Last Sunday, I went apple picking with my family for the first time! We went to an orchard in Rougemont, Quebec, called Verger Danielle.
Rougemont is a 45-minute drive away from the Island of Montreal, in the Montérégie region, and is known as the Capital of the Apple. That claim was in fact proven to be true, as we drove past multiple orchards decorated with thousands of apples.
Upon arrival at the farm, we embarked in a wagon truck for a free 15-minute tour into the owner’s vast orchard. Here, we were able to see almost every type of apple the owner was cultivating including, granny smith, fuji and braeburn. They were also growing pears, which was nice surprise.
After our tour, we went apple picking! But not before indulging in some freshly-pressed apple juice. We also bought apple turnovers which I heard were very good.
Our evening ended an hour or so later, after we collected dozens of apples and were tired of running after the kids.
Weeks ago I dined at Aux Vivres (Plateau), in Montreal, with a friend and the food was so so great and filling! It was my first time visiting this restaurant and I was really impressed.
I ordered the thai tacos (2 for $7) with tempeh, pickled carrot, daikon and peanut sauce. I was not fond of the peanut sauce and had to scrape it off with a knife, but the rest was delicious. The combination of vegetables brings a sweet/sour/savoury taste to the dish. I also had the roasted potatoes with spicy mayo ($5) and it paired perfectly with the tacos.
For dessert, I had the chocolate banana pie ($6) which was good. The chocolate cream was pudding-like and the crust was made with shredded coconut. My only negative comments about the dessert is that the slice is really small for the price and the crust is not thick enough for the weight of the filling.
Otherwise, the service was friendly and quick, and I’m looking forward to going back to try one of their bowls!
CRAZY RICH ASIANS
I finally got around to watching this movie and was pleasantly rewarded with Awkwafina/Nora Lum’s hilarious character, Goh Peik Lin, Gemma Chan’s badass boss character, Astrid Leong-Teo, and Lisa Lu, the traditional grandma we all love, despite holding opposing beliefs when it comes to ways of living, Shang Su Yi.
The cast was talented and beautiful, plus I really appreciated that the majority of the actors were female. Also, how beautiful is Malaysia and Singapore !?
My favourite scene in the movie is definitely Colin (Chris Pang) and Araminta’s (Sonoya Mizuno) wedding. It was my favourite scene because of the gorgeous set, the way all of the emotions were captured, and Kina Grannis’ extraordinary cover of ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love’. It’s also the moment where Rachel (Constance Wu) faced her fears of Nick’s (Henry Golding) mother (Michelle Yeoh) and won most of the respect/love of the family.
However, for me, the plot was missing important facts that I believe people should know in order to better understand Chinese culture–but that’s why I’m going to be purchasing the book!
Other than that, I truly loved the soundtrack. My favourite songs are Wo Yao Ni De Ai by Grace Chang, because of its 20s vibe and My New Swag by VAVA feat. Ty and Nina Wang, because…Chinese Hip Hop!
How are you spending your first week of fall? Let me know in the comments!