La Cuisine de Jean-Philippe – 100 Vegan Recipes

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La Cuisine de Jean-Philippe (price: 29,95 $)

After working as a chef in several restaurants, Jean-Philippe Cyr now lives his passion for cooking from home where he shares simple and tasty vegan recipes online. In its first book, La cuisine de Jean-Philippe – Ses 100 meilleurs recettes véganes, Jean-Philippe uses his expertise to offer healthy and delicious vegan recipes.

On the menu, a variety of vegan dishes that combine simplicity and flavours under the following themes: lunches and brunches, salads and side dishes, soups, main courses, desserts, drinks, toppings, and snacks. We have selected 3 recipes from the book that we want to share with you!

1. Pancakes
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La Cuisine de Jean-Philippe – Pancakes

We think it is not a coincidence if the pancakes recipe is the first one in the book! They are so delicious than they could be ate without topping or maple syrup. The preparation itself take less than 10 minutes and you get around 10 to 15 pancakes.

What do you need? 3 cups flour, 2 tbsp sugar, 1 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp salt, 1/4 cup vegetable oil (+ extra for cooking), 1/2 tsp vanilla extract, 3 cups vegan milk, maple syrup, and fruits.

How to proceed? Step 1: in a bowl, mix dry ingredients together then add  vegan milk, vanilla extract and oil. Mix with a whip until you get a homogenous texture. Step 2: in a pan, heat vegetable oil then pour about 60 ml (1/4 cup) of the pancake mixture uniformly. Step 3: cook each pancake for about 2 minutes on each side and add oil as needed. Step 4: Top with maple syrup and fruits.

If you use a non-stick pan, you don’t need to add extra vegetable oil. Moreover, feel free to substitute vegetable oil by coconut oil. If you plan to top your pancakes with maple syrup and fruits, you could also avoid adding the 2 tablespoons of sugar.

2. Pad Thaï
pad thaï

La Cuisine de Jean-Philippe – Pad Thai

Among our top 10 world favorite cuisine, Thaï food is one of them! The particularity of Thaï food is the harmony of the following flavours: salt, sugar, spicy, and sour. Curious to learn how to do Pad Thaï at home in less than 45 minutes?

What do you need? 5 oz rice noodles; 1/2 block firm tofu cut into cubes; 1/4 cup corn starch; 1/4 cup vegetable oil; 2 shallots, finely chopped; 2 green onions, finely chopped; 2 tsp garlic, finely chopped; 2 carrots, grated; 1 tomato, diced; 1/4 cup soya sauce; 1/4 cup sugar; 1 tsp hot sauce; 2 cup beans sprouts; 1/2 cup peanuts, chopped; 2 tsp rice vinegar; salt and pepper.

How to proceed? Step 1: cook the rice noodles, drain and set aside. Step 2: coat tofu with corn starch. In a wok, fry the tofu in little oil for 6-8 minutes and set aside. Step 3: Use the rest of oil and stir fry shallots, green onions, garlic, carrots and tomato for 5 minutes. Step 4: add soya sauce, sugar and hot sauce. Mix. Step 5: add the rice noodles, beans sprouts, peanuts, fried tofu, and rice vinegar. Continue cooking for 3 minutes while stirring constantly.

If you don’t have a wok, you can use a casserole such as T-Fal Cook N’ Serve, it works too (we used it for this recipe). To get better result, use large rice noodles because medium rice noodles become sticky very quick and are delicate to manage. Additional tip, you can also cook the noodles right before step 3, it takes only 3-4 minutes and the noodles will be ready right on time for step 5.

3. Humus
Humus

La Cuisine de Jean-Philippe – Humus

Humus is very popular in Mediterranean cuisine and it’s very simple to cook. The recipe requires just few ingredients and less than 15 minutes.

What do you need? 1 can of chickpeas, 3 tbsp tahini, 1 garlic clove, 1 tsp cumin, 1/8 tsp Cayenne pepper, 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (+ extra 1 tbsp for topping), 1/3 cup water, 1/2 lemon (extract the juice), salt, and smoked paprika.

How to proceed? Step 1: in the food processor, grind the ingredients together until you get a homogeneous mixture. Step 2: set the humus in a plate, top with olive oil and smoked paprika.

If you don’t want to use canned chickpeas, you can soak dry chickpeas for 24 hours and then cook for 30-40 min. Drain the cooked chickpeas and follow the recipe.

Where to find the book? The book is available online and in store such as Renaud Bray and Chez l’Éditeur Café, please visit La Cuisine de Jean-Philippe blog or his English Facebook page The Buddhist Chef for more info.

5 Restaurants For Vegan Food Lovers In Paris

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Paris – Eiffel Tower

According to recent data found on Happycow, there are approximately more than 100 restaurants offering vegan or vegetarian cuisine in Paris which is two times more compared to Montreal. As foodies, we are always excited to try various places each time we eat out! If you plan to visit Paris this fall, here are 5 restaurants for vegan food lovers to add on your list.

1. Cantine Soya Bio
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Cantine Soya Bio

Happy birthday to Cantine Soya Bio which celebrates its 10th anniversary on October 27th! Located at walking distance from the Canal St. Martin in the 11th district of Paris, Cantine Soya Bio is a trendy place recently renovated and well integrated into the vibe of its neighbourhood.

When you enter at Cantine Soya Bio, you enjoy a world cuisine freely revisited, vegan, and mainly gluten-free (more than 90%) made from labeled organic products. In addition, they have a large choice of delightful vegan pastries and serve a buffet brunch on weekends. We love the freshness of their dishes and each bite is a pleasure!

Cantine Soya Bio

20 rue de la pierre levée, Paris

2. Cloud Cakes
grilled cheese, potatoes, and salad

Cloud Cakes Paris

Cloud Cakes, the name itself is appealing isn’t it? Cloud Cakes is a vegan coffee shop located in Sentier area close to well known Forum des Halles. The idea behind Cloud Cakes came when owners Aelita and Olivier mixed their passion for coffee with vegan pastry.

We visited this cozy coffee shop for brunch and ordered the dish of the day. We ate up a tasty roasted vegetable grilled cheese with well seasoned potatoes. When time came to order desserts we were already full but we will be back very soon to taste one of their delicious pastries!

Cloud Cakes

6 rue Mandar, Paris

3. Tien Hiang
pad thai, nems and soup

Tien Hiang Paris

Opened since 1999, Tien Hiang is located close to Place de la Republique monument in the 10th district of Paris. The restaurant offers a South-East Asian cuisine inspired from Vietnam, Thailand, China, and Malaysia.

Most of the dishes are prepared with a base of textured soy protein which results in a large variety of choices on the menu. Usually we order several dishes and share together. Our favorites include the following: pad thai, nems, and coconut milk soup. We often visit Tien Hiang during lunch time to get a chance to find a table easily. Note that the restaurant does not take reservation so it’s on a first come, first served basis.

Tien Hiang

14 rue Bichat, Paris

4. Brasserie 2EME Art
cesar salad, wine and kebab

Brasserie 2eme Art

Located in the heart of Paris, Brasserie 2eme Art is the second restaurant of the owners of Brasserie Lola. Even if there is no specific mention on the menu that the food is vegan, Brasserie 2eme art does not use animal sourced products.

The restaurant features a comfort food cuisine such as pizza, burger, and pasta. We visited Brasserie 2eme Art several times and were always able to find a seat pretty quickly despite of the crowd. The burger and the kebab are two must-try but if you prefer a healthy choice opt for the Cesar salad!

Brasserie 2eme Art

49 rue Montmartre, Paris

5. Shangri-La
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Shangri-La Hotel Paris -Vegan Afternoon Tea

Let us introduce Shangri-La Hotel Paris located in one of the most upscale district of the city of lights. Can you believe that this 5 stars hotel offers a vegan afternoon tea? Launched in 2016 at La Bauhinia restaurant, the vegan afternoon tea is a logical follow-up to the success of their “100% Green Dinners”.

We don’t know where to start to describe our incredible gourmet experience at Shangri-La Hotel! From the simplicity of a tart to the sophistication of great classics, such as Mont-Blanc and Calisson, the chef respects the essential British tradition by including scones and shortbreads. Each pastry tastes like heaven accompanied by a selection of delightful ethical teas.

Shangri-La Hotel Paris

10 avenue d’Iéna, Paris

Montreal Pizza Week – 3 Places To Eat Vegan

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La Pizza Week

From October 24th to 31st, be part of Montreal’s 1st Annual La Pizza Week Festivities by voting for your favourites pizza across the city. More than 40 pizzerias will compete for the title of best pizza in Montreal in these 9 categories: thin crust, pan, calzone, dessert, Margherita, 5 ingredients or all dressed, gluten free, vegan, and most original. Two prizes will be awarded in each category, the selection of the People Choice Award determined by your vote and Official Judges Panel composed of Amy Blackmore (Fringe Festival), Alexandre Despatie (athlete and animator), Anne-Lovely Étienne (journalist), Jeremy Filosa (journalist), and Nick Depalma (Restaurant Inferno owner).

Moreover, you are invited to share your pizza pictures on social media with the hashtag #LaPizzaWeek. By voting and liking La Pizza Week Facebook page, you are eligible to win one of the following prizes: a trip for 2 to Roma (Italy), a weekend for 2 to Quebec City, Ottawa, or Toronto, a Totarella & Sons gift package (value of 300$) and much more. Let us introduce the 3 restaurants in competition for the best vegan pizza in  Montreal.

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Restaurant Pizza Villa

Opened since 1978, Pizza Villa is an Italian restaurant offering an authentic Italian cuisine. In addition to the regular menu, Pizza Villa has a gluten free menu and also offers a pizza dessert made of cheese, bananas, mixed berries, and chocolate.

For this first edition of La Pizza Week, Pizza Villa features a Focaccia with Swiss Chard and Broccoli Rabe pizza. The restaurant is located in Rosemont-La-Petite-Patrie on Papineau avenue (corner Saint-Zotique).

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Restaurant Chez Ann

Known for serving Ibiza wine and homemade food, Chez Ann Restaurant Café is the second restaurant competing for the vegan pizza category. For the occasion, Dj Jonny Marciano will take care of the music this Thursday for a special pizza techno party.

What about the pizza? Chez Ann presents a NYC style thin crust pizza that is both vegan and gluten free! Featuring a magical yucca crust that you can even fold while you eat, San Marzano tomato sauce, vegan mozzarella, fresh basil and love. Chez Ann is located on Ottawa in Griffintown.

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Vegan Rapide – Credit: Patrick Balyan

As a pioneer in the burgeoning vegan fast food sector in Montreal, Vegan Rapide has a large selection of pizzas, burgers, and sandwichs. Vegan Rapide is well known for offering hand-made pizza all year round. According to co-owner Liza Hatem, the pizzas are not pre-prepared and not frozen but just made using fresh ingredients bought everyday to avoid spoilage and waste.

This week only, Vegan Rapide features the Veggievore pizza made with a bunch of vegetables topped with vegan cheese. Vegan Rapide is located in Notre-Dame-de-Grâce on Sherbrooke West.

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La Pizza Week

Reservations are strongly recommended during La Pizza Week to ensure your spot at any participating restaurants. La Pizza Week is produced by Billy Alfonso and Fabio Brocoli from Perennial Events who are passionate in producing quality events for the whole family for several years in Montreal and Toronto. Visit La Pizza Week website for more info. Bon Appetito!

Landmarks of Wine Culture by Wines of Germany

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Cartes Postales La Culture du Vin – Landmarks of Wine Culture

Landmarks of Wine Culture is a free photo exhibit presented by Wines of Germany until November 2nd at Hotel Gault in Montreal Old Port. The exposition is a gift to Montreal and Canada, for the 375th anniversary of the city and 150th anniversary of confederation. It presents 13 images of wine culture representing each of Germany’s 13 wine regions.

By visiting the exhibition you could win a trip for 2 to your favorite landmark in Germany! How to enter? Share a photo of you posing in front of your favorite picture of the exhibition on “Cartes Postales: la culture du vin” Facebook page using the hashtag #cultureduvinallemand and follow the page. Winner will be selected on November 7th, by then let us introduce three of our favorite photos from the exhibit.

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Landmarks of Wine Culture – The Marienthal Monastery

Founded in 1137, the Augustinian cloister of Marienthal was the first in the Ahr Valley. We were surprised to learn that the nouns, devoted to a life of piety, worked hard on the surrounding plots of land and planted vines on the steep slopes of the Hubach Valley.

Today, only the picturesque walls of the cloister church remain and the Estate Weingut Kloster Marienthal founded in 2004 provides an atmospheric backdrop for concerts, festivals, tastings, and other events.

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Landmarks of Wine Culture – The “Wein und Stein” Experiential Path

If you have the chance to visit the tiny region Hessische Bergstrasse and walk along the experiential path running through the hillside vineyards of Heppenheim, you will find a monument representing a grape titled “The Genesis of King Riesling”. Artist Adolf Mayer from Tramin seeks to remind visitors that the king of German grapes actually derives from another, older grape: the Red Riesling.

Largely cultivated in medieval times, Red Riesling was restored by researchers at the University of Geisenheim. In 1996 the first “pilot vines” were planted in Heppenheim, now the world’s largest source of Red Riesling vines.

Inaugurated in 2007, the seven kilometers “Wein und Stein” experiential path features 70 stations teaching visitors about the cultural history of wine. This is a great activity to explore the region!

Landmarks of Wine Culture – The Weinreich in Sommerach

“Vision Requires Space” proclaimed the 90 winemakers families of Franken’s oldest cooperative. As a collective, the Sommerach winemakers believe in combining respect for tradition with an innovative spirit. This philosophical blend is not limited to the wines they produce year in and year out, it is reflected in the redesign of their meeting house as well.

The tasting room on the ground floor is young, modern and hip. The ‘Kostbar’ and its staff serve up Franken classics alongside more international varieties.

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Wines of Germany

To discover a selection of German wines available at SAQ, reserve your seat on Eventbrite to attend the next wine tasting socials from 5-7 pm on October 26th. It’s a great occasion to visit the exhibit and taste wines from featured regions. If you have a preference for dryer white wine, we suggest you to try Weingut Leitz Eins Zwei Dry Riesling. This cuvée comes from a blend of different Rheingau parcels. Enjoy your visit!

Hotel Gault

449 Sainte-Helene, Montreal

Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge Room Speakeasy

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Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge Room Speakeasy – Montreal

Last month, Grand Marnier invited us to a sensory experience at The Cordon Rouge Room Speakeasy which took place at well-known Scarlet Exclusive Restaurant Bar in Montreal Old Port. The location was kept secret until the last minute and we needed a password to identify ourselves at the entrance. For this special occasion, the Cordon Rouge Room Speakeasy captured a true 1920s style with a dominance of vibrant red colours.

As shown in our Instagram stories, we were transported back in time by the glamour girl of jazz Allyson Briggs with her swinging band Fleur Seule while tasting several cocktails made of Grand Marnier and delightful pastries. Don’t worry, we will feature two cocktail recipes to prepare at home to impress your guests but first let us share 5 things you should know about Grand Marnier!

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Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge Room – Bar

1. The composition

Grand Marnier is a unique combination of 51% of the finest Cognacs and all-natural Caribbean Orange Liqueur, producing a high quality product with an approachable taste profile. Grand Marnier has since been associated with the most famous cocktails and with gastronomy. The recipe, which has not changed since its creation in 1880 by Louis-Alexandre Marnier-Lapostolle, results in a liqueur with powerful and complex aromas and flavours that are unrivalled.

2. The Aromatic Diversity

The aromatic diversity of the House of Grand Marnier cognacs is owed to the grapes which come from the 5 finest crus (growing areas) of the Cognac region’s vineyards in south-western France: Grand Champagne, Petite Champagne, Borderies, Fins Bois, and Bons Bois.

3. The Cellar Master

The Cellar Master ensures that the cognacs he selects are of utmost quality and he blends them with great care. After they are selected, the cognacs are aged in French oak barrels at Château de Bourg-Charente.

4. The Orange Essence

The orange essence used in Grand Marnier liqueur is composed exclusively of handpicked Citrus
Bigaradia oranges found in the Caribbean. They are harvested while their skin is still green because that is when the aromas in the peel are at their most concentrated. The peels are dried according to a natural and artisanal process before they are slowly distilled at Château de Bourg-Charente.

5. The Tasting Notes
  • Visual: Beautiful topaz colour with amber and golden tinges, brilliant and luminous.
  • Nose: Aromas of orange blossoms and candied orange peel underpinned by notes of oak, vanilla and milk caramel, hinting at the liqueur’s oak barrel ageing.
  • Palate: Flavours of bitter orange that are enhanced by the cognac, underscored by nuances of orange marmalade, candied or macerated orange, notes of hazelnut, calisson (a sweet made with ground almonds) and toffee. The finish is long lasting and harmonious.

Now that you know the five essential things about Grand Marnier, here are two easy to do cocktail recipes:  Grand Sidecar by Aaron Male and Watch Over Me by Grant Sceney.

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Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge Room – Cocktail Grand Sidecar

Ingredients:

o   1.5oz Grand Marnier

o   pink lemonade tea syrup

Insctructions:

Shake and serve up in a coupe glass, garnished with a dehydrated lime wheel.

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Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge Room – Cocktail Watch Over Me

Ingredients:

o   ½ oz Grand Marnier

o   ½ oz Wild Turkey

o   ½ oz lemon Juice

o   ½ dashes Bittered Sling Clingstone Peach Bitters

o   2 sosemary sprigs

o   2 oz sparkling water

Instructions:

Add 1 sprig of rosemary and all remaining ingredients to cocktail shaker (omit sparking water). Add ice and shake hard. Gently pour sparkling water in to combine then double strain into a flute glass.

For more information about products and recipes, please visit Grand Marnier website.