October 30th, 2016
October 27th, 2016
Ottawa is easily one of the most beautiful cities I’ve ever visited. On a sunny day in autumn, the parks here are naturally saturated by the blue sky and the rainbow of trees.
Even the cloudy days here are beautiful. The leaves are crunchy and the air is dry – it is very unlike Vancouver.
It can get sort of lonely moving to a brand new city on your own, knowing no one. I’ve made it my goal to take advantage of free admission Thursdays at various Ottawa museums, but it’s not always so easy to find someone to go with. The first week I went to the Canadian War Museum with housemates who I met that day; the week after I visited the Canadian Museum of Agriculture and Food with this goat who tried to eat my phone.
However, I’m very thankful to have met so many wonderful people across Canada through the French immersion program Explore. Not only has it helped me immensely with understanding the French taught at LCB, but it’s also helped me adapt to Ottawa. I even have a few Explore friends who are students here in Ottawa too, who visited the Canadian Museum of Nature with me last week. (Nuts to you, stupid goat.)
I particularly liked the dinosaur exhibit.
Anyway, today’s my 20th birthday and though can be tough to really celebrate given the circumstances, I had a great day regardless. In fact, my talented housemate in Superior Pastry even brought home some especially special treats to share with me and my other housemate whose birthday happened to be yesterday!
I’m also going to celebrate a little extra by treating myself to a fresh haircut tomorrow and brand new winter boots. Going to enjoy the hell out of this gorgeous weather while it lasts!
October 25th, 2016
This is a flamiche, or leek flan, made with a pâte à brisée (short crust pastry) and a bacon-and-egg custard filling.
October 25th, 2016
October 22nd, 2016
So clear you can see the ugly reflection of the ceiling in it.
October 21st, 2016
This is a parmentier soup (made-from-potatoes) and features a garnish of sweated julienned celery, carrot and leek.
October 20th, 2016