Teashop, a cafe review

This week has been incredibly busy with work. You see, I have to give in my grades for next Friday, but I am so tired with just the regular teaching stuff that correcting my 197 writing productions (ranging from 200 to 500 words… I seriously need to make these kids work less) is just killing everything happy inside of me.

So when my colleague suggested that we meet in a tea shop to motivate each other (she is a French teacher, so she knows the struggle is real), I jumped on the occasion. When she mentioned a special place where they boiled fresh chai tea, I was very excited.

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I was even happier when the very nice tea-barista (is there a word for a professional tea maker? please let me know!) told me that he could make it with almond milk.

The result: a light, spicy, foamy, perfectly comforting hot drink. Not that anything would make correcting 197 copies on a nice ans snowy Saturday afternoon better, but almost.

So if you are in Montreal, I really suggest you try the Teashop, on Jean-Talon street as it is very friendly, perfect to work and has a very relaxed atmosphere. Give it a try!

Copper Branch, a Restaurant Review

As we were downtown, we decided to go try out Copper Branch. We didn’t know anything about it and so, we came in with an open mind. The first thing that surprised us was that it is actually an ordering counter that could fit in any food court, and not a “restaurant”.

We were however awed by the number of choices that the menu proposed. I was also happy to see that any bread could be replaced with a gluten-free option.

My boyfriend went for the Mushroom Galaxy burger on the kamut bun. It was indeed packed with a lot of sauteed button mushrooms as well as one portobello steak.

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I decided to go with the Shiitake Teriyaki sandwich on a gluten-free bun. Wrong choice: I was really disappointed to see that it was not in fact shiitake mushrooms but seitan. It was a little counter productive to take seitan in a gluten-free bun, and I was not happy that the menu did not announce this. Beside the seitan, there was alfalfa sprouts, tomato and lettuce. The bun was very tender and had a great texture. (After contacting Copper Branch to see if it was really seitan, it turns out that it was soy protein mixed with shiitake mushrooms. Better than seitan, but I wish the menu would indicate this.)

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Overall, I was happy to try Copper Branch out, but I don’t think I’ll go back any time soon. Besides the burgers and sandwiches, they also have bowls with various vegetables and proteins. Another point that was a down for us was the prices. Our sandwiches were almost 10$ each, but I don’t feel it was worth it. So, if I were to go to a mall and stumble upon a Copper Branch, I would probably eat there, but I wouldn’t make the trip especially for it.