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Olive Oil Tasting

by Marilyn Z. on June 1st, 2012

On friday, a gourmet friend and I headed for Karen Chekerdjian‘s boutique for an olive oil tasting. Other than being uber-excited about the tasting itself, I was really curious about the boutique. It looked like a pretty cool space. Here are the olive oils that...

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Lebanese olive oil tasting

by Marilyn Z. on May 18th, 2012

I’m in heaven! I’m a huge fan of olive oil and i’ve always been saddened by the fact that Lebanese olive oil tends to be a bulky universe with no nuance between oils, or at least not one that anyone wants to promote. I think...

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Food checklist – the Barcelona edition –
48 Hours of food & Gaudi in Barcelona – Part 1

by Marilyn Z. on May 9th, 2012

A friend of mine recently asked me to give her an overview of my favorite places to eat in Barcelona. While I admit I may have slacked on the research part before going there (Which means I’m sure I have missed a dozen yummy &...

4 Comments   Eating out, Travel


Shopping for food in Paris

by Marilyn Z. on April 23rd, 2012

Ten years ago, if you asked me about Paris I would’ve gladly told you how much I hated this city. I would’ve said it had no soul, that people were cold and obnoxious and that the whole city and its inhabitants mirrored the cold perfect...

2 Comments   Beautiful foods, Paris, Side orders, Travel


Pommes de Terre Forestières

by Marilyn Z. on April 16th, 2012

For those of you who are faint of heart, please refrain from making this recipe. You may even want to consider not reading this post all the way through. Also, consider yourselves warned, looking at the below images may increase your cholesterol levels. This week...

No Comments  Mother knows best, The lab


Roasted Lamb Shanks with Parsley and Garlic

by Marilyn Z. on April 10th, 2012

I’m a big fan of meals that are cooked in the oven because they tend to require less hands-on preparation and cooking time. This week-end a family friend taught me how to prepare lamb shanks faster than it takes you to say it. 1/ Ingredients:...

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My Grandmother’s Sfouf recipe

by Marilyn Z. on April 9th, 2012

After raving about my Grandmother’s Sfouf in the Montreal Checklist I am going to share her recipe with all of you. I’m not a very accomplished pastry chef myself. The closest I’ve ever come to making a cake is Banana bread (or in darker days:...

1 Comment  Beirut, Montreal, Mother knows best, The lab


Decorating Easter eggs the old fashioned way

by Marilyn Z. on April 3rd, 2012

So it’s that time of the year again, the time of the egg battles. Growing up, I have to admit, the egg taping contest was my favorite thing about Easter. My mother was always very good at picking the winning egg. It had to be...

2 Comments   Beautiful foods, Beirut, Mother knows best, The lab


Food checklist – the Montreal edition – 10 Foods you have to have while in Monty

by Marilyn Z. on March 28th, 2012

I have been coming to Montreal every year since I was two, and over the years I have built a food checklist of things I have to have in this wonderful city in order to feel like the trip was worth it. Most of my...

4 Comments   Eating out, Montreal, Mother knows best, Travel


Le Mandarin Oriental, Paris : Lunch at Le Camelia

by cyrilht on March 28th, 2012

If you open the Curnonski or Escoffier cook book, you’ll find sophisticated complex and rich meals that combine tradition and the know how of a skilled chef. It’s tasty, its heavy, it bears a very long complex name. Great Chefs like Alain Ducasse for example eventually...

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