dessert

A Fair To Remember

Last weekend, I finally decided to rid my SD card of the older content I has stored on it. While doing that, I came across some photos of a chocolate & sweets fair I went a few months back. JTMEC (short for “Je t’aimes en chocolat” which mean, “I love you in chocolate”) is hands down my favorite Montreal fair. No other festival does a better job (more…)

Breakfast At… Amir’s!

About a month ago, my amazing best friend Fabby and I went out for breakfast at my local Amir. During her last visit, I told her I’d been meaning to go there ever since I’d walked by and noticed that they’d revamped the restaurant. So, unsure of what to expect but up for anything, we made our way over.

Once inside, we found ourselves in a whimsical setting filled with lush greenery and miscellaneous items such as the old guitar case, children’s toys and books (my favorite was the old type-writer!). The front and newly renovated part of the restaurant had been turned into a café, complete with a menu that features breakfast, brunch, smoothies, various cakes and specialty coffees. They also had an impressive selection of Kusmi teas (their “Sweet Love” tea peaked my interest in trying the rest of their line. Especially their detox teas). Starving, Fabby and I wasted no time scouring the menu and placing an order. We both had Le duo: your typical two egg breakfast served with sausage, potatoes, bread, fruit and coffee. The only thing I didn’t love about my order was the “sausage” which actually turned out to be hot dogs. Had I known that, I would’ve asked for bacon instead. I just found it odd because the menu did state that the bacon was actually turkey bacon but never clarified that the sausage was actually hot dogs. Also, I was a little bummed to find out they didn’t have any regular coffee. I’ve not really one for machiattos, cappuccinos and mochachinos. I like regular, plain old filtered coffee. I just feel like like that’s part of “Coffee Shop 101”. That being said, aside from that, everything else was good– especially the breakfast potatoes! They were so flavorful and reminded me of my aunt Adeline’s stuffing because it was so well seasoned.

I don’t know if this is something that all the Amir franchises will be doing, but if so, I think it’s great. Aside from having a nice breakfast/ brunch menu, it’s also the perfect place to read a book, finish a school project or catch up with friends over a cup of Joe. The one I went to is located in the St-Leonard area so be sure to swing by if you plan on strolling through.

Giada’s Tiramisu

In order to help celerate Love, Emmee’s very first blogiversary on the 29th, I figured I’d share with you a recipe for my all time favorite dessert: Tiramisu! I found this recipe on The Food Network. It was created by Giada de Laurentiis and it’s quick, easy to put together and requires only a few ingredients. Follow the instructions below and see how you can make one of your own!

Be sure to check in again tomorrow! I’ll be posting new and personal content every day this week in honor of Love, Emmee reaching the one year mark!

 

tiramisu

Ingredients:
6 egg yolks
3 tablespoons sugar
1 pound mascarpone cheese
1 1/2 cups strong espresso, cooled
2 teaspoons dark rum
24 packaged ladyfingers
1/2 cup bittersweet chocolate shavings, for garnish

Directions:
Watch how to make this recipe.
In a large bowl, using an electric mixer with whisk attachment, beat egg yolks and sugar until thick and pale, about 5 minutes. Add mascarpone cheese and beat until smooth. Add 1 tablespoon of espresso and mix until thoroughly combined. In a small shallow dish, add remaining espresso and rum. Dip each ladyfinger into espresso for only 5 seconds. Letting the ladyfingers soak too long will cause them to fall apart. Place the soaked ladyfinger on the bottom of a 13 by 9 inch baking dish, breaking them in half if necessary in order to fit the bottom. Spread evenly 1/2 of the mascarpone mixture over the ladyfingers. Arrange another layer of soaked ladyfingers and top with remaining mascarpone mixture. Cover tiramisu with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, up to 8 hours. Before serving, sprinkle with chocolate shavings.

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/tiramisu-recipe.html

Vinnie Gambini’s, Beef Bavette & Fries

I recently stopped by Vinnie Gambini’s for a little late lunch.  I had been meaning to try out one of their client favorites, and since my schedule had opened up after missing a cooking workshop, I figured there was no better time.  I placed my order and was extremely pleased to receive it because it looked it looked so tasty (I’m a sucker for great presentation and things smothered in gravy!) and was even more pleased after tasting it.  I love a well seasoned cut of meat, and that’s exactly what I got here.  The bavette came doused in a brown peppercorn gravy that tasted like a nice, smoky Marsala sauce.  The only negative point of the meal was that my steak did get a little tough to cut into and chew around the middle, so instead of ordering it well done, I’d ask for it to be medium well instead.  Then, for dessert, I ordered a slice of the Dolce Vita cake, which was absolutely amazing.  It’s a light chocolate cake that’s layered with a mousse filling, topped off with a rich chocolate ganache, caramel drizzle and crushed walnuts.  Perfect for sharing over coffee with friends.
So whether you’re stopping in for lunch, coffee & dessert or drinks with friends, you should definately make Vinnie Gambini’s your next stop.