A group of my friends was searching for a getaway — somewhere close but not too close — where we could gather for a holiday weekend. Canada seemed high on everyone’s list and Montreal seemed to fit the bill. We rented a house close to Mile’s End and had a culinary adventure worth writing about here. One caveat - we did have inside connections as one of our party works in Canada. However, you can all benefit from his insider information here!
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Our bookshelves feature an eclectic mix of the new and the old, fiction and non-fiction. Our ratings try and classify how the book may fit into your reading repertoire: book club, alone, get me through this flight, etc.
All The Light We Cannot See
Author: Anthony Doerr
Year of Release: 2014
I resisted reading this book for a while--until a friend recommended the book strongly. I have read many books set during World War II over the years. And I thought there simply could not be a new telling of this tale. I was wrong.
The Improbability of Love
Author: Hannah Rothschild
Year of Release: 2015
The Improbability of Love is like a well-made scone, not too sweet, not too dense but just perfect with a cup of coffee or two. My only complaint is that it wraps up a bit too fast -- like an editor got overly concerned with page count--and the title is a mouthful.
The 2017 Whitney Biennial
Whitney Museum of American Art
New York, NY
Through June 11
The 2017 Biennial is not an aesthetic pleasure. It's jarring and amazing, confounding and curious. Even the art that appears beautiful on the surface has a hidden dark side, like the title image above that features people trapped in an elevator, fighting off bugs.
The Life and Poetry of Emily Dickinson
The Morgan Library
New York City
Closing May 28
Author: Thomas Keller
Year of Release: 2012
Mom's Homemade Gyoza
Pretty Delicious: Lean and Lovely Recipes for a Healthy, Happy You
Author: Candice Kumai
Year of Release: February 2011
A simple, tasty dinner to make at home alone or a great one to get friends to help you with.
The Co-Op is a showcase of small, labor-of-love purveyors that offer terrific, unique products--especially those, which we might sell in a brick and mortar Literary Cafe one day. Just click and you will be taken to their website. Be assured, we have tried and love their products.
Bali Blue Moon Organic
Dark Chocolate Coconut Cookies
Parmigiano-Reggiano, DOP May 2010
Les Femmes Truffles