How Good Are You at Making New Friends?

AlexaChunghols1I was reading the fab blog A Cup of Jo the other day and there was a part from her latest “My beauty uniform” post that struck me:

Last fall, I met Cailin at our neighborhood playground. While our kids climbed up the slide, we chatted about books and babies. When it was time to leave, I mustered up the courage to ask for her number. Happily, we’ve been friends ever since!

I’ve made a lot of new friends over the years, but it still seems a bit daunting.  I’m not sure if I’ve ever asked a mom I’d just met in the playground for their number.  It seems super ballsy but pretty cool.  Imagine if everyone did that?  Just think of all the potentially amazing people you could have in your life if you just asked for their number (or email… whatever your fancy).

ps I want every product that she talks about on A Cup of Jo.

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Mimi Hammer – Stylish Suits for Every Body

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Mimi Hammer is blowing me out of the water.  A reader recently recommended I check them out, and I had seen bits of them around the internet.  I was always impressed but not totally bowled over.  Their latest SS’15 collection though?  I’m in love.  And it’s all made right here in Montreal.

Mimi Hammer Swimwear SS'15 (

Mimi Hammer Swimwear SS'15 (

Mimi Hammer Swimwear SS'15 (

Mimi Hammer Swimwear SS'15 (

The prints and the colours really speak to me in a big way and I love the shapes.  I also like the fact that they offer different height waists on their bottoms so if you aren’t into the ultra high style which they are known for you have options.

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They’ve also come up with this loose swimsuit top.  I wonder how it would fair when it’s wet – if it would stick to the body or still swing loosely.

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They have a very convenient Bikini Mixer so you can see how the suits go together.  These are a few of my favourite options.

Mimi Hammer Swimwear SS'15 (

Mimi Hammer Swimwear SS'15 (

Now, the weather just needs to get warm enough to wear them!

Check out Mimi Hammer online, at the retail store August N°916 in St-Lambert and at these retailers.

ps Want more swimwear options?  Check out my post on June Swimwear.

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Cookbook Love – Keepers & Your New Favourite Side

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Family meal time with can be such a drag.  I’m someone who actually likes cooking and even I find it a drag half the time.  I always think, imagine those poor souls who hate cooking and have to slog it out night after night.  Ach.

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I keep it exciting by always trying new recipes which may include the odd new cookbook or two.  I was desperately seeking some inspiration and headed to my local cookbook bookstore Appetite for Books here in Montreal.  I made the lovely and patient sales lady pull out about fifteen cookbooks for me.  I wanted a “family-friendly but inspiring and oh I am really into the Momofuku Milk Bar cookbook so you can see I want something a little bit different but still something that is going to be easy” cookbook.

Roasted Cauliflower Dressed Up from Keepers ( struck me right away for being both beautifully designed and full of family-friendly but interesting recipes.  It has not disappointed.  When I do my weekly meal planning I reach for it and know I can choose pretty much any recipe and it will be both easy and kid friendly.  I admit, I took a couple recipes off on my own tangent but they are easy enough that if you want to put on your own twist you can.  I’d say I’ve so far made around ten recipes and they’ve all been a pleasure.  We’ve had quite a few hits and no real misses.

I chose this cauliflower side recipe to share with you because a) I love roasted vegetables (my blog is called Roasted…) and b) cauliflower needs more love.

Roasted Cauliflower Dressed Up from Keepers (

Personally, when I’m in the grocery store I know I always walk past it for broccoli or even green beans.  In order to boost sales it seems they are trying to jazz it up by turning it all sorts of colours.  I’m totally OK with white but my local grocers also offers orange and purple varieties.  They only had those two on offer at the time I made this recipe so I went for the orange.  Why not.

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I know this recipe seems long (I can hear you saying – but it’s only a side dish!  all those ingredients!) but it’s worth it.  First off, roasting cauliflower is amazing and brings out a whole new level of unexpected flavour.  Secondly, I timed myself and to prep this dish it really didn’t take me longer than five minutes (I swear!)

Roasted Cauliflower Dressed Up from Keepers (

I altered the recipe slightly by using red wine vinegar instead of white wine vinegar because it’s what I had on hand.  I also threw in some of the juice from the zested lemon.  I also did not add capers because I didn’t have any.  The dish was still delicious and I’m not ashamed to say that after photographing this I promptly ate the entire bowl.

Roasted Cauliflower Dressed Up from Keepers (

So try this recipe, or better yet – just purchase the cookbook.  I promise you won’t be sorry and you won’t be racking your brain for your next meal.  Win-win.

Recipe type: Side Dish
Serves: 6
Roasting turns pale, mild, underappreciated cauliflower into something earthy, nutty, and irresistible. Try it as a side dish or salad ingredient or stuffed into a warm pita with hummus and black olives. But it’s also wonderful dressed up with this vinegary mix of shallots, capers, lemon zest, and parsley.
  • 1 head of cauliflower (about 2 ½ pounds), cut into small florets
  • ⅓ cup olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 shallot, cut crosswise into thin rings
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon capers, rinsed and roughly chopped
  • Grated zest of 1 lemon
  • Handful of flat-leaf parsley, roughly chopped
  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F, with a rack in the middle position. Put the cauliflower on an 18 x 13-inch sheet pan, sprinkle with the oil, and season with salt and pepper. Using your hands, combine well, then spread the cauliflower out across the pan. Roast until lightly browned on the bottom, about 15 minutes, then toss the pieces around, spreading them out again. Roast until tender and golden brown, with slightly crispy edges, about 15 minutes more.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the shallots and vinegar and let marinate for at least 20 minutes (and up to 1 hour or so). Just before the cauliflower is ready, add the capers, lemon zest, and parsley to the bowl and stir together. Add the roasted cauliflower and toss to combine. Check the seasonings and serve.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 6

 Buy the cookbook here or at your local bookstore

ps Find more family friendly meals here and here.

pps Find some more cookbook recommendations here, here, here and here.


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Do you travel with your little ones?


Do you travel with your little ones?  Do you have something to say about your city? Contribute to Roasted!

Please note that your travel experience doesn’t necessarily have to be far flung.  I’m just as interested in hearing about Quebec City as Qatar.

We are looking for moms or dads who have travelled abroad with their little ones (ages 5 and under) and can tell us about their experience.  The contributor will be asked to provide 5-10 tips about the city or region they visited and supply 3-5 personal photos for the post.


Do you love your city or region?  Do you know what makes it work for travellers with young children?  I’d love to hear from you!  The contributor will be asked to provide 5-10 tips about their city or region as well as supplying 3-5 personal photos for the post.

Please email me at

I can’t wait to hear all your tales!

ps Things to do in Montreal when you’re 2 and Summer Activities in Montreal for a 1 year old.

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Noémiah and Les Herbes folles Collection

Noémiah - Les Herbes folles collectionNoémie Vaillancourt’s is the designer behind the Noémiah line of feathered and delicate jewelry.  I’ve been a fan of her work for a long time and am pleased to see that she’s created her first complete clothing collection for SS’15.

Noémiah - Les Herbes folles collectionI’ve always been a big on prints and Noémie has built her line around three prints which she co-designed with Montreal-based illustrator Paule T.B.  The line is aptly called Les Herbes folles.

Noémiah - Les Herbes folles collectionThe collection is full of feminine details, beautiful colours, natural materials and flowy fits.

Noémiah - Les Herbes folles collectionNoémiah - Les Herbes folles collection Noémiah - Les Herbes folles collection Noémiah - Les Herbes folles collectionAll clothing is handmade and of the best quality.  Each piece is assembled by local manufacturers

Noémiah - Les Herbes folles collection I love the bright pop of that fuchsia necklace against the black.

Noémiah - Les Herbes folles collectionCongrats to Noémie and her wonderful collection.  I can’t wait to see what else she has in store for us.

Noémiah’s designs are available from her Etsy store or from these retailers.

Please check out her website for more about her and her designs.

For more Canadian designers check out my posts on June SwimwearPauze Atelier, Jenny Bird Jewelry, and the perfect toque.

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