even brought an extra doughnut for the birthday boy at our table. Much appreciated!

Overall, I had a lovely experience at Kyo Bar Japonais: it’s a cool, trendy space, and the food is tasty and refined ! What are you waiting for? Get off your couch and go explore all the delicious cuisine Montreal has to offer!

Written by Marie Le Cannellier 

Our Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions

Yes, I know this blog is a little late but hey better late than never. Going to try and at least do four of these resolutions.

#1 Clean Out Your Closet.

In other words fake friends or frenemies whatever you call them – get rid of them! Significant other – know you’re not gonna marry them? The “fun” part of the friends with benefits agreement is over? Get rid of them! Anyone or anything that is cluttering your life – GET RID OF IT!

#2 Less Pizza. More Salads.

This my friends will be the hardest resolution I take on. Two weeks in and I’ve ordered pizza three times and have yet to have a salad. A healthy lifestyle is a work in progress and everyone has to do it eventually.

#3 Learn To Say NO Without Explaining.

If you’re anything like me you’re worse than Jim Carrey in Yes Man. This year try to say no to things that will either: bring you down, give you anxiety, affect your job or that you just don’t want to do. It’s okay to say no, if they love you they won’t care.

#4 Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone.

Single? F@#k Tinder & get out. Go out to a bar alone if you have to – have some drinks & say hi to that good-looking guy at the bar.

Send that confronting text to your f@#k boy.

Yes, there is no stronger drug that exists for a human than another human being – but why should you be scared? Why should you put your life on hold? Get over yourself and find a better drug.

#5 Cross Something Off Your Bucket List

I don’t have a bucket list but this year I will channel my inner Samantha and be a “tri-sexual” – no no, it will not be something sexual – this year I will try sky-diving, something I’ve always wanted to do but was always too chicken to do it. Afraid of heights? Go scuba-diving. Seriously think about it, what would you do if you weren’t afraid?

#6 Disconnect.

When you own your own social media company this might be a difficult resolution. But even with all my facebook notifications, twitter updates & Instagram likes, I am going to try and put my phone away during dinner, stop scrolling my Instagram feed when I’m with friends and maybe turn off my email notifications over the weekend. And if all that doesn’t work – buy an apple watch.

#7 Go Back To Basics

SMH? If you know what that stands for – shoot yourself. I had to google it after seeing it on one of those sticks in a selfie booth… sorry PHOTO booth.

Who remembers the Motorola Razor? Imagine how long it would’ve taken you to write “Rolling On The Floor Laughing”. Now appreciate your smart phone and WRITE OUT your emotions.

#8 Make Your Passion Your Paycheck

I know you’ve seen this quote on someone’s Instagram or Pinterest board. I may not have made my passion (lounging on a beach in Jamaica) my paycheck, but I’ve come pretty close. Sure it might be scary, even life-changing but if you don’t at least try you’ll never really know what it feels like to wake up every morning and do what you love. How sad would that be?

#9 Practice What You Post

Social media is a form of communication. Yes we all post that famous quote we think was written by that famous person when it wasn’t, yes we want to show the world what we ate last night – but once in a while… throw in something with meaning. Something that communicates your message.

#10 Dream Big.

This applies to everything and anything. Always dream – no matter what.