Let’s talk about a foodie vacation with endless streets of eye pleasing restaurants and delicious options…Montreal, Canada is that place. It is rated 2nd after NYC for food establishments in North America!
Our family of 5 loves to travel with the mindset to discover new cuisines, and take in the local culture on foot. In Montreal we did all of the above and enjoyed many adventures that I hope will inspire you to not only travel but open your mind to new flavors.
Our trip began with High Tea at The Ritz Carlton in Montreal. I booked the Tea as a relaxing start to our vacation and as a way to bond with the family. Tea has a way of comforting the senses and breaking down the tension of travel.
Our host sat us near a roaring fireplace with soft velvet couches and chairs. I could feel my whole body unwind as the beautiful environment lured me in. We had our choice of teas from white, black, green, herbal, and chai to name a few.
Tea is very high in antioxidants which are important components found in plants that protect the body from aging and damage. Drinking tea has been linked with longevity, and wellness.
With all the amazing choices, I selected the Chai Masala which had a smooth and spicy flavor. My husband and son enjoyed a tea called Crème Divine, which was a black tea with hints of vanilla flavor. I also have 2 daughters who one enjoyed jasmine tea, and the other selected peppermint tea.
Small finger sandwiches were served which included smoked salmon, cucumber, chicken with pesto, and roasted tomato. Each was delicately served on exquisite china just enough for 1-2 bites. Small sweet treats were also served along with the sandwiches to add a sweet ending to our luxurious retreat.
Conversations flowed and family bonding time was in full effect. It is important on vacations to focus on the people you are with, whether family or friends. Take time to catch up and reflect!
Try to include activity when traveling; walking is a great way to see the sights and city. I logged 13,000-15,000 steps daily on my Fitbit in Montreal! We walked through the downtown, explored the museums, and experienced the outdoor markets. Our most exciting adventure included hiking up Mont Royal in Mont Royal Park, which is the highest point in Montreal, and has amazing views of the city.
This magnificent park was designed by Frederick Law Olmstead, who also designed Central Park in New York City. Many gather here on the weekends to walk, hike, bike, or just lounge on a blanket and enjoy the scenery.
Since the cuisine in Montreal is diverse but has a French influence, I thought it would be memorable to do a cooking class with the family. Cooking is a foundational life skill that is paramount to self-care and health. It is my hope to inspire people that I counsel and teach to become confident with cooking. I often encourage my kids to cook and experiment in the kitchen.
Remember when you cook, you’re in control of the ingredients, products, cooking methods, and portions!
On our trip we went to a baking school--The Lincoln Apartment Baking School to learn how to make authentic crepes. Crepes are a popular French, thin, light pancake that can be made sweet or savory. We learned how to make them with sweet fillings like creamy lemon curd, and salted caramel (check out the recipes).
Jessica McGovern is the owner and teacher for the school. She is very enthusiastic and passionate about sharing her tasty recipes that include donuts, cupcakes, crepes, and French macarons to name a few. It was a hands on experience that included measuring, mixing, and flipping our crepes to complete perfection.
Jessica explained that you could use ½ the flour mixture with whole wheat or oat for a healthier version. Savory fillings like chicken, vegetables, and cheese would pair well for a dinner option. Check out the crepe recipe we made for a delicious and easy brunch or dinner…
What’s your next foodie adventure? Please share…
Janet Brancato is a Registered Dietitian based out of Glen Rock, NJ. She works with clients online, over the phone, and face to face.