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Coffee Review- Aux Quatre Vents

Its been a century since I posted my last coffee review, so I thought I should keep y’all up to speed as to what’s being sipped on these brisk mornings in my little Montreal loft. This week I was lucky enough to stumble upon the Brularie Aux Quatre Vents at the Marche Atwater. I purchased the Vent Fou, as was recommended by the barista and was blown away (pun intended,Franco readers).

Firstly, I’ve always maintained you can tell a lot about a coffee about the way it smells, and this coffee had me making a beeline across the busy market courtyard (a few people may have accidentally been elbowed..ahem) I later received many raised eyebrows on the metro as I was carrying the motherlode in my bag and the scent was just heavenly.

With a full body and a smooth finish, this roast boasts low acidity, and has some dark notes without being too overwhelming. The finish is clean without any noticeable aftertaste.

Unfortunately, their beans aren’t available online. So Montrealers.. time to take advantage of this gem! And for those of you planning a visit, chalk it up to another reason to visit the Atwater Market for more info check out our feature.

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5 Things Every Apartment Should Have

Upgrade your quality of living, organize your priorities and enjoy the simple things in life more fully, with these 5 simple budget friendly guidelines.

1.Herbs.

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Found on Style Me Pretty

Its amazing the change fresh herbs make. They can transform a ordinary omelet into a mouthwatering creation. Herbs are extremely budget friendly- each plant costs approximately 4.99 CAD at a farmers market and if you treat them right- should provide a lifetime of flavoring. As a added bonus the change in air quality is tangible. Some herbs- such as rosemary and mint carry a soft smell that relaxes and refreshes- without any of the chemical additives.

  1. Functional storage by the door

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found on ApartmentTherapy

Never underestimate the power of organization! Having a coherent system to store your shoes, purse, keys etc will determine how your leave and enter home. It will set the tone for the day- whether it be stressed and late or collected, on time, and sipping a latte. Take the time this week to run through your morning routine and think about what you could change.

a few suggestions

– Invest in seating with storage

– Have a specific place you put your keys, like a bowl or hook

-For shoe storage, think strategy- put your seasonal boots in storage, to free up space and show off those summer sandals!

  1. A good espresso machine

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Found on madeinpersbo

This is especially important for those in college/university. Coffee will be very necessary during the school year. And it is very true good coffee is expeeensive. By buying quality beans, investing in a espresso maker and learning what you can about proper techniques on grinding, pulling etc. you will save a small fortune.

Think you cant afford one? Think again. Kijiji and Craigslist are amazing sources to find high end machines for a fraction of the price- often new or barely used! (but remember Kijiji safely) The best investment I made in college was easily my machine. Its stayed with me as I’ve moved cities and continues to produce exceptional cup after cup.

A few suggestions in buying a machine.

– To save time in rifling though the mediocre machines- make a “dream list” of your first choices ie. Breville ® Infuser Espresso Machine use that to start your search- this way you will be able to save time and compare prices.

When Kijiji-ing Always choose a public meeting point, and take extra caution- you can never be too safe. I cannot stress this enough!

Here are some great tips about learning the basics for better coffee- you may have been doing your coffee wrong this entire time!

4 Light your space properly

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There are three different types of lighting: ambient , task , and accent lighting . I find a lot of homes I design for are extremely under lit. This can make a huge impact on not only your comfort, but productivity. Often we damage our eyes without even knowing it! A room that may be well lit by daylight – becomes dark and uncomfortable rapidly- especially in the winter months.

Lets Break it down.

a) Ambient lighting- these are your ceiling fixture, they create a full light and should reach every corner of the space, pay attention to what type of bulb you use- and opt for a more flattering full spectrum or   fluorescent bulb.

b) Task Lighting- This is especially important in kitchens, offices and dining areas- where clarity matters! Students- take note task lighting should be your best friend, and will prevent premature fatigue and

c) Accent lighting- this is the more decorative/ aesthetic side of things, definitely not to be overlooked. A well placed floor/side lamp brings balance and coherence to a room and can act as a functional art   Win- win right?

  1. Skip the screen

Instead of splurging on a shiny new flat screen- consider going without. Think honestly- what would your life look like with less screen time? Chances are you spend the majority of your day working on a computer. So maybe take the time to make your home a haven of sorts without having all your furniture pointed at a television. In the mood for a movie? Todays lap tops have incredible speakers, screen resolution and Netflix is just a click away. Our generation has finally developed enough to recognize the value of balancing offline/online time As a culture of young adults we are beginning to appreciate the intimacy of gathering with friends without the distraction of the internet. Which is amazing. We’re beginning to figure it out guys! So for that reason- I encourage those of you moving, or embarking on a new adventure with your first apartment- skip the screen! And invest your money in something that will increase your quality of life- instead of distract you from it.

5 Ways To Enjoy Italy in a Non- Touristy Way

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While Italy itself has an abundance of touristy things to do- profiting off a history so rich and vivid often one tends to forget the present day Italy. The beating heart and soul of a nation is more than the architecture and paintings of ages past. So in-between lining up for museums and strolling through dimly lit , ancient cathedrals make some time in your schedule to do these things.

1.Spend at least one day in a small village.

In small villages you see the authentic side of Italian life you miss in tourist traps like Milan and Rome. You wont regret it, wander through the old streets, watch nuns heading to church, see children shout and chase pigeons in the square. Eat sticky freshly baked buns and haggle with vendors in markets. Don’t know Italian? No problem. Some communication is better off without words. Take at least one day to soak in and appreciate where you are.

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Found on Mailand

2 Eat.

I cannot stress this enough, Italy is a country where you leave everything gluten and sugar free at the border. Indulge in iced gelato, spicy sausages, mouthwatering pasta with cheese. Savor every bite. The Italians have perfected the art of cooking with passion. Each mouthful is the culmination of centuries of experimenting and family receipts passed down. Eat until you cant eat another bite. Then eat some more.

3. Meet Someone.

Hear me out- I don’t mean romantically (but hey if the shoe fits..) I mean- make a connection with another person. Have a conversation- divulge something. Whether it be someone you share a table with in a café, or just asking for directions. Meet another soul that you can look back at and smile. But if traveling alone -be safe about it!

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Found on ZsaZsa Bellagio

4.Learn some Italian.

When I look back at my time in Italy, what stands out the most to me was the language. The words strung together like music, sometimes loud and harsh- like when a grocer backed his van into another’s and the flurry and hand jesters that followed had me blushing (and I cant even speak the language!)

But sometimes the language flowed like music. Like when the mother of the family I stayed with- pressed her lips to her daughters forehead as she bid her goodnight.

Even if all you know how to order is pistachio gelato and an espresso in Italian- that’s alright. You made an effort- and you will always remember those words.

5 Take a Night Walk

Some cities are lovely by daytime but at night- become another creature altogether. This was Florence for me. Lights sparkling on the water, old squares of crumbleing brick full of people lounging, heavenly smells coming from the patios while waiter’s in crisp white shirts gestured invitingly with menus. Sometimes a half hour walk becomes the half hour you will look back on for the rest of your life.

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Found on Travel & Leisure

Shots of the Week

Hi all! This week features some architecture of Montreals lovely old port, a garden shot, as well as a throwback to Paris!

Wishing you a week filled with strong espresso’s and inspiration- in whatever corner of the world you are 🙂

xo