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Food, Mile End, Montréal, Restaurants

Grilled Cheese Month at L’Gros Luxe


L'Gros Luxe © Sylvie Li 2015
I was invited a few weeks ago to attend the launch of the Grilled Cheese Month at L’Gros Luxe, but couldn’t make it because of school duties (I’m such a good student EH), so instead I went there for lunch with one of my good friends. L’Gros Luxe is well known for its comfort food and is offering this month a different grilled cheese every single day, meaning you can come back any time to try a new one. Sweet, savoury, sophisticated, you name it. Whew! Well I’m down for that. Each time I walk in front of the restaurant in the Mile End, it’s always packed with hipsters people so it seemed the perfect opportunity to go. FYI, I’m going back as soon as I can.

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Food, Sweets, Weekly recipe

Raw Key Lime Coconut Tarts


© Sylvie Li

Summer, I love you! Since the end of school, I’ve more time to shoot personal projects and focus on business development, read books and enjoy afternoons with friends without worrying of handing in assignments every week…

Two weeks ago we had a power blackout and I was freaking out: we had no Internet connection for the whole day. My roommate and I managed to do other activities, such as watching a movie (on half a Mac battery, phew!) and we took a long walk in our neighbourhood in the evening. I realized that having no electricity has its perks: I read a novel, I edited photos without checking social media every 20 minutes and enjoyed the summer weather. I should shut down my computer more often.

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Food, Griffintown, Montréal, Restaurants

Restaurant Doca


© Sylvie Li 2015 Doca

Last Monday, I was invited to the official opening of Mediterranean Restaurant Doca, located in Griffintown (one block away from West Elm, tee hee). So you know me, I’m down for any invitation that includes food, especially when seafood is involved. The restaurant’s name originally comes from the Portuguese word for « docks » and is relevant to the history of this Montreal neighbourhood.

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Food, Sweets, Weekly recipe

Tartelette citron


Tartelette citron FD Sylvie Li

Hi, hello spring!

Whew! What a week. I’m so glad it’s Easter, because that means four days off of school and that I can rest a bit. Read here: do errands, watch Downton Abbey, drink tea in bed and sleep. I also finally received the much anticipated Sprouted Kitchen: bowl + spoon cookbook two days ago and I’m in love. The photographs are gorgeous and the recipes are hearty, simple and so yummy. I made the Slivered Veggies and Soba Salad with Mapled Tofu for dinner and it’s a win. Food bowls are definitely the best. I can’t wait to try more recipes and share some with you.

So. About the amazing weather. It’s officially spring since two weeks or so, and it’s been a real dream (joking). Snow, more snow, sun, wind, rain, sun, snow, because why not. Oh whatever. But hopefully, this post is gonna cheer you up: it’s a reminder of the spring we’re all waiting for. I’m talking about that little bright citrus I love so much, lemon. I documented the making of Fous Desserts new lemon tart, and it’s so, so good. The balance between sour and sweet is perfect, you should seriously give it a go. My little photo essay is finally printed and the photos are now displayed in the bakery shop starting from today! Drop by to see it and buy some fresh croissants, your Easter chocolate and the lemon tart. 😉

Here’s to more sunshine.

Fous Desserts | 809, Laurier St E

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Food, Montréal, Restaurants, Villeray



Trilogie - Sylvie Li -1-2

 I’ve wanted to go to Trilogie since the first photos of the restaurant popped up here and there on my Instagram feed. It finally happened two weeks ago, and I went with both my sister and her boyfriend. In case you didn’t notice, we love to catch up over a good meal. So we ordered the umami dumplings (cabbage & pork), the Hunan wontons, the mushroom salad, the cucumber salad and the chicken dumplings. Everything was so. delicious. We were pretty much starving, so I didn’t take as many photos as I would normally, sorry! Continue Reading…

Food, Montréal, Quartier des spectacles, Restaurants

Le Contemporain



 I’ve been with my sister and her boyfriend to a casual 3-courses lunch at restaurant Le Contemporain, located inside the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (MAC). The architecture is full of chic curves, materials and volumes. Our starters were: an aerial celeriac soup with understated smoked mussels and crispy chicken skin; an original carrot covered with cocoa nibs and seasoned with cumin, and a tasty bean salad with an egg and crunchy bacon. For mains, we chose the melting oven-baked salmon (à l’unilatérale) with squash purée, shiitakes, whisky sauce and nasturtium leaves, the savory cod (for once) wrapped with raw homemade ham and cauliflower slices, and finally the duck breast with lentils, dried apricot sauce and pearl onions. For dessert, we had the lemon financier with its glace babeurre and the flavorful blueberry-cranberry-rosemary sauce, as well as the mignardises maison: a cannelé, an Earl Grey macaron and a surprising chocolate saucisson. Some plates were heavy with the salt, but overall, we absolutely loved the beautiful presentations and the delicate use of fresh sprouts and flowers. Continue Reading…

Food, Weekly recipe

Mango & Chickpea Salad



My love for Ottolenghi isn’t a secret anymore. I’m always astonished by the perfect balance of flavours in each of his recipes. So it’s without surprise that I pre-ordered back in August the much anticipated cookbook Plenty More. I love Meditteranean cuisine, and when a recipe calls for chickpeas, I know it’s a win. This salad caught my eye: ripe and sweet mangoes, cumin, coriander, onion and chickpeas? Oh yes! Needless to say the recipe lived up to my expectations. After aaalll the meat (duck, chicken and pork – you know, Chinese style) consumed during the holidays, it’s nice to take a break and eat fresh vegetables and a meat-free meal. Continue Reading…

Food, Sweets, Weekly recipe

A Christmas Milkshake



About a week ago, the sweet Gabrielle of Dentelle+Fleurs came over to my place to shoot a Christmas inspired recipe for Forever21. It was so nice to get to know her more! Plus, the recipe is pretty straight: you only have to throw the ingredients in a blender. The candy canes give a fresh twist to the drink. It’s finally the weekend and the holidays are fast approaching, so go treat yourself!

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Food, Montréal, Restaurants

Shooting for Rutabaga Magazine: Café Parvis


Café Parvis-12

I’m really happy to finally share this post. Last month, I shot Le Défi du chef at Café Parvis for Rutabaga magazine. For the Christmas issue, the chef cooked two vegan recipes and I photographed the whole process. This was one of my first collaborations and I must say I’m pretty fond of the result! Hopefully more opportunities will show up soon. Of course, I couldn’t help myself but shooting a bit around the place. It’s safe to say that I can’t get enough of spaces like these.

To read the full article and recipes, head here and click on 06 (Le Défi du chef : Café Parvis) or scroll down to the bottom. I hope you enjoy! I’ll make sure to try some of these yummy recipes during the holidays too. Continue Reading…

Food, Lifestyle, Montréal, Restaurants, Vieux-Montréal

Birthday Lunch – Les 400 coups




Whew. Second food post in a row! #sorrynotsorry

Last week was my birthday and to celebrate, my sister invited me over to have a pre-birthday lunch at Les 400 coups. I’ve been dying to go there since its opening (aka for too long) and I was happy to finally made it after all these years. This place easily makes it to my top 3 restaurants in Montréal (along with Hôtel Herman and Van Horne if you’re curious to know). It was love at first sight when my appetizer arrived: a jaw-dropping plate (just featured below) of smoked duck, blueberries, wintergreen and kohlrabi. We also got to try pork, white beets and smoked potatoes, along with roasted parsnip with red beets, naked oat and hazelnuts as main courses. So yes, you can tell that beets are in season. T’was all delicious, but the most delightful part of this lunch was the desserts (so apparently, I kind of disagree with Marie-Claude Lortie). I loved the lemon cream, melon sherbet and sunflower crumble: a perfect balance of flavours and textures. They know how to make food shine. Continue Reading…