Category Archives: food & drink

New blog: live, love, north

Happy Monday all! Just a quick announcement for you today. I’d like you to invite you to take a look at my new blog – Live, Love, North!

Live, Love, North

My new outdoor, food & lifestyle blog – live, love, north! Find it at http://livelovenorth.com

I’ve been blogging here at jessicaquinn.ca for a couple years now, but my topics have varied widely to reflect my range of interests. Lately, I’ve been wary of the fact that this may not be best practice for me. If you’re coming to visit for social media tips, you may not care much about my latest pulled pork recipe, will ya? ;)

So I’ve started Live, Love, North so that I can feel a bit more free with my posts over there. If you visit me here for anything related to outdoor activities, travel, food reviews or recipes, please make sure to follow the new blog and add it to your reader (like Feedly)!

That means this blog will be more strictly themed around all things social media – but don’t get me wrong – there’s still a lot for us to talk about here! You’ll see some changes in the next while – like categories to better reflect some of the narrower social media topics (like Facebook or blogging).

Please take a look at Live, Love, North – I’d love to continue to connect with you (here or there!). :)

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Patio hopping in Prince George: Best summer spots for eats & drinks

My latest post on Destination BC’s Explore BC blog is up – and it’s delicious! Check out the best patios in Prince George!

Patio hopping in Prince George

Summer living shrimp tacos

It’s been awhile since I posted a recipe! Life’s been too crazy with social media and writing to think about food. Who am I kidding… I’ve still been loving food, but I guess I’ve been a bit too pre-occupied to write about it here. If you’re ever missing my food posts, be sure to follow me on Instagram or follow me on Facebook, where I break a cardinal rule of social media and post a ton of pictures of my food :).

Summer living shrimp tacos - from jessicaquinn.ca

Summer living shrimp tacos… enjoy them in the sun!

On Friday I heard all about my friend Rosemary’s shrimp tacos, so that evening I had to come home and make my own. They were delicious and went down just right with a Corona on my shady back deck. They’re super quick and easy, and totally versatile – meaning many of the ingredients are interchangeable so you can really just use whatever you have on hand. Here’s how I made them, with some ingredient choices.

Shrimp – saute in:

  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • seasoning you like (I used a mixed cajun rub I found in my cupboard)

Guacamole – mash all this together:

  • an avocado, pitted and mashed
  • half a lime, juiced
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup of red onion, finely chopped
  • sea salt (a few good turns of the grinder… can always add more!)
  • red pepper flakes (for some kick)

Spicy mayo – mix together:

  • 2 tbsp mayo
  • a couple squirts of Thai hot sauce (sriracha) or any hot sauce (more if you like it hot!)
  • 1 tbsp lime juice

Other ingredients:

  • greenery – I used spinach and bean sprouts. You could use pea shoots, lettuce, arugula… really anything you have on hand
  • red onion
  • tomatoes, or salsa (preferably homemade) (optional)
  • anything else you want? Go crazy!

Decorate all this on your whole grain tortilla and wrap it. Pop open your beer and you’re all set!

Montreal smoked meat, live from Prince George

I haven’t written a post about food in awhile, and I certainly haven’t written much on reviews of local food joints, but this is so juicy and delicious, I just have to share!

Smoked Meat from Nancy O's

Montreal smoked meat sandwich from Nancy O’s in Prince George. I couldn’t wait to eat it, so this is only half the sandwich!

I am having a love affair with a Montreal smoked meat sandwich. And happily for me, I can get one a mere three blocks from where I work in Prince George, BC!

I had my first taste of this sandwich in Montreal when my husband and I visited the city about four years ago. It was late at night, after a day filled with drinking beer in the streets at the French music festival. We hopped the metro back to the area we were staying and stopped in at Le Roi du Smoked Meat (that’s really what it was called, that’s not my bad French or that day’s beer talking… the King of Smoked Meat). A giant sandwich and heaping poutine later and I was in love. I’ve had a constant craving ever since.

Le Roi du Smoked Meat

Sandwiches and poutine from Le Roi du Smoked Meat in Montreal.

Not having ever been back to Montreal, I haven’t found a sandwich up to these standards in awhile… until recently. The destination: Nancy O’s Restaurant.

I order it every time I go (and if I try to branch out and try the special, I’m sad – not that the specials aren’t mostly good, I just love my old stand by so much); I even sometimes order it by phone and walk down to pick it up and eat it in private back in my office.

Poutine from Nancy O's

Poutine from Nancy O’s in Prince George. Again, half devoured.

The meat is so tender and juicy, and is heaped so high that it overflows from the delicious fresh sourdough bread. But I don’t complain – more to clean up later! Add cheese and whatever other sauce they put on there, and BOOM – the best sandwich in Prince George. Order a poutine and you’re set (again, I could write a separate post about the quality of poutines in PG… Nancy O’s wins again, even if just by the great stringy-ness of the cheese curds). Truly a heavenly lunch hour.

Just compare those two pictures above – the bread from Nancy O’s alone makes it look better, doesn’t it?

Go try it. Go now. Then report back – do you love it as much as me?

Pumpkin cake with a side of stereotypes

pumpkin cake

Proof! I can cook!

Recently at work, one of my favorite senior staff members was handing out a recipe for some tasty pumpkin treat, but she skipped past me. I piped up that I liked tasty pumpkin treats too, and then something weird happened.

She stopped. She cocked an eyebrow in what can only be described as a haughty manner, and said, “Do you cook?” But it wasn’t just a simple question; it held connotation, like, “Pfft. Do you even cook?”

Being the good-natured gal that I am, I laughed it off with her. She even admitted afterwards that she had made a sweeping generalization to people my age (since when do thirty-year-olds not cook, I’m not sure, but that’s a separate topic), and it’s all good. I know I can cook; my husband knows I can cook; whoever reads this blog likely knows I can cook. But I have to wonder about stereotypes. What is it about me that screams, “hey, how do I boil water?!” And, more importantly, what else is that voice saying about me?

Anyway, want to take a guess as to what happened next? Obviously I went home, baked the recipe like nobody’s business and wrote this post. Cheeky? I hope so. Meant in good humour? Of course!

The delicious cake pictured here is Laura Calder’s Pumpkin Cake. Give the recipe a try… that is, if you can even cook!

pumkin cake

Laura Calder’s pumpkin cake, prepared by moi. Pumpkin pie off to the side made by my mom.