Fall is in full swing, and even though you might be hating on autumn for making the weather cold, there is one silver lining: all the delicious fall desserts you can only eat during the season.
Forget Pumpkin Spice Lattes, because Montreal's best bakeries are crafting delectable desserts filled with the flavours of fall that put any psuedo-coffee drink to shame.
From cupcakes to pies to donuts, there's tons to try before the season is over. No shame if you do try them all, it is fall after all, and you're just packing on some extra layers before the winter winds come, right? Right.
Now enough with the chit-chat, lets get on to the best fall-themed desserts you simply need to eat in Montreal right now.
A sweet dough is complimented by a creamy filling topped with an abundance for apples that makes for an pie-cake fusion that is a celebration of the season's flavours. Advice from the bakers include sitting down while you eat a piece, because this dessert deserves to be enjoyed with some relaxation time.
Another apple-maple treat, this Juliette et Chocolat made dessert is literally oozing with the flavours of fall.
The Spiced Hot Chocolate Pie
Where to get it: Rustique Pie Kitchen
Moving away from all the fruit of fall, Rustique will take your taste buds to chocolate town with a twist on their Bonfire Pie. With a spiced chocolate ganache and a healthy dusting of cinnamon sugar, this dessert will warm you to your core.
Les Glaceurs is going hard this fall, offering a Maple-Bacon cupcake (red velvet base with maple butter, maple buttercream frosting, caramelized bacon topping), a Dulche de Leche cupcake stuffed with vanilla caramel icing, and the classic pumpkin spice cupcake with some added white chocolate frosting and caramelized pumpkin seeds for good measure. Let the indulgence begin.
While you could grab a delicious pumpkin cupcake from D Liche, why not go all out and ask them to create an epic Halloween dessert? D Liche is willing to take to take requests of every sort, so feel free to enjoy a delectable sweet that is equal parts spooky.
So put these amazing fall destinations in your back pocket. And, one fall day, you can simply get in your car and drive off on an adventure.
Distance from Montreal: 2 hours and 10 minutes
Why You Need To Go: Just across the river from Ottawa, you'll find Gatineau. It's home to Gatineau Park which — with its beautiful trees, hiking trails and famous Pink Lake — cannot be missed, especially as the leaves change colour. If you've had enough nature, you'll find plenty of other things to do from visiting The Canadian Museum of Civilization to eating at amazing local restaurants.
Why You Need To Go: This city in the Eastern Townships is a favourite for visitors because it has a little bit of everything: Lake Memphremagog, a mountainous backdrop, and a lively downtown. Parc national du Mont-Orford is just an 11-minute drive from town and it offers stunning trails where you can appreciate the fall foliage.
Why You Need To Go: Hear Ontario, and most people think of Toronto or Ottawa. But Kingston is a quaint yet lively waterfront city that deserves your consideration. From the majestic architecture (check out City Hall) to the historic Fort Henry site and Queen's University, there's a lot to explore. Martello Alley, an art-themed alleyway representing numerous local artists, should also be on your to-do list.
Why You Need To Go: The Vignoble Riviere du Chene is one of the province's most popular wineries for a reason. Not only do they have incredible wine, but the vineyard itself looks like a work of art in itself. Nestled in the charming Quebec countryside, this place will take your breath away.
Whether you've made it through another work week, aced an exam, or managed to cook every meal at home this week, it's important to remember to take a moment to savour the little things.
The good news is, whenever you feel like life has picked up speed and you need to find time to focus on you, there are plenty of simple things you can do to hit "do not disturb" on life and take a much-needed breather.
From indulging in your favourite dessert to curling up with your go-to Netflix show, the opportunities are almost endless. There are no limits to self-care and it really depends on what makes you happy. If you're unsure of where to start, try these six ways to chill out and cater to your well-being. Think of it as a nice little recharge!
Get Lost In A Good Book
First thing's first: reading on your phone doesn't count, so turn all devices off and dedicate some time to diving into a physical book that sparks your interest. Whether it's fantasy, self-help, poetry, or a classic romance novel, there are tons of genres you can discover and get lost in.
Besides, sometimes it's nice to escape your reality for a little while. It's like taking your mind on a vacation without actually going anywhere.
Dig Into Your Favourite Dessert
Is there anything better than taking time for yourself to sit on the couch, put your feet up and indulge in your favourite chocolaty dessert? You can make the moment even more enjoyable by making sure you're always stocked with treats like Deep'n Delicious Cakes, which come ready to eat right out of the freezer. It doesn't get much simpler than that.
Chocolate lovers looking to hit "do not disturb" on their day can satisfy their sweet cravings with a moist, rich cake topped with decadent icing. When it comes to convenient and luxurious ways to treat yourself, tucking into a Deep'n Delicious cake is highly underrated — especially when they come in delicious flavours like Cookies & Cream and Coconut Vanilla.
Have Some Fun With Game Night
Playing games is often underrated. There's a lot of fun — and several health benefits — to be had from making time for play in your life. Whether it's a game of Uno, an online co-op like Among Us, or some time alone with the latest Legend of Zelda release, getting time to play, problem solve and have a few laughs is invaluable.
The great thing about playing games is that it can be tailored to how social you're feeling. If you want time with friends, you can lay out some Settlers of Catan, and if you want to immerse yourself, you can have some one-on-one time with your favourite console.
Try Your Hand At Bullet Journaling
Activities that encourage you to stay in the present can do wonders for your mood. They don't have to be complicated either. Bullet journaling is a completely customizable way to sort through your ideas, make plans, or just share your thoughts. It can be really creative too!
You can be as minimalist or elaborate as you like, the important part is that you're taking a little moment to indulge in something that makes you feel good.
Life can get so crazy and busy that you don't even realize it's passing you by until suddenly it's been months since you've hung out with your best friends.
Spending time chilling out with your BFF, a glass of wine and a few slices of Deep'n Delicious Marble Cake, is a wonderful way to unwind. Everyone deserves some time with their best buds and a moment to indulge every once in a while — no occasion necessary.
Head Outside & Tune Into Nature
Nature is vast, and so are the opportunities to explore it. Try your hand at a few outdoor activities and discover what brings you the most joy. Some people love to go for a jog, others prefer a long scenic hike, and many enjoy a nice bike ride.
Not only does heading outside help you disconnect from the hustle and bustle, but it also gives you the opportunity to tune out the noise of everyday life and tune into yourself a little deeper.
Whether you like to get lost in a good book, unwind with your besties or dig into a slice of cake on the couch, there are endless opportunities to treat yourself. Whatever way you choose to hit "do not disturb" on life, remember that you don't need an excuse to take a moment every single day to do what makes you happy.
Visit your local grocery store to pick up Deep'n Delicious, and to find out more check out their website or follow them on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.
Even though their shaved ice desserts are huge, you may not want to share because they're also incredibly delicious.
Each shaved ice dessert on the menu is piled high with toppings ranging from taro to brown sugar milk to mochi, mango and strawberry.
If you're not in the mood for shaved ice — or you're ridiculously hungry — Meet Fresh also has taro balls, grass jelly, purple sweet potato treats, tofu pudding, almond soup, purple rice desserts, waffles and more.