Autumn in Montreal


I might be the only one in the world who LOVES being a "grown up". There’s nothing like having evenings and weekends to do what you please without the pressure of studying for exams or writing papers. I’ve been living in this great country for 5 years but not until this year have I had the chance to properly enjoy autumn.

My eyes almost hurt when I see those surreal colors. I’m here to share pictures from the last few weeks, including a short hiking trip and a weekend away in Mont Tremblant. Enjoy!

Le Plateau, Montreal

Le Plateau, Montreal

Le Plateau, Montreal

Le Plateau, Montreal

Le Plateau, Montreal

Bromont, QC

Bromont, QC

Bromont, QC

Bromont, QC

Bromont, QC

Bromont, QC

Le Plateau, Montreal

Le Plateau, Montreal

Mont -Tremblant

Mont -Tremblant


10 things I want to do this fall

A friend recently asked me if I worked full time Monday to Friday. The answer to that is yes. The funny thing here is that the question had a tone of doubt and confusion. He’s a relatively close friend of mine and I’m sure I had mentioned to him before that I have a full time job. I later found out that the reason he was asking was because he was impressed at how much stuff I manage to do on my free time.

The short explanation would be organization. The longer one is that I’m obsessed with not wasting time and I LOVE having to do lists and a busy agenda.  This “skill” (?) has also helped me focus in the present and don’t stress about the past or future (you know, the key to happiness ;) ). Sure, when I’m writing my to-do lists and organizing my agenda I’m thinking about the future. But that planning only takes like 30 minutes of my week and I actually enjoy doing it…it’s like mixing dreaming with reality! Plus, once the planned moments arrive I just have to let myself go and enjoy them. I actually get stressed when I don’t plan…so much anxiety from not knowing what I’ll be doing next!

Having said all this, here’s my autumn bucket list for this year, in no particular order:

-Make a weaving piece
-Dress up for Halloween
-Go on (at least) 3 hiking trips to see the fall colors
-Celebrate 4 years with le boyfriend
-Make a fall capsule wardrobe
-Take a bubble bath
-Host (or attend) a friendsgiving party
-Make a photo album
-Bake some bread
-Try a pumpkin spice latte 

I’ll try to share a report in a few months to let you know how it went.

Happy Autumn!


Simple Homemade Sushi

It took us about 30 minutes to prepare these rolls. That’s my kind of recipe 95% of the time. I like things that are nutritious, easy to make and that are ready to eat in 30 minutes or less. The only exception I make for this is usually baking. Which still adheres a little to my likings because the preparation part of the recipe is usually under 30 minutes but what takes long is the baking part. And I’m ok with that because while goodies are in the oven I can still multitask and do something else!

For many years I’ve said that sushi is my favorite food. Since I moved to Canada, this preference has slowly faded. I LOVE sushi…but I love it when it's really well prepared. And to be honest, it has been hard for me to find that kind of sushi in Montreal. Plus, lately there’s been many news articles about sushi shops that are getting fines because of lack of hygiene. That and the fact that I already had half of the ingredients in my fridge made me decided to make my own. Now, if I’m honest, this recipe is not the type that made me fall in love with sushi.  It’s not the kind of sushi that makes you want to close your eyes and shut the noise around you as soon as you start chewing. That kind is probably out of my league preparation wise. However, this simple and healthy alternative was enough to calm my sushi craving and enjoy a nice meal with le boyfriend. It is also a good way to be introduced to the ‘art’ of preparing sushi…at first it might seem intimidating, but honestly, it's easy peasy! 

-Short grain rice (the one I used even indicated ‘sushi rice’ in the package)
-Salmon, fresh and raw
-Cream cheese (I used reduced fat)
-Sesame seeds
-Nori Seaweed Sheets (I usually find them at any grocery store, but if you can’t, try looking into asian markets!)
-Reduced sodium soy sauce
-Bamboo sushi mat (not really an ingredient but an important tool to make the sushi)

You might wonder why there are no quantities mentioned…I did this because it really depends on how you assemble your rolls. However, a rough estimate for 30 rolls is: 1 cup uncooked short grain rice, 1 salmon fillet, 3/4 avocado, 1/2 cup of cream cheese, 2 teaspoons of sesame seeds and 4 seaweed sheets.

-First, cook the rice. For 1 cup of rice use 1 & 3/4 cups of water. Put this in a saucepan under high heat and when the water starts boiling cover and put in low heat for about 15-18 minutes (until the all water has evaporated and you have sticky rice).
-While the rice cooks, cut the salmon, avocado and cream cheese in stripes.
-When everything is ready, you can start the assemble: 
  • On top of the sushi mat, place the seaweed sheet (shiny side facing down).
  • Spread 1/2 cup of rice in 1/2 of the sheet. Wet your fingers and use them to smash the rice. Then sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  • Add the strips of salmon, avocado and cream cheese about 2cm away form the border.
  • Use the sushi mat to roll everything into a tube. This is like the only “hard” part because you need to make sure the contents stay inside. 

-Using a good knife cut the rolls, serve with some soy sauce and enjoy!

We had edamame as a side for extra protein and nutrients (but really because it’s delicious!)


New Obsession: Exploring Independent Coffee Shops Around Montreal

Le boyfriend and I have been coffee-shop-hunting for about 6 months now. We (but mostly I) are loving this new pastime. We usually go on weekends since it’s when we have more time and always end up walking around the area to chat and enjoy the outsides. 

There’s something magic about this activity. We usually end up having great conversations and getting to know different neighbourhoods around the city. Plus, we really enjoy sharing our perspective on the coffee shop that we're visitng and the coffee itself. 

Here’re are some pictures that I’ve taken at the coffee shops and around the neighbourhoods we’ve discovered. All taken with iPhone 5S or 6. 


Hello again, blog!

It's no secret that the blog has been very much abandoned for the past 3-4 months. I still cook (literally every day of mi life), eat healthy, exercise and love taking pictures and writing about nutrition. The thing is, there is more than that in my life. 

A few months ago I decided to make Kitchin-it a nutrition-focused blog because I thought people would rather see healthy recipes and nutrition advice than getting a peak into my life. However, I enjoy sharing more than just nutrition stuff. Writing and taking pictures is how I process my life experiences. Plus, I ADORE the idea of having a place where I can come back in the future and see what my life was like at different stages. 

At some point I was going to get a separate blog for that…but then I thought why would I want to hide myself from Kitchin-it readers? When in fact, doing the opposite can help me and others connect in a better way. I think it’s good that I show you that there’s a real person behind all this…a person that has both great and terrible days but who can still lead a healthy lifestyle. 

So, welcome to the 'new' Kitchin-it, a corner of the internet where real life blends with healthy living!


Owning a Café for a Day!

On May 16th, le boyfriend and I participated in a worldwide event called Restaurant Day. The idea behind it is that people can set up a café, bar or restaurant in a corner of their city and sell their goods. You also have to register your location on a map so that people (potential customers) can find you.

We decided to sell treats and drinks, and in general, we really enjoyed the experience. Here are my thoughts:

-85% of our clients were friends. Most people in Montreal were selling their goods in another area of the city and this affected our “business”. Most customers decided to go to there instead of where we were. If we were to do it again, we would change our location.
-The days before Restaurant Day were as exciting as the actual day. The food tasting, the recipe development, creating the menu and getting business cards was A LOT of fun.
-We sold chocolate chips cookies, chocolate cake with homemade Nutella frosting, chocolate chia pudding and strawberry muffins. That’s also the order of how much people liked them (from most liked to least), but everyone loved everything!

Sometimes I dream of owning an authentic coffee shop in which I’d sell healthy treats and drinks. On Restaurant Day we practiced and really enjoyed it. Now all we need is a bunch of $$ to invest on a real one, hopefully next to the beach with pineapples and bikes as decoration ;)


Chocolate Chia Pudding + PB Cookies + Banana!

Today’s post is completely inspired by this. I don’t know what I love most…her recipes or her pictures. 

Today I decided to share my version of that recipe. I’ve tried chia pudding a few times but I didn't love it. I felt like it needed crunch and sweetness. I love adding sweetness without adding too much sugar. Insert bananas. They are naturally sweet and provide nutrients too. Hello potassium! And that's how today's post was born.

Ok, enough with the nutrition talk. This recipe is crunchy but creamy and it’s delicious as a snack or dessert. You’re welcome!

Serves 2, ready in 25 minutes


For the Chocolate Chia Pudding:

-1 and 1/3 cups of milk (I used 1%)
-1/4 cup chia seeds
-7 pitted medjool dates
-3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
-1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
-pinch of salt 

For the cookies:

-1/2 cup flour (oat or whole wheat flour work best)
-1/2 cup natural peanut butter 
-1/4 cup brown sugar
-2 tablespoons applesauce
-1/2 teaspoon baking powder
-1 teaspoon vanilla
-Pinch of salt


-1 banana
-A swirl of honey


1. Add all the chia pudding ingredients in a blender, starting with the milk. 
2. Blend until everything is well combined. You might need to add a few tablespoons of milk to reach a creamy consistency. 

3. Serve in 2 bowls or cups and put it in the fridge while you make your cookies.

4. For the cookies, pre-heat oven to 350*F and line a baking dish with parchment paper.
5. In a medium bowl, combine all the cookies’ ingredients. 

6. Roll dough into cookies and bake for 8-10 minutes. You'll have left-over cookies!

7. To serve, add a swirl of honey, 2 cookies and 1/2 banana to each chia pudding portion. Enjoy!

Adapted from Oh She Glows and Imma Eat That