Sunday, June 24, 2012

Brunching Out

When visiting Montreal, I like to branch out a bit and do brunch. Well, really, I'm not generally an early riser, so most days, even at home, what I consider breakfast, others would likely call brunch.  A favourite little "resto" in Montreal's colourful "le Plateau" area is Les Entretiens.


Here's a diplomatically round table for six.  
Who'd like to join me?


While sipping your Mimosa, why not tip your head back and take a good look at the attractively patterned hammered tin ceiling?  Careful not to tip too far back!


If you're feeling a wee bit dizzy from gazing upward 
(surely not from your Champagne & OJ!), you could wander around la salle a bit and check out the art.  It's all for sale.  Just put it on your bill along with the cost of your omelette, pourquoi pas?



















I've been wondering just what it is about this little bistro that makes me feel so at home.  And then it dawned on me...


This is my kitchen at home.


This is a cozy corner in my kitchen at home.

Okay, so here's the test to see just how observant you are.
What is it about Les Entretiens and my kitchen that are almost identical?
Sorry there's no prize, other than the smug self-satisfaction of knowing you're right.




32 comments:

  1. He he he! La déco est la même!

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    Belle semaine****

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    1. Mildred,
      Merci pour ta visite! Je vois que "Mildred a vue" le lien entre le resto et ma cuisine!

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  2. I'll pick the famous blue Wayne's coat.

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    1. DCW,
      Just as well to choose Wayne's as Leonard's is torn at the shoulder.

      Though you might say potato, and I may say patooty
      One might sound quite common, and the other rather snooty.
      Whether Wayne's decked out in cotting, or sporting a new coating,
      For guessing the right answer you're allowed a little gloating.

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  3. Ces't Le Bleu? :) (7th grade French - sorry...)

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    1. MM,
      That's the only kind of French that's allowed here!

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  4. Well blue walls and original art of course! Color me Gloating! You have a lovely kitchen btw and lovely art too.

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    1. Lynn,
      That particular tone of gloating really becomes you!

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  5. Day boat are inspirationnaly conductive two lait marning brounche (undergrate 12 anglais here). Do you gait wéted-on when brounching hat ome?

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    1. G-Pit,
      Essekeh I gait wéted-on when brounching hat ome? Beh, day fwah,
      may paw too-leh-tah. Sometime-la, mon chum, il fay day crape.

      (Good thing all the comments arrive in my email box because this one Blogger saw fit to stick in the Spam Box! But I retrieved it, dusted it off, and pitched it on the comment wall here.)

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  6. Round tables are great for removing hierarchy and encouraging conversation.
    Your kitchen looks cool and inviting.......are the art works yours?
    I like the blue flower,it seems to be saying "look at me,look at me"!

    Ruby

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    1. Ruby,
      In spite of round tables removing hierarchy, I find that in almost any group there is always one person who tends to dominate the conversation with that same "look at me!" attitude that you discerned in the blue flower.

      The paintings in my kitchen are from my Flowers For Healing Series, which you can see here:

      http://lynneciaccoart.weebly.com/flowers-for-healing.html

      The title of the blue flower is "Openness--Giving." I'm glad you like it.

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  7. This is a cheat (I read your response to DCW), but I will go with The Famous Blue Wayne's Coat!
    The little bistro looks so lovely - warm, inviting, and even just looking at the pictures I can smell the coffee brewing. Wonderful!

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    1. Audrey,
      Cheating is allowed here! It's lovely that you came along to join in at the round table brunch. You know, I haven't yet found a cozy, inviting place in Vancouver to indulge in a leisurely brunch. I think that begs a little research on future visits, don't you?!

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    2. I do indeed! I used to have some favorite breakfast spots - Barney's on Granville, Sophie's Cosmic Cafe on W.4th, The Whip Restaurant Gallery on E.6th - but each of these were "Here's your food, Hurry up and eat it and get out because we have lineups down to the end of the block" kind of places. I am not sure where in Vancouver there is a quaint little relaxing brunch spot. I would be curious to hear what you find.

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    3. Audrey,
      I'm not sure there's any "quaint" left in Vancouver at all. Seems to be either a bit rough or very trendy. Definitely requires more research!

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  8. Oh yes, the lovely blue wainscoting for sure but I'm also thinking that the wallpaper pattern seen in the second image could be a good match for the cushion in your cozy corner.

    Your own kitchen is just beautiful, L. Colourful, warm, light and airy. And very artistic.

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    1. Hilary,
      Oh, you are observant to spot that bit of wallpaper! I think you're right, a good match for my kitchen cushions. Not that I'd put wallpaper up anymore. The abundance of artwork on my walls is wallpaper enough.

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  9. Blue is for the soul.
    (Henri-Émile-Benoît Matisse)


    What wonderful journey. Thank you very much. Please have you all a good Tuesday.

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    1. Robert,
      Ah, perhaps that is why I felt so relaxed and at peace in that little café and why visitors enjoy sitting in my kitchen.

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  10. Oh, this was fun!!!! I LOVE your cool brunch place and your kitchen too. Yup, the wonderful colors, blue panels, the wood chairs, the paintings on the wall--all identique. Great post, Lynne!!!

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    1. jann,
      Montreal still maintains a degree of old world, European type charm here and there, that can't be found in most N.American cities. Not quite Sicily or Rome, admittedly, but still colourful--especially by Canadian standards. My kitchen's paint was influenced by a Turkish tile that I have.

      Looking at my kitchen's colour scheme, can you imagine how well that portabanane I won from your blog fits in?

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  11. Wonderful light and color, a beautiful photo with a perfect shot, I like them all.

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    1. Leovi,
      If you squint, you can turn them all into abstracts! I know you are definitely one to appreciate light and colour.

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  12. The same beautiful cosy blue in your kitchen and Les Entretiens, I think. Very pretty. That chair of yours looks more comfortable than theirs, though.

    I must say it looks like the perfect spot for brunch!

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    1. Jenny,
      Funny you should mention "cozy blue" because it made me realize that the tea cosy I put on my tea pot every day is knit in this very same blue. Either I'm very fond of this colour, or I'm in a rut. My chair is perfect to sit and read in, you're quite right about its comfort level.

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  13. Lovely feel to this restaurant as well as your kitchen at home, love those blues. Thanks for taking us alog.

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    1. Gillian,
      Sometimes it's good to have the blues! Thanks for coming along; lovely to have your company.

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  14. i wanted to comment on the photos here and your funny text, but i made the "mistake" to check the link you provided, and i am now so overwhelmed with the mysterious beauty of your flowers, that i find myself to talk about anything else!!! :-) mysterious, yes, even if they are such well-known flowers, the way they tremble with life under your brush, while so very still, unmoving, how they reveal their essence to us makes them at the same time intimate companions and mysterious doors to another world, from where the healing powers come (may this world be outside of us, in a transcendent realm, or inside of us, in the depth of our own psyche - though the two are interconnected, if one believes Jung). truly, archetypal flowers... i am blown away by that Peony...

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    1. Roxana,
      Oh, following links is like going down the white rabbit hole in Wonderland. I'm so pleased you lost yourself in my Flowers for Healing garden. Your comment is very precious to me and I will save it to engrave on a stone in the middle of that garden. Inner and outer healing, yes, interleaved, I definitely believe this. That peony, I have been told by some who have stood before it, seems almost to be buzzing with energy. Or maybe it was just the sound of those invisible hummingbirds that Anonymous (see below) caught wind of.

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  15. Anonymous29 June, 2012

    Methinks what be identical in both places sont the invisible Tinkerbell type fairies darting about in the air with magic wands creating vibrant miniature fireworks shows every few seconds, yes and they are surrounded by invisble hummingbirds of a multitude of colors, I can hear them humming from here ! Am I right ? Am I right ? Can I gloat in a Wains Coat ???

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    1. Anonymous,
      Oh my goodness, I fear you have imbibed a little too enthusiastically of the Mimosa, or perhaps inhaled too deeply of the flowers in my painted garden. But that's okay, you're amongst friends here, and we will sit with you and wait until the humming stops and the darting lights diminish. Yes, dear soul, you are right you are right and everything will be all right. Puff yourself up with gloating while I wrap you gently in this coat of Wayne's.

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