samedi 18 juin 2016

Om Prama!

Sylvie, a friend of mine has stopped off at my place for a couple weeks. 

This week she suggested we try a 100% Vegan restaurant.

Me, not been a Vegan  did not know where the Vegan Restaurants in Quebec City were. I was pretty sure there were some, I just didn't know where. 

Whooray for Social Networking! 

It didn't take too long to receive 4-5 suggestions from my Facebook Vegan Site, Vegan Ville de Québec . We stopped our choice on Om Prana 100% Vegan. 

So, once again, I'm NOT Vegan. I have nothing against trying to eat healthier than what I actually do, but I wasn't really into lettuce and cucumber as a meal. 

But Sylvie's a longtime friend, so I couldn't say no.

Off we went. Om Prana is situated in the older, what used to be the middle class industrial part of lower town. Rebaptised Nouvo Saint-Roch since they started revamping the neighbourhood over 10 years ago, it is now a very much IN part of Quebec City. 
Walk along St. Joseph street and you will find all kinds of little shops, café's, thrift shops and more. 

Om Prana is a cute little bistro which not only offers a menu but also a good choice of Vegetarian and Vegan grocery products and takeout. They also have some Vegan documentation for purchase or you can read up on the latest Vegan ways of life while you eat.

I can't say that they have a very extensive menu but several choices are offered.
Just to be different we both took the Vegan burger with a side order of salad. 

Well, I was pleasently surprised, the meal was really very good. 

This burger had nothing to envy any beef burger proud enough to carry that name. It was at least 4 inches high. The patty was a mix of corn, sunflower seeds, soya or chick pea beans with all the trimmings. 
As you see the side salad was a good size also. Several salad dressings were offered, again to be different, we both took the asian dressing. 

We left the table with our bellies full.

How was my first Vegan experience? 

Very good.

Was the food good? 

Absolutely, 100%. Service also.

Would I recommend this place to friends? 

100% Yes.

Will I go back? 

I'm not Vegan, it wouldn't be my first choice for a restaurant meal, but Yes I will return.

All in all, this was a very nice discovery. 

Congratulations to all who work to make this place a better world, one Bean Sprout at a time. 



mercredi 16 mars 2016

Snow was announced for March 2nd, 2016.

The weather man announced snow.
SNOW! It was as if someone had poured a pot of melted marshmallows all over the city. Everything was covered.
Even a Yeti could have walked around unnoticed for two days straight.
It must have been soon after lunch when I decided to go for a walk. It was still lightly snowing, but only small flakes were falling from the sky. It was like looking through a lace pattern.
Once the storm subsided and the wind died down it was so beautiful outside. It was a storm like when I was a kid, tons and tons of it. Schools were closed, roads were closed, traffic almost came to a halt, and the Island of Orleans was not accessible for a short while.
I’m sure some people are still looking for their cars buried in the snow banks even though it has been five days. It took the cleaning crew at least 72 hours clear away and dump all that white stuff. There are mountains and mountains of it piled up all over the city just waiting for the sun to come out and melt it away.
I wasn’t the only one walking around; mothers were out pulling sleds, dog owners were walking their pets, and something I hadn’t seen for a long time, were kids playing in the snow.
As I walked around town with my camera, I could tell the neighborhood was coming back to life. I could hear plows in the nearby streets. People were out shoveling their walkways, their driveways, the sidewalks, and even their roofs. Several people were pushing cars which didn’t even belong to them; they were just being neighborly as they roamed the streets.
After walking around for about an hour, I decided to head home. As I walked with my back facing west, all of a sudden, I was submerged in a golden light. The sun had cut through the clouds just as the snow had stopped falling. I had this overwhelming feeling of having been in darkness for so long and all of a sudden I knew spring was just around the corner.

Red Firetrucks. 

samedi 5 mars 2016

Cooking for your neighbour

Last fall I joined Cooks from Home a community based food service which allows us to cook to our hearts content and sell our homemade meals.

Here is an article in our local paper Le Soleil published March 5, 2016.
Cuisine voisine, popoter et.... donner (in French)

Very popular in the Montreal region and growing daily in the "Capitale Nationale", Quebec City.

Since you're a curious bunch, go on the CFH web page, do a search with your postal code and see what comes up. Maybe there are people cooking in your neighbourhood.

You can widden your search up to 15 kilometers. Do a search with a postal code of another city, you never know. If people are cooking it will be up there.

Each week there are different meals offered. Vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, meat dishes you have several choices. Desserts....... mmmmmmm. I heard that muffins are popular.

It's a great way to get to know your neighbour, to help each other out.

Or if you don't like to cook and want to pop a dish in the microwave when you get home, crash in front of the tv and eat something delicious.

Here are some examples of what I've done since November 2015.

Coconut Energy Balls

Chicken Pot Pie

General Tao Tofu

Tourtière - Quebec traditional dish

Indu flavoured rice with Falafel & Tahini
Sausage and spinach lasagna

Onion Marmelade (with Maple Syrup)

Pizza with homemade crust, homemade tomato sauce

Spaghetti sauce with meat
Kimchi and Cheddar dip

So you see the variety is out there. Spread the word, maybe you're a cook who would be willing to share your talents. Join us!

dimanche 21 février 2016

Cat Café - Café Félin Ma Langue aux Chats

I've always wanted to go to a Cat Café.

I imagined it been nice and bright with colorful paintings from local artists hanging on the walls.

I imagined it been sort of quiet with music in the back ground, nothing that drowns out the conversation.

I imagined the cats walking around or sleeping in a corner. The more curious ones would come and greet me as I walked in. They would snif at my heels or hop on my table to take a peek at what I was drinking.

I imagined the friendlier cats hoping onto my lap, lying down and falling asleep in the warmth of my lap.

Well today I went to my first Cat Café - Café Félin Ma Langue Aux Chat, A relatively new concept in Québec City. This café is situated on St-Paul street in the Old Port district.  In this café I think there are 6 cats but I only saw 4. As I left I spotted 2 others asleep, one on a window sill and the second in a cat cradle mid way between ceiling and floor.

This Cat Café did not meet my expectations at all. That's not a bad thing, I just have too much imagination.

First impression.... Very popular place. All tables were occupied. Second impression, Shit! It was warm in there.

Afirst time thing for me when I walked in was; that everyone takes off their boots (we are in the middle of winter and the streets are full of slush) So, when in Rome do like the Romans. If I had know I would have worn socks with no holes. Very self conscious about the holes although I knew very well no one was looking at my feet I still curled up my toes the best I could.

I was lucky, there was one table left at the back of the café. Very friendly waitress, I was greeted in less than a minute and my order was taken. I ordered a bowl of coffee and a slice of banana chocolat cake. The cake was served warm which was nice.

So here I am waiting for the cats to come and see me.

Cats ARE independent.

I would say I was there an hour. There are cat toys if someone chose to play with the cats. One guy spend the whole hour doing so to the point that I could almost say, he was hogging the cats to himself.

One cat did jump onto my table but just as a spring board to get into the ledge.

I have to say, I was a bit disapointed with my experience, my fault. I made it up to be much more than it really is. I like the idea of a Cat Café and I will go back, just maybe not on a Sunday afternoon.

All in all it was a nice place, just a bit crowded, just a bit too small for it's vocation, just a bit too warm due to all the people, just a bit..... not what I expected.

On my way out I spotted this one in the window.


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