Friday, March 30, 2012

My Voyashop Experience

I've had the same wallet for five years. My old black Billabong wallet was worning out and it was time for me to let it go. The fabric was tearing out and my cards were falling out of it. It had been good to me for a long time but it was getting old. I also didn't like it anymore.

I've been wanting to get myself a Matt & Nat wallet for quite a while now. Problem is their sales always happen when I am broke. No, a credit card does not count as money for me. So I started looking online for a website on which I could buy Matt & Nat products on sale whenever I wanted.

And I stumbled upon Voyashop.com. I was mad happy. Most products are 50% off the regular price and the shipping is free (or you can pay a little extra for express shipping, which is what I did).

I wanted to buy an orange wallet to fit with my orange laptop and orange water bottle. I like having orange accessories because it's such a bold color. Too bold to be worn though. I do not remember the name of the model I bought, but here are some pictures!



The box in which it came. You can see my old worn out wallet in the back.

Inside the box. Matt & Nat products are not only well made and pretty,
they are also eco-friendly!

Look at this beauty :D

And the inside. Very important for me because I need lots of
card slots and many pockets to sort my money and my receipts.

So how was my experience overall? First, shopping is made easy thanks to the filters on the left panel. When you click on a product details, they show you a picture of the outside and a picture of the inside (for most cases, not all of them unfortunately). That's why I chose this model because I'm a very organized person who doesn't like mixing things together and it was just perfect for me.

At the checkout, you are given three different options for shipping. Next to the two express options is written the day you will receive your package. It's not an estimation. It's the actual date! I was supposed to receive mine on the 20th and that's what happened.

The product came in very good condition and in its original box.

Overall, I was very happy with my experience and may buy again from Voyashop :)

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Le Cabaret du Roy

About two weeks ago I received a special offer in my mailbox : 25$ for 50$ or 40$ for 80$ at Le Cabaret du Roy, Old Port. Rio, Sophie and I gave it a try.

And we were far from being disappointed! As soon as we entered, the waitress greeted us with a sweet old fashioned accent. There was this man, dressed like a pirate, singing songs, playing the guitar and making friends with the customers. We were also very impressed by the decoration and the effort put in every little detail.

It's like sitting in a pirate ship!


Then we ordered. Everything on the menu looked good, but we had to make two choices. They both came with entrées.

First starter was a plate of artisan meat that consisted of sweet and salty jerky with deer paté. It came with onion confit and traditional mustard.

Left : jerky. Right : deer paté.

The other starter was a plate of salmon. And what happens when you have three fans of salmon at the same table? They will judge it hard. Guess what. We loved it. We loved it so much we were trying to guess how they made it ... but we couldn't :(

Left : maple glazed smoked salmon. Right : physalis salmon tartare.

Of course the starters came with bread and butter. But not just any kind of bread. Old fashioned multigrain and wild berries bread.


Then we got our entrées. The first one, the Wendake salad, consisted of warm vegetables topped with sunflower seeds and corn. The second entrée, an Amerindian soup, was made with deer meat, salmon, corn and vegetables.

Wendake salad.

Sagamité des Hurons. And my friend's hand ruining the picture lol.

The Wendake salad was sweet and refreshing. The starters were also sweet and salty so it wasn't like a shock of flavors. The soup was really good too. Nice big chunks of meat in it!

When we saw our main dishes arriving, we started getting all excited like little kids. They looked darn delicious and sexy.

The first one was a duet of pork and deer ribs. The meat was sweet and fork tender. I almost licked my fingers. The mashed sweet potato and vegetables complimented well the meat.

Duet of apple pork and Antilles flavours deer ribs.

The second dish, a plate of salmon, was just too good. The cheddar sauce wasn't too strong so we could taste well the salmon. I think it's a fish that has such great flavor just as it is. The mashed potato and vegetables also complimented well the fish.

Grilled salmon with cheddar sauce.

The dessert was a soft white cake cooked in a maple sauce. I unfortunately don't have a picture of it because they turned the lights off for a show given by a story teller. We couldn't stay and actually felt bad for leaving in the middle of a story because the lady was so nice and funny.

Overall we really appreciated our experience there. The ambiance and the people were nice and made us want to come back. The prices are a little bit high, but for everything and all the attention you get, it's really worth it.

Monday, March 19, 2012

BurgerBar Crescent

A while ago I went to BurgerBar Crescent, on, well, Crescent, with my friend Rio. It was after a dragon boat practice on a Saturday. We were both tired and hungry but still wanted to do something together. So guess what we did. We went eating.

Got there, realized two things : it's a resto-bar and coming on a Saturday evening was a bad idea. We didn't mind the bar part, but we knew it was one of those places that could get really busy on hot nights. We got there at around 6pm and got lucky : as soon as we arrived, a couple had finished eating. They had so many reservations that night, who knows how much time we could have waited.

When we took a look at the menu, we had no idea what to take. So many choices! Of course we didn't want to take a regular burger, so we tried something fancy. My friend ordered a Supersonic burger and I took a Baba burger.


Rio's Supersonic burger, topped with onion rings.


My Baba burger. No, this is not chocolate, it's balsamic glaze.

Baba burger open : gorgeous grilled vegetables!

French fries were included, but I traded mine for sweet potato fries (for 2$ more or something like that).

The beef patty was enormous, cooked perfectly (you know, when the meat is still a little bit pink). The choices of flavors were perfect too. And the buns were airy inside and slightly crispy outside (from being warmed on the grill).

The sides were quite good too, which is important to me because bad French fries can ruin your delicious tasty burger.

Honestly, this was so much food, I have no idea how the hell we managed to make room for dessert. We got ourselves one of the most delicious combination of brownie and ice cream.

Warm brownie topped with mint ice cream.

The brownie was still warm. It was heaven in our mouths. Its warm fluffiness against the cold compact ice cream created a party for our taste buds.

We were quite happy.

Unfortunately for us, the service was meh. The girl was extremely stressed out and it showed a lot in her gesture. She even dropped some utensils at some point. The food also took a long time to come to us (I think we waited almost an hour) but there was a huge group behind us, so I'm guessing the priority was given to them.

I'd like to come back and try more items on their menu (such as the Kobe beef hot dog and the Hundred dollar burger).

So if you go on a busy evening, call before! Or you might be disappointed.

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