Restaurant

New York 2017

 

A drive to New York from Montreal only lasts six hours and that's why I've gone there approximately each year since I was six years old. Through the years I've discovered many places, restaurants and shops and so each time I go with my family or my friends I go back there and see what has and hasn't changed. Obviously, I also try new things but when the time is short I stick to the things I know and love. Our stop to New York this year was so short, we had to be really efficient in order to do everything we had in mind, that is: eating at the Nomad hotel, shopping in Soho, visiting the new one world trade center and the oculus mall, walking through central park, stopping at Time Square and having lunch at Habana café. Once again, the trip was refreshing and unforgettable. I hope next time it will last longer so I'll be able to visit and see more! 

Holiday Week in La La Land

 
The Cora's Coffee Shoppe located on Ocean Ave is compulsory, once there take the rigatoni it's delicious!

The Cora's Coffee Shoppe located on Ocean Ave is compulsory, once there take the rigatoni it's delicious!

The Destroyer restaurant is situated in Culver City. The food they serve is aesthetically beautiful and the ingredients truthful to their taste.

The Destroyer restaurant is situated in Culver City. The food they serve is aesthetically beautiful and the ingredients truthful to their taste.

Gjusta is  the place to be,  there is no doubt about it. Everyone comes there to eat the place's amazing healthy food.

Gjusta is the place to be, there is no doubt about it. Everyone comes there to eat the place's amazing healthy food.

At Melrose Place, everything is pretty!

At Melrose Place, everything is pretty!

Get a chance to stop at the beach. Even when it's cloudy, the breeze is refreshing.

Get a chance to stop at the beach. Even when it's cloudy, the breeze is refreshing.

Once a year, Little Tokyo organizes a Japanese festival with many attractions, shows and amazing traditional food. Don't miss the mochi making!

Once a year, Little Tokyo organizes a Japanese festival with many attractions, shows and amazing traditional food. Don't miss the mochi making!

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My little sister is a true gourmet.

My little sister is a true gourmet.

The Salazar restaurant, around Los Feliz, is a convivial Mexican place easily missed.

The Salazar restaurant, around Los Feliz, is a convivial Mexican place easily missed.

The Lily Ashwell shop in Venice has a nice selection of items. I love to stop there each time I visit Los Angeles.

The Lily Ashwell shop in Venice has a nice selection of items. I love to stop there each time I visit Los Angeles.

Downtown L.A. sometimes reminds me of New York. I get nostalgic when I go there.

Downtown L.A. sometimes reminds me of New York. I get nostalgic when I go there.

The beautiful Disney Concert Hall.

The beautiful Disney Concert Hall.

I discovered this  out of no where  golf place on the third floor of a building in Koreatown.

I discovered this out of no where golf place on the third floor of a building in Koreatown.

Pop up at Melbourne

 

The first time I went to the Melbourne Café I felt I was entering a real Australian Coffee Shop. The place is filled with Australian souvenir-like objects. Between the virgin Mary on the wall, the polaroids sticked on the mirror and the plastic kangaroo next to the marzocco machine, you get the feeling you're entering someone's own home. The coffee is really good; true to the third wave way of making coffee. I went there today with my family for a nice brunch since it was the last weekend of their pop up brunch. They don't usually serve food except for pastries but they've decided to collaborate with a great young chef called Saad Bahbahni (@ozwaldfelixcreates). I think the notion of having a pop up kitchen is really interesting. Not only is it nice for the chef to be able to cook sporadically without the stress of owning a place, but it also gives another vision of the Café to its customers. The food was delicious and nicely presented. I don't know if the owner plans to make another pop up brunch soon but make sure to go check the place anyway. As for Saad, check out his instagram to see is creations and whereabouts.

*The Café is located on St-Laurent Street between Villeneuve Street and Mont-royal avenue. It is kind of easy to miss because it's under the balcony of a three story high apartment building. I am telling you this in advance, just in case you would want to go. 

Brunch at Byblos

 

This restaurant located on Laurier street in the Plateau, is one of my favorite brunch places. When I go there, it always feels like a treat. When I think of the Byblos, I think of a place that's welcoming and peaceful. The owner is a hard working Iranian woman. She is at the restaurant every day, taking the orders of almost every customer. I love this place mainly because it feels like I'm visiting someone else's house; a cozy, eclectic, lively home. The best time to go is at brunch. My favorite course, the number four, a choice of omelet, with a beverage, bread and homemade marmelades. 
Make sure to stop if you come to Montreal!

Here's two feta omelet, a halym pudding, a mint tea, a bundle of delicious bread, and three different marmelade all of which are succulent!

Here's two feta omelet, a halym pudding, a mint tea, a bundle of delicious bread, and three different marmelade all of which are succulent!

Orange Blossom | Carrot & Oranges | Rose petal & Pistachios

Orange Blossom | Carrot & Oranges | Rose petal & Pistachios

Mint tea, Mediterranean style.

Mint tea, Mediterranean style.