Marie Asselin

Food + Travel Writer and Translator, Recipe Developer

Portfolio

Creamy Miso Squash Soup with Seared Brussels Sprouts and Apple (Dairy-Free, Vegan)
What makes creamy soups served in fine dining restaurants so delicious? The garnishes! Of course, the flavors incorporated into the liquid component of the dish are important,...
Strawberry and Rhubarb Crumble Pie
In my last post, I talked about a mix of ingredients (strawberry and pistachio) that I thought was great but, in fact, isn't-at least, according to flavor experts. Now, I think...
Freestyle Asian Noodle Salad
Contrary to many good cooks I know, I love following recipes. I don't believe that they are restrictive. On the contrary, I feel super satisfied and proud when I follow a recipe...
Almond Panna Cotta with Salted Praline and Macerated Blueberries (Dairy-Free)
I have a newfound crush on panna cotta. I see it all the time on cooking shows, and until quite recently, I simply could not understand why it was so popular. Pudding with a...
Crispy and Raw Kale, Beets, and Pecan Salad
Is it spring yet? Not here in Quebec City, it's not. No flowers or even buds are in sight yet, and it's been raining for several days straight-which, in a way, is good because...
Wild Blueberry Brown Butter Financiers
Ah, wild blueberries. They're simply not the same as the regular, dare I say, ordinary blueberries, aren't they? Tiny but twice as tasty, wild blueberries are said to contain...

How-Tos

How to Make an Authentic Bolognese Sauce
I’ll be flying to Rome at the end of the month and, to prepare for my trip, I’ve been reading guidebooks every night, sticking Post-It notes to each spot I want to visit and...
How to Make Arancine con Ragù
I discovered Arancine during one of my first trips to Italy, but I have truly fallen in love with them last month in Sicily. They're the perfect finger food: creamy rice, slowly...
How to Make Gougères
I have long been addicted to gougères. These cheesy savory choux-like confections that are light as air, with a slight crunch on the outside and a moist, tender interior are...
How to Make Macarons: A Detailed, Illustrated Step-by-Step Recipe
Macarons are a French delicacy I am completely crazy about. Since I can't always be in Paris close to my favorite pastry-chef, Pierre Hermé, I have decided to make my own. It's...
How to Make Gnocchi
Having been in Italy for two weeks, it has been a bit difficult to keep up with the competition in Project Food Blog, away from home and without access to a kitchen for half of...
How to Make and Wrap Dumplings
Last weekend, as a belated nod to Chinese New Year, I decided to stock up on dumplings. Once in a while, I make a big batch of these bite-size wonders and freeze them for future...

Restaurant Lists and Profiles

Top 10 Bakeries in Quebec City
Quebec City’s “French charm” is one of the top reasons why tourists love to visit. Lots of travelers come to Quebec to enjoy a taste of France without having to suffer the long...
Café Falco
A gem of a coffee place located out of the way in the industrial area of the Mile End, Café Falco is worth hunting for. Owned by a couple, Frédérik Froument and Yuko Toda, the...
Bistros of Quebec City
Many people come to Quebec City dreaming of indulging in classic French cuisine. Although part of our culinary heritage does come from the French (yes, we have delicious...
Choco-Musée Érico: The Destination for Chocolate Lovers
Visitors walking along St. Jean Street, in Quebec City's St-Jean-Baptiste neighborhood, usually can't resist Choco-Musée Érico's charming storefront, with its quaint green...
5 Outstanding Independent Coffee Shops in Montreal
The coffee scene is booming in Montreal, and new, independent coffee shops are sprouting across the city. New owners are part of the so-called "third-wave" of coffee makers, a...

Québec Travel

Local Expert to Quebec City
The best of Quebec City, from family activites to romantic hotels, shared by a travel-loving local.
Quebec City's Ice Hotel: A Unique Way to Enjoy Winter
Quebec City's Hôtel de Glace is a hotel located just 10 minutes outside the city center that is built anew from the ground up every winter since 2001. Open from January to...
Cap Tourmente: An Exceptional Bird-Watching and Outdoor Activity Site
Cap Tourmente is a National Wildlife Area located on the north shore of the St. Lawrence River, just 50 km outside of Quebec City. It's a popular outdoor activity site open to...
Montreal's Quays of the Old Port
The Quays of the Old Port, a linear park that runs along the St. Lawrence River in Old Montreal, welcomes over six million visitors annually, who come to enjoy the park's...
Hôtel Gault, Montreal
Old Montreal is the Montreal neighborhood that is blessed with the most outstanding boutique accommodation options in the city. Travelers seeking a contemporary and intimate...
Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel, Montreal
Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth ( Le Reine Élizabeth in French) may very well be the Montreal hotel with the richest history. Opened in 1958, it was at the time the second largest...
Hôtel La Ferme, Charlevoix
Hôtel La Ferme is the latest creation of businessman Daniel Gauthier, who co-founded the Cirque du Soleil in Baie-Saint-Paul, a small town in the heart of the Charlevoix region,...
Promenade Samuel de Champlain, Quebec City
Walking along the Promenade, it's hard to believe that before 2008 the waterfront stretching from Sillery to the city's bridges, a former industrialized area, was left to itself...

Recipe development - en français

Caramels à la vanille et à la fleur de sel
C’est à Paris que j’ai goûté à la saveur « caramel à la fleur de sel » pour la première fois, où elle est employée dans plusieurs pâtisseries. C’est la rencontre ultime du...

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