Month: March 2013

A Day at the Quebec Winter Carnival

The Quebec Winter Carnival has something for everyone. Whether you want to have an adventure or bring the whole family, they have you covered. Admission for the entire Carnival is only $15. Here are some of the things I did while I was there.

1. Derby St-Hubert


A derby is a horse race that is traditionally restricted to horses that are three years old. Over 30 teams from Canada, the United States, France, the Netherlands and Belgium participated.

2. Tubing



This was my first time tubing and it was fun! This was a small hill (but it felt huge to me) so lots of families were going down with their kids. I unfortunestly went down backwards the whole way, so I don’t have a photo of me doing it!

3. Various activities

Play life sized Foosball!


Take a look at beautiful snow sculptures.
Listen to a marching band.
Take a leap!
Relax in the outdoor spa featuring a hot tubs and saunas.


4. Eat a beaver tail!  Beaver Tails are originally from Ottawa. It’s a fried dough pastry hand stretched to resemble a beaver’s tail, and coated in cinnamon sugar. Yum.





5.  Join hundred of bystanders gathered to watch the annual Night Parade. Colourful floats, fire jugglers, dancers and more march down the street.





7. When it’s all over, head back to the  Plains of Abraham to dance the night away in an igloo nightclub!


After that, we headed back to the cozy Hilton for a well earned rest.

Sunday Morning Cheddar Biscuits


I love making biscuits. If done right, they are quick, easy and melt in your mouth delicious.

One of my biggest pet peeves is that it can be SO hard to find a recipe that doesn’t require buttermilk. I don’t know about you, but I don’t regularly keep buttermilk in my fridge. I also don’t like to “make my own” because it makes me nervous.

I’m really happy to share this super easy recipe today! It makes moist, flaky biscuits perfect for brunch.

This recipe makes 8 biscuits and takes 20 minutes to prepare.

All You Need Is…

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese

2 1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

6 Tbs. margarine (or butter)

3/4 cup of 2% milk

And Then You…

1.Turn the oven on to 400 F

2.Mix the flour, baking powder, salt and cheese together in a large mixing bowl.

3. Add in the margarine using a pastry blender or using two knives. Mix until the mixture forms coarse crumbs.

4. Make a well in the middle of the mixture and pour in the milk.

5. Using a fork, stir together the mixture until it forms a shaggy dough.


7. Turn out the dough onto a floured surface. Knead just until the dough comes together.

8. Pat the dough into a round shape 3/4″ thick.

9. Using a biscuit cutter or the bottom of a glass, cut out biscuits and transfer to baking tray.


10. Pop in the oven and bake for 20 minutes, or until lightly browned. Enjoy!


This recipe has been adapted from here.

Hilton Quebec: Room with a View


When we first step foot into our hotel room in Quebec City at the Hilton, the first thing that we saw was the view. It was mesmerizing! We were on the 18th floor and when we weren’t exploring the city or Carnival, we were hanging out and looking out of the window.



The room is in a typical traditional style. It was very clean and comfortable. As for amenities, the room comes with a small coffee maker and toiletries. The room does not have a fridge.

The Hilton is located on the top of Parliament Hill, and only a ten minute walk from Old Quebec. The Eco Bus also has a stop right outside the hotel. The hotel has two restaurants. The more casual of the two is Allegro, offering buffet breakfast and dinners, as well as a la cart. If you want to dine with a view, head to the 23rd floor to enjoy dining at Restaurant 23.

All in all, I had a pleasant stay. This is a good place to stay if you want to be close to the heart of the city. It’s also excellent for families!

Hilton Québec
1100, boulevard René-Lévesque Est
Quebec City, Quebec


Review: Incase Heathered Tote Bag


When I went on my trip to Quebec City this month, I was fortunate to be able to carry and try out a bag from one of my favourite brands, Incase. My heathered tote was graciously provided by Take Five Trading. I was looking for a durable bag for travel, and I found it!

The Heathered Tote ($80) features a padded pocket for your 13″ Macbook, a back slot big enough to fit magazines, a front zippered pocket for your phone and a removable shoulder strap. The bag snaps closed and is quilted inside.



This bag was amazing. I was initially worried about the lack of zipper, but it didn’t bother me at all. There were lots of internal pockets inside to stash my things, and everything was secure. The best thing about this bag is that it can hold a lot of stuff. When I travel (ok, lets be honest here. Even when I’m going across the street) I carry tons of things. My newly acquired iPad (fits perfectly in the laptop section), a notebook, a novel, an extra hat, headphones, snacks, makeup, travel guides, magazines….I could go on. The second best thing is that this tote bag not only fit it all, but it did it in a way that didn’t hurt my shoulder.

Usually after carrying a bag for a couple of hours my shoulders hurt. I carried this bag around with me in Quebec City for 4 days, and I was fine. It does an amazing job of distributing the weight properly. Now that I’m back in Toronto, I use this bag to carry my laptop. The pouch is big enough to fit my 13.5″ Sony Vaio. It’s a good work bag, because I can fit my lunch, laptop and file folders inside.

This bag is also well made. The removable strap has custom metal hardware that attaches it to the bag. The zippers are strong and durable YKKs with custom pulls. The bottom of the bag is padded just in case you drop it. I loved this bag and you will too!

The Heathered Tote is part of the Lineage Collection and is available online.

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