Saturday, May 26, 2018

Easy breezy Indian summer outfit of the day

“I almost wish we were butterflies and liv'd but three summer days - three such days with you I could fill with more delight than fifty common years could ever contain.” 
― John Keats

      This year in east cost winter was way too long. After feeling like a decade of hibernation, spring/summer finally arrives. When you step into something after long anticipation, it certainly feels precious.  Here we are not just enjoying the beautiful weather, but amping it up with summer fashion.

     Just the other day I visited a friend and wore this easy breezy suit. One might not like the fitting as it is little loose fitted. Sometimes I prefer easy breezy suit in summer days, it gives you more comfort than the fitted one.  A neon pink silk kurta which I team up with a neon green sharara and a parrot green banarasi georgette dupatta. For accessories, just a pair of earring and a cocktail ring. The colors were quite statemented so you really do not need many accessories. I wore this kurta several times with different sharara/salwar/skirt and dupatta. A solid color always gives you so much option to wear it in different ways as well with different looks. By the way, how do you like the earring? I love the contemporary twist on Indian design like camel and lotus. Let me know your thoughts. Have a great long weekend.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Montreal food indulgence and healthy choices part 3

      In our Montreal days, we used to wake up late and loved to have full power pack brunch to kick-start a power packed day. Then the copper brunch came across. The theme intrigued me. Plant-based, environment-friendly and nutrient dense food in a fast-paced setting is convenient in a modern day setting, whether you are visiting a place or in your regular lifestyle. In a casual setting, Copper brunch menu has global-inspired organic natural and gluten-free options including bowel, sandwich, wrap, soup and healthy dessert.

      I opted for Aristle -with non-GMO basil balsamic vinaigrette. Sweet potato, organic spinach hummus, bruschetta, black olives, lettuce, beets, carrot, broccoli, organic sprouted mung beans, spiced chickpeas, non-GMO hemp seeds. I love the whole combination of this bowel definitely innovative, super healthy and delicious with the array of colorful veggies. Yet, my minor grip was the food should look little fresher.

      For our kids, we opted for Southwest wrap scramble - Organic tofu scramble, mozzarella style shreds, lettuce, tomato, spicy South West sauce. It almost tasted like egg scramble, enticing and filling at the same time. Crunchy vegetable with tofu added mild favor ideal for tender taste buds.  Husband opted for Unity falafel wrap - organic spelled wrap, carrot keftedes, romaine lettuce, red cabbage, carrot, tomatoes, alfalfa sprouts, non-GMO aioli sauce. This is something you definitely need to try whenever you are in Copper brunch. Incredibly filling, flavourful and healthy at the same time.

      Wheather I am home or traveling my Indian spicy taste buds often crave for spicy food. When it came to drinks in Copper brunch, I opted for Smoothie Gandhi- Non-GMO spinach, organic turmeric, non-GMO pineapple, non-GMO banana, ginger, lime, organic orange juice. I have never come across something like this whether the name or the taste. Never knew the refreshing food, and a
hint of spices do such a wonder in your taste bud. A must try and get ready to tantalize your taste buds.

      When it comes to dessert, most people nowadays tend to let it go because of the sugar. What if your dessert is designed in a healthy twist with no compromise on taste. Yes, that's what I felt when I tried dessert in Copper brunch. I tried Cashew lime cheesecake - Raw cashews, freshly pressed limes, organic coconut, organic coconut milk, organic coconut oil, organic raw cane sugar, filtered water, dates, organic vanilla extract, natural sea salt, organic chlorophyll. A creamy, succulent taste in every bite. And then Chocolate zucchini brownie - Dairy free chocolate chips, cane juice, brown rice flour, zucchini, cocoa, Earth Balance buttery spread, organic soy milk, potato starch, non-GMO canola oil, organic flax seeds, non-GMO hemp seeds, tapioca syrup. That was my kids favorite whipped and moist brownie and quite filling and is shareable with two. . .

You can read part 2 here...

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Montreal Food- Indulgences and healthy choices part 2

      Your any food trip won't be complete without taking a coffee or tea break. Here you will enter 1930's housed in building Boulangerie, cozy yet quirky and has quite a bit to offer with coffee, croissants or a cake, artisan bread sandwiches and moreover, they use organic flour for everything.

      After sightseeing and visiting museums, we need a little rest that is not too long yet short enough to relax. And Boulangerie Pain à Tartine perfectly fits into that. A warm cup of coffee with pecan pie for me and a mango pie for the husband.

      A crunchy pecan pie was perfect in every nutty bite, and moist, flavorful mango pie was wholesome with crumbly delight of freshness.

These sweet and sinful treats are meant for indulging and unwinding. You might find these treats anywhere else, but the way they maintain the authenticity of the taste is quite amusing. I can assure you will not be disappointed here.

You can read part 1 here...

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Montreal Food- Indulgences and healthy choices part 1

      If you follow me or happen to read my last post you read Montreal top 5 coolest things to do. There I mentioned one of the coolest things is food. The food culture do talk about a place more than any other thing. Montreal food culture is enormous and vivid just like its food choices. I had been to Montreal twice but yet to cover many more.

 Le Darlington - Connecticut to Montreal was about 6 hours drive. When we reached Montreal It was almost evening time. Even though it was 1st week of April, you could still feel the sharpness of cold. We decided to have our Dinner early and did not want to explore much with our young kids. Le Darlington is in Courtyard by Marriott where we also stayed.

       Open high ceiling with modern contemporary interiors, Le Darlington is a chic place. A friendly welcome greeted us to our seats. We opted for soup after the long trip.

 A savory bowl of  Italian soup with mix beans. Mild in taste yet serves you a good deal on a cold winter evening.

For starter, we had mushroom with a spicy sauce that came with bread. It was enticing, delicately cooked shrimp in a hint of chilies and the spices added great punch.

Then came mozzarella slices with fresh basil and sliced tomatoes. The garden fresh tomatoes and basil indeed oozed freshness and the deliciousness.

And for the mains, kids had vegetable pizza and we had rice risotto. Kids thoroughly enjoyed their veg pizza. With a hint of butter and high consistency made the rice risotto silky, smooth and savory to taste.  The empty plates said it all. Gracious service made our meal even tastier.

     In the end, kids wanted a treat, and we ended it with a creme brulee. It was decent, the particular delight was missing somehow,  but when it comes to creme brulee.
     Our First Meal in Montreal ended pretty well. We then looked forward to the next morning and much more delightful meals.

To be continued....

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