Tag Archives: Aurélie Ptito

“Tous les vins sont des vins de table” and at Sel Gras the table is exquisite


sel gras
Photo credit: Emmanuel Hessler

Usually Sel Gras has the type of service where you exclaim “all this? But it’s not even my birthday!” Well last week it actually was my birthday and I got my cake and ate it too. And by that I mean that I even had a beautiful bouquet of flowers waiting for me at the table, courtesy of the magnificent co-owner, Matthieu Arteau.
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Amanda and Auré’s Favourite Things

From the Chocolate Throwdown

Homemade Ice cream and chocolate brownie

When it comes to food, Amanda and I are the same person. This makes her my favourite restaurant-going buddy, since whenever we go out to eat, all we need is one glance at the menu and, through some weird gluttonous unspoken communication, we already know what we’ll be sharing. This made her the obvious choice as a partner for the Chocolate Throwdown (also, I kind of think she’s awesome). We were inspired by Ben and Jerry’s fanciful ice cream flavours, specifically Jimmy Fallon’s Late Night Snack, which, among other things, features fudge-covered potato chip clusters. And since neither of us has an insane sweet tooth, we decided to balance out the sweetness by adding as many salty components as possible. So, let us now present our favourite things!
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The Foodie Collective Falls for Finkelstein


Hof Kelsten
photo credit: Katherine Macnaughton

If you’ve read this blog before, you know there’s just one thing we would brave the cold for. If you said good food, you’d be half right. Good conversation about good food is also definitely worth risking frostbite. So the promise of a chat with Jeff Finkelstein of Hof Kelsten while enjoying one of his nonpareil sandwiches got us out even during the Polar Vortex. And he didn’t disappoint. While Kim got intimate with a deliciously gooey cinnamon bun, Aurélie made nice with a beef on rye sandwich topped with sliced apples, coleslaw and mustard.

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Pissaladière – Not your nonna’s pizza

From the Christmas Throwdown

This is one of the first things I learned how to make, when I was about 8, courtesy of some friends in France. It’s thanks to this recipe that I can now peel and chop pounds of onions without my eyes ever tearing up, which trust me was not always the case! It’s a simple dish, with a limited number of ingredients, and I guarantee it’s always a hit for any occasion.

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French Onion Soup

French onion soup

For me, the first snowfall means one thing and one thing only: the time for guilt-free indulgence has arrived! One of winter’s perks is all the delicious, decadent comfort food we can all enjoy. Everyone has their favourite dish, and mine is rich and flavourful French onion soup.  So curl up on the couch, preferably in front of a fireplace, and enjoy a bowl of cheesy, piping hot onion soup.

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‘Tis the time for oysters!

Since autumn is oyster season, we thought we’d get the Foodie Collective together to test out a few varieties, and Kim’s housewarming presented the perfect occasion for us to gorge ourselves on these delicious bivalves.We headed to the Odessa Poissonnier outlet to pick up a few different kinds and this is definitely the place to go for great seafood. They have lots of varieties, in big and small boxes or in bulk so you can buy as many or as few as you want, and mix and match. This time around, we decided to stick to East Coast oysters, more specifically different varieties from PEI.
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