Marie Asselin

Food + Travel Writer and Translator, Recipe Developer

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Culinary Travel

Falling in Love with Northern Portugal
I am just returning from a seven-day trip to Porto and the Douro valley in Northern Portugal, but my head is filled with so many images and memories-it feels like I spent a full...
Visiting Paris with a Baby
Last year, we went on a trip to Paris with our then-7-month-old baby. It was a long trip to undertake, but we wanted to quickly get some practice at travelling as a family and...
Staying at a Ryokan in Japan: Helpful Tips + Dos and Don'ts
Of all my travels, my trip to Japan stands out as the one that surprised, unsettled, and amazed me the most. Out of everything I did during my stay in Japan, my experience in a...
10 Reasons Why You Should Go to Venice
So, E and I spent the first part of our 10-year anniversary vacation in Venice. "Of course," you're thinking, "Venice is so romantic!" The thing is, we were actually joining...
A Visit at Tokyo's Famous Tsukiji Fish Market
Anyone that's curious about food cannot go to Tokyo without visiting its famous Tsukiji fish market. More than just a market, it's a city, really, with 2,000 tons of almost 500...
Brunch at the Sugar Shack
When I was growing up, visiting a sugar shack in March was a tradition. It was the quintessential Québécois family activity.
Meeting the Dom Pérignon Cellar Master: Inside the Mind of a Champagne Creator
The very name Dom Pérignon conjures up history. The famous champagne production house is associated with tradition, reliability, and luxury, a reputation it has maintained since...
What to Eat in Sicily
While 5 days in Sicily was certainly not enough to experience all the deliciousness the Italian island has to offer, I went prepared (and hungry!) and was able to taste lots of...
A Hidden Gem in Paris: Passage du Grand Cerf
Paris is well-known for its many passages; hidden shopping arcades that were created at the end of the 18th century. They were typically dug through existing building or created...
Saba: An Unspoiled, Beach-Less Caribbean Paradise
I had never heard of Saba before E forwarded me a travel article presenting the island as a diver's paradise. We had been looking for a sunny and warm vacation destination, but...
Cooking on a Sailboat
I feel relaxed, peaceful, and calm even if I'm overwhelmed with deadlines to meet and e-mails to reply to. What's happening with me? I'm just returning from a week of sailing...
Falling in love with Amsterdam and its culinary delights
Researching Amsterdam's food scene before leaving for my 10-day trip to the Venice of the North, I quickly discovered that Dutch cuisine didn't have such a great reputation....
A Chocolate and Pastry Tour in New York City
If you're following me on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook, you know that I was in New York last week attending the International Association of Culinary Professionals' Annual...
Five Gourmet Lunches in Miami
During our stay in Miami a few weeks ago, we rediscovered the pleasure of gourmet lunches. Not only did it fit our new "with baby" travel schedule better than did going out at...
Where to Eat in Big Sur
Note: This post is published in partnership with Expedia Canada and Food Bloggers of Canada. All recommendations and opinions are my own. I had long wanted to go on a road trip...

Restaurant Reviews

Kadeau, Copenhagen
Reviewing this restaurant has long been on my to-do list, and I initially planned on naming this post "A Hidden Gem in Copenhagen." Well, after Kadeau received its first...
Panache
Panache is a long-time favorite of locals and visitors alike. Located in a riverside warehouse dating back to the 19th century, with plank floors and foot-thick stonewalls, the...
There's More to Copenhagen than Noma: A Gastronomic Lunch at Geranium
More people asked me "Will you go to Noma?" when I announced I was heading to Copenhagen than I can even count. After I came back, only the tense of that question changed, as...
A Bowl of Ramen, Just Like in Tokyo: Ippudo NY
The problem with going to Japan is that it completely shifts your expectations of Japanese food. When you come back, what you thought tasted great before you left now feels...
Le Clocher Penché
Opened back in 2000, casual bistro Le Clocher Penché is an institution in Quebec City. Popularly used words we hear so much today and the practices they represent fuel the...
Fine Dining On the Go: Panache Mobile
While Quebec City shows no signs of changing its anti-street food regulations, initiatives like Panache Mobile still allow food lovers to enjoy fresh, high-quality meals on the...
Hosaka-Ya Ramen
Japanese cuisine is very new to Québec City. Sure, the city has a profusion of sushi joints (most of which serving rolls that have nothing to do with Japanese sushi) and there...
Quebec City's Best Traditional Poutine: Chez Ashton
Chez Ashton is an institution in Quebec City. Ask locals what their favorite poutine is, and the vast majority will reply it's Ashton's. Founded in 1969 by Ashton Leblond, the...
Le Canard Goulu
Le Canard Goulu is a Muscovy duck farm located on the South side of the St. Lawrence River, in the small village of St-Apollinaire, about a half-hour outside of Quebec City. It...

Recipe Development

Asparagus, Soft-Boiled Egg, and Dukkah Tartine
If you live in a northern climate, you know the gleeful feeling that comes with seeing the first seasonal crops appear on market stands. Asparagus are among the first of a long...
Pistachio and Strawberry Verrines
I've had a major crush on pistachios ever since I came back from Sicily. As the only region cultivating the nut in Italy, Sicily is especially proud of its "green gold," serving...
Lobster Club Salad with Champagne Vinaigrette
It's one of my favorite times of the year: lobster season! I love cooking with lobster because I find it incredibly versatile. Although many people like to eat lobster straight...

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