{Happy Fridays} Eating at Joe Beef (finally!), looking for Danish inspiration, dreaming of organizing, and more!

« Happy Fridays » is a weekly column in which I share my latest news, favorite recipes, as well as anything and everything exciting.

{Happy Fridays} Eating at Joe Beef (finally!), looking for Danish inspiration, dreaming of organizing, and more!

What’s New

  • Three sunny days in Montreal! My short stay in Quebec’s biggest city was great: I had plenty of time to get out in the sun, wander in Old Montreal, taste delicious things in the city’s best markets and eat great food. I finally experienced the phenomenon that is Joe Beef – and I have to say, I wasn’t disappointed. More about that soon.
  • Have you ever been to Copenhagen? I haven’t, but I’m currently planning our trip to Denmark at the end of May. Have tips you’d like to share? Know of Danish delicacies I shouldn’t miss? Have restaurants to recommend? (Please don’t say Noma, unless you know how I could score one of those elusive bookings!) Send me a line, I really want to get to know that fantastic destination before we get there.
  • Today is my Mom’s birthday! To celebrate, we’re taking her to one of Quebec’s finest restaurants, L’Initiale, a member of the prestigious Relais & Château association. I’ve never been before so I feel like today’s the perfect opportunity to discover Chef Yvan Lebrun’s creations.

Worth Talking About

  • I have a thing for organizing stuff. But I’m a terribly messy person (right now my desk is so full of stuff that I can no longer move my computer mouse freely). I dream of having a perfectly organized kitchen. One day I’ll splurge on those little aluminum spice tins and practical clear plastic containers and transform my whole pantry. I promise I will.
  • The weather’s still pretty cool over here in Quebec City, but we’ve had warmer days that had me dreaming of this summer’s picnics. I feel like I may give these DIY picnic baskets a try – they’re pretty and seem like a fun project to make on rainy days!
  • Would you go dishwasher-less? I don’t think I would, even if my kitchen was the tiniest. But many people do, such as Saveur’s editor-in-chief, James Oseland. You’d think he’d have the fanciest kitchen but actually he doesn’t. “Some of the greatest cooking I’ve witnessed — some of the greatest food I’ve eaten — came out of humble, small kitchens”. Take a tour of his small New York City kitchen.

Just Added to My “To-Make” List

  • Smørrebrød is one Danish specialty I know I will enjoy when I’m in Copenhagen, but I may very well make this Danish-inspired Spring Egg Salad way before I take off for Scandinavia.
  • Pesto is probably my favorite sauce (and/or spread) and I’ve taken a liking to making all sorts of variations with many different kinds of ingredients (it always seems to turn out delicious!). This Arugula Pistachio Pesto is my latest obsession.
  • Speaking of sauces, here’s a list of 11 sauces you should try. Cashews are E’s favorite nut, so I can’t wait to make the Cashew ‘Nut Sauce’.
  • I love chocolate and I love DIY projects. Somehow, I had never thought of making my own chocolate candies, but this walkthrough sure planted a seed.

Have a great and delicious weekend!

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One Response to {Happy Fridays} Eating at Joe Beef (finally!), looking for Danish inspiration, dreaming of organizing, and more!

  1. And now you have me pulling my copy of Joe Beef off the shelf! Much more practical than driving the 8 hrs…
    Thanks for the inspiration, as always!

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