Travel Destination – Sénégal

Never been to West Africa before? Why don’t you start by visiting Sénégal?

Dakar - Park of Remembrance

Dakar – Park of Remembrance

Sénégal is an excellent choice for a first trip in West Africa. You will be able to discover a diversified culture, friendly people and amazing landscapes.

The city of Dakar is well known all over the world as a host place for international exhibitions, conferences and entertainment activities. During our journey, we visited museums and monuments while enjoying relaxing time at the beach. For those who like to enjoy the night life, you will find a vibrant scene out there.

Dakar - IFAN Dakar Museum

Dakar – IFAN Dakar Museum

Dakar - African Renaissance Monument

Dakar – African Renaissance Monument

Dakar - Beach at Hotel Terrou Bi

Dakar – Beach at Hotel Terrou Bi

Dakar - Little Buddha Lounge

Dakar – Little Buddha Lounge

All along the coast, Dakar is board by islands accessible to the public by boat ( cost may vary depending the destination) such as Madeleine National Park, Ngor and Gorée.

Madeleine Island National Park

Madeleine Island National Park

Ngor Island

Ngor Island

Gorée Island

Gorée Island

To visit others cities, the smart choice will be to take a mini-bus ( 12 to 14 people) available at bus station. The bus is the cheaper way but it is very less comfortable. From the station Baux Maraichers, we went to the city of Saint-Louis.

Saint-Louis - Oceanfront

Saint-Louis – Oceanfront

Saint-Louis - Langue de Barbarie National Park

Saint-Louis – Langue de Barbarie National Park

Some destinations are not accessible by public transportation or it could take you too much time to get there. In this case, it is recommended to opt for a private taxi (do not hesitate to negotiate the price). This is how we went to Bandia Nature Park for a safari tour and also enjoy a race in desert at Lac Rose.

Bandia Nature Park

Bandia Nature Park

Lac Rose Desert Race

Lac Rose Desert Race

Lac Rose

Lac Rose

To conclude in a greedy way, my favorite Senegalese dish is the Tiep Bou Dienn with bissap juice ( extract from hibiscus) or corossol juice.

Tiep Bou Dienn

Tiep Bou Dienn and Corossol Juice

Strangers in the night Gourmet Gala

The 12th annual Strangers in the Night Gourmet Gala brought together over 4,000 supporters of Starlight Children’s Foundation Canada and raised almost 500,000$ in June 2016.

strangers in the night

It was an evening of delicious food along with a variety of live performances to celebrate and support Starlight’s work. Over 75 of Montreal’s top food vendors were participating to delight the guests.

strangers in the night

vegan sushi

seafood

Starlight Children’s Foundation Canada is part of Starlight’s global network, serving seriously ill children and their families through partnerships with more than 160 healthcare facilities. The foundation organizes several fundraising activities during the year to improve the health and life of kids and families.

The upcoming event is the Pure Protein Night Race and will be held from August to September across the country. Find all the details at nightrace.ca and learn more about the Foundation at starlightcanada.org.

TRAVEL DESTINATION – ISRAEL

Summer is about good memories, sun and fun!

Akko - Sea Port

Acre – Sea Port (Akko)

Israel gives you more than that with his unique historical and cultural background. We deeply fall in love with this country which is easy to visit and rich with his diversified population. We met warm and welcoming people around the country which makes the journey incredible.

Haifa - Baha'i Gardens

Haifa – Baha’i Gardens

Nazareth - St Gabriel Church

Nazareth – St Gabriel Church

Tiberias - Sea of Galilee

Tiberias – Sea of Galilee

Ein Bokek - Dead Sea

Ein Bokek – Dead Sea

Ein Gedi - Wadi David Waterfall

Ein Gedi – Wadi David Waterfall

Jerusalem - Dome of Rock

Jerusalem – Dome of Rock

Kafr Cana - Cana Church

Kafr Cana – Cana Church

Acre - Turkish Bazaar

Acre – Turkish Bazaar

Tel Aviv - Banana Beach

Tel Aviv – Banana Beach

On top of that the local food is delicious !!!

Fancy Salad @ Lima Nippo Restaurant (Tel Aviv)

Fancy Salad @ Lima Nippo Restaurant (Tel Aviv)

Breakfast @ Camel Beach (Haifa)

Breakfast @ Camel Beach (Haifa)

Brunch @ Benedict Restaurant (Tel Aviv)

Brunch @ Benedict Restaurant (Tel Aviv)

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Middle East Pastries @ Acre Turkish Bazaar (Akko)

DISCOVER Z TAPAS LOUNGE IN THE HEART OF QUARTIER DES SPECTACLES

Z tapas lounge bar

Located in the heart of Quartier des Spectacles, Z Tapas Lounge is the newest restaurant of Hotel Zero1. Like some others fine dining in Montréal, the restaurant offers gourmet dishes and classics menu with a list of privately imported wines. So why you should give a try? Here are 5 reasons to discover Z Tapas Lounge…

1 – The modern interior design

Z Tapas Lounge

2 – The drink menu designed by Mister Cocktail Patrice Plante

Z Tapas Lounge Drink Menu

3 – The delicate desserts

Z Tapas Lounge Desserts

4 – The tapas overflowing with Latin America flavours

Z Tapas Lounge food

5 – The tasty vegetarian options

Z Tapas Lounge Veggie Food

Z Tapas Lounge

1165 St-Laurent Street, Montréal

DISCOVER HALOTHERAPY AT ELITE LASER

Montreal’s very first salt rooms are now open at Elite Laser located at Westmount Square. Very well known in Europe, halotherapy consists in using the salt in order to create hypothetically favorable healing conditions.

Elite Laser salt room

This natural therapy makes it possible to recreate the microclimate of a salt cave in a specially designed rooms. Elite laser has also a kids room brimming with games, a salt box and comfy beanbags to make sure that kids stay occupied while experiencing halotherapy.

Elite Laser kids salt room

Halotherapy could strengthen the immune system and alleviate the following conditions: bronchitis, allergies, asthma, eczema, fatigue, stress, colds, sinusitis, etc. Note that halotherapy is only a complementary natural therapy and is not intended to diagnose, treat or prevent any disease.

How it works? when entering in the salt room, just take a seat and start relaxing yourself. Then, you will inhale minute particles of salt which will open up the airways and break up mucus. This is how you will improve your breathing.

Elite laser offers the first session to all clients (value of 45$: 45 min for adults/ 30 min for kids). For more details visit elitelaser.ca.

Elite Laser

1 Westmount Square, Montreal (Mall Level)

MTL DRINK and EAT

Don’t miss the chance to try Montreal hot spots during this second edition of MTL Drink & Eat festival taking place until April 16th. Twenty restaurants are offering three plates and drinks which makes a lot of combinations to try.

Photo Credit - Patricia Brochu

Photo Credit – Patricia Brochu

My crush goes to Huis Clos Bar with those amazing confit croquettes of duck, foie gras, apple butter and candied apples.

Huis Clos

Huis Clos

Tickets are available at each locations ( 15$-20$) and I invite you to visit mtldrinkandeat.ca to get the list of all the participating establishments.

Enjoy, Drink and Eat 🙂

SEGAL CENTRE PRESENTS BOOM

Credit photo - David Leclerc

Credit photo – David Leclerc

BOOM can not be define as a theater show neither a musical comedy but a perfect mix of both with a touch of innovative media.

Rick Miller, the solo performer, successfully documents through 100 famous people 25 years of history related to music, culture and politics of the Baby Boom generation.

From the Atomic Bomb (1945) to Apollo 11 (1969), BOOM highlights a generation of activists who influenced the modern history.

Next shows: until April 10th

Segal Centre

5170 chemin de la Côte-Ste-Catherine, Montréal

GURU LAUNCHES A SPARKLING WATER

Guru Energy Water (2.69$-3.49$)

Guru Energy Water (2.69$-3.49$)

Let’s celebrate spring season by adopting this new organic sparkling water infused with energizing green tea! Quebec company Guru which is known since 1999 for producing and distributing energy drinks made from natural and organic ingredients, has recently launch Guru Energy Water in Canada.

If you are in search of an alternative to traditional energy drinks and soft drinks, Guru Energy Water could fit your needs. This organic sparkling water is available in three flavors: lime, red grapefruit and pomegranate.

The two natural and organic sweeteners used for the three flavors come from erythritol and stevia extract. Moreover, this drink is also vegan, zero calories, sugar-free, gluten-free and gmo-free 🙂

Bridal Boudoir Affair 2016 #loveyourself

bridal boudoir affair

The 7th edition of Bridal Boudoir Affair was presented by Maddy K at Hyatt Regency Montréal on Sunday, March 13th.

Whatever you are planning a wedding, a corporate party, a birthday or another special event, the Bridal Boudoir Affair is the place to be! Each year, the finest local professionals of the wedding and event planning industry are selected to show you the latest trends and high quality products offered on the market.

The most anticipated moment of the event is the bridal fashion show directed by Andrew Ly with wedding dresses from White Montréal, Antoinette Di Carlo and Galleria della Sposa.

bridal boudoir affair

bridal boudoir affair

The Bridal Boudoir Affair was also the occasion to launch #loveyourself campaign. Since it is important to love yourself to find happiness, Maddy K in collaboration with Radio/TV personality Natasha Gargiulo host a retreat seminary all the year long to help you to have self esteem no matter what you have been through.

For more details, visit Maddy K website at www.maddyk.com.

Centaur Theatre presents BUS STOPS

” They have one thing in common. They were there, when it happened.”

Bus Stops

Centaur Theatre presents the English-language of Bus Stops translated from the original French version Ligne de Bus.

The show starts with a coroner in the middle of a bus burned carcass who tries to unearth the mystery behind the tragic disaster. As time shifts backwards and forwards, each passengers reveal their stories and we are immersed in the hearth of their intimacy.

Superbly crafted from the beginning to the end, the play combines circus, dance and acting all together. Don’t miss this bus, it worth the ride 🙂

Date: until March 27th

Centaur Theatre Company

453 St. François-Xavier, Montréal