Marché Jean-Talon de Montréal

Have you ever been to heaven? Let me answer that for you – if you have never been to Marché Jean-Talon in Montréal, then no, you have not. Screw Disneyland, this is the happiest place on earth.

Marche Jean-Talon

In Quebec, the maple stands multiply like rabbits. Yes, maple-y goodness.

Have I told you yet about those couple of years I lived in Montréal? It’s the usual story you see, fall in love with some debonnaire Frenchman (he was Lebanese, actually, which only made the accent sexier) and run away to another country. I know, it was just Canada, but it was romantic while my visa lasted. When it ran out and I could not get a new one, I had to leave quickly, but the time I spent there changed my life completely, and this market changed the way this foodie looks at food forever.

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Kid’s Dream Bedrooms

Ever since I was a little kid, I dreamed of having a forest bedroom. I wanted to live and sleep in Unicorn Land, but perhaps it was best I never got that room. With my hermity tendencies, I might have become a 10-year-old agoraphobic.

When I lived in Montreal, I got to live out a little bit of my fantasy. A wonderful gentleman I had been seeing for about a year and I decided to move in together, and we found a place. He had two boys, 7 and 8, and to get my foot in the door with kids that age, I knew I would have to make a grand gesture.

So I decided that the two little monkeys should live in the jungle.

I cannot tell you why I neglected to take the pictures BEFORE we assembled the beds
And there were presents too – giant leaves from Ikea
It totally worked. First impressions count for a lot, and they could plainly see that I cared about them and was not an evil-stepmother type. Because damn, no one ever gave me that cool a bedroom.
But this is absolute crap in comparison to the Ultimate Pirate Bedroom.

No dad, you don’t spoil me. Now go fetch me my slippers and carton of candy cigarettes. Chop chop old man.

I find myself gasping with glee and wondering if I really could build a Unicorn Land bedroom when I’m all grown up.

I’m not too adult and female to sleep here, right?

This unreal bedroom brought to you by Kuhl Design Build of Hopkins, MN. You can see the full project on